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1990 Civic Wagon 4WD Online Reference Owner's Manual Use these links (and links throughout this manual) to navigate through this reference. For a printed owner's manual, click on authorized manuals or go to www.helminc.com.

Contents

Owner's Identification Features & Safety ................................................................................................................................ 2 What you should know before driving your car. Starting & Driving............................................................................................................................. 40 What gas to use, how to change gears, etc. Maintenance ....................................................................................................................................... 60 The Required Maintenance Schedule and some items you can service. Emergency Service .......................................................................................................................... Changing a flat, jump starting, towing. Specifications ................................................................................................................................... 109 Dimensions, weights and capacities. Consumer Information .................................................................................................................... 111 Reporting Safety Detects, warranty service, vehicle identification numbers, etc. Index ................................................................................................................................................ 119 Gas Station Information

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This Owner's Manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle, and must remain with the vehicle at time of resale.

OWNER'S I.D.

STATE

ZIP CODE

(Date sold to original retail purchaser)

DEALER NO.

STATE

ZIP CODE

OWNER

ADDRESS

CITY

V.I.N.

DELIVERY DATE

DEALER NAME

ADDRESS

CITY

OWNER'S SIGNATURE

DEALER'S SIGNATURE

The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatever.

Main Menust Introduction

important

This manual contains the safe operation and maintenance of your Honda CIVIC Wagon and CIVIC Wagon with Real Time ® Four-Wheel Drive (4WD). We urge you to read it carefully, become familiar with the controls it describes, and follow its recommendations, to help make your driving trouble-free and enjoyable.

information about

Statements or labels on the product preceded by the following words are of special significance:

indicates severe personal injury or death will result if instructions are not followed.

indicates a strong possibility of severe personal injury or death if instructions are not followed.

means hazards or unsafe practices which could cause minor personal injury or product or property damage.

NOTE:

gives helpful information.

Break-in Period During the first 600 miles (1,000 km) of driving, avoid full throttle starts and cruising for extended periods at a constant speed.

NOTE:

This break-in procedure also applies to exchanged or overhauled engines. During and after the break-in period, drive the car at moderate speeds until the engine is fully warmed up.

CAUTION: (4WD:) Although 4WD provides better traction on poor road surfaces or when driving in snow or mud, this car is not designed for off-road use.

During the first 200 miles (300 km), try to avoid severe braking. Brake misuse during this period will reduce future braking efficiency.

Remember, your Honda Automobile Dealer knows your car best, and should be consulted for service assistance and advice.

Main Menust Keys and Locks

Keys Two identical keys come with your car. You should keep one of them in a safe place, away from the car, as a spare. Also write down the number stamped on the key and keep it in your wallet or purse in case you ever need to have a duplicate made. The key fits the ignition switch, door locks, and tailgate lock. The key can be inserted into the locks with either edge up.

Door Locks You can lock the doors by pushing the tabs down. The doors must be unlocked before you can open them from the inside. The passenger door can be locked when open, and will stay locked when you close it; the driver's door cannot be locked when open unless you hold the door handle open. Both doors can be locked and unlocked from the outside with the key.

Unlock

Unlock

Lock

Lock

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Main Menust Keys and Locks (cont'd)

Tailgate Lock To open the tailgate from outside, put the ignition key in the lock and turn clockwise. The tailgate can also be opened inside the car by pulling the tailgate release lever up at the left side of the driver's seat. It locks automatically when closed.

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Open

Keep the tailgate closed while driving, to keep poisonous carbon monoxide exhaust fumes out of the interior; prolonged exposure can cause unconsciousness that may lead to death. Weight limits shown on the label located in the glove box must be observed. The total weight of passengers and cargo must not exceed the total weight limit on the label.

the

Child Proof Door Locks locks are The child proof door to prevent accidental designed opening of rear doors. To activate the locks, push down the lock tabs located on each door, then close the doors. When the doors are locked in this way, they can only be opened from the outside.

Unlock

Lock

LOCK TAB

Main Menust Seats

Front Seat Adjust the seat position by pulling up on the adjustment lever under the front edge of the seat cushion, and sliding the seat to the desired position. Then release the lever and make sure the seat is locked in position by moving it back and forth.

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ADJUSTMENT LEVER

Pull up

RELEASE LEVER

The angle of the seat-back can be changed by pulling up on the lever at the outside edge of the seat and leaning forward or back. Release the lever and let the seat lock into place when it reaches the desired angle. Seat belts are most effective when the driver and passenger are sitting up straight and well back in each seat.

Do not adjust the driver's seat while the car is moving; the seat could move suddenly, causing loss of vehicle control. To reduce the risk of sliding under the seat belts in a collision, the seat-backs should be reclined no more than is necessary for comfort.

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Main Menust Seats (cont'd)

Head Restraints The head restraints provided for the front and rear seats are designed to help reduce injuries due to whiplash. They are located at the top fo the each seat-back and have several height positions. They can be adjusted by pulling up to the restraint' sheight bar,while pushingthe restraint down. Adjust so the top of the restraint is approximately level with the tops of your ears. That relative position may reduce injury due to whiplash in an accident. If a head restraint must be removed (for cleaning, fabric repair, etc.) pull the restraint up its highest position, then slide the button while pulling the restraint out. To reverse procedure.

the above

reinstall,

Slide

to

Do not drive the car with head restraints removed. Do not try to adjust head restraints while driving.

Folding Rear Seat The rear seat-back can be folded down to provide more luggage space. Each of the rear seats can be folded separately.

1. Move the front seat-backs fully forward.

Pull up

STRAP

STRAP

Main Menust 2. Pull up the strap at the center of the seat and lift the seat cushion

up and forward.

3. Remove the head restraints while pushing the button next to the head restraint's height bar. Pull up the release knob on the upper edge of each seat-back, then fold the seat-backs forward.

Pull up

CAUTION: Make sure to fold the front seat-back forward whenever you attempt to fold up or down the rear seat-back, or you may damage the release located on top of the rear seat-back.

Weight limits shown on the label located in the glove box must be observed. The total weight of passengers and cargo must not exceed the total weight limit on the label. Make sure the seat-back latches engage securely when the seat-back is returned to its normal position. Always replace the head restraints when the seat-back is returned to upright position. (CIVIC WAGON and 4WO) When transporting luggage or other cargo, do not pile it higher than the front seats. This precaution will help prevent such items from becoming dangerous projectiles in an accident. Cargo weight should be distributed as far forward as possible for better vehicle handling.

Main Menust Seat Belts

Your Honda is provided with seat belts to minimize the chance of injury to yourself and your passengers in a sudden stop or accident. For precautions on using seat belts for children babies and pregnant women, see page 14 and 16. Seat belts are most effective when the driver and passengers are sitting up straight and well back in the seat.

In the event of a collision, occupants not wearing seat belts could be seriously or fatally injured. Make sure you and all your passengers ALWAYS put on the seat belts before driving away.

CAUTION: Be careful the seat belts are not damaged by catching or entangling in the door or seat mechanism.

Front Seat Belts The front seats have an automatic ("passive") restraint system consisting of a shoulder belt, and a knee bolster, as well as a manual lap belt. The belts have emergency locking retractors designed to lock only during a sudden stop or impact. Otherwise, they allow you some freedom of movement in the seat. Always wear the lap belt in addition to the shoulder belt for full protection. The shoulder belt portion should remain permanently latched.

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Operation 1.Enter the car and close the door the seat a completely. Move comfortable distance the steering wheel, sit as straight up as possible and well back in the seat. 2.Turn

ignition ON. The shoulder belt buckle will move to its locked position. The length of the shoulder belt will adjust automatically to your body and seating position.

rear

the

Main Menust Normal movement of the shoulder belt buckle may cause injury. Be sure all parts of your body, especially fingers and hands, are clear of the shoulder buckle while it is moving.

NOTE:

If the door is not closed completely, the shoulder belt buckle will not move and the door warning light will come on (see page 11). If the door is opened with the ignition on, the buckle will release itself from its locked position and move forward. If the shoulder belt buckle stops halfway or does not move at all, see page 107

for shoulder belt buckle operation.

3. Take hold of the tongue plate of the lap belt and pull it from its

retractor. Be sure the belt is not twisted or caught on anything.

NOTE: If pulled too fast, the belt will lock. If this happens, allow the belt to retract then pull it out more slowly.

4. Push the tongue plate

it clicks locked. Position the belt across your lap, not your abdomen, as low on your hips as possible.

into the buckle until

Pull the belt across your lap

Keep below hip bone

TONGUE PLATE

Avoid placing the lap belt across your abdomen. In the event of a collision, the pressure of the belt on the abdomen may increase the extent of injury. Never use one belt for more than one person, child or adult. Comfort clips sold on the open market are not recommended since they could impair the function and safety of the belts.

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Main Menust Seat Belts (cont'd)

Make sure the strap of the shoulder belt and the lap belt are not crossed. Do not wear the shoulder portion of the belt under your arm or out of position. Such use could increase the chance and amount of injury in an accident.

Releasing the Seat Belts 1.To release the manual lap belt, push the "PRESS" button in the

buckle, the belt should retract automatically when released.

2.The driver's shoulder belt buckle will release and travel to its off

position when the key is removed from the ignition.

3. The shoulder belt buckle will also release and travel to its off

position when the door is opened.

Emergency Belt Release The shoulder belt should always remain buckled. In case of an emergency, however, the shoulder belt can be released the shoulder belt buckle by pushing the button.

from

Push

Relatch the shoulder belt before operating the car, making sure the belt is not twisted.

Driving with a twisted seat belt can increase your chance and extent of injury during a collision. Be sure the shoulder belt is not twisted before driving the car.

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light and

Fasten Seat Belt Warning Light and Warning Beeper Lap Belt Warning Indicator: Both the warning beeper will go on for about six seconds if the ignition switch is turned on when the driver's lap belt is not fastened. The beeper will not go on is fastened, but the warning light will come on for about six seconds each time, to remind the driver to have passengers put their belts on.

the driver's lap belt

if

Automatic Shoulder Belt Warning Indicator: The warning light will come on if either of the automatic shoulder belts is unlatched with the ignition ON. The beeper will sound for approximately six seconds while the warning light is ON. Relatch the belt: the light should go off when the belt is latched. The warning light will also come on while the shoulder belt buckle moves from its front off position to its rear locked position.

Automatic Shoulder Belt Malfunction Indicator: The warning light will flash and the beeper will sound rapidly if either shoulder belt buckle stops before completing its full cycle (see page 107 for normal operation).

NOTE: If the shoulder belt's tensioner mechanism locks and prevents the buckle from moving fully forward when you want to get out, recycle the system by closing the door and reopening it. The buckle should move fully forward; if it does not, recline the seat — back and use Emergency Belt Release (see page 10). When the system does not function by either method, have the system checked by an authorized Honda dealer.

If the light and beeper do not function at all, or if they come on even with the belts latched and doors fully closed, it indicates a malfunction in the seat belt system. In the event of a collision, severe personal injury could result. The system should be checked immediately by an autholized Honda dealer.

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Main Menust Seat Belts (cont'd)

Buckling the Rear Seat Belts In the rear seat, there are two one-piece combination lap/shoulder belts and a center lap belt. The seat-backs and seat belts provide best restraint when the occupants are sitting well back and straight up in the seat.

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