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may be marketed under the name "Gasohol".

MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether). You may use gasoline containing up to 15% MTBE by volume. METHANOL (methyl or wood alcohol) You may use gasoline containing up to 5% methanol by volume as long as it also contains cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors to protect the fuel system. Gasoline containing more than 5% methanol by volume may cause starting and/or performance problems. It may also damage metal, rubber, and plastic parts of your fuel system.


Driving in Foreign Countries Using any type of leaded gasoline in your Honda will affect performance and damage its emission controls. Unleaded gasoline may not be available in other countries. If you are planning to take your car outside the U.S. or Canada, write to Honda at the address shown for information about any modifications your car may need. Be sure to include the year and model of your car.

U.S. Owners: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Consumer Affairs 1919 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90501-2746

Canadian Owners: Honda Canada Inc. 715 Milner Ave. Scarborough, Ontario M1B2K8

Before Driving

Main MenuTable of Contentsst Handling gasoline improperly can cause it to ignite or explode, causing you to be seriously or fatally injured. Always put out cigarettes and other smoking materials, and keep all sparks and open flames away when you are around gasoline.


3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly. You may hear a hissing sound as pressure inside the tank escapes.

4. Stop filling the tank after the

gas pump automatically clicks off. Do not try to "top off" the tank, leave some room for the fuel to expand with temperature changes.

5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on,

tighten it until it clicks.

6. Push the fuel fill door until it


Service Station Procedures

Filling the Fuel Tank

1. The fuel fill is on the driver's side of the car. Park with that side closest to the service station pumps.

2. Open the fuel fill door by

pulling on the handle to the left of the driver's seat.

Before Driving

Main MenuTable of Contentsst Opening the Hood




Service Station Procedures

1. Shift to Park or Neutral and set

the parking brake. Pull the hood release handle located under the left lower corner of the dashboard. The hood will pop up slightly.

2. Standing in front of the car, put

your fingers under the front edge of the hood to the right of center. Slide your hand to the left until you feel the hood latch handle. Push this handle to the left until it releases the hood. Lift the hood.


3. Pull the support rod out of its

clip and insert the end into the hole on the left side of the hood. To close the hood, lift it up slightly to remove the support rod from the hole. Put the support rod back into its holding clip. Lower the hood to about a foot above the fender, then let it drop.

Before Driving

Main MenuTable of Contentsst Service Station Procedures

Oil Check


Check the engine oil level every time you fill the car with fuel. Wait at least two minutes after turning the engine off before you check the oil.

1. Remove the dipstick (orange


Before Driving

2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean

cloth or paper towel.

3. Insert it all the way back in its


Main MenuTable of Contentsst Service Station Procedures

Engine Coolant Check


Refer to Periodic Checks on page 109 for information on checking other items in your Honda.





4. Remove it again and check the level. It should be between the upper and lower marks. If it is near or below the lower mark, see page 111 for information on the proper oil and how to add it.

Look at the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is between the MAX and MIN lines. If it is below the MIN line, see Adding Coolant on page 115 for information on adding the proper coolant.

Before Driving

Main MenuTable of Contentsst Driving Habits You can improve fuel economy by driving moderately. Rapid acceleration, cornering, and hard braking use more fuel. Always drive in the highest gear that allows the engine to run and accelerate smoothly. Maintain a constant speed while cruising, depending on traffic conditions. Every time you slow down and speed up, your car uses extra fuel. Use the cruise control, when appropriate, to increase fuel economy.

A cold engine uses more fuel than a warm engine. It is not necessary to "warm-up" a cold engine by letting it idle for a long time. You can drive away within thirty seconds, no matter how cold it is outside. The engine will warm up faster, and you get better fuel economy. To cut down on the number of "cold starts," try to combine several short trips into one.

Air conditioning puts an extra load on the engine which makes it use more fuel. Turn off the A/C to cut down on air conditioning use. Use the flow-through ventilation when the outside air temperature is moderate.

Fuel Economy

The condition of your car and your driving habits are the two most important things that affect the fuel mileage you get.

Vehicle Condition Always maintain your car accord- ing to the maintenance schedule. This will keep it in top operating condition.

An important part of that maintenance is the Periodic Checks (see page 109). For example an underinfiated tire causes more "rolling resistance," which uses fuel. It also wears out faster, so check the tire pressure at least monthly. In winter the build-up of snow on your car's underside adds weight and rolling resistance. Frequent cleaning helps your fuel mileage and reduces the chance of corrosion.

Before Driving

Main MenuTable of Contentsst Your Honda dealer has many accessories available to personalize your car. Some of these are audio systems, alloy wheels, air conditioning, and color-coordinated carpet floor mats. All Genuine Honda Accessories have been approved by our engineers for installation and use on your car, and are covered by warranty. For a complete guide to the Genuine Honda Accessories available, see your dealer for a 1993 Accessories brochure.

Some non-Honda accessories you can buy in the "aftermarket" are designed for universal applications. Although they may fit your Honda, they may not be within factory specifications. For example, after-market wheels may not meet Honda's specifications for width and offset. They could cause suspension problems which would not be covered by your warranty. Improperly-designed accessories can adversely affect your car's handling and stability.

Your car has several computer- controlled systems, including the SRS system and the engine's fuel injection system. Strong electronic interference can affect their opera- tion.


Electronic communications equipment, such as cellular telephones and two-way radios are regulated by the FCC (CRTC in Canada) and should not interfere with your car's systems. Improper installation, or using electrical equipment not intended for mobile use may interfere with your car's operation. If you want to install a cellular telephone, other mobile communications equipment, or even add-on stereo amplifiers, please discuss it first with your Honda dealer.

In many cases, improper installation is the real cause of problems with after-market accessories. Have these accessories installed by qualified technicians who are familiar with your Honda. If possible, have your Honda dealer inspect the final installation.

Before Driving

Main MenuTable of Contentsst This final number is the total weight of cargo you can load in or on the car. With five occupants (driver and four passengers), the maximum recommended weight for cargo is 100 Ibs (45 kg).

If you must carry large objects that prevent you from closing the trunk lid, be aware that exhaust gas can enter the interior. See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on page 25.

Never place items on the shelf behind the back seat. Those items can fly forward and injure you or your passengers if you brake hard or are involved in a collision.

Where you store this cargo, and how well you secure it are just as important as how much it weighs. Make sure you load cargo so it will not shift while driving. Items stored in the trunk should be placed as far forward as possible. You could store additional items on the floor behind the front seats. Make sure they cannot roll under the front seat and interfere with the pedals.

Loading Cargo

The maximum load you can carry in your Honda is 850 Ibs (385 kg). It includes the total weight of all passengers and their belongings, and any accessories. This 850 Ibs (385 kg) figure is shown as the Vehicle Capacity Weight on the tire information label attached to the inside of the glove box.

To figure out how much cargo you can carry:

Figure the total "occupant weight" you will be transporting. To do this, multiply the number of people (driver and all passengers) by 150 Ibs (70 kg).

Subtract this number from the Vehicle Capacity Weight (850 lbs/385 kg).

Before Driving

Main MenuTable of Contentsst This section gives you tips on starting the engine under various conditions, and how to operate the 5-speed manual and automatic transmissions. It also includes important, information on your car's braking system.


Preparing to Drive . . . . . . . . . .. 90 Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . .. 91

5-speed Manual

T r a n s m i s s i o n . . . . . . . . . . .. 91 Automatic Transmission . . .. 91 Starting in Cold Weather at

High Altitude . . . . . . . . . . .. 92

5-speed Manual

T r a n s m i s s i o n . . . . . . . . . . .. 93 Recommended Shift Points . 94 Maximum Speeds . . . . . . . . .. 94 Automatic Transmission . . . . .. 95 Shift Lever Positions . . . . . .. 95 Maximum Speeds . . . . . . . . .. 98 Shift Lock Release . . . . . . . .. 98 The Braking System . . . . . . . . .. 99 Brake Wear Indicators . . . . .. 99 Brake System Design . . . . .. 100 Driving in Bad Weather . . . . .. 101 Towing a Trailer . . . . . . . . . . .. 102


Main Menust 4. Check the adjustment of the

seat (see page 51).

5. Check the adjustment of the

inside and outside mirrors (see page 56).

6. Check the adjustment of the steering wheel (see page 43).

7. Make sure the doors are

securely closed and locked.

8. Fasten your seat belt. Check

that your passengers have fastened their seat belts (see page 7).

9. Turn the ignition ON (II). Check

the indicator lights in the instrument panel.

10. Start the engine.

11. Check the gauges and indicator

lights in the instrument panel (see page 31).

Preparing to Drive

You should do the following checks and adjustments every day before you drive your car.

1. Make sure all windows,

mirrors, and outside lights are clean and unobstructed. Remove frost, snow, or ice.

2. Check that the hood and trunk

are fully closed.

3. Check that any items you may be carrying with you inside are stored properly or fastened down securely.


Main MenuTable of Contentsst 5-Speed Manual Transmission 1. Apply the parking brake.