Acura Integra (2001 year). Instruction — page 16

Charging System Indicator

This indicator should come on when

the ignition switch is ON (II), and go

out after the engine starts. If it
comes on brightly when the engine
is running, it indicates that the
charging system has stopped
charging the battery.

Immediately turn off all electrical
accessories: radio, heater, A/C, rear
defogger, cruise control, etc. Try not
to use other electrically-operated
controls such as the power windows.
Keep the engine running and take
extra care not to stall it. Starting the
engine will discharge the battery
rapidly.

By eliminating as much of the
electrical load as possible, you can
drive several miles (kilometers)
before the battery is too discharged
to keep the engine running. Drive to
a service station or garage where

you can get technical assistance.

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Malfunction Indicator Lamp

This indicator comes on for a few

seconds when you turn the ignition
switch ON (II). If it comes on at any
other time, it indicates one of the
engine’s emissions control systems
may have a problem. Even though

you may feel no difference in your

car’s performance, it can reduce

your fuel economy and cause your

car to put out excessive emissions.
Continued operation may cause
serious damage.

If you have recently refueled your
car, the cause of this indicator
coming on could be a loose or
missing fuel fill cap. Check the cap
and tighten it until it clicks several
times. Replace the fuel fill cap if it is
missing. Tightening the cap will not
make the indicator turn off
immediately; it takes three driving
trips.

If the indicator remains on past three
driving trips, or the fuel cap was not
loose or missing, have the car
checked by the dealer as soon as
possible. Drive moderately until the
dealer has inspected the problem.

Avoid full-throttle acceleration and

driving at high speed.

You should also have the dealer

inspect your car if this indicator
comes on repeatedly, even though it
may turn off as you continue driving.

If you keep driving with the
malfunction indicator lamp on, you can
damage your car’s emissions controls
and engine. Those repairs may not be
covered by your car’s warranties.

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Brake System Indicator

*U.S. indicator shown

The Brake System Indicator

normally comes on when you turn
the ignition switch ON (II). It is a
reminder to check the parking brake.
It comes on and stays lit if you do not
fully release the parking brake.

If it comes on at any other time, it
indicates a problem with the car’s
brake system. In most cases, the
problem is a low fluid level in the
brake fluid reservoir. Press lightly on
the brake pedal to see if it feels

normal. If it does, check the brake
fluid level the next time you stop at a
service station (see page

186

). If the

fluid level is low, take the car to your

dealer and have the brake system
inspected for leaks or worn brake
pads.

However, if the brake pedal does not
feel normal, you should take
immediate action. Because of the
brake system’s dual-circuit design, a
problem in one part of the system

will still give you braking at two
wheels. You will feel the brake pedal
go down much farther before the car
begins to slow down, and you will
have to press harder on the pedal.
The distance needed to stop will be

much longer.

Slow down by shifting to a lower
gear, and pull to the side of the road

when it is safe. Because of the
longer distance needed to stop, it is
hazardous to drive the car. You

should have it towed, and repaired as
soon as possible. (See

Emergency

Towing on page

248

.)

If you must drive the car a short
distance in this condition, drive
slowly and cautiously.

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Closing the Moonroof

LS, GS and GS-R Models

If the electric motor will not close
the moonroof, do the following:

1. Check the fuse for the moonroof

motor (see page

243

). If the fuse

is blown, replace it with one of the
same or lower rating.

2. Try closing the moonroof. If the

new fuse blows immediately or the
moonroof motor still does not
operate, you can close the
moonroof manually.

3. Get the moonroof wrench out of

the tool kit in the cargo area.

4. Use a screwdriver or coin to

remove the round plug in the
center of the headliner.

5. Insert the moonroof wrench into

the socket behind this plug. Turn
the wrench until the moonroof is
fully closed.

6. Remove the wrench. Replace the

round plug.

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SOCKET

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Fuses

All the electrical circuits in your car

have fuses to protect them from a

short circuit or overload. These

fuses are located in two or three fuse
boxes.

The interior fuse box is underneath

the dashboard on the driver’s side.
Remove the fuse box lid by swinging
the lid down and pulling it straight

out of its hinges.

UNDER-HOOD

TAB

The under-hood fuse box is located

in the engine compartment next to
the battery. To open it, push the tab
as shown.

ABS FUSE BOX

Cars equipped with ABS have a third

fuse box for the ABS. It is in the
front of the engine compartment on
the passenger’s side.

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Checking and Replacing Fuses

If something electrical in your car

stops working, the first thing you
should check for is a blown fuse.
Determine from the chart on pages

246

and

247

, or the diagram on the

fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses

control that component. Check those
fuses first, but check all the fuses
before deciding that a blown fuse is
not the cause. Replace any blown
fuses and check the component’s

operation.

1. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK

(0). Make sure the headlights and

all other accessories are off.

2. Remove the cover from the fuse

box.

FUSE

3. Check each of the large fuses in

the under-hood fuse box by
looking through the top at the wire
inside. Removing these fuses
requires a Phillips-head screw-

driver.

4. Check the smaller fuses in the

under-hood fuse box and all the
fuses in the interior fuse box by
pulling out each fuse with the fuse
puller provided in the interior fuse
box.

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5. Look for a burned wire inside the

fuse. If it is burned, replace it with

one of the spare fuses of the same
rating or lower.

If you cannot drive the car without
fixing the problem, and you do not
have a spare fuse, take a fuse of the
same rating or a lower rating from
one of the other circuits. Make sure
you can do without that circuit
temporarily (such as the cigarette
lighter or radio).

If you replace the blown fuse with a
spare fuse that has a lower rating, it
might blow out again. This does not
indicate anything wrong. Replace the
fuse with one of the correct rating as
soon as you can.

Replacing a fuse with one that has a
higher rating greatly increases the

chances of damaging the electrical
system. If you do not have a replace-
ment fuse with the proper rating for the
circuit, install one with a lower rating.

6. If the replacement fuse of the

same rating blows in a short time,
there is probably a serious
electrical problem in your car.
Leave the blown fuse in that
circuit and have your car checked

by a qualified mechanic.

If the radio fuse is removed, 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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INTERIOR FUSE BOX

*

: On Canadian models

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UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX

ABS FUSE BOX

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Emergency Towing

If your car needs to be towed, call a
professional towing service or, if you
belong to one, an organization that
provides roadside assistance. Never
tow your car behind another vehicle
with just a rope or chain. It is very
dangerous.

There are three popular types of

professional towing equipment.

Flat-bed Equipment The operator

loads your car on the back of a truck.

This is the best way to transport

your Acura.

Wheel-lift Equipment The tow

truck uses two pivoting arms that go
under the tires (front or rear) and lift
them off the ground. The other two
tires remain on the ground.

This is

an acceptable way to tow your

Acura.

Sling-type Equipment The tow

truck uses metal cables with hooks

on the ends. These hooks go around

parts of the frame or suspension and
the cables lift that end of the car off
the ground. Your car’s suspension
and body can be seriously damaged.

This method of towing is

unacceptable.

If your Acura cannot be transported
by flat-bed, it should be towed by
wheel-lift equipment with the front

wheels off the ground. If, due to

damage, your car must be towed

with the front wheels on the ground,

do the following.

5-speed Manual Transmission

Release the parking brake.
Shift the transmission to Neutral.

Automatic Transmission

Release the parking brake.
Start the engine.
Shift to D

4

, then to N.

Turn off the engine.

Improper towing preparation will
damage the transmission. Follow the
above procedure exactly. If you cannot
shift the transmission or start the
engine (automatic transmission), your
car must be transported with the front
wheels off the ground.

With the front wheels on the ground,
it is best to tow the vehicle no farther
than 50 miles (80 km), and keep the

speed below 35 mph (55 km/h).

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Emergency Towing

If you decide to tow your car with all
four wheels on the ground, make
sure you use a properly-designed and
attached tow bar. Prepare the car for
towing as described above, and leave
the ignition switch in Accessory (I)
so the steering wheel does not lock.
Make sure the radio and any

electrical accessories are turned off
so they do not run down the battery.

The steering system can be damaged if
the steering wheel is locked. Leave the
ignition switch in Accessory (I), and
make sure the steering wheel turns

freely before you begin towing.

Trying to lift or tow your car by the

bumpers will cause serious damage.
The bumpers are not designed to
support the car’s weight.

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Technical Information

The diagrams in this section give
you the dimensions and capacities of
your Acura, and the locations of the

identification numbers. It also
includes information you should
know about your vehicle’s tires and

emissions control systems.

Identification Numbers……………..

252

Specifications……………………………

254

DOT Tire Quality Grading

(U.S.

Cars)…………………………

256

Treadwear…………………………….

256

Traction — AA, A, B, C…………

256

Temperature — A, B, C……….

257

Oxygenated Fuels……………………..

258

Driving in Foreign Countries…….

259

Emissions Controls……………………

260

The Clean Air Act………………….

260

Crankcase Emissions Control

System……………………………….

260

Evaporative Emissions Control

System……………………………….

260

Onboard Refueling Vapor

Recovery……………………………

261

Exhaust Emissions Controls….

261

PGM-FI System…………………

261

Ignition Timing Control

System……………………………

261

Three Way Catalytic

Converter……………………….

261

Replacement Parts…………………

261

Three Way Catalytic Converter…

262

State Emissions Testing……………

263

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Identification Numbers

Your car has several identifying

numbers located in various places.

The Vehicle Identification Number

(VIN) is the 17-digit number your

Acura dealer uses to register your

car for warranty purposes. It is also
necessary for licensing and insuring

your car. The easiest place to find

the VIN is on a plate fastened to the
top of the dashboard. You can see it
by looking through the windshield

on the driver’s side. It is also on the
Certification label attached to the
driver’s doorjamb, and is stamped on
the engine compartment bulkhead.

The VIN is also provided in bar code

on the Certification label.

VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

CERTIFICATION LABEL

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Identification Numbers

The Engine Number is stamped into

the engine block.

The Transmission Number is on a

label on top of the transmission.

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MANUAL TRANSMISSION NUMBER

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER

ENGINE NUMBER

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Specifications

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*

1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the

engine.
Reserve tank capacity:
0.16 US gal (0.6 ,0.13 Imp gal)

*

2 : SE, LS,GS

*

3 : GS-R,Type-R

*

4 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine.

*

1 : SE, LS, GS

*

2: GS-R, Type-R

*

3 : GS-R

*

4: Type-R

*

1 : SE, LS, GS, GS-R

*

2 : Type-R

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246

page

247

*

: Except high-mount brake light installed in rear spoiler

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1 : SE

*

2 : LS, GS, GS-R

*

3 : Type-R

*

: Type-R

*

1 : Type-R

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