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Honda Passport (2002 year). Manual - part 1

 

 

2002 Passport Online Reference Owner's Manual 

Use these links (and links throughout this manual) to navigate through this reference. 
For a printed owner's manual, click on authorized manuals or go to www.helminc.com. 

 

Contents 

Owner's Identification Form 

A Word to the Owner...............................................................................................................................

....... 

Important Handling Information ............................................................................................................

.. ii 

A Few Words About Safety ........................................................................................................................

iv 

Driver and Passenger Safety .......................................................................................................................

Proper use and care of your vehicle's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System. 
Off to a Good Start........................................................................................................................................

49 

Instruments and Controls...........................................................................................................................

55 

Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls. 
Seats .................................................................................................................................................................

89 

Interior Features...........................................................................................................................................

99 

Comfort and Convenience Features.......................................................................................................

119 

How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. 
Driving Tips..................................................................................................................................................

155 

The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, what gasoline to use, how to break-in 

your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo. 
In Case of Emergency ................................................................................................................................

183 

This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them. 
Care and Maintenance...............................................................................................................................

195 

The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer and 

tips on cleaning and protecting your vehicle. Things to look for if your car ever needs body 
repairs. 
Technical Data.............................................................................................................................................

231 

ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. 
Owner Assistance........................................................................................................................................

245 

A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us. 
Authorized Manuals ...................................................................................................................................

253 

How to order manuals and other technical literature. 
Index  .............................................................................................................................................................

255 

 
 

Off-Road Driving Information

OWNER

ADDRESS

VIN

DEALER NAME

DELIVERY DATE

ADDRESS

OWNER’S SIGNATURE

DEALER’S SIGNATURE

STREET

STATE/PROVINCE

CITY

ZIP CODE/

POSTAL CODE

(Date sold to original retail purchaser)

STREET

STATE/PROVINCE

CITY

ZIP CODE/

DEALER NO.

POSTAL CODE

This manual should be considered
a permanent part of your vehicle.
It should remain with the vehicle
when sold so it will provide the
next owner with important safety,
operating and maintenance
information. All information,
illustrations and specifications
contained in this manual are based
on the latest product information
available at the time of printing.
All rights are reserved to make
changes at any time without
notice. A vehicle maintenance
schedule and consumer
information are included in this
manual. A separate booklet
provides important information on
all warranties regarding your
vehicle.

Owner’s Identification

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We urge you to carefully read this manual and follow its
recommendations to help assure enjoyable and trouble-free operation.
Please keep this Owner’s Manual in the glove box of your Passport as
permanent reference material.

While reading this manual you will notice that specifications are given
in both metric and English measurements. Where accuracy is not
needed, some conversions have been rounded off for your convenience.

When it comes to service, remember that your Honda dealer knows
your vehicle best and is interested in your complete satisfaction.

We thank you for choosing a Honda product, and want to assure you
that we will continue to be interested in your motoring pleasure and
satisfaction.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

California Proposition 65 Warning
WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other
reproductive harm.

As you read this manual, you will
find information that is preceded by

 symbol. This

information is intended to help you
avoid damage to your Honda, other
property, or the environment.

Preface i

A Word to the Owner

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Preface ii

Your Passport has higher ground clearance than a passenger car designed for use only on pavement. Higher
ground clearance has many advantages for off-road driving. It allows you to travel over bumps, obstacles, and
rough terrain. It also provides good visibility so you can anticipate problems earlier.

These advantages come at some cost. Because your vehicle is taller and rides higher off the ground, it has a high
center of gravity. This means your vehicle can tip or roll over if you make abrupt turns. Utility vehicles have a
significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. In a rollover crash, an unbelted person is
significantly more likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt. As a reminder, make sure you and your
passengers always wear seat belts.

For information on how to reduce the risk of rollover, read “Driving Guidelines” on page 

156

 of this manual and

the

 Off-Road Driving Information 

booklet that came with your vehicle. Failure to operate this vehicle correctly

may result in loss of control or an accident.

Important Handling Information

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You will find important safety information in a variety of forms,
including:

Safety Labels – on the vehicle.
Safety Messages – preceded by a safety alert symbol

 and one of

three signal words: 

DANGER

WARNING

, or 

CAUTION

.

These signal words mean:

Your safety, and the safety of
others, is very important. And
operating this vehicle safely is an
important responsibility.

To help you make informed
decisions about safety, we have
provided operating procedures and
other information on labels and in
this manual. This information alerts
you to potential hazards that could
hurt you or others.

Of course, it is not practical or
possible to warn you about all the
hazards associated with operating
or maintaining your vehicle. You
must use your own good judgment.

You 

WILL

 be 

KILLED

 or 

SERIOUSLY

 

HURT

 if you

do not follow instructions.

You 

CAN

 be 

KILLED

 or 

SERIOUSLY

 HURT if you

do not follow instructions.

You 

CAN

 be 

HURT

 if you do not follow instructions.

Safety Headings – such as Important Safety Reminders or Important

Safety Precautions.

Safety Section –such as Driver and Passenger Safety.
Instructions – how to use this vehicle correctly and safely.
This entire book is filled with important safety information – please read
it carefully.

You will find important safety information in a variety of forms,
including:

Safety Labels – on the vehicle.
Safety Messages – preceded by a safety alert symbol

 and one of

three signal words: 

DANGER

WARNING

, or 

CAUTION

.

These signal words mean:

Your safety, and the safety of
others, is very important. And
operating this vehicle safely is an
important responsibility.

To help you make informed
decisions about safety, we have
provided operating procedures and
other information on labels and in
this manual. This information alerts
you to potential hazards that could
hurt you or others.

Of course, it is not practical or
possible to warn you about all the
hazards associated with operating
or maintaining your vehicle. You
must use your own good judgment.

You 

WILL

 be 

KILLED

 or 

SERIOUSLY

 

HURT

 if you

do not follow instructions.

You 

CAN

 be 

KILLED

 or 

SERIOUSLY

 HURT if you

do not follow instructions.

You 

CAN

 be 

HURT

 if you do not follow instructions.

Safety Headings – such as Important Safety Reminders or Important

Safety Precautions.

Safety Section –such as Driver and Passenger Safety.
Instructions – how to use this vehicle correctly and safely.
This entire book is filled with important safety information – please read
it carefully.

You will find important safety information in a variety of forms,
including:

Safety Labels – on the vehicle.
Safety Messages – preceded by a safety alert symbol

 and one of

three signal words: 

DANGER

WARNING

, or 

CAUTION

.

These signal words mean:

Your safety, and the safety of
others, is very important. And
operating this vehicle safely is an
important responsibility.

To help you make informed
decisions about safety, we have
provided operating procedures and
other information on labels and in
this manual. This information alerts
you to potential hazards that could
hurt you or others.

Of course, it is not practical or
possible to warn you about all the
hazards associated with operating
or maintaining your vehicle. You
must use your own good judgment.

You 

WILL

 be 

KILLED

 or 

SERIOUSLY

 

HURT

 if you

do not follow instructions.

You 

CAN

 be 

KILLED

 or 

SERIOUSLY

 HURT if you

do not follow instructions.

You 

CAN

 be 

HURT

 if you do not follow instructions.

Safety Headings – such as Important Safety Reminders or Important

Safety Precautions.

Safety Section –such as Driver and Passenger Safety.
Instructions – how to use this vehicle correctly and safely.
This entire book is filled with important safety information – please read
it carefully.

iv

Preface iv

A Few Words About Safety

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Driver and Passenger Safety

This section gives you important
information about how to protect
you and your passengers. It shows
how to use seat belts properly. It
explains the Supplemental
Restraint System. And it tells you
how to properly restrain infants
and children in your vehicle.

Important Safety Precautions

4

. . 

Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

5

Seat Belts

6

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Airbags

7

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Seats and Seat-Backs

8

. . . . . . 

Head Restraints

8

. . . . . . . . . . 

Door Locks

9

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Pre-Drive Safety Checklist

9

Protecting Adults

10

. . . . . . . . . . 

1. Close and Lock the Doors

10

2. Adjust the Front Seats

10

. . 

3. Adjust the Seat-Backs

11

. . 

4. Adjust the Head Restraints

12

5. Fasten and Position

the Seat Belts

13

. . . . . . . . . 

6. Adjust the Steering Wheel

15

7. Maintain a Proper

Sitting Position

16

. . . . . . . 

Advice for Pregnant Women

16

Additional Safety Precautions

17

Protecting Children

18

. . . . . . . . 

All Children Must
  Be Restrained

18

. . . . . . . . . . 

Children Should Sit in
  the Back Seat

19

. . . . . . . . . . 

The Passenger’s Airbag Poses
  Serious Risks to Children

19

If You Must Drive With
  Several Children

20

. . . . . . . 

If a Child Requires
  Close Attention

21

. . . . . . . . 

Additional Safety Precautions

21

General Guidelines for
  Using Child Seats

22

. . . . . . 

Protecting Infants

26

. . . . . . . 

Protecting Small Children

31

Protecting Larger Children

34

Using Child Seats
 With Tethers

38

. . . . . . . . . . . 

 Using LATCH

39

. . . . . . . . . . 

Additional Information About
  Your Seat Belts

41

. . . . . . . . . . . 

Seat Belt System
 Components

41

. . . . . . . . . . . 

Lap/Shoulder Belt

41

. . . . . . . 

Lap Belt

42

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Seat Belt Maintenance

42

. . . . 

Additional Information About
  Your SRS

43

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

SRS Components

43

. . . . . . . . 

How Your Airbags Work

44

. . 

How Your SRS Indicator
  Light Works

45

. . . . . . . . . . . 

SRS Service

46

. . . . . . . . . . . . 

Additional Safety Precautions

46

Carbon Monoxide Hazard

47

. . . 

Safety Labels

48

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Driver and Passenger Safety

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Driver and Passenger Safety

You’ll find many safety
recommendations throughout this
section, and throughout this
manual. The recommendations on
this page are the ones we consider
to be the most important.

Always Wear Your Seat Belt
A seat belt is your best protection
in all types of collisions. Airbags
supplement seat belts, but airbags
are designed to inflate only in a
moderate to severe frontal
collision. So even though your
vehicle is equipped with airbags,
make sure you and your
passengers always wear your seat
belts, and wear them properly.
(See page

 13

.)

Restrain All Children
Children are safest when they are
properly restrained in the back
seat, not the front seat. A child
who is too small for a seat belt

must be properly restrained in a
child safety seat. (See page

 18

.)

Be Aware of Airbag Hazards
While airbags save lives, they can
cause serious or fatal injuries to
occupants who sit too close to
them, or are not properly
restrained. Infants, young
children, and short adults are at
the greatest risk. Be sure to follow
all instructions and warnings in
this manual. (See page

 7

.)

Don’t Drink and Drive
Alcohol and driving don’t mix.
Even one drink can reduce your
ability to respond to changing
conditions, and your reaction time
gets worse with every additional
drink. So don’t drink and drive,
and don’t let your friends drink
and drive either.

Control Your Speed
Excessive speed is a major factor
in crash injuries and deaths.
Generally, the higher the speed
the greater the risk, but serious
accidents can also occur at lower
speeds. Never drive faster than is
safe for current conditions,
regardless of the maximum speed
posted.

Keep Your Vehicle in Safe
Condition
Having a tire blowout or a
mechanical failure can be
extremely hazardous. To reduce
the possibility of such problems,
check your tire pressure and
condition frequently, and perform
all regularly scheduled
maintenance. (See page 

204

.)

Important Safety Precautions

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POWER DOOR
LOCKS

AIRBAGS

SEAT BELTS

SAFETY CAGE

COLLAPSIBLE
STEERING
COLUMN

CRUSH
ZONES

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Driver and Passenger Safety

Your vehicle is equipped with
many features that work together
to protect you and your
passengers during a crash.

Some safety features do not
require any action on your part.
These include a strong steel
framework that forms a safety
cage around the passenger
compartment; front and rear crush
zones that are designed to
crumple and absorb energy during
a crash; and a collapsible steering
column.

These safety features are designed
to reduce the severity of injuries
in a crash. However, you and your
passengers can’t take full
advantage of these safety features
unless you remain sitting in a
proper position and always wear
your seat belts properly.
 In fact,

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some safety features can
contribute to injuries if they are
not used properly.

Seat Belts

For your safety, and the safety of
your passengers, your vehicle is
equipped with seat belts in all
seating positions.

Your seat belt system
also includes a light on

the instrument panel to remind
you and your passengers to fasten
your seat belts.

Why Wear Seat Belts
Seat belts are the single most
effective safety device for adults
and larger children. (Infants and
smaller children must be properly
restrained in child seats.)

Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
though your vehicle has airbags.

In addition, most states and
Canadian provinces require you to
wear seat belts.

Not wearing a seat belt
properly increases the chance
of serious injury or death in a
crash, even if you have
airbags.

Be sure you and your
passengers always wear seat
belts and wear them properly.

When properly worn, seat belts:

Keep you connected to the
vehicle so you can take
advantage of the vehicle’s
built-in safety features.

Help protect you in almost
every type of crash, including
side and rear impacts and
rollovers. In a rollover crash,
an unbelted person is more
likely to die than a person
wearing a seat belt. Your airbag
can only be helpful in a
moderate to severe frontal
collision.

Help keep you from being
thrown against the inside of the
vehicle and against other
occupants.

Keep you from being thrown
out of the vehicle.

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Help keep you in a good
position should the airbags ever
deploy. A good position
reduces the risk of injury from
an inflating airbag, and allows
you to get the best advantage
from the airbag.

Of course, seat belts cannot
completely protect you in every
crash. But in most cases, seat belts
can reduce your risk of serious
injury.

What you should do: Always
wear your seat belt, and make
sure you wear it properly.

Airbags

Your vehicle has a Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) with
frontal airbags to help protect the
driver and a front seat passenger.

This system also
includes an indicator

light on the instrument panel to
alert you to a possible problem
with the system.

The most important things you
need to know about your airbags
are:

Airbags do not replace seat
belts.
 The seat belts are the
occupants’ primary protection
in all types of collisions. The
airbags supplement the seat
belts by providing extra
protection for the head and
chest of each front seat
occupant in a moderate to
severe frontal collision.

Airbags offer no protection in
side impacts, rear impacts,
rollovers, or minor collisions.
Airbags are designed to deploy

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only during a moderate to
severe frontal collision.

Airbags can pose serious
hazards.
 To do their job,
airbags must inflate with
tremendous force and speed. So
while airbags save lives, they
can cause serious injuries to
adults and larger children who
are not wearing seat belts, are
not wearing them properly, are
sitting too close to the airbag,
or are not sitting in a proper
position. Infants and small
children are at an even greater
risk of injury or death.

What you should do: Always
wear your seat belt properly, and
sit upright and as far back as
possible from the steering wheel
or dashboard.

Seats and Seat-Backs

Your vehicle’s seats are designed
to keep you in a comfortable,
upright position so you can take
full advantage of the protection
offered by seat belts and the
energy-absorbing materials in the
seats.

How you adjust your seats and
seat-backs can also affect your
safety. For example, sitting too
close to the steering wheel or
dashboard increases the risk of
you or your passenger being
injured by striking the inside of
the vehicle, or by an inflating
airbag.

Reclining a seat-back too far
reduces the seat belt’s
effectiveness and increases the
chance that the seat’s occupant
will slide under the seat belt in a
crash and be seriously injured.

What you should do: Move the
front seats as far back as possible,
and keep adjustable seat-backs in
an upright position whenever the
vehicle is moving.

Head Restraints

Head restraints can help protect
you from whiplash and other
injuries. For maximum protection,
the back of your head should rest
against the center of the head
restraint.

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belts and wearing them
properly (see page 

13

).

9

Driver and Passenger Safety

Door Locks

Keeping your doors locked
reduces the chance of being
thrown out of the vehicle during
a crash. It also helps prevent
occupants from accidentally
opening a door and falling out,
and outsiders from unexpectedly
opening your doors.

Pre-Drive Safety Checklist

To make sure you and your
passengers get the maximum
protection from your vehicle’s
safety features, check the
following each time before you
drive away.

All adults, and children who
have outgrown child safety
seats, are wearing their seat

Any infant or small child is
properly restrained in a child
seat in the back seat (see page

18

).

Front seat occupants are sitting
upright and as far back as
possible from the steering
wheel and dashboard (see page

10

).

Seat-backs are upright (see
page 

11

).

Head restraints are properly
adjusted (see page

 12

).

All doors and the tailgate are
closed and locked (see page

10

).

All cargo is properly stored or
secured (see page 

175

).

The rest of this section gives more
detailed information about how
you can maximize your safety.

Remember, however, that no
safety system can prevent all
injuries or deaths that can occur in
severe crashes, even when seat
belts are properly worn and the
airbags deploy.

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Introduction

The following pages provide
instructions on how to properly
protect the driver and other adult
occupants.

These instructions also apply to
children who have outgrown child
seats and are large enough to wear
lap/shoulder belts. (See page 

34

for important additional
guidelines on how to properly
protect larger children.)

1. Close and Lock the Doors

After everyone has entered the
vehicle, be sure the doors and
tailgate are closed and locked.

For safety, locking the doors
reduces the chance that a
passenger, especially a child, will
open a door while the vehicle is
moving and accidentally fall out.

It also reduces the chance of
someone being thrown out of the
vehicle during a crash.

For security, locked doors can
prevent an outsider from
unexpectedly opening a door
when you come to a stop.

See page 

104

 for how to lock the

doors.

2. Adjust the Front Seats

Any driver who sits too close to
the steering wheel is at risk of
being seriously injured or killed
by striking the steering wheel, or
from being struck by the inflating
airbag during a crash.

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See pages 

91

 and 

92

 for how to

adjust the front seats.

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To reduce the chance of injury,
wear your seat belt properly, sit
upright with your back against the
seat, and move the seat as far back
as possible from the steering
wheel while still maintaining full
control of the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration and
Transport Canada recommend that
drivers adjust the seat so the
center of the chest is at least 10
inches away from the center of the
steering wheel. Also make sure
your front seat passenger moves
the seat as far to the rear as
possible.

Sitting too close to the airbag
can result in serious injury or
death if the airbags inflate.

Always sit as far back from the
airbags as possible.

Most shorter drivers can get far
enough away from the steering
wheel and still reach the pedals.
However, if you are concerned
about sitting too close, we
recommend that you investigate
whether some type of adaptive
equipment may help.

Once your seat is adjusted
correctly, rock it back and forth to
make sure the seat is locked in
position.

3. Adjust the Seat-Backs

Adjust the driver’s seat-back to
a comfortable, upright position,
leaving ample space between your
chest and the airbag cover in the
center of the steering wheel. If
you sit too close to the steering
wheel, you could be injured if the
airbag inflates.

A front passenger should also
adjust the seat-back to an upright
position, but as far from the

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dashboard as possible. A
passenger who sits too close to the
dashboard could be injured if the
airbag inflates.

Reclining a seat-back so that the
shoulder part of the belt no longer
rests against the occupant’s chest
reduces the protective capability
of the belt. It also increases the
chance of sliding under the belt in
a crash and being seriously
injured. The farther a seat-back is
reclined, the greater the risk of
injury.

Reclining the seat-back too far
can result in serious injury or
death in a crash.

Adjust the seat-back to an
upright position and sit well
back in the seat.

See pages 

92

 and 

93

 for how to

adjust seat-backs.

4

Adjust the Head Restraints

Before driving, make sure
everyone with an adjustable head
restraint has properly positioned
the head restraint. The restraint
should be positioned so the back
of the occupant’s head rests
against the center of the restraint.
A taller person should adjust the
restraint as high as possible.

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Improperly positioning head
restraints reduces their
effectiveness and you can be
seriously injured in a crash.

Make sure head restraints are
in place and positioned
properly before driving.

Properly adjusted head restraints
will help protect occupants from
whiplash and other crash injuries.

See page 

93

 for how to adjust the

head restraints.

5

. Fasten and Position the

Seat Belts

Using a Lap/Shoulder Belt
Insert the latch plate into the
buckle, then tug on the belt to
make sure the belt is securely
latched. Also check that the belt is
not twisted, because a twisted belt
can cause serious injuries in a
crash.

Position the lap part of the belt as
low as possible across your hips,
then pull up on the shoulder part
of the belt so the lap part fits
snugly. This lets your strong
pelvic bones take the force of a
crash and reduces the chance of
internal injuries.
If necessary, pull up on the belt
again to remove any slack from
the shoulder part, then check that
the belt rests across the center of
your chest and over your shoulder.
This spreads the forces of a crash
over the strongest bones in your
upper body.

Improperly positioning the seat
belts can cause serious injury
or death in a crash.

Make sure all seat belts are
properly positioned before
driving.

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