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When the remaining engine oil life is
1 to 5 percent, the multi-information
display shows a ‘‘SERVICE DUE
NOW’’ message with the
maintenance items. When you see
this message have the indicated
maintenance performed as soon as
possible.

Press the SEL/RESET button on the
steering wheel repeatedly to select
the engine oil life. The message
‘‘SERVICE OIL LIFE’’, along with
‘‘5%’’, and the maintenance item
code(s) are displayed on the lower
part of the multi-information display
when the calculated engine oil life is
1 to 5 percent (see page

).

Pressing either INFO button (

/

)

switches the display from the
message to another display. Once
you switch the display, this message
will go off.

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Press and hold the SEL/RESET
button on the steering wheel for
more than 10 seconds. The
remaining engine oil life reset
mode will be shown on the multi-
information display.

To reset the engine oil life, press
the

or

button on the steering

wheel to select RESET on the
display, and press the SEL/
RESET button.

To cancel resetting the oil life,
press the

or

button on the

steering wheel to select CANCEL
on the display, and press the SEL/
RESET button.

If you do not complete the reset
procedure within 30 seconds after
selecting the reset mode, the mode
will be canceled automatically.

Your dealer will reset the display
after completing the required
maintenance service. You will see
‘‘OIL LIFE 100%’’ on the display the
next time you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position.

If the engine oil life display is not
displayed, press the SEL/RESET
button on the steering wheel
repeatedly until it is.

Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.

The maintenance item code or codes
indicate the main and sub items
required at the time of the oil change
(see page

).

If maintenance service is done by
someone other than your dealer,
reset the Maintenance Minder as
follows:

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2.

3.

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Immediately have the service
performed, and make sure to reset
the engine oil life display as
previously described.

If the indicated maintenance service
is not done and the remaining engine
oil life reaches 0%, the multi-
information display will show the
message ‘‘SERVICE PAST DUE’’
and the maintenance item code(s).
This message is displayed when the
total distance traveled is less than 10
miles (for U.S. models) or 10 km (for
Canadian models) after the engine
oil life became 0%.

Press the SEL/RESET button on the
steering wheel repeatedly to select
the engine oil life minder. The
message ‘‘SERVICE OIL LIFE’’,
along with ‘‘0%’’, and the
maintenance item code are displayed
on the lower part of the multi-
information display when the
calculated engine oil life is 0 percent.

These messages will come on every
time you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position.

Pressing either INFO button (

/

)

switches the display from the
message to another display. To see
the message again, press either
INFO button repeatedly.

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Also, the percentage ‘‘0’’ keeps
blinking on the display.

If the indicated required service is
not done and the remaining engine
oil life becomes 0%, the multi-
information display will show a
‘‘SERVICE PAST DUE’’ message,
the total distance traveled after the
remaining oil life became 0%, and the
maintenance item code(s).

This message is displayed again
when you drive over 10 miles (for
U.S. models) or 10 km (for Canadian
models) after seeing the 0% message.

Immediately have the service
performed, and make sure to reset
the display as previously described.

This particular message is displayed
when the mileage after the engine oil
life became 0% reaches 10 miles (for
U.S. models)/10 km (for Canadian
models).

These messages will come on every
time you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position.

Pressing either INFO button (

/

)

switches the display from the
message to another display. To see
the message again, press either
INFO button repeatedly.

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Canada

NEGATIVE DISTANCE TRAVELED

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This particular message is displayed
when you drive over 10 miles (for
U.S. models) or 10 km (for Canadian
models) after seeing 0%.

When you press the SEL/RESET
button to select the engine oil life
minder, the message ‘‘SERVICE’’,
along with the maintenance item
code and the total negative distance
traveled after the oil life became 0
percent, will be displayed on the
lower part of the multi-information
display.

If you have the required service
done but do not reset the display, or
reset the display without doing the
service, the system will not show the
correct maintenance intervals. This
can lead to serious mechanical
problems because you will no longer
have an accurate record of when
maintenance is needed.

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U.S. Vehicles:

We recommend using 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.

Your authorized dealer knows your
vehicle 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 receipts
as proof of completion, and have the
person who does the work fill out
your Maintenance Journal or
Canadian Maintenance Log. Check
your warranty booklet for more
information.

According to state and federal
regulations, failure to perform
maintenance on the items marked
with

will not void your emissions

warranties. However, all
maintenance services should be
performed in accordance with the
intervals indicated by the multi-
information display.

You should check the following
items at the specified intervals. If
you are unsure of how to perform
any check, turn to the appropriate
page listed.

Engine oil level

Check every

time you fill the fuel tank. See
page

.

Engine coolant level

Check the

radiator reserve tank every time
you fill the fuel tank. See page

.

Automatic transmission

Check

the fluid level monthly. See page

.

Brakes

Check the fluid level

monthly. See page

.

Tires

Check the tire pressure

monthly. Examine the tread for
wear and foreign objects. See page

.

Lights

Check the operation of

the headlights, parking lights,
taillights, high-mount brake light,
and license plate lights monthly.
See page

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If the message ‘‘SERVICE DUE NOW’’ 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 on page

.

Inspect idle speed every 160,000 miles (256,000 km).
Adjust the valves during services A, B, 1, 2, or 3 only if they are noisy.

Independent of the Maintenance Minder information, replace the brake
fluid every 3 years.

NOTE:

Maintenance Main Items

Replace engine oil
Replace engine oil and oil filter
Inspect front and rear brakes
Check parking brake adjustment
Inspect these items:

Tie rod ends, steering gear box, and boots
Suspension components
Driveshaft boots
Brake hoses and line (including ABS/VSA)
All fluid levels and condition of fluids
Exhaust system
Fuel lines and connections

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Maintenance Sub Items

Replace rear differential fluid

Driving in mountainous areas at very low vehicle
speeds or trailer towing results in higher level of
mechanical (shear) stress to fluid. This requires
differential fluid changes more frequently than
recommended by the Maintenance Minder. If you
regularly drive your vehicle under these conditions,
have the differential fluid changed at 7,500 miles
(12,000 km), then every 15,000 miles (24,000 km).

Maintenance Sub Items

Rotate tires
Replace air cleaner element

If you drive in dusty conditions, replace every 15,000
miles (24,000 km).

Replace dust and pollen filter

If you drive primarily in urban areas that have high
concentrations of soot in the air from industry and
from diesel-powered vehicles, replace every 15,000
miles (24,000 km).

Inspect drive belt
Replace transmission and transfer fluid

Driving in mountainous areas at very low vehicle
speeds or trailer towing results in higher
transmission and transfer temperatures.
This requires transmission and transfer fluid changes
more frequently than recommended by the
Maintenance Minder. If you regularly drive your
vehicle under these conditions, have the transmission
and transfer fluid changed at 60,000 miles
(100,000 km), then every 30,000 miles (48,000 km).

Replace spark plugs
Replace timing belt and inspect water pump

If you drive regularly in very high temperatures (over
110°F, 43°C), or in very low temperatures (under

20°F,

29°C), replace every 60,000 mile (U.S.)/

100,000 km (Canada).

Inspect valve clearance
Replace engine coolant

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ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK
(Orange loop)

WASHER FLUID
(Black cap)

POWER STEERING FLUID
(Red cap)

ENGINE COOLANT
RESERVOIR

BRAKE FLUID
(Black cap)

ENGINE OIL
FILL CAP

AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
FLUID DIPSTICK
(Yellow loop)

RADIATOR CAP

: Located under the cover.

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The component parts in the engine
compartment are protected by
several covers. You may need to
remove the covers when you
perform some simple maintenance
work.

All of the covers are secured by
holding clips.

To remove the battery cover, turn
the knob of the fastener and remove
the holding clips by pushing on the
center of each fastener head.

To remove the front bulkhead cover:

Remove the battery cover.

Remove the holding clips by
pushing on the center of each
fastener head.

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2.

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BATTERY COVER

:
:

CLIPS

KNOB

Push to remove clip
Push to reset/install clip

CLIPS

Unlock
Lock

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To remove the left engine
compartment cover:

To remove the right engine
compartment cover:

Remove the battery and front
bulkhead covers (see page

).

Remove the holding clips by
pushing on the center of each
fastener head.

Take the windshield washer hose
out from the holder on the bottom
side of the cover.

When reinstalling the covers, make
sure the pins and tabs are in their
proper positions.

Remove the holding clips by
pushing on the center of each
fastener head.

Remove the battery cover (see
page

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RIGHT ENGINE COMPARTMENT

LEFT ENGINE COMPARTMENT

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:

Push to remove clip
Push to reset/install clip

CLIPS

CLIPS

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Install the engine oil fill cap, and
tighten it securely. Wait a few
minutes, and recheck the oil level.
Do not fill above the upper mark; you
could damage the engine.

Unscrew and remove the engine oil
fill cap on top of the valve cover.
Pour in the oil slowly and carefully so
you do not spill any. Clean up any
spills immediately. Spilled oil could
damage components in the engine
compartment.

Oil is a major contributor to your
engine’s performance and longevity.
Always use a premium-grade 5W-20
detergent oil displaying the API
Certification Seal. This seal indicates
the oil is energy conserving, and that
it meets the American Petroleum
Institute’s latest requirements.

Acura Motor Oil is the preferred
5W-20 lubricant for your vehicle. It is
highly recommended that you use
Acura Motor Oil in your vehicle for
optimum engine protection. Make
sure the API Certification Seal says
‘‘For Gasoline Engines.’’
The oil viscosity or weight is
provided on the container’s label.
5W-20 oil is formulated for year-
round protection of your vehicle to
improve cold weather starting and
fuel economy.

Recommended Engine Oil

Adding Engine Oil

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Your vehicle does not require any oil
additives. Additives may adversely
affect the engine or transmission
performance and durability.

Open the hood, and remove the
engine oil fill cap. Remove the oil
drain bolt and washer from the
bottom of the engine. Drain the oil
into an appropriate container.

Run the engine until it reaches
normal operating temperature,
then shut it off.

Always change the oil and filter
according to the maintenance
messages shown on the multi-
information display. The oil and filter
collect contaminants that can
damage your engine if they are not
removed regularly.

You may use a synthetic motor oil if
it meets the same requirements
given for a conventional motor oil: it
displays the API Certification Seal
and it is the proper weight. You must
follow the oil and filter change
intervals shown on the multi-
information display.

Changing the oil and filter requires
special tools and access from
underneath the vehicle. The vehicle
should be raised on a service station-
type hydraulic lift for this service.
Unless you have the knowledge and
proper equipment, you should have
this maintenance done by a skilled
technician.

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Engine Oil Additives

Changing the Engine Oil and
Filter

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Remove the oil filter, and let the
remaining oil drain. A special
wrench (available from your
dealer) is required.

Make sure the oil filter gasket is
not stuck to the contacting surface
of the engine. If it is, remove it
before installing a new oil filter.

Let the engine run for several
minutes, then check the drain bolt
and oil filter for leaks.

Turn off the engine and let it sit
for several minutes, then check
the oil level on the dipstick. If
necessary, add more oil.

Install a new oil filter according to
the instructions that come with it.
Make sure to clean off any dirt
and dust on the contacting surface
of a new oil filter.

Put a new washer on the drain bolt,
then reinstall the drain bolt.
Tighten the drain bolt to:

Refill the engine with the
recommended oil.
Engine oil change capacity
(including filter):

Reinstall the engine oil fill cap.
Start the engine. The oil pressure
indicator should go out within 5
seconds. If it does not, turn off the
engine and check your work.

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6.

7.

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29 lbf·ft (39 N·m , 4.0 kgf·m)

4.5 US qt (4.3 )

Improper disposal of engine oil can be
harmf ul to the environment. If you
change your own oil, please dispose of
the used oil properly. Put it in a sealed
container, and take it to a recycling
center. Do not discard it in a trash bin
or dump it on the ground.

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If the coolant level in the reserve
tank is at or below the MIN line, add
coolant to bring it up to the MAX line.
Inspect the cooling system for leaks.

If the reserve tank is completely
empty, you should also check the
coolant level in the radiator.

If Honda antifreeze/coolant is not
available, you may use another
major-brand non-silicate coolant as a
temporary replacement. Make sure it
is a high-quality coolant
recommended for aluminum engines.
Continued use of any non-Honda
coolant can result in corrosion,
causing the cooling system to
malfunction or fail. Have the cooling
system flushed and refilled with
Honda antifreeze/coolant as soon as
possible.

Always use Honda Long-life Anti-
freeze/Coolant Type 2. This coolant
is pre-mixed with 50 percent
antifreeze and 50 percent distilled
water. Never add straight antifreeze
or plain water.

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RESERVE TANK

Removing the radiator cap
while the engine is hot can
cause the coolant to spray out,
seriously scalding you.

Always let the engine and
radiator cool down before
removing the radiator cap.

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When the radiator and engine are
cool, relieve any pressure in the
cooling system by turning the
radiator cap counterclockwise,
without pressing down.

Remove the radiator cap by
pushing down and turning
counterclockwise.

Lift up the lid on the front
bulkhead cover from the front.

The coolant level should be up to
the base of the filler neck. Add
coolant if it is low.

Pour the coolant slowly and
carefully so you do not spill any.
Clean up any spill immediately; it
could damage components in the
engine compartment.

Put the radiator cap back on, and
tighten it fully.

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