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2000 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 Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... i A Few Words About Safety.................................................................................................................ii Your Vehicle at a Glance.....................................................................................................................2 Driver and Passenger Safety ..............................................................................................................5 Proper use and care of your vehicle's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System. Instruments and Controls.................................................................................................................51 Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls. Comfort and Convenience Features ................................................................................................97 How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving..................................................................................................................................125 What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving ..............................................................................................................................................139 The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer. Maintenance.....................................................................................................................................167 The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer. Appearance Care..............................................................................................................................227 Tips on cleaning and protecting your vehicle. Things to look for if your vehicle ever needs body repairs. Taking Care of the Unexpected......................................................................................................235 This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them. Technical Information.....................................................................................................................261 ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada)................................................................273 A summary of the warranties covering your new Acura, and how to contact us. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)......................................................................................................279 How to order manuals and other technical literature. Index...................................................................................................................................................... I Service Information Summary A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.



Introduction

As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a information is intended to help you avoid damage to your Honda, other property, or the environment.

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NOTICE

Congratulations ! Your selection of a 2000 Honda Prelude was a wise investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure.

One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Honda is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner's manual in your car so you can refer to it at any time.

Several warranties protect your new Honda. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities.

Maintaining your car according to the schedules given in this manual helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your car needs maintenance, keep in mind that your Honda dealer's staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your Honda. Your Honda dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns.

Main Menust A Few Words About Safety

Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this car safely is an important responsibility.

To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others.

Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all the hazards associated with operating or maintaining your car. You must use your own good judgement.

You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including:

Safety Labels — on the car. Safety Messages — preceded by a safety alert symbol

three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION. These signal words mean:

and one of

You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don't follow instructions.

You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don't follow instructions.

You CAN be HURT if you don't follow instructions.

Safety Headings — such as Important Safety Reminders or Important

Safety Precautions.

Safety Section — such as Driver and Passenger Safety. Instructions — how to use this car correctly and safely.

This entire book is filled with important safety information — please read it carefully.

Main Menust Your Car at a Glance

DOOR LOCK SWITCHES (P.74)

DIGITAL CLOCK (P.90)

MIRROR CONTROLS (P.88)

POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.85)

FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE (P.127)

TRUNK RELEASE HANDLE (P.78)

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.128)

HEATING/ COOLING CONTROLS (P.98)

AUDIO SYSTEM (P.106)

Main Menust Your Car at a Glance

CRUISE CONTROL (P. 67)

INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P. 63)

HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS (P. 65)

WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P. 64)

MOONROOF (P. 87)

HEADLIGHTS/ TURN SIGNALS (P. 62)

TILT ADJUSTMENT (P. 66)

HORN BUTTONS

REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P. 65)

Main Menust This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers. It shows you how to use seat belts properly. It explains your Supple- mental Restraint System. And it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your car.

Important Safety Precautions .......... 6 Your Car's Safety Features .............. 7 Seat Belts........................................8

Airbags............................................ 9 Seats & Seat-Backs...................... 10 Head Restraints........................... 10 Door Locks................................... 11 Pre-Drive Safety Checklist......... 11 Protecting Adults............................. 12 1. Close and Lock the Doors...... 12 2. Adjust the Front Seats............ 13 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs............. 14 4. Adjust the Head Restraints.... 15 5. Fasten and Position the Seat

Belts...................................... 16 6. Adjust the Steering Wheel..... 17 7. Maintain a Proper Sitting

Position................................. 18 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 19 Additional Safety Precautions.... 19 Protecting Children......................... 21

All Children Must Be

Restrained................................ 21

Children Should Sit in the Back

Seat............................................22

The Passenger's Airbag Poses

Serious Risks to Children....... 22

If You Must Drive with Several

Children.................................... 24

Driver and Passenger Safety

If a Child Requires Close

Attention...................................24 Additional Safety Precaution...... 24 General Guidelines for Using

Child Seats................................25 Protecting Infants........................ 29 Protecting Small Children.......... 33 Protecting Larger Children........ 36 Using Child Seats with

Tethers......................................40

Additional Information About Your

Seat Belts.................................. 42 Seat Belt System Components... 42 Lap/Shoulder Belt....................... 42 Seat Belt Maintenance................ 44

Additional Information About Your

SRS............................................45 SRS Components......................... 45 How Your Airbags Work............ 45 How the SRS Indicator Light

Works........................................47 SRS Service................................... 47 Additional Safety Precautions.... 48 Carbon Monoxide Hazard.............. 49 Safety Labels.................................... 50

Driver and Passenger Safety

Main Menust Important Safety Precautions

Be Aware of Airbag Hazards While airbags can save lives, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants who sit too close to them, or are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, and short adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual. (See page

7.)

Don't Drink and Drive Alcohol and driving don't mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. So don't drink and drive, and don't let your friends drink and drive, either.

Control Your Speed Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher the speed the greater the risk, but serious accidents can also occur at lower speeds. Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum speed posted.

Keep Your Car in Safe Condition Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous. To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and condition frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance. (See page 170.)

You'll find many safety recommendations throughout this section, and throughout this manual. The recommendations on this page are the ones we consider to be the most important.

Always Wear Your Seat Belt A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags supplement seat belts, but airbags are designed to inflate only in a moderate to severe frontal collision. So even though your car is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly. (See page 16.)

Restrain All Children Children are safest when they are properly restrained in the back seat, not the front seat. A child who is too small for a seat belt must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. (See page 21.)

Driver and Passenger Safety

Main MenuTable of Contentsst Your Car's Safety Features

Your car is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash.

Some safety features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment; front and rear crush zones that are designed to crumple and absorb energy during a crash; and a collapsible steering column.

These safety features are designed to reduce the severity of injuries in a crash. However, you and your passengers can't take full advantage of these safety features unless you remain sitting in a proper position and always wear your seat belts properly. In fact, some safety features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly.

Driver and Passenger Safety

(1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zones (3) Seats & Seat-Backs (4) Head Restraints (5) Collapsible Steering Column (6) Seat Belts (7) Airbags (8) Door Locks

Main MenuTable of Contentsst Your Car's Safety Features

Seat Belts For your safety, and the safety of your passengers, your car is equipped with seat belts in all seating positions.

Your seat belt system also includes a light on the

instrument panel to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts.

Why Wear Seat Belts Seat belts are the single most effective safety device for adults and larger children. (Infants and smaller children must be properly restrained in child seats.)

Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your car has airbags.

Driver and Passenger Safety

In addition, most states and all Canadian provinces require you to wear seat belts.

Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even if you have airbags.

Be sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts and wear them properly.

When properly worn, seat belts:

Keep you connected to the vehicle so you can take advantage of the car's built-in safety features.

Help protect you in almost every type of crash, including side and rear impacts and rollovers. (Your airbag can only be helpful in a moderate to severe frontal

collision.)

Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the vehicle and against other occupants.

Keep you from being thrown out of the vehicle.

Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy. A good position reduces the risk of injury from an inflating airbag, and allows you to get the best advantage from the airbag.

Of course, seat belts cannot completely protect you in every crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your risk of serious injury.

What you should do: Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly.

Main MenuTable of Contentsst The most important things you need to know about your airbags are:

Airbags do not replace seat belts. The seat belts are the occupants' primary protection in all types of collisions. The airbags supplement the seat belts by providing extra protection for the head and chest of each front seat occupant in a moderate to severe frontal collision.

Airbags offer no protection in side impacts, rear impacts, rollovers, or minor collisions. Airbags are designed to deploy only during a moderate to severe frontal collision.

Your Car's Safety Features

Airbags can pose serious hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force and

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