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The emergency locking system of the rear seat belts will also be activated if you pull the belt too fast. If this happens, release the belt slightly then pull it out more slowly. 1. Take hold of the tongue plate and pull the belt across your lap. Be

sure the belt is not twisted or caught on anything.

Pull the belt across your lap

Take up slack

Too high

TONGUE PLATE

Keep below hipbone

2. Push the tongue plate into the buckle until it clicks locked.

The seat belt should fit snugly against your body. The shoulder portion of the belt should go over your shoulder and across your body to evenly distribute the belt's restraining force. Check that the lap portion of the belt is positioned low on your hipbone and below your abdomen. This way, if the car is involved in an accident, you will be less likely to slide under the seat belts. If the belt is too near your neck and throat, move toward the center of the seat.

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.

Main Menust 3. To release the seat belt, push the "PRESS" button in the buckle; the belt should retract automatically when released. If the belt does not fully retract, pull it out and check for kinks or twists.

CAUTION: Make sure both rear shoulder belts are positioned in front of the rear seat-backs whenever the seat-backs are in their upright position.

Rear Center Seat Belt Adjust the center lap belt length to fit snugly but comfortably when buckled. A slack belt will greatly reduce the protection afforded to the wearer. Hold the tongue plate perpendicular to the belt as shown. * To shorten, pull the end of the belt away from the tongue plate. * To lengthen, pull the tongue plate. Push the tongue plate into the buckle until it clicks locked. Position the belt across your lap, not your abdomen, as low on your hips as possible.

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.

BUCKLE

To shorten

To lengthen

TONGUE PLATE

Main Menust Seat Belts (cont'd)

Child Restraint Children riding in the car should be restrained to minimize the risk of injury in an accident, sudden stop or sudden maneuver. According to accident statistics provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seating positions than in the front seat. For smaller children, we strongly recommend the use of a commercially available child restraint system that meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) because it offers the most protection against injury. All states now have laws which require that small children must be seated in a child passenger seat restraint system. Check local laws. Before buying a particular child restraint system, make sure it fits your car seat and seat belts, and fits your child. Follow the child seat manufacturer's instructions when installing the child seat.

Children who have outgrown the child restraint system should use one of the seat belts.

Make sure the belt is snug against the child's body with the shoulder portion going over the shoulder and across the body to evenly distribute the belt's restraining force. Check that the lap portion of the belt is positioned low on the child's hipbone and below the abdomen. This way if the car is involved in an accident, the child will be less likely to slide under the seat belts. If the belt is too close to the child's neck or throat, you may want to consider putting the child in an automobile booster seat that meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS).

Children should never ride unrestrained in an automobile. Never use an infant carrier or child safety seat that "hooks" over a seat-back; it may not provide adequate security in an accident. Never allow a child to be held in a person's arms while they are in a moving vehicle. Holding a child in a moving vehicle does not provide the child with any means of protection during an accident, even if the person holding the child is wearing a seat belt.

Main Menust Installation of Child Seat All child restraint systems are designed to be secured by lap belts or the lap belt portion of a lap-shoulder belt. The automatic shoulder belt system at the front passenger seat should not be used to secure the child restraint system. If a child seat must be installed on the front seat, place the shoulder portion of the belt behind the child seat and secure the child seat with the lap belt only. Children could be endangered in a crash, if their child restraints are not properly secured. Follow the child seat manufacturer's instructions when installing the seat.

Your Honda automobile is equipped with attachment points specifically for a rear seat mounted child restraint system which uses a top tether. The tether attachment points are located on the rear panel, below the tailgate.

When the child restraint system is not in use, remove it from the car or secure it with the seat belt to keep it from becoming a projectile in the event of an accident.

NOTE: See your Honda dealer for installation of the child restraint system.

Main Menust Seat Belts (cont'd)

Pregnant Women A pregnant woman should use the shoulder and lap belts to help lessen the chance of injury and/or the amount of injury in an accident.

It is desirable that a pregnant woman ask her doctor at each medical check-up if she can drive, and also ask about the most appropriate way of wearing the lap/shoulder belt. If a rear seat lap belt is used, it should be worn as low and snugly as possible over the hips.

Inspection All parts of the seat belts, including the belt fabric, should be regularly inspected for fraying, loosening, wear and other damage. Keep the belts in good condition at all times to reduce the chance of being injured in an accident, and to minimize any injuries that do occur. Make sure the buckles, retractors, tongue plates, guides and anchors all work properly.

Don't let anything get inside the buckle or the retractor; it could cause latch or retractor failure.

Cleaning The belts should always be kept clean and dry; wet or damp belts can cause rewinding problems. To clean the belts, pull them all the way out of their retractors and use warm water and a mild soap; then let them air-dry fully extended, in the shade, with the car windows open.

Never bleach, dye or clean the belts with chemical solvents; it will weaken the fabric. Do not remove the seat belts from the car to wash them.

Replacement Replace the seat belt if: 1.The belting is cut, punctured, burned, etc. 2.The buckle or retractor does not work properly. 3. It was being worn at the time of a collision (also check for

deformation damage at all seat belt anchor points).

4. Its condition is questionable.

Main Menust Instrument Panel

LIGHT SWITCH/ TURN SIGNAL/ HI/LO BEAM SWITCH

DASH CORNER VENT

HORN BUTTON

WIPER/ WASHER SWITCH

CENTER VENTS

DIGITAL CLOCK

H E A T I N G/ COOLING CONTROL PANEL

DASH CORNER VENT

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE

FUSE BOX

IGNITION SWITCH

REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER SWITCH

PANEL BRIGHTNESS CONTROL DIAL

GLOVE BOX

CIGARETTE LIGHTER

ASHTRAY

HAZARD WARNING LIGHT SWITCH

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Main Menust Instrument Panel (cont'd)

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TACHOMETER

SHIFT LEVER POSITION INDICATOR (Automatic Trans. only)

ODOMETER

SPEEDOMETER

COOLANT TEMPERATURE GAUGE

4WD

TACHOMETER

TRIP METER

TRIP METER RESET BUTTON

FUEL GAUGE

SHIFT LEVER POSITION INDICATOR (Automatic Trans. only)

ODOMETER

SPEEDOMETER

COOLANT TEMPERATURE GAUGE

FUEL GAUGE

TRIP METER RESET BUTTON

TRIP METER

Main Menust Gauges

Speedometer The speed is indicated in miles per hour (outside scale) and kilometers per hour (inside scale).

Odometer The numbers on the odometer indicate miles. The odometer registers total distance traveled, and serves as your guide for determining when periodic maintenance is due. Federal law makes it illegal to alter the odometer of any motor vehicle with the intent to change the number of miles indicated.

Trip Meter The numbers on the trip meter indicate miles. The trip meter can be returned to zero by pushing in the reset button. Use it for checking fuel consumption or distance traveled per trip.

Tachometer The tachometer indicates engine speed in revolutions per minute. The beginning of the RED ZONE indicates the maximum allowable engine R.P.M. Do not run the engine with the tachometer indicator needle in the RED ZONE.

(11.9 US gal, 9.9 Imp gal)

Fuel Gauge FUEL TANK CAPACITY: 45 As a convenience, the gauge continues to show the same fuel level as when the ignition was last on. After refueling, the gauge will slowly change to the new fuel level when the ignition is switched on. When the needle first indicates E (empty), you have a usable reserve left in the tank of about: 4

(1.1 US gal, 0.9 Imp gal)

Coolant Temperature Gauge CAUTION: The needle should stay within the white range. If the needle reaches the red line at " H" (Hot), pull safely off the road, stop the engine and check the coolant level in the reserve tank on the driver's side of the radiator under the hood.

Do not remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. The coolant is under pressure and may blow out and scald you.

Main Menust Warning and Indicator Lights

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4WD

Shift Lever Position Indicator (Automatic Transmission only) An indicator between the fuel and coolant temperature gauges shows which gear you have selected.

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NOTE: (4WD Automatic only) indicator light in the instrument panel also serves a second The S function. If the light flashes while driving (in any gear range) it indicates a possible malfunction in the transmission; avoid rapid acceleration and have the transmission checked by an authorized Honda dealer as soon as possible.

Turn Signal/Hazard Warning Indicator Lights

When the turn signal lever is pushed for left or right turns, the appropriate green indicator arrow on the instrument panel will blink along with the signal. Pushing the hazard warning switch will make all turn signals and both arrows blink (see page 28).

Headlight High Beam Indicator Light

This blue indicator light will go on whenever the high beams are switched on (see page 27).

Check Engine Warning Light

This light comes on for a couple of seconds each time the ignition is turned on. It will also come on, and remain on, if there is a malfunction in the emission control system. If the light comes on while driving, avoid driving at high speed, and have the system checked by a Honda dealer as soon as possible.

Main Menust Oil Pressure Warning Light

The oil pressure warning light will come on, and remain on, if there is insufficient oil pressure or when the ignition switch is turned on with the engine not running. If the light should come on while driving, get the car off the road as soon as you can, turn the engine off and check the engine oil level (see page 65 ). Even if the oil level is correct, the engine should be checked by a Honda dealer before the car is driven again.

NOTE: The oil pressure warning light will only light as a result of low oil pressure. It is not directly an oil level indicator.

CAUTION: Running the engine while the oil pressure warning light is on constantly may cause immediate and severe engine damage.

Charging System Warning Light

The charging system warning light comes on when there is a problem with the electrical charging system or when the ignition switch is turn- ed on with the engine not running. If the light comes on while driving, get off the road, stop the car and turn off the alternator belt for proper tension. To check the belt tension, push with about 98 N (22 Ib) of force on the middle of the belt as shown. The belt should deflect about: 9.0 — 11.0 mm (0.35 — 0.43 in)

ignition. Then check

the

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

NOTE: If necessary, have the charging system checked by an authorized Honda dealer.

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Main Menust Warning and Indicator Lights (cont'd)

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4WD

BRAKE

Parking Brake/Brake Failure Warning Light

Check the brake warning light every time you start the car. With the parking brake set, the warning light should go on when the ignition switch is turned to II or III. With the parking brake released, the light should go on when the ignition switch is turned to III. If the light goes on at any other time, it means the brake fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir is too low; add fluid and have your dealer check for leaks and brake pad wear immediately. (See page 76)

Tailgate-open Indicator Light

This light will go on when you turn on the ignition switch if the tailgate is not fully closed.

Seat Belt Warning Light

The seat belt warning light comes on when the ignition switch is turned on. If the front seat belts are fastened, it goes off in about six seconds. Otherwise, it stays on. (See page 11)

LOW Indicator Light(4WD Automatic only)

This indicator light is on while you are driving in the LOW mode (see page 55 ). When the ignition switch is turned to the "II", this indicator light comes on for a couple of seconds; this is normal.

DOOR

Door Warning Light

If a door is open when the ignition is switched on, this light will go on and stay on until the door is closed.

Main Menust Tilt Steering

Tilt Steering The steering wheel position can be adjusted to suit the driver preference.

1. Push the lever located on the left side of the steering column all the way down and hold it while ad- justing the steering wheel to the desired position.

2. Hold the steering wheel in the desired position and pull the lever all the way up to lock it in place.

Push down

Pull up

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