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1991 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............................................................................................................................. 57 What gas to use, how to change gears, etc. Maintenance ....................................................................................................................................... 78 The Required Maintenance Schedule and some items you can service. Emergency Service .......................................................................................................................... 119 Changing a flat, jump starting, towing. Specifications ................................................................................................................................. 129 Dimensions, weights and capacities. Consumer Information .................................................................................................................. 131 Reporting Safety Detects, warranty service, vehicle identification numbers, etc. Index .................................................................................................................................................... I Gas Station Information

This Owner's Manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle, and must remain with the vehicle at time of resale.

OWNER'S I.D.

STATE

ZIP CODE

(Date sold to original retail purchaser)

DEALER NO.

STATE

ZIP CODE

OWNER

ADDRESS

CITY

V.I.N.

DELIVERY DATE

DEALER NAME

ADDRESS

CITY

OWNER'S SIGNATURE

DEALER'S SIGNATURE

The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatever.

Main Menust 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 Menust 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 Menust Keys and Locks (cont'd)

Power Door Locks (Si with 4WS or Anti-lock Brake System) 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

Lock

Trunk 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 the outside, put the master key in the lock and turn clockwise. The trunk lid opener lever is lockable with the master key.

MASTER

Pull up

Lock

OPEN

TRUNK LID OPENER LEVER

MASTER KEY

Keep the trunk lid closed white 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 Menust 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.

Pull up

ADJUSTMENT LEVER

Pull up

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 Menust 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 Pull up

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

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 Menust Driver's Lumbar Support (Si) Support of the lower back 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 ad- justed 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 Menust 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. 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 Menust Trunk Access from Rear Seat The rear seat-back can be released 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.

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

Open

MASTER KEY

STRAP

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.

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.

Main Menust 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 16 through 18. 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.

Enter the car and close the door completely. If a door is not completely closed, the warning lights in the ceiling and in the instrument panel will come on and the beeper will sound when the Ignition switch is turned on (see page 14). The driver's seat should be moved to a comfortable distance from the steering wheel. Sit straight up and well back in the seat. 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 tow 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.

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

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 Menust 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 lap

Take up slack

Too high

TONGUE PLATE

Keep below hip bone

Main Menust 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.

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.

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.

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Main Menust Seat Belts (cont'd)

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 t wo 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

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