Acura Integra (2001 year). Instruction — page 13

Spark Plugs, Battery

Specifications:

(SE, LS, GS)

NGK:

PZFR5F-11

DENSO:

PKJ16CR-L11

Plug Gap:
0.04 in (1.1 mm )

(GS-R)

NGK:

PFR6G-13

DENSO:

PK20PR-L13

Plug Gap:

0.05 in (1.3 mm )

(Type-R)

NGK:

PFR6G-11

DENSO:

PK20PR-L11

Plug Gap:
0.04 in (1.1 mm )

Battery

Check the condition of your car’s

battery monthly. You should check
the color of the test indicator window,
and for corrosion on the terminals.

TEST INDICATOR WINDOW

Check the battery condition by
looking at the test indicator window
on the battery.

The label on the battery explains the

test indicator’s colors.

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Battery

Check the battery terminals for
corrosion (a white or yellowish
powder). To remove it, cover the
terminals with a solution of baking
soda and water. It will bubble up and
turn brown. When this stops, wash it
off with plain water. Dry off the
battery with a cloth or paper towel.

Coat the terminals with grease to

help prevent future corrosion.

WARNING: Battery posts,

terminals and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds.

Wash hands after handling.

If the terminals are severely cor-
roded, clean them with baking soda
and water. Then use a wrench to
loosen and remove the cables from
the terminals. Always disconnect the
negative ( — ) cable first and recon-
nect it last. Clean the battery termi-
nals with a terminal cleaning tool or
wire brush. Reconnect and tighten
the cables, then coat the terminals
with grease.

If you need to connect the battery to
a charger, disconnect both cables to
prevent damage to the car’s
electrical system.

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Battery

Charging the battery with the cables

connected can seriously damage your
car’s electronic controls. Detach the
battery cables before connecting the
battery to a charger.

If your car’s battery is disconnected
or goes dead, the audio system will
disable itself. The next time you turn
on the radio you will see «Code» in
the frequency display. Use the
Preset buttons to enter the five-digit
code (see page

119

).

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NOTICE

The battery gives off explosive

hydrogen gas during normal
operation.

A spark or flame can cause the

battery to explode with enough

force to kill or seriously hurt you.

Wear protective clothing and a
face shield, or have a skilled

mechanic do the battery
maintenance.

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Wiper Blades

Check the condition of the wiper
blades at least every six months.
Look for signs of cracking in the
rubber, or areas that are getting
hard. Replace the blades if you find
these signs, or they leave streaks
and unwiped areas when used.

To replace the blade:

1. Raise the wiper arm off the

windshield.

LOCK TAB

2. Disconnect the blade assembly

from the wiper arm by pushing in
the lock tab. Hold it in while you
push the blade assembly toward
the base of the arm.

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Wiper Blades

BLADE

3. Remove the blade from its holder

by grasping the tabbed end of the
blade. Pull firmly until the tabs
come out of the holder.

4. Examine the new wiper blades. If

they have no plastic or metal rein-
forcement along the back edge,
remove the metal reinforcement

strips from the old wiper blade and
install them in the slots along the
edge of the new blade.

5. Slide the new wiper blade into the

holder until the tabs lock.

6. Slide the wiper blade assembly

onto the wiper arm. Make sure it

locks in place.

7. Lower the wiper arm down against

the windshield.

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BLADE

REINFORCEMENT

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Air Conditioning System

Optional for Canadian Type-R model

Your car’s air conditioning is a sealed

system. Any major maintenance,
such as recharging, should be done

by a qualified mechanic. You can do

a couple of things to make sure the
air conditioning works efficiently.

Periodically check the engine’s
radiator and air conditioning
condenser for leaves, insects, and
dirt stuck to the front surface. These

block the air flow and reduce cooling

efficiency. Use a light spray from a
hose or a soft brush to remove them.

The condenser and radiator fins bend
easily. Only use a low-pressure spray
or soft-bristle brush to clean them.

Run the air conditioning at least once
a week during the cold weather
months. Run it for at least ten
minutes while you are driving at a

steady speed with the engine at
normal operating temperature. This
circulates the lubricating oil con-
tained in the refrigerant.

If the air conditioning does not get as
cold as before, have your dealer
check the system. Recharge the
system with Refrigerant HFC-134a

(R-134a). (See Specifications on page

254

.)

Whenever you have the air conditioning

system serviced, make sure the service

facility uses a refrigerant recycling

system. This system captures the

refrigerant for reuse. Releasing
refrigerant into the atmosphere can

damage the environment.

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NOTICE

NOTICE

AIR CONDITIONING

CONDENSER

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Drive Belts, Timing Belt

Drive Belts

Check the condition of the two or
three drive belts. Examine the edges
of each belt for cracks or fraying.
Check the tension of each belt by
pushing on it with your thumb
midway between the pulleys.

The belts should have the following

«play» or deflection.

Alternator belt:

0.35 — 0.43 in (9.0 — 11.0 mm)

Power steering belt:

0.45 — 0.53 in (11.5 — 13.5 mm)

Compressor belt

(On cars with A/C):

0.30 — 0.37 in (7.5 — 9.5 mm)

If you see signs of wear or looseness,
have your dealer adjust or replace
the belts.

Timing Belt

The timing belt should normally be

replaced at the intervals shown in
the maintenance schedule.

Replace this belt at 60,000 miles (U.S.)
or 100,000 km (Canada) if you
regularly drive your car in one or
more of these conditions:

In very high temperatures

(over 110°F, 43°C).

In very low temperatures

(under — 20°F, — 29°C).

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COMPRESSOR BELT

POWER

STEERING

BELT

ALTERNATOR BELT

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Tires

To safely operate your car, your tires

must be the proper type and size, in
good condition with adequate tread,
and correctly inflated. The following
pages give more detailed information
on how and when to check air
pressure, how to inspect your tires
for damage and wear, and what to do
when your tires need to be replaced.

Inflation

Keeping the tires properly inflated

provides the best combination of
handling, tread life and riding
comfort. Underinflated tires wear
unevenly, adversely affect handling

and fuel economy, and are more

likely to fail from being overheated.

Overinflated tires can make your car

ride more harshly, are more prone to

damage from road hazards, and wear
unevenly.

We recommend that you visually

check your tires every day. If you
think a tire might be low, check it
immediately with a tire gauge.

Use a gauge to measure the air
pressure at least once a month. Even
tires that are in good condition may
lose one to two psi (10 to 20 kPa, 0.1
to 0.2 kgf/cm

2

) per month.

Remember to check the spare tire at
the same time you check all the
other tires.

Check the pressure in the tires when

they are cold. This means the car
has been parked for at least three
hours. If you have to drive the car
before checking the tire pressure,
the tires can still be considered
«cold» if you drive less than 1 mile

(1.6km).

If you check the pressure when the
tires are hot (the car has been driven
several miles), you will see readings
4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3 to 0.4
kgf/cm

2

) higher than the cold

reading. This is normal. Do not let
air out to match the specified cold
pressure. The tire will be
underinflated.

You should get your own tire

pressure gauge and use it whenever

you check your tire pressures. This
will make it easier for you to tell if a
pressure loss is due to a tire problem

and not due to a variation between
gauges.

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Using tires that are excessively

worn or improperly inflated can
cause a crash in which you can

be seriously hurt or killed.

Follow all instructions in this

owner’s manual regarding tire

inflation and maintenance.

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Tires

Recommended Tire Pressures for
Normal Driving

The following chart shows the

recommended cold tire pressures for
most normal driving conditions and
speeds. Tire pressures for high
speed driving are the same as for
normal driving.

The compact spare tire pressure is:

60 psi (420 kPa , 4.20 kgf/cm

2

)

These pressures are also given on

the tire information label on the

driver’s doorjamb.

Tubeless tires have some ability to

self-seal if they are punctured.
However, because leakage is often

very slow, you should look closely
for punctures if a tire starts losing
pressure.

Inspection

Every time you check inflation, you
should also examine the tires for
damage, foreign objects, and wear.

You should look for:

Bumps or bulges in the tread or
side of the tire. Replace the tire if

you find either of these conditions.

Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side
of the tire. Replace the tire if you
can see fabric or cord.

Excessive tread wear.

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Tires

INDICATOR

LOCATION

MARKS

Your car’s tires have wear indicators

molded into the tread. When the
tread wears down to that point, you

will see a 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) wide
band running across the tread. This

shows there is less than 1/16 inch

(1.6 mm) of tread left on the tire. A

tire that is this worn gives very little
traction on wet roads. You should
replace the tire if you can see the
tread wear indicator in three or more
places around the tire.

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In addition to proper inflation,
correct wheel alignment helps to
decrease tire wear. If you find a tire
is worn unevenly, have your dealer
check the wheel alignment.

The tires were properly balanced by

the factory. They may need to be
rebalanced at some time before they
are worn out. Have your dealer
check the tires if you feel a consis-
tent vibration while driving. A tire
should always be rebalanced if it is
removed from the wheel for repair.

Make sure the installer balances the

wheels when you have new tires
installed. This increases riding

comfort and tire life. Your car’s
original tires were dynamic or «spin»
balanced at the factory. For best
results, have the installer perform a
dynamic balance.

(Only on cars equipped with aluminum

wheels)

Improper wheel weights can damage
your car’s aluminum wheels. Use only

Genuine Acura wheel weights for
balancing.

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TREAD WEAR

INDICATORS

NOTICE

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Tire Rotation

To help increase tire life and

distribute wear more evenly, you
should have the tires rotated every
7,500 miles (12,000 km). Move the

tires to the positions shown in the
chart each time they are rotated.

When shopping for replacement

tires, you may find that some tires

are «directional.» This means they
are designed to rotate only in one
direction. If you use directional tires,
they should be rotated only front-to-
back.

Tire Wear

Type-R model only

The tires on your Type-R were

designed and constructed to provide
superior grip during acceleration,

braking, and cornering. They will
wear more rapidly than normal
passenger vehicle tires. Tire life may
be less than 15,000 miles (24,000
km), depending on how you drive.

You should carefully inspect your
vehicle’s tires for wear, damage, and

proper inflation every 2,000 miles

(3,200 km), see page

199

.

These tires are not suitable for
winter driving. Refer to

Winter

Driving, page

203

.

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Front

Front

(For Non-directional

tires and Wheels)

(For Directional

Tires and Wheels)

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Replacing Tires and Wheels

The tires that came with your car
were selected to match the perform-

ance capabilities of the car while
providing the best combination of
handling, ride comfort, and long life.

You should replace them with radial

tires of the same size, load range,

speed rating, and maximum cold tire

pressure rating (as shown on the
tire’s sidewall). Mixing radial and
bias-ply tires on your car can reduce
its braking ability, traction, and

steering accuracy.

It is best to replace all four tires at
the same time. If that is not possible
or necessary, then replace the two
front tires or the two rear tires as a
pair. Replacing just one tire can
seriously affect your car’s handling.

The ABS works by comparing the

speed of the wheels. When replacing

tires, use the same size originally
supplied with the car. Tire size and
construction can affect wheel speed
and may cause the system to work
inconsistently.

If you ever need to replace a wheel,
make sure the wheel’s specifications
match those of the original wheel
that came on your car. Replacement

wheels are available at your Acura

dealer.

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Installing improper tires on your

car can affect handling and
stability. This can cause a crash

in which you can be seriously
hurt or killed.

Always use the size and type of
tires recommended in this
owner’s manual.

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Tires

Wheels and Tires

Wheels:

(SE)

14×51/2JJ

(LS,GS,GS-R,Type-R)

15x6JJ

Tires:

(SE)

P195/60R1485H

(LS, GS, GS-R)

P195/55R1584V

(Type-R)

195/55R1584V

See page

256

for information about

DOT Tire Quality Grading.

Winter Driving

SE, LS, GS and GS-R models

Tires that are marked » M + S » or

«All Season» on the sidewall have an
all-weather tread design. They
should be suitable for most winter
driving conditions. Tires without

these markings are designed for
optimum traction in dry conditions.

They may not provide adequate

performance in winter driving.
For the best performance in snowy
or icy conditions, you should install
snow tires or tire chains. They may
be required by local laws under
certain conditions.

Type-R model

You should mount winter tires on
your Type-R before winter starts

(before consistent sub-freezing

temperatures). Change back to
«summer» tires after winter weather
has stopped.

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Snow Tires

SE, LS, GS and GS-R models

If you mount snow tires on your

Acura, make sure they are radial

tires of the same size and load range
as the original tires. Mount snow
tires on all four wheels to balance
your car’s handling in all weather
conditions. Keep in mind the traction
provided by snow tires on dry roads
may not be as high as your car’s
original equipment tires. You should

drive cautiously even when the roads
are clear. Check with the tire dealer
for maximum speed recommen-
dations.

Type-R model

Mount winter tires on all four wheels.

The performance capabilities of the
winter tires may not be the same as
your vehicle’s original-equipment

tires. Check with the tire dealer for
maximum speed recommendations.

Tire Chains

Mount traction devices (link-type or
cable-type) only when required by
driving conditions or local laws.
Make sure they are the correct size

for your tires. Install them only on
the front tires.

SE model

If link-type traction devices are used,
they must be SAE class «S». Cable-
type traction devices can also be
used.

LS, GS, GS-R, and Type-R models
Because your Acura has limited tire
clearance, mount only SAE class «S»
cable-type traction devices.

Link-type «chains» should not be
used. No matter how tight they seem
to be installed, they can come into
contact with the body and
suspension, causing serious damage.

All Models

When installing traction devices,
follow the manufacturer’s
instructions and mount them as
tightly as you can. Drive slowly with
them installed. If you hear them
coming in contact with the body or
chassis, stop and investigate. Make
sure the traction devices are
installed tightly, and that they are
not contacting the brakes or
suspension.
Remove them as soon as you start
driving on cleared roads.

Traction devices that are the wrong

size or improperly installed can
damage your car’s brake lines,
suspension, body, and wheels. Stop
driving if they are hitting any part of
the car.

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Lights

Check the operation of your car’s
exterior lights at least once a month.

A burned out bulb can create an

unsafe condition by reducing your
car’s visibility and the ability to

signal your intentions to other
drivers.

HEADLIGHT HIGH BEAM

HEADLIGHT LOW BEAM

PARKING/TURN SIGNAL LIGHT

SIDE MARKER LIGHT

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Lights

BACK-UP LIGHT

TURN SIGNAL

SIDE MARKER LIGHT

LICENSE PLATE LIGHT

TAILLIGHT/BRAKE LIGHT

Check the following:

Headlights (low and high beam)
Parking lights

Taillights

Brake lights
High-mount brake light

Turn signals

Back-up lights
Hazard light function
License plate light
Side marker lights
Daytime running lights

(Canadian models)

If you find any bulbs are burned out,
replace them as soon as possible.
Refer to the chart on page

255

to

determine what type of replacement

bulb is needed.

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