Acura Integra 2000 Hatchback Owner's Manual PDF

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Summary of Content for Acura Integra 2000 Hatchback 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 dealer's 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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Always Wear Your Seat Belt 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 16... )

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These safety features are designed to reduce the severity of injuries in a crash... However, you and your passengers can't take full advantage of these safety features unless you remain sitting in a proper position and always wear your seat belts properly... In fact, some safety features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly...

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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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Airbags can pose serious hazards... To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force and speed... So while airbags save lives, they can cause serious injuries to adults and larger children who are not wearing seat belts, are not wearing them properly, are sitting too close to the airbag, or are not sitting in a proper position... Infants and small children are at an even greater risk of injury or death...

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How you adjust your seats and seat- backs can also affect your safety... For example, sitting too close to the steering wheel or dashboard increases the risk of you or your passenger being injured by striking the inside of the car, or by an inflating airbag...

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Pre-Drive Safety Checklist To make sure you and your passengers get the maximum protection from your car's safety features, check the following each time before you drive away:

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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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To reduce the chance of injury, wear your seat belt properly, sit upright with your back against the seat, and move the seat as far back as possible from the steering wheel while still maintaining full control of the car... 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 occupant's 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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Before driving, make sure everyone with an adjustable head restraint has properly positioned the head restraint... The restraint should be positioned so the back of the occupant's head rests against the center of the restraint... A taller person should adjust the restraint as high as possible...

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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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If a seat belt does not seem to work as it should, it may not protect the occupant in a crash... No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat belt... 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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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...

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Do not put any accessories on seat belts... Devices intended to improve occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can severely compromise the protective capability of the seat belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash...

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Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers... 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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All Children Must Be Restrained 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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Small Children Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger's airbag can be hazardous... If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child's head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating airbag can strike the child with enough force to kill or very seriously injure a small child...

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PRECAUTIONS: POUR EVITER DES BLESSURES GRAVES: POUR PROFITER D'UNE PROTECTIOON MAXIMALE LORS D'UNE COLLISION BOUCLEZ TOUJOURS VOTRE C EINTURE DE SECURITE... NINSTALLEZ JAMAIS UN SIEGE POUR ENFANTS FAISANT FACE A L'ARRIERE SUR LE SIEGE DU PASSAGER AVANT... NE VOUS APPUYEZ PAS ET NE VOUS ASSOYEZ PAS PRES DU COUSSIN GONFLABLE... NE DEPOSEZ AUCUN OBJET SUR LE COUSSIN GONFLABLE OU ENTRE LE COUSSIN GONFLABLE ET VOUS... LISEZ LE GUIDE UTILISATEUR POUR DE PLUS AMPLES RENSEIGNEMENTS...

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Additional Safety Precaution Do not leave children alone in your vehicle... 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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Infants: Children up to about one year old should be restrained in a rear-facing, reclining child seat... Only a rear-facing seat provides the proper support to protect an infant's head, neck, and back... See page 29 for additional information on protecting infants...

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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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Small children: Not recommended, due to the passenger's airbag hazard... If a small child must ride in front, move the vehicle seat to the rear-most position and secure a front-facing child seat with the seat belt (see page 34)...

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1... Secure the child seat to the car with a seat belt... Al l child seats must be secured to the car with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt... A child whose seat is not properly secured to the car can be endangered in a crash... See pages 30 and 34 for instructions on how to secure child seats in this car...

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Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat... If the passenger's 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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2... 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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4... 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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Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger's airbag can be hazardous... If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child's head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating passenger's 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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4... 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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If you are wearing a seat belt, the child can be torn from your arms during a crash... For example, if your car crashes into a parked vehicle at 30 mph (48 km/h), a 30-lb (14 kg) child will become a 900-lb (410 kg) force, and you will not be able to hold on...

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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 children who must sit in the front seat...

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Do not put any accessories on a seat belt... 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 passenger's airbag poses serious risks to children... If the seat is too far forward, or the child's head is thrown forward during a collision, or the child is unrestrained or out of position, an inflating airbag can kill or seriously injure the child...

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Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchorage point and tighten the strap according to the child seat maker's instructions...

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When reinstalling tether hardware, make sure the toothed washer is on the bottom of the bolt... Tighten the bolt to: 16 lbf... ft (22 N... m , 2... 2 kgf... m)

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instrument panel to remind you and your passengers to fasten your belts... If the driver's 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 driver's seat belt is fastened...

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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, you should have your dealer inspect the belt, and replace it if necessary... 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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Two front airbags... The driver's airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger's airbag is stored in the dashboard... Both are marked "SRS AIRBAG... "

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After a crash, you may see what looks like smoke... This is actually powder from the airbag's 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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Your airbags ever inflate... The airbags and the control unit must be replaced... Do not try to remove or replace the airbags yourself... This must be done by an Acura dealer or a knowledgeable body shop...

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Additional Safety Precautions Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags... Together, airbags and seat belts provide the best protection in a moderate to severe frontal collision...

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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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Adjusting the Power Mirrors ... 86 Parking Brake... 87 Digital Clock ... 88 Beverage Holder... 89 Console Compartment... 90 Cigarette Lighter... 90 Ashtrays... 91 Interior Lights... 92

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DOOR LOCK SWITCHES/ HATCH LOCK SWITCH (P... 75)

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

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This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch ON (II)... It is a reminder to you and your passengers to protect yourselves by fastening the seat belts... A beeper also sounds if you have not fastened your seat belt...

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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 146...

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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 208)... Replace the bulb as soon as possible, since other drivers cannot see that you are signalling...

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This indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II)... It will then go off if you have inserted a properly-coded ignition key... If it is not a properly- coded key, the indicator will blink and the engine will not start (see page 70 )...

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Odometer The odometer shows the total dis- tance your car has been driven... It measures miles in U... S... models and kilometers in Canadian models... It is illegal under 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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Temperature Gauge This shows the temperature of the engine's coolant... During normal operation, the pointer should rise from the bottom white mark to about the middle of the gauge... In severe driving conditions, such as very hot weather or a long period of uphill driving, the pointer may rise to near the upper white mark... If it reaches the red (Hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road... Turn to page 233 for instructions and precautions on checking the engine's cooling system...

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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 by pressing the reset button... This button is located on the bottom of the dashboard to the right of the steering column...

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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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Daytime Running Lights (Canadian Models) With the headlight switch off, the high beam headlights come on with reduced brightness when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) and release the parking brake... They remain on until you turn the ignition off, even if you set the parking brake...

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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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To operate the wipers in mist mode, push the control lever down... The wipers run at high speed until you release the lever... This gives you a quick way to clear the windshield...

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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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The defogger wires on the inside of the rear window can be accidentally damaged... When cleaning the glass, always wipe side to side...

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Cruise Control LS, GS and GS-R models 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...

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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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If you use the brake or clutch pedal to cancel cruise control, the system remembers the previously-set cruising speed... To return to that speed, accelerate to above 25 mph (40 km/h) and press the RESUME/ accel button until the CRUISE CON- TROL light comes on... The car will accelerate to the same cruising speed as before...

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You should have received a key number plate with your set of keys... You will need this number if you have to get a lost key replaced... Keep the plate stored in a safe place... When replacing keys, use only Acura-approved key blanks...

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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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LOCK (0) You caii 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 lock the passenger's door when getting out of the car, push the lock tab in and close the door... To lock the driver's door, pull the door handle and push the lock tab in... Release the handle, then close the door...

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Both doors and the hatch can be locked from the outside by using the key in either door or the hatch... To unlock only the driver's door from the outside, insert the key in the driver's 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 passenger's door or the hatch with the key...

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See page 132 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 Carbon Monoxide Hazard on page 49...

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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 lever under the seat cushion's front edge... Move the seat to the desired position and release the lever... Try to move the seat to make sure it is locked in position...

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The height of your driver's seat is adjustable... Turn the front dial on the outside of the seat cushion to raise the front of the seat bottom and turn the rear dial to raise the rear...

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To get into the back seat on the passenger's side, push forward on the release lever at the base of the seat-back... The entire seat will slide forward at the same time to allow easier entry to the back seat... After you return the seat-back to the upright position, push the whole seat backwards until it latches... Make sure the seat is fully latched before sitting in it...

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The front head restraints help protect you and your passenger from whiplash and other injuries... They are most effective when you adjust them so the back of the occupant's head rests against the center of the restraint... A taller person should adjust the restraint as high as possible...

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To install the cover, line up the mounting rods with the slots, then push down on the cover until it clips into place... Make sure it is securely latched so it will not come loose while you are driving...

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The driver's armrest has a master power window control panel... To open the passenger's window, push down on the switch and hold it down until the window reaches the desired position... To close the window, push up 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 passenger's window... With this switch off, the passenger's window cannot be raised or lowered... The MAIN switch does not affect the driver's window... Keep the MAIN switch off when you have children in the car so they do not injure them- selves by operating the window unintentionally...

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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 54)...

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

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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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The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) for the cigarette lighter to work... To heat up the lighter, push it in... It will pop out when it is ready for use... Do not hold the lighter in while it is heating up, you could cause it to overheat...

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The rear ashtray is at the rear end of the center console... Open the ashtray by swinging the upper edge of the lid down... To remove the ashtray for emptying, open it, then lift up and out...

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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... In the ON position, the ceiling light stays on continuously...

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Audio System... 102 Operating the Radio... 103 Adjusting the Sound... 106 Radio Frequencies... 107 Radio Reception... 107 Operating the CD Player... 109 Operating the CD Changer... 111 Protecting Compact Discs... 112 CD Player Error Indications... 113 CD Changer Error

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Recirculation Button This button controls the source of the air going into the system... When the indicator in this button is lit, air from the car's interior is sent through the system again (Recircula- tion mode)... When the indicator is off, air is brought in from outside the car (Fresh Air mode)...

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Mode Buttons Use the MODE buttons to select the vents the air flows from... Some air will flow from the dashboard corner vents in all modes...

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The engine must be running for the heater and air conditioning to generate hot and cold air... The heater uses engine coolant to warm the air... If the engine is cold, it will be several minutes before you feel warm air coming from the system...

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It is best to leave the system in Fresh Air mode under almost all conditions... Keeping the system in Recirculation mode, particularly with the A/C off, can cause the windows to fog up... Switch to Recirculation mode when you are driving through smoky or dusty conditions, then switch back to Fresh Air mode when the condition clears...

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button... The light in the button should come on when a fan speed is selected...

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To Heat and Dehumidify with Air Conditioning Air conditioning, as it cools, removes moisture from the air... When used in combination with the heater, it makes the interior warm and dry...

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1... Switch the fan on... 2... Turn on the air conditioning... 3... Select Fresh Air mode and 4... Adjust the temperature control

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These settings direct all the air flow to the defroster vents at the base of the windshield and the side window defroster vents... The air flow will get warmer and clear the windows faster as the engine warms up... You can close the side vents with the dial underneath each vent... This will send more warm air to the windshield defroster vents...

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AM/FM/CD Audio System Your Acura's audio system provides clear reception on both AM and FM bands, while the preset buttons allow you to easily select your favorite stations...

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The band and frequency that the radio was last tuned to is displayed... To change bands, press the AM/FM 1... 2 button... On the FM band, ST will be displayed if the station is broad- casting in stereo... Stereo reproduc- tion on AM is not available...

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Once a station's frequency is stored, simply press and release the proper Preset button to tune to it... The preset frequencies will be lost if your car's battery goes dead, is disconnected, or the radio fuse is removed...

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To activate Auto Select, press the A... SEL/RPT 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 frequen- cies 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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Treble/Bass Use these modes to adjust the tone to your liking... Select TRE or BAS by pressing the MODE button... Adjust the desired mode by turning the PWR/VOL knob... The displayed number (from 5 to 5) shows you the current setting...

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A radio station's 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 station's signal...

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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 station's 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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With the system on, 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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RANDOM PLAY This feature, when activated, plays the tracks on the CD in random order, rather than in the order they are recorded on the CD... To activate Random Play, press and hold the A... SEL/RPT button until you see A... SEL in the display... The system will then select and play tracks randomly... This continues until you deactivate Random Play by pressing A... SEL/RPT again...

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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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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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CD Player Error Indications If you see an error indication in the display while operating the CD player, 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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CD Changer Error Indications If 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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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 tape will begin playing where it left off...

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FF/REW Fast Forward and Rewind move the tape rapidly... Press and release the side of the TUNE bar to fast forward the tape, or the side to rewind... You will see FF or REW flashing in the display... To stop fast forward or rewind, press the PLAY button... If the system reaches the end of the tape while in fast forward or rewind, it automatically stops that function, reverses direction, and begins to play...

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TMS The Tape Music Search function allows you to find the beginning of a song or passage... To activate TMS, press the SEEK bar... Press the side to advance to the beginning of the next song or passage, or the side to return to the beginning of the current song or passage... FF or REW will flash in the display as the tape moves... When the system reaches the beginning of the next song or passage (FF), or the beginning of the current one (REW), it goes back to PLAY mode...

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If the label is peeling off, remove it from the cassette or it could cause the cassette to jam in the player... Never try to insert a warped or damaged cassette in the player... 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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You should have received a card that lists your audio system's 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 system's serial number in this Owner's Manual... If you should happen to lose the card, you must obtain the code number from your Acura dealer... To do this, you will need the system's serial number...

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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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In Canada, some gasolines contain 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 pump 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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2... Standing in front of the car, put your fingers under the front edge of the hood to the left of center... Slide your hand to the right until you feel the hood latch handle... Push this handle to the right 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 Adding Engine Coolant on page 176 for information on adding the proper coolant...

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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 car's handling and stability... (See "Modifications" on the page 131 for additional information... )

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Additional Safety Precaution Do not attach or place objects on the airbag covers... 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 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 driver's 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 top carrier, 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...

Page 138

This section gives you tips on starting the engine under various conditions, and how to operate the 5-speed manual and automatic transmissions... It also 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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1... Make sure all windows, mirrors, and outside lights are clean and unobstructed... Remove frost, snow, or ice...

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

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This indicator on the instrument panel shows which position the shift lever is in... The "D4" indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II)... If it flashes while driving (in any shift position), it indicates a possible problem in the transmission... Avoid rapid acceler- ation and have the transmission checked by an authorized Acura dealer as soon as possible...

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Park (P) 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... Press the release button on the side of the shift lever to move it...

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

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3... 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 off 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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Brake System Design 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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Activation varies with the amount of traction your tires have... On dry pavement, you will need to press on the brake pedal very hard before you activate the ABS... However, you may feel the ABS activate immediately if you are trying to stop on snow or ice...

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The ABS is self-checking... If anything goes wrong, the ABS indicator on the instrument panel comes on (see page 55)... 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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Driving Technique 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...

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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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Tongue Load: 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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Safety Chain Always use a safety chain... Make sure that it is secured to both the trailer and hitch, and that it crosses under the tongue so it can catch the trailer if it becomes unhitched... Leave enough slack to allow the trailer to turn corners easily, but do not let the chain 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 vehicle's hydraulic system... No matter how successful it may seem, any attempt to attach trailer brakes to your vehicle's hydraulic system will lower braking effectiveness and create a potential hazard...

Page 157

Additional Trailer Equipment Many states and provinces require special outside mirrors when towing a trailer... Even if they don't, you should install special mirrors if you cannot clearly see behind you, or if the trailer creates a blind spot...

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Towing Speeds and Gears Driving slower than normal in all driving situations, and obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers... Use D4 position when towing a trailer on level roads... D3 is the proper shift lever position to use when towing a trailer in hilly terrain... (See "Driving on Hills" in the next column for additional gear information... )

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Handling Crosswinds and Buffeting 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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Inflation... 196 Inspection... 197 Maintenance... 198 Tire Rotation... 199 Tire Wear... 199 Replacing Tires and Wheels... 200 Wheels and Tires... 201 Winter Driving... 201

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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...

Page 162

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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Which Schedule to Follow: Service your car according to the time and mileage periods on one of the Maintenance Schedules on the following pages... Select the schedule for "Severe Conditions" if most of your driving is done under one or more of the conditions listed on that page... Otherwise, follow the schedule for "Normal Conditions... "

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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 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...

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U... S... Owners Follow the Normal Conditions Maintenance Schedule if the severe driving conditions specified in the Severe Conditions Maintenance Schedule do not apply...

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Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first... Do the items in A, B, C as required for each distance/time interval... Follow this schedule if the severe driving conditions described in the Severe Conditions Schedule on the next page do not apply... Canadian owners: Follow the schedule for Severe Conditions...

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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 90 F (32 C)] conditions... Extensive idling or long periods of stop-and-go driving... Trailer towing, driving with a roof top carrier, or driving in mountainous conditions... Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced roads...

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Severe Conditions: 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... Trailer towing, driving with a roof top carrier, or driving in mountainous conditions... Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced roads...

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* : See Timing Belt on page 195 to determine need for replacement...

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You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page 162 ) or severe conditions (page 164)... Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle...

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Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules)

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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 181...

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(5-speed Manual Transmission only) CLUTCH FLUID (Gray cap)

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The API Service label also tells you the service classification of the oil... Always use an oil that is labeled "API Service SJ... " This service rating may include other classifications, such as CD... These additional classifications are not a problem, as long as the label also carries the SJ classification...

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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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Synthetic Oil You may use a synthetic motor oil if it meets the same requirements given for conventional motor oil: energy conserving, a service classification of SJ, and 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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2... 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 178

Improper disposal of engine oil can be harmful 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...

Page 179

Always use Genuine Honda Antifreeze/Coolant... 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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2... Turn the radiator cap counter- clockwise, without pressing down on it, until it stops... This relieves any pressure remaining in the cooling system...

Page 181

Replacing Engine Coolant The cooling system should be completely drained and refilled with new coolant according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule... Only use Genuine Honda Antifreeze/Coolant...

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6... When the coolant stops draining, tighten the drain plug at the bottom of the radiator... Put a new washer on the drain bolt, then reinstall the drain bolt in the engine block... Tighten it securely...

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15... Start the engine and hold it at 1,500 rpm until the radiator fan comes on... Turn off the engine... Check the coolant level in the radiator and add coolant if needed...

Page 184

Check the level in the windshield washer reservoir at least monthly during normal usage... 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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5... If the level is below the lower mark, add fluid into the filler hole to bring it to the upper mark... Always use Honda Premium Formula Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF)... 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 drained and refilled with Honda ATF 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 Genuine Honda Manual Transmission 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 Genuine Honda DOT 3 brake fluid... 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 DOT 3 brake fluid as soon as possible...

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Always use Genuine 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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4... Attach the new air cleaner element to the duct... Make sure the tab on the duct fits in the notch on the air cleaner element... Install the new air cleaner element in the air cleaner housing correctly placing the square part of the flange on the element in the mating recess on the housing...

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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, 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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6... 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: 13 lbf... ft (18 N... m , 1... 8 kgf... m)

Page 192

Battery Check the condition of your car's battery monthly... You should check the color of the test indicator window, and for corrosion on the terminals...

Page 193

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...

Page 194

If your car's battery is disconnected or goes dead, the audio system will disable itself... The next time you turn on the radio you will see "Code" in the frequency display... Use the Preset buttons to enter the five-digit code (see page 119)...

Page 195

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 they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used...

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4... 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...

Page 197

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...

Page 198

Check the condition of the two or three drive belts... Examine the edges of each belt for cracks or fraying... Check the tension of each belt by pushing on it with your thumb midway between the pulleys...

Page 199

Inflation 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 200

Recommended Tire Pressures for Normal Driving The following chart shows the recommended cold tire pressures for most normal driving conditions and speeds... Tire pressures for high speed driving are the same as for normal driving...

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Your car's 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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Tire Wear Type-R model only The tires on your Type-R were designed and constructed to provide superior grip during acceleration, braking, and cornering... They will wear more rapidly than normal passenger vehicle tires... Tire life may be less than 15,000 miles (24,000 km), depending on how you drive...

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Replacing Tires and Wheels 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 tire's sidewall)... Mixing radial and bias-ply tires on your car can reduce its braking ability, traction, and steering accuracy... It is best to replace all four tires at

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Winter Driving SE, LS, GS and GS-R models Tires that are marked "M+S" or "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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Snow Tires SE, LS, GS and GS-R models 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 car's handling in all weather conditions... Keep in mind the traction provided by snow tires on dry roads may not be as high as your car's original equipment tires... You should drive cautiously even when the roads are clear... Check with the tire dealer for maximum speed recommen- dations...

Page 206

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

Page 207

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)

Page 208

Headlight Aiming The headlights were properly aimed when your car was new... You should check their aim if you regularly carry heavy items in the cargo area or pull a trailer... Each headlight assembly has horizontal and vertical adjust- ment indicators... These are set to their "0" positions after the head- lights are aimed at the factory...

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6... If either indicator is not aligned with its "0" mark as described, an adjustment can be made using a Phillips-head screwdriver to realign it with the "0" mark... Please refer to the illustrations...

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Replacing a Headlight Bulb 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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4... To remove the front bulb, push it in slightly and turn it counterclock- wise... To remove the side bulb, pull it straight out of its socket...

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6... Reinstall the cover... Secure each fastener by pushing on the center until it locks (the center is flush with the head)...

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3... If the turn signal light bulb is burned out, remove it by pushing it in and turning counterclockwise... If the side marker light bulb is burned out, remove it by pulling it straight out of its socket...

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7... Reinstall the tether anchor hardware... Make sure the toothed washer is on the bottom of the bolt... Tighten the bolt to: 16 lbf... ft (22 N... m , 2... 2 kgf... m)

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9... Reinstall the cover... Secure each fastener by pushing on the center until it locks (the center is flush with the head)...

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1... 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...

Page 217

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 162 )... 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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Interior Care... 218 Carpeting... 218 Fabric... 218 Vinyl... 218 Leather... 218 Seat Belts... 218 Windows... 219 Air Fresheners... 219

Page 219

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...

Page 220

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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Leather On some models 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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Windows 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...

Page 224

When reporting your collision to the insurance company, tell them you want Genuine 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 investi- gate this before any repairs have begun...

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Jump Starting... 231 If Your Engine Overheats... 233 Low Oil Pressure Indicator... 235 Charging System Indicator... 236 Malfunction Indicator Lamp... 237 Brake System Indicator... 238 Closing the Moonroof... 239 Fuses... 240

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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...

Page 228

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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8... 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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10... Remove the wheel nuts and flat tire... Temporarily place the flat tire on the ground with the outside surface of the wheel facing up... You could scratch the wheel if you put it face down...

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12... 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...

Page 232

You can hear the starter motor operating normally, or the starter motor sounds like it is spinning faster than normal, but the engine does not start up and run...

Page 233

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 Emergency Towing on page 245... )

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Are you using the proper starting procedure? Refer to Starting the Engine on page 137... Do you have fuel? Turn the ignition switch to ON (II) for a minute and watch the fuel gauge... The low fuel level warning light may not be working, so you were not reminded to fill the tank... There may be an electrical problem, such as no power to the fuel pump... Check all the fuses (see page 240)...

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4... 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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3... 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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10... 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...

Page 238

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...

Page 239

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...

Page 240

This indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II)... If it comes on at any other time, it indicates one of the engine's emissions control systems may have a problem... Even though you may feel no difference in your car's performance, it can reduce your fuel economy and cause your car to put out excessive emissions... Continued operation may cause serious damage...

Page 241

However, if the brake pedal does not feel normal, you should take immediate action... Because of the brake system's 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...

Page 242

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

Page 243

The interior fuse box is underneath the dashboard on the driver's side... Remove the fuse box lid by swinging the lid down and pulling it straight out of its hinges...

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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 component's operation...

Page 245

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)...

Page 248

Sling-type Equipment The tow truck uses metal cables with hooks on the ends... These hooks go around parts of the frame or suspension and the cables lift that end of the vehicle off the ground... Your vehicle's sus- pension and body can be seriously damaged... This method of towing is unacceptable...

Page 249

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 Accessory (I) so the steering wheel does not lock... Make sure the radio and any items plugged into the accessory power socket are turned off so they do not run down the battery...

Page 250

The diagrams in this section give you the dimensions and capacities of your Acura, and the locations of the identification numbers... The explana- tions of several electronic and mechanical systems on your Acura are for the more technically-oriented owner...

Page 251

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 driver's side... It is also on the Certification label attached to the driver's 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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* 1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the engine... Reserve tank capacity: 0... 16 US gal (0... 6 ,0... 13 Imp gal)

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* : Except high-mount brake light installed in rear spoiler

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Treadwear 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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Temperature The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tire's 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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METHANOL (methyl or wood alcohol) You may use gasoline containing up to 5 percent methanol by volume as long as it also contains cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors to protect the fuel system... Gasoline containing more than 5 percent methanol by volume may cause starting and/or performance problems... It may also damage metal, rubber and plastic parts of your fuel system...

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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 car's 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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Exhaust Emissions Controls 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 engine's 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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Canada Zone Office Map... 261 Warranty Coverages... 262 Reporting Safety Defects

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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 dealership's management... The Service Manager or General Manager can help... Almost all problems are solved in this way...

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Honda Canada Inc... 715 Milner Avenue Toronto, ON M1B 2K8

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Restrictions and exclusions apply to all these warranties... Please read the 2000 Acura Warranty Information booklet that came with your car for precise information on warranty coverages... Your Acura's original tires are covered by their manufacturer... Tire warranty infor- mation 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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Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals (U... S... only) The following publications covering the operation and servicing of your vehicle can be obtained from Helm Incorporated, either by filling out the attached form or, for credit card holders, calling the toll-free phone number on the form... For manuals prior to the year shown below, contact Helm Incorporated, P... O... Box 07280, Detroit, Michigan 48207, or call 1-800-782-4356...

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Service Manual: This manual covers maintenance and recommended procedures for repair to engine and chassis components... It is written for the Journeyman mechanic, but is simple enough for most mechanically-inclined owners to under- stand...

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Fluid... 182 Brake Fluid... 184 Clutch Fluid... 184 Engine Coolant... 176 Engine Oil... 171 Manual Transmission Fluid... 183 Power Steering Fluid... 185 Windshield Washer Fluid... 181

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Aluminum Wheels... 217 Antenna... 216 Carpeting... 218 Exterior... 216 Fabric... 218 Interior... 218 Leather... 218 Seat Belts... 218 Vinyl... 218 Windows... 219

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Clock, Setting the... 88 Clutch Fluid... 183 Code, Audio System... 119 CO in the Exhaust... 256 Cold Weather, Starting in... 137 Compact Spare... 224 Console Compartment... 90 Consumer Information*... 260 Controls, Instruments and... 51 Coolant

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Automatic Transmission... 182 Brake... 183 Clutch... 183 Manual Transmission... 183 Power Steering... 185 Windshield Washer... 181

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Panel... 53 Infant Restraint... 21 Inflation, Proper Tire ... 196 Inside Mirror... 86 Inspection, Tire... 197 Instrument Panel... 2, 52 Instrument Panel Brightness... 63 Interior Cleaning... 218 Interior Lights... 92 Introduction... i

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Paint Touch-up... 217 Panel Brightness Control... 63 Park Gear Position... 141 Parking... 144 Parking Brake... 87 Parking Lights... 62 Parking Over Things that Burn... 144 PGM-FI System... 257 Polishing and Waxing... 217 Power

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Radiator Overheating... 233 Radio/CD Sound System... 102 Rear End Towing... 245 Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement... 210 Rear Seat Access... 81 Rear Seat, Folding... 83 Rear View Mirror... 86 Rear Window Defogger... 65 Rear Window Washer... 65 Rear Window Wiper... 65 Reclining the Seat Backs... 79

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Air Pressure... 196 Checking Wear... 197 Compact Spare... 224 DOT Tire Quality Grading... 252 Inflation... 196 Inspection... 197 Maintenance... 198 Replacing... 200 Rotating... 199 Snow... 202 Specifications... 251 Tire Chains... 202

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Vehicle Capacity Load... 133 Vehicle Dimensions... 250 Vehicle Identification Number... 248 Vehicle Storage... 214 Ventilation... 97 VIN... 248 Vinyl Cleaning... 218 Viscosity, Oil... 172

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5-speed Manual Transmission Fluid: Honda Manual Transmission Fluid preferred, or an API service SG, SH or SJ, SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 motor oil as a temporary replacement (see page 183)...

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