Acura Integra (2001 year). Instruction — page 8

Audio System

Operating the CD Changer


A Compact Disc changer is available

for your car. It holds up to six discs,
providing several hours of

continuous entertainment. You
operate this CD changer with the
same controls used for the in-dash
CD player.

Load the desired CDs in the
magazine and load the magazine in
the changer according to the
instructions that came with the unit.

Play only standard round discs. Odd-
shaped CDs may jam in the drive or
cause other problems.

To select the CD changer, press the

CD button. The disc and track
numbers will be displayed. A «0» will
flash for the track number as the CD
is loaded, then it will change to a
non-flashing » 1 » .

To select a different disc, press the

appropriate preset button (1 — 6). If

you select an empty slot in the
magazine, the changer will, after
finding that slot empty, try to load
the CD in the next slot. This

continues until it finds a CD to load
and play.

If you load a CD in the in-dash player
while the changer is playing a CD,
the system will stop the changer and
begin playing the in-dash CD. To

select the changer again, press the
CD button. Play will begin where it
left off. Use the CD button to switch
between the player and the changer.

If you eject the in-dash CD while it is
playing, the system will automatically
switch to the CD changer and begin
play where it left off. If there are no

CDs in the changer, the display will

flash. You will have to select another
mode (AM or FM) with the button.

When you switch back to CD mode,

the system selects the same unit (in-
dash or changer) that was playing

when you switched out of CD mode.

To use the SKIP, REPEAT, and

RANDOM functions, refer to the in-
dash player operating instructions.

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Protecting Compact Discs

Handle a CD by its edges; never
touch either surface. Contamination
from fingerprints, liquids, felt-tip
pens, and labels can cause the CD to
not play properly, or possibly jam in
the drive.

When a CD is not being played, store

it in its case to protect it from dust
and other contamination. To prevent
warpage, keep CDs out of direct
sunlight and extreme heat.

To clean a disc, use a clean soft cloth.
Wipe across the disc from the center

to the outside edge.

A new CD may be rough on the

inner and outer edges. The small
plastic pieces causing this roughness
can flake off and fall on the re-
cording surface of the disc, causing
skipping or other problems. Remove
these pieces by rubbing the inner
and outer edges with the side of a
pencil or pen.

Never try to insert foreign objects in
the CD player or the magazine.

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CD Player Error Indications

If you see an error indication in the
display while operating the CD
player, find the cause in the chart to
the right. If you cannot clear the
error indication, take the car to your

Acura dealer.

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CD Changer Error Indications

If you see an error indication in the

display while operating the CD
changer, find the cause in the chart

to the right. If you cannot clear the

error indication, take the car to your

Acura dealer.

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Operating the Cassette Player


The cassette system features Dolby

B* noise reduction, automatic
sensing of chromium-dioxide (CrO



tape, and autoreverse for continuous

Make sure the tape opening on the
cassette is facing to the right, then
insert the cassette most of the way
into the slot. The system will pull it
in the rest of the way, and begin to

* Dolby noise reduction manufactured under

license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corpo-
ration. «DOLBY» and the double-D symbol

are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories

Licensing Corporation.

The tape direction indicator will light

to show you which side of the
cassette is playing. The indicates
the side you inserted facing upward
is now playing. If you want to play
the other side, press the PROG

Dolby B noise reduction turns on

when you insert a cassette. If the
tape was not recorded with Dolby B

noise reduction, turn it off by
pressing the NR button.

When the system reaches the end of

the tape, it will automatically reverse

direction and play the other side. If

you want to remove the cassette
from the drive, press the EJECT
button on the cassette player.

If you turn the system off while a
tape is playing, either with the PWR/

VOL knob or by turning off the

ignition, the cassette will remain in
the drive. When you turn the system
back on, the tape will begin playing

where it left off.

To switch to the radio or CD player
while a tape is playing, press the
AM/FM1-2 or CD button. To change

back to the cassette player, push the

CD button.

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Tape Search Functions

With a cassette playing, you can use
function to find a desired program.

FF/REW — Fast Forward and

Rewind move the tape rapidly. Press
and release the side of the

TUNE bar to fast forward the tape,

or the side to rewind. You will
see FF or REW flashing in the
display. To stop fast forward or
rewind, press the PLAY button. If
the system reaches the end of the
tape while in fast forward or rewind,
it automatically stops that function,
reverses direction, and begins to play.





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TMS — The Tape Music Search

function allows you to find the
beginning of a song or passage. To
activate TMS, press the SEEK bar.
Press the side to advance to the
beginning of the next song or
passage, or the side to return to
the beginning of the current song or
passage. FF or REW will flash in the

display as the tape moves. When the
system reaches the beginning of the
next song or passage (FF), or the
beginning of the current one (REW),
it goes back to PLAY mode.

REPEAT — The Repeat function

continuously replays the current
song or passage. Press the REPEAT
button to activate it; you will see RPT
displayed as a reminder. When the
system reaches the end of the song
or passage currently playing, it will
automatically go into rewind.

When it senses the beginning of the

same song or passage, the system
returns to PLAY mode. It will




continue to repeat this same
program until you deactivate
REPEAT by pressing the button

The TMS and REPEAT functions

use silent periods on the tape to find
the end of a song or passage. These
features may not work to your
satisfaction if there is almost no gap
between selections, a high noise
level between selections, or a silent

period in the middle of a selection.

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Caring for the Cassette Player

The cassette player picks up dirt and

oxides from the tape. This contami-
nation builds up over time and
causes the sound quality to degrade.

To prevent this, you should clean the

player after every 30 hours of use.

Your dealer has a cleaning kit


If you do not clean the cassette
player regularly, it may eventually
become impossible to remove the
contamination with a normal
cleaning kit.

The player automatically ejects

cassettes that do not play properly. If
it ejects a cassette before it begins to
play, it is probably defective and

should not be inserted again. You
may have a cassette suddenly stop

playing, reverse directions once or
twice and then eject. This is normally
an indication the tape is wound
unevenly. It should play after the

tape is manually rewound.

Use 100-minute or shorter cassettes.
Cassettes longer than that use
thinner tape that may break or jam
the drive.

Look at the cassette before you
insert it. If the tape is loose, tighten
it by turning a hub with a pencil or
your finger.

If the label is peeling off, remove it
from the cassette or it could cause
the cassette to jam in the player.
Never try to insert a warped or
damaged cassette in the player.

When they are not in use, store

cassettes in their cases to protect
them from dust and moisture. Never
place cassettes where they will be
exposed to direct sunlight, high heat,
or high humidity. If a cassette is
exposed to extreme heat or cold, let
it reach a moderate temperature
before inserting it in the player.

Never try to insert foreign objects
into the cassette player.

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Theft Protection

Your car’s audio system will disable

itself if it is disconnected from
electrical power for any reason. To
make it work again, the user must
enter a specific five-digit code in the
Preset buttons. Because there are
hundreds of number combinations
possible from five digits, making the

system work without knowing the
exact code is nearly impossible.

You should have received a card that

lists your audio system’s code

number and serial number. It is best
to store this card in a safe place at
home. In addition, you should write
the audio system’s serial number in
this Owner’s Manual. If you should
happen to lose the card, you must
obtain the code number from your

Acura dealer. To do this, you will

need the system’s serial number.

If your car’s battery is disconnected
or goes dead, or the radio fuse is
removed, the audio system will
disable itself. If this happens, you

will see «Code» in the frequency

display the next time you turn on the
system. Use the Preset buttons to
enter the five-digit code. If it is
entered correctly, the radio will start

If you make a mistake entering the
code, do not start over or try to
correct your mistake. Complete the
five-digit sequence, then enter the

correct code. You have three tries to
enter the correct code. If you are
unsuccessful in three attempts, you
must then leave the system on for
one hour before trying again.

You will have to store your favorite

stations in the Preset buttons after

the system begins working. Your
original settings were lost when
power was disconnected.

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Before Driving

Before you begin driving your Acura,

you should know what gasoline to
use, and how to check the levels of

important fluids. You also need to
know how to properly store luggage
or packages. The information in this
section will help you. If you plan to
add any accessories to your car,
please read the information in this
section first.

General Precautions………………….


Break-in Period…………………………




Service Station Procedures……….


Filling the Fuel Tank……………..


Opening the Hood…………………


Oil Check…………………………..


Engine Coolant Check……….


Fuel Economy…………………………..


Vehicle Condition………………….


Driving Habits……………………….


Accessories and Modifications….


Carrying Cargo…………………………


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General Precautions

Type-R model

Your Acura is designed to give you

optimum handling and performance
on well-maintained roads. As part of
this design, your car has a minimum
of ground clearance.

Use caution if you should drive

your car on very rough or rutted
roads. You could damage the

suspension and underbody by

bottoming out. Going too fast over
parking lot «speed bumps» can

also cause damage.

Curbs and steep inclines could
damage the front and rear

bumpers. Low curbs that do not
affect the average car may be high
enough to hit the bumper on your

Acura. The front or rear bumper

may scrape when trying to drive
onto an incline, such as a steep
driveway or trailer ramps.

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Break-in Period, Gasoline

Break-in Period

Help assure your car’s future
reliability and performance by paying
extra attention to how you drive
during the first 600 miles (1,000 km).
During this period:

Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid


Avoid hard braking. New brakes

need to be broken-in by moderate
use for the first 200 miles (300

Do not change the oil until the
recommended time or mileage
interval shown in the maintenance

You should follow these same re-

commendations with an overhauled
or exchanged engine, or when the
brakes are relined.


Your Acura is designed to operate on

unleaded gasoline.

We recommend gasolines containing

detergent additives that help prevent

fuel system and engine deposits.

Using gasoline containing lead will

damage your car’s emissions
controls. This contributes to air

In Canada, some gasolines contain
an octane-enhancing additive called
MMT. If you use such gasolines,

your emissions control system

performance may deteriorate and
the Malfunction Indicator Lamp on
your instrument panel may turn on.
If this happens, contact your

authorized Acura dealer for service.

(SE, LS and GS models)

Use an unleaded gasoline with a
pump octane number of 86 or higher.
Use of a lower octane gasoline can
cause a persistent, heavy metallic

rapping noise in the engine that can
lead to mechanical damage.

(GS-R and Type-R models)

Use a premium unleaded gasoline

with a pump octane number of 91 or

If you are unable to find premium
unleaded gasoline, you may substi-
tute an unleaded regular gasoline.

The engine will compensate for the

lower octane, but you may notice a
slight decrease in power as a result.

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Service Station Procedures

Filling the Fuel Tank


1. Because the fuel fill cap is on the

driver’s side of the car, park with

that side closest to the service

station pumps.

2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling

on the handle to the left of the
driver’s seat.


3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly.

You may hear a hissing sound as
pressure inside the tank escapes.

Place the cap in the holder on the
fuel fill door.

4. Stop filling the tank after the fuel

nozzle automatically clicks off. Do
not try to «top off» the tank, leave
some room for the fuel to expand

with temperature changes.

Your car has an on-board refueling
vapor recovery system to help keep
fuel vapors from going into the

atmosphere. If the fuel pump keeps
clicking off even though the tank is
not full, there may be a problem with
this system. Consult your dealer.

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Gasoline is highly flammable
and explosive. You can be
burned or seriously injured
when handling fuel.

Stop the engine and keep
heat, sparks, and flame away.
Handle fuel only outdoors.
Wipe up spills immediately.

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5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on,

tighten it until it clicks several
times. If you do not properly
tighten the cap, the Malfunction
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6. Push the fuel fill door closed until

it latches.

Opening the Hood

1. Shift to Park or Neutral and set

the parking brake. Pull the hood
release handle located under the
lower left corner of the dashboard.
The hood will pop up slightly.

2. Standing in front of the car, put

your fingers under the front edge
of the hood to the left of center.
Slide your hand to the right until
you feel the hood latch handle.
Push this handle to the right until
it releases the hood. Lift the hood.


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If you can open the hood without
lifting the hood latch handle, or the
hood latch handle moves stiffly or
does not spring back as before, the
mechanism should be cleaned and
lubricated (see page





3. Pull the support rod out of its clip

and insert the end into the hole on

the left side of the hood.

To close the hood, lift it up slightly to

remove the support rod from the
hole. Put the support rod back into
its holding clip. Lower the hood to
about a foot (30 cm) above the

fender, then let it drop.

After closing the hood, make sure it

is securely latched.

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