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Checking and Maintaining Tires

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Winter Tires

If driving on snowy or frozen roads, mount all season marked M+S tires, snow tires, 
or tire chains; reduce speed; and maintain sufficient distance between vehicles when 
driving.

Be particularly careful when operating the steering wheel or brakes to prevent 
skidding.

Use tire chains, snow tires, or all season tires when necessary or according to the 
law.

When mounting, refer to the following points.

For winter tires:
• Select the size and load ranges that are the same as the original tires.
• Mount the tires to all four wheels.

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NOTICE

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

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WARNING

Using the wrong chains, or not properly 
installing chains, can damage the brake 
lines and cause a crash in which you can be 
seriously injured or killed.

Follow all instructions in this owner’s 
manual regarding the selection and use of 
tire chains.

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For tire chains:
• Install them on the front tires only.
• Because your vehicle has limited tire clearance, we strongly recommend using the 

chains listed below:

• Follow the chain manufacturer’s instruction when installing. Mount them as 

tightly as you can.

• Check that the chains do not touch the brake lines or suspension.
• Drive slowly.

Your vehicle’s tires are not suitable for mounting any traction device.

Cable-type: SCC Radial Chain SC1032

Cable-type: SCC Radial Chain SC1032

Cable-type: SCC Radial Chain SC1034

Not recommended to use any type of chains

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When tire chains are mounted, follow the chain 
manufacturer’s instructions regarding vehicle 
operational limits.

If your vehicle is equipped with summer tires, be 
aware that these tires are not designed for winter 
driving conditions. For more information, contact a 
dealer.

Models with 215/55R16 tires

Models with 215/50R17 tires

Models with 235/40R18 tires

Models without SPORT mode

Models with 235/40R18 tires

Models with SPORT mode

Models with SPORT mode

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Battery

Checking the Battery

The condition of the battery is monitored by a 
sensor located on the negative terminal of the 
battery. If there is a problem with this sensor, 
the driver information interface will display a 
warning message. If this happens, have your 
vehicle inspected by a dealer.

Check the battery terminals for corrosion 
monthly.

If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead:
• The audio system is disabled.

Reactivating the audio system P. 217

• The clock resets.

Adjusting the Clock P. 134

The immobilizer system needs to be reset.

Immobilizer System Indicator P. 87

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Battery

WARNING:  Battery post, terminals, 
and related accessories contain lead 
and lead compounds.
Wash your hands after handling.

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WARNING

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.

When conducting any battery 
maintenance, wear protective clothing and 
a face shield, or have a skilled technician do 
it.

Canadian models only

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Charging the Battery

Disconnect both battery cables to prevent damaging your vehicle’s electrical system. 
Always disconnect the negative (–) cable first, and reconnect it last.

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Battery

When you find corrosion, clean the battery terminals 
by applying a baking powder and water solution. 
Clean the terminals with a damp towel. Cloth/towel 
dry the battery. Coat the terminals with grease to 
help prevent future corrosion.

When replacing the battery, the replacement must be 
of the same specifications.
Consult a dealer for more information.

The indicators for the Adaptive Cruise Control 
(ACC)

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, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low 

Speed Follow (LSF)

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, Road Departure Mitigation 

(RDM)

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, Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®) system, 

Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®) OFF, Low Tire 
Pressure/TPMS

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 and Collision Mitigation Braking 

System

TM

 (CMBS

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)

*

 may come on after re-

connecting the battery. Drive a short distance at 
more than 12 mph (20 km/h). The indicators should 
go off. If they do not, have your vehicle checked by a 
dealer.

* Not available on all models

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Remote Transmitter Care

Replacing the Button Battery

If the indicator does not come on when the button is pressed, replace the battery.

1. Unscrew the cover with a small Phillips-

head screwdriver.

2. Open the remote transmitter.

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Wrap the small flat-tip screwdriver with a 
cloth to prevent scratching the 
transmitter.

3. Remove the button battery with the small 

flat-tip screwdriver.

4. Make sure to replace the battery with the 

correct polarity.

Master Keys with Remote Transmitter

*

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Replacing the Button Battery

NOTICE

An improperly disposed of battery can damage the 
environment. Always confirm local regulations for 
battery disposal.

Replacement batteries are commercially available or 
at a dealer.

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CHEMICAL BURN HAZARD
The battery that powers the remote 
transmitter can cause severe internal burns 
and can even lead to death if swallowed.
Keep new and used batteries away from 
children.
If you suspect that a child has swallowed 
the battery, seek medical attention 
immediately.

Screw

Battery type: CR1620

Battery

* Not available on all models

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1. Remove the built-in key.

2. Remove the upper half of the cover by 

carefully prying on the edge with a coin.

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Remove carefully to avoid losing the 
buttons.

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Wrap a coin with a cloth to prevent 
scratching the smart entry remote.

3. Make sure to replace the battery with the 

correct polarity.

Smart Entry Remote

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Battery type: CR2032

Battery

* Not available on all models

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Heating System

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/Climate Control System

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 Maintenance

Air Conditioning

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To ensure proper and safe operation, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE 
J2845) recommends that the refrigerant system only be serviced by trained and 
certified technicians.

Never repair or replace the air conditioning evaporator (cooling coil) with one 
removed from a used or salvaged vehicle.

New replacement mobile air conditioning evaporators must be certified (and 
labeled) as meeting SAE Standard J2842.

Dust and Pollen Filter

The heating system

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/climate control system

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 is equipped with a dust and pollen filter 

that collects pollen, dust, and other debris in the air. The Maintenance Minder

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messages will let you know when to replace the filter.

We recommend that you replace the dust and pollen filter sooner when using your 
vehicle in areas with high concentrations of dust.

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Air Conditioning

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NOTICE

Vented refrigerant is harmful to the environment.
To avoid refrigerant from venting, never replace the 
evaporator with one removed from a used or 
salvaged vehicle.

Refrigerant in your vehicle’s air conditioning system is 
flammable and can be ignited during servicing if 
proper procedures are not followed.

The air conditioner label is found under the hood:

Safety Labels P. 74
Specifications P. 654, 656

Canadian models

: Caution

: Flammable Refrigerant

: Requires Registered 
Technician to Service

: Air Conditioning 
System

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Dust and Pollen Filter

If the airflow from the heating system

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/climate 

control system

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 deteriorates noticeably, and the 

windows fog up easily, the filter may need to be 
replaced. Please contact a dealer for replacement.

* Not available on all models

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Cleaning

Interior Care

Use a damp cloth with a mixture of mild detergent and warm water to remove dirt. 
Use a clean cloth to remove detergent residue.

Use a soft brush with a mixture of mild soap and warm water to clean the seat belts. 
Let the belts air dry. Wipe the loops of the seat belt anchors using a clean cloth.

Wipe using a glass cleaner.

Cleaning Seat Belts

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Interior Care

Do not spill liquids inside the vehicle. Electrical 
devices and systems may malfunction if liquids are 
splashed on them.

Do not use silicone based sprays on electrical devices 
such as audio devices and switches. Doing so may 
cause the items to malfunction or cause a fire inside 
the vehicle.
If a silicone based spray is inadvertently used on 
electrical devices, consult a dealer.

Depending on their composition, chemicals and 
liquid aromatics may cause discoloration, wrinkles, 
and cracking to resin-based parts and textiles.
Do not use alkali solvents or organic solvents such as 
benzene or gasoline.

After using chemicals, make sure to gently wipe them 
away using a dry cloth.
Do not place used cloths on top of resin based parts 
or textiles for long periods of time without washing.

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Cleaning the Window

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Wires are mounted to the inside of the rear window. 
Wipe along the same direction as the wires with a 
soft cloth so as not to damage them.

Be careful not to spill fluids, such as water or glass 
cleaner, on or around the cover of both the front 
sensor camera and the rainfall/light sensor

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Models with Front Sensor Camera

* Not available on all models

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The driver’s floor mat hooks over floor 
anchors, which keep the mat from sliding 
forward. To remove a mat for cleaning, turn 
the anchor knobs to the unlock position. 
When reinstalling the mat after cleaning, turn 
the knobs to the lock position.

Do not put additional floor mats on top of 
the anchored mat.

To properly clean leather:
1. Use a vacuum or soft dry cloth first to remove any dirt or dust.
2. Clean the leather with a soft cloth dampened with a solution comprised of 90% 

water and 10% neutral soap.

3. Wipe away any soap residue with a clean damp cloth.
4. Wipe away residual water and allow leather to air dry in the shade.

Floor Mats

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Floor Mats

If you use any floor mats that were not originally 
provided with your vehicle, make sure they are 
designed for your specific vehicle, fit correctly, and 
are securely anchored by the floor anchors.
Position the rear seat floor mats properly. If they are 
not properly positioned, the floor mats can interfere 
with the front seat functions.

Lock

Unlock

Maintaining Genuine Leather

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Maintaining Genuine Leather

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It is important to clean or wipe away dirt or dust as 
soon as possible. Spills can soak into leather resulting 
in stains. Dirt or dust can cause abrasions in the 
leather. In addition, please note that some dark 
colored clothing can rub onto the leather seats 
resulting in discoloration or stains.

* Not available on all models

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Exterior Care

Dust off the vehicle body after you drive. Regularly inspect your vehicle for scratches 
on painted surfaces. A scratch on a painted surface can result in body rust. If you 
find a scratch, promptly repair it.

Wash the vehicle regularly. Wash more frequently when driving in the following 
conditions:
• If driving on roads with road salt.
• If driving in coastal areas.
• If tar, soot, bird droppings, insects, or tree sap are stuck to painted surfaces.

• Make sure to follow the instructions indicated on the automated car wash.
• Fold in the door mirrors.
• Turn off the automatic intermittent wipers

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• Keep sufficient distance between the cleaning nozzle and the vehicle body.
• Take particular care around the windows. Standing too close may cause water to 

enter the vehicle interior.

• Do not spray high pressure water directly into the engine compartment. Instead, 

use low pressure water and a mild detergent.

Washing the Vehicle

Using an Automated Car Wash

Using High Pressure Cleaners

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Washing the Vehicle

Do not spray water into the air intake vents. It can 
cause a malfunction.

Do not spray water onto the fuel fill door directly. A 
high-pressure spray may cause it to open.

Do not spray water onto the capless unit when the 
fuel fill door is open. It can cause damage to the fuel 
system or engine.

If you need to lift the wiper arms away from the 
windshield, first set the wiper arms to the 
maintenance position.

Changing the Wiper Blade Rubber P. 581

Air Intake Vents

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A good coat of automotive body wax helps protect your vehicle’s paint from the 
elements. Wax will wear off over time and expose your vehicle’s paint to the 
elements, so reapply as necessary.

If you get gasoline, oil, engine coolant, or battery fluid on resin coated parts, they 
may be stained or the coating may peel. Promptly wipe it away using a soft cloth and 
clean water.

Wipe using a glass cleaner.

Aluminum is susceptible to deterioration caused by salt and other road 
contaminants. When necessary, as early as possible use a sponge and mild detergent 
to wipe away these contaminants. Do not use a stiff brush or harsh chemicals 
(including some commercial wheel cleaners). These can damage the protective finish 
on aluminum alloy wheels, resulting in corrosion. Depending on the type of finish, 
the wheels also may lose their luster or appear burnished. To avoid water stains, 
wipe the wheels dry with a cloth while they are still wet.

Applying Wax

Maintaining the Bumpers and Other Resin Coated Parts

Cleaning the Window

Maintaining Aluminum Wheels

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Applying Wax

NOTICE

Chemical solvents and strong cleaners can damage 
the paint, metal, and plastic on your vehicle. Wipe 
away spills immediately.

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Maintaining the Bumpers and Other Resin Coated Parts

Ask a dealer about the correct coating material when 
you want to repair the painted surface of the parts 
made of resin.

* Not available on all models

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The inside lenses of exterior lights (headlights, brake lights, etc.) may fog temporarily 
if you have driven in the rain, or after the vehicle has been run through a car wash.
Dew condensation also may build up inside the lenses when there is a significant 
enough difference between the ambient and inside lens temperatures (similar to 
vehicle windows fogging up in rainy conditions). These conditions are natural 
processes, not structural design problems in the exterior lights.
Lens design characteristics may result in moisture developing on the light lens frame 
surfaces. This also is not a malfunction.
However, if you see large amounts of water accumulation, or large water drops 
building up inside the lenses, have your vehicle inspected by a dealer.

Fogged Exterior Light Lenses

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Accessories and Modifications

Accessories

When installing accessories, check the following:
• Do not install accessories on the windshield. They can obstruct your view and 

delay your reaction to driving conditions.

• Do not install any accessories over areas marked SRS AIRBAG, on the sides or 

backs of the front seats, on front or side pillars, or near the side windows.
Accessories installed in these areas may interfere with proper operation of the 
vehicle’s airbags or may be propelled into you or another occupant if the airbags 
deploy.

• Be sure electronic accessories do not overload electrical circuits or interfere with 

proper operation of your vehicle.

Fuses P. 643

• Before installing any electronic accessory, have the installer contact a dealer for 

assistance. If possible, have a dealer inspect the final installation.

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Accessories and Modifications

Honda Genuine accessories are recommended to 
ensure proper operation on your vehicle.

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WARNING

Improper accessories or modifications can 
affect your vehicle's handling, stability, and 
performance, and cause a crash in which 
you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Follow all instructions in this owner's 
manual regarding accessories and 
modifications.

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Modifications

Do not modify your vehicle in a manner that may affect its handling, stability, or 
reliability, or install non-genuine Honda parts or accessories that may have a similar 
effect.

Even minor modifications to vehicle systems can affect overall vehicle performance.
Always make sure all equipment is properly installed and maintained, and do not 
make any modification to your vehicle or its systems that might cause your vehicle 
to no longer meet federal, state, province, territory, and local regulations.

The on-board diagnostic port (OBD-II/SAE J1962 connector) installed on this vehicle 
is intended to be used with automobile system diagnostic devices or with other 
devices that Honda has approved. Use of any other type of device may adversely 
affect the vehicle’s electronic systems or allow them to be compromised, possibly 
resulting in a system malfunction, drained battery, or other unexpected problems.

Do not modify or attempt to repair any of the electrical components.

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Handling the Unexpected

This chapter explains how to handle unexpected troubles.

Tools

Types of Tools .................................. 608

If a Tire Goes Flat

Changing a Flat Tire

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....................... 609

Temporarily Repairing a Flat Tire

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..... 616

Engine Does Not Start

Checking the Engine ........................ 628
If the Smart Entry Remote Battery is Weak .. 629
Emergency Engine Stop ................... 630

Jump Starting.................................... 631
Shift Lever Does Not Move .............. 634
Overheating

How to Handle Overheating............. 635

Indicator, Coming On/Blinking

If the Low Oil Pressure Indicator Comes On....637
If the Charging System Indicator Comes 

On ................................................. 637

If the Malfunction Indicator Lamp Comes 

On or Blinks ................................... 638

If the Brake System Indicator (Red) Comes 

On or Blinks ................................... 639

If the Brake System Indicator (Red) Comes 

On or Blinks at the Same Time When the 
Brake System Indicator (Amber) Comes 
On ................................................. 640

If the Electric Power Steering (EPS) System 

Indicator Comes On ....................... 641

If the Low Tire Pressure/TPMS Indicator 

Comes On or Blinks ....................... 642

Fuses

Fuse Locations ................................. 643
Inspecting and Changing Fuses........ 647

Emergency Towing........................... 648
When You Cannot Unlock the Fuel Fill 

Door................................................. 649

When You Cannot Open the Trunk.....650
Refueling........................................... 651

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