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each Preset button.

2. Use the TUNE or SEEK function

to tune the radio to a desired station.

3. Pick the Preset button you

want for that station. Press the button and hold it until you hear a beep.

4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to store a total of six stations on AM and twelve on FM.

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Main MenuTable of Contentsst Once that station's frequency is stored, simply press and release the proper Preset button to tune to it. If you want to change any Preset button's selection, store another frequency as described. The frequencies you preset will be lost if your car's battery goes dead or is disconnected.

The AUTO SELECT function allows you to find stations easily when you are in an unfamiliar area. Press the AUTO SELECT button. The system automatically scans both bands to find six strong stations on AM and twelve on FM, and stores their frequencies in the Preset buttons. You can then use the Preset buttons in the normal manner to select those stations. "AUTO SELECT" stays displayed next to the frequency as a reminder.

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If you are in a remote area, AUTO SELECT may not find enough stations to fill all the available presets. If this is the case, you will see "O" displayed when you press any Preset button that does not have a station stored.

AUTO SELECT does not erase the stations you have manually preset. Turn off AUTO SELECT when you return to your normal reception area by pressing the button again. The light goes out and the Preset buttons can then select the stations you originally set.

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You cannot manually store radio station frequencies in the Preset buttons when AUTO SELECT is ON. If you do not like the stations found by AUTO SELECT, you can still use the TUNE or SEEK function to find other stations.

Adjusting the Sound Use the Balance and Fader controls to adjust the sound "direction." The Balance control moves sound left to right. The Fader control moves it front to back.

To use either control, push on the knob to get it to pop out. Adjust the front-to-back sound to your liking with the outside ring.

Adjust the side-to-side sound balance with the knob. Push the knob back in when you are done.



The illumination for the radio controls comes on with the instrument panel lights, even if the radio is off. You can use the Balance control to turn off the radio panel illumination even with the radio on. Push the control knob so it pops out, then pull it out slightly further. Check this control if the control panel lights do not come on with the instrument panel lights.



Use the Bass and Treble controls to adjust the tone quality to your liking. Push on the knob to get the controls to pop out. Adjust the bass level with the outer ring and the treble level with the knob. When finished, push the knobs back in so there is less chance of accidentally changing your settings.

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Main MenuTable of Contentsst Radio Frequencies Your Honda's radio can tune in all frequencies in both the AM and FM bands. Those bands cover these frequencies: AM band 530 kilohertz to 1710 kilohertz FM band 87.7 megahertz to 107.9 megahertz

Radio stations on the AM band are assigned frequencies at least 10 kilohertz apart (530, 540, 550). Those on the FM band are assigned frequencies at least 0.2 megahertz apart (87.9, 88.1, 88.3).

Stations must use these exact frequencies. It is fairly common for stations to round-off the frequency in their advertising, so your radio will show a frequency of 100.9 even though the announcer may call the station "FM101."

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Operating the Cassette Player Turn the system ON. Insert the cassette into the slot with the tape opening to the right. Push the cassette in most of the way. The drive will pull it in the rest of the way and begin to play.

The which side of the cassette is

or will light to show you

indicates the side playing. The you inserted facing upward is now playing. To play the other side of the tape, press the PROG/PLAY button.

The system also has an Auto- reverse feature. It will automati- cally reverse direction when it reaches the end of the cassette.

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If the cassette is a metal tape (chromium-dioxide or Cr02), you will see "MTL" displayed. The system automatically adjusts for the special frequency characteristics of metal tape.

Dolby noise reduction turns on when you insert a cassette. If the tape was not recorded with Dolby B noise reduction, turn it off by pressing the button.

To remove the cassette from the drive, press the EJECT button. The system automatically ejects the cassette whenever you turn off the system or the ignition switch.

Cassette Search Functions Once a cassette is playing, you can use the FF, REW, TMS, or REPEAT function to look for desired songs or passages.

To rewind the tape, push the FF/ REW/TMS button down then release it. You will see REW in the display. To fast forward the tape, push the button up then release it. You will see FF displayed. To stop rewind or fast forward, press the PROG/PLAY button. If the system reaches the end of the cassette while in fast forward or rewind, it

automatically stops that function, reverses direction, and begins to play.

Press the REPEAT button to replay the current passage. The light in the button illuminates as a reminder. When the system reaches the end of the song or passage that is being played, it

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automatically goes into rewind. When it senses the beginning of that passage, it goes back to play.

The system will continue repeating this passage until you turn off REPEAT by pressing the button again.

The TMS function lets you skip to the beginning of a song or other passage. The tape skips forward or backward, depending on which direction you push the FF/REW/TMS switch.

Activate TMS by pushing the FF/REW/TMS button and holding it until you hear a beep. If you push the button down, you will see REW blinking in the display as the tape rewinds. If you push the button up, you will see FF blinking in the display as the tape fast forwards. When the system senses a silent period on the tape, it goes back to PLAY mode.

The REPEAT and TMS functions use silent periods on the tape to find the end of a selection. These features may not work satisfac- torily on tapes that have almost no gap between songs, a high noise level between songs, or silent periods in the middle of songs.

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Caring for the Cassette Player






The cassette drive picks up dirt and oxides whenever you play a tape. This builds up over time and causes the sound quality to degrade. To prevent this, you should clean the cassette drive after every 30 hours of use. Your Honda dealer has a cleaning kit available for this purpose.

To remind you, a small red light labelled CLEAN comes on every 30 hours of tape use. If you are already regularly cleaning the tape drive at least every 30 hours, simply push the CLEAN light for five seconds to turn it off.

If you do not clean the cassette drive regularly, it may eventually become impossible to remove the deposits with a normal cleaning kit.

The cassette player automatically ejects cassettes that do not play normally. If it ejects a cassette before it begins to play, it is probably defective and should not be inserted again. You may have a cassette suddenly stop playing, reverse directions once or twice and then eject. This is normally an indication the tape is wound unevenly. It should play normally after being manually rewound.

Use 100-minute or shorter cassettes. Cassettes longer than 100 minutes use thinner tape that may break or jam the drive.

Look at a cassette before you insert it. If the tape is loose, tighten it by turning one of the hubs with a pencil or your finger. If the label is peeling off, do not put it in the player. It may cause the cassette to jam in the drive mechanism when you try to eject it.

Do not leave cassettes sitting where they are exposed to high heat or humidity, such as on top of the dashboard or in the player. If a cassette is exposed to extreme heat or cold, let it reach a moderate temperature before putting it in the player.

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Main MenuTable of Contentsst Before you begin driving your Honda, you should know what gasoline to use, and how to check the levels of important fluids. You also need to know how to properly stow luggage or packages. This section will help you. If you plan to add any accessories to your car, please read the information in this section first.

Before Driving

Break-in Period . . . . . . . . . . .. 80 Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 80 Oxygenated Fuels . . . . . .. 80 Driving in Foreign

Countries . . . . . . . . . . . .. 81 Service Station Procedures . 82 Filling the Fuel Tank . . . .. 82 Opening the Hood . . . . . .. 83 Fuel Economy . . . . . . . . . . . .. 86 Vehicle C o n d i t i o n . . . . . . .. 86 Driving Habits . . . . . . . . . .. 86 Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 87 . . . . . . . . . . .. 88 Loading Cargo

Before Driving

Main Menust Break-in Period, Gasoline

Break-in Period Help assure your car's future reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you drive during the first 1,000 km (600 miles). During this period:

Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration.

If you need to add oil, use the engine oil recommended in this owner's manual.

Avoid hard braking. New brakes need to be broken-in by moderate use for the first 300 km (200 miles).

You should follow these same re- commendations with an overhauled or exchanged engine, or when the brakes are relined.

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Gasoline Your Honda is designed to operate most effectively on unleaded gasoline with a pump octane number of 86 or higher. Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause a persistent, heavy metallic rapping noise that can lead to engine damage. Gasolines containing detergent additives designed to help prevent fuel system and engine deposits are recommended. Using gasoline containing lead will damage your car's emission controls. This contributes to air pollution and can void certain parts of your warranty.

Oxygenated Fuels Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an ether compound. These gasolines are collectively referred to as oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air standards, some areas of the United States and Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce emissions.

If you use an oxygenated fuel, be sure it is unleaded and meets the minimum octane rating requirement.

Before using an oxygenated fuel, try to confirm the fuel's contents. Some states/provinces require this information to be posted on the pump.

Main MenuTable of Contentsst If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another service station or switch to another brand of gasoline.

Fuel system damage or performance problems resulting from the use of an oxygenated fuel containing more than the percentages of oxygenates given previously are not covered under warranty.

The following are the EPA- approved percentages of oxygenates: ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol) You may use gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol by volume. Gasoline containing ethanol