Acura CL (2003 year). Instruction — page 12

Although Virtual Advisor can
provide information on many
subjects, you can set up a
customized profile with OnStar that
makes it easier to get information
about areas that are of specific
interest to you. To do this, you must
go to the OnStar web site, www.
onstar.com. This is a secure site; you
will need your account number and
PIN to access your account
information and to design your
customized profile.

If you do not have Internet access, a
default profile can be set up for you.

To use the Virtual Advisor from your
vehicle:

Press the DOT button.
OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’
Say ‘‘Virtual Advisor.’’

The system will connect you to the
Virtual Advisor. The Virtual Advisor
will prompt you for the information
you desire.

If you would like to hear a list of
voice commands that are available,
say ‘‘Help.’’ OnStar is continually
upgrading the system, and new
commands become available.

To purchase more

units of cellular air time:

Press the DOT button.
OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’
Say ‘‘Units.’’
OnStar will respond with ‘‘Verify
or add.’’
Say ‘‘Add.’’
OnStar will connect you to an
advisor to handle your purchase.

You can also call OnStar at (888) 4-
ONSTAR, or get information about
your account at the OnStar web site,
www.onstar.com.

When you subscribe to Personal
Calling, you can also enjoy the
benefits of Virtual Advisor. This
feature lets you hear information in
your vehicle about weather, sports,
news, and stocks. It is even possible
to have your e-mail read to you.

OnStar Virtual Advisor

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You make up and provide your
Personal Identification Number
(PIN) when you establish your
account with OnStar. You should
write down your PIN and keep it
with you at all times.

You can change your PIN at any time.
Contact the OnStar advisor by
pressing the OnStar button, or by
calling (888) 4-ONSTAR.

If you forget your PIN, contact the
OnStar advisor. For security reasons,
your PIN will be mailed to you.

OnStar uses the Global Positioning
System (GPS) to locate your vehicle
for functions such as route guidance
and roadside assistance. GPS is
affected by structures that can
obstruct the signal, such as tunnels,
parking structures, and tall buildings.
It may not be possible for OnStar to
pinpoint your location if you are in or
near such structures.

OnStar uses cellular technology to
communicate with your vehicle.
Cellular coverage varies by location,
which may affect the ability to
establish a connection, or the quality
of the connection.

When you turn off your vehicle’s
ignition, the OnStar system goes into
low-power mode. After 48 hours, it
switches to sleep mode to conserve
your vehicle’s battery power.
Features such as remote door
unlocking and misplaced vehicle
assistance will not work after your
vehicle has been parked for more
that 48 hours.

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Before you begin driving your Acura,
you should know what gasoline to
use, and how to check the levels of
important fluids. You also need to
know how to properly store luggage
or packages. The information in this
section will help you. If you plan to
add any accessories to your car,
please read the information in this
section first.

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Gasoline

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Service Station Procedures

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Filling the Fuel Tank

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Opening the Hood

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Oil Check

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Engine Coolant Check

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Fuel Economy

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Car Condition

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Driving Habits

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Accessories and Modifications .

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During this period:

Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid
acceleration.

Avoid hard braking. New brakes
need to be broken-in by moderate
use for the first 200 miles (300
km).

Your Acura is designed to operate on
premium unleaded gasoline with a
pump octane number of 91 or higher.

In Canada, some gasolines contain
an octane-enhancing additive called
MMT. If you use such gasolines,
your emissions control system
performance may deteriorate and
the Malfunction Indicator Lamp on
your instrument panel may turn on.
If this happens, contact your
authorized Acura dealer for service.

Help assure your car’s future
reliability and performance by paying
extra attention to how you drive
during the first 600 miles (1,000 km).

Use of a lower octane gasoline can
cause occasional metallic knocking
noises in the engine and will result in
decreased engine performance.

We recommend gasolines containing
detergent additives that help prevent
fuel system and engine deposits.

Using gasoline containing lead will
damage your car’s emissions
controls. This contributes to air
pollution.

Do not change the oil until the
recommended time or mileage
interval shown in the maintenance
schedule.

You should follow these same re-
commendations with an overhauled
or exchanged engine, or when the
brakes are relined.

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Open the fuel fill door by pulling
on the handle to the left of the
driver’s seat.

Remove the fuel fill cap slowly.
You may hear a hissing sound as
pressure inside the tank escapes.
Place the cap in the holder on the
fuel fill door.

Stop filling the tank after the fuel
nozzle automatically clicks off. Do
not try to ‘‘top off’’ the tank, leave
some room for the fuel to expand
with temperature changes.

Because the fuel fill cap is on the
driver’s side of the car, park with
that side closest to the service
station pumps.

Your car has an on-board refueling
vapor recovery system to help
keep fuel vapors from going into
the atmosphere. If the fuel nozzle
keeps clicking off even though the
tank is not full, there may be a
problem with this system. Consult
your dealer.

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Gasoline is highly flammable
and explosive. You can be
burned or seriously injured
when handling fuel.

Stop the engine and keep
heat, sparks, and flame away.
Handle fuel only outdoors.
Wipe up spills immediately.

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Shift to Park or Neutral and set
the parking brake. Pull the hood
release handle located under the
lower left corner of the dashboard.
The hood will pop up slightly.

Screw the fuel fill cap back on,
tighten it until it clicks several
times. If you do not properly
tighten the cap, the Malfunction
Indicator Lamp may come on (see
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Push the fuel fill door closed until
it latches.

Standing in front of the car, reach
in between the hood and the front
bumper with your finger. The
hood latch handle is under the ‘‘A’’
logo. Slide the latch handle to the
right.

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If you can open the hood without
sliding the hood latch handle, or the
hood latch handle moves stiffly or
does not spring back as before, the
mechanism should be cleaned and
lubricated (see page

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Check the engine oil level every time
you fill the car with fuel. Wait a few
minutes after turning the engine off
before you check the oil.

Remove the dipstick (orange
handle).

Lift the hood up most of the way.
The hydraulic supports will lift it
up the rest of the way and hold it
up.

To close the hood, lower it to about a
foot (30 cm) above the fender, then
press down firmly with your hands.
After closing the hood, make sure it
is securely latched.

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Remove the dipstick again and
check the level. It should be
between the upper and lower
marks.

If it is near or below the lower mark,
see

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Insert it all the way back in its tube.

Wipe the dipstick with a clean
cloth or paper towel.

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Look at the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is
between the MAX and MIN lines. If
it is below the MIN line, see

on page

for

information on adding the proper
coolant.

Refer to

on page

for information

on checking other items in your
Acura.

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A cold engine uses more fuel than a
warm engine. It is not necessary to
‘‘warm-up’’ a cold engine by letting it
idle for a long time. You can drive
away in about a minute, no matter
how cold it is outside. The engine
will warm up faster, and you get
better fuel economy. To cut down on
the number of ‘‘cold starts,’’ try to
combine several short trips into one.

You can improve fuel economy by
driving moderately. Rapid acceler-
ation, abrupt cornering, and hard
braking use more fuel.

Always drive in the highest gear that
allows the engine to run and acceler-
ate smoothly.

An important part of that mainte-
nance is the

(see page

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example, an underinflated tire
causes more ‘‘rolling resistance,’’
which uses fuel. It also wears out
faster, so check the tire pressure at
least monthly.

The air conditioning puts an extra
load on the engine which makes it
use more fuel. Turn off the A/C or
set the climate control to a higher
temperature to cut down on air
conditioning use. Use the flow-
through ventilation when the outside
air temperature is moderate.

The condition of your car and your
driving habits are the two most
important things that affect the fuel
mileage you get.

Always maintain your car according
to the maintenance schedule. This
will keep it in top operating condition.

In winter, the build-up of snow on
your car’s underside adds weight and
rolling resistance. Frequent cleaning
helps your fuel mileage and reduces
the chance of corrosion.

Depending on traffic conditions, try
to maintain a constant speed. Every
time you slow down and speed up,
your car uses extra fuel. Use the
cruise control, when appropriate, to
increase fuel economy.

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Modifying your car, or installing
some non-Acura accessories, can
make your car unsafe. Before you
make any modifications or add any
accessories, be sure to read the
following information.

Your dealer has Acura accessories
that allow you to personalize your car.
These accessories have been
designed and approved for your car,
and are covered by warranty.

Non-Acura accessories are usually
designed for universal applications.
Although aftermarket accessories
may fit on your car, they may not
meet factory specifications, and
could adversely affect your car’s
handling and stability. (See
‘‘Modifications’’ on page

for

additional information.)

When properly installed, cellular
phones, alarms, two-way radios, and
low-powered audio systems should
not interfere with your car’s
computer-controlled systems, such
as the SRS and anti-lock brake
system.

If possible, have your dealer inspect
the final installation.

Have the installer contact your
Acura dealer for assistance before
installing any electronic accessory.

Be sure electronic accessories do
not overload electrical circuits
(see page

).

Make sure the accessory does not
obscure any lights, or interfere
with proper car operation or
performance.

Before installing any accessory:

However, if electronic accessories
are improperly installed, or exceed
your car’s electrical system capacity,
they can interfere with the operation
of your car, or even cause the
airbags to deploy.

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Improper accessories or
modifications can affect your
car’s handling, stability and
performance, and cause a
crash in which you can be hurt
or killed.

Follow all instructions in this
owner’s manual regarding
accessories and modifications.

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Covering the outside edge of a
front seat-back, with a non-Acura
seat cover for example, could
prevent the airbag from inflating
properly.

If a side airbag

inflates, a cup holder or other hard
object attached on or near the
door could be propelled inside the
car and hurt someone.

Removing parts from your vehicle,
or replacing components with non-
Acura (aftermarket) components
could seriously affect your vehicle’s
handling, stability, and reliability.

Some examples are:

Lowering the vehicle with an
aftermarket suspension kit that
significantly reduces ground
clearance can allow the
undercarriage to impact speed
bumps or other raised objects,
which could cause the airbags to
deploy.

Raising the vehicle with an
aftermarket suspension kit can
affect the handling and stability.

Aftermarket wheels, because they
are a universal design, can cause
excessive stress on suspension
components.

Any object

attached to or placed on the covers
marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG,’’ in the
center of the steering wheel and
on top of the dashboard, could
interfere with the proper operation
of the airbags. Or, if the airbags
inflate, the objects could be
propelled inside the car and hurt
someone.

Do not modify your steering wheel
or any other part of your
Supplemental Restraint System.
Modifications could make the
system ineffective.

Larger or smaller wheels and tires
can interfere with the operation of
your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes and
other systems.

If you plan to modify your vehicle,
consult with your Acura dealer.

Modif ications

Additional Saf ety Precautions

Do not place any objects over the
outside edge of a f ront seat-back.

Do not attach hard objects on or
near a door.

Do not attach or place objects on
the f ront airbag covers.

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Your car has several convenient
storage areas so you can stow cargo
safely.

The glove box, and the pockets in
the doors and seat-backs, are
designed for small, lightweight items.
The trunk is intended for larger,
heavier items.
In addition, the trunk pass-through
allows you to carry longer items.

However, carrying too much cargo,
or improperly storing it, can affect
your car’s handling, stability, and
operation and make it unsafe. Before
carrying any type of cargo, be sure to
read the following pages.

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Store or secure all items that could
be thrown around and hurt
someone during a crash.

Be sure items placed on the floor
behind the front seats cannot roll
under the seats and interfere with
the driver’s ability to operate the
pedals, or with the proper
operation of the seats.

Keep the glove box closed while
driving. If the lid is open, a
passenger could injure their knees
during a crash or sudden stop.

Do not put any items on top of the
rear shelf. They can block your
view and be thrown around the car
during a crash.

The final number is the total weight
of cargo you can carry.

If you are towing a trailer, add the
tongue weight to the number
above.

Add up the weight of all occupants.

To figure out how much cargo you
can carry:

This figure includes the total weight
of all occupants, cargo, accessories,
and the tongue weight if you are
towing a trailer.

The maximum load for your car is
700 lbs (325 kg).

Subtract the total from 700 lbs
(325 kg).

Carrying Items in the Passenger
Compartment

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Overloading or improper
loading can affect handling and
stability and cause a crash in
which you can be hurt or killed.

Follow all load limits and other
loading guidelines in this
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If you carry large items that
prevent you from closing the trunk
lid, exhaust gas can enter the
passenger area. To avoid the
possibility of carbon monoxide
poisoning, follow the instructions
on page

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Distribute cargo evenly on the
floor of the trunk, placing the
heaviest items on the bottom and
as far forward as possible.

If you can carry any items on a
roof rack, be sure the total weight
of the rack and the items does not
exceed the maximum allowable
weight. Please contact your Acura
dealer for further information.

The cargo net can be used to help
hold down items stored in the trunk.
To use the cargo net, hook it to the
buttons on the floor and sides of the
trunk. You can use the cargo net in
several configurations by hooking it
to different buttons.

When you are not using the cargo
net, store it in the pocket in the left
side of the trunk.

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