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If you leave the lights on with the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0), you will hear a reminder tone when you open the driver’s door.

’’ position turns

The rotating switch on the left lever controls the lights. Turning this switch to the ‘‘ on the parking lights, taillights, instrument panel lights, side-marker lights, and rear license plate lights. Turning the switch to the ‘‘ ’’ position turns on the headlights.

To change from low beams to high beams, push the turn signal lever forward until you hear a click. The blue high beam indicator will light (see page ). To return to low beams, pull the turn signal lever back.


To flash the high beams, pull the turn signal lever back lightly, then release it. The high beams will come on and go off. The high beams will stay on for as long as you hold the lever back, no matter what position the headlight switch is in.

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Instrument Panel Brightness


DX models


All models except DX

Turn the knob on the left side of the instrument panel to adjust the brightness of the instrument panel lights.

Turn the Select/Reset knob on the right side of the instrument panel to adjust the brightness of the instrument panel lights.

Daytime Running Lights Canadianmodelsonly With the headlight switch off, the high beam headlights come on with reduced brightness when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) and release the parking brake. They remain on until you turn the ignition off, even if you set the parking brake.

The headlights revert to normal operation when you turn them on with the switch.


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To reduce glare at night, the instru- ment panel illumination dims when you turn the light switch to or

. Turning the Select/Reset

knob fully to the right will return the instrument panel to the brightness adjusted with the headlight switch off and a tone will sound.

Turn the Select/Reset knob to adjust the instrument panel brightness. There are six brightness levels. When you turn the knob, the odometer/trip meter display changes to circles that show you the current level. You will hear a tone when you reach the maximum or minimum brightness. The display returns to the odometer/trip meter values five seconds after you stop adjusting the knob.

The instrument panel dims when the parking lights or headlights are turned on. Adjust the brightness to the desired level with the headlight switch off, and also with the headlight switch on. Both settings will remain at those levels until you change them.

Turn Signals

Signal a turn or lane change with this lever. Push down on the lever to signal a left turn, and up to signal a right turn. If you push it up or down all the way, the turn signal continues to blink even when you release the lever. It shuts off automatically as you complete the turn.


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To signal a lane change, push lightly on the turn signal lever in the proper direction and hold it. The lever will return to the center position as soon as you release it.

Windshield Wipers OnDX,HX,andLXmodelsintheU.S.

In intermittent, the wipers operate every few seconds. In low speed and high speed, the wipers run continu- ously.

This lever controls the windshield wipers and washers. It has five positions:

MIST: mist OFF: off INT: intermittent LO: low speed HI: high speed

To select a position, push the lever up or down.


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Windshield Washers


OnEXmodelintheU.S.,andSimodel inCanada In intermittent, you can vary how often the wipers sweep the windshield by turning the INT TIME ring on the right lever. In low speed and high speed, the wipers run continuously.

To operate the wipers in mist mode, push the control lever up from the OFF position. The wipers run at high speed until you release the lever. This gives you a quick way to clear the windshield.

To clean the windshield, pull back on the wiper control lever. The washers spray until you release the lever.

The wipers run at low speed while you’re pulling the lever, then complete one more sweep of the windshield after you release it.

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Hazard Warning

Rear Window Defogger

Make sure the rear window is clear and you have good visibility before starting to drive.

The defogger and antenna wires on the inside of the rear window can be accidentally damaged. When cleaning the glass, always wipe side to side.

Push the button between the center vents to turn on the hazard warning lights (four-way flashers). This causes all four outside turn signals and both indicators in the instrument panel to flash. Use the hazard warning lights if you need to park in a dangerous area near heavy traffic, or if your car is disabled.

The rear window defogger will clear fog, frost, and thin ice from the window. Push the defogger button to turn it on and off. The light in the button lights to show the defogger is on. If you do not turn it off, the defogger will shut itself off after about 15 minutes. It also shuts off when you turn off the ignition. You have to turn it on again when you restart the car.


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Steering Wheel Adjustment Seepage forimportantsafety informationabouthowtoproperly positionthesteeringwheel.


Make any steering wheel adjustment before you start driving.

Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the car and be seriously injured in a crash.

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Push the lever up to lock the steering wheel in that position.


Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place by trying to move it up and down.

To adjust the steering wheel upward or downward:

Adjust the steering wheel only when the car is stopped.


Push the lever under the steering column all the way down.


Move the steering wheel to the desired position, making sure the wheel points toward your chest, not toward your face. Make sure you can see the instrument panel gauges and the indicator lights.

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Keys and Locks





Your car comes with two master keys and a valet key. The master key fits all the locks on your car: (cid:127) Ignition (cid:127) Doors (cid:127) Trunk (cid:127) Trunk release handle (cid:127) Rear seat trunk access


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The valet key works only in the ignition and the door locks. You can keep the trunk, trunk release handle and rear seat trunk access locked when you leave your car and the valet key at a parking facility. (See Trunk, page



Youshouldhavereceivedakey number plate with your set of keys. You will need this key number if you ever have to get a lost key replaced. Keep the plate stored in a safe place. When replacing keys, use only Honda-approved key blanks.

These keys contain electronic circuits that are activated by the Immobilizer System. They will not work to start the engine if the circuits are damaged.

Protect the keys from direct sunlight, high temperature, and high humidity.

Donotdropthekeysorsetheavy objects on them.

Keep the keys away from liquids. If they get wet, dry them immedi- ately with a soft cloth.

The keys do not contain batteries. Do not try to take them apart.

RemoteTransmitter Some models also come with two remote transmitters; see page 85 an explanation of their operation.


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Immobilizer System The Immobilizer System protects your car from theft. A properly- coded master or valet key must be used in the ignition switch for the engine to start. If an improperly- coded key (or other device) is used, the engine’s fuel system is disabled.

When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), the Immobilizer System indicator should come on for a few seconds, then go out. If the indicator starts to blink, it means the system does not recognize the coding of the key. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert it, and turn the switch to ON (II) again.

The system may not recognize your key’s coding if another immobilizer key or other metal object is near the ignition switch when you insert the key. To make sure the system recognizes the key code:

Do not keep other immobilizer keys on the same key ring.

Use a plastic or leather key fob, not metal.

Keep other keys away from your car’s key and the ignition switch while trying to start the engine.

If the system repeatedly does not recognize the coding of your key, contact your Honda dealer.

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The Immobilizer System indicator will also blink several times when you turn the ignition switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0).

Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Electrical problems could result that may make your car undriveable.

If you have lost your key and you cannot start the engine, contact your Honda dealer.


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AsrequiredbytheFCC: ThisdevicecomplieswithPart15ofthe FCCrules.Operationissubjecttothe followingtwoconditions:(1)Thisdevice maynotcauseharmfulinterference,and (2)thisdevicemustacceptany interferencereceived,including interferencethatmaycauseundesired operation.

Changesormodificationsnotexpressly approvedbythepartyresponsiblefor compliancecouldvoidtheuser’s authoritytooperatetheequipment.

ThisdevicecomplieswithIndustry CanadaStandardRSS-210. Operationissubjecttothefollowingtwo conditions:(1)thisdevicemaynotcause interference,and(2)thisdevicemust acceptanyinterferencethatmaycause undesiredoperationofthedevice.


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