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several potential hazards:

Carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust. Be sure there is adequate ventilation whenever you operate the engine.

Burns from hot parts. Let the engine and exhaust system cool before touching any parts.

Injury from moving parts. Do not run the engine unless in- structed to do so.

Read the instructions before you begin, and make sure you have the tools and skills required.

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

You should wear eye protection and protective clothing when working near the battery or when using compressed air.

Maintenance Safety


Maintenance Schedule

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


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 clone under one or more of the conditions listed on that page. Otherwise, follow the schedule for "Normal Conditions."

The services and time or distance intervals shown in the maintenance schedule assume you will use your car as normal transportation for passengers and their possessions. You should also follow these recommendations:

Avoid exceeding your car's load limit. This puts excess stress on the engine, brakes, and many other parts of your car. The load limit is shown on the label on the driver's doorjamb.

Operate your car on reasonable roads within the legal speed limit.

Drive your car regularly over a distance of several miles (kilometers).

Always use unleaded gasoline with the proper octane rating (see page 120).

Your authorized Honda 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.

We recommend the use of Genuine Honda parts and fluids whenever you have maintenance done. These are manufactured to the same high- quality standards as the original components, so you can be confident of their performance and durability.

U.S. Cars: Maintenance, replacement or repair of emission control devices and systems may be done by any automotive repair establishment or individual using parts that are "certified" to EPA standards.

Maintenance Schedule

According to state and federal regulations, failure to perform maintenance on the items marked with an asterisk (*) will not void your emissions warranties. However, Honda recommends that all mainte- nance services be performed at the recommended time or mileage period to ensure long-term reliability.


Maintenance Schedule (Normal Conditions)

Follow the Normal Maintenance Schedule if the severe driving conditions specified in the Severe Conditions Maintenance Schedule on the next page do not apply.

NOTE: If you only OCCASIONALLY drive under a "severe" condition, you should follow the Normal Conditions Maintenance Schedule.


Maintenance Schedule (Severe Conditions)

Follow the Severe Maintenance Schedule if you drive your vehicle MAINLY under one or more of the following condi- tions:

Driving less than 5 miles (8
km) per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 miles (16 km) per trip. Driving in hot [over 90° F (32° C)] conditions. Extensive idling or long periods of stop-and-go driving. Trailer towing, driving with a car-top carrier, or driving in mountainous conditions. Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced roads.

For Canadian Owners Follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions.

* 1: Refer to page 188 for replacement information under special driving conditions.


Required Maintenance Record

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


Record additional maintenance for severe driving conditions or non-scheduled maintenance on this page (see page 159).

Non-Scheduled Maintenance Record


Owner Maintenance Checks

You should check the following items at the specified intervals. If you are unsure of how to perform any check, turn to the page given.

Engine oil level — Check every time you fill the fuel tank. See page 124.

Engine coolant level — Check the radiator reserve tank every time you fill the fuel tank. See page 125 .

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 173.

Tires — Check the tire pressure monthly. Examine the tread for wear and foreign objects. See page 189.

Lights — Check the operation of the headlights, parking lights, taillights, high-mount brake light, turn signals, brake lights, and license plate lights monthly. See page 195.


BRAKE FLUID (Gray cap)




Fluid Locations

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






Engine Oil

Adding Oil


To add oil, unscrew and remove the engine oil fill cap on top of the valve cover. Pour in the oil, and replace the engine oil fill cap. Tighten it securely. Wait a few minutes and recheck the oil level. Do not fill above the upper mark; you could damage the engine.


The API Service label also tells you the service classification of the oil. Always use an oil that is labeled "API Service SJ" or "API Service SH." 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 or SH classifi- cation. An oil that is only classified SG is not recommended.

Recommended Oil Oil is a major contributor to your engine's performance and longevity. Always use a premium-grade deter- gent oil.

You can determine an oil's SAE viscosity and Service Classification from the API Service label on the oil container.

A fuel-efficient oil is recommended for your Honda. This is shown on the API Service label by the words "Energy Conserving " or "Energy Conserving 11." This oil is formulated to help your engine use less fuel.


The oil container may also display the API Certification mark. Make sure it says "For Gasoline Engines."

The SAE numbers tell you the oil's viscosity or weight. Select the oil for your car according to this chart.

Engine Oil

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


Ambient Temperature


Engine Oil

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 or SH, 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.

Additives Your Honda does not need any oil additives. Purchasing additives for the engine or transmission will not increase your car's performance or longevity. It only increases the cost of operating your car.


Changing the Oil and Filter Always change the oil and filter according to the time and distance (miles/kilometers) recommenda- tions in the maintenance schedule. The oil and filter collect contami- nants that can damage your engine if they are not removed regularly.

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

1. Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature, then shut it off.



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.


3. Remove the oil filter and let the

remaining oil drain. A special wrench (available from your Honda dealer) is required to remove the filter.

Engine Oil

7. Replace the engine oil fill cap.

Start the engine. The oil pressure indicator light should go out within five seconds. If it does not, turn off the engine and reinspect your work.

8. Let the engine run for several

minutes and check the drain bolt and oil filter for leaks.

9. Turn off the engine, let it sit for

several minutes, then check the oil level. If necessary, add oil to bring the level to the upper mark on the dipstick.

4. Install a new oil filter according to

instructions that come with it.

5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt,

then reinstall the drain bolt. Tighten it to: 44 N.m (4.5 kgf.m , 33 Ibf.ft)

6. Refill the engine with the recom-

mended oil. Engine oil change capacity (including filter):

(U.S.: LX, Special Edition, Canada: LX) 3.8

(4.0 US qt, 3.3 lmp qt)

(U.S.: EX, Canada: EX-R) 4.3

(4.5 US qt, 3.8 lmp qt)



Engine Oil, Cooling System


Adding Engine Coolant

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.


If the coolant level in the reserve tank is at or below the MIN line, add coolant to bring it up to the MAX line. Inspect the cooling system for leaks. This coolant should always be a mixture of 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. Never add straight antifreeze or plain water.


Always use Genuine Honda anti- freeze/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.

If the reserve tank is completely empty, you should also check the coolant level in the radiator.

Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you.

Always let the engine and radiator cool down before removing the radiator cap.

1. Make sure the engine and radiator

are cool.

Cooling System


2. Turn the radiator cap counter-

clockwise, without pressing down on it, until it stops. This relieves any pressure remaining in the cooling system.

3. Remove the radiator cap by

pushing down and turning counterclockwise.

RESERVE TANK 4. The coolant level should be up to

the base of the filler neck. Add coolant if it is low.

5. Put the radiator cap back on.

Tighten it fully.

6. Pour coolant into the reserve tank. Fill it to halfway between the MAX and MIN marks. Put the cap back on the reserve tank.



Cooling System

Do not add any rust inhibitors or other additives to your car's cooling system. They may not be compatible with the coolant or engine compo- nents.

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.

Draining the coolant requires access to the underside of the car. Unless you have the tools and knowledge, you should have this maintenance done by a skilled mechanic.




1. Start the engine. Turn the heater

temperature control dial to maximum heat and turn off the engine. Open the hood. Make sure the engine and radiator are cool to the touch.

3. Loosen the drain plug on the

bottom of the radiator. The coolant will drain through the splash guard. Remove the drain bolt and washer from the engine block.

2. Remove the radiator cap.




4. Remove the reserve tank from its

holder by pulling it straight up. Drain the coolant, then put the tank back in its holder.

5. When the coolant stops draining,

tighten the drain plug in 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.

Tightening torque: 83 N.m (8.5 kgf.m, 61 Ibf.ft)

6. Mix the recommended antifreeze with an equal amount of purified or distilled water in a clean container. The cooling system capacity is:

With 5-speed manual transmission: 5.4 (1.43 US g a l, 1.19 Imp gal) With automatic transmission: 5.3

(1.40 US g a l, 1.17 lmp gal)

Cooling System


Fill up to here

7. Pour coolant into the radiator up

to the base of the filler neck.



Cooling System


10.Turn off the engine. Check the

level in the radiator, add coolant if needed. Install the radiator cap, and tighten it fully.

11.Fill the reserve tank to the MAX

mark. Install the reserve tank cap.


8. Loosen the bleeder bolt on top of the engine. Tighten it again when coolant comes out in a steady stream with no bubbles.

9. Refill the radiator to the base of the filler neck. Start the engine and let it run until it warms up (the radiator cooling fan comes on at least twice).


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.


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

Windshield Washers

Fill the reservoir with a good-quality windshield washer fluid. This increases the cleaning capability and prevents freezing in cold weather.


Do not use engine antifreeze or a vinegar/water solution in the wind- shield washer reservoir.

Antifreeze can damage your car's paint. while a vinegar/water solution can damage the windshield washer pump.

Use only commercially-available windshield washer fluid.


Transmission Fluid

Automatic Transmission


5. If the level is below the lower

mark, add fluid into the tube 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.


Check the fluid level with the engine at normal operating temperature.

3. Insert the dipstick all the way into

the transmission.

6. Insert the dipstick all the way back

in the transmission.

1. Park the car on level ground. Shut

off the engine.

2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) from the transmission and wipe it with a clean cloth.

4. Remove the dipstick and check

the fluid level. It should be between the upper and lower marks.

The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommen- dations in the maintenance schedule.


5-speed Manual Transmission


Correct level

Check the fluid level with the transmission at normal operating temperature and the vehicle 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.

Transmission Fluid, Brake and Clutch Fluid

If Honda MTF is not available, you may use an API service SG or SH grade motor oil with a viscosity of SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 as a temporary replacement. However, motor oil does not contain the proper additives and continued use can cause stiffer shifting. Replace as soon as convenient.

The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommen- dations in the maintenance schedule.

Brake and Clutch Fluid Check the fluid level in the reser- voirs monthly. There are up to three reservoirs, depending on equipment. They are:

Brake fluid reservoir Clutch fluid reservoir (manual transmission only) ABS reservoir (cars with ABS)

The brake fluid in the brake and anti- lock brake systems should be replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.


Brake and Clutch Fluid

Brake Fluid 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.

Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not compatible with your car's braking system and can cause extensive damage.


Brake System


Anti-lock Brake System




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

The fluid should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If it is at or below the MIN mark, it indicates a possible problem in the ABS. Have the dealer inspect the system as soon as possible.

Brake and Clutch Fluid, Power Steering

Clutch System

Low fluid level can indicate a leak in the clutch system. Have this system inspected as soon as possible.

Power Steering




The fluid should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If it is not, add brake fluid to bring it up to that level. Use the same fluid specified for the brake system.

LOWER LEVEL Check the level when the engine is cold. Look at the side of the reservoir. The fluid should be between the UPPER LEVEL and LOWER LEVEL. If it is below the LOWER LEVEL, add power steering fluid to the UPPER LEVEL.



Power Steering, Air Cleaner Element


Turning the steering wheel to full left or right lock and holding it there can damage the power steering pump.

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.

A low power steering fluid level can indicate a leak in the system. Check the fluid level frequently and have the system inspected as soon as possible.

Air Cleaner Element The air cleaner element should be cleaned or replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.

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

Follow the replacement procedure for removal and reinstallation.





Air Cleaner Element


The air cleaner element is inside the air cleaner housing on the passenger's side of the engine compartment. To replace it:

1. Remove the air intake duct by

pulling it straight out.

2. Loosen the nuts on the battery

hold-down bracket and push the bracket away from the air cleaner.

3. Loosen the four bolts and remove

the air cleaner housing cover.

5. Place the new air cleaner element

in the air cleaner housing.


4. Remove the old air cleaner

element. Clean the inside of the air cleaner housing with a damp rag.

6. Reinstall the air cleaner housing

cover, tighten the four bolts.

7. Reinstall the battery hold-down

bracket and tighten the nuts.

8. Reinstall the air intake duct.


Spark Plugs

The spark plugs in your car need to be replaced every 2 years or 30,000
miles (48,000 km), whichever comes first.



1. Clean up any dirt and oil around

the spark plug caps.

2. Remove the spark plug cap by

pulling it straight out.

3. Remove the spark plug with

a five-eighths inch (16 mm) spark plug socket.

4. Put the new spark plug into the

socket; then screw it into the hole. Screw it in by hand so you do not crossthread it.


Spark Plugs




Spark Plug Gap:

1.1 mm (0.04 in)


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

6. Install the spark plug cap.

7. Repeat this procedure for the

other three spark plugs.


5. 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: 18 N.m (1.8 kgf.m, 13 Ibf.ft)


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.


Check the battery terminals for corrosion (a white or yellowish powder). To remove it, cover the terminals with a solution of baking soda and water. It will bubble up and turn brown. When this stops, wash it off with plain water. Dry off the battery with a cloth or paper towel. Coat the terminals with grease to help prevent future corrosion.

Check the battery condition by looking at the test indicator window on the battery. The label on the battery explains the test indicator's colors.


If you need to connect the battery to a charger, disconnect both cables to prevent damage to the car's electri- cal system.


The battery gives off explosive hydrogen gas during normal operation.

A spark or flame can cause the battery to explode with enough force to kill or seriously hurt you.

Wear protective clothing and a face shield, or have a skilled mechanic do the battery maintenance.



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.


On EX and Special Edition models in the U.S., and EX-R model in Canada 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 116).


Charging the battery with the cables connected can seriously damage your car's electronic controls. Detach the battery cables before connecting the battery to a charger.


Check the condition of the wind- shield 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.


Windshield Wipers


To replace the blade:

1. Raise the wiper arm off the


2. Disconnect the blade assembly

from the wiper arm by pushing in the lock tab. Hold it in while you push the blade assembly toward the base of the arm.



5. Slide the new wiper blade into the

holder until the tabs lock.

6. Slide the wiper blade assembly

onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place.

7. Lower the wiper arm down against

the windshield.

Windshield Wipers



3. Remove the blade from its holder by grasping the tabbed end of the blade. Pull firmly until the tabs come out of the holder.


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.


Your car's air conditioning is a sealed system. Any major maintenance, such as recharging, should be done by a qualified technician. You can do a couple of things to make sure the air conditioning works efficiently.

Periodically check the engine's radiator and air conditioning condenser for leaves, insects, and dirt stuck to the front surface. These block the air flow and reduce cooling efficiency. Use a light spray from a hose or a soft brush to remove them.


The condenser and radiator fins bend easily. Only use a low-pressure spray or soft-bristle brush to clean them.


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.

Air Conditioning System

If the air conditioning does not get as cold as before, have your dealer check the system. Recharge the system with Refrigerant HFC-134a (R-134a). (See Specifications on page 242.)


Whenever you have the air conditioning system serviced, make sure the service facility uses a refrigerant recycling system. This system captures the refrigerant for reuse. Releasing refrigerant into the atmosphere can damage the environment.


Alternator belt:

8.0 — 10.5 mm (0.31 — 0.41 in)

Power steering belt:

13.0 — 16.0 mm (0.51 — 0.63 in)

If you see signs of wear or looseness, have your dealer adjust or replace the belts.

Timing Belt The timing belt and balancer belt should normally be replaced at the intervals shown in the maintenance schedule.

Replace these belts at 60,000 miles (U.S.) or 100,000 km (Canada) if you regularly drive your car in one or more of these conditions:

In very high temperatures (over 100°F, 43°C). In very low temperatures (under —20°F, — 29°C).

Drive Belts, Timing Belt

Drive Belts



Check the condition of the two 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. The belts should have the following "play" or deflection.


To safely operate your car, your tires must be the proper type and size, in good condition with adequate tread, and correctly inflated. The following pages give more detailed information on how and when to check air pressure, how to inspect your tires for damage and wear, and what to do when your tires need to be replaced.

Using tires that are excessively worn or improperly inflated can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Follow all instructions in this owner's manual regarding tire inflation and maintenance.


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.

We recommend that you visually check your tires every day. If you think a tire might be low, check it immediately with a tire gauge.

Check the pressure in the tires when they are cold. This means the car has been parked for at least three hours. If you have to drive the car before checking the tire pressure, the tires can still be considered "cold" if you drive less than 1 mile (1.6 km).

If you check the pressure when the tires are hot (the car has been driven several miles), you will see readings 4 to 6 psi (0.3 to 0.4 kgf/cm2, 30 to 40
kPa) higher than the cold reading. This is normal. Do not let air out to match the specified cold pressure. The tire will be underinflated.

Use a gauge to measure the air pressure at least once a month. Even tires that are in good condition may lose one to two psi per month. Remember to check the spare tire at the same time you check all the other tires.

You should get your own tire pressure gauge and use it whenever you check your tire pressures. This will make it easier for you to tell if a pressure loss is due to a tire problem and not due to a variation between gauges.



Inspection Every time you check inflation, you should also examine the tires for damage, foreign objects, and wear.

You should look for:

Bumps or bulges in the tread or side of the tire. Replace the tire if you find either of these conditions.

Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side of the tire. Replace the tire if you can see fabric or cord.

Excessive tread wear.

The compact spare tire pressure is: 420 kPa (4.2 kgf/cm2, 60 psi)

These pressures are also given on the tire information label on the driver's doorjamb.

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


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 shown on page 245.



TREAD WEAR INDICATORS 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.

Maintenance In addition to proper inflation, correct wheel alignment helps to decrease tire wear. If you find a tire is worn unevenly, have your dealer check the wheel alignment.

The tires were properly balanced by the factory. They may need to be rebalanced at some time before they are worn out. Have your dealer check the tires if you feel a consis- tent vibration while driving. A tire should always be rebalanced if it is removed from the wheel for repair.

Make sure the installer balances the wheels when you have new tires installed. This increases riding comfort and tire life. Your car's original tires were dynamic or "spin" balanced at the factory. For best results, have the installer perform a dynamic balance.



(On some models) Improper wheel weights can damage your car's aluminum wheels. Use only Genuine Honda wheel weights balancing.




Tire Rotation



(For Non- directional Tires and Wheels)

(For Directional Tires and Wheels)

To help increase tire life and distribute wear more evenly, you should have the tires rotated every 7,500 miles (12,000 km). Move the tires to the positions shown in the chart each time they are rotated.


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

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.

Installing improper tires on your car can affect handling and stability. This can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Always use the size and type of tires recommended in this owner's manual.

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

The ABS works by comparing the speed of the wheels. When replacing tires, use the same size originally supplied with the car. Tire size and construction can affect wheel speed and may cause the system to work in- consistently.

If you ever need to replace a wheel, make sure the wheel's specifications match those of the original wheel that came on your car. Replacement wheels are available at your Honda dealer.

Wheels and Tires Wheel: (Canada: LX)

14 x 5J

(U.S.: LX and EX, Canada: EX-R)

15 x 5 1/2 JJ

(U.S.: Special Edition)

15 x 6JJ

Tire: (U.S.: LX, Special Edition)

185/65R15 88S

(Canada: LX)


(U.S.: EX, Canada: EX-R)

195/60R 15 88H

See Tire Information on page 244 for additional information about tire and wheel size designations. See page 245 for information about DOT Tire Quality Grading.


Winter Driving 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.




Chains of the wrong size or that are improperly installed can damage your car's brake lines, suspension, body, and wheels. Stop driving if you hear the chains hitting any part of the car.


Snow Tires If you mount snow tires on your Honda, 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 recommenda- tions.

Tire Chains Mount snow chains on your car when warranted by driving condi- tions or required by local laws. Make sure the chains are the correct size for your tires. Install them only on the front tires. If metal chains are used, they must be SAE class "S". Cable type traction devices can also be used.

When installing chains, follow the manufacturer's instructions and mount them as tightly as you can. Drive slowly with chains installed. If you hear the chains contacting the body or chassis, stop and tighten them. If they still make contact, slow down until it stops. Remove the chains as soon as you begin driving on cleared roads.


If you find any bulbs are burned out, replace them as soon as possible. Refer to the chart on page 243 to determine what type of replacement bulb is needed.

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. 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 cars)


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.


Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch on the glass can cause the bulb to overheat and shatter.




5. Push the electrical connector back

onto the bulb. Make sure it is on all the way.

6. Turn on the headlights to test the

new bulb.

7. (Passenger's side)

Reinstall the radiator reserve tank and the air intake duct.


4. Insert the new bulb into the hole

and turn it one-quarter turn clock- wise to lock it in place.


1. Open the hood.

If you need to change the head- light bulb on the passenger's side, remove the radiator reserve tank and the air intake duct.

2. Remove the electrical connector

from the bulb by squeezing the connector to unlock the tab, then slide the connector off the bulb.

3. Remove the bulb by turning it

approximately one-quarter turn counterclockwise.


Replacing a Front Turn Signal Light Bulb




1. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to loosen the turn signal assembly's mounting screw.

3. Remove the bulb holder from the turn signal assembly by turning it counterclockwise.

2. Remove the turn signal assembly

from the bumper.

4. Remove the burned out bulb from the socket by pulling it straight out of its socket.

5. Install the new bulb in the socket.


6. Push the bulb holder into the turn

signal assembly and turn it clockwise until it locks.

7. Test the lights to make sure the

new bulb is working.

8. Put the turn signal assembly into the bumper. Make sure the tabs on the turn signal assembly fit into the bumper slots. Tighten the mounting screw.


5. Put the bulb holder back into its

hole in the lens, and turn it clockwise until it locks.

6. Turn on the parking lights and

check that the new bulb is working.

7. Put the side marker assembly

back into the body. Push on the front edge until it snaps into place. Install the mounting screw and tighten it securely.


Replacing Front Side Marker and Parking Light Bulbs


1. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screw from the top of the fender.

3. Turn the bulb holder one-quarter

turn counterclockwise to remove it from the lens.

2. Move the side marker light

assembly forward until it pops out of the body.

4. Pull the bulb straight out of its

socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms.


Replacing Rear Bulbs (in Fenders)



1. Open the trunk and remove the

taillight cover by turning the knob.

3. Remove the socket by turning it

one-quarter turn counterclockwise.

2. Determine which of the two bulbs is burned out: stop/taillight or turn signal.

4. Remove the burned out bulb from the socket by pulling it straight out of its socket.


5. Install the new bulb in the socket.

6. Reinstall the socket into the light


7. Test the lights to make sure the

new bulb is working.

8. Reinstall the taillight assembly




Replacing Rear Bulbs (in Trunk Lid)

5. Install the new bulb in the socket.

6. Reinstall the socket into the light


7. Test the lights to make sure the

new bulb is working.

1. Open the trunk.

2. Determine which of the two bulbs is burned out: taillight or back-up light.

3. Remove the socket by turning it

one-quarter turn counterclockwise.

4. Remove the burned out bulb from the socket by pulling it straight out of its socket.


Replacing a Rear Side Marker Light Bulb


5. Insert the socket in the assembly.

Turn it clockwise to lock it in place.

6. Reinstall the side marker assem-

bly in the bumper. Tighten the mounting screw securely.


1. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to loosen the side marker assembly mounting screw.

3. Remove the socket from the light

assembly by turning it counter- clockwise.

2. Remove the assembly from the fender by pulling out the back edge and sliding the assembly backwards.

4. Remove the bulb from the socket

by pulling it straight out. Install the new bulb. Turn on the headlights to test the bulb.



Replacing a High-mount Brake Light Bulb

3. Install the new bulb and reinstall

the socket. Make sure the new bulb is working.

Replacing a Rear License Bulb

1. Open the trunk and remove the

socket from the light assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counter- clockwise.

2. Remove the burned-out bulb by

pulling it straight out of the socket.



1. Remove the two screws and

remove the license light assembly.

2. Remove the lens from the rubber

seal and the metal cover.

3. Pull the bulb straight out of its

socket. Push the new bulb in until it bottoms in the socket.

4. Turn on the parking lights and

check that the new bulb is working.

5. Reinstall the cover and the lens. Put the license light assembly in place. Reinstall the two screws and tighten them securely.

Replacing Bulbs in the Interior Courtesy Lights The ceiling light, door light and vanity mirror light come apart the same way. They do not all use the same bulb.



DOOR LIGHT (On some models)

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.

Door light:

pry on the top middle of the lens.

Ceiling light:

pry on the front edge of the lens in the middle.




SPOTLIGHT (On some models)

VANITY MIRROR LIGHT (On some models)

Replacing the Trunk Light Bulb





pry on the front edge of the lens about 1 inch from each end. Remove the bulb cover by pulling it straight down.

2. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out of its metal tabs.

3. Push the new bulb into the metal tabs. Snap the lens back in place.


1. Remove the lens by carefully

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

2. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out of its metal tabs.

3. Push the new bulb into the metal tabs. Snap the lens back in place.

If you need to park your car for an extended period (more than one month), there are several things you should do to prepare it for storage. Proper preparation helps prevent deterioration and makes it easier to get your car back on the road. If possible, store your car indoors.

Fill the fuel tank.

Change the engine oil and filter (see page 166 ).

Wash and dry the exterior completely.

Clean the interior. Make sure the carpeting, floor mats, etc. are completely dry.

Leave the parking brake off. Put the transmission in Reverse (5- speed manual) or Park (automatic).

Storing Your Car

Block the rear wheels.

If the car is to be stored for a longer period, it should be supported on jackstands so the tires are off the ground.

Leave one window open slightly (if the car is being stored indoors).

Disconnect the battery.

Support the front wiper blade arms with a folded towel or rag so they do not touch the windshield.

To minimize sticking, apply a silicone spray lubricant to all door and trunk seals. Also, apply a car body wax to the painted surfaces that mate with the door and trunk seals.

Cover the car with a "breathable" car cover, one made from a porous material such as cotton. Nonporous materials, such as plastic sheeting, trap moisture, which can damage the paint.

If possible, run the engine for a while periodically (preferably once a month).

If you store your car for 12 months or longer, have your Honda 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 158). The replacements called for in the maintenance schedule are not needed unless the car has actually reached that time or mileage.


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

Appearance Care

Exterior Care.................................. 208
Washing..................................... 208
Waxing........................................ 209
Aluminum Wheels..................... 209
Paint Touch-up........................... 209
Interior Care................................... 210
Carpeting.................................... 210
Fabric......................................... 210
Vinyl............................................ 210
Leather....................................... 210
Seat Belts.................................... 211
Windows..................................... 211
Air Fresheners........................... 211
Corrosion Protection..................... 212
Body Repairs.................................. 213

Appearance Care

Exterior Care

Washing Frequent washing helps preserve your car's beauty. Dirt and grit can scratch the paint, while tree sap and bird droppings can permanently ruin the finish.

Wash your car in a shady area, not in direct sunlight. If the car is parked in the sun, move it into the shade and let the exterior cool down before you start.

Only use the solvents and cleaners recommended in this Owner's Manual.


Chemical solvents and strong cleaners can damage the paint, metal, and plastic on your car.

Appearance Care

When you have washed and rinsed the whole exterior, dry it with a chamois or soft towel. Letting it air-dry will cause dulling and water spots.

As you dry the car, inspect it for chips and scratches that could allow corrosion to start. Repair them with touch-up paint (see page 209).

Rinse the car thoroughly with cool water to remove loose dirt.

Fill a bucket with cool water. Mix in a mild detergent, such as dishwashing liquid or a product made especially for car washing.

Wash the car, using the water and detergent solution and a soft- bristle brush, sponge, or soft cloth. Start at the top and work your way down. Rinse frequently.

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.

Waxing Always wash and dry the whole car before waxing it. You should wax your car, including the metal trim, whenever water sits on the surface in large patches. It should form into beads or droplets after waxing.

You should use a quality liquid or paste wax. Apply it according to the instructions on the container. In general, there are two types of products:

Waxes — A wax coats the finish and protects it from damage by exposure to sunlight, air pollution, etc. You should use a wax on your Honda when it is new.

Polishes — Polishes and cleaner/ waxes can restore the shine to paint that has oxidized and lost some of its shine. They normally contain mild abrasives and solvents that remove the top layer of the finish. You

should use a polish on your Honda if the finish does not have its original shine after using a wax.

Cleaning tar, insects, etc. with removers also takes off the wax. Remember to re-wax those areas, even if the rest of the car does not need waxing.

Aluminum Wheels On some models Clean your Honda's aluminum alloy wheels as you do the rest of the exterior. Wash them with the same solution, and rinse them thoroughly.

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.

Exterior Care

Paint Touch-up Your dealer has touch-up paint to match your car's color. The color code is printed on a sticker on the driver's doorjamb. Take this code to your dealer so you are sure to get the correct color.

Inspect your car frequently for chips or scratches in the paint. Repair them right away to prevent corrosion of the metal underneath. Use the touch-up paint only on small chips and scratches. More extensive paint damage should be repaired by a professional.

Appearance Care

Interior Care

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

Appearance Care

Leather Optional for the U.S. EX model 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.

Fabric Vacuum dirt and dust out of the material frequently. For general cleaning, use a solution of mild soap and lukewarm water, letting it air dry. To clean off stubborn spots, use a commercially-available fabric cleaner. Test it on a hidden area of the fabric first, to make sure it does not bleach or stain the fabric. Follow the instructions that come with the cleaner.

Vinyl Remove dirt and dust with a vacuum cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a soft cloth dampened in a solution of mild soap and water. Use the same solution with a soft-bristle brush on more difficult spots. You can also use commercially-available spray or foam-type vinyl cleaners.

Seat Belts


If your seat belts get dirty, you can use a soft brush with a mixture of mild soap and warm water to clean them. Do not use bleach, dye, or cleaning solvents. They can weaken the belt material. Let the belts air- dry before you use the car.

Dirt build-up in the metal loops of the seat belt anchors can cause the belts to retract slowly. Wipe the insides of the loops with a clean cloth dampened in mild soap and warm water or isopropyl alcohol.

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.

Interior Care


The rear window defogger and antenna wires are bonded to the inside of the glass. Wiping vigorously up-and- down can dislodge and break these wires. When cleaning the rear window, use gentle pressure and wipe side-to- side.

Air Fresheners If you want to use an air freshener/ deodorizer in the interior of your car, it is best to use a solid type. Some liquid air fresheners contain chemi- cals that may cause parts of the interior trim and fabric to crack or discolor.

If you use a liquid air freshener, make sure you fasten it securely so it does not spill as you drive.

Appearance Care

Corrosion Protection

Two factors normally contribute to causing corrosion in your car:

1. Moisture trapped in body cavities.

Dirt and road salt that collects in hollows on the underside of the car stays damp, promoting corrosion in that area.

Many corrosion-preventive measures are built into your Honda. You can