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the system repaired if the light
does not come on when the key is
turned to the “


” position

without the engine running or
when the parking brake is set.

This light does not eliminate the
need for brake inspection and
maintenance. The brake fluid
level must be checked regularly.
See the maintenance section of
this manual for other brake

If the light remains on after
engine start up with the parking
brake released, or comes on
during operation of the vehicle, it
may mean that there is something
wrong with the brake system.

What to do?

1. Check to see if the parking

brake has been fully released.

2. If it has, pull off the road and

stop carefully. Remember that:

Stopping distances may be

You may have to push
harder on the pedal.

The pedal may go down
farther than normal.

3. Have the vehicle towed to the

nearest Honda dealer for

Do not continue to drive with the
brake system light on. There may
be a serious problem with the
braking system. Driving under
this condition is hazardous and
could lead to an accident.

The brake system light does not
indicate that the parking brake is
fully set. When applying the
parking brake, always pull it up as
far as possible.

High Beam

The headlight high beam indicator
lights up when the headlights are
on high beam.

Charging System

This light should come on when
the key is turned to the “


position and the alternator is not
charging. The light may stay on at
engine idle; however, it should go
off and stay off above the normal
engine idle speed. If the light
comes on while driving, the
charging system should be
checked at once so the battery will
not completely discharge. Stop the
engine, and check for a broken
drive belt. If it is broken, or if the
drive belt is not responsible for
the trouble, have your Honda
dealer inspect and correct the
fault. If the drive belt is broken,

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overheating of the engine could
result. Have the system checked
as soon as possible.

Malfunction Indicator

The indicator light should turn on
when the key is turned to the


” position, but should go out

after the engine is started. (The
light will stay on a short time after
the engine starts.)

If the light stays on, or comes on
while driving, it indicates a
problem in the engine emissions
control system. Have your Honda
dealer inspect the system and
correct the problem.

If this indicator starts flashing as
you drive, engine misfiring has
been detected. Misfiring can
damage the catalytic converter

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and the engine. Stop as soon as it
is safe, turn off the engine, and
call for assistance.


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

Reduced Power 

This light comes on for a few
seconds when you turn the key to
the “ON” position

If it comes on at any other time, it
indicates that there is a problem in
the throttle “drive-by-wire”
system. With the light on, your
vehicle goes into “limp home”

mode — the engine runs on three
cylinders, and the accelerator
pedal no longer controls engine

As soon as it is safe, pull off the
road and turn off the engine.
Restart the engine to reset the
system. If the light remains on, or
comes on again while driving,
have the vehicle towed to your
Honda dealer for repair.

Turn Signal

A green light flashing on the
instrument panel lets you know
that the front and rear turn signal
lights are working. If the light
stays on and does not flash, check
for a burned out bulb. If there is
no light when the lever is moved,
check the fuse and bulb.
Whenever the Hazard Warning

Flasher Switch is on, both turn
signals will flash.

Low Fuel Indicator

This light comes on when the tank
becomes nearly empty. Fill up the
tank as soon as possible.

If the low fuel indicator light
comes on when the fuel tank is
not nearly empty, have the fuel
tank sensing unit and related
components inspected and
repaired by your Honda dealer.

Driving on a road with many
sharp curves may cause the fuel
indicator light to blink
intermittently. This is normal.

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Low Oil
Pressure Indicator

This light is designed to come on
to provide a “bulb check” when
the key is turned to the “


position, but should go out after
the engine is started. If the light
fails to come on with the key
turned to the “


” position, it

could indicate a burned out bulb
or a blown fuse.  Have the system
repaired if the light does not come
on when checking.

Occasionally, this light may
flicker momentarily while the
engine is idling, but this will not
harm the system. However, if the
light remains on during normal
engine operation, the engine
should be stopped until the cause
of the trouble can be located and
corrected. The source of the
trouble could be either of the

Low engine oil level

Loss of engine oil pressure


Running the engine with low oil
pressure can cause serious
mechanical damage almost
immediately. Turn off the engine
as soon as you can safely get the
vehicle stopped.

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Automatic Transmission

Manual Transmission





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Upshift Indicator

Manual transmission only

A “


” (upshift) light will come

on to indicate that you can get
better fuel economy by shifting to
the next higher gear if conditions
permit. Best fuel economy can be
achieved by accelerating slowly
and shifting to the next higher gear
when the “


” light comes on.

Safe operation of the vehicle may
require a different shifting
schedule than indicated by the


” light to adapt to weather,

road, or traffic conditions. The


” light should be ignored

when downshifting or when hard
acceleration is required for
satisfactory performance.

For the best compromise between
vehicle performance and fuel
economy, upshift the transmission

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as indicated by the “


” (upshift)

light on the instrument panel.

If vehicle speed drops below
20 mph (30 km/h), or if the
engine is not running smoothly,
you should downshift to the next
lower gear. You may need to
downshift two or more gears to
keep the engine running smoothly
or for satisfactory performance.

This indicator comes on for a few
seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to the “ON”

4-Wheel Drive
(4WD) Indicator


WD models only

This indicator lights when the
4-Wheel Drive system is engaged.

With the 4WD-2WD switch in the


” or 2WD position, this light

will come on to provide a “bulb
check” when the key is turned to
the “


” position, but should go

out after the engine is started.

If the 4WD-2WD switch is in the


” or 4WD position, this light

will come on when the key is
turned to the “


” position and

remain on after the engine is

Anti-Lock Indicator

This light will come on and go out
when the ignition switch is turned
to the “


” position. (If the light

does not come on, see your Honda
dealer to have the system

If the light remains on after
engine start-up or comes on
during operation of the vehicle,
stop as soon as possible and turn
the key off. Then start the engine
to reset the system. If the light
stays on, or it comes on again
while you’re driving, the anti-lock
brake system should be checked
at your Honda dealer.

Until you get it fixed, you’ll have
normal brakes, but you won’t
have anti-lock.

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Check Automatic 
Transmission Indicator

The indicator light comes on for a
few seconds when the ignition
switch is turned to the “



If the light flashes, it means the
computer controlling the
transmission has found a problem.
Have the automatic transmission

checked by your Honda dealer as
soon as possible. You can safely
drive the vehicle while the light is
flashing, but the computer may
put the transmission into its
“backup mode.”

In the backup mode, the
transmission may not shift
automatically. If the transmission
does not shift automatically, you
must move the shift lever to
change gears. This chart shows
the shift lever position and the
gear range that will result.

“L” position 

  First gear

“2” position 

  Third gear

“3” position 

  Fourth gear


” position 

  Fourth gear

When the transmission is in
backup mode and does not shift
automatically, you should move
the selector lever to the
appropriate position for your
driving needs, as follows:

Select “


” or “D” for high speed

driving (over 50 mph, 80 km/h).

Select “2” for moderate speed
driving (between 15 mph [25
km/h] and 50 mph [80 km/h]).

Select “L” when starting from a
stop, driving up or down a steep
hill, or for engine braking when
towing a trailer downhill.

Do not exceed 65 mph (45 mph if
towing a trailer).

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Depending on the type of problem,
the “


” light will

flash but the transmission may
continue to shift automatically. If
the transmission is shifting
normally, you do not have to
choose gears with the shift lever.
However, continued operation of
the vehicle with this light flashing
can cause serious mechanical
damage. You should have the
vehicle serviced by your Honda
dealer as soon as possible.

Winter Drive Indicator

Automatic Transmission only

The “Winter Drive” light will
come on when you push the
Winter Drive button with the
engine running and the
transmission lever in the “



It also comes on for a few seconds
when you turn the ignition switch
to the “ON” position.

Refer to “Driving Pattern
Selector” later in this section.

Power Drive Indicator

Automatic Transmission only

The “Power Drive” light will
come on when you push the

Power Drive button with the
engine running.

It also comes on for a few seconds
when you turn the ignition switch
to the “ON” position.

Refer to “Driving Pattern
Selector” later in this section.

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Automatic Transmission
Fluid Temperature Indicator

The “A/T OIL TEMP” indicator
light warns that the automatic
transmission fluid temperature is

The indicator light should turn on
when the ignition switch is turned
to the “


” position, but should

go out after a few seconds.

If this light comes on while you are
driving, slow down and pull off the
road. Stop the vehicle at a safe
place and put the shift lever in “


position. With the engine idling,
wait until the light goes off. If the
light goes off, you can drive the
vehicle again. If the light does not
go off, have the automatic
transmission lubricating system
checked as soon as possible by
your Honda dealer.


Driving with the “


light constantly on will cause
serious mechanical damage to the
automatic transmission.

Windshield Wiper/Washer

The lever on the right side of the
steering column controls the
windshield wipers. Move the lever
down to select the various
windshield wiper speeds.



, the wipers operate every

few seconds. In 




, the

wipers run continuously.



, you can vary how often the


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wipers sweep the windshield by
turning the 


 ring. The

interval can be adjusted within a
range of approximately 3 to 17

Windshield Washer Operation

To operate the windshield
washers, pull back on the
windshield wiper control lever.
The washers will spray, and the
wipers will run at low speed, for
as long as you hold the lever. The
wipers will continue to run for a
short time after you release the

Windshield Washer Fluid

Check the washer fluid level
regularly. Do it more often
during poor weather

Use windshield washer fluid to
prevent freezing and for better


Do not use engine antifreeze or
a vinegar/water solution in the
windshield washer reservoir.
Antifreeze can damage your
vehicle’s paint, while a
vinegar/water solution can
damage the windshield washer
pump. Use only commercially
available windshield washer fluid.

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In cold weather, warm the
windshield with the defrosters
before using the washers. This
will help prevent icing of the
windshield that may block your


The rotating switch on the left
lever controls the lights. Rotating
this switch to the 


turns on the instrument panel
lights and all exterior lights
except the headlights. Rotating
the switch to the 

 position turns

on the headlights.

To change between low beams
and high beams, pull back on the

lever until you hear a click, then
let go. The high beam indicator
will light (see page 


 when the

high beams are selected.

To flash the high beams, pull the
lever back about half way and
then let it go. The high beams will
stay on for as long as you hold the
lever back, no matter what
position the headlight switch is in.

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Headlights-On Reminder

You will hear a continuous tone
when the key is out of the ignition
switch and the driver’s door is
opened with the headlight switch
in the “


” position.  This will

remind you to turn the headlights
off. Never leave the headlights on
when the engine is not running.
They can rapidly discharge the

Fog Lights

EX model only

When fog or heavy mist reduces
your forward vision, push this
switch to turn the fog lights on.
The indicator light in the switch
turns on. Push the switch again to
turn off the fog lights.

The fog lights operate only when
the headlight low beams are in

Illumination Control

The instrument panel lights turn
on when the light switch is on.
Brightness of the instrument panel
lights is controlled by turning the
illumination control knob
clockwise for brighter or
counterclockwise for dimmer.



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Rear Window and Mirror

With the ignition “


,” push the

defogger switch to use the rear
window and mirror defoggers.

The indicator light in the switch
lights to show the defogger is on.
The defogger will shut itself off
after 10 minutes. If the rear
window or mirrors are not
completely clear, press the switch

again to turn on the defogger for
another 10 minutes. It also shuts
off when you turn off the ignition.
You have to turn it on again when
you restart the vehicle.

Make sure the rear window is
clear and you have good visibility
before starting to drive.

The defogger wires on the inside
of the rear window can be easily
damaged. When cleaning the
glass, always wipe side to side.
Do not use any abrasive cleaners.

Rear Window Wiper/Washer

To operate the rear window wiper,
press the wiper button. The wiper
runs in intermittent mode until
you press the button again.

To wash the rear window, push
and hold the rear window washer
button. The washer and wiper will
run until you release the button.



The rear window wiper cannot be
operated when the rear window is
not latched.

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Turn Signal Lever

Push the lever fully up to signal a
right turn. Push it fully down to
signal a left turn. Lights on the
front and rear of the vehicle will

The turn signal will cancel itself as
the turn is completed. In some
driving maneuvers, such as
changing lanes on an expressway,

the steering wheel is not turned
back sufficiently after completing
the turn to automatically cancel the
turn signal. In such maneuvers the
driver should manually return the
lever to the neutral or canceled
position when the turn is

Lane Change Signal

In some turns, such as changing
lanes, the steering wheel is not
turned far enough to cancel the
turn signal. For convenience, you
can flash the turn signal by
moving the lever part way (to the
first stop) and holding it there.
The lever will return to the
horizontal position when you
release it.

A green light on the instrument
panel flashes to indicate proper
operation of the front and rear
turn signal lights. If the green
light remains on, but does not
flash, check for defective bulbs
If the green light does not light
when the lever is moved, check
the fuse and indicator bulb.

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Hazard Warning Flasher

Push the button to turn on the
hazard warning lights (four-way
flashers). All four outside turn
signal lights and both indicators in
the instrument panel will flash.
Push the button again to turn them

The turn signals do not work
when the hazard warning lights
are on.

Use the hazard warning lights to
warn other drivers that your
vehicle is a potential road hazard.
Avoid stopping on the roadway if

Cruise Control

Refer to page 


for operation of

this system.

The shift lever position indicator
is in the instrument panel. The
appropriate letter or number
illuminates to show what position
the shift lever is in.

The 4-speed automatic
transmission shift lever is
arranged with “P” (Park) position
at one end, followed in sequence
by “R” (Reverse), “N” (Neutral)

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and the forward driving ranges.
The shift lever can be shifted
freely into any position indicated
by the arrow “

”. The lever

cannot be shifted into any position
indicated by the arrow “

without pushing the button
located on the end of the shift








In this 4-speed automatic
transmission, the following three
modes can be selected by pressing
the “


” or “


switch on the floor console, with
the key switch in the “









P (Park) 


Used to lock the

transmission when the vehicle is
parked or while starting the
engine. Never move the shift lever
to Park until your vehicle is fully
stopped. Use this position
together with the parking brake.
The shift lever can be moved from


 position if the regular brake

is applied.

Refer to “Starting” in this section.

R (Reverse) 


Used for backing

the vehicle. Bring your vehicle to
a complete stop before shifting to

N (Neutral)



The out-of-gear

position. You may restart a stalled
engine while the vehicle is still
moving with the selector in
Neutral. Refer to “Starting” in this
section. This position is also used
when towing the vehicle. See “In
Case of Emergency” for towing

D (Drive) (First to Fourth



This position is for all

normal forward driving. For
normal driving, we recommend
that you put the shift lever in the


” range. This will reduce

vehicle noise and improve fuel

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