Acura ILX Hybrid (2015 year). Instruction — page 16

uuMaintenance MinderTMuTo Use Maintenance MinderTM
1Maintenance Service Items
Maintenance Service Items
Independent of the Maintenance Minder
information, replace the brake fluid every 3 years.
System Message
Inspect idle speed every 160,000 miles (256,000
Maintenance Minder Message
Adjust the valves during services A, B, 1, 2, or 3 if
they are noisy.
Maintenance Main Items
Maintenance Sub Items
Replace engine oil*1
Rotate tires
Replace engine oil*1 and oil filter
Replace air cleaner element*2
Inspect front and rear brakes/service as necessary
Replace dust and pollen filter*3
Check parking brake adjustment
Inspect drive belt
Inspect tie rod ends, steering gearbox, and boots
Replace transmission fluid
Inspect suspension components
Replace spark plugs
Inspect driveshaft boots
Inspect valve clearance
Inspect brake hoses and lines (Including ABS/VSA)
Replace engine coolant
Inspect all fluid levels and condition of fluids
*2: If you drive in dusty conditions, replace the air cleaner element every 15,000 miles (24,000 km).
Inspect exhaust system#
*3: If you drive primarily in urban areas that have high concentrations of soot in the air from industry and
Inspect fuel lines and connections#
from diesel-powered vehicles, replace the dust and pollen filter every 15,000 miles (24,000 km).
*1: If a message SERVICE does not appear more than 12 months after the display is reset, change the
engine oil every year.
#: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty.

uuMaintenance MinderTMuTo Use Maintenance MinderTM
1Resetting the Display
Resetting the Display
Reset the engine oil life display if you have performed the maintenance service.
Failure to reset the engine oil life after a maintenance
service results in the system showing incorrect
maintenance intervals, which can lead to serious
mechanical problems.
Item Codes
The dealer will reset the engine oil life display after
completing the required maintenance service. If
someone other than a dealer performs maintenance
service, reset the engine oil life display yourself.
Engine Oil Life
1. Set the power mode to ON.
2. Go to the MAINTENANCE INFO. group.
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3. Press the SEL/RESET button.
u The oil life reset mode is displayed on the multi-information display.
4. Select RESET with the
button, then press the SEL/RESET button.
u The displayed maintenance items disappear, and the engine oil life display
returns to 100%.
To cancel the oil life reset mode, select CANCEL, then press the SEL/RESET button.

Maintenance Under the Hood
Maintenance Items Under the Hood
Engine Oil Dipstick
Brake Fluid
(Black Cap)
Engine Oil Fill Cap
Washer Fluid
(Blue Cap)
Transmission Fluid
12 Volt Battery
Engine Coolant
Reserve Tank
Radiator Cap

uuMaintenance Under the HooduOpening the Hood
Opening the Hood
1. Park the vehicle on a level surface, and set
1Opening the Hood
Hood Release Handle
the parking brake.
2. Pull the hood release handle under the
Do not open the hood when the wiper arms are
lower left corner of the dashboard.
u The hood will pop up slightly.
The hood will strike the wipers, and may damage
either the hood or the wipers.
When closing the hood, check that the hood is
securely latched.
3. Slide the hood latch lever in the center of
If the hood latch lever moves stiffly, or if you can
the hood to release the lock mechanism,
open the hood without lifting the lever, the latch
and open the hood.
mechanism should be cleaned and lubricated.
Do not open the hood while the Auto Idle Stop
function is activated.
4. Remove the support rod from the clamp
Support Rod
using the grip. Mount the support rod in
the hood.
When closing, remove the support rod, and
stow it in the clamp, then gently lower the
hood. Remove your hand at a height of
approximately 12 inches (30 cm) and let the
hood close.

uuMaintenance Under the HooduEngine Compartment Cover
Engine Compartment Cover
The component parts in the engine compartment are protected by a cover.
1Engine Compartment Cover
You may need to remove the cover when you perform certain maintenance work.
Holding clip (A-type)
To remove the cover:
Insert a flat-tip screwdriver, lift and remove the center
pin to remove the clip.
Insert the clip with the center pin raised, and push
Clip (B)
until it is flat.
Clip (A)
Push until the
pin is flat
Engine Compartment Cover
Remove the holding clips

uuMaintenance Under the Hood uEngine Compartment Cover
1Engine Compartment Cover
Holding clip (B-type)
Press down the center pin until it clicks to unlock it.
center pin
Push the center pin back to lock the clip. Then, insert
the clip into the hole and press on the center pin until
it is flat.
Push until
the pin is

uuMaintenance Under the HooduRecommended Engine Oil
Recommended Engine Oil
1Recommended Engine Oil
Genuine Acura Motor Oil
Premium-grade 0W-20 detergent oil with an API Certification Seal on the
Engine Oil Additives
Your vehicle does not require oil additives. In fact,
they may adversely affect the engine performance
Oil is a major contributor to your engine’s
and durability.
performance and longevity. If you drive the
vehicle with insufficient or deteriorated oil,
the engine may fail or be damaged.
This seal indicates the oil is energy conserving
and that it meets the American Petroleum
Institute’s latest requirements.
Use a Genuine Acura Motor Oil or another
commercial engine oil of suitable viscosity for
the ambient temperature as shown.
Ambient Temperature
Synthetic oil
You may also use synthetic motor oil if it is labeled with the API Certification Seal
and is the specified viscosity grade.

uuMaintenance Under the Hood uOil Check
Oil Check
We recommend that you check the engine oil level every time you refuel.
1Oil Check
Park the vehicle on level ground.
If the oil level is near or below the lower mark, slowly
Wait approximately three minutes after turning the engine off before you check the
add oil being careful not to overfill.
1. Remove the dipstick (orange).
2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth or
paper towel.
3. Insert the dipstick back all the way into its
4. Remove the dipstick again, and check the
level. It should be between the upper and
lower marks. Add oil if necessary.
Upper Mark
Lower Mark

uuMaintenance Under the HooduAdding Engine Oil
Adding Engine Oil
1. Unscrew and remove the engine oil fill cap.
1Adding Engine Oil
2. Add oil slowly.
If any oil spills, wipe it up immediately. Spilled oil may
3. Reinstall the engine oil fill cap, and tighten
damage the engine compartment components.
it securely.
4. Wait for three minutes and recheck the
engine oil dipstick.
Do not fill the engine oil above the upper mark.
Overfilling the engine oil can result in leaks and
engine damage.
Engine Oil Fill Cap

uuMaintenance Under the HooduChanging the Engine Oil and Oil Filter
Changing the Engine Oil and Oil Filter
You must change the engine oil and oil filter regularly in order to maintain the
1Changing the Engine Oil and Oil Filter
engine’s lubrication. The engine may be damaged if they are not changed regularly.
You may damage the environment if you do not
Change the oil and filter in accordance with the maintenance message on the multi-
dispose of the oil in a suitable way. If you are
information display.
changing the oil by yourself, appropriately dispose of
1. Run the engine until it reaches normal
the used oil. Put the oil in a sealed container and take
Under Cover
it to a recycling center. Do not throw the oil away
operating temperature, and then turn the
into a garbage can or onto the ground.
engine off.
2. Open the hood and remove the engine oil
fill cap.
3. Remove the screws on the undercarriage
and slide the under cover backward, then
4. Remove the drain bolt and washer from
Drain Bolt
the bottom of the engine, and drain the
oil into a suitable container.

uuMaintenance Under the HooduChanging the Engine Oil and Oil Filter
5. Remove the oil filter and dispose of the
1Changing the Engine Oil and Oil Filter
remaining oil.
You will need a special wrench to replace the oil
6. Check that the filter gasket is not stuck to
filter. You can buy this wrench from a dealer.
the engine contact surface.
u If it is stuck, you must detach it.
When installing the new oil filter, follow the
7. Wipe away dirt and dust adhering to the
instructions supplied with the oil filter.
contact surface of the engine block, and
Reinstall the engine oil fill cap. Start the engine. The
install a new oil filter.
low oil pressure indicator should go off within five
Oil Filter
u Apply a light coat of new engine oil to
seconds. If it does not, turn off the engine, and check
the oil filter rubber seal.
your work.
8. Put a new washer on the drain bolt, then
reinstall the drain bolt.
u Tightening torque:
30 lbf∙ft (40 N∙m, 4.0 kgf∙m)
9. Pour the recommended engine oil into the
u Engine oil change capacity (including
3.8 US qt (3.6 L)
10. Reinstall the engine oil fill cap securely and
start the engine.
11. Run the engine for a few minutes, and
then check that there is no leak from the
drain bolt or oil filter.
12. Stop the engine, wait for three minutes,
and then check the oil level on the
u If necessary, add more engine oil.

uuMaintenance Under the HooduEngine Coolant
Engine Coolant
1Engine Coolant
Specified coolant: Acura Long Life Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2
This coolant is premixed with 50% antifreeze and 50% water. Do not add any
If temperatures consistently below -22°F (-30°C) are
straight antifreeze or water.
expected, the coolant mixture should be changed to
a higher concentration. Consult a dealer for more
We recommend you check the engine coolant level every time you refuel. Check the
reserve tank first. If it is completely empty, also check the coolant level in the
If Acura antifreeze/coolant is not available, you may
radiator. Add the engine coolant accordingly.
use another major brand non-silicate coolant as a
temporary replacement. Check that it is a high quality
Reserve Tank
coolant recommended for aluminum engines.
Continued use of any non-Acura coolant can result in
1. Check the amount of coolant in the reserve
corrosion, causing the cooling system to malfunction
or fail. Have the cooling system flushed and refilled
with Acura antifreeze/coolant as soon as possible.
Do not add rust inhibitors or other additives to your
vehicle’s coolant system. They may not be compatible
with the coolant or with the engine components.
Reserve Tank
2. If the coolant level is below the MIN mark,
add the specified coolant until it reaches
the MAX mark.
3. Inspect the cooling system for leaks.

uuMaintenance Under the HooduEngine Coolant
1. Make sure the engine and radiator are
Radiator Cap
Removing the radiator cap while the
2. Remove the engine compartment cover.
engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray
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out, seriously scalding you.
3. Turn the radiator cap counterclockwise and
relieve any pressure in the coolant system.
Always let the engine and radiator cool
Do not push the cap down when turning.
down before removing the radiator cap.
4. Push down and turn the radiator cap
counterclockwise to remove it.
5. The coolant level should be up to the base
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully so you do not spill
of the filler neck. Add coolant if it is low.
any. Clean up any spills immediately; they can
6. Put the radiator cap back on, and tighten it
damage components in the engine compartment.
7. Pour coolant into the reserve tank until it
reaches the MAX mark. Put the cap back
on the reserve tank.

uuMaintenance Under the Hood uTransmission Fluid
Transmission Fluid
1Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) Fluid
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) Fluid
Specified fluid: Acura Continuously Variable Transmission Fluid
Do not mix Acura Continuously Variable
Transmission Fluid with other transmission
Check the fluid level when the engine is at normal operating temperature.
1. Park on level ground, and start the engine.
Using a transmission fluid other than Acura
2. Wait until the radiator fan starts and then
Continuously Variable Transmission Fluid may
turn off the engine.
adversely affect the operation and durability of your
vehicle’s transmission, and damage the transmission.
u Perform step 3 after waiting for about 60
Any damage caused by using a transmission fluid that
seconds (less than 90 seconds).
is not equivalent to Acura Continuously Variable
3. Remove the dipstick (yellow) from the
Transmission Fluid is not covered by Acura’s new
Upper Mark
transmission and wipe it with a clean cloth.
vehicle warranty.
Lower Mark
4. Insert the dipstick all the way back into the
transmission securely, as shown in the
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully so you do not spill
5. Remove the dipstick and check the fluid
any. Clean up any spills immediately; they can
damage components in the engine compartment.
u It should be between the upper and
lower marks in the HOT range.
6. If the level is below the lower mark, add
fluid into the dipstick hole to bring it to the
level between the upper and lower marks,
and have your vehicle checked by a dealer

uuMaintenance Under the HooduBrake Fluid
Brake Fluid
1Brake Fluid
Specified fluid: Acura Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3
Checking the Brake Fluid
Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not compatible with your
vehicle’s braking system and can cause extensive
Check the fluid level several seconds after you
turn the power mode to ON.
If the specified brake fluid is not available, you should
The fluid level should be between the MIN
use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid from a sealed
container as a temporary replacement.
and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir.
Using any non-Acura brake fluid can cause corrosion
and decrease the longevity of the system. Have the
brake system flushed and refilled with Acura Heavy
Brake Reservoir
Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3 as soon as possible.
If the brake fluid level is at or below the MIN mark,
have a dealer inspect for leaks or worn brake pads as
soon as possible.

uuMaintenance Under the HooduRefilling Window Washer Fluid
Refilling Window Washer Fluid
Check the amount of window washer fluid using the washer fluid level gauge on the
1Refilling Window Washer Fluid
If the level is low, fill the washer reservoir.
Do not use engine antifreeze or a vinegar/water
solution in the windshield washer reservoir.
Antifreeze can damage your vehicle’s paint. A
vinegar/water solution can damage the windshield
washer pump.
Level Gauge

Replacing Light Bulbs
Headlight Bulbs
When replacing, use the following bulbs.
1Headlight Bulbs
High beam headlight:
60 W (HB3)
Halogen bulbs get very hot when lit.
Low beam headlight:
55 W (H11 for halogen bulb Type)
Oil, perspiration, or a scratch on the glass can cause
35 W (D2S for high voltage discharge type)
the bulb to overheat and shatter.
The headlight aim is set by the factory, and does not
High Beam Headlight
need to be adjusted. However, if you regularly carry
Driver side
heavy items in the trunk or tow a trailer, have the
aiming readjusted at a dealer or by a qualified
1. Remove the engine compartment cover.
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All models
When replacing a halogen bulb, handle it by its base,
2. Push the tab to remove the coupler.
and protect the glass from contact with your skin or
hard objects. If you touch the glass, clean it with
3. Rotate the old bulb to the left to remove.
denatured alcohol and a clean cloth.
4. Insert a new bulb into the headlight
assembly and turn it to the right.
5. Insert the coupler into the connector of the
High Voltage Discharge Types
Low Beam Headlights
High voltage can remain in the circuit for a long period of time after the light is
switched off. Do not attempt to inspect or replace the high voltage discharge type
bulbs yourself. Ask a dealer to inspect and replace low beam headlights.
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