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(96,000 km) or 48 months whichever comes first, or any time you suspect contaminated gas may have clogged it.

CAUTION: Because the fuel system is under pressure, the filter should be replaced only by a qualified Honda technician.

Main Menust Spark Plugs

Spark plugs should be replaced every 24 months or 30,000 miles (48,000 km), whichever comes first.

Recommended spark plugs:

CAUTION: Never use spark plugs with an improper heat range; they will adversely affect engine performance and durability.

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Main Menust Spark Plugs (cont'd)

Spark Plug Replacement Replace plugs one at a time, so you don't get the wires mixed up. 1. Clean any dirt from around the spark plug base. 2. Disconnect the plug cap, then remove and discard the old plug. 3. Check the gap of the new spark plug before installation.

Plug gap should be: 1.1mm (0.04in ).

4.Thread the new spark plug in by hand to prevent cross-threading. 5. After the plug seats against the cylinder head, tighten 1/2 turn

with a spark plug wrench to compress the washer.

6. Reinstall the spark plug cap.

PLUG CAP

CAUTION: The spark plugs must be securely tightened, but not overtightened. A plug that's too loose can get very hot and possibly damage the engine; one that's too tight could damage the threads in the cylinder head.

Main Menust For maximum visibility, replace worn or cracked wiper blades when you notice they do not wipe the windshield cleanly or smoothly.

Wiper Blades

To Replace Worn-out Blades 1. Detach the blade assembly from the arm by pressing the lock tab in, then pushing the blade toward the base of the arm.

Press Lock Tab in

Push

2. Firmly grasp the end of the blade rubber and pull until the tabs are free of the metal support.

METAL SUPPORT

Pull out

TABS

3. Remove the metal retainers from the worn-out blade rubber and put them in a new blade rubber.

4. Insert the new blade rubber from the opposite side of the blade tabs and position the tabs in the metal support.

RETAINERS

Main Menust Battery

The condition of the battery can be determined by checking the test indicator. Service as required according to the label on the battery. Any corrosion around the positive and negative terminals should be washed off with a solution of baking soda and warm water. Dry the terminals and then coat them with grease.

TERMINAL

TEST INDICATOR

UPPER LOWER

TERMINAL

• The battery gives off explosive gases; keep sparks, flames and cigarettes away. Provide adequate ventilation when charging or using the battery in an enclosed space. The battery contains sulfuric acid (electrolyte). Contact with skin or eyes may cause severe burns. Wear protective clothing and a face shield. — If electrolyte gets on your skin, flush with water. — If electrolyte gets in your eyes, flush with water for at least

15 minutes and call a physician immediately.

Electrolyte is poisonous. — If swallowed, drink large quantities of water or milk and follow with milk of magnesia or vegetable oil and get immediate medical assistance.

KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Main Menust Fuse Replacement

The fuse box is located under the dashboard on the driver's side. The circuits protected by each fuse are listed inside the box.

The fuses for automatic shoulder belt buckle motor are installed on the

terminal of the battery.

If any of your car's lights, accessories, or controls don't work, check their fuses. If a fuse has blown, the wire inside it will be burned through.

BLOWN

FUSE REMOVER

Checking the fuses: 1. Turn off the ignition and all other switches. 2. If you find a blown or possibly faulty fuse, use the fuse remover, stored beside the spare fuse to pull the blown fuse out of its clips.

3. Check all other fuses as well as the one you suspect. 4. Push in a new fuse of the same rating, and make sure it fits tightly

in the clips. If it fits loosely, have your dealer fix it. If you don't have a spare, take a fuse of the same rating (or lower) out of a circuit you may not need, like the radio or cigarette lighter. Remember to replace the borrowed fuse and the missing spares.

CAUTION: A blown fuse may be just a symptom of some other problem. If a new fuse blows right away, the cause should be diagnosed and corrected by a qualified Honda technician. Never replace a fuse with anything but another fuse of the same or lower rating. A higher capacity fuse could cause damage and even start a fire.

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Main Menust Fuse Replacement (cont'd)

The main fuse and some primary fuses are installed on the right front fender beside the battery.

If the circuits from the battery are ever overloaded (by a short in the system drawing too much current for example) the main or a primary fuse will blow, preventing damage to the entire wiring harness. If the main fuse blows, have a Honda dealer check the system, repair the cause, and replace the fuse.

CAUTION:

The electrical system is protected by fuses that are designed to fail and prevent damage to the wire harness. Always replace blown fuses with the same rating as specified to prevent wiring damage that can result in a possible fire. For proper electrical contact after replacing these fuses, make sure all screws are tight.

Main Menust Bulb Replacement

NOTE: See page 109 for bulb specifications.

Front turn signal lights

Front side marker and parking lights

License plate lights

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Main Menust Bulb Replacement (cont'd)

Rear side marker, turn signal, brake/taillights and back-up lights

Interior light

Luggage area light

High-mount brake light

Main Menust Tires

The factory installed tires on your car were selected to match the car's performance capabilities and to provide the best combination of handling, ride comfort and tread wear. We recommend that you get the same size, type, and grade of tires when replacement is necessary. If your tires have an all-season tread design, the model name will be followed by the marking: "M + S" (mud and snow) or "all-season". If you decide not to get the same brand of tires as those originally installed, you should make sure that the replacements are the radial type, of the same size, load range and speed rating as the original tires. If you have any questions about your car's tires, please contact your Honda dealer.

tire pressures

Inflation Pressures The tire label in the glove box lists recommended for carrying loads up to the limit shown. (Tire pressures are also listed on the back cover of this manual.) These pressures were chosen to provide you with the best combi- nation of tread life, riding comfort and stability under normal driving conditions. Improper life and load carrying capacity. Check the tire pressures at least once a month, including the spare. Lower pressure than recommended lets the tread and sidewalls flex too much, causing increased tire temperatures, uneven wear, and poor handling. Pressure higher than recommended can make the tire too stiff, increasing the chance of damage from road hazards, and also causing uneven wear.

inflation can reduce both tire

TIRE LABEL

CAUTION:

Check tire pressure when the tires are cold. (After the car has been parked for more than 3 hours or driven less than 1 mile/1.6 km.) Tire pressure may increase as much as 41 kPa (6 psi) when the tire is hot, so NEVER ADJUST tire pressure when the tires are hot. Never inflate load range B tires to more than 220 kPa (32 psi) cold. Cars with luggage racks or cartop carriers DO NOT have greater load limits than those on the label.

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Main Menust Tires (cont'd)

Winter Driving Tires marked "M + S" or "all season" have an all-weather tread design and should be suitable for most driving conditions. However, snow tires and tire chains may be required under some conditions. If your tires do not have these markings, they may not be suitable for winter driving conditions. We recommend snow tires or tire chains for snow and icy conditions.

Snow Tires If you use snow tires, they should be of the same size, construction and load capacity as the original tires on your car. Snow tires must be installed in sets of four, or they may cause poor handling. Driving with snow tires on dry roads can reduce your car's performance during acceleration, turning and stopping. If you need further information on snow tires, please contact your Honda dealer.

Tire Chains Use chains only when you have to. Check with local authorities or Provinces for requirements prior to installing tire chains. Make sure the chains are the right size for your tires. Install them only on the drive wheels of your car, and do so as tightly as possible, following the manufacturer's instructions. If metal chains are used, they must be SAE Class " S ." Cable type traction devices can also be used. Drive slowly with chains installed. If you hear the chains contacting your car's body or chassis, stop and tighten them.

CAUTION:

If the contact continues, slow down until it stops or your car can be damaged. Chains that are the wrong size or improperly installed can damage your car's brake lines, suspension, body, and wheels.

If you need further information on tire chains, please see your Honda dealer. Remove the chains as soon as the road is clear of ice and snow.

Main Menust Tire Replacement Honda recommends that you replace tires in sets of four, or in pairs, front or rear. If you need to replace only one tire, mount the new tire opposite the tire showing the least amount of wear. For instance, if the left front tire shows the least amount of wear, mount the new tire on the front right side. The original tires on your car have tread wear indicators to indicate when they should be replaced. The indicators appear as bands about 12.7 mm (1/2 in) wide when the tire tread depth is less than 1.6 mm (1/16 in). When indicators appear across t wo or more grooves in a row, you should re- place the tire.

INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS

TREAD WEAR INDICATORS

Driving on worn-out tires is very hazardous, and will reduce braking effectiveness, steering accuracy and traction.

When replacing tires, use only the recommended tire size. Wheel rim widths and offsets must be those recommended by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Contact the Zone Office nearest you as shown on the inside of the back cover.

Tires and wheels other than those recommended may be unsafe. Do not mix radial and bias ply tires on the same car.

Tire Balancing

Unbalanced tires may affect handling and tire wear. A tire should always be rebalanced after it has been dismounted from the wheel. Your original tires were properly balanced before the car left the factory, but may need rebalancing at some time during the life of the tire. Tire balancing for the COMPACT spare is not necessary.

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Main Menust Tire Rotation Tires may wear unevenly when used for a long time in the same position on the car. To avoid this, rotate the tires every 7,500 miles (12,000 km). If abnormal or uneven wear develops between rotations, the cause should be found and corrected as soon as possible. The illustration shows how the tires can be rotated. The COMPACT spare tire must not be included in tire rotation.

NOTE: Front brake pads should be inspected for wear whenever the tires are rotated.

Front

Tire Traction

Worn tires or slippery road surfaces can reduce driving, cornering and braking traction. To reduce the possibility of losing traction, slow down when the road gets slippery, replace tires when wear indicators are visible, and KEEP TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED.

Additional 4 WD Tire Information Unevenly worn tires, or different sized tires, can cause the 4WD mechanism to engage abnormally, which may eventually damage the transmission. Therefore, observe the following precautions carefully:

Rotate the tires at least every 7,500 miles (12,000 km). Replace worn tires in sets of four. If replacement of all four tires is not practical (because of damage to an individual tire, for example), always replace with the same size, brand and type as those currently on the car.

Main Menust Air Conditioner Care

Condenser and Radiator Check the engine radiator and the air conditioner condenser (in front of the radiator) for accumulated dirt, insects or leaves. Carefully brush or hose them off to assure maximum cooling performance.

CAUTION: Radiator and condenser fins are very thin and easily damaged; do not bend them with the high water pressure or brush.

Compressor Drive Belt Check the compressor belt tension monthly, during periods when you use the air conditioner a lot.

If the engine has been running, some engine components may be hot enough to burn you.

When pushed with 98 N (22 Ib) of force midway between the compressor drive pulley and the engine crankshaft pulley, the belt should deflect about: 7.0 — 9.0 mm (0.28 — 0.35 in) Have the belt adjusted whenever necessary.

COMPRESSOR DRIVE PULLEY

CRANKSHAFT PULLEY

Main Menust Air Conditioner Care (cont'd)

System Maintenance Run your air conditioner at least once a week for about ten minutes, even during the off season, to lubricate the seals and the inside of the compressor and, to verify that the system is functional.

If the air conditioner is not cooling properly, it may indicate an undercharged system. Have your dealer check the system for leaks, then evacuate and charge the system with refrigerant 12. Charging quantity: 850 — 950 g (30.1 — 33.6 oz)

CAUTION: Prolonged use of an undercharged system may damage the compressor.

Main Menust Appearance Care

Interior Trim Remove dust and loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a clean, damp cloth or sponge. Stains can be removed with a commercially available vinyl cleaner.

CAUTION: Do not use thinner, gasoline, kerosene, naphtha or other solvents on the interior. They are toxic, flammable and hazardous and could damage the material you're cleaning.

Windows A 10 to 1 mix of water and white vinegar, or a commercially available glass cleaner may be used to clean windows and to remove the dust film sometimes caused by the ingredients used in interior vinyls and plastics.

NOTE: Do not put this solution in the windshield washer reservoir, it will damage the windshield washer pump.

Be careful not to scratch or damage the defogger wires when clean- ing the inside of the rear window; wipe the window horizontally along the wires, not up and down. Dry the windows with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. Keep all the windows clean for maximum visibility.

Exterior Care

Washing Rinse all loose dirt off the car by spraying it with lukewarm or cold water. Do not use hot water. Wash using a soft-bristle brush, sponge or cloth with water containing a mild detergent such as a liquid dishwashing detergent. Remove oil, tar, tree sap, etc., with tar remover or turpentine. Remove road salt, insects, etc., with mild detergent and lukewarm water. Any of these substances may damage the finish if left on painted surfaces. Rinse the car well. Promptly wipe with a chamois or soft towel to prevent water-spotting. Do not let water or soap air-dry on painted surfaces. During wiping, inspect the surface for stone chips and scratches; paint them with touch-up paint so they won't rust (touch-up paint is available through your Honda dealer). For further instructions on corrosion protection, refer to the Rust Prevention section on page 94.

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Main Menust Appearance Care (cont'd)

Waxing Wax the car when water will no longer "bead" on the paint. Always wash and dry the car before you wax it. Use a good quality liquid or paste wax, and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Wax all the metal trim to keep its luster.

NOTE: Removing oil, tar, etc., with a spot remover will usually strip the wax from the surrounding finish. Be sure to re-wax these areas even if the rest of the car does not yet need waxing.

Rust Prevention Rusting is likely to occur in parts of the car where water is trapped or where there is continual dampness.

Water will collect inside doors and body panels if drain holes become clogged. Water which seeps under or soaks floor mats will subject floor sections to prolonged wetness or dampness. Road dirt or sand, which collects and fills recesses on the

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