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1990 Prelude 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 Form Features & Safety ................................................................................................................................ 2 What you should know before driving your car. Starting & Driving............................................................................................................................. 55 What gas to use, how to change gears, etc. Maintenance ....................................................................................................................................... 76 The Required Maintenance Schedule and some items you can service. Emergency Service ........................................................................................................................ Changing a flat, jump starting, towing. Specifications ................................................................................................................................. 125 Dimensions, weights and capacities. Consumer Information .................................................................................................................. 127 Reporting Safety Detects, warranty service, vehicle identification numbers, etc. Index ................................................................................................................................................ 137 Gas Station Information

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Introduction

This manual contains operation and maintenance of your car.

important

information about

the safe

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.

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.

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 Menuts Keys and Locks



VALET KEY

MASTER KEY

Keys Your car is supplied with a master key that fits the ignition and all locks, and a valet key that fits the ignition and doors but not the trunk, rear seat trunk access or glove box. The valet key is provided for times when you must leave the key with a parking attendant or repair person, but still want to keep valuables safely locked-up. Write down the numbers stamped on both keys and keep the information in your wallet or purse in case you ever need to have duplicates made. Both the master and valet keys are double-edged, so you can insert them in the locks with either side up.

Door Locks You can lock the doors by pushing the tabs forward. The doors must be unlocked before you can open them. 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

Lock

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Main Menuts Keys and Locks (cont'd)

Power Door Locks (Si with 4WS) Both doors can be locked or unlocked simultaneously from the inside using the master door lock switch. In addition, the passenger door will lock automatically when the lock tab on the driver's door is pushed forward or the driver's door is locked with the key.

MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH

Lock

Unlock

Unlock

Trunk Lid The trunk lid can be opened by pulling up the lever at the outside of the driver's seat. To open the trunk lid from outside, put the master key in the lock and turn clockwise. The trunk lid opener lever is lockable with the master key.

MASTER KEY

Pull up

Lock

OPEN

TRUNK LID OPENER LEVER

MASTER KEY

Keep the trunk lid 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 on the edge of the driver's door must be observed. The total weight of passengers and cargo must not exceed the total weight limit on the label.

Main Menuts 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.

ADJUSTMENT LEVER

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.

Minor Adjustment of Driver's Seat-back Angle (Si) For minor adjustment of the driver's seat-back angle, move the lever at the lower left side of the seat-back forward or backward.

LEVER

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 Menuts Seats (cont'd)

To Get In/Out of Rear Seat For easier access to or from the rear seat, pull up the angle adjustment lever on each front seat or the lever on the inside edge of the passenger seat-back to swing the seat-back forward.

Pull up

Seat-back Angle Memory (Si) The driver's seat is equipped with a "memory" button to allow the seat-back its previously set angle. Push the "memory" button before pulling the angle adjust- ment lever up for rear seat access.

to return

to

MEMORY BUTTON

Store any luggage or cargo in the trunk. If you are carrying more items than will fit in the trunk, use the floor space between the front and rear seats. Do not store any items on the shelf behind the rear seat; they may become dangerous projectiles in a collision. Weight limits shown on the label on the edge of the driver's door must be observed. The total weight of passengers and cargo must not exceed the total weight limit on the label.

Main Menuts (Si)

Driver's Lumbar Support The tower back support can be adjusted by moving the lever on the inner side of the seat-back to give more or less support.

Driver's Side Supports (Si) Seat-back side support can be adjusted wider or narrower by turning the knob on the inner side of the seat-back.

Do not try to adjust lumbar or side supports while driving. Make the adjustment while sitting in your normal driving position before driving away.

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Main Menuts Seats (cont'd)

Head Restraints The head restraints are designed to help reduce injuries due to whiplash. They are located at the top of each front seat-back and have several height positions. They can be adjusted by pulling up to the recommended position. To lower them, slide the button next to the restraint's height bar, while pushing the 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 to its highest position, then slide the button while pulling the restraint out. To reinstall, reverse the above procedure.

Slide

Head Restraint Angle (Si) The angle of the head restraint can be adjusted by pulling it forward or pushing it back.

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

Main Menuts Trunk Access from Rear Seat The rear seat-back can be opened by turning the lock on the rear shelf with the master key and pulling down with the strap at the top of the seat-back. This allows passenger access to the trunk and makes it possible to carry long objects inside the car. The rear seat-back can also be released from inside the trunk by pulling the release. When closing the rear seat trunk access, push the seat-back firmly into place, then pull on the strap to make sure it is secure.

Passengers or pets must not sit on the folded portion of the rear seat. Make sure any luggage or cargo within the trunk, or extending through the rear seat trunk access is secured. Make sure the seat-back latches engage securely when the seat-back is returned to its normal position.

RELEASE

MASTER KEY

STRAP

Main Menuts 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 pages 14 through 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.

Wearing the Front Seat Belts The automatic ("passive") lap/shoulder belt system with emergency locking retractors are designed to lock only during a sudden stop or impact. Otherwise, they allow you some freedom of movement in the seat.

NOTE: The motion-sensing lock mechanisms for the front belts are located in the doors, therefore, if you open the door too quickly, the belt may lock and the door cannot be opened further. If this happens, close the door and open it again more slowly.

1. Enter the car and close the door completely. If the door is not closed completely, the belt will not function properly, the warning light on the instrument panel will come on and the beeper will sound when the ignition switch is in the ON position. See page 13

Never drive the car with the doors ajar. The doors must be closed completely for the front seat belts to function properly.

2. Move the seat a comfortable distance from the steering wheel, sit

as straight up as possible and well back in the seat.

3. Position the belt across your lap, not your abdomen, as low on

your hips as possible. Be sure the belt is not twisted.

Main Menuts Too high

Keep below hip bone

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. 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. 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.

Emergency Belt Release The front belts should remain permanently latched. However, an emergency release button is provided as shown.

EMERGENCY RELEASE BUTTON

TONGUE PLATE

BUCKLE

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Main Menuts Seat Belts (cont'd)

Buckling the Rear Lap/Shoulder Belts The rear seat belts are one-piece combination lap/shoulder belts with emergency locking retractors designed to lock only during a sudden stop or impact. Otherwise, they allow you some freedom of movement in the seat.

NOTE: 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 tap

Take up slack

Too high

TONGUE PLATE

Keep below hip bone

2. 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.

3. To release the seat beft, 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. Make sure both rear shoulder belts are positioned in front of the rear seat-back whenever the seat-back is in its upright position.

Main Menuts 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. 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.

Front Seat Belt Warning Light and Warning Beeper There are four warning lights in the car. Two of them are in the instrument panel and the other two lights are in the ceiling behind the rearview mirror. Each warning light will go on for about two seconds, when the ignition switch is turned on.

PASSENGER'S BELT UNLATCHED

DRIVER'S BELT UNLATCHED

WARNING LIGHT

EITHER DOOR OPEN

DRIVER'S BELT UNLATCHED

WARNING LIGHT

Warning Light indicators

Either Door Open — The warning light will come on if either door is open. The beeper will sound for approximately six seconds while the light is ON. Confirm which door is open and close the door completely. If either door is opened while the car is being driven, the beeper and all four warning lights will come on. Stop the car immediately and close whichever door is open. The warning light should go off.

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Main Menuts Seat Belts (cont'd)

Driver's Belt Unlatched — The warning lights will come on if the driver's seat belt is not latched. The beeper will sound for approximately six seconds while the light is ON, Relatch the belt; the light should go off.

Front Passenger's Belt Unlatched — The warning light will come on if the passenger's belt is not securely latched, the beeper will sound for approximately six seconds. Relatch the belt; the light should go off.

If the lights 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 authorized Honda dealer.

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 Larger children should use one of the seat belts provided. 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 all the instructions that come with the system.

Main Menuts 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 the 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.

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