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2012 Ridgeline Owner’s Manual (Unlinked)

This document does not contain hyperlinks and may be formatted for printing instead of web use. This is due to changes in content and specifications of the vehicle that happen throughout the model year. This manual will be replaced with a hyperlinked version at the end of the model year.

© 2011 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. - All Rights Reserved

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Owner’s Identification

OWNER

ADDRESS

STREET

CITY

STATE/PROVINCE/TERRITORY

V. I. N.

DELIVERY DATE

DEALER NAME

ADDRESS

(Date sold to original retail purchaser)

DEALER NO.

STREET

ZIP CODE/

POSTAL CODE

CITY

STATE/PROVINCE/TERRITORY

OWNER’S SIGNATURE

DEALER’S SIGNATURE

ZIP CODE/

POSTAL CODE

This owner’s manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle and should remain with the vehicle when it is sold.

This owner’s manual covers all models of the Ridgeline. You may find descriptions of equipment and features that are not on your particular model.

Images throughout this owner’s manual (including the front cover) represent features and equipment that are available on some, but not all, models. Your particular model may not have some of these features.

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 whatsoever.

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Congratulations! Your selection of a 2012 Honda Ridgeline was a wise investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure.

One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle 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 vehicle so you can refer to it at any time.

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

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 vehicle, other property, or the environment.

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Maintaining your vehicle according to the Maintenance Minder the instrument panel helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your dealer’s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your vehicle. Your dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns.

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Introduction

Event Data Recorders This vehicle is equipped with an event data recorder (EDR). The main purpose of an EDR is to record, in certain crash or near crash-like situations, such as an air bag deployment or hitting a road obstacle, data that will assist in understanding how a vehicle’s systems performed. The EDR is designed to record data related to vehicle dynamics and safety systems for a short period of time, typically 30 seconds or less. The EDR in this vehicle is designed to record such data as:

How various systems in your vehicle were operating; Whether or not the driver and passenger safety belts were buckled/fastened; How far (if at all) the driver was depressing the accelerator and/or brake pedal; and, How fast the vehicle was traveling.

These data can help provide a better understanding of the circumstances in which crashes and injuries occur. NOTE: EDR data are recorded by your vehicle only if a non-trivial crash situation occurs; no data are recorded by the EDR under normal driving conditions and no personal data (e.g., name, gender, age, and crash location) are recorded. However, other parties, such as law enforcement, could combine the EDR data with the type of personally identifying data routinely acquired during a crash investigation.

To read data recorded by an EDR, special equipment is required, and access to the vehicle or the EDR is needed. In addition to the vehicle manufacturer, other parties, such as law enforcement, that have the special equipment, can read the information if they have access to the vehicle or the EDR.

The data belongs to the vehicle owner and may not be accessed by anyone else except as legally required or with the permission of the vehicle owner.

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Introduction

California Proposition 65 Warning

WARNING: defects or other reproductive harm.

This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth

Service Diagnostic Recorders This vehicle is equipped with service-related devices that record information about powertrain performance. The data can be used to verify emissions law requirements and/or help technicians diagnose and solve service problems. It may also be combined with data from other sources for research purposes, but it remains confidential.

California Perchlorate Contamination Prevention Act The airbags, seat belt tensioners, and CR type batteries in this vehicle may contain perchlorate materials handling may apply. See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate/



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A Few Words About Safety

Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this vehicle 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 vehicle. You must use your own good judgement.

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

Safety Labels − Safety Messages

on the vehicle. − three signal words: These signal words mean:

,

preceded by a safety alert symbol DANGER WARNING

, or

. CAUTION

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

− Safety Precautions.

such as Important Safety Reminders or Important

Safety Section Instructions −

such as Driver and Passenger Safety.

− how to use this vehicle correctly and safely.

This entire book is filled with important safety information carefully.



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Important Handling Information

Your vehicle has higher ground clearance than a passenger vehicle designed for use only on pavement. Higher ground clearance has many advantages for off-highway driving. It allows you to travel over bumps, obstacles, and rough terrain. It also provides good visibility so you can anticipate problems earlier. Your vehicle also has a relatively short wheelbase, allowing it to respond quicker to the steering wheel than other vehicles with a longer wheelbase.

In addition to these characteristics, your vehicle’s pickup bed area allows you to carry more cargo and has the dual- action tailgate to handle the items easily.

These advantages come at some cost. Because your vehicle is taller and rides higher off the ground, it has a high center of gravity. This means your vehicle can tip or roll over if you make abrupt turns. Utility vehicles have a significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. In a rollover crash, an unbelted person is significantly more likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt. As a reminder, make sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts.

Overloading or improperly loading cargo could affect your handling and the vehicle’s stability, and could result in a crash. Make sure the cargo is properly loaded and all items are secured in the pickup bed area.

For information on how to reduce the risk of rollover, read ‘‘Driving Guidelines’’ on page Off-HighwayDrivingGuidelines control, a crash, or rollover.

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. Failure to operate your vehicle correctly might result in loss of

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Contents

Your Vehicle at a Glance

(main controls)

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. 3

Driver and Passenger Safety

(seat belts, SRS, and child protection)

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. 5

Instruments and Controls

(indicators, gauges, multi-information display, dashboard, and steering column)

.......

. 59

Features

(

) climate control, audio, steering wheel, security, cruise control, HomeLink , and other convenience items

..............

. 145

Before Driving

(fuel, vehicle break-in, and cargo loading)

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. 247

Driving

(engine and transmission operation)

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. 269

Maintenance

(minder, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage)

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. 313

Taking Care of the Unexpected

(flat tire, jump starting, overheating, and fuses)

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. 361

Technical Information

(vehicle specifications, tires, and emissions controls)

..............................................

. 387

Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada only)

(warranty and contact information)

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. 405

Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)

(how to order)

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. 409

Index

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Service Information Summary

(fluid capacities and tire pressures)

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Overview of Contents

Contents A convenient reference to the sections in this manual.

Your Vehicle at a Glance A quick reference to the main controls in your vehicle.

Driver and Passenger Safety Important information about the proper use and care of your vehicle’s seat belts, an overview of the supplemental restraint system, and valuable information on how to protect children with child restraints.

Instruments and Controls Explains the purpose of each instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use the controls on the dashboard and steering column.

Features How to operate the heating and air conditioning system, the audio system, and other convenience features. 2

Before Driving What gasoline to use, how to break- in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo.

Driving The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park; plus what you need to know if you’re planning to tow a trailer.

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Maintenance The Maintenance Minder you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer for maintenance service. There is also a list of things to check and instructions on how to check them.

Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and details how to handle them.

Technical Information ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.

Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada only) A summary of the warranties covering your new vehicle, and how to contact us for any reason. Refer to your warranty manual for detailed information.

Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) How to order manuals and other technical literature.

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