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and center vents. To change air distribution, switch to the position and outside air will also flow from the heater

button off.


ducts at the floor level.

[LX/EX] Turn the temperature control dial counterclockwise, and push the buttons. Switch the fan on and outside air will flow through the corner and center vents. To change air distribution, switch to the position and outside air will also flow from the heater ducts at the floor level.



Heating and Cooling (cont'd)

To Cool with A/C (optional on DX)

To cool the car down quickly, start the engine, turn the fan to high, push the A/C button and open the windows briefly. Then close the windows, slide the temperature lever all the way to the left on the DX model or turn the temperature control dial counterclockwise all the way on the LX and EX models. Select the button on, so inside air will recirculate to the air conditioner for maximum cooling. When the interior has cooled sufficiently, switch the fan to the desired speed, then change to the setting to direct fresh (outside) air to the air conditioner. [DX]

position and push the


When using the air conditioner in heavy traffic, or while driving up long hills, watch the coolant temperature gauge: if the nee- dle moves near the " H" end of the scale, turn the air condi- tioner off by pushing the A/C button; leave it off until the nee- dle goes back into the middle of the scale.

To Heat

Switch the fan on, slide the temperature lever to the right on the DX model or turn the temperature control dial clockwise on the LX and EX models; select the position, and warmed air will begin flowing from the floor outlet.

On the LX and EX models, a small amount of warmed air will also flow from the windshield defroster vent. [DX]


To warm up the interior quickly, push in the the inside air will be recirculated to the heater. If the windows begin to fog while heating in the switch to

to allow outside air to enter.

button so



Heating and Cooling (cont'd)

To Dehumidify with A/C (optional on DX)

Because an air conditioner dehumidifies as it works, you can use it in cool or cold weather to help defog the windows. Just switch the fan on, push the A/C button on, select the desired function and adjust the temperature lever/control dial to a comfortable setting.

NOTE: This setting is desirable for most operating conditions in ambient temperatures above approximately 32°F (0°C). [DX]


To Defrost

To defrost or defog the windshield and door windows, slide the temperature lever to the right on the DX model or turn the temperature control dial clockwise on the LX and EX models; select setting, and switch the fan on. Warmed (outside) air will then flow from the windshield and side defroster vents. [DX]

(defrost) function, switch to the



Heating and Cooling (cont'd)

For extra door window defrosting or defogging, select either the (defrost) function, switch to the


setting, and turn the fan on.

Air will flow to the side door windows from the vents at each end of the dash when the vertical fins of the dash corner vents are pointed toward the windows, and the horizontal fins are moved upward.





After the windows are sufficiently defrosted, you may wish to select the mode for more comfort. Sliding the temperature lever to the left on the DX model or turning the temperature control dial counterclockwise on the LX and EX models will reduce the temperature of the air exiting the dash corner vents without appreciably affecting the heat to your leg and foot area. Continue to adjust the temperature and fan speed to find the most comfortable setting.

To Turn Everything OFF

Slide the temperature lever to the left on the DX model or turn the temperature control dial counterclockwise all the way on the LX and EX models. Turn the fan switch off and push the

button on.

NOTE: This setting should only be used in cold weather for the first few minutes of driving to prevent cold air from blow- ing into the cabin. Under normal operating conditions, the fan should always be kept ON to prevent the accumulation of stale air in the system.

Sunroof (EX)

To open or close the sunroof, push and hold the switch. Release the switch when the sunroof reaches the desired posi- tion. Do not hold the switch on after the sunroof has fully opened or closed, or you may damage the sunroof motor.



Do not allow any part of your body to extend through the sunroof while the vehicle is in motion. In the event of a colli- sion or sudden application of the brakes, severe personal in- jury could result. To avoid the possibility of injury while closing the sunroof, never allow any part of your body to extend through the opening.

CAUTION: Operating the sunroof in severe cold or when it is covered with snow or ice may cause damage to the sunroof. Sunshade As well as the sunroof, there is a sliding sunshade which you can adjust to let in light with the roof closed, or to block out light entirely. The sunshade automatically opens as you open the sunroof.



Sunroof (cont'd)

If the Sunroof Won't Close

Remove plug

The sunroof can be closed manually, if the control switch will not close it. 1. Remove the round plug near the rear center of the head- liner.

2. Insert the sunroof wrench (from the tool kit) into the socket.

3. Turn the wrench until the sunroof seats in the closed position.

4. Replace the plug.



Periodically pour a little water down the drain holes to make sure they are not plugged. If they are free, water should drop on the ground behind each front wheel.


CAUTION: Do not put weight on the sunroof or force it open or closed, you may damage the mechanism.

Stereo Sound System (LX, EX)


Bass Control

Treble Control


Bass Control

Treble Control

ON/OFF Switch

Turn the switch clockwise on the LX model or push the button on the EX model to switch the unit on. The radio antenna will rise automatically when the unit is turned on. Switch the unit off to retract the antenna. The antenna will also retract automatically if the ignition switch is turned off.

Volume Control

On the LX model, turn the ON/OFF switch clockwise to in- crease volume and counterclockwise to decrease volume. On the EX model, push the switch up to increase volume and down to decrease volume.

Balance Control

Balances sound between left and right speakers.

NOTE: When the headlights are on, the radio panel illumina- tion is on, even if the radio is turned off. The panel lighting can be turned off by first pushing the Balance Control button to its out position and then pulling it out slightly further.

Fader Control

Balances sound between front and rear speakers.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)

Radio Operation


Frequency Display


Frequency Display

AM/FM Band Selector

Push to select AM or FM band. The corresponding band in- dicator will light.

Manual Tuning

button to tune to a lower frequency station. button to tune to a higher frequency station.

Push the Push the NOTE: If you hold either button for more than half a second, the tuning frequency will count up or down rapidly.

Seek Tuning

Each time you push this button up or down, the tuner will automatically seek the next higher or lower frequency station.

Preset Station

1. Make sure the Band Selector is on the band you want...AM or FM. Then, find the station you want by Manual Tuning or Seek Tuning.

2. Press and hold one of the Preset Buttons. 3. In a few seconds, a beep will sound and the light in the but- ton will come on. The station is now preset in the memory. You may preset 1 AM and 1 FM station per button (total, 6
of each on the LX model and 8 of each on the EX model). 4. You can tune to a preset station by pushing its correspon-

ding preset button.

NOTE: On the EX model, the Auto Select Button must be off before the Preset Station Selection can be used.

Auto Select Button (EX only)

the Auto Select Button. The

If you are visiting a new broadcast area, you can quickly enter into memory the stronger stations in that area by simply pushing then automatically scan the AM or FM bands and temporarily memorize up to eight stations in each. With the Auto Select Button on, these stations can then be tuned by pushing the preset buttons. Manually-preset stations remain memorized for use when you return to your normal broadcast area, but are only selectable with the Auto Select Button off.

radio will

Stereo Indicator

This lights up when a FM broadcast in stereo is being received. It will flash when the signal strength diminishes. If it flashes, good stereo reception cannot be expected. Stereo reception is available only for FM stereo broadcasts, not for AM stereo broadcast.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)

Tape Operation



Tape Direction Indicator

With the cassette inserted " A" side up, the indicator ( be displayed when the " A" side is playing; the indicator ( will be displayed when the " B" side is playing.

) will

Program Selector (PROG)

Push to change the direction of tape play. Auto Reverse Feature: The tape direction automatically reverses when the end of the tape is reached in play or FF mode and plays the other side.

Fast Forward/Rewind (FF/REW)

Note which Tape Direction Indicator is displayed, then push the appropriate button to rapidly wind the tape in the same direction (FF) or in the opposite direction (REW).

Play (PLAY)

Push the PLAY button (indicator on) to resume tape play and stop rewind or fast forward operation.

Repeat Button (REPEAT)

Push the REPEAT button (indicator on) to return to the begin- ning of a song or section of programming and repeat its play. Push the button again (indicator off) to cancel the repeat func- tion and resume normal play.

Dolby® Noise Reduction ( )

Push when playing tapes recorded in Dolby NR (the Dolby NR Indicator will light). Push again when playing tapes not record- ed in Dolby NR. Use of the wrong setting will affect high fre- quency response. NOTE:

The Dolby NR circuit will not operate during radio reception. Dolby noise reduction system is manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. "Dolby" and trademarks of Dolby the double-D symbol are Laboratories Licensing Corporation. Skip Button

The circuit senses silent passages between songs or programs on a tape. Push upward to automatically advance to the begin- ning of the next song, or downward to return to the beginning of the song just played. NOTE: Tapes that contain short silent passages between songs, a high level of noise between songs, or silent passages within a song may not be suitable for this function.

Metal Indicator (METAL)

Most metal or CrO2 cassettes are coded with slots on their back edge. If such a cassette is inserted, the player will detect the slots and automatically switch to the proper equalization for full enjoyment of metal/CrO2 tapes. The indicator light will go on when coded cassettes are played.

Eject (EJECT)

Push this button to stop and eject the tape. Ignition Key-OFF Eject: The cassette being played will be automatically ejected when the ignition or the unit is turned off. NOTE: When one side of the tape ends, "Auto-Reverse" will automatically begin playing the other side, therefore, you must push the eject button to stop or remove the tape. (cont'd)

Stereo Sound System (cont'd)

CLEAN Indicator Light

After 50 hours of cassette tape play, the light will come on as a reminder to clean the tape heads. If the light comes on and the tape heads were not cleaned at the recommended 30
hours of usage (see maintenance section below), they should be cleaned immediately. To reset, push the indicator for a minimum of five seconds until the light goes off. Defective Tape Eject

tape player

includes a protection mechanism

The to automatically eject defective tapes (warped housing, loose label, faulty tape movement) immediately upon insertion. If a tape malfunctions while in play, the tape direction will change back and forth and then eject the cassette. Tapes ejected before play should be considered faulty and discarded; tapes ejected during play may only be unevenly wound and could be re-usable if fully rewound, manually, outside the player. NOTE: The tape player may repeat cycle through the loading and unloading motion several times in an effort to eject a faulty tape. During this process the tape will either eject fully or rise to the loading level and have to be pulled out manually. In either case, discard the tape; re-use may damage the tape player. Maintenance

The head in the cassette tape player can pick up dirt or tape deposits each time a cassette is played. The result is low or "muddy" sound from one or both channels, as if the treble tone control were turned all the way down. To prevent this, you should periodically clean the head with a commercially available cleaning cassette. As preventive maintenance, clean the head about every 30
hours of use. If you wait until the head becomes very dirty (noticeably poor sound), it may not be possible to remove all deposits with a simple cleaning cassette. The use of 120 minutes tapes is not recommended. CAUTION: Storing cassettes out of their cases, or touching the magnetic tape with your fingers will increase the amount of dirt that gets to the tape head. Using low-quality "off- brand" tape will increase the amount of tape deposits that get on the head. Both of these practices may eventually lead to damage of the head and playing mechanism.


For proper operation of your car's emission controls, your engine is designed to use unleaded fuel only. CAUTION: Using leaded or even low-lead gasoline could damage some of your emission controls, and also void their coverage under the emission controls warranty.

Use gasoline from pumps labeled unleaded, with a pump oc- tane number of 86 or higher. The pump octane number is an average of the Research (R) octane and Motor (M) octane numbers. Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause persistent, heavy "spark knock" (a metallic rapping noise), which can lead to engine damage if severe.

CAUTION: If you notice steady spark knock while holding a steady speed on a level road, try changing brands of gasoline. If the spark knock persists, consult your Honda dealer. Failure to do so is considered misuse, and misuse is not covered under the New Car Warranty.

Occasionally you may notice light spark knock while ac- celerating or driving up hills. This is no cause for concern, it simply means your engine is running at its most economical. Gasoline Containing Alcohol

If you decide to use a gasoline containing alcohol ("gasohol"), be sure its octane rating is at least as high as that recommend- ed for unleaded gasoline. There are two types of "gasohol": that containing ethanol, and that containing methanol. Do not use gasohol that contains more than 10% ethanol. Do not use gasoline containing methanol (methyl or wood alcohol) that does not also contain cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors for methanol. Never use gasoline containing more than 5% methanol, even if it has cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors.


Gasoline (cont'd)


Fuel system damage or vehicle performance problems resulting from the use of such fuels is not covered under the new car warranties. Honda cannot endorse the use of fuels containing methanol since evidence of their suitability is as yet incomplete. Before purchasing fuel from an unfamiliar station, try to con- firm whether the fuel contains alcohol, of what kind, and how much. If you notice any undesirable operating symp- toms after using a gasoline that contains alcohol; or one that you think contains alcohol, switch to an unleaded gasoline as recommended on page 57. Operation In Foreign Countries

In order to comply with U.S. Federal Emissions Regulations, you must use unleaded fuels of the recommended octane rating. These fuels may not be available in other countries. If you intend taking your car outside the U.S. or Canada, write to American Honda Consumer Affairs (stating the year and model of your car) at the address below for information regarding modifications you may need to have done.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Consumer Affairs 100 W. Alondra Blvd., Gardena, CA 90248

Fuel Filler Door and Cap

Gasoline is extremely flammable and is explosive under certain conditions. Perform this operation in a well- ventilated area with the engine stopped. Do not smoke or allow open flames or sparks in the area or where gasoline is stored.

The fuel filler door is opened by pulling up on the lever at the left side of the driver's seat. The door will lock automatically when closed; push it until it clicks. CAUTION: You may hear a hiss when you open the filler cap. This sound is residual pressure escaping from the fuel tank. Open the cap slowly and remove the cap after the hissing stops. Fuel spray may cause injury. Do not overfill the tank; fill only until the gas pump clicks off automatically and never top off.

NOTE: The filler cap is a screw-in ratchetting type. Tighten the cap clockwise until ratchetting clicks are heard.



The removed filler cap can be placed on the inside of the door.

Fuel vapor is extremely hazardous under certain conditions. Always stop the engine before refueling, and never refuel near sparks or open flames. CAUTION: If you replace the cap, use only a genuine Honda replacement part or its equivalent. Failure to use the proper part could cause serious fuel system problems.


Gasoline (cont'd)

How To Improve Your Gas Mileage:

Drive at a smooth, steady pace to avoid unnecessary decelerations and stops — accelerating back to speed uses more fuel. Plan trips to avoid rush hour traffic if possible. Make sure the parking brake is completely released. Consolidate trips whenever possible. Keep vehicle weight to a minimum by removing un- necessary items from the luggage area. Whenever possible, use fresh air from the dash vents to keep cool when driving; open windows, or use of the air conditioning (optional on DX) both affect fuel economy. Keep the tires adjusted to the recommended pressure. Tire Pressure (measured cold):

Front/Rear: DX, LX 200/200 kPa (29/29 psi) 195/195 kPa (28/28 psi)


Condition of Your Car

You can only get maximum fuel economy if your car is in top running condition. Have all required maintenance done at the proper intervals. Check tire pressures and tire wear frequently. If tire wear is uneven, have the alignment checked by your Honda dealer. Proper alignment saves gasoline and prolongs tire life.

Ignition Switch

The combined ignition switch/anti-theft lock is located on the right side of the steering column and has four positions:

0-LOCK position: The key can be removed or inserted in this position. To remove the key, push it in at position I, then turn it to 0 and pull it out. When the key is removed, the steering column will lock.

NOTE: On cars equipped with automatic transmissions, the transmission must be in Park before pushing and turning the key to the 0-LOCK position.

Never turn the ignition switch to the lock position or remove the key while the car is in motion; the steering wheel can lock causing a loss of directional control, and an ac- cident could result.

I-ACCESSORY position: In this position, the accessory cir- cuit is on, but the ignition circuit is off. If the key is difficult to turn from the 0 to the I position, turn the steering wheel slightly to relieve pressure on the lock. II-ON position: This is the normal running position. III-START position: The starter will engage when the key is turned to this position.

To remind you to remove the ignition key when leaving your car, a beeper will sound if the key is still in the ignition when you open the driver's door. The beeper system is deactivated when you turn the ignition to 0 (Lock) and fully remove the key.

Starting the Engine

Before Starting

Manual Transmission: 1. Apply the parking brake. 2. Push the clutch pedal all the way in (see NOTE below). 3. Shift the transmission to neutral. NOTE: On cars equipped with manual transmissions, the engine will not crank unless the clutch pedal is fully depressed. Automatic Transmission: 1. Make sure the shift lever is in Park (P). 2. Apply the parking brake and foot brake. NOTE:

When starting in cold weather, keep all unnecessary elec- trical circuits off (lights, defogger, etc.) for the best battery output. Do not crank the engine for more than 15 seconds at a time. Wait 10 seconds before going to the next step.

Starting the Engine: 1. With your foot off the accelerator start the engine by turning

the key to the III position.

2. If the engine won't start within 15 seconds or starts but fails to continue to run, push the accelerator pedal halfway, and hold it there while cranking the engine. Once the engine starts, release the accelerator gradually as the engine speeds up.

3. If it doesn't start within 15 seconds, push the accelerator pedal down to the floor and hold it there while cranking in order to clear flooding. Try step 2 again.

Cold Weather at High Altitude Starting: 1. When starting in cold weather at high altitude (above 8,000
feet), push the accelerator pedal about halfway and hold it there while cranking the engine. Once the engine starts, release the accelerator gradually as the engine speeds up. 2. If it doesn't start within 15 seconds, push the accelerator pedal down to the floor and hold it there while cranking in order to clear flooding. Try step 1 again.

NOTE: If the outside temperature is below freezing, or if your car has not been driven for several days, warm up the engine for a few minutes before driving.

Safety Items

Before driving away, check that:

The doors are closed properly. The mirrors are properly adjusted, and the windows clean. The driver and passengers are wearing properly adjusted seat belts. The front seat head restraints are properly adjusted. The warning and indicator lights are operating properly. The brake pedal feels normal. All luggage and cargo is secured. Nothing is interfering with the driver's feet or blocking vision to the rear.

While driving remember to:

Always drive defensively; expect the unexpected. Reduce your speed during night hours and bad weather. Follow at a safe distance; don't tailgate. Get off the highway when you are tired; stop and take a rest.

When stopping for repairs:

Park the car well off the road. Turn on the hazard warning flasher. Use flares or other warning devices to warn other motorists.

After parking your car:

Apply the parking brake and shift to first gear if equipped with manual transmission, or PARK on automatic transmis- sion equipped cars. Make sure the sunroof (EX) and all windows are closed and the doors are locked. If parked on a hill: 1. Turn the front wheels away from the curb if facing uphill. 2. Turn the front wheels toward the curb if facing downhill. Never leave children unattended in a parked car. Take your keys.

Engine Exhaust Gas Warning

A properly maintained car is your best protection against ex- haust gas entering the passenger compartment. The exhaust system should be thoroughly inspected by a com- petent mechanic whenever:

The car is raised for oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The exhaust system or the rear or underside of the car is damaged.

Avoid breathing exhaust gases. They contain carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause loss of consciousness and eventual death. If you suspect that exhaust gas is entering the passenger compartment, have the cause determined and corrected as soon as possi- ble. If you must drive under these conditions, drive only with all windows fully open. Do not drive with the trunk lid open. An open trunk lid may draw exhaust gases into the passenger compartment. If you must drive with the trunk lid open, drive only with all the windows wide open. Do not run the engine in confined areas, such as garages, any longer than necessary to move the car in or out. If you must sit in a parked car with the engine running for more than a short time, adjust the heating/ventilation system as follows: 1.[DX]

and push the


Slide the function lever to ton off. [LX, EX] Select the



2. Set the temperature lever/control dial for best comfort. 3. Turn the fan to the highest speed.

NOTE: To insure proper operation of the car's ventilation system, keep the front air inlet clear of snow, mud, leaves or other obstructions.

Shifting the 5 Speed

The fully synchronized manual transmission is very easy to shift up or down. When you slow down for traffic, steep hills, or corners, shift to a lower gear before the engine starts to labor. When descend- ing steep grades, select a lower gear to help maintain a safe speed and to prevent the brakes from overheating. When shifting, depress the clutch pedal fully, shift gears and then release the clutch gradually. Do not speed-shift; allow time for the gears to syn- chronize. To prevent grinding gears when shifting into reverse, hold the clutch pedal depressed briefly before shifting, or shift the lever into one of the forward gears before selecting reverse. A safety lockout prevents accidental shifting straight from 5th to Reverse.

Avoid rapid acceleration or sudden deceleration when either or both driving wheels are on a slippery surface. Decreased traction could cause loss of directional control.


Do not drive with your foot on the clutch pedal as this will cause premature wear of clutch components. Do not shift into reverse while the car is moving.


Shifting the 5 Speed (cont'd)

Recommended Shift Speeds

For best fuel economy, and effective emission control, shift at the speeds shown:

Maximum Allowable Speeds

The speeds shown are the maximum at which the car can be driven or downshifted in each gear without over-revving the engine.

Shifting the Automatic

The automatic transmission shift lever has a locking mecha- nism to prevent accidental shifting into Reverse (R), Park (P), 2nd (2) or 1st (1). Also, an Automatic Shift Lock prevents you from shifting out of Park unless the brake pedal is already depressed and the ignition switch is in the II position. Push the button on the shift handle to shift into 2nd, 1st, Reverse or Park; depress the brake pedal and then push the button on the shift handle to shift out of Park.

: Depress the brake pedal first and push the button, then shift. : Push the button, then shift. : Shift as desired.

Depress button

If you cannot shift out of Park with the brake pedal depressed and the ignition switch in the II position: 1. Turn the ignition switch off

and remove the key.

2. Insert the key in the Shift Lock Release located to the right of the shift lever.

3. Press and hold

the key down, then press the button on the shift handle and move the shift lever to Neutral.




4. Return the key to the ignition switch, depress the brake

pedal and restart the engine.

NOTE: If you encounter any problem shifting out of Park, have your authorized Honda dealer check the system as soon as possible. (cont'd)

Shifting the Automatic (cont'd)

Operating Tips

For smoother operation, apply the brakes when shifting from Neutral or Park to a forward or reverse gear. When parking: bring the car to a stop with the foot brake, hold the brake on and shift into Park, set the hand brake and then turn off the engine.

NOTE: Your 4 speed automatic transmission is equipped with a torque converter lock-up clutch. Because of this, you may notice what feels like an extra shift as the clutch engages. CAUTION:

Shift into P only after the car has come to a complete stop. Shift into or out of R only after the car has come to a com- plete stop. Do not "rev-up" the engine when the brake is on and the shift lever is in D4, D3, 2, 1 or R. When stopped on a hill, use the brakes to hold your position, not the accelerator pedal. Do not shift from N or P into D4, D3, 2, 1 or R when the engine is above idle speed. Before shifting into gear, make sure your foot is firmly on the brake pedal. Do not rest your hand on the shift lever or push the lock-out button while driving.

Driving Technique

D4-4th Use the D4 range for normal in-town and highway driving. The car will start off in 1st and shift automatically to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The further down you push the accelerator, the later the transmission will shift and the faster the car will accelerate. D3-3rd Use of D3 will allow the transmission to start off in 1st and shift automatically to 2nd and 3rd. Use D3 when climbing grades to prevent the transmission from "hunting" between 3rd and 4th gear; or when increased braking is needed.


NOTE: If rapid acceleration is necessary, depress the accelerator to the the transmission will automatically shift down according to load and engine speed. This applies to both D4
and D3 ranges. S Mode Pushing the Sport ( ) switch while driving in the D4 or D3 range will change the shift points under part throttle accelera- tion, allowing the transmission to stay in each lower gear for a longer period before automatically upshifting. With the Sport switch on, the Sport indicator light in the instrument panel will come on. To take the transmission out of S mode, push the Sport switch again. The Sport indicator light will go out.


NOTE: Although the S indicator light in the instrument panel will come on in any gear range when the Sport switch is push- ed, this mode is selectable only in the D3 and D4 range.


Shifting the Automatic (cont'd)


Use 2nd gear for increased engine braking when driving downhill, and increased power when driving uphill; also for driving on slippery roads, and freeing the car from mud or sand, where 1 st gear could provide too much power and cause skidding or wheelspin. The maximum recommended speed in 2nd gear is 69 mph (110 km/h). 1-1st

This position is to be used when stronger engine braking is needed. The maximum recommended speed in 1st gear is 31
mph (50 km/h). R-Reverse CAUTION: Shift into or out of reverse only after the car has come to a complete stop; the transmission may be damaged if you shift while the car is moving.

P-Park CAUTION: Use this position when starting the engine, or when parking. Shift into Park only when the car is COMPLETE- LY stopped.


Use when starting the engine or during prolonged idling in traffic.

Towing a Trailer

Your car is designed primarily to carry passengers and a normal amount of luggage. Although your car is capable of towing a trailer, there will be an effect on handling, performance, brak- ing, general vehicle and tire durability and fuel economy.

The weight of the trailer plus its cargo must not exceed a total of 1,000 lbs. (450 kg). The gross vehicle weight must not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) indicated on the Certification label (see page 126). The gross vehicle weight is the total weight of the car, driver, passengers, luggage, hitch and trailer tongue load. The total weight supported by each axle must not exceed the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). The front and rear GAWR's are shown on the Certification label (page 126). The distribution of luggage and passengers in the car, as well as the tongue load and hitch weight should also be con- sidered in terms of the GAWR, which is the maximum amount of weight that should be supported over the front and the rear axles. You should have your car and trailer weighed at a commercial weighing station to check both the GVWR and GAWR's to confirm that the total weight and weight distribution are within safe driving limits. The maximum trailer tongue load must not exceed 100 Ibs. (45 kg). Cargo should be distributed so that the tongue load is approximately 10% of the total weight of the trailer and its cargo. This is done by distributing approximately 6 0% of cargo weight toward the front of the trailer and 4 0% toward the rear.



Maximum: 1,000 Ibs (450 kg)

Maximum: 100 Ibs (45 kg)

Never load the trailer so that the back is heavier than the front. This will seriously affect vehicle handling. Be sure the cargo is secured so that it will not move during driving.


Towing a Trailer (cont'd)


Use only a hitch recommended by your Honda dealer. The hitch should be bolted securely to the car and installed by a qualified technician. Do not use a hitch designed for temporary installation and never use one that attaches only to the bumper. Trailer Brakes and Safety Chains

The Honda Automobile Division recommends that trailers equipped with brakes should conform to any applicable federal and state regulations. When using a trailer equipped with elec- tric brakes, a trailer brake controller that connects to the car's electrical system is recommended. Installing a brake controller that connects to the car's brake hydraulic system could result in brake fluid contamination or leaks. A safety chain must always be used between the car and the trailer. Leave suffi- cient slack in the chain so that it does not bind in sharp turns. The chain should cross under the trailer tongue to prevent the tongue from dropping to the ground.


Make sure your car's tires are properly inflated. Adjust tire pressure to the recommended tire pressure indicated on the label attached to the driver's door jamb. The trailer tires should be of the proper size, load rating and inflated to the pressure recommended by the trailer manufacturer. Trailer Lights

Trailer lights must comply with federal, state and local regula- tions. See your local recreational vehicle dealer or rental agency for the correct type of lighting and wiring for your trailer. Check for correct operation of the turn signals and stop lights each time you hitch up. A trailer lighting connector is provided behind the left garnish by the taillight access door in the trunk. The wiring color codes are described on the next page.







To connect your car's taillights to a trailer, an electrical con- verter must be installed in the car. Your car has separate bulbs for brake (red) and turn signal lights (amber), while most trailers use the same bulb for brake and turn signal lights. A converter, available at most trailer supply stores, should be in- stalled according to the instructions supplied by the converter manufacturer.

For information regarding trailer hitch and trailer electrical wir- ing availability, contact your Honda dealer. CAUTION: Connections to your car's electrical system should be made by your Honda dealer or a qualified electrician. Improper installation may damage your vehicle's electrical system and cause a malfunction of the lights.

Break-in Schedule

Do not tow a trailer during the 600 miles (1,000 km) break-in period: see page 2. Maintenance

If you tow a trailer, your vehicle will require more frequent maintenance due the "Maintenance schedule under severe driving conditions" on page 82 for specific information.

the additional

load. Refer




Towing a Trailer (cont'd)

Before Towing

With the car and trailer completely loaded and parked on a level surface, confirm that the tongue loading is correct. If the car has an abnormal nose-up or nose-down attitude, check for improper cargo distribution. Check also for excessive cargo weight, worn suspension or other causes and correct the pro- blem before driving. Be sure the cargo is secured so it will not shift while driving. Check that your rearview mirrors conform to any federal, state or local regulations. If not, install rearview mirrors designed for towing. Before towing a trailer, practice turning, stopping and revers- ing with a trailer in an area away from traffic until you learn the technique. Towing Safety

Stopping distance will be increased when towing a trailer. For each 10 mph (16 km/h) of speed, allow at least two car lengths between you and the vehicle ahead. Avoid sudden braking which may cause trailer jackknifing and loss of control. Avoid jerky starts and rapid acceleration. If your car has a manual transmission, always start out in first gear and release the clutch at moderate engine rpm. Avoid rapid lane changing and sharp turns. The trailer could hit your car in a tight turn. Slow down before making a turn. Remember, the total length of your car plus trailer will re- quire a wider turning circle. Crosswinds may adversely affect handling of your car and trailer. Use the rearview mirrors frequently to warn you of approaching large vehicles that may pass you causing your car and trailer to sway. When being passed, firmly grip the steering wheel and be prepared to reduce speed immediate- ly but gradually. Never increase speed. Steer straight ahead. Towing a trailer in bad weather will magnify any difficulty in controlling the car caused by the weather itself. Avoid sud- den maneuvers: slow down and use extra caution. Be careful when passing other vehicles. Passing requires considerable distance because of the added weight and length of your trailer.


Before starting out. check the operation of the lights and all car/trailer connections. After driving a short distance, stop and recheck the lights and connections. Reversing is difficult and requires practice. While backing- up, the trailer may pivot off-course. To correct for this, grip the bottom of the steering wheel and move your hand to the left to move the trailer to the left; or to the right to move the trailer to the right. Turn the steering wheel a little at a time, and keep the speed very low. Have someone guide you when backing. To help prevent overheating of the brakes, shift into a lower gear to make use of engine braking before descending steep or long grades. Do not make sudden downshifts. Pay strict attention to the coolant temperature gauge when going up hills. Because of the added load of the trailer, your car's engine may overheat on hot days. Turning off the air conditioner will reduce the load on the cooling system. On cars equipped with automatic transmission. — Do not hold the car stationary on an incline by using the accelerator pedal; this can cause the transmission fluid to overheat. Instead, use the handbrake or footbrake.

— When towing trailers, avoid high transmission fluid tem- peratures (caused by the transmission frequently shifting between 3rd and 4th gears) by driving in D3.

NOTE: Be sure to check state and local laws concerning max- imum speed or other driving restrictions for cars towing trailers. If you are driving across several states, check each state's requirements before leaving home, because restric- tions may vary.


Towing a Trailer (cont'd)

Parking with a Trailer

Whenever parking your car on an incline with a trailer attach- ed, place and seat chocks at each wheel of the car and trailer. This is in addition to the normal parking preparations of firmly applying the parking brake and placing the transmission in first or reverse (manual transmission) or P (automatic transmis- sion). CAUTION: Parking on an incline is not recommended and should be done only if it cannot be avoided. Follow all precau- tions mentioned above and turn the wheels to point towards a curb if facing downhill, away from a curb if facing uphill. When leaving an inclined parking place, move the car slightly to unseat the chocks. Then while keeping the foot brakes firmly applied, have an assistant remove the chocks.

Maintenance Schedule and Records

Your Honda automobile must be properly maintained to ensure that it is in peak operating condition and the emission levels are within the standards set by the Federal Clean Air Act.

The following instructions and maintenance procedures are based on the assumption that your car will be used exclusively for the purpose for which it was designed: 1. To carry passengers and cargo within the load limits shown

on the label on the driver's door jamb.

2. To be driven on reasonable road surfaces within legal limits. 3. To generally be driven daily over a distance of several miles. 4. Use gasoline from pumps labeled unleaded, with a pump oc- tane number of 86 or higher. The pump octane number is an average of the Research (R) octane and Motor (M) octane numbers.

NOTE: Failures which occur due to a lack of maintenance will not be covered under the New Car Warranty.

The Required Maintenance Schedule * specifies all mainte- nance required to keep your car in peak operating condition. Work should be done by a Honda dealer but may be done by any qualified service facility or individual who is competent in this type of work. Maintenance, replacement, or repair of emission control de- vices and systems may be done by any automotive repair establishment or individual using parts that are "certified" to EPA standards. After the maintenance has been done, be sure to have your servicing dealer complete the Maintenance Record on pages 81 — 83. All required maintenance is considered normal owner operating cost and you will be charged for it by your dealer.

* For vehicles sold in California, maintenance operations in- dicated by *3 on page 80 are recommended by the manu- facturer. Other maintenance operations are required by California regulations and condition the emission warranty.

Check the following items at each fuel stop:

1 .Engine oil level. 2. Radiator coolant level.

Check the following items periodically:

1. Brakes: for braking efficiency, brake pedal travel and

hydraulic fluid level.

2. Lights: for operation of headlights, taillights, side marker

lights, stoplights, turn signals and back-up lights.

3. Tires: for correct pressures (including spare); inspect for cuts and uneven or excessive wear. Rotate every 7,500
miles (12,000 km) in the pattern shown on page 106. 4. Steering: for excessive play or vibration while driving. 5. Exhaust system: for leaks or loose mounts. 6. Wipers: for operation of windshield wipers and washer, and

condition of wiper blades.

7. Seat belts: for condition of fabric and buckles, and operation

of restraint mechanism.

8. Battery condition.


Maintenance Schedule and Records (cont'd)

Check oil and coolant level at each fuel stop. Under severe driving conditions, service these items twice as often. (See page 82)

Required Maintenance Record

Have your servicing dealer record all Required Maintenance below. Keep receipts for all work done on your car.


Maintenance Schedule and Records (cont'd)

Severe Driving Conditions CAUTION: The following items must be serviced more fre- quently on cars normally used under severe driving conditions. Refer to the chart below for the appropriate maintenance intervals.

Severe driving conditions include: A: Repeated short distance driving B: Driving in dusty conditions C: Driving in severe cold weather D: Driving in areas using road salt or other corrosive


E: Driving on rough and/or muddy roads F: Towing a trailer

R — Replace I — Inspect

After inspection, clean, adjust, repair or replace if necessary.

Non-Scheduled Maintenance Record Record additional maintenance for severe driving conditions or non-scheduled maintenance on this page. (See page 80)

Fluid Locations










Engine Oil and Filter

Checking Check the engine oil a couple of minutes after shutting the engine off, with the car parked on level ground. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Re-insert it all the way down, then pull it out and read the level. The level should be between the upper and lower marks.






Adding If the level has dropped close to the lower mark, add oil until it is even with the upper mark. 1.Turn the oil filler cap counterclockwise to remove. Add oil,

then check the level again. Do not overfill.

2. Reinstall the cap and twist clockwise until it stops. CAUTION:

Be sure the oil filler cap is correctly replaced before starting the engine. Engine oil is a major factor affecting the performance and service life of the engine, you should use only a premium quality detergent oil labeled SG grade.




Use the proper viscosity oil for the climate in which you drive:

Ambient Temperature

Some oil labels may also include additional designations of quality such as CC or CD. However, these are acceptable only when used together with SG. NOTE: 5W-30 viscosity oil is recommended for improved fuel economy. (cont'd)

Engine Oil and Filter (cont'd)

Fuel Efficient Oil For the best fuel economy from your car, it is recommended that you use a fuel efficient SG oil. This oil is usually identified by the words such as: "Energy Conserving I I ," "Gas Saving," and "Fuel Saving," etc. Changing Oil and Filter Engine oil and the filter should be changed together every 6
months or 7,500 miles (12,000 km), whichever comes first. The filter is located on the engine block, below the intake manifold. CAUTION: The oil filter cannot easily be removed from above the engine. For this reason it is recommended that the oil filter change be done by a skilled mechanic.

1. Start the car to warm up the

engine, then shut it off.

2. Remove the engine oil filler cap and drain bolt, and drain the oil.

A warmed-up en- gine and the oil in it are hot; be careful not to burn your- self.

3. Remove the oil filter and let

the remaining oil drain out.


4. Install a new filter according to the instructions on or with the filter.

5. Reinstall the drain bolt with a new washer and tighten it securely. Refill the engine with the recommended oil, to the upper mark on the dipstick. ENGINE OIL CAPACITY: 3.8 filter.

(4.0 US qt) including


6. Reinstall the filler cap securely. 7. Start the engine and make sure oil is not leaking from the

drain bolt or the filter.

8. Shut off the engine and recheck the oil level.

NOTE: Please dispose of used motor oil in a manner that is compatible with the environment. We suggest you take it in a sealed container to your local service station for reclamation. Do not throw it in the trash or pour it on the ground. CAUTION: Used motor oil may cause skin cancer if repeatedly left in contact with the skin for prolonged periods. Although this is unlikely unless you handle used oil on a daily basis, it is still advisable to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water as soon as possible after handling used oil.

Transmission Oil/Fluid Check

Transmission oil/fluid must be checked with the engine off and the car on level ground.

If the engine has been running, some engine components may be hot enough to burn you. Keep hands away from the radiator fan. The fan may start automatically without warning and run for up to 15 minutes, even after the engine is turned off.

CAUTION: If the oil/fluid level is low, check for possible leaks before adding oil. Do not overfill.

Since the transmission and differential are in the same hous- ing, you are actually checking both oil/fluid levels in one pro- cedure. Change transmission oil/fluid according to the Mainte- nance Schedule on page 80. 5-Speed

Remove the oil filler bolt (beside the right axle). Feel inside the bolt hole with your finger. If the oil is up to the bottom edge of the hole, the oil level is correct. If it is not, slowly add oil until it runs out of the hole, then reinstall the bolt and tighten it securely with a wrench.



5-SPEED TRANSMISSION OIL CHANGE CAPACITY: 1.9 Use only SE or SF grade motor oil when adding or changing transmission oil.

(2.0 US qt).

Use the proper viscosity oil for the climate in which you drive:


Ambient Temperature

The automatic transmission fluid level is checked (with the engine off and the car on level ground) using the dipstick in the right end of the transmission housing. Remove the dipstick and wipe it off.



Insert the dipstick and remove it. The fluid level should be be- tween the upper and lower marks. If necessary, add fluid and recheck. Use only DEXRON ® II Automatic Transmission Fluid (A.T.F.) when adding or chang- ing fluid. After checking the fluid level, push the dipstick in securely.


(2.5 US qt).

Cooling System

The engine in your Honda contains a number of aluminum parts. Therefore, it requires an antifreeze/coolant specifically formulated to protect the aluminum parts from corrosion. Failure to use a suitable antifreeze/coolant may seriously shorten the life of the engine as the result of rapid corrosion damage. Some antifreeze/coolants, although labeled for use in engines containing aluminum, may not provide adequate pro- tection for your engine. Therefore, use only a Honda RECOMMENDED antifreeze/ coolant. CHECK WITH YOUR AUTHORIZED HONDA DEALER. For best corrosion protection, the mixture of coolant and water must be maintained year-round at 50/50. Concentrations less than 50% coolant may not provide sufficient protection against corrosion and freezing. Concentrations of greater than 60% coolant will impair cooling efficiency and are not recom- mended. Low-mineral drinking water or distilled water should be mixed with the antifreeze/coolant. Coolant loss should be replenished by a mixture containing the proper concentration of antifreeze and water. Do not mix different antifreeze/coolants. Do not use additional rust inhibitors or anti-rust products, as they may not be compatible with the radiator coolant. ENGINE DAMAGE CAUSED BY IMPROPER COOLANT USAGE IS NOT COVERED BY THE NEW CAR WARRANTY.

Checking Coolant

Check the coolant level in the reserve tank when the engine is at normal operating temperature.

If the level is below the MAX mark, but still visible, add a 50/50 solution of antifreeze and water to bring it up to MAX. If there is no coolant in the reserve the cooling system should be checked for if necessary. Coolant must then be added the radiator.

leaks and repaired




Do not remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot; the coolant is under pressure and could severely scald you. Keep hands away from the radiator fan. The fan may start automatically without warning and run for up to 15 minutes, even after the engine is turned off.

CAUTION: Radiator coolant will damage paint. Quickly rinse any spilled coolant from painted surfaces.

Wait until the engine is cool, then turn the radiator cap counterclockwise until it stops. DO NOT PRESS DOWN WHILE TURNING THE CAP. After any remaining pressure has been relieved, remove the cap by pressing down and again turning it counterclockwise. Add enough coolant to fill the radiator, and reinstall the cap. Be sure to tighten it securely. Fill the reserve tank up to the MAX mark with the engine cold.


1. Check the freeze protection level of the coolant with a


2. Keep the front of the radiator free of dirt and debris. 3. Check hoses and hose clamps regularly.

Replacing Coolant

Replace coolant at 36 months or 45,000 miles (72,000 km), whichever comes first. Thereafter, replace every 2 years or 30,000 miles (48,000 km), whichever comes first.

RADIATOR COOLANT REFILL CAPACITY: including reserve tank (0.6 (3.2 US qt) (3.7 US qt)

5 speed transmission Automatic transmission

3.0 3.5

/0.6 US qt)


Cooling System (cont'd)

1. Set the heater temperature control dial to maximum heat. 2. Remove the radiator cap and loosen the drain plug when the

radiator is cool, and drain the radiator.

3. Remove the drain bolt from the rear side of the cylinder

block, and drain the engine and heater.

4. Apply non-hardening sealant to the drain bolt threads, then

reinstall the bolt and tighten it securely. 5. Tighten the radiator drain plug securely. 6. Mix


recommended antifreeze with an equal amount of low-mineral or distilled water and fill the reservoir to maximum, as illustrated.


7. Loosen the air bleed bolt in the thermo case then fill the radiator to filler neck with the coolant mixture. Tighten the bleed bolt as soon as coolant starts to run out in a steady stream without bubbles.

Fill to here


Fill to here

8. With the radiator cap off, start the engine and let it run until warmed up (fan goes on at least twice). Then, if necessary add more coolant mix to bring the level back up to the filler neck.

9. Put the radiator cap on, then run the engine again and check

for leaks.

Brakes/Clutch Fluid

Brake System Design

The diagonally-separated dual service brake system is design- ed so half the system will still provide braking action if the other half fails. Stopping the car after losing the brake fluid from half the system will require more pedal pressure and pedal travel than normal. Also, the distance required to stop will be longer using only half the brake system. If the brakes fail suddenly, downshift to a lower gear for increased engine braking, and pull off the road as soon as possible.

It is dangerous to drive your car with a problem in either the brake electrical or hydraulic systems; have your dealer check both systems if you suspect brake trouble. Do not ride the brakes. In other words, don't put your foot on the brake pedal unless you intend to brake. This causes excessive brake wear and can damage, or lead to loss of braking effectiveness through overheating. Your brake lights may also confuse drivers behind you. Driving through deep water may affect the brakes. Check their effectiveness by pressing the brake pedal gently. If the car does not slow down at the normal rate, continue gently applying the brakes, while maintaining a safe speed, until they dry out and normal performance returns.

Brake Wear

Both front and rear brakes should be inspected for wear at the intervals shown in the Maintenance Schedule on page 80. When the brakes require maintenance use only genuine Honda replacement parts or their equivalent. Front Brake Wear Indicators

Your car is equipped with audible front brake wear indicators. When the brake pads need to be replaced, the wear indicators will make a "screeching" sound or a high pitch chirp.


Brakes/Clutch Fluid (cont'd)

NOTE: Due to some driving habits or climates, brakes may "squeal" when you first apply them or when you have them partially applied; this is normal, and does not indicate ex- cessive wear. The wear indicator makes a "screeching" sound while the brakes are applied. Brake Fluid Check the fluid level in the brake reservoir periodically; it should be between the MAX and MIN marks on the reser- voir. If the level is near the MIN mark, add fluid to raise it to the MAX mark. Do not overfill. Use only brake fluid manufactured to DOT 3 or DOT 4 specifications (see reservoir cap) from a sealed container. Follow instructions printed on the can. NOTE: A low brake fluid level may be an indication of brake pad wear or of brake fluid leakage. You should have your brakes checked if the brake fluid reservoir is low before re- filling it. CAUTION: The arrow on the reservoir cap must be pointing forward after the cap is installed. Make sure the brake warning switch wiring doesn't get caught between the cap and top edge of the reservoir. Clutch Fluid

the manufacturer's



Check the fluid level in the clutch reservoir periodically; it should be between the MAX and MIN marks on the reser- voir. If the level is near the MIN mark, add fluid to raise it to the MAX mark. Do not overfill. Use only brake fluid manufactured to DOT 3 or DOT 4 specifications from a sealed container. Follow the manufacturer's instructions printed on the can. NOTE: A low clutch fluid level may be an indication of clutch fluid leakage. You should have your clutch checked if the clutch fluid level in the reservoir is low.

Power Steering

The power steering on your car provides easy handling while parking and maneuvering in traffic, without loss of road "feel" at highway speeds. An engine-driven hydraulic pump provides full power assist at low speeds and decreasing assist as the car goes faster. CAUTION: If the power steering system should fail, or if the engine should stall, the car can still be steered. However, much greater effort will be required, particularly in sharp turns at low speed.

NOTE: You may feel a slight clunk or knock when turning the wheel with the engine off. This is a normal condition due to the design of the system. Power Steering Fluid



the upper and

Check the power steering fluid level with the engine cold and the car parked on level ground. Make sure the fluid level is be- tween lower marks on the reservoir. If the level has dropped close to or below the lower mark, check for leaks before adding fluid to the upper mark. Do not overfill. CAUTION: Use only genuine Honda power steering fluid. The use of other fluids such as A.T.F. or other manufacturer's power steering fluid will damage the system.


Air and Fuel Filters

Air Filter

Replace the air filter every 24 months or 30,000 miles (48,000
km), whichever comes first (more often in extremely dusty conditions). Loosen the attaching bolts, then remove the cover. Remove the air filter and replace it with a new filter. Reinstall the cover and tighten the bolts.



Fuel Filter

The fuel filter is located in the engine compartment, on the right center of the firewall. It should be replaced at 60,000
miles (96,000 km) or 48 months whichever comes first, or any time you suspect contaminated gas may have clogged it. CAUTION: Because the fuel system is under pressure, the filter should be replaced only by a qualified Honda technician.

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs should be replaced every 24 months or 30,000
miles (48,000 km), whichever comes first. Recommended spark plugs:

ZFR5F-11 (NGK), KJ16CR-L11 (ND) (for all normal driving) ZFR6F-11 (NGK), KJ20CR-L11 (ND) (for hot climates or continuous high speed driving)

Keep hands away from the radiator fan. The fan may start automatically without warning and run for up to 15
minutes, even after the engine is turned off.

CAUTION: Never use spark plugs with an improper heat range; they will adversely affect engine performance and durability.

Replace plugs one at a time, so you don't get the wires mixed up. 1. Clean any dirt from around the spark plug base. 2. Disconnect the plug cap, then remove and discard the old

3. Check the gap of the new spark plug before installation.

Plug gap should be 1.1 mm (0.04 in).

4. Thread the new spark plug in by hand to prevent cross-



5. After the plug seats against the cylinder head, tighten 1/2

turn with a spark plug wrench to compress the washer.

6. Reinstall the spark plug cap. CAUTION: The spark plugs must be securely tightened, but not overtightened. A plug that's too loose can get very hot and possibly damage the engine; one that's too tight could damage the threads in the cylinder head.

Thread in by hand


Wiper Blades

For maximum visibility, replace worn or cracked wiper blades when you notice they do not wipe the windshield cleanly or smoothly. To Replace Worn-out Blades

Press Lock Tab in

1. Detach the blade assembly from the arm by pressing the lock tab in, then pushing the blade toward the base of the arm.

2. Firmly grasp the end of the blade rubber and pull until the tabs are free of the metal support.




3. Remove the metal retainers from the worn-out blade rub- ber and put them in a new blade rubber.

4. Insert the new blade rubber from the opposite side of the blade tabs and position the tabs in the metal support.

5. Reinstall the blade assembly

on the wiper arm.


The condition of the battery can be determined by checking the test indicator. Service as required according to the label on the battery. Any corrosion around the positive and negative terminals should be washed off with a solution of baking soda and warm water. Dry the terminals and then coat them with grease.




The battery gives off explosive gases; keep sparks, flames and cigarettes away. Provide adequate ventilation when charging or using the battery in an enclosed space. The battery contains sulfuric acid (electrolyte). Contact with skin or eyes may cause severe burns. Wear protective clothing and a face shield. — If electrolyte gets on your skin, flush with water. — If electrolyte gets in. your eyes, flush with water for at

least 15 minutes and call a physician immediately.

Electrolyte is poisonous. — If swallowed, drink large quantities of water or milk and follow with milk of magnesia or vegetable oil and call a physician.


Fuse Replacement

The fuse box is located under the dashboard on the driver's side. The circuits protected by each fuse are listed inside the fuse box cover. To open the fuse box, turn the knob as shown.

If any of your car's lights, accessories, or controls don't work, check their fuses. If a fuse has blown, the wire inside it will be burned through. BLOWN


Checking the fuses:

1.Turn off the ignition and all other switches. 2. If you find a blown or possibly faulty fuse, use the fuse remover, stored beside the spare fuse to pull the blown fuse out of its clips.

3. Check all other fuses as well as the one you suspect. 4. Push in a new fuse of the same rating, and make sure it fits tightly in the clips. If it fits loosely, have your dealer fix it. If you don't have a spare, take a fuse of the same rating (or lower) out of a circuit you may not need, like the radio or cigarette lighter. Remember to replace the borrowed fuse and the missing spares.

CAUTION: A blown fuse may be just a symptom of some other problem. If a new fuse blows right away, the cause should be diagnosed and corrected by a qualified Honda technician. Never replace a fuse with anything but another fuse of the same or lower rating. A higher capacity fuse could cause damage and even start a fire.

The main fuses and some primary fuses are installed in the fuse box on the right front fender in the engine compart- ment. If the circuits from the battery are ever overloaded (by a short in too much current for example) a main fuse will blow, preventing damage to the entire wiring harness. fuse blows, have a Honda dealer check the system, repair the cause, and replace the fuse.

the system drawing

the main



The electrical system is protected by fuses that are designed to fail and prevent damage to the wire harness. Always replace blown fuses with the same rating as specified to pre- vent wiring damage that can result in a possible fire. For proper electrical contact after replacing these fuses, make sure all screws are tight.

Bulb Replacement

See page 125 for bulb specifications.

Front turn signal lights

Front side marker and turn signal lights/posi- tion lights

Rear turn signal/brake and taillights

Brake and taillights/ back-up lights

License plate lights

Interior light

Sunvisor light (LX, EX)

Door courtesy lights (LX, EX)

Trunk light

High mount brake light


The factory-installed tires on your car were selected to provide the best performance for normal driving. Inflation Pressures

The tire label on the driver's door jamb shows recommend- ed tire pressures for carrying loads up to the limit shown. These pressures were chosen to provide you with the best combination of tread life, riding comfort and stability under normal driving conditions. Improper inflation can reduce both tire life and load carrying capacity. Check the tire pressures at least once a month, in- cluding the spare. Lower pressure tread and sidewalls flex too much, causing increased tire temperatures, uneven wear, and poor handling. Pressure higher than recom- mended can make the tire too stiff, increasing the chance of damage from road hazards, and also causing uneven wear. CAUTION:






Check tire pressure when the tires are cold. (After the car has been parked for more than 3 hours or driven less than 1 mile/1.6 km). Tire pressure may increase as much as 41 kPa (6 psi) when the tire is hot, so NEVER ADJUST tire pressure when the tires are hot. Never inflate load range B tires to more than 220 kPa (32
psi) cold. Cars with luggage racks or cartop carriers DO NOT have greater load limits than those on the label.

Snow Tires

If you use snow tires, they should have the same load capacity as the original equipment tires, and they must be installed in sets of four, or they may cause poor handling. Cars with snow tires should not be driven faster than 75 mph (120 km/h).

Tire Chains

When required, install tire chains on the front wheels of your car. If you are using metal type chains, make sure they are designated SAE Class " S ". You may also use plastic or cable type "chains". Use only the correct size chains recommended for your tire size and make sure they are installed following the chain manufacturer's instructions.

Once tire chains are installed, drive at less than 19 mph (30
km/h) on roads covered with snow or ice. To minimize tire and chain wear, avoid driving on cleared roads with chains installed. CAUTION: Improper installation or loose tire chains may damage your car's chassis and fenders.

NOTE: Keep the manufacturer's installation instructions in your glove box for future reference. Tire Balancing

Unbalanced tires may affect handling and tire wear. A tire should always be rebalanced after it has been dis- mounted from the wheel.

Your original tires were properly balanced before the car left the factory, but may need rebalancing at some time during the life of the tire. Tire balancing for the COMPACT spare is not necessary. CAUTION: Use only genuine Honda aluminum wheel weights if your car is equipped with aluminum wheels. Non genuine Honda wheel weights may corrode and damage the aluminum wheel.

Tire Rotation

Tires may wear unevenly when used for a long time in the same position on the car. To avoid this, rotate the tires every 7,500 miles (12,000 km). If abnormal or uneven wear develops between rotations, the cause should be found and corrected as soon as possible. The illustration shows how tires can be rotated. The COMPACT spare tire must not be included in tire rotation. (cont'd)

Tires (cont'd)

NOTE: Brake pads should be inspected for wear whenever the tires are rotated.


Tire Traction

Worn tires or slippery road surfaces can reduce driving, cornering and braking traction. To reduce the possibili- ty of losing traction, slow down when the road gets slippery, replace tires when wear indicators are visible, and KEEP TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED.

Tire Replacement

The original tires on your car have tread wear indicators to indicate when they should be replaced. The indicators appear as bands about 12.7 mm (1/2
in) wide when the tire tread depth than 1.6 mm (1/16 in). When indicators ap- pear across two or more grooves in a row, you should replace the tire.





Driving on worn-out tires is very hazardous, and will reduce braking effectiveness, steering accuracy and traction.

When replacing tires, use only the recommended tire size. Wheel rim widths and offsets must be those recommended by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Contact the Zone Office nearest you as shown on the inside of the back cover.

Tires and wheels other than those recommended may be unsafe. Do not mix radial and bias ply tires on the same car.

Air Conditioner Care

Condenser and Radiator

Check the engine radiator and the air conditioner condenser (in front of the radiator) for accumulated dirt, insects or leaves. Carefully brush or hose them off to assure maximum cooling performance. CAUTION: Radiator and condenser fins are very thin and easi- ly damaged; do not bend them with high water pressure or brush.

Compressor Drive Belt

Check the compressor belt tension monthly, during periods when you use the air conditioner a lot.

If the engine has been running some engine com-

ponents may be hot enough to burn you.

When properly tensioned, the belt should have 10 to 12 mm (0.4 to 0.5 in) "play" or deflection when pushed with 98N (22
Ib) of force midway between the alternator pulley and the engine crankshaft pulley. Have the belt adjusted whenever necessary.





Air Conditioner Care (cont'd)

System Maintenance

Run your air conditioner at least once a week for about ten minutes, even during the off season, to lubricate the seals and the inside of the compressor and, to verify that the system is functional.

If the air conditioner is not cooling properly, it may indicate an undercharged system. Have your dealer check the system for leaks, then evacuate and charge the system with 900 — 950 g (31 - 34 oz) of Refrigerant 12. CAUTION: Prolonged use of an undercharged system may damage the compressor.

Appearance Care

Interior Trim

Remove dust and loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a clean, damp cloth or sponge. Stains can be removed with a commercially available vinyl cleaner. CAUTION: Do not use thinner, gasoline, kerosene, naphtha or other solvents on the interior. They are toxic, flammable and hazardous and could damage the material you're cleaning.


A 10 to 1 mix of water and white vinegar, or a commercially available glass cleaner may be used to clean windows and to remove the dust film sometimes caused by the ingredients used in interior vinyls and plastics.

NOTE: Do not put this solution in the windshield washer reservoir, it will damage the windshield washer pump.

Be careful not to scratch or damage the defogger wires when cleaning the inside of the rear window; wipe the window horizontally along the wires, not up and down. Dry the win- dows with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. Keep all the win- dows clean for maximum visibility. Exterior Care


Rinse all loose dirt off the car by spraying it with lukewarm or cold water. Do not use hot water. Wash using a soft-bristle brush, sponge or cloth with water containing a mild detergent such as a liquid dishwashing detergent. Remove oil, tar, tree sap, etc., with tar remover or turpentine. Remove road salt, insects, etc., with mild detergent and lukewarm water. Any of these substances may damage the finish if left on painted surfaces. Rinse the car well. Promptly wipe with a chamois or soft towel to prevent water-spotting. Do not let water or soap air-dry on painted surfaces. During wiping, inspect the surface for stone chips and scrat- ches; paint them with touch-up paint so they won't rust (touch-up paint is available through your Honda dealer). For further instructions on corrosion protection, refer to the Rust Prevention section on the next pages.


Appearance Care (cont'd)


Wax the car when water will no longer "bead" on the paint. Always wash and dry the car before you wax it. Use a good quality liquid or paste wax, and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Wax all the metal trim to keep its luster. NOTE: Removing oil, tar, etc., with a spot remover will usual- ly strip the wax from the surrounding finish. Be sure to re-wax these areas even if the rest of the car does not yet need waxing. Aluminum Alloy Wheels (EX) CAUTION:

Wash the wheels after driving on snowy or icy roads where salt has been applied. Avoid off-road driving. Brush, rocks, dirt and severe impact may damage the wheels. Install tire chains carefully. Improperly installed chains can cause damage to the wheels. Honda aluminum wheels are treated with a protective finish. Wash them with a low-phosphate detergent and sponge. Do not use abrassive cleaners or stiff brushes. Always install aluminum wheels in sets of four. If mixed with other types, the car's handling may be affected.

Rust Prevention

Rusting is likely to occur in parts of the car where water is trap- ped or where there is continual dampness.

Water will collect inside doors and body panels if drain holes become clogged. Water which seeps under or soaks floor mats will subject floor sections to prolonged wetness or dampness. Road dirt or sand, which collects and fills recesses on the underside of the car, retains moisture long after the rest of the car has dried.

The removal of paint and undercoating by stones, gravel, and minor accidents immediately exposes metal to air and mois- ture. Rusting is increased by high humidity and by the presence of corrosive substances in the air or on the roads.

Salt used for road de-icing will coat the bottom of the car and hasten rusting. Localities with high humidity have greater potential for rust problems, especially where salt is also present on the road or in moist sea air. Industrial pollution will accelerate the deterioration of paint finishes and promote rusting.

Preventive Service

Check all drain holes in the doors and body panels for clogging and clear if necessary. When washing your car, also clean the above underside of the car by using high pressure water; subframe, rear suspension, inside rear wheel housing, and After washing your car or after heavy rain, check for leaks. Dry any wet areas of your car's interior. Have leaks repaired as soon as possible.

inside front fender,

under rear bumper.

Body Repair

Replacement Body and Fender Parts

If your vehicle incurs body damage and requires replacement parts, we encourage you to use only Genuine Honda sheet metal body and fender parts. Many insurance companies are specifying imitation sheet metal parts for collision repairs in an effort to reduce claim costs; however, if imitation parts are us- ed the following conditions may apply:

There is no assurance that imitation parts will equal the fit and finish of Genuine Honda sheet metal parts; and in our experience they often do not. There is no assurance that imitation parts will resist corro- sion as well as Genuine Honda sheet metal parts. Imitation sheet metal parts are not covered by the Honda Limited Warranty.

To ensure your continued satisfaction with your Honda vehicle in the event of an accident, contact your insurance adjuster and insist on Genuine Honda parts in the repair of your vehicle.

Spare Tire

COMPACT Spare Tire

Your car is supplied with a COMPACT spare tire and wheel for temporary use only in the event of a flat tire. Use the COM- PACT spare only when you have to, and only to go as far as the next garage or dealer to have the regular tire repaired and reinstalled.

Because you will rarely use the COMPACT spare, be sure to regularly check its condition and air pressure (415 kPa, 60 psi), so it will be ready when you need it. This type of tire holds less air at higher pressure than a regular tire, so it will inflate (or deflate if there is a leak) more rapidly; check its pressure often