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traction tests and do not include cornering (turning) traction.

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Main Menust Temperature The temperature grades are A (the highest), B and C representing the tire's resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law.

The tire temperature grade is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure.

Main Menust Emission Controls

Sources of Emissions The combustion process produces carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and hydrocarbons. The evaporation of fuel in the fuel tank also produces hydrocarbons. Control of oxides of nitrogen and hydrocarbons is very important since, under certain conditions, when subjected to sunlight, they react to form photochemical smog. Carbon monoxide does not react to form smog, but it is toxic. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has developed a number of systems which are highly effective in reducing carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and hydrocarbons.

The Clean Air Act The Clean Air Act requires all vehicle manufacturers to explain in writing, the operation and maintenance of their emission control systems. Maintenance instructions are included on pages 58 — 63; the operation of each system is explained on the following.

Replacement Parts The emission control systems on your new Honda were designed, built and certified regulations implementing the Clean Air Act. Honda recommends only the use of new, genuine Honda parts or their equivalent. The use of other replacement parts which are not of equivalent quality may impair the effectiveness of your car's emission control systems.

to conform with

the Federal

Crankcase Emission Control System To prevent crankcase emissions, your car is equipped with a Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) System which routes blowby gases from the crankcase, through the PCV valve and intake manifold, into the combustion chamber.

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Evaporative Emission Control System The Evaporative Emission Control System is designed to prevent fuel vapors from escaping into the atmosphere. Fuel vapors from the fuel tank are directed into the charcoal canister where they are adsorbed and stored while the engine is stopped or idling. When the coolant temperature rises to a certain value, the vapors are drawn into the engine through the throttle body and the intake manifold during normal engine operation.

Engine Exhaust Emission Controls The engine exhaust emission control systems are designed to control combustion during idle, acceleration, cruise, and deceleration. These systems are entirely separate from the crankcase and evaporative emission control systems described previously.

HONDA PGM Fl System The PGM-FI system consists of three independent sub-systems; Air Intake, Electronic Control and Fuel Control, thus allowing more accurate control of air/fuel ratios under all operating conditions. The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) detects the amount of air drawn into the cylinders and determines the amount of fuel to be injected to provide the optimum air/fuel ratio for all engine needs.

Ignition Timing Control System This system automatically controls the ignition timing to reduce the amount of HC and NOx.

Catalytic Converter Three Way Catalyst The catalyst is used to convert hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) in the exhaust gas, to carbon dioxide (CO 2), dinitrogen (N 2) and water vapor.

Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) [California automatic models with 1.5 The EGR system is designed to control the formation of oxides of nitrogen fuel mixture burns at high temperature. It works by recirculating exhaust gas through the EGR valve and intake manifold into the combustion chambers where it reduces peak temperature by diluting the air/fuel mixture.

(NOx) caused when

engine]

Main Menust Catalytic Converter

A catalytic converter is installed in the exhaust system to help clean-up the harmful exhaust gases that can cause air pollution.

CATALYTIC CONVERTER

To be effective, the converter must work at high temperature, so don't park your car over dry grass, leaves or anything else that could burn easily. To stay effective, the converter must not be contaminated by leaded gasoline; use only unleaded gas as explained on page 39.

CAUTION: The converter can be overheated and damaged if it's fed too much unburned fuel mixture from the engine, so: — Don't push or tow the car to start it; if the battery is dead, jump

start the car as shown on page 103.

— Don't turn the key off while the engine is running above idle

— Don't change the ignition timing, or remove any emission control

speed.

parts.

— Use only the spark plugs specified in this manual. — Don't keep driving your car if it isn't running properly, or if its CHARGE warning light comes on; have it checked by your Honda dealer.



Main Menust Warranty Service

Warranty The following warranties are provided with every new vehicle: 1. New Car Limited Warranty 2. Emission Control Systems Defects Warranty 3. Emission Performance Warranty 4. Original Equipment Battery Limited Warranty 5. Rust Perforation Limited Warranty 6. Accessory Limited Warranty 7. Replacement Parts Limited Warranty 8. Replacement Muffler Lifetime Limited Warranty 9. Seat Belt Limited Warranty 10.Replacement Battery Limited Warranty

Your car's original tires are covered by their manufacturer. Tire warranty information is in a separate booklet.

All warranty details pertaining to your car can be found in the Warranty booklet provided with your new car except the required maintenance schedule which is contained here in the Owner's Manual.

If you are unable to obtain warranty service or are dissatisfied with the warranty decision or service you received at an authorized Honda dealership, you should that dealership's Service Manager. This will normally resolve your problem. If it does not resolve your problem you should appeal the decision with the owner of the dealership. Please bear in mind that your problem will likely be resolved at the dealership, using the dealer's facilities, equipment and personnel. So it is very important that your initial contact be with the dealer or his management.

the matter with

review

After following these steps, if you wish to have the matter reviewed by American Honda you should contact the Zone Office serving your area, as shown on the map on the inside of the back cover. When contacting American Honda, please provide the Zone Office with the following information:

Vehicle Identification Number Servicing Dealer Name and Address Date of Purchase Mileage on your Car Your Name, Address, and Phone Number Nature of Problem Selling Dealer

After a review of the facts, you will be advised of what can be done.

Main Menust Reporting Safety Defects

If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying American Honda Motor Co., Inc. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or American Honda Motor Co., Inc. To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll- free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation Washington, D.C. 20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.

Main Menust Index

Air Conditioner

Care........................................... 91 Operation.................................. 36 Air Filter.......................................... 78 Air Pressure, Tires......................... 87 Antifreeze... See"Radiator Coolant" Anti-theft Steering Column Lock

System.................................... 42 AppearanceCare............................ 93 Ashtrays......................................... 31 Automatic Transmission

Driving Technique

(CIVIC WAGON)................... 51

Driving Technique

(4WD).................................. 54 Fluid.......................................... 69 Operation (CIVIC WAGON).... 49 Operation (4WD)...................... 52 Shift Lever Position Indicator. 20

Battery

Charging System Warning Light

............................................... 21 Jump Starting........................ 103 Maintenance............................. 82 Specification.......................... 109

Beeper System

Fasten Seat Belt Warning Beeper ............................................... 11 Key Reminder........................... 42 Belts, Seat............. See"Seat Belts" Body Repair.................................... 96 Brake Warning Light...................... 22 Brakes

Brake Failure Warning Light.... 22 Brake Fluid................................ 76 Brake System Design .............. 75 Brake Wear............................... 75 Brake Wear Indicators............. 76 Parking Brake........................... 26 Parking Brake Warning Light... 22 Break-in Period................................. 2 Bulb

Replacement............................. 85 Specification.......................... 109 Buzzer............ See"Beeper System"

Capacities..................................... 108 Care and Cleaning.......................... 93 Catalytic Converter..................... 115 Certification Label....................... 110 Chains, Tires................................... 88 Check Engine Warning Light......... 20 Child Proof Door Locks................... 4 Child Restraint System ................. 14 Cigarette Lighter............................ 31 Clock............................................... 32 Clutch Pedal Adjustment.............. 47 COMPACT Spare Tire................... 97 Coolant Temperature Gauge ........ 19 Cooling (with A/C)......................... 36 Cooling System.............................. 71 Crankcase Emission Control System ................................................. 113

Defogger......................................... 25 Defroster........................................ 38 Doors

Child Proof Door Locks............... 4 Door Locks................................... 3

Emergency

Changing a Flat Tire ................. 99 Hazard Warning System.......... 28 If Your Car Gets Stuck.......... 105 Jump Starting........................ 103 Shoulder Belt Buckle ............. 106 Towing.................................... 104 Warning and Indicator Lights.. 20 Emission Controls........................ 113 Engine

Coolant...................................... 71 Coolant Temperature Gauge ..19 Exhaust Controls................... 114 Identification Number............ 110 Oil and Filter.............................. 65 Oil Pressure Warning Light...... 21 Specification.......................... 109 Engine Exhaust Gas Warning........ 45

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Main Menust Evaporative Emission Control

System................................... 114 Exhaust Gas Recirculation.......... 114 Exterior Care.................................. 93

Filters

Air............................................. 78 Engine Oil.................................. 66 Fuel........................................... 78 Fluid...................................... See "Oil" Foreign Countries, Operation in ... 40 Four-Wheel Drive

................. See"Real Time 4 W D" Front Seat Adjustment.................... 5 Fuel

Filler Door and Cap .................. 40 Filter.......................................... 78 Gasohol..................................... 39 Gasoline.................................... 39 Gauge........................................ 19 Requirement............................. 39

Fuse

Checking and Replacing........... 83 Specification.......................... 109

Gasoline............................. See"Fuel" Gas Station Information. Back cover Gauges............................................ 19 Glove Box....................................... 30

Hazard Warning System................ 28 Headlights

Flasher...................................... 27 High Beam Indicator................. 20 High Beam/Low Beam Switch

.............................................. 27

Headlight High Baem Indicator Light

.................................................. 20 Head Restraints................................ 6 Heating............................................ 37 High Beam

Indicator Light .......................... 20 Switch....................................... 27 Hood Latch..................................... 30

Identification Numbers................ 110 Ignition

Keys............................................ 3 Switch...................................... 42 Indicator Lights .............................. 20 Inflation Pressures, Tire ................ 87 Instrument Panel............................ 17 Instrument Panel Brightness Control .................................................. 28 Interior Light................................... 28 Interior Trim Care .......................... 93

Jack ................................................ 99 Jump Starting.............................. 103

Keys

Door Locks................................. 3 Ignition....................................... 42 Key Reminder Buzzer.............. 42 Keys............................................ 3 Tailgate Lock .............................. 4

Lap/Shoulder Belts

........................... See"Seat Belts"

Bulb Replacement.................... 85 Fuse Replacement................... 83 Operation.................................. 27 Warning and Indicator Light.... 20

Light

Locks

Anti-theft Steering Column Lock .............................................. 42 Child Proof Door Locks............. 4 Doors........................................... 3 Fuel Filler Door......................... 40 Tailgate........................................ 4 Luggage Area Light........................ 29

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Maintenanse

Non-Scheduled Maintenance

Record................................... 62

Required Maintenance Record

.............................................. 61 Schedule ................................... 58

Manual Transmission

Clutch Pedal Adjustment........ 47 Maximum Allowable Speeds .. 47 Oil.............................................. 68 Recommended Shift Speeds .. 48 Shifting ..................................... 46 Meters, Gauges........... See"Gauges" Mirrors

Rearview Mirrors..................... 26

Numbers, Identification............... 110

Octane Rating, Gasoline .. See"Fuel" Odometer....................................... 19 Oil

Engine Oil.................................. 65 Fluid Locations......................... 64 Oil Pressure Warning Light...... 21 Transmission Oil/Fluid.............. 68 Operation In Foreign Countries .... 40

Panel Brightness Control............... 28 Parking Brake................................. 26 Power Steering.............................. 77 Passive Belt...................................... 8 Pressures, Tire Inflation ................ 87 Preventive Service........................ 95

Radiator Coolant............................ 71 Real Time 4WD .............................. 56 4WD Disengagement............... 56 Rear Seat.......................................... 6 Rearview Mirrors........................... 26 Rear Window Defogger................. 25 Rear Window Wiper/Washer....... 25

Reminder Lights

................... See"Warning Lights"

Replacement

Air Filter.................................... 78 Body and Fender Parts............ 96 Bulb............................................ 85 Engine Oil.................................. 66 Fuel Filter.................................. 78 Fuse........................................... 83 Oil Filter................................... 66 Radiator Coolant...................... 73 Spark Plugs............................... 79 Tire............................................ 89 Wiper Blades ............................ 81

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