Acura Integra (2001 year). Instruction — page 11

Maintenance

This section explains why it is

important to keep your car well
maintained and to follow basic
maintenance safety precautions.

This section also includes

Maintenance Schedules for normal
driving and severe driving conditions,
a Maintenance Record, and instruc-
tions for simple maintenance tasks
you may want to take care of
yourself.

If you have the skills and tools to per-
form more complex maintenance
tasks on your Acura, you may want
to purchase the Service Manual. See
page

271

for information on how to

obtain a copy, or see your Acura
dealer.

Maintenance Safety…………………..

160

Important Safety Precautions..

161

Maintenance Schedule………………

162

Maintenance Record…………………

169

Owner Maintenance Checks……..

171

Fluid Locations………………………….

172

Engine Oil…………………………………

173

Adding Oil……………………………..

173

Recommended Oil…………………

173

Synthetic Oil………………………….

175

Additives……………………………….

175

Changing the Oil and Filter……

175

Cooling System…………………………

178

Adding Engine Coolant………….

178

Replacing Engine Coolant……..

180

Windshield Washers…………………

182

Transmission Fluid……………………

183

Automatic

Transmission……………………..

183

5-speed Manual

Transmission……………………..

185

Brake and Clutch Fluid……………..

185

Brake System………………………..

186

Clutch System……………………….

186

Power Steering………………………….

187

Air Cleaner Element………………….

188

Hood Latch……………………………….

189

Spark Plugs……………………………….

189

Replacement………………………….

189

Specifications………………………..

191

Battery……………………………………..

191

Wiper Blades…………………………….

194

Air Conditioning System……………

196

Drive Belts………………………………..

197

Timing Belt……………………………….

197

Tires…………………………………………

198

Inflation…………………………………

198

Inspection……………………………..

199

Maintenance………………………….

200

Tire Rotation…………………………

201

Tire Wear………………………………

201

Replacing Tires and Wheels….

202

Wheels and Tires…………………..

203

Winter Driving………………………

203

Snow Tires…………………………

204

Tire Chains………………………..

204

Lights……………………………………….

205

Headlight Aiming………………….

207

Replacing Bulbs…………………….

209

Storing Your Car……………………….

216

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Maintenance Safety

Regularly maintaining your car is the
best way to protect your investment.
Proper maintenance is essential to

your safety and the safety of your

passengers. It will also reward you

with more economical, trouble-free

driving and help reduce air pollution.

This section includes instructions for

simple maintenance tasks, such as
checking and adding oil. Any service
items not detailed in this section
should be performed by an Acura

technician or other qualified
mechanic.

Some of the most important safety
precautions are given here. However,

we cannot warn you of every

conceivable hazard that can arise in
performing maintenance. Only you
can decide whether or not you
should perform a given task.

Maintenance

Improperly maintaining this car

or failing to correct a problem
before driving can cause a
crash in which you can be
seriously hurt or killed.

Always follow the inspection
and maintenance

recommendations and

schedules in this owner’s
manual.

Failure to properly follow
maintenance instructions and
precautions can cause you to
be seriously hurt or killed.

Always follow the procedures
and precautions in this owner’s
manual.

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Maintenance Safety

Important Safety Precautions

Before you begin any maintenance,
make sure your car is parked on
level ground and that the parking
brake is set. Also, be sure the engine
is off. This will help to eliminate
several potential hazards:

Carbon monoxide poisoning

from engine exhaust. Be sure

there is adequate ventilation
whenever you operate the engine.

Burns from hot parts. Let the

engine and exhaust system cool
before touching any parts.

Injury from moving parts. Do

not run the engine unless in-

structed to do so.

Read the instructions before you
begin, and make sure you have the
tools and skills required.

To reduce the possibility of fire or

explosion, be careful when working
around gasoline or batteries. Use a
commercially available degreaser or
parts cleaner, not gasoline, to clean
parts. Keep cigarettes, sparks, and

flames away from the battery and all
fuel-related parts.

You should wear eye protection and

protective clothing when working
near the battery or when using
compressed air.

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Maintenance Schedule

The Maintenance Schedule specifies

how often you should have your car

serviced and what things need
attention. It is essential that you have

your car serviced as scheduled to

retain its high level of safety,
dependability, and emissions control
performance.

The services and time or distance

intervals shown in the maintenance
schedule assume you will use your
car as normal transportation for
passengers and their possessions.

You should also follow these

recommendations:

Avoid exceeding your car’s load

limit. This puts excess stress on
the engine, brakes, and many

other parts of your car. The load
limit is shown on the label on the
driver’s doorjamb.

Operate your car on reasonable
roads within the legal speed limit.

Drive your car regularly over a
distance of several miles

(kilometers).

Always use unleaded gasoline with

the proper octane rating (see page

123

).

Which Schedule to Follow:

Service your car according to the
time and mileage periods on one of
the Maintenance Schedules on the
following pages. Select the schedule
for «Severe Conditions» if most of

your driving is done under one or
more of the conditions listed on that
page. Otherwise, follow the schedule
for «Normal Conditions.»

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Maintenance Schedule

Your authorized Acura dealer knows
your car best and can provide

competent, efficient service.
However, service at a dealer is not
mandatory to keep your warranties
in effect. Maintenance may be done
by any qualified service facility or
person who is skilled in this type of
automotive service. Keep all the
receipts as proof of completion, and
have the person who does the work
fill out the Maintenance Record.

Check your warranty booklet for
more information.

We recommend the use of Genuine
Acura parts and fluids whenever you

have maintenance done. These are
manufactured to the same high-
quality standards as the original
components, so you can be confident

of their performance and durability.

U.S. Vehicles:

Maintenance, replacement or

repair of emissions control

devices and systems may be done

by any automotive repair

establishment or individual using

parts that are «certified» to EPA

standards.

According to state and federal

regulations, failure to perform
maintenance on the items marked
with # will not void your emissions
warranties. However, Acura
recommends that all maintenance

services be performed at the

recommended time or mileage
period to ensure long-term reliability.

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U.S. Owners

Follow the Normal Conditions
Maintenance Schedule if the
severe driving conditions
specified in the Severe
Conditions Maintenance
Schedule do not apply.

NOTE: If you only

OCCASIONALLY drive under a

«severe» condition, you should

follow the Normal Conditions

Maintenance Schedule.

Canadian Owners

Follow the Maintenance
Schedule for Severe Conditions.

#: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page

163

.

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Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in

A, B, C, D as required for each distance/time interval. Follow this

schedule if the severe driving conditions described in the Severe Conditions Schedule on the next page do not apply.
Canadian owners: Follow the schedule for Severe Conditions.

#’. See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last

column, page

163

.

*

1 : On Automatic transmission, thereafter replace transmission fluid every 90,000 mi/144,000 km/

5 yrs.

*

2 : Thereafter replace engine coolant every 60,000 mi/96,000 km/5 yrs.

NOTE:

Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop.
Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy.

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U.S. Owners

Follow the Severe Conditions
Maintenance Schedule if you
drive your vehicle MAINLY
under one or more of the
following conditions:

Driving less than 5 miles (8
km) per trip or, in freezing
temperatures, driving less
than 10 miles (16 km) per trip.
Driving in extremely hot

[over 90°F (32°C)] conditions.

Extensive idling or long
periods of stop-and-go driving.

Trailer towing, driving with a

roof rack, or driving in
mountainous conditions.
Driving on muddy, dusty, or
de-iced roads.

Canadian Owners

Follow the Maintenance
Schedule for Severe Conditions.

*

: Refer to page

197

for replacement information under special driving conditions.

# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page

163

.

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Use this schedule if your vehicle is MAINLY driven in any of the following Severe Conditions, or normally driven in Canada; otherwise use the Normal
Schedule. Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in

A, B, C, D, E as required for each distance/time.

Severe Conditions:

Driving less than 5 miles (8 km) per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 miles (16 km) per trip.
Driving in extremely hot (over 90°F/32°C) conditions.
Extensive idling or long periods of stop-and-go driving.

Trailer towing, driving with a roof rack, or driving in mountainous conditions.

Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced roads.

# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page

163

.

*

: See timing belt on page

197

to determine need for replacement.

NOTE:

Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop.
Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy.

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# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last

column, page

163

.

*

1: See timing belt on page

197

to determine need for replacement.

*

2: Thereafter replace engine coolant every 60,000 mi/96,000 km/5 yrs.

NOTE:

Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop.
Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy.

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Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules)

You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page

164

) or severe

conditions (page

166

). Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle.

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Owner Maintenance Checks

You should check the following

items at the specified intervals. If
you are unsure of how to perform
any check, turn to the page given.

Engine oil level — Check every
time you fill the fuel tank. See
page

127

.

Engine coolant level — Check the
radiator reserve tank every time

you fill the fuel tank. See page

128

.

Windshield washer fluid — Check
the level in the reservoir monthly.

If weather conditions cause you to
use the washers frequently, check
the reservoir each time you stop
for fuel. See page

182

.

Automatic transmission — Check

the fluid level monthly. See page

183

.

Brakes — Check the fluid level
monthly. See page

185

.

Tires — Check the tire pressure

monthly. Examine the tread for

wear and foreign objects. See page

198

.

Lights — Check the operation of
the headlights, parking lights,
taillights, high-mount brake light,
turn signals, brake lights, and
license plate lights monthly. See
page

205

.

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Fluid Locations

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AUTOMATIC

TRANSMISSION

FLUID DIPSTICK

(Yellow loop)

ENGINE COOLANT

RESERVOIR

BRAKE FLUID

(Gray cap)

(5-speed Manual

Transmission only)

CLUTCH FLUID

(Gray cap)

ENGINE OIL

FILL CAP

(Black cap)

WASHER FLUID

(Blue cap)

POWER STEERING

FLUID (Red cap)

ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK

(Orange loop)

RADIATOR CAP

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Engine Oil

Adding Oil

To add oil, unscrew and remove the

engine oil fill cap on top of the valve
cover. Pour in the oil, and install the
engine oil fill cap. Tighten it securely.

Wait a few minutes and recheck the

oil level. Do not fill above the upper
mark; you could damage the engine.

Recommended Oil

Oil is a major contributor to your
engine’s performance and longevity.

Always use a premium-grade deter-

gent oil. It is highly recommended
that you use Honda Motor Oil in
your vehicle for as long as you own it.

You can determine an oil’s SAE
viscosity and Service Classification
from the API Service label on the oil

container.

A fuel-efficient oil is recommended

for your Acura. This is shown on the

API Service label by the words

«Energy Conserving.» This oil is

formulated to help your engine use
less fuel.

The API Service label also tells you

the service classification of the oil.

Always use an oil that is labeled «API

Service SJ.» This service rating may
include other classifications, such as
CD. These additional classifications
are not a problem, as long as the
label also carries the SJ classification.

API SERVICE LABEL

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Engine Oil

The oil container may also display

the API Certification seal. Make sure
it says «For Gasoline Engines.»

API CERTIFICATION SEAL

The SAE numbers tell you the oil’s
viscosity or weight. Select the oil for
your car according to this chart.

An oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 is

preferred for improved fuel economy
and year-round protection in your

Acura. You may use a 10W-30 oil if

the temperature in your area never
goes below 20°F (— 7°C).

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