Acura CL (2003 year). Instruction — page 19

You should use a quality liquid or
paste wax. Apply it according to the
instructions on the container. In
general, there are two types of
products:

Waxes

A wax coats the finish and

protects it from damage by exposure
to sunlight, air pollution, etc. You
should use a wax on your Acura
when it is new.

Polishes

Polishes and cleaner/

waxes can restore the shine to paint
that has oxidized and lost some of its
shine. They normally contain mild
abrasives and solvents that remove
the top layer of the finish. You

should use a polish on your Acura if
the finish does not have its original
shine after using a wax.

Clean your Acura’s aluminum alloy
wheels as you do the rest of the
exterior. Wash them with the same
solution, and rinse them thoroughly.

The wheels have a protective clear-
coat that keeps the aluminum from
corroding and tarnishing. Using
harsh chemicals, including some
commercial wheel cleaners, or stiff
brushes can damage this clear-coat.
Only use a mild detergent and soft
brush or sponge to clean the wheels.

Always wash and dry the whole car
before waxing it. You should wax
your car, including the metal trim,
whenever water sits on the surface
in large patches. It should form into
beads or droplets after waxing.

Cleaning tar, insects, etc. with
removers also takes off the wax.
Remember to re-wax those areas,
even if the rest of the car does not
need waxing.

Inspect your car frequently for chips
or scratches in the paint. Repair
them right away to prevent corrosion
of the metal underneath. Use the
touch-up paint only on small chips
and scratches. More extensive paint
damage should be repaired by a
professional.

Your dealer has touch-up paint to
match your car’s color. The color
code is printed on a sticker on the
driver’s doorjamb. Take this code to
your dealer so you are sure to get
the correct color.

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Vacuum the carpeting frequently to
remove dirt. Ground-in dirt will make
the carpet wear out faster.
Periodically shampoo the carpet to
keep it looking new. Use one of the
foam-type carpet cleaners on the
market. Follow the instructions that
come with the cleaner, applying it
with a sponge or soft brush. Keep
the carpeting as dry as possible by
not adding water to the foam.

The Acura driver’s floor mat that
came with your car was designed to
be hooked over the floor mat anchor.
This keeps the floor mat from sliding
forward and possibly interfering with
the pedals.

If you remove the floor mat, make
sure to re-anchor it when you put it
back in your car.

If you replace it, use an Acura floor
mat that is designed to be used with
the floor mat anchor in your car.

If you use a non-Acura floor mat in
the driver’s footwell, make sure it
fits properly and that it can be used
with the floor mat anchor.

Do not put additional floor mats on
top of the anchored mat, otherwise
the additional mats may slide
forward and interfere with the pedals.

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If your seat belts get dirty, you can
use a soft brush with a mixture of
mild soap and warm water to clean
them. Do not use bleach, dye, or
cleaning solvents. They can weaken
the belt material. Let the belts air-
dry before you use the car.

Vacuum dirt and dust out of the
material frequently. For general
cleaning, use a solution of mild soap
and lukewarm water, letting it air dry.
To clean off stubborn spots, use a
commercially-available fabric cleaner.
Test it on a hidden area of the fabric
first, to make sure it does not bleach
or stain the fabric. Follow the
instructions that come with the
cleaner.

Remove dirt and dust with a vacuum
cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a soft
cloth dampened in a solution of mild
soap and water. Use the same
solution with a soft-bristle brush on
more difficult spots. You can also use
commercially-available spray or
foam-type vinyl cleaners.

Vacuum dirt and dust from the
leather frequently. Pay particular
attention to the pleats and seams.
Clean the leather with a soft cloth
dampened with clear water, then
buff it with a clean, dry cloth. If
further cleaning is needed, use a
soap specifically for leather, such as
saddle soap. Apply this soap with a
damp, soft cloth. Wipe down and
buff as described above.

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Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat
belt anchors can cause the belts to
retract slowly. Wipe the insides of
the loops with a clean cloth
dampened in mild soap and warm
water or isopropyl alcohol.

Clean the windows, inside and out,
with a commercially-available glass
cleaner. You can also use a mixture
of one part white vinegar to ten parts
water. This will remove the haze that
builds up on the inside of the
windows. Use a soft cloth or paper
towels to clean all glass and clear
plastic surfaces.

If you use a liquid air freshener,
make sure you fasten it securely so it
does not spill as you drive.

Clean the wood trim with a soft cloth
dipped in clear water and wipe it dry
with another soft cloth. Soap may
leave a film that dulls the finish.

If you want to use an air freshener/
deodorizer in the interior of your car,
it is best to use a solid type. Some
liquid air fresheners contain chemi-
cals that may cause parts of the
interior trim and fabric to crack or
discolor.

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The rear window def ogger and
antenna wires are bonded to the inside
of the glass. Wiping vigorously up-and-
down can dislodge and break these
wires. When cleaning the rear window,
use gentle pressure and wipe side-to-
side.

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Repair chips and scratches in the
paint as soon as you discover them.

Inspect and clean out the drain
holes in the bottom of the doors
and body.

Check the floor coverings for
dampness. Carpeting and floor
mats may remain damp for a long
time, especially in winter. This
dampness can eventually cause
the floor panels to corrode.

Two factors normally contribute to
causing corrosion in your car:

Many corrosion-preventive measures
are built into your Acura. You can
help keep your car from corroding
by performing some simple periodic
maintenance:

Use a high-pressure spray to clean
the underside of your car. This is
especially important in areas that
use road salt in winter. It is also a
good idea in humid climates and
areas subject to salt air. Be careful
of the ABS wheel sensors and
wiring at each wheel.

Have the corrosion-preventive
coatings on the underside of your
car inspected and repaired
periodically.

Removal of paint and protective
coatings from the exterior and
underside of the car.

Moisture trapped in body cavities.
Dirt and road salt that collects in
hollows on the underside of the
car stays damp, promoting
corrosion in that area.

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Make sure the repair facility uses
Acura replacement body parts. Some
companies make sheet metal pieces
that seem to duplicate the original
Acura body parts, but are actually
inferior in fit, finish, and corrosion
resistance. Once installed, they do
not give the same high-quality
appearance.

Take your car to your authorized
Acura dealer for inspection after the
repairs are completed. Your dealer
can make sure that quality materials
were used, and that corrosion-
preventive coatings were applied to
all repaired and replaced parts.

When reporting your collision to the
insurance company, tell them you
want Acura parts used in the repair.
Although most insurers recognize
the quality of original parts, some
may try to specify that the repairs be
done with other available parts. You
should investigate this before any
repairs have begun.

Body repairs can affect your car’s
resistance to corrosion. If your car
needs repairs after a collision, pay
close attention to the parts used in
the repair and the quality of the
work.

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This section covers the more-
common problems that motorists
experience with their vehicles. It
gives you information about how to
safely evaluate the problem and what
to do to correct it. If the problem has
stranded you on the side of the road,
you may be able to get going again.
If not, you will also find instructions
on getting your car towed.

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The compact spare tire has a shorter
tread life than a regular tire. Replace
it when you can see the tread wear
indicator bars. The replacement
should be the same size and design
tire, mounted on the same wheel.
The compact spare tire is not
designed to be mounted on a regular
wheel, and the compact wheel is not
designed for mounting a regular tire.

Check the inflation pressure of the
compact spare tire every time you
check the other tires. It should be
inflated to:

Your car has a compact spare tire
that takes up less space. Use this
spare tire as a temporary replace-
ment only. Get your regular tire
repaired or replaced and put it back
on your car as soon as you can.

Follow these precautions whenever
you are using the compact spare tire:

Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h)
under any circumstances.

This tire gives a harsher ride and
less traction on some road sur-
faces than the regular tire. Use
greater caution while driving on
this tire.

Do not mount snow chains on the

compact spare.

The wheel of the compact spare
tire is designed especially to fit
your car. Do not use your spare
tire on another vehicle unless it is
the same make and model.

Turn off the Traction Control
System (see page

). Driving

with the compact spare tire may
activate the TCS.

Turn off the VSA system (see
page

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Driving with the compact spare
tire may activate the VSA system.

Do not drive with the compact
spare tire mounted on the front
wheels for a long period; it will
damage the Limited Slip
Differential.

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If you have a flat tire while driving,
stop in a safe place to change it.
Stopping in traffic or on the shoulder
of a busy road is dangerous. Drive
slowly along the shoulder until you
get to an exit or an area to stop that
is far away from the traffic lanes.

Turn on the hazard warning lights
and turn the ignition switch to
LOCK (0). Have all the
passengers get out of the car while
you change the tire.

The tools are in the tool box on
the right side of the trunk. Take
the tools out of the tool box.

Unscrew the wing bolt and take
the spare tire out of its well.

Park the car on firm, level and
non-slippery ground away from
traffic. Put the transmission in
Park (automatic) or Reverse
(manual). Apply the parking brake.

Open the trunk. Raise the trunk
floor by pulling up on the handle.
To keep the floor out of the way,
hook the handle over the edge of
the trunk opening.

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The car can easily roll off the
jack, seriously injuring anyone
underneath.

Follow the directions for
changing a tire exactly, and
never get under the car when it
is supported only by the jack.

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Loosen the five wheel nuts 1/2
turn with the wheel wrench.

Turn the jack’s end bracket
counterclockwise to loosen it, then
remove the jack.

The jack is behind a cover in the
right fender. Remove the cover by
turning the handle counterclock-
wise, then pulling on the cover.

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Remove the wheel nuts and flat
tire. Temporarily place the flat tire
on the ground with the outside
surface of the wheel facing up.
You could scratch the wheel if you
put it face down.

Use the extension and wheel
wrench as shown to raise the
vehicle until the flat tire is off the
ground.

Locate the jacking point nearest
the tire you need to change. It is
pointed to by a

mark molded

into the underside of the body.
Place the jack under the jacking
point. Turn the end bracket
clockwise until the top of the jack
contacts the jacking point. Make
sure the jacking point tab is
resting in the jack notch.

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Lower the car to the ground and
remove the jack.

Put on the spare tire. Put the
wheel nuts back on finger-tight,
then tighten them in a crisscross
pattern with the wheel wrench
until the wheel is firmly against
the hub. Do not try to tighten
them fully.

Before mounting the spare tire,
wipe any dirt off the mounting
surface of the wheel and hub with
a clean cloth. Wipe the hub
carefully, it may be hot from
driving.

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Remove the center cap before
storing the flat tire in the trunk
well.

Place the flat tire face down in the
spare tire well.

Tighten the wheel nuts securely in
the same crisscross pattern. Have
the wheel nut torque checked at
the nearest automotive service
facility.
Tighten the wheel nuts to:

Remove the spacer cone from the
wing bolt, turn it over, and put it
back on the bolt.

Secure the flat tire by screwing
the wing bolt back into its hole.

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Store the jack in its holder. Turn
the jack’s end bracket to lock it in
place. Replace the cover. Store the
tools.

Diagnosing why your engine won’t
start falls into two areas, depending
on what you hear when you turn the
key to START (III):

You hear nothing, or almost
nothing. The engine’s starter
motor does not operate at all, or
operates very slowly.

You can hear the starter motor
operating normally, or the starter
motor sounds like it is spinning
faster than normal, but the engine
does not start up and run.

Store the center cap in the trunk.
Make sure it does not get scratch-
ed or damaged.

Unhook the handle from the trunk
opening and lower the floor lid.

Close the trunk lid.

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Loose items can fly around the
interior in a crash and could
seriously injure the occupants.

Store the wheel, jack, and tools
securely before driving.

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When you turn the ignition switch to
START (III), you do not hear the
normal noise of the engine trying to
start. You may hear a clicking sound
or series of clicks, or nothing at all.
Check these things:

Check the transmission interlock.
The transmission must be in Park
or Neutral or the starter will not
operate.

Turn the ignition switch to ON (II).
Turn on the headlights and check
their brightness. If the headlights
are very dim or don’t light at all,
the battery is discharged. See

on page

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Turn the ignition switch to START
(III). If the headlights do not dim,
check the condition of the fuses. If
the fuses are OK, there is proba-
bly something wrong with the
electrical circuit for the ignition
switch or starter motor. You will
need a qualified technician to
determine the problem. (See

on page

.)

If the headlights dim noticeably or
go out when you try to start the
engine, either the battery is dis-
charged or the connections are
corroded. Check the condition of
the battery and terminal connec-
tions (see page

). You can

then try jump starting the car from
a booster battery (see page

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In this case, the starter motor’s
speed sounds normal, or even faster
than normal, when you turn the
ignition switch to START (III), but
the engine does not run.

Your car has the Immobilizer
System. You should use a
properly-coded master or valet key
to start the engine (see page

).

A key that is not properly coded
will cause the immobilizer system
indicator in the dash panel to blink
rapidly.

Are you using the proper starting
procedure? Refer to

on page

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Do you have fuel? Turn the
ignition switch to ON (II) for a
minute and watch the fuel gauge.
The low fuel level warning light
may not be working, so you were
not reminded to fill the tank.

There may be an electrical
problem, such as no power to the
fuel pump. Check all the fuses
(see page

).

If you find nothing wrong, you will
need a qualified technician to find
the problem. See

on page

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