Contents

Acura RSX 2005 Coupe Owner's Manual PDF

Pages 243
Year 2005
Language(s)
English en
1 of 243
1 of 243

Summary of Content for Acura RSX 2005 Coupe Owner's Manual PDF

Page 3

Maintaining your vehicle according to the schedules given in this manual helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment... When your vehicle 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...

Page 4

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...

Page 6

To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel... :

Page 8

This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers... It shows you how to use seat belts... It explains how your airbags work... And it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your vehicle...

Page 9

Children age 12 and under should ride properly restrained in a back seat, not the front seat... Infants and small children should be restrained in a child seat... Larger children should use a booster seat and a lap/ shoulder belt until they can use the belt properly without a booster seat

Page 10

Some features do not require any action on your part... These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment; front and rear crush zones; a collapsible steering column; and tensioners that tighten the front seat belts in a crash...

Page 11

The following pages explain how you can take an active role in protecting yourself and your passengers... Seat belts are the single most

Page 12

Your vehicle also has side airbags to help protect the upper torso of the driver or a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe side impact (see page for more information on how your side airbags work)...

Page 13

Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle... A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as possible...

Page 14

The following pages provide instructions on how to properly protect the driver, adult passengers and teenage children who are large enough and mature enough to drive or ride in the front seat...

Page 15

If you cannot get far enough away from the steering wheel and still reach the controls, we recommend that you investigate whether some type of adaptive equipment may help... Once your seat is adjusted correctly,

Page 16

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...

Page 17

Sitting improperly can increase the chance of injury during a crash... For example, if an occupant slouches, lies down, turns sideways, sits forward, leans forward or sideways, or puts one or both feet up, the chance of injury during a crash is greatly increased...

Page 18

When driving, remember to sit upright and adjust the seat as far back as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle... When riding as a front passenger, adjust the seat as far back as possible... This will reduce the risk of injuries to both you and your unborn child that can be caused by a crash or an inflating front airbag...

Page 19

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

Page 20

All seat belts have an emergency locking retractor... In normal driving, the retractor lets you move freely in your seat while it keeps some tension on the belt... During a collision or sudden stop, the retractor automatically locks the belt to help restrain your body...

Page 21

For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners... When activated, the tensioners immediately tighten the belts to help hold the driver and a front passenger in place...

Page 22

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

Page 23

A sophisticated electronic system that continually monitors and records information about the sensors, the control unit, the airbag activators, the seat belt tensioners, and driver and front passenger seat belt use when the ignition is in the ON (II) position...

Page 24

This can happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy... In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal...

Page 25

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 vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so...

Page 26

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

Page 27

If the Side Airbag Off Indicator comes on (see page ), have the passenger sit upright... Once the passenger is out of the airbags deployment path, the system will turn the airbag back on, and the indicator will go out...

Page 28

When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), the indicator should come on 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...

Page 29

If you have children, or ever need to drive with a child in your vehicle, be sure to read this section... It begins with important general guidelines, then presents special information for infants, small children, and larger children...

Page 30

According to accident statistics, children of all ages and sizes are safer when they are restrained in a back seat... The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children age 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat...

Page 31

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

Page 32

If you are not wearing a seat belt in a crash, you could be thrown forward and crush the child against the dashboard or a seat-back... If you are wearing a seat belt the child can be torn from your arms and be seriously hurt or killed...

Page 33

When properly installed, a rear- facing child seat may prevent the driver or a front passenger from moving the seat as far back as recommended, or from locking the seat-back in the desired position...

Page 34

In either situation, we strongly recommend that you install 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...

Page 35

Before purchasing a conventional child seat, or using a previously purchased one, we recommend that you test the seat in the specific vehicle seating position, or positions, where the seat will be used...

Page 36

All child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt or with the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system... A child whose seat is not properly secured to the vehicle can be endangered in a crash...

Page 37

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...

Page 38

Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchor, then tighten the strap as instructed by the child seat maker...

Page 39

After the belt has retracted, tug on it... If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out... If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked, and you will need to repeat these steps...

Page 40

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...

Page 41

The tether anchorage points are located under plastic covers... Pivot the cover downward to access the anchorage point...

Page 42

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 front...

Page 43

A child may continue using a booster seat until the tops of their ears are even with the top of the vehicles or boosters seat-back... A child of this height should be tall enough to use the lap/shoulder belt without a booster seat...

Page 44

If the passengers front airbag inflates in a moderate to severe frontal collision, the airbag can cause serious injuries to a child who is unrestrained, improperly restrained, sitting too close to the airbag, or out of position...

Page 45

Devices intended to improve a childs comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can make the belt less effective and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash...

Page 46

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...

Page 47

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

Page 50

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

Page 52

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

Page 53

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

Page 54

This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), and when the ignition switch is turned to START (III)... If it comes on at any other time, there is a problem with the ABS... If this happens, have your vehicle checked at a dealer... With this on, your vehicle still has normal braking ability but no anti-lock brakes... For more information, see page ...

Page 55

The left or right turn signal indicator blinks when you signal a lane change or turn... If the indicator 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...

Page 56

This indicator comes on 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...

Page 57

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

Page 58

The odometer shows the total dis- tance your vehicle 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...

Page 59

(Odometer/trip meter message) If your fuel cap is loose or missing, a CHECK FUEL CAP message appears as text in the odometer/trip meter display after you start the engine... Turn the engine off and confirm the fuel cap is installed... If it is, loosen the cap, then retighten it at least 3 clicks... When you restart the engine, the message appears again... To clear the message, press and hold the select/reset button until the message is replaced the odometer/ trip meter display... If the system still detects a loose or missing fuel cap, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) comes on... Turn the engine off and check or retighten the fuel cap at least 3 clicks... The MIL goes out after 3 days of normal driving once the cap is tightened or replaced... If it does not go out, have your dealer inspect the vehicle... For more information, see page ...

Page 60

To use the horn, press the center pad on the steering wheel... :

Page 61

The length of the wiper interval is varied automatically according to the vehicles speed... Vary the delay by turning the INT TIME ring... If you turn it to the shortest delay, the wipers will change to low speed operation when the vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h)...

Page 62

To turn on the high beams, push the left lever forward until it clicks... The blue high beam indicator will come on (see page )... Pull it back to return to low beams... To flash the high beams, pull the lever back lightly, then release it... The high beams will stay on as long as you hold the lever back...

Page 63

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 indicator in the button comes on 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 switch... You have to turn it on again when you restart the vehicle...

Page 64

Move the steering wheel so it points to your chest, not toward your face... Make sure you can see the instrument panel gauges and indicators...

Page 65

You should have received a key number tag with your keys... You will need this key number if you ever have to get a key replaced... Use only an Acura-approved key blank...

Page 66

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...

Page 67

You can insert or remove the key only in this position... To turn the key, you must push the key in slightly... If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, the shift lever must also be in park...

Page 68

Each door has a lock tab at the top of the door... When you push down the lock tab on the drivers door, both doors and the hatch lock... The lock tab on the passengers door locks and unlocks only that door... Pulling up on the drivers door lock tab only unlocks the drivers door...

Page 69

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

Page 70

The interior lights will come on when you press the UNLOCK button... If you do not open either door or the hatch within 30 seconds, the lights fade out... If you relock the doors and the hatch with the remote transmitter before 30 seconds have elapsed, the light will go off immediately;

Page 71

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...

Page 72

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

Page 73

To change the lumbar support, move the lever on the right side of the seat-back forward or backward... Keep moving the lever forward or backward until you find a suitable position...

Page 74

To get out from 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...

Page 75

Both front seats are equipped with seat heaters... The ignition switch must be in the ON (II) position 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...

Page 76

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

Page 77

Do not place items on the cargo area cover, or stack objects higher than the top of the back seat... They could block your view and be thrown about the vehicle during a crash or sudden stop...

Page 78

To open/close the drivers window, push the window switch firmly down or up to the second detent, and release it... The window will automatically go up or down all the way... To stop the window, pull/ push on the window switch briefly...

Page 79

If your vehicles battery is disconnected or goes dead, or the drivers window fuse is removed, the AUTO function will be disabled... The power window system needs to be reset after reconnecting the battery or installing the fuse...

Page 80

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...

Page 81

The outside mirrors are heated to remove fog and frost... With the ignition switch in the ON (II) position, turn on the heaters by pressing the button... The indicator in the button comes on as a reminder... Press the button again to turn the heaters off...

Page 82

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 )... 53

Page 83

ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET CONSOLE COMPARTMENT BEVERAGE HOLDER

Page 84

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

Page 85

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...

Page 86

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

Page 87

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...

Page 88

The heating and air conditioning systems in your vehicle provide a comfortable driving environment in all weather conditions...

Page 89

RECIRCULATION BUTTON AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON

Page 90

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...

Page 91

This button controls the source of air going into the system... When the indicator in this button is on, 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...

Page 92

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...

Page 93

SEEK/SKIP BAR PRESET BUTTONS TUNE/MODE KNOB

Page 94

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 for a station with a strong signal... When it finds one, it will stop and play that station for about 5 seconds... If you do nothing, the system will then scan for the next strong station and play it for 5 seconds... When it plays a station that you want to listen to, press the SCAN button again...

Page 95

Select the desired band, AM or FM... FM1 and FM2 let you store two frequencies with each preset button... Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN function to tune the radio to a desired station... Pick a preset button, and hold it until you hear a beep... Repeat steps 1 through 3 to store a total of six stations on AM and twelve stations on FM...

Page 96

Each mode is shown in the display as it changes... Turn the MODE (TUNE) knob to adjust the setting to your liking... When the level reaches the center, you will see C in the display... The system will automatically return the display to the selected audio mode about 5 seconds after you stop adjusting a mode...

Page 97

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 go off and the sound will fade completely as you get out of range of the stations signal...

Page 98

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...

Page 100

The tape direction indicator will come on to show you which side of the tape is playing... The indicates the side you inserted upward is now playing... If you want to play the other side, press the PLAY/PROG button... When the player reaches the end of the tape, it will automatically reverse direction and play the other side...

Page 101

Store tapes in their cases to protect them from dust and moisture... Never place tapes where they will be exposed to direct sunlight, high heat, or high humidity... If a tape is exposed to extreme heat or cold, let it reach a moderate temperature before inserting it into the player...

Page 103

With the ignition in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position, insert a CD into the CD slot... The drive will pull the CD in the rest of the way and begin to play it... You operate the CD player with the same controls used for the radio... The number of the track playing is shown in the display... The system will continuously play a CD until you change modes...

Page 104

Your vehicles audio system has an in-dash CD changer that holds up to six CDs, providing several hours of continuous entertainment... You operate this CD changer with the same controls used for the radio and tape player...

Page 105

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...

Page 106

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...

Page 107

To remove the CD that is currently playing, press the eject button... You will see EJEC in the display... When you remove the CD 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 10 seconds the system begins playing the next CD in the changer... If the changer is empty, the system selects the previous mode (AM, FM, or Tape)...

Page 108

To select the CD changer, press the CD button... The CD and track numbers will be displayed... To select a different CD, use the preset 5 (DISC ) or preset 6 (DISC ) button... 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...

Page 109

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 CD, causing skipping or other problems... Remove these pieces by rubbing the inner and outer edges with the side of a pencil or pen...

Page 110

Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD... Check if it is inserted correctly in the CD player... Make sure the CD is not scratched or damaged... Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD... Check the CD for damage or deformation... If the CD cannot be pulled out or the error message does not disappear after the CD is ejected, consult your dealer... Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal...

Page 111

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

Page 112

Message CauseIf you see an error message in the display while playing a CD, find the cause in the chart to the right... If you cannot clear the error message, take your vehicle to your dealer...

Page 113

If your vehicles battery is discon- nected or goes dead, or the radio fuse is removed, the audio system will disable itself... If this happens, you will see in the frequency display the next time you turn on the system... Use the preset buttons to enter the five-digit code... The code is located on the radio code card included in your Owners Manual kit... When it is entered correctly, the radio will start playing...

Page 114

You can quickly set the time to the nearest hour... If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing and holding the CLOCK button, then pressing the R (RESET) button sets the clock back to the previous hour... If the displayed time is after the half

Page 115

The security system helps to protect your vehicle and valuables from theft... The horn sounds and a combination of headlights, parking lights, side marker lights, and taillights flash if someone attempts to break into your vehicle... This alarm continues for 2 minutes, then the alarm stops... To reset an alarming system before the 2 minutes have elapsed, unlock either door with the key or the remote transmitter...

Page 116

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 city driving, winding roads, slippery roads, heavy rain, or bad weather...

Page 117

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... This will cancel the cruise control... To resume the set speed, press the RESUME/accel button... The CRUISE CONTROL indicator on the instrument panel will come back on...

Page 118

Even with the cruise control turned on, you can still use the accelerator pedal to speed up for passing... After completing the pass, take your foot off the accelerator pedal... The vehicle will return to the set cruising speed...

Page 119

When you push the CANCEL button, or tap the brake or clutch pedal, the system remembers the previously- set cruising speed... To return to that speed, accelerate to above 25 mph (40 km/h) and then press and release the RESUME/accel button... The CRUISE CONTROL indicator comes on... The vehicle will accelerate to the same cruising speed as before...

Page 120

Before you begin driving your vehicle, 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 vehicle, please read the information in this section first...

Page 121

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

Page 122

Your vehicle is designed to operate on premium unleaded gasoline with a pump octane of 91 or higher... Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause occasional metallic knocking noises in the engine and will result in decreased engine performance... Use of a gasoline with a pump octane less than 86 can lead to engine damage...

Page 123

even though the tank is not full, there may be a problem with your vehicles fuel vapor recovery system... The system helps keep fuel vapors from going into the atmosphere... Consult your dealer...

Page 124

Screw the fuel fill cap back on until it clicks at least three times... If you do not properly tighten the cap, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp may come on (see page

Page 125

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... Make sure it is securely latched...

Page 126

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

Page 127

The build-up of snow or mud on your vehicles underside adds weight and rolling resistance... Frequent cleaning helps your fuel mileage and reduces the chance of corrosion...

Page 128

When properly installed, cellular phones, alarms, two-way radios, and low-powered audio systems should not interfere with your vehicles computer controlled systems, such as your airbags and anti-lock brakes...

Page 129

Some examples are: Lowering your vehicle with an aftermarket suspension kit that significantly reduces ground clearance can allow the undercarriage to hit speed bumps or other raised objects, which could cause the airbags to deploy...

Page 130

However, carrying too much cargo, or improperly storing it, can affect your vehicles handling, stability, stopping distance, and tires, and make it unsafe... Before carrying any type of cargo, be sure to read the following pages...

Page 131

The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity... For example, if the maximum load is 700 lbs (325 kg) and there will be four 150 lb (70 kg) passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 100 lbs (45 kg)... [700 600 (4 150) = 100 lbs]/ [325 280 (4 70) = 45 kg]

Page 132

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 dealer for further information...

Page 134

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

Page 135

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

Page 136

Without touching the accelerator pedal, turn the ignition key to the START (III) position... Do not hold the key in START for more than 15 seconds at a time... If the engine does not start right away, pause for at least 10 seconds before trying again...

Page 137

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...

Page 138

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...

Page 139

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

Page 140

The D indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to 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 a dealer as soon as possible... CONTINUED

Page 141

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...

Page 142

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 )...

Page 143

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...

Page 144

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...

Page 145

Put a cloth on the edge of the Shift Lock Release slot cover next to the shift lever... Using a small flat- tipped screwdriver or a metal fingernail file, carefully pry on the edge of the cover...

Page 146

If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, set the parking brake before you put the transmission in Park... This keeps the vehicle from moving and putting pressure on the parking mechanism in the transmission...

Page 147

If the brake pads need replacing, you will hear a distinctive, metallic screeching sound when you apply the brake pedal... If you do not have the brake pads replaced, they will screech all the time... It is normal for the brakes to occasionally squeal or squeak when you apply them...

Page 148

You will feel a pulsation in the brake pedal when the ABS activates, and may hear some noise... This is normal: it is the ABS rapidly pumping the brakes... On dry pavement, you will need to press on the brake pedal very hard before the ABS activates... However, you may feel the ABS activate immediately if you are trying to stop on snow or ice...

Page 149

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

Page 150

Discuss your needs with your trailer sales or rental agency, and follow the guidelines in the rest of this section... Also make sure that all equipment is properly installed and that it meets federal, state, province, and local regulations...

Page 151

Always use safety chains when you tow a trailer... Make sure the chains are secured to the trailer and hitch, and that they cross under the tongue and 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...

Page 152

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...

Page 153

Make turns more slowly and wider than normal... The trailer tracks a smaller arc than your vehicle, and it can hit or run over something the vehicle misses... Allow more time and distance for braking... Do not brake or turn suddenly as this could cause the trailer to jackknife or turn over...

Page 154

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

Page 155

Some of the most important safety precautions are given here... However, we cannot warn you of every conceivable hazard that can arise in performing maintenance... Only you can decide whether or not you should perform a given task...

Page 156

Avoid exceeding your vehicles load limit... This puts excess stress on the engine, brakes, and many other vehicle parts... The load limit is shown on the tire information label on the drivers doorjamb...

Page 157

Your authorized dealer knows your vehicle 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 skilled person to keep your warranties in effect... Keep all the receipts as proof of completion, and have the person who does the work fill out the Maintenance Record... Check your warranty booklet for more information...

Page 158

Tie-rod ends, steering gear box and boots Suspension components Driveshaft boots Brake hoses and lines (including ABS) All fluid levels and condition of fluids Exhaust system Fuel lines and connections

Page 159

Driving less than 5 miles (8 km) per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 miles (16 km) per trip... Driving in extremely hot [over 90F (32C)] conditions... Extensive idling or long periods of stop and go driving, such as a taxi or a commercial delivery vehicle...

Page 160

You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page ) or severe conditions (page )... Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle... 158

Page 161

(for Normal and Severe Schedules)Maintenance Record

Page 162

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop)

Page 163

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 vehicle...

Page 164

Changing the oil and filter requires special tools and access from underneath the vehicle... The vehicle should be raised on a service station- type hydraulic lift for this service... Unless you have the knowledge and proper equipment, you should have this maintenance done by a skilled mechanic...

Page 165

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...

Page 166

If Honda antifreeze/coolant 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... 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...

Page 167

When the radiator and engine are cool, relieve any pressure in the cooling system by turning the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pressing down...

Page 168

DIPSTICKDo not use engine antif reeze or a vinegar/water solution in the windshield washer reservoir... Antif reeze can damage your vehicles paint, while a vinegar/water solution can damage the windshield washer pump... Use only commercially-available windshield washer f luid...

Page 169

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

Page 170

The fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir... If the level is at or below the MIN mark, your brake system needs attention... Have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads...

Page 171

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...

Page 172

Always use Honda Power Steering Fluid... You may use another power steering fluid as an emergency replacement, but have the power steering system flushed and refilled with Honda PSF as soon as possible...

Page 173

Your vehicle 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...

Page 174

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...

Page 175

To change a high beam headlight bulb, remove the electrical connector from the bulb by pushing on the tab and pulling the connector down...

Page 176

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

Page 177

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

Page 178

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

Page 179

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

Page 180

If your seat belts get dirty, use a soft brush with a mixture of mild soap and warm water to clean them... Do not use bleach, dye, or cleaning solvents... Let the belts air dry before you use the vehicle... Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat belt anchors can cause the belts to retract slowly... Wipe the insides of the loops with a clean cloth dampened in mild soap and warm water or isopropyl alcohol...

Page 181

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...

Page 182

Examine the new wiper blades... If they have no plastic or metal reinforcement 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...

Page 183

Check the air pressures when the tires are cold... This means the vehicle has been parked for at least three hours, or driven less than 1 mile (1... 6 km)... Add or release air, if needed, to match the recommended cold tire pressures on the next page...

Page 184

If you check air pressures when the tires are hot (driven for several miles), you will see readings 4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0... 3 to 0... 4 kgf/cm ) higher than the cold readings... This is normal... Do not let air out to match the recommended cold air pressure... The tire will be underinflated...

Page 185

We strongly recommend that you do not drive faster than posted speed limits and conditions allow... If you decide it is safe to drive at high speeds (over 137 mph or 220 km/h) be sure to adjust the cold pressures as shown below... If you do not, excessive heat can build up and cause sudden tire failure...

Page 186

Have your dealer check the tires if you feel a consistent vibration while driving... A tire should always be rebalanced if it is removed from the wheel... When you have new tires installed, make sure they are balanced... This increases riding comfort and tire life... For best results, have the installer perform a dynamic balance...

Page 187

It is best to replace all four tires at the same time... If that is not possible or necessary, replace the two front tires or two rear tires as a pair... Replacing just one tire can seriously affect your vehicles handling...

Page 188

When installing cables, follow the manufacturers instructions, and mount them as tight as you can... Make sure they are not contacting the brake lines or suspension... Drive slowly with them installed... If you hear them coming into contact with the body or chassis, stop and investigate... Remove them as soon as you begin driving on cleared roads...

Page 189

Check the condition of the battery monthly by looking at the test indicator window... The label on the battery explains the test indicators colors... Check the terminals for corrosion (a white or yellowish powder)... To remove it, cover the terminals with a solution of baking soda and water... It will bubble up and turn brown... When this stops, wash it off with plain water... Dry off the battery with a cloth or paper towel... Coat the

Page 190

If you store your vehicle for 12 months or longer, have your 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 vehicle has actually reached that time or mileage...

Page 192

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 vehicle towed...

Page 193

Replace the tire 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 spare tire is not designed to be mounted on a regular wheel, and the spare wheel is not designed for mounting a regular tire...

Page 194

Park the vehicle on firm, level, and non-slippery ground... Put the transmission in Park (automatic) or Reverse (manual)... Apply the parking brake... If you are towing a trailer, unhitch the trailer...

Page 195

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

Page 196

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... Remove the wheel nuts, then

Page 197

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

Page 198

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

Page 199

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...

Page 200

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 probably something wrong with the electrical circuit for the ignition switch or starter motor... You will need a qualified technician to determine the problem (see on page )...

Page 201

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

Page 202

Once the vehicle is running, disconnect the negative cable from the grounding strap on your vehicle, then from the booster battery... Disconnect the positive cable from your vehicle, then from the booster battery...

Page 203

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, the engine should start to cool down almost immediately... If it does, wait until the temperature gauge comes down to the midpoint, then continue driving...

Page 204

Start the engine, and set the temperature control dial 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...

Page 205

Start the engine, and watch the oil pressure indicator... If it does not go out within 10 seconds, turn off the engine... There is a mechanical problem that needs to be repaired before you can continue driving (see on page

Page 206

To check if they are set, turn the ignition switch to ON (II), without starting 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... If possible, do not take your vehicle for a state emissions test until the readiness codes are set... Refer to State Emissions Testing for more information (see page )... 226

Page 207

However, if the brake pedal does not feel normal, you should take immediate action... A problem in one part of the systems dual circuit design will still give you braking at two wheels... You will feel the brake pedal go down much farther before the vehicle begins to slow down, and you will have to press harder on the pedal...

Page 208

If you need to close the moonroof manually, it means the moonroof opening/closing function is developing a problem... Have your vehicle checked by your dealer...

Page 209

and , or the diagram on the fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses control that device... Check those fuses first, but check all the fuses before deciding that a blown fuse is the cause... Replace any blown fuses, and check if the device works...

Page 210

Check the smaller fuses in the under-hood fuse box and all the fuses in the interior fuse box by pulling out each fuse with the fuse puller provided in the interior fuse box...

Page 211

If you cannot drive your vehicle 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)...

Page 212

Daytime Running Lights 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

Page 213

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

Page 214

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 vehicle must be transported with the f ront wheels of f the ground...

Page 215

If you decide to tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground, make sure you use a properly- designed and attached tow bar... Prepare the vehicle for towing as described above, and leave the ignition switch in the Accessory (I) position 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...

Page 216

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

Page 217

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the 17-digit number your dealer uses to register your vehicle for warranty purposes... It is also necessary for licensing and insuring your vehicle... 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...

Page 218

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

Page 219

4... 4 US qt (4... 2 ) 5... 0 US qt (4... 7 ) 4... 2 US qt (4... 0 ) 4... 8 US qt (4... 5 ) 5... 6 US qt (5... 3 ) 6... 1 US qt (5... 8 )

Page 220

Front turn signal Front parking lights Front side marker 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

Page 221

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...

Page 222

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 vehicle 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...

Page 223

Whenever tires are replaced, they should be replaced with tires of the same size... The following is an example of tire size with an explanation of what each component means...

Page 224

The burning of gasoline in your vehicles engine produces several by- products... Some of these are carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC)... Gasoline evaporating from the tank also produces hydrocarbons... Con- trolling the production of NOx, CO, and HC is important to the environ- ment... Under certain conditions of sunlight and climate, NOx and HC react to form photochemical smog... Carbon monoxide does not contri- bute to smog creation, but it is a poisonous gas...

Page 225

The PGM-FI System uses sequential multiport fuel injection... It has three subsystems: air intake, engine control, and fuel control... The powertrain control module (PCM) in automatic transmission vehicles or the engine control module (ECM) in manual transmission vehicles uses various sensors to determine how much air is going into the engine... It then controls how much fuel to inject under all operating conditions... The emissions control systems are

Page 226

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...

Page 227

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...

Page 228

... (U... S... Vehicles) ... 230 ... Authorized Manuals ... 231

Page 229

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...

Page 230

Restrictions and exclusions apply to all these warranties... Please read the 2005 Acura Warranty Information booklet that came with your vehicle for precise information on warranty coverages... Your vehicles original tires are covered by their manufacturer... Tire warranty information is in a separate booklet...

Page 231

If NHTSA receives similar complaints, 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...

Page 232

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...

Page 233

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...

Page 234

... Headlights ... 172 ... High-mount Brake Light ... 177 ... Rear Side Marker Lights ... 178

Page 235

... System ... 223 ... Cruise Control Indicator ... 54 ... Cruise Control Operation ... 115

Page 236

... Automatic Transmission ... 167 ... Brake ... 169 ... Clutch ... 169

Page 237

... Airbags ... 11, 22 ... Fuel ... 121

Page 238

... Inside Mirror ... 79 ... Inspection, Tire ... 184

Page 239

... Change, How to ... 163 ... Change, When to ... 157 ... Checking Engine ... 125 ... Pressure Indicator ... 53, 204

Page 240

... Side Airbags ... 11, 25 ... Off Indicator ... 27, 52 ... Signaling Turns ... 61

Page 241

... Shifting the Manual ... 136 ... Treadwear ... 220 ... Trip Meter ... 57

Page 242

... Checking the Fluid Level ... 167 ... Indicator ... 55 ... Operation ... 60

Page 243

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

Manualsnet FAQs

If you want to find out how the RSX Acura works, you can view and download the Acura RSX 2005 Coupe Owner's Manual on the Manualsnet website.

Yes, we have the Owner's Manual for Acura RSX as well as other Acura manuals. All you need to do is to use our search bar and find the user manual that you are looking for.

The Owner's Manual should include all the details that are needed to use a Acura RSX. Full manuals and user guide PDFs can be downloaded from Manualsnet.com.

The best way to navigate the Acura RSX 2005 Coupe Owner's Manual is by checking the Table of Contents at the top of the page where available. This allows you to navigate a manual by jumping to the section you are looking for.

This Acura RSX 2005 Coupe Owner's Manual consists of sections like Table of Contents, to name a few. For easier navigation, use the Table of Contents in the upper left corner.

You can download Acura RSX 2005 Coupe Owner's Manual free of charge simply by clicking the “download” button in the upper right corner of any manuals page. This feature allows you to download any manual in a couple of seconds and is generally in PDF format. You can also save a manual for later by adding it to your saved documents in the user profile.

To be able to print Acura RSX 2005 Coupe Owner's Manual, simply download the document to your computer. Once downloaded, open the PDF file and print the Acura RSX 2005 Coupe Owner's Manual as you would any other document. This can usually be achieved by clicking on “File” and then “Print” from the menu bar.