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1990 Accord Coupe Online Reference Owner's Manual Use these links (and links throughout this manual) to navigate through this reference. For a printed owner's manual, click on authorized manuals or go to www.helminc.com.

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Owner's Identification Form Features & Safety ................................................................................................................................ What you should know before driving your car. Starting & Driving............................................................................................................................. What gas to use, how to change gears, etc. Maintenance ...................................................................................................................................... 78 The Required Maintenance Schedule and some items you can service. Emergency Service .......................................................................................................................... 113 Changing a flat, jump starting, towing. Specifications ................................................................................................................................... 124 Dimensions, weights and capacities. Consumer Information .................................................................................................................... 126 Reporting Safety Detects, warranty service, vehicle identification numbers, etc. Index ................................................................................................................................................ 135 Gas Station Information

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This Owner's Manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle, and must remain with the vehicle at time of resale.

OWNER'S I.D.

STATE



ZIP CODE

(Date sold to original retail purchaser)

DEALER NO.

STATE



ZIP CODE

OWNER

ADDRESS

CITY

V.I.N.

DELIVERY DATE

DEALER NAME

ADDRESS

CITY

OWNER'S SIGNATURE

DEALER'S SIGNATURE

The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatever.

Introduction

This manual contains important information about the safe operation and maintenance of your car.

We urge you to read it carefully, become familiar with the con- trols it describes, and follow its recommendations, to help make your driving trouble-free and enjoyable.

Statements or labels on the product preceded by the following words are of special significance:

indicates severe personal injury or death will

result if instructions are not followed.

indicates a strong possibility of severe personal

injury or death if instructions are not followed.

means hazards or unsafe practices which could cause minor personal injury or product or property damage.

NOTE: gives helpful information.

Break-in Period

During the first 600 miles (1,000 km) of driving, avoid full throttle starts and cruising for extended periods at a constant speed.

NOTE:

This break-in procedure also applies to exchanged or over- hauled engines. During and after the break-in period, drive the car at moder- ate speeds until the engine is fully warmed up.

During the first 200 miles (300 km), try to avoid severe braking. Brake misuse during this period will reduce future braking efficiency.

Remember, your Honda Automobile dealer knows your car best, and should be consulted for service assistance and advice.

Keys and Locks

Keys

VALET KEY

MASTER KEY

Your car is supplied with a master key that fits the ignition and all locks, and a valet key that fits the ignition and doors but not the trunk, trunk remote release, rear seat trunk access or glove box. The valet key is provided for times when you must leave the key with a park- ing attendant or repair person, but still want to keep valuables safely locked-up. Write down the numbers stamped on both keys and keep the information in your wallet or purse in case you ever need to have duplicates made. Both the master and valet keys are double-edged, so you can insert them in the locks with either side up.

Door Locks

You can lock the doors by pushing the tab forward. The doors must be unlocked before you can open them. The passenger door can be locked when open, and will stay locked when you close it; the driver's door cannot be locked when open unless you hold the door handle open. Both doors can be locked and unlocked from the outside with the key.

Unlock

Lock

(cont'd)

Keys and Locks (cont'd)

Power Door Locks (LX, EX)

Both doors can be simultaneously locked and unlocked by operating the master door lock switch located on each door.

Unlock

Lock

MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH

In addition, the passenger door will lock automatically when the tab on the driver's door is pushed forward, or when the driver's door is locked from the outside with the key.

Lock

Unlock

Lock

Trunk

The trunk can be opened by pulling up the lever at the left side of the driver's seat. To open the trunk lid from outside, put the master key in the lock and turn clockwise. The trunk lid opener lever is lockable with the master key.

Pull up

Lock

Open

MASTER KEY

MASTER KEY

Keep the trunk lid closed while driving, to keep poisonous carbon monoxide exhaust fumes out of the interior; prolonged exposure can cause unconsciousness that may lead to death.

Seats

Front Seat

Adjust the seat position by pulling up on the adjustment lever under the front edge of the seat cushion, and sliding the seat to the desired position. Then release the lever and make sure the seat is locked in position by moving it back and forth.

Pull up

Pull up

ADJUSTMENT LEVER

RELEASE LEVER

The angle of the seat-back can be changed by pulling up on the lever at the outside edge of the seat and leaning forward or back. Release the lever and let the seat lock into place when it reaches the desired angle. Seat belts are most effective when the driver and passenger are sitting up straight and well back in each seat.

Do not adjust the driver's seat while the car is moving; the seat could move suddenly, causing loss of vehicle control. To reduce the risk of sliding under the seat belts in a colli- sion, the seat-backs should be reclined no more than is necessary for comfort.

Driver's Lumbar Support (EX)

Support of the lower back can be adjusted by the knob on the inner side of the seat-back to give more or less support.

turning

Do not try to adjust lumbar support while driving. Make the adjustment while sitting in your normal driving posi- tion before driving away.

To Get In/Out of Rear Seat

to swing

For easier access to or from the rear seat, pull up the angle ad- justment lever on each front seat the seat-back forward. The front passenger seat has an additional conve- nience: pulling up the lever on the the passenger seat-back will swing the seat- back and slide the entire seat forward.

inside of

Push up

(cont'd)

Seats (cont'd)

Head Restraints

The head restraints are designed to help reduce injuries due to whiplash. They are located at the top of each front seat-back and have several height positions. They can be adjusted by pulling up to the recommended position. To lower them, slide the button next to the restraint's height bar, while pushing the restraint down. Adjust so the top of the restraint is approx- imately level with the tops of your ears. That position may reduce injury due to whiplash in an accident. If a head restraint must be removed (for cleaning, fabric repair, etc.) pull the restraint up to its highest position, then slide the button while pulling the restraint out. To reinstall, reverse the above procedure.

Slide

Do not drive the car with head restraints removed. Do not try to adjust head restraints while driving.

Trunk Access From Rear Seat

The rear seat-back can be opened by turning the lock on the rear shelf with the master key and pulling down the top of the seat-back. This allows access to the trunk and makes it possi- ble to carry long objects inside the car. The rear seat-back can also be released from inside the trunk by pulling the release. When closing the rear seat trunk access, push the seat-back firmly into place, then pull on the top of the seat-back to make sure it is secure.

RELEASE

Pull

MASTER KEY

Passengers or pets must not sit on the folded portion of the rear seat. Make sure any luggage or cargo within the trunk, or extend- ing through the rear seat trunk access is secured. Make sure the seat-back latches engage securely when the seat-back is returned to its normal position. Weight limits shown on the label on the driver's door jamb must be observed. The total weight of passengers and cargo must not exceed the total weight limit on the label. Do not store any items on the shelf behind the rear seat; they may become dangerous projectiles in a collision. Store any luggage or cargo in the trunk. If you are carrying more items than will fit in the trunk, use the floor space bet- ween the front and rear seats.

Seat Belts

Your Honda automobile is provided with seat belts to minimize the chance of injury to yourself and your passengers in a sud- den stop or accident. See pages 16 and 17 for precautions on using seat belts for children, babies, and pregnant women. Seat belts are most ef- fective when the driver and passengers are sitting up straight and well back in their seats.

In the event of a collision, occupants not wearing seat belts could be seriously or fatally injured. Make sure you and all your passengers ALWAYS put on the seat belts before driving away. CAUTION: Be careful the seat belts are not damaged by catching or entangling in the door or seat mechanism. Front Seat Belts The front seats have an automatic ("passive") restraint system consisting of a shoulder belt and knee bolsters. To enhance the protection provided by the automatic system, you should also wear the manual lap belt. The shoulder belt should remain permanently latched. The manual lap belt must be put on for maximum protection in the event of a collision. The automatic and manual belts have emergency locking retractors designed to lock only during a sudden stop or im- pact. Otherwise, they allow some freedom of movement in the seat. Operation 1. Enter the car and close the door completely. Move the seat a comfortable distance from the steering wheel, sit as straight up as possible and well back in the seat.

Never drive the car with the doors ajar. The front doors must be closed com- pletely for the front seat belts to function properly.

2. Turn the ignition ON. The shoulder belt buckle will move to its rear locked position. The length of the shoulder belt will adjust automatically to your body and seating position.

Normal movement of the shoulder belt buckle may cause injury. Be sure all parts of your body, especially fingers and hands, are clear of the shoulder buckle while it is moving.

NOTE:

If the door is not closed completely, the shoulder belt buckle will not move and the door warning light will come on (see page 24). If the door is opened with the ignition on, the buckle will release itself from its locked position and move forward. If the shoulder belt buckle stops halfway or does not move at all, see page 122 for shoulder belt buckle operation.

3. Take hold of the tongue plate of the lap belt and pull it from its retractor. Be sure the belt is not twisted or caught on anything.

If pulled too fast, the belt will lock. If this happens,

NOTE: allow the belt to retract then pull it out more slowly. 4. Push the tongue plate into the buckle until it clicks locked. Position the belt across your lap, not your abdomen, as low on your hips as possible.

Pull the belt across your lap

Keep below hip bone

TONGUE PLATE

Avoid placing the lap belt across your abdomen. In the event of a collision, the pressure of the belt on the abdomen may increase the extent of injury. Never use one belt for more than one person, child or adult. Comfort clips sold on the open market are not recommended since they could impair the function and safety of the belts.

(cont'd)

Seat Belts (cont'd)

Make sure the strap of the shoulder belt and the lap belt are not crossed. Do not wear the shoulder portion of the belt under your arm or out of position. Such use could increase the chance and amount of injury in an accident.

Releasing the Seat Belts

1 .To release the manual lap belt, push the "PRESS" button in the buckle, the belt should retract automatically when released.

2. The driver's shoulder belt buckle will release and travel to its

off position when the key is removed from the ignition.

3. The shoulder belt buckle will also release and travel to its off

position when the door is opened.

Push

Emergency Belt Release

The shoulder belt should al- ways remain buckled. In case of an emergency, however, the shoulder belt can be released from the shoulder belt buckle by pushing the button.

Relatch the shoulder belt before operating the car, making sure the belt is not twisted.

Driving with a twisted seat belt can increase your chance and extent of injury during a collision. Be sure the shoulder belt is not twisted before driving the car.

Buckling the Rear Seat Combination Lap/Shoulder Belts

there are

the rear seat,

two one-piece combination In lap/shoulder belts and a center lap belt. The seat-backs and seat belts provide best restraint when the occupant is sitting well back and straight up in the seat. The combination lap/shoulder belts with emergency locking retractors are designed to lock only during a sudden stop or im- pact. Otherwise, they allow you some freedom of movement in the seat. NOTE: The emergency locking system of the rear seat belts will also be activated if you pull the belt too fast. If this hap- pens, release the belt slightly then pull it out more slowly. 1. Take hold of the tongue plate and pull the belt across your lap. Be sure the belt is not twisted or caught on anything. Pull the belt across your lap

Take up slack

Too high

TONGUE PLATE

Keep below hip bone 2. Push the tongue plate into the buckle until it clicks locked. Position the belt across your lap, not your abdomen, as low on your hips as possible.

Avoid placing the lap belt across your abdomen.

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