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S2000 2001 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................................................................................................................. 41 Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls. Comfort and Convenience Features .............................................................................................. 85 How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving..................................................................................................................................115 What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving ..............................................................................................................................................129 The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer. Maintenance.....................................................................................................................................143 The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer. Appearance Care..............................................................................................................................203 Tips on cleaning and protecting your vehicle. Things to look for if your vehicle ever needs body repairs. Taking Care of the Unexpected......................................................................................................213 This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them. Technical Information.....................................................................................................................243 ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada)................................................................257 A summary of the warranties covering your new Acura, and how to contact us. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)......................................................................................................263 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

NOTICE

As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a information is intended to help you avoid damage to your S2000, other property, or the environment.

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Congratulations on your selection of the 2001 Honda S2000. We are certain you will be pleased with your purchase of one of the most sophisticated and technologically-advanced sports cars in the world.

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.

California Proposition 65 Warning

WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

stMain Menu 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.

stMain Menu Your Car at a Glance

HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNAL SWITCH (P.51)

WINDSHIELD WIPER CONTROLS (P.53)

HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING (P.86)

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.118)

DOOR LOCK SWITCH (P.62)

POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.70)

MIRROR CONTROLS (P.80)

AUDIO SYSTEM (P.94)

ROOF SWITCH (P.73)

HAZARD WARNING SWITCH (P.80)

stMain Menu REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS (P.113)

INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.52)

ENGINE START BUTTON (P.131)

HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS (P.51)

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.118)

CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH (P.55)

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Your Car at a Glance

WINDSHIELD WIPERS/ WASHERS (P.53)

stMain Menus This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passenger. It shows you how to use seat belts properly. It explains your Supple- mental Restraint System. And it tells you how to properly restrain 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................................... 10 Pre-Drive Safety Checklist......... 11 Protecting Adults............................. 12 1. Close and Lock the Doors...... 12 2. Adjust the Front Seats............ 12 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs............. 13 4. Fasten and Position the Seat

Belts...................................... 15

5. Maintain a Proper Sitting

Position................................. 16 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 17 Additional Safety Precautions.... 18 Protecting Children......................... 19

All Children Must Be

Restrained................................ 19

Your Car is Not Recommended

for Child Passengers............... 20

The Passenger's Airbag Poses

Serious Risks to Children....... 20 Additional Safety Precaution...... 22

Driver and Passenger Safety

General Guidelines for Using

Child Seats............................. 22 Protecting Small Children.......... 26 Protecting Larger Children........ 29

Additional Information About Your

Seat Belts.................................. 33 Seat Belt System Components... 33 Lap/Shoulder Belt....................... 33 Seat Belt Maintenance................ 34

Additional Information About Your

SRS........................................... 35 SRS Components......................... 35 How Your Airbags Work............ 35 How the Automatic Seat Belt

Tensioners Work..................... 37

How the SRS Indicator Light

Works....................................... 37 SRS Service.................................. 38 Additional Safety Precautions.... 38 Carbon Monoxide Hazard.............. 39 Safety Labels.................................... 40

Driver and Passenger Safety

stMain Menu Important Safety Precautions

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 passenger always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly. (See page 15).

Your Car is Not Recommended for Child Passengers Since all children are safest in the back seat of a car, and your car does not have a back seat, we recommend that you do not carry a child passenger. Due to the passenger's

Driver and Passenger Safety

airbag hazard, you should never carry an infant in a rear-facing child seat in this car. If a small child who must be restrained in a forward- facing child seat, or a larger child, must ride in this car, be sure to follow all instructions and safety warnings in this manual. (See pages 26 and 29.)

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 146.)

stMain MenuTable of Contents Your Car's Safety Features

Your car is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passenger 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; a collapsible steering column; and seat belt tensioners that automatically tighten the seat belts in the event of a crash. These safety features are designed to reduce the severity of injuries in a crash. However, you and your passenger 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) Seat Belt Tensioners (8) Airbags (9) Door Locks

tMain MenuTable of Contentss Your Car's Safety Features

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

Your seat belt system also includes a light on the

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

Why Wear Seat Belts Seat belts have proven to be the single most effective safety device.

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 passenger 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 vehicle'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.

tMain MenuTable of Contentss 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. Airbags supplement seat belts by providing extra protection for occupants' heads and chests.

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 speed. So while airbags save lives, they can cause serious injuries to adults and larger children who are not wearing seat belts, are not wearing them properly, are sitting too close to the airbag, or are not

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