Acura RSX 2003 Coupe Owner's Manual PDF

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Summary of Content for Acura RSX 2003 Coupe Owner's Manual PDF

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Maintaining your car according to the schedules given in this manual helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment... When your car needs maintenance, keep in mind that your Acura dealers staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your Acura... Your Acura dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns...

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To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual... This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others...

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This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers... It shows you how to use seat belts properly... It explains your Supple- mental Restraint System... And it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your car...

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A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions... Airbags supplement seat belts, but airbags are designed to inflate only in a moderate to severe frontal collision... So even though your car is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly... (See page ... )

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Some safety features do not require any action on your part... These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment; front and rear crush zones that are designed to crumple and absorb energy during a crash; a collapsible steering column; and seat belt tensioners that automatically tighten the front seat belts in the event of a crash...

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These safety features are designed to reduce the severity of injuries in a crash... However, you and your passengers cant take full advantage of these safety features unless you remain sitting in a proper position and

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Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy... A good position reduces the risk of injury from an inflating airbag, and allows you to get the best advantage from the airbag...

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To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force and speed... So while airbags help save lives, they can cause minor injuries, or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly...

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Keeping your doors locked reduces the chance of being thrown out of the car during a crash... It also helps prevent occupants from accidentally opening a door and falling out, and outsiders from unexpectedly opening your doors... Head restraints can help protect you

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Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that can occur in severe crashes, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags deploy...

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For safety, locking the doors reduces the chance that a passenger, especially a child, will open a door while the car is moving and accidentally fall out... It also reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the car during a crash...

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that drivers adjust the seat so the center of the chest is at least 10 inches (25 cm) away from the center of the steering wheel... Also make sure your front seat passenger moves the seat as far to the rear as possible...

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Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the occupants chest reduces the protective capability of the belt... It also increases the chance of sliding under the belt in a crash and being seriously injured... The farther a seat-back is reclined, the greater the risk of injury...

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Position the lap part of the belt as low as possible across your hips, then pull up on the shoulder part of the belt so the lap part fits snugly... This lets your strong pelvic bones take the force of a crash and reduces the chance of internal injuries...

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Anyone using a seat belt that is not working properly can be seriously injured or killed... Have your Acura dealer check the belt as soon as possible...

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In addition, an occupant who is out of position in the front seat can be seriously or fatally injured by striking interior parts of the car, or by being struck by an inflating front airbag... Being struck by an inflating side airbag can result in possibly serious injuries...

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Pregnant women should also sit upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel or dashboard... This will reduce the risk of injuries to both the mother and her unborn child that can be caused by a crash or an inflating airbag...

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Any object attached to or placed on the covers marked SRS AIRBAG in the center of the steering wheel and on top of the dashboard could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags... Or, if the airbags inflate, the objects could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone...

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Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because they are either unrestrained or not properly restrained... In fact, vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death of children ages 12 and under...

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According to accident statistics, children of all ages and sizes are safer when they are restrained in the back seat, not the front seat... The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children ages 12 and under be properly restrained in the back seat...

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To remind you of the passengers front airbag hazards, and that children must be properly restrained in the back seat, your car has warning labels on the dashboard and on the drivers and front passengers visors... Please read and follow the instructions on these labels...

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Placing a child in the front seat exposes the child to hazards from the passengers front airbag, and paying close attention to a child distracts the driver from the important tasks of driving, placing both of you at risk...

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Leaving children without adult supervision is illegal in most states and Canadian provinces, and can be very hazardous... For example, infants and small children left in a vehicle on a hot day can die from heatstroke... And children left alone with the key in the ignition can accidentally set the vehicle in motion, possibly injuring themselves or others...

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The child seat should meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 (FMVSS 213) or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 (CMVSS 213)... Look for the manufacturers statement of compliance on the box and seat...

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Before purchasing a child seat, we recommend that parents test the child seat in the specific vehicle seating position (or positions) where they intend to use the seat... If a previously purchased child seat does not fit, you may need to buy a different one that will fit...

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A small child in a forward-facing child seat is also at risk... If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the childs head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating front airbag can kill or seriously injure the child...

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All child seats are designed to be secured to the car with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt... Some child seats can be secured to the vehicles LATCH anchorage system instead... A child whose seat is not properly secured to the car can be endangered in a crash... See pages , and for instructions on how to properly secure child seats in this car...

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If the passengers front airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or seriously injure an infant... If an infant must be closely watched, we recommend that another adult sit in the back seat with the baby...

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To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor (you might hear a clicking noise as the belt retracts)...

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After confirming that the belt is locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt... Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure... To remove slack, it may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat, while pulling up on the belt...

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In either case, we recommend that you place the child seat directly behind the front passenger seat, move the front seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied... Or you may wish to get a smaller child seat that allows you to safely carry a front passenger...

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If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the childs head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating front airbag can strike the child with enough force to cause very serious or fatal injuries... If a small child must be closely watched, we recommend that another adult sit in the back seat with the child...

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If it is necessary to put a forward- facing child seat in the front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, be sure the child seat is firmly secured to the car, and the child is properly strapped in the seat...

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After confirming that the belt is locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt... Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure... It may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat, while pulling up on the belt...

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The following pages give instructions on how to check proper seat belt fit, what kind of booster seat to use if one is needed, and important precautions for a child who must sit in the front seat...

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Devices intended to improve occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt, severely compromise the protective capability of the seat belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash...

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In addition, the passengers front airbag poses serious risks to children... If the seat is too far forward, or the childs head is thrown forward during a collision, or the child is unrestrained or out of position, an inflating front airbag can kill or seriously injure the child...

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Physically, a child must be large enough for the lap/shoulder belt to properly fit over the hips, chest, and shoulder (see pages and )... If the seat belt does not fit properly, the child should not sit in the front...

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Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchorage point and tighten the strap according to the child seat makers instructions...

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Your car is equipped with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) at the 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 LATCH...

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Attach the attaching clip to the tether anchor fitting and tighten the strap according to the child seat makers instructions... Make sure the strap is not twisted...

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instrument panel to remind you and your passengers to fasten your belts... If the drivers seat belt is not fastened before the ignition is turned ON (II), the light will come on and a beeper will also sound... The beeper will stop after a few seconds, but the light will stay on until the drivers seat belt is fastened...

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The tensioners are designed to activate primarily in frontal collisions... The tensioners are independent of the airbag system, so they can be activated during a collision that might not cause the airbags to deploy... In this case, the airbags would not be needed but the additional seat belt tension can be helpful...

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Pull each belt out fully and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear... Check that the latches work smoothly and that the lap/shoulder belts retract easily... Any belt not in good condition or not working properly will not provide good protection and should be replaced as soon as possible...

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If a seat belt is worn during a crash, it must be replaced by the dealer... A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent crash... The dealer should also inspect the anchors for damage and replace them if needed...

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If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, the sensors will detect the vehicles rapid deceleration... If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will instantly inflate the front airbags...

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After a crash, you may see what looks like smoke... This is actually powder from the airbags surface... Although the powder is not harmful, people with respiratory problems may experience some temporary discomfort... If this occurs, get out of the car as soon as it is safe to do so...

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If you ever have a moderate to severe side impact, the sensors will detect rapid deceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate either the drivers or the passengers side airbag...

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If you see any of these indications, your front or side airbags may not deploy, your passengers side airbag automatic cutoff system may not work properly, or your seat belt tensioners may not work when you need them... See your Acura dealer as soon as possible...

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When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), the indicator should light briefly and go out (see page )... If it doesnt light, stays on, or comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, have the system checked...

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Any airbag that has deployed must be replaced along with the control unit, automatic seat belt tensioners and other related parts... Do not try to remove or replace any airbag by yourself... This must be done by an Acura dealer or a knowledgeable body shop...

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High levels of carbon monoxide can collect rapidly in enclosed areas, such as a garage... Do not run the engine with the garage door closed... Even with the door open, run the engine only long enough to move the vehicle out of the garage...

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These labels are in the locations shown... They warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury... Read these labels carefully...

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This section gives information about the controls and displays that contribute to the daily operation of your Acura... All the essential controls are within easy reach...

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The U... S... instrument panel is shown... Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text...

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This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch ON (II)... If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a potential problem with your front airbags... This light will also alert you to a potential problem with your side airbags, passengers side airbag automatic cutoff system or automatic seat belt tensioners... For complete information, see page

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If this light comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the ABS... If this happens, take the car to your dealer to have it checked... With the light on, your car still has normal braking ability but no anti-lock... For complete information, see page ...

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The left or right turn signal light blinks when you signal a lane change or turn... If the light does not blink or blinks rapidly, it usually means one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out (see page )... Replace the bulb as soon as possible, since other drivers cannot see that you are signaling...

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This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) with the headlight switch off and the parking brake set... It should go off if you turn on the headlights or release the parking brake... If it comes on at any other time, it means there is a problem with the DRL... There may also be a problem with the high beam headlights...

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Between 8,000 miles (12,800 km) and 10,000 miles (16,000 km) this indicator will light for two seconds when you first turn the ignition switch to ON (II), and then flash for ten seconds...

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Your dealer will reset this indicator after completing the scheduled maintenance... If this maintenance is done by someone other than your Acura dealer, reset the indicator as follows...

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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 U... S... federal law and Canadian provincial regulations to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer with the intent to change the number of miles or kilometers indicated...

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This shows the temperature of the engines 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 near the upper white mark... If it reaches the red (Hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road... Turn to page for instructions and precautions on checking the engines cooling system...

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The two levers on the steering column contain controls for driving features you use most often... The left lever controls the turn signals, headlights, and high beams... The right lever controls the windshield washers and wipers...

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The rotating switch on the left lever controls the lights... Turning this switch to the position turns on the parking lights, taillights, instrument panel lights, side-marker lights, and rear license plate lights... Turning the switch to the position turns on the headlights...

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Signal a turn or lane change with this lever... Push down on the lever to signal a left turn, and up to signal a right turn... If you push it up or down all the way, the turn signal continues to blink even when you release the lever... It shuts off automatically as you complete the turn...

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In intermittent, the wipers operate every few seconds... The sweep interval will change slightly with speed; getting shorter as you drive faster... In low speed and high speed, the wipers run continuously...

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To turn on the rear window wiper, turn the rotary switch clockwise to ON... To also use the rear window washer, turn the rotary switch clockwise past ON... The washer will spray as long as you hold the rotary switch in this position... If you turn the rotary switch counterclockwise from the OFF position, the washer will spray without activating the rear window wiper...

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The rear window defogger will clear fog, frost, and thin ice from the window... Push the defogger button to turn it on and off... The light in the button lights to show the defogger is on... If you do not turn it off, the defogger will shut itself off after about 25 minutes... It also shuts off when you turn off the ignition... You have to turn it on again when you restart the car...

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Move the steering wheel to the desired position, making sure the wheel points toward your chest, not toward your face... Make sure you can see the instrument panel gauges and the indicator lights...

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You should have received a key number tag with your keys... You will need this key number if you ever have to get a lost key replaced... Keep the tag stored in a safe place... If you need to replace a key, use only an Acura-approved key blank...

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When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), the Immobilizer System indicator should come on for a few seconds, then go out... If the indicator starts to blink, it means the system does not recognize the coding of the key... Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert it, and turn the switch to ON (II) again...

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As required by the FCC: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules... Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation...

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You can insert or remove the key only in this position... To switch from ACCESSORY to LOCK, you must push the key in slightly as you turn it... If your car has an automatic transmission, the shift lever must also be in Park... The anti- theft lock will lock the steering column when you remove the key...

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To unlock only the drivers door from the outside, insert the key in the drivers door lock, turn the key and release it... If you turn the key and hold it, both doors and the hatch will unlock... Both doors and the hatch will unlock when you unlock the passengers door with the key...

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See page for cargo loading and weight limit information... Keep the hatch closed at all times while driving to avoid damaging the hatch and to prevent exhaust gas from getting into the interior... See

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The ceiling light (if the ceiling light switch is in the center position) will come on when you press the UNLOCK button... If you do not open either door or the hatch, the light will go out in about 30 seconds and the doors and the hatch will automatically relock... If you relock the doors and the hatch with the remote transmitter before 30 seconds have elapsed, the light will go off immediately...

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Panic mode allows you to remotely activate your vehicles horn and lights to attract attention... When activated, the horn will sound, and the headlights, parking lights, side marker lights, taillights and instrument panel lights will flash for about 30 seconds... To activate panic mode, press and hold the PANIC button for about one second...

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As required by the FCC: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules... Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation...

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Open the glove box by pulling the bottom of the handle... Close it with a firm push... Lock or unlock the glove box with the master key...

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To adjust the seat forward and backward, pull up on the bar under the seat cushions front edge... Move the seat to the desired position and release the bar... Try to move the seat to make sure it is locked in position...

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The height of your drivers seat is adjustable... Turn the dial on the outside of the seat cushion to change the height of the seat bottom...

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To get into the rear seat on the passengers side, push down on the release lever at the base of the seat- back... The seat-back will tilt forward, and the seat will slide forward to allow easier access to the rear seat...

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Both front seats are equipped with seat heaters... The ignition switch must be ON (II) to use them... Push the heater switch to turn the power on or off... The indicators will come on and remain on while the heaters are on...

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Pull down on the cover to remove the mounting pins from the holes in the hatch lining...

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Each door has a switch that controls its window... To open the window, push the switch down and hold it... Release the switch when you want the window to stop... Close the window by pulling back on the switch and holding it...

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The drivers armrest has a master power window control panel... To open the passengers window, push down on the switch and hold it until the window reaches the desired position... To close the window, pull back on the window switch... Release the switch when the window gets to the position you want...

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The MAIN switch controls power to the passengers window... With this switch off, the passengers window cannot be raised or lowered... The MAIN switch does not affect the driv- ers window... Keep the MAIN switch off when you have children in the car so they do not injure themselves by operating the window unintentionally... The lights inside the switches come on when you turn the parking lights or headlights on and the ignition switch is ON (II)...

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Use the switch on the dashboard to open and close the moonroof... The ignition switch must be ON (II)... Push and hold the switch to open the moonroof... Release the switch when the moonroof reaches the desired position... To close the moonroof, press and hold the

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The inside mirror has day and night positions... The night position reduces glare from headlights behind you... Flip the tab on the bottom edge of the mirror to select the day or night position...

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To apply the parking brake, pull the lever up fully... To release it, pull up slightly, push the button, and lower the lever... The parking brake light on the instrument panel should go out when the parking brake is fully released (see page )...

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To use a vanity mirror on the back of the sun visor, pull up the cover...

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Be careful when you are using the beverage holder... A spilled liquid that is very hot can scald you or your passengers... Spilled liquids can also damage the upholstery, carpeting, and electrical components in the interior...

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Another beverage holder is located in the center console behind the parking brake lever...

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The ceiling light has a three-position switch... In the OFF position, the light does not come on... In the center position, the ceiling light comes on when you open either door... After the doors are closed tightly, the light dims slightly, then fades out in about 30 seconds... In the ON position, the ceiling light stays on continuously...

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Turn on the spotlight by pushing the button next to each light... Push the button again to turn it off... You can use the spotlights at all times...

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... Tape Search Functions ... 123 ... Caring for Cassettes ... 124 ... Audio System (Type S) ... 125

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The heating and cooling system in your Acura has full heating, ventilation, and air conditioning capabilities... In combination with the air conditioning, the system maintains the interior temperature you select... The system also adjusts the fan speed and air flow direction automatically depending on the set temperature...

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Your car has a flow-through venti- lation system... Air enters the car through vents in front of the wind- screen... It circulates through the interior then exits through vents near the tailgate... This system pro- vides fresh air even when the car is standing still... To bring in outside air, select the Fresh Air mode... Set the fan at a comfortable speed...

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Turning the fan control dial to OFF shuts the heating and cooling system completely off... Keep the system completely off only for short periods... To keep stale air and mustiness from collecting, you should have the fan running at all times...

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When you turn the A/C off, the system cannot regulate the inside temperature if you set the dial below the outside air temperature... With A/C on, use the temperature control dial to adjust the temperature of the air flow to a comfortable setting...

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This button controls the source of air going into the system... When the indicator in this button is lit, the system is recirculating the interior air (Recirculation mode)... When the indicator is off, fresh air is brought in from outside the vehicle (Fresh Air mode)... Push the button to change between recirculated and fresh air...

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When you select or , the A/C turns on automatically to help dehumidify the air and defog the windshield... When you select another mode, the A/C stays on... If you do not want to use the A/C in that mode, press the button to turn it off...

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The heating and cooling system has temperature sensors located next to the steering column and in the top of the dashboard... Do not cover the sensors or spill any liquid on them...

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The band and frequency that the radio was last tuned to is displayed... To change bands, press the AM or FM button... On the FM band, ST will be displayed if the station is broad- casting in stereo... Stereo reproduction on AM is not available...

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The SCAN function samples all the stations with strong signals on the selected band... To activate it, press the SCAN button, then release it... The system will scan up the band for a station with a strong signal... When it finds one, it will stop and play that station for approximately five seconds... If you do nothing, the system will then scan for the next strong station and play that for five seconds... When it plays a station that you want to continue listening to, press the SCAN button again...

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You can store the frequencies of your favorite radio stations in the six preset buttons... Each button will store one frequency on the AM band, and two frequencies on the FM band...

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To activate Auto Select, press the A... SEL button... A... SEL will flash in the display, and the system will go into scan mode for several seconds... It automatically scans both bands, looking for stations with strong signals... It stores the frequencies of six AM stations and twelve FM stations in the preset buttons... You can then use the preset buttons to select those stations...

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Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are each adjustable... You select which of these you want to adjust by pressing the TUNE/MODE knob... The mode changes from BAS to TRE to FAD to BAL, and then back to the selected audio mode, each time you press the TUNE/MODE knob...

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You can use the RESET button to quickly set the time to the nearest hour... Press the RESET button while pressing the CLOCK button... If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing RESET sets the clock back to the previous hour... If the displayed time is after the half hour, pressing RESET sets the clock forward to the beginning of the next hour...

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With the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II), insert the disc into the CD slot... Push the disc in halfway, the drive will pull it in the rest of the way and begin to play... The number of the track that is playing is shown in the display...

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If you turn the system off while a CD is playing, either with the PWR/VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the disc will stay in the drive... When you turn the system back on, the CD will begin playing where it left off...

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To select a different disc, press the DISC (Preset 6) or DISC (Preset 5) button... The next disc in the changer is loaded and played when you press the DISC button... DISC loads and plays the previous disc... If you select an empty slot in the magazine, the changer will, after finding that slot empty, try to load the CD in the next slot... This continues until it finds a CD to load and play...

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If you load a CD in the in-dash player while the changer is playing a CD, the system will stop the changer and begin playing the in-dash CD... To select the changer again, press the CD button... Play will begin where it left off... Use the CD button to switch between the player and the changer...

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Press the EJECT button and pull out the disc... Check if the disc is inserted correctly in the CD player... Make sure the disc is not scratched or damaged... Press the EJECT button and pull out the disc... Check the disc for damage or deformation... If the CD cannot be pulled out or the error indication does not disappear after the disc is ejected, see your Acura dealer... Do not try to force the disc out of the player... Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal...

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Press the magazine eject button and pull out the magazine, check for error indication... Insert the magazine again... If the code does not disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out, consult your Acura dealer... Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal... Insert CD magazine...

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Make sure the tape opening on the cassette is facing to the right, then insert the cassette most of the way into the slot... The system will pull it in the rest of the way, and begin to play...

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If you turn the system off while a tape is playing, either with the PWR/ VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the cassette will remain in the drive... When you turn the system back on, the cassette player will be in pause mode... To begin playing, press the PLAY/PROG button...

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Fast Forward and Re- wind move the tape rapidly... To re- wind the tape, push the REW button... You will see REW in the display... To fast forward the tape, push the FF button... You will see FF displayed... Press the PROG/PLAY button to take the system out of rewind or fast forward... If the system reaches the end of the tape while in fast forward or rewind, it automatically stops that function, reverses direction, and be- gins to play...

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The Repeat function continuously replays the current song or passage... Press the RPT button to activate it; you will see RPT displayed as a reminder... When the system reaches the end of the song or passage currently playing, it will automatically go into rewind... When it senses the beginning of the same song or passage, the system returns to PLAY mode... It will continue to repeat this same program until you deactivate REPEAT by pressing the button again...

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The anti-theft feature will disable the system if it is disconnected from the cars battery... To get the system working again, you must enter a code number (see page )...

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The SCAN function samples all the stations with strong signals on the selected band... To activate it, press the SCAN button, then release it... You will see SCAN in the display... The system will scan up the band for a station with a strong signal... When it finds one, it will stop and play that station for approximately five seconds... If you do nothing, the system will then scan for the next strong station and play that for five seconds... When it plays a station that you want to continue listening to, press the SCAN button again...

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You can store the frequencies of your favorite radio stations in the six preset buttons... Each button will store one frequency on the AM band, and two frequencies on the FM band...

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To activate Auto Select, press the A... SEL button... A... SEL will flash in the display, and the system will go into scan mode for several seconds... It automatically scans both bands, looking for stations with strong signals... It stores the frequencies of six AM stations and twelve FM stations in the preset buttons... You can then use the preset buttons to select those stations...

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Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are each adjustable... You select which of these you want to adjust by pressing the TUNE/MODE knob... The mode changes from BAS to TRE to FAD to BAL, and then back to the selected audio mode, each time you press the TUNE/MODE knob...

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nearest hour... If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing and holding the clock button, then pressing the RESET button (preset 6) sets the clock back to the previous hour... If the displayed time is after the half hour, the clock is set forward to the beginning of the next hour...

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A radio stations signal gets weaker as you get farther away from its transmitter... If you are listening to an AM station, you will notice the sound volume becoming weaker, and the station drifting in and out... If you are listening to an FM station, you will see the stereo indicator flickering off and on as the signal weakens... Eventually, the stereo indicator will

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Radio signals, especially on the FM band, are deflected by large objects such as buildings and hills... Your radio then receives both the direct signal from the stations transmitter, and the deflected signal... This causes the sound to distort or flutter... This is a main cause of poor radio reception in city driving...

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Dolby noise reduction turns on when you insert a cassette... The indi- cator will light in the display... If the tape was not recorded with Dolby noise reduction, turn it off by pressing the button... Noise reduction remains off until you turn it on by pressing the button again...

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Fast Forward and Rewind move the tape rapidly... To rewind the tape, push the REW button... You will see REW in the display... To fast forward the tape, push the FF button... You will see FF displayed... Press the FF, REW or PLAY button to take the system out of rewind or fast forward... When the system reaches the end of the tape, it reverses direction and begins to play...

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The SKIP function allows you to find the beginning of a song or passage... To skip to the beginning of a song or passage currently playing, push the button... You will see REW flashing in the display as the tape rewinds... To skip to the beginning of the next song, push the

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The Repeat function continuously replays the current song or passage... Press the RPT button to activate it; you will see RPT displayed as a reminder... When the system reaches the end of the song or passage currently playing, it will automatically go into rewind... When it senses the beginning of the same song or passage, the system returns to PLAY mode... It will continue to repeat this same program until you deactivate REPEAT by pressing the button again... Pressing the REW or FF button, or either of the SKIP buttons, also turns off REPEAT...

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When they are not in use, store cassettes in their cases to protect them from dust and moisture... Never place cassettes where they will be exposed to direct sunlight, high heat, or high humidity... If a cassette is exposed to extreme heat or cold, let it reach a moderate temperature before inserting it in the player...

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For best results when using CD-R discs, use only high quality discs labeled for audio use... When recording a CD-R, the recording must be closed in order for the disc to be used by CD players... CD-RW discs will not work in this unit...

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When the disc number for an empty position starts to blink and the green CD Loaded indicator comes on, you will see LOAd in the display... Insert the disc into the CD slot... Insert it only about halfway, the drive will pull it in the rest of the way...

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You can also load a CD into an empty position while a CD is playing by pressing the appropriate preset button... Select an empty position (the CD Loaded indicator is off), and press the preset button for that position (1 to 6)... The system will stop playing the current CD and start the loading sequence... It will then play the CD just loaded...

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This feature, when activated, plays the tracks within a CD in random order, rather than in the order they are recorded on the CD... To activate Random Play, press the RDM button... You will see RDM in the display... The system will then select and play tracks randomly... This continues until you deactivate Random Play by pressing the RDM button again, or you select a different CD with a preset button...

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To take the system out of CD mode, press the AM or FM button, or insert a cassette in the player... If a tape is already in the cassette player, press the TAPE button... When you return to CD mode by pressing the CD button, play will continue at the same point that it left off...

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To remove the disc that is currently playing, press the eject button... You will see EJEC in the display... When you remove the disc from the slot, the system automatically begins the Load sequence so you can load another CD in that position... If you do not load another CD, after ten seconds the system begins playing the next disc in the changer... If the changer is empty, the system selects the previous mode (AM, FM, or Tape)...

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If you press the Eject button while listening to the radio or tape, or with the audio system turned off, the disc that was last selected is ejected... After that disc is ejected, pressing the Eject button again will eject the next disc in the numerical order... By doing this six times, you can remove all the CDs from the changer...

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A new CD may be rough on the inner and outer edges... The small plastic pieces causing this roughness can flake off and fall on the re- cording surface of the disc, causing skipping or other problems... Remove these pieces by rubbing the inner and outer edges with the side of a pencil or pen...

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IndicationIf you see an error indication in the display while operating the CD changer, find the cause in the chart to the right... If you cannot clear the error indication, take the car to your Acura dealer...

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You should have received a card that lists your audio systems code number and serial number... It is best to store this card in a safe place at home... In addition, you should write the audio systems serial number in this Owners Manual... If you should happen to lose the card, you must obtain the code number from your Honda dealer... To do this, you will need the systems serial number...

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The security system helps to protect your car and valuables from theft... The horn sounds and a combination of headlights, parking lights, side marker lights and taillights flashes if someone attempts to break into your car or remove the radio... This alarm continues for two minutes, then the alarm stops... To reset an alarming system before the two minutes have elapsed, unlock either door with the key or the remote transmitter...

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Cruise control allows you to maintain a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) without keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal... It should be used for cruising on straight, open highways... It is not recommended for conditions such as city driving, winding roads, slippery roads, heavy rain, or bad weather... You should have full control of the car under those conditions... 1...

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The cruise control may not hold the set speed when you are going up and down hills... If your speed increases going down a hill, use the brakes to slow down to the desired speed... This will cancel the cruise control... To resume the set speed, press the RESUME/accel button... The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel comes on...

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Tap the brake or clutch pedal lightly with your foot... The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel will go out... When the car slows to the desired speed, press the SET/decel button... The car will then maintain the desired speed...

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The system remembers the previously-set cruising speed... To return to that speed, accelerate to above 25 mph (40 km/h), then press the RESUME/accel button... The CRUISE CONTROL light comes on, and the car will accelerate to the same cruising speed as before...

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Before you begin driving your Acura, you should know what gasoline to use, and how to check the levels of important fluids... You also need to know how to properly store luggage or packages... The information in this section will help you... If you plan to add any accessories to your car, please read the information in this section first...

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Curbs and steep inclines could damage the front and rear bumpers... Low curbs that do not affect the average car may be high enough to hit the bumper on your Acura... The front or rear bumper may scrape when trying to drive onto an incline, such as a steep driveway or trailer ramps...

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an octane-enhancing additive called MMT... If you use such gasolines, your emissions control system performance may deteriorate and the Malfunction Indicator Lamp on your instrument panel may turn on... If this happens, contact your authorized Acura dealer for service...

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Your car has an on-board refueling vapor recovery system to help keep fuel vapors from going into the atmosphere... If the fuel nozzle keeps clicking off even though the tank is not full, there may be a problem with this system... Consult your dealer...

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To find the hood latch handle, put your fingers under the front edge of the hood just to left of center... Lift up the hood latch handle until it releases the hood... Lift the hood...

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To close the hood, lift it up slightly to remove the support rod from the hole... Put the support rod back into its holding clip... Lower the hood to about a foot (30 cm) above the fender, then let it drop...

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Check the engine oil level every time you fill the car with fuel... Wait a few minutes after turning the engine off before you check the oil...

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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

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A cold engine uses more fuel than a warm engine... It is not necessary to warm-up a cold engine by letting it idle for a long time... You can drive away in about a minute, no matter how cold it is outside... The engine will warm up faster, and you get better fuel economy... To cut down on the number of cold starts, try to combine several short trips into one...

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Non-Acura accessories are usually designed for universal applications... Although aftermarket accessories may fit on your car, they may not meet factory specifications, and could adversely affect your cars handling and stability... (See Modifications on page for additional information... )

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Any object attached to or placed on the covers marked SRS AIRBAG in the center of the steering wheel and on top of the dashboard could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags... Or, if the airbags inflate, the objects could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone...

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The glove box, and the pockets in the doors and on the passengers seat-back are designed for small, lightweight items... The cargo area is intended for larger, heavier items... In addition, the back seat can be folded down to allow you to carry more cargo or longer items...

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Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the seats and interfere with the drivers ability to operate the pedals, or with the proper operation of the seats...

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If you can carry any items on a roof rack, be sure the total weight of the rack and the items does not exceed the maximum allowable weight... Please contact your Acura dealer for further information...

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This section gives you tips on starting the engine under various conditions, and how to operate the 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions and automatic transmission... It also the includes important information on parking your car, the braking system, and facts you need if you are planning to tow a trailer...

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Make sure all windows, mirrors, and outside lights are clean and unobstructed... Remove frost, snow, or ice...

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If the engine still does not start, press the accelerator pedal all the way down and hold it there while starting in order to clear flooding... As before, keep the ignition key in the START (III) position for no more than 15 seconds... Return to step 5 if the engine does not start... If it starts, lift your foot off the accelerator pedal so the engine does not race...

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The manual transmission is syn- chronized in all forward gears for smooth operation... It has a lockout so you cannot shift directly from Fifth to Reverse... When shifting up or down, make sure you push the clutch pedal down all the way, shift to the next gear, and let the pedal up gradually... When you are not shifting, do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal... This can cause your clutch to wear out faster...

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If you exceed the maximum speed for the gear you are in, the engine speed will enter into the tachometers red zone... If this occurs, you may feel the engine cut in and out... This is caused by a limiter in the engines computer controls... The engine will run normally when you reduce the RPM below the red zone...

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The 6-speed manual transmission has an electric lockout so you cannot accidentally shift from Fifth to Reverse instead of Sixth... If you cannot shift to Reverse when the car is stopped:

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This indicator on the instrument panel shows which position the shift lever is in... The D indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II)... If it flashes at any time (in any shift position), it indicates a possible problem in the transmission... Avoid rapid acceleration and have the transmission checked by an authorized Acura dealer as soon as possible...

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This position mechani- cally locks the transmission... Use Park whenever you are turning off or starting the engine... To shift out of Park, you must press on the brake pedal and have your foot off the accelerator pedal... Move the shift lever to the side to shift out of the Park position...

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This position is simi- lar to D, except only the first three gears are selected... Use D when towing a trailer in hilly terrain, or to provide engine braking when going down a steep hill... D can also keep the transmission from cycling third, fourth and fifth gears in stop-and-go driving...

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In Sequential SportShift mode, each time you push forward on the shift lever the transmission will shift to a higher gear... Pull back on the lever to downshift... The number of the gear selected is displayed on the instrument panel (see page )... 227

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If you try to manually downshift at a speed that would cause the engine to exceed the redline in a lower gear, the transmission will not downshift... The gear indicator will flash the number of the lower gear several times, then return to the higher gear...

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If you exceed the maximum speed for the gear you are in, the engine speed will enter into the tachometers red zone... If this occurs, you may feel the engine cut in and out... This is caused by a limiter in the engines computer controls... The engine will run normally when you reduce the RPM below the red zone...

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Put a cloth on the edge of the Shift Lock Release slot cover next to the shift lever... Use a small flat- tipped screwdriver or small metal plate (neither are included in the tool kit) to remove the cover... Carefully pry on the edge of the cover...

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Always use the parking brake when you park your car... The indicator on the instrument panel shows that the parking brake is not fully released; it does not indicate that the parking brake is firmly set... Make sure the parking brake is set firmly or your car may roll if it is parked on an incline...

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Put your foot on the brake pedal only when you intend to brake... Resting your foot on the pedal keeps the brakes applied lightly, causing them to build up heat... Heat build-up can reduce how well your brakes work... It also keeps your brake lights on all the time, confusing drivers behind you...

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The hydraulic system that operates the brakes has two separate circuits... Each circuit works diagonally across the vehicle (the left-front brake is connected with the right-rear brake, etc... )... If one circuit should develop a problem, you will still have braking at two wheels...

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The ABS is self-checking... If anything goes wrong, the ABS indicator on the instrument panel comes on (see page )... This means the anti-lock function of the braking system has shut down... The brakes still work like a conventional system without anti- lock, providing normal stopping ability... You should have the dealer inspect your car as soon as possible...

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Always drive slower than you would in dry weather... It takes your car longer to react, even in conditions that may seem just barely damp... Apply smooth, even pressure to all the controls... Abrupt steering wheel movements or sudden, hard appli- cation of the brakes can cause loss of control in wet weather... Be extra cautious for the first few miles (kilometers) of driving while you adjust to the change in driving conditions... This is especially true in snow... A person can forget some snow-driving techniques during the summer months... Practice is needed to relearn those skills... 107

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Watch road conditions carefully, they can change from moment to moment... Wet leaves can be as slip- pery as ice... Clear roads can have patches of ice... Driving conditions can be very hazardous when the outside temperature is near freezing... The road surface can become covered with areas of water puddles mixed with areas of ice, so your traction can change without warning...

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The weight that the tongue of a fully-loaded trailer puts on the hitch should be approximately 10 percent of the trailer weight... Too little tongue load can make the trailer unstable and cause it to sway... Too much tongue load reduces front-tire traction and steering control...

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To achieve a proper tongue load, start by loading 60 percent of the load toward the front of the trailer and 40 percent toward the rear, then re-adjust the load as needed...

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Always use safety chains... Make sure they are secured to both the trailer and hitch, and that they cross under the tongue so they can catch the trailer if it becomes unhitched... Leave enough slack to allow the trailer to turn corners easily, but do not let the chains drag on the ground...

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If you choose electric brakes, be sure they are electronically actuated... Do not attempt to tap into your vehicles hydraulic system... No matter how successful it may seem, any attempt to attach trailer brakes to your vehicles hydraulic system will lower braking effectiveness and create a potential hazard... Since lighting and wiring vary in

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Many states and Canadian provinces require special outside mirrors when towing a trailer... Even if they dont, you should install special mirrors if you cannot clearly see behind you, or if the trailer creates a blind spot...

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Drive slower than normal in all driving situations, and obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers... If you have an automatic transmission, use D position when towing a trailer on level roads... D is the proper shift lever position to use when towing a trailer in hilly terrain... (See in the next column for additional gear information... )

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Crosswinds and air turbulence caused by passing trucks can disrupt your steering and cause trailer swaying... When being passed by a large vehicle, keep a constant speed and steer straight ahead... Do not try to make quick steering or braking corrections...

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If you have the skills and tools to per- form more complex maintenance tasks on your Acura, you may want to purchase the Service Manual... See page for information on how to obtain a copy, or see your Acura dealer...

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Regularly maintaining your car is the best way to protect your investment... Proper maintenance is essential to your safety and the safety of your passengers... It will also reward you with more economical, trouble-free driving, and help reduce air pollution...

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To reduce the possibility of fire or explosion, be careful when working around gasoline or batteries... Use a commercially available degreaser or parts cleaner, not gasoline, to clean parts... Keep cigarettes, sparks, and flames away from the battery and all fuel-related parts...

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The Maintenance Schedule specifies how often you should have your car serviced and what things need attention... It is essential that you have your car serviced as scheduled to retain its high level of safety, dependability, and emissions control performance...

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Your authorized Acura dealer knows your car best and can provide competent, efficient service... However, service at a dealer is not mandatory to keep your warranties in effect... Maintenance may be done by any qualified service facility or person who is skilled in this type of automotive service... Keep all the

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Check engine oil and coolant Replace engine oil Rotate tires (Check tire inflation and condition at least once per month) Replace engine oil filter Inspect front and rear brakes Check parking brake adjustment Visually inspect the following items:

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Replace engine oil... Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 238 )... Replace engine oil filter... Inspect front and rear brakes... Check parking brake adjustment... Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots... Inspect suspension components... Inspect driveshaft boots... Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS)... Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids, and check for leaks... Inspect exhaust system... Inspect fuel lines and connections...

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Check engine oil and coolant Replace engine oil Rotate tires (Check tire inflation and condition at least once per month) Replace engine oil filter Inspect front and rear brakes Lubricate all hinges, locks, and latches Visually inspect the following items:

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Replace engine oil... Inspect front and rear brakes... Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 238 )... Lubricate all hinges, locks, and latches... Replace engine oil filter... Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots... Inspect suspension components... Inspect driveshaft boots... Check parking brake adjustment... Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS)... Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids, and check for leaks... Inspect exhaust system... Inspect fuel lines and connections...

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Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop... Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy...

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You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page ) or severe conditions (page )... Keep the receipts for all work done on your car...

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Signature or dealer stamp Signature or dealer stamp 104,000 km

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Windshield washer fluid Check the level in the reservoir monthly... If weather conditions cause you to use the washers frequently, check the reservoir each time you stop for fuel... See page ...

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AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop)

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engines performance and longevity... Always use a premium-grade detergent oil displaying the API Certification Seal... This seal indicates the oil is energy conserving, and that it meets the American Petroleum Institutes latest requirements... It is highly recommended that you use Honda Motor Oil in your car for as long as you own it...

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

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You may use a synthetic motor oil if it meets the same requirements given for a conventional motor oil: it displays the API Certification Seal, and it is the proper weight as shown on the chart... When using synthetic oil, you must follow the oil and filter change intervals given in the maintenance schedule...

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Open the hood and remove the engine oil fill cap... Remove the oil drain bolt and washer from the bottom of the engine... Drain the oil into an appropriate container...

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Improper disposal of engine oil can be harmf ul to the environment... If you change your own oil, please dispose of the used oil properly... Put it in a sealed container and take it to a recycling center... Do not discard it in a trash bin or dump it on the ground...

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Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2... This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water... It does not require any additional mixing... If it is not available, you may use another major-brand non-silicate coolant as a temporary replacement... Make sure it is a high-quality coolant recommended for aluminum engines... However, continued use of any non- Honda coolant can result in corrosion, causing the cooling system to malfunction or fail... Have the cooling system flushed and refilled with Honda antifreeze/ coolant as soon as possible...

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Pour the coolant slowly and carefully so you do not spill... Clean up any spills immediately... Spilled coolant could damage components in the engine compartment...

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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 Honda All Season Antifreeze/ Coolant Type 2...

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Pour Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 into the radiator up to the base of the filler neck... This coolant is a mixture of 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water... Pre-mixing is not required...

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Check the level in the windshield washer reservoir at least monthly during normal use... In bad weather, when you use the washers often, check the level every time you stop for fuel... This reservoir supplies the windshield and rear window washers...

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The windshield washer reservoir is located behind the drivers side headlight... Check the reservoirs fluid level by removing the cap and looking at the level gauge attached to the cap...

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Always use Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid)... If it is not available, you may use a DEXRON III automatic transmission fluid as a temporary replacement... However, continued use can affect shift quality... Have the transmission flushed and refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as soon as it is convenient...

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Check the fluid level with the transmission at normal operating temperature and the car sitting on level ground... Remove the transmission filler bolt and carefully feel inside the bolt hole with your finger... The fluid level should be up to the edge of the bolt hole... If it is not, add Honda Manual Transmis- sion Fluid (MTF) until it starts to run out of the hole... Reinstall the filler bolt and tighten it securely...

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Always use Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3... If it is not available, you should use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed container, as a temporary replacement... However, the use of any non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and decrease the life of the system... Have the brake system flushed and refilled with Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3 as soon as possible...

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Always use Honda Power Steering Fluid... If it is not available, you may use another power steering fluid as an emergency replacement... However, continued use can cause increased wear and poor steering in cold weather... Have the power steering system flushed and refilled with Honda PSF as soon as possible...

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Clean the air cleaner element by blowing compressed air through it in the opposite direction to normal air flow... If you do not have access to compressed air (such as a service station), ask your Acura dealer to do this service...

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Lift up the cover slightly, then move it sideways to separate it from the breather tube...

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Clean the hood latch assembly with a mild cleaner, then lubricate it with a multipurpose grease... Lubricate all the moving parts (as shown), including the pivot... Follow the time and distance recommendations in the Maintenance Schedule... If you are not sure how to clean and grease the latch, contact your Acura dealer...

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Torque the spark plug... (If you do not have a torque wrench, tighten the spark plug two-thirds of a turn after it contacts the cylinder head... ) Tightening torque:

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Tighten the spark plugs caref ully... A spark plug that is too loose can overheat and damage the engine... Overtightening can cause damage to the threads in the cylinder head...

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If the terminals are severely cor- roded, clean them with baking soda and water... Then use a wrench to loosen and remove the cables from the terminals... Always disconnect the negative ( ) cable first and recon- nect it last... Clean the battery termi- nals with a terminal cleaning tool or wire brush... Reconnect and tighten the cables, then coat the terminals with grease...

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Your drivers power window (see page ) and your audio system will also disable itself when the bat- tery is disconnected or goes dead... The next time you turn on the radio you will see in the frequency display... Use the Preset buttons to en- ter the five-digit code (see page )...

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Check the condition of the wiper blades at least every six months... Look for signs of cracking in the rubber, or areas that are getting hard... Replace the blades if you find these signs, or if they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used...

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Examine the new wiper blades... If they have no plastic or metal rein- forcement along the back edge, remove the metal reinforcement strips from the old wiper blade and install them in the slots along the edge of the new blade...

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Run the air conditioning at least once a week during the cold weather months... Run it for at least ten minutes while you are driving at a steady speed with the engine at normal operating temperature... This circulates the lubricating oil con- tained in the refrigerant...

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This filter should be replaced every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) under normal conditions... It should be replaced every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) if you drive primarily in urban areas that have high concentrations of soot in the air from industry and diesel-powered vehicles... Replace it more often if air flow from the heating and cooling system becomes less than usual...

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Remove the first filter by pulling it straight out of the air conditioning unit... Remove the second filter by sliding it to the left, then pulling it out...

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An auto-tensioner adjusts the tension of the drive belt... The indicator on the auto-tensioner should be in the proper range... It should be checked according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule...

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Keeping the tires properly inflated provides the best combination of handling, tread life, and riding comfort... Underinflated tires wear unevenly, adversely affect handling and fuel economy, and are more likely to fail from being overheated... Overinflated tires can make your car ride more harshly, are more prone to damage from road hazards, and wear unevenly...

Page 239

Tubeless tires have some ability to self-seal if they are punctured... However, because leakage is often very slow, you should look closely for punctures if a tire starts losing pressure...

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Your cars tires have wear indicators molded into the tread... When the tread wears down to that point, you will see a 1/2 inch (12... 7 mm) wide band running across the tread... This shows there is less than 1/16 inch (1... 6 mm) of tread left on the tire... A tire that is this worn gives very little traction on wet roads... You should replace the tire if you can see the tread wear indicator in three or more places around the tire...

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When shopping for replacement tires, you may find that some tires are directional... This means they are designed to rotate only in one direction... If you use directional tires, they should be rotated only front-to- back...

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The tires that came with your car were selected to match the perform- ance capabilities of the car while providing the best combination of handling, ride comfort, and long life... You should replace them with radial tires of the same size, load range, speed rating, and maximum cold tire pressure rating (as shown on the tires sidewall)... Mixing radial and bias-ply tires on your car can reduce its braking ability, traction, and steering accuracy...

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All Season on the sidewall have an all-weather tread design... They should be suitable for most winter driving conditions... Tires without these markings are designed for optimum traction in dry conditions... They may not provide adequate performance in winter driving... For the best performance in snowy or icy conditions, you should install snow tires or tire chains... They may be required by local laws under certain conditions...

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If you mount snow tires on your Acura, make sure they are radial tires of the same size and load range as the original tires... Mount snow tires on all four wheels to balance your cars handling in all weather conditions... Keep in mind the traction provided by snow tires on dry roads may not be as high as your cars original equipment tires... You should drive cautiously even when the roads are clear... Check with the tire dealer for maximum speed recommen- dations...

Page 245

Check the operation of your cars exterior lights at least once a month... A burned out bulb can create an unsafe condition by reducing your cars visibility and the ability to signal your intentions to other drivers...

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Check the following: Headlights (low and high beam) Parking lights Taillights Brake lights High-mount brake light Turn signals Back-up lights Hazard light function License plate light Side marker lights Daytime running lights (Canadian models)

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Your car has two bulbs on each side, four in total... Make sure you are replacing the bulb that is burned out... Your car uses halogen headlight bulbs... When replacing a bulb, handle it by its plastic case and protect the glass from contact with your skin or hard objects... If you touch the glass, clean it with denatured alcohol and a clean cloth...

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Insert the new bulb into the hole, making sure the tabs are in their slots... Pivot the hold-down wire back in place and clip the end into the slot...

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Pull the bulb straight out of its socket... Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms...

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Pull the bulb straight out of its socket... Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms...

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Put the lens back into the light assembly, right side first... Push on the left edge until it snaps into place...

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Determine which of the five bulbs is burned out: brake/taillight, turn signal light, side marker light, back-up light, or taillight...

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Remove the lens by carefully prying on the edge of the lens with a fingernail file or a small flat-tip screwdriver... Do not pry on the edge of the housing around the lens...

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Remove the lens of the burned out bulb by carefully prying on the edge between the lenses with a fingernail file or a small flat-tipped screwdriver...

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If you store your car for 12 months or longer, have your Acura dealer perform the inspections called for in the 24 months/30,000 miles (48,000 km) maintenance schedule (Normal Conditions) as soon as you take it out of storage (see page )... The replacements called for in the maintenance schedule are not needed unless the car has actually reached that time or mileage...

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Regular cleaning and polishing of your Acura helps to keep it new looking... This section gives you hints on how to clean your car and preserve its appearance: the paint, brightwork, wheels and interior... Also included are several things you can do to help prevent corrosion...

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Check the body for road tar, tree sap, etc... Remove these stains with tar remover or turpentine... Rinse it off immediately so it does not harm the finish... Remember to re- wax these areas, even if the rest of the car does not need waxing...

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The wheels have a protective clear- coat that keeps the aluminum from corroding and tarnishing... Using harsh chemicals, including some commercial wheel cleaners, or stiff brushes can damage this clear-coat... Only use a mild detergent and soft brush or sponge to clean the wheels...

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Vacuum the carpeting frequently to remove dirt... Ground-in dirt will make the carpet wear out faster... Periodically shampoo the carpet to keep it looking new... Use one of the foam-type carpet cleaners on the market... Follow the instructions that come with the cleaner, applying it with a sponge or soft brush... Keep the carpeting as dry as possible by not adding water to the foam...

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Vacuum dirt and dust from the leather frequently... Pay particular attention to the pleats and seams... Clean the leather with a soft cloth dampened with clear water, then buff it with a clean, dry cloth... If further cleaning is needed, use a soap specifically for leather, such as saddle soap... Apply this soap with a damp, soft cloth... Wipe down and buff as described above...

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Clean the windows, inside and out, with a commercially-available glass cleaner... You can also use a mixture of one part white vinegar to ten parts water... This will remove the haze that builds up on the inside of the windows... Use a soft cloth or paper towels to clean all glass and clear plastic surfaces...

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Use a high-pressure spray to clean the underside of your car... This is especially important in areas that use road salt in winter... It is also a good idea in humid climates and areas subject to salt air... Cars equipped with ABS have a sensor and wiring at each wheel... Be careful not to damage them...

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When reporting your collision to the insurance company, tell them you want Acura parts used in the repair... Although most insurers recognize the quality of original parts, some may try to specify that the repairs be done with other available parts... You should investigate this before any repairs have begun...

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This section covers the more- common problems that motorists experience with their vehicles... It gives you information about how to safely evaluate the problem and what to do to correct it... If the problem has stranded you on the side of the road, you may be able to get going again... If not, you will also find instructions on getting your car towed...

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The compact spare tire has a shorter tread life than a regular tire... Replace it when you can see the tread wear indicator bars... The replacement should be the same size and design tire, mounted on the same wheel... The compact spare tire is not designed to be mounted on a regular wheel, and the compact wheel is not designed for mounting a regular tire...

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If you have a flat tire while driving, stop in a safe place to change it... Stopping in traffic or on the shoulder of a busy road is dangerous... Drive slowly along the shoulder until you get to an exit or an area to stop that is far away from the traffic lanes...

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Lift the bass speaker out of the spare tire and set it aside... Do not pull on the wiring harness going to the speaker...

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Find the jacking point nearest the wheel you are removing... Place the jack under the jacking point... Turn the end bracket clockwise until the top of the jack contacts the jacking point... Make sure the jacking point tab is resting in the jack notch...

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Put on the spare tire... Put the wheel nuts back on finger-tight, then tighten them in a crisscross pattern with the wheel wrench until the wheel is firmly against the hub... Do not try to tighten them fully...

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Store the jack in its holder... Turn the jacks end bracket clockwise to raise the jack and lock it in place...

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Check the transmission interlock... If you have a manual transmission, the clutch pedal must be pushed all the way to the floor or the starter will not operate... With an automatic transmission, it must be in Park or Neutral...

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Turn the ignition switch to START (III)... If the headlights do not dim, check the condition of the fuses... If the fuses are OK, there is proba- bly something wrong with the electrical circuit for the ignition switch or starter motor... You will need a qualified technician to determine the problem... (See

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Open the hood and check the physical condition of the battery (see page )... In very cold weather, check the condition of the electrolyte... If it seems slushy or like ice, do not try jump starting until it thaws...

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Connect the second jumper cable to the negative ( ) terminal on the booster battery... Connect the other end to the grounding strap as shown... Do not connect this jumper cable to any other part of the engine...

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If you do not see steam or spray, leave the engine running and watch the temperature gauge... If the high heat is due to overloading (climbing a long, steep hill on a hot day with the A/C running, for example), the engine should start to cool down almost immediately... If it does, wait until the tempera- ture gauge comes down to the mid- point then continue driving...

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Start the engine and set the temperature control lever to maximum... Add coolant to the radiator up to the base of the filler neck... If you do not have the proper coolant mixture available, you can add plain water... Remember to have the cooling system drained and refilled with the proper mixture as soon as you can...

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This indicator should light when the ignition switch is ON (II), and go out after the engine starts... It should never come on when the engine is running... If it starts flashing, it indicates that the oil pressure dropped very low for a moment, then recovered... If the indicator stays on with the engine running, it shows that the engine has lost oil pressure and serious engine damage is possible... In either case, you should take immediate action...

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Immediately turn off all electrical accessories: radio, heater, A/C, rear defogger, cruise control, etc... Try not to use other electrically-operated controls such as the power windows... Keep the engine running and take extra care not to stall it... Starting the engine will discharge the battery rapidly...

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This indicator should light when the ignition switch is ON (II), and go out after the engine starts... If it comes on at any other time, it indicates one of the engines emissions control systems may have a problem... Even though you may feel no difference in your cars performance, it can reduce your fuel economy and cause your car to put out excessive emissions... Continued operation may cause serious damage...

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If possible, do not take your car for a state emissions test until the readiness codes are set... To check if they are set, turn the ignition ON (II), but do not start the engine... The Malfunction Indicator Lamp will come on for 20 seconds... If it then goes off, the readiness codes are set... If it blinks 5 times, the readiness codes are not set... See State Emissions Testing on pages and

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However, if the brake pedal does not feel normal, you should take immediate action... Because of the brake systems dual-circuit design, a problem in one part of the system will still give you braking at two wheels... You will feel the brake pedal go down much farther before the car begins to slow down, and you will have to press harder on the pedal... The distance needed to stop will be much longer...

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Try closing the moonroof... If the new fuse blows immediately or the moonroof motor still does not operate, you can close the moonroof manually...

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The interior fuse box is underneath the dashboard on the drivers side... Remove the fuse box by turning the knob and pulling the lid straight out of its hinges...

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and , or the diagram on the fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses control that component... Check those fuses first, but check all the fuses before deciding that a blown fuse is not the cause... Replace any blown fuses and check the components operation...

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If you cannot drive the car without fixing the problem, and you do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse of the same rating or a lower rating from one of the other circuits... Make sure you can do without that circuit temporarily (such as the cigarette lighter or radio)...

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SRS Power Mirror Bass Speaker Heated Seats Fuel Pump Accessory Power Socket Turn Signal Front Wiper Not Used Front Passengers Power Window Drivers Power Window Not Used Not Used

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Condenser fan Small Light Interior Light Cooling Fan Hazard FI ECU Horn, Stop ABS (F/S) Back Up ABS Motor Rear Demister Heater Mortor Power Window Option Left Headlight Door Lock Right Headlight Not Used Main Fuse Battery Main Fuse Ignition Spare Fuse

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Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission... Follow the above procedure exactly... If you cannot shif t the transmission or start the engine (automatic transmission), your car must be transported with the f ront wheels of f the ground...

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If you decide to tow your car with all four wheels on the ground, make sure you use a properly-designed and attached tow bar... Prepare the car for towing as described above, and leave the ignition switch in Accessory (I) so the steering wheel does not lock... Make sure the radio and any electrical accessories are turned off so they do not run down the battery...

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The diagrams in this section give you the dimensions and capacities of your Acura, and the locations of the identification numbers... It also includes information you should know about your vehicles tires and emissions control systems...

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The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the 17-digit number your Acura dealer uses to register your car for warranty purposes... It is also necessary for licensing and insuring your car... The easiest place to find the VIN is on a plate fastened to the top of the dashboard... You can see it by looking through the windshield on the drivers side... It is also on the Certification label attached to the drivers doorjamb, and is stamped on the engine compartment bulkhead... The VIN is also provided in bar code on the Certification label...

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The Transmission Number is on a label on top of the transmission...

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Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the engine... Reserve tank capacity: 0... 16 US gal (0... 6 )

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Front turn signal Front position lights Rear turn signal lights Brake/Taillights High-mount brake light Rear side marker lights Back-up lights License plate lights Ceiling light Cargo area light Spotlights Glove Box light

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The treadwear grade is a compara- tive rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course... For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and one- half (1 1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100... The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual condi- tions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices and differences in road characteristics and climate...

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The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tires resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel... Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure... The grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No... 109... Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law...

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Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an ether compound... These gasolines are collectively referred to as oxygenated fuels... To meet clean air standards, some areas of the United States and Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce emissions...

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If unleaded gasoline is not available, be aware that using leaded gasoline in your Acura will affect perfor- mance and fuel mileage, and damage its emissions controls... It will no longer comply with U... S... and Canadian emissions regulations, and will be illegal to operate in North America... To bring your car back into compliance will require the replace- ment of several components, such as the oxygen sensors and the three way catalytic converter... These re- placements are not covered under warranty...

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The burning of gasoline in your cars engine produces several byproducts... Some of these are carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC)... Gasoline evaporating from the tank also produces hydrocarbons... Controlling the production of NOx, CO, and HC is important to the environment... Under certain conditions of sunlight and climate, NOx and HC react to form photochemical smog... Carbon monoxide does not contribute to smog creation, but it is a poisonous gas...

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The exhaust emissions controls include three systems: PGM-FI, Ignition Timing Control and Three Way Catalytic Converter... These three systems work together to control the engines combustion and minimize the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that comes out the tailpipe... The exhaust emissions control systems are separate from the crankcase and evaporative emissions control systems...

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The three way catalytic converter contains precious metals that serve as catalysts, promoting chemical reactions to convert the exhaust gasses without affecting the metals... The catalytic converter is referred to as a three-way catalyst, since it acts on HC, CO, and NOx... A replacement unit must be an original Acura part or its equivalent...

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If you take your vehicle for a state emissions test shortly after the battery has been disconnected or gone dead, it may not pass the test... This is because of certain readiness codes that must be set in the on- board diagnostics for the emissions systems... These codes are erased when the battery is disconnected, and set again only after several days of driving under a variety of conditions...

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Select a nearby lightly traveled major highway where you can maintain a speed of 50 to 60 mph (80 to 97 km/h) for at least 20 minutes... Drive on the highway in D (A/T) or 5th (M/T)... Do not use the cruise control... When traffic allows, drive for 90 seconds without moving the accelerator pedal... (Vehicle speed may vary slightly; this is okay... ) If you cannot do this for a continuous 90 seconds because of traffic conditions, drive for at least 30 seconds, then repeat it two more times (for a total of 90 seconds)...

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... (U... S... Vehicles) ... 304 ... Authorized Manuals ... 306

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Acura dealership personnel are trained professionals... They should be able to answer all your questions... If you encounter a problem that your dealership does not solve to your satisfaction, please discuss it with the dealerships management... The Service Manager or General Manager can help... Almost all problems are solved in this way...

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Restrictions and exclusions apply to all these warranties... Please read the 2003 Acura Warranty Information booklet that came with your car for precise information on warranty coverages... Your Acuras original tires are covered by their manufacturer... Tire warranty information is in a separate booklet...

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If NHTSA receives similar com- plaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign... However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or Acura Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co... , Inc...

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By completing this form you can order the materials desired... You can pay by check or money order, or charge to your credit card... Mail to Helm Incorporated at the address shown on the back of the order form...

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NOTE: Dealers and Companies please provide dealer or company name, and also the name of the person to whose attention the shipment should be sent... For purchases outside U... S... A... please write to the address shown below for a quotation...

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... Usage ... 102 ... Air Outlets (Vents) ... 102 ... Air Pressure, Tires ... 235 ... Alcohol in Gasoline ... 294

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... Instrument Panel ... 258 ... Interior ... 256 ... Leather ... 257

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... Economy, Fuel ... 161 ... Emergencies on the Road ... 261 ... Battery, Jump Starting ... 270 ... Brake System Indicator ... 278

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... Gas Mileage, Improving ... 161 ... Gasohol ... 294 ... Gasoline ... 155

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Lubricant Specifications ... Chart ... 290, 291 ... Luggage ... 164

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Oil ... Change, How to ... 209 ... Change, When to ... 198 ... Checking Engine ... 159 ... Pressure Indicator ... 61, 274

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... Specifications Charts ... 290 ... Speed Control ... 74 ... Speedometer ... 66

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... Shifting the Manual ... 170 ... Treadwear ... 292 ... Trip Meter ... 67

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Windshield ... Cleaning ... 72 ... Defroster ... 102

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Honda Power Steering Fluid preferred, or another brand of power steering fluid as a temporary replacement... Do not use ATF (see page )...

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