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To warm up the interior quickly, slide the recirculation lever to the

position so inside air will recirculate to the heater.

The windows may become fogged if the system is in the po- sition for an extended period of time. As soon as the interior is warmed, slide the lever to the


To Dehumidify (with optional air conditioner) Because an air conditioner dehumidifies as it works, you can use it in cool or cold weather in any function position to help defog the windows. Just switch the fan on, push the A/C button on, set either the positions, and adjust the temperature control dial to a comfortable setting.


NOTE: This setting is desirable for most operating conditions in ambient temperatures above approximately 32°F (0°C).


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To Defrost To defrost or defog the windshield and door windows, turn the temperature control dial clockwise, slide the function lever to the

(defrost) position, and switch the fan on.

If there is actual frost on the windows, first select the tion. If the windows are fogged, select the will then flow from the windshield and side defroster vents.

position. Warmed air


To Turn Everything OFF Slide all levers to the left, turn the temperature control dial counterclockwise all the way, and push the A/C switch off.

NOTE: This setting should only be used in cold weather for the first few minutes of driving to prevent cold air from blowing into the cabin. Under normal operating conditions, the fan should always be kept ON to prevent the accumulation of stale air in the system.

Main Menust Gasoline

For proper operation of your car's emission controls, your engine is designed to use unleaded fuel only.

CAUTION: Using leaded or even low-lead gasoline could damage some of your emission controls, and also void their coverage under the emission controls warranty.

Use gasoline from pumps labeled unleaded, with a pump octane number of 86 or higher. The pump octane number is an average of the Research (R) octane and Motor (M) octane numbers. Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause persistent, heavy "spark knock" (a metallic rapping noise), which can lead to engine damage if severe.

CAUTION: If you notice steady spark knock while holding a steady speed on a level road, try changing brands of gasoline. If the spark knock persists, consult your Honda dealer. Failure to do so is considered misuse, and misuse is not covered under the New Car Warranty.

Occasionally you may notice light spark knock while accelerating or driving up hills. This is no cause for concern, it simply means your engine is running at its most economical.

Gasoline Containing Alcohol If you decide to use a gasoline containing alcohol ("gasohol"), be sure its octane rating is at least as high as that recommended for unleaded gasoline. There are that containing ethanol, and that containing methanol. Do not use gasohol that contains more than 10% ethanol. Do not use gasoline containing methanol (methyl or wood alcohol) that does not also contain cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors for methanol. Never use gasoline containing more it has cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors.

than 5% methanol, even


types of




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Fuel system damage or vehicle performance problems resulting from the use of such fuels is not covered under the new car warranties. Honda cannot endorse the use of fuels containing methanol since evidence of their suitability is as yet incomplete. Before purchasing fuel from an unfamiliar station, try to confirm whether the fuel contains alcohol, of what kind, and how much. If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms after using a gasoline that contains alcohol; or one that you think contains alcohol, switch to an unleaded gasoline as recommended on page 39.

Operation In Foreign Countries In order to comply with U.S. Federal Emissions Regulations, you must use unleaded fuels of the recommended octane rating. These fuels may not be available in other countries. If you intend taking your car outside the U.S. or Canada, write to American Honda Consumer Affairs (stating the year and model of your car) at the address below for information regarding modifications you may need to have done.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Consumer Affairs 1919 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90501-2722

Fuel Filler Door and Cap

Gasoline is extremely flammable and is explosive under certain conditions. Perform this operation in a well-ventilated area with the engine stopped. Do not smoke or allow open flames or sparks in the area or where gasoline is stored.

The fuel filler door is opened by pulling up on the lever at the left side of the driver's seat. The door will lock automatically when closed; push it until it clicks.

CAUTION: You may hear a hiss when you open the filler cap. This sound is residual pressure escaping from the fuel tank. Open the cap slowly and remove the cap after the hissing stops. Fuel spray may cause injury. Do not overfill the tank; fill only until the gas pump clicks off automatically and never top off.

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Fuel vapor is extremely hazardous under certain conditions. Always stop the engine before refueling, and never refuel near sparks or open flames.

CAUTION: When reinstalling the fuel cap, be sure both tabs on the cap are engaged in the slots of the filler neck and turn the cap until it stops. If you replace the cap, use only a genuine Honda replacement part or its equivalent. Failure to use the proper part could cause serious fuel system problems.

How to Improve Your Gas Mileage:

Drive at a smooth, steady pace to avoid unnecessary decele- rations and stops — accelerating back to speed uses more fuel. Plan trips to avoid rush hour traffic if possible. Make sure the parking brake is completely released. Consolidate trips whenever possible. Keep vehicle weight to a minimum by removing unnecessary items from the luggage area. Whenever possible, use fresh air from the dash vents to keep cool when driving; open windows, or use of the optional air conditioning both affect fuel economy. Keep the tires adjusted to the recommended pressure. Tire Pressure (measured cold):



220 kPa (32 psi) 195 kPa (28 psi)

/ 220 kPa (32 psi) / 195 kPa (28 psi)

Condition of Your Car You can only get maximum fuel economy if your car is in top running condition. Have all required maintenance done at the proper intervals. Check tire pressures and tire wear frequently. If tire wear is uneven, have the alignment checked by your Honda dealer. Proper alignment saves gasoline and prolongs tire life.

Main Menust Ignition Switch

The combined ignition switch/anti-theft lock is located on the right side of the steering column and has four positions:

0-LOCK position: The key can be removed or inserted in this position. To remove the key, push it in at position I, then turn it to 0 and pull it out. When the key is removed, the steering column will lock.

NOTE: On cars equipped with automatic transmissions, the transmission must be in Park before pushing and turning the key to the 0-LOCK position.

Never turn the ignition switch to the lock position or remove the key while the car is in motion; the steering wheel can lock causing a loss of directional control, and an accident could result.

I-ACCESSORY position: In this position, the accessory circuit is on, but the ignition circuit is off. If the key is difficult to turn from the 0 to the I position, turn the steering wheel slightly to relieve pressure on the lock.

II-ON position: This is the normal running position.

III-START position: The starter will engage when the key is turned to this position.

To remind you to remove the ignition key when leaving your car, a beeper will sound if the key is still in the ignition when you open the driver's door. The beeper system is deactivated when you turn the ignition to 0 (Lock) and fully remove the key.

Main Menust Starting the Engine

Before Starting

Manual Transmission: 1. Apply the parking brake. 2. Push the clutch pedal all the way in (see NOTE below). 3. Shift the transmission to neutral.

NOTE: On cars equipped with manual transmissions, the engine will not crank unless the clutch pedal is fully depressed.

Automatic Transmission: 1. Make sure the shift lever is in Park (P). 2. Apply the parking brake and the foot brake.


When starting in cold weather, keep all unnecessary electrical circuits off (lights, defogger, etc.) for the best battery output. Do not crank the engine for more than 15 seconds at a time. Wait 10 seconds before going to the next step.

Starting the Engine 1. With your foot off the accelerator start the engine by turning the

key to the III position.

2. If the engine won't start within 15 seconds or starts but fails to continue to run, push the accelerator pedal halfway, and hold it there while cranking the engine. Once the engine starts, release the accelerator gradually as the engine speeds up.

3. If it doesn't start within 15 seconds, push the accelerator pedal down to the floor and hold it there while cranking in order to clear flooding. Try step 2 again.

Cold Weather at High Altitude Starting 1. When starting in cold weather at high altitude (above 8,000 feet), push the accelerator pedal about halfway and hold it there while cranking the accelerator gradually as the engine speeds up.

the engine starts,

the engine. Once


2. If it doesn't start within 15 seconds, push the accelerator pedal down to the floor and hold it there while cranking in order to clear flooding. Try step 1 again.

NOTE: If the outside temperature is below freezing, or if your car has not been driven for several days, warm up the engine for a few minutes before driving.

Main Menust Safety Items

Before driving away, check that: The doors are closed properly. The mirrors are properly adjusted, and the windows clean. The driver and passengers are wearing properly adjusted seat belts. The head restraints are properly adjusted. The warning and indicator lights are operating properly. The brake pedal feels normal. All luggage and cargo is secured. Nothing is interfering with the driver's feet or blocking vision to the rear.

While driving remember to:

Always drive defensively; expect the unexpected. Reduce your speed during night hours and bad weather. Follow at a safe distance; don't tailgate. Get off the highway when you are tired; stop and take a rest.

When stopping for repairs:

Park the car well off the road. Turn on the hazard warning flasher. Use flares or other warning devices to warn other motorists.

After parking your car:

Apply the parking brake and shift to first gear if equipped with manual transmission, or PARK on automatic transmission equip- ped cars. Take your keys. Make sure the windows are closed and the doors are locked. If parked on a hill: 1. Turn the front wheels away from the curb if facing uphill. 2. Turn the front wheels toward the curb if facing downhill. Never leave children unattended in a parked car.

Main Menust Engine Exhaust Gas Warning

A properly maintained car is your best protection against exhaust gas entering the passenger compartment. The exhaust system should be thoroughly inspected by a compe- tent mechanic whenever:

The car is raised for oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The exhaust system or the rear or underside of the car is damaged.

Avoid breathing exhaust gases. They contain carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause loss of con- sciousness and eventual death. If you suspect that exhaust gas is entering the passenger compartment, have the cause deter- mined and corrected as soon as possible. If you must drive under these conditions, drive only with all windows fully open. Do not drive with the tailgate open. An open tailgate may draw exhaust gases into the passenger compartment. If you must drive with the tailgate open, drive only with all the windows wide open. Do not run the engine in confined areas, such as garages, any longer than necessary to move the car in or out. If you must sit in a parked car with the engine running for more than a short time, adjust the heating/ventilation system as follows: 1 .Set the function lever to the 2.Set the temperature control dial for best comfort. 3.Set the recirculation lever to the position. 4.Turn the fan to the highest speed.


NOTE: To insure proper operation of the car's ventilation system, keep the front air inlet clear of snow, mud, leaves or other obstructions.

Main Menust Shifting the 5 or 6 Speed

The fully synchronized manual transmission is very easy to shift up or down. When you slow down for traffic, steep hills, or corners, shift to a lower gear before the engine starts to labor. When de- scending steep grades, select a lower gear to help maintain a safe speed and to prevent the brakes from overheating. When shifting, depress the clutch pedal fully, shift gears and then release the clutch gradually. Do not speed-shift; allow time for the gears to synchronize. To prevent grinding the gears when shifting into reverse, hold the clutch pedal depressed briefly before shifting, or shift the lever into one of the forward gears before selecting reverse. A safety lockout prevents accidental shifting straight from 5th to Reverse.

5 Speeds (CIVIC WAGON)

6 Speeds (4WD)

SL-Super Low Gear (4WD) This super low ratio gear reduces the possibility of spinning the wheels when accelerating on roads covered with snow, sand or mud, or on steep hills.

Avoid rapid acceleration or sudden deceleration when either or both driving wheels are on a slippery surface. Decreased traction could cause loss of directional control.

CAUTION: When downshifting to SL, do so only at speeds of 3 mph (5km/h) or less and release the clutch gradually to avoid any sudden engine over-revving.

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Clutch Pedal Adjustment Clutch pedal to compensate for lining wear. There should be approximately 25 mm (1 in) of pedal free travel. If not, or if the clutch seems to slip or you have difficulty shifting, have your dealer check the clutch adjustment.

travel must be adjusted periodically


Do not drive with your foot on the clutch pedal as this will cause premature wear of clutch components. Do not shift into reverse while the car is moving. Driving with the clutch pedal free travel improperly adjusted can cause premature wear of the clutch components.

Maximum Allowable Speeds The speeds shown below are the maximum at which the car can be driven or downshifted in each gear without over-revving the engine.




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Recommended Shift Speeds For best fuel economy, and effective emission control, shift at the speeds shown:



Main Menust Shifting the Automatic (CIVIC WAGON)

The automatic transmission shift lever has a locking mechanism to prevent accidental shifting into Reverse (R), Park (P) or 2nd (2). Also, an Automatic Shift Lock prevents you from shifting out of Park unless the brake pedal is already depressed and the ignition switch is in the II position. Push the button on the shift handle to shift into 2nd, Reverse or Park; depress the brake pedal and then push the button on the shift handle to shift out of Park.

Depress button

: Depress the brake pedal first and push the button, then shift.

: Push the button, then shift. : Shift as desired.



If you cannot shift out of Park with the brake pedal depressed and the ignition switch in the II position: 1.Turn the ignition switch off and

remove the key.

2. Insert the key in the Shift Lock Release located to the right of the shift lever.


3. Press and hold the key down, then press the button on the shift handle and move the shift lever to Neutral.

4. Return the key

ignition switch, depress the brake pedal and restart the engine.

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