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Refueling

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How to Refuel

Driving

How to Refuel

Your fuel tank is not equipped with a fuel filler cap. You can insert the filler nozzle 
directly into the filler neck. The tank seals itself again when you pull out the filler 
nozzle.

1. Stop your vehicle with the service station 

pump on the left side of the vehicle in the 
rear.

2. Turn off the power system.
3. Press the fuel fill door release button.

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The fuel fill door opens.

4. Place the end of the filler nozzle on the 

lower part of filler opening, then insert it 
slowly and fully.

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Make sure that the end of the filler 
nozzle goes down along with the filler 
pipe.

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Keep the filler nozzle level.

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When the tank is full, the filler nozzle will 
click off automatically.

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After filling, wait about five seconds 
before removing the filler nozzle.

5. Shut the fuel fill door by hand.

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How to Refuel

The fuel filler opening is designed to accept only service 
station filler nozzles for refueling. Use of smaller 
diameter tubes (e.g., those used to siphon fuel for other 
uses) or other non-service station devices can damage 
the area in and around the filler opening.

The filler nozzle automatically stops to leave space in 
the fuel tank so that fuel does not overflow as a result 
of changes in air temperature.

If the filler nozzle keeps turning off when the tank is 
not full, there may be a problem with the pump’s fuel 
vapor recovery system. Try filling at another pump. If 
this does not fix the problem, consult a dealer.

Do not continue to add fuel after the nozzle has 
automatically stopped. Additional fuel can exceed 
the full tank capacity.

If you have to refuel your vehicle from a portable 
container, use the funnel provided with your vehicle.

Refueling From a Portable Fuel Container P. 551

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WARNING

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

• Turn the power system off, and keep 

heat, sparks, and flame away.

• Handle fuel only outdoors.
• Wipe up spills immediately.

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Driving

Fuel Economy and CO

2

 Emissions

Improving Fuel Economy and Reducing CO

2

 Emissions

Achieving fuel economy and reducing CO

2

 emissions is dependent on several 

factors, including driving conditions, load weight, idling time, driving habits, and 
vehicle condition. Depending on these and other factors, you may not achieve the 
rated fuel economy of this vehicle.

You can optimize your fuel economy with proper maintenance of your vehicle. 
Always maintain your vehicle in accordance with the messages displayed on the 
multi-information display.
• Use the recommended viscosity engine oil, displaying the API Certification Seal.
• Maintain the specified tire pressure.
• Do not load the vehicle with excess cargo.
• Keep your vehicle clean. A buildup of snow or mud on your vehicle’s underside 

adds weight and increases wind resistance.

Maintenance and Fuel Economy

1

Improving Fuel Economy and Reducing CO

2

 Emissions

Direct calculation is the recommended method to 
determine actual fuel consumed while driving.

In Canada, posted fuel economy numbers are 
established following a simulated test. For more 
information on how this test is performed, please visit 
http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/

Miles driven

Gallons of 

fuel

Miles per 

Gallon

100

L per 100 km

Liters of 

fuel

Kilometers 

driven

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Maintenance

This chapter discusses basic maintenance.

Before Performing Maintenance

Inspection and Maintenance ............ 460
Safety When Performing Maintenance..... 461
Parts and Fluids Used in Maintenance 

Service ........................................... 462

Maintenance Minder

TM

..................... 463

Maintenance Under the Hood

Maintenance Items Under the Hood..... 468
Opening the Hood ........................... 469
Engine Compartment Cover............. 470
Recommended Engine Oil ................ 471
Oil Check ......................................... 472
Adding Engine Oil ............................ 473
Changing the Engine Oil and Oil Filter ..... 474

Cooling System................................ 476
Inverter Coolant............................... 478
Transmission Fluid............................ 478
Brake Fluid....................................... 479
Refilling Window Washer Fluid......... 479

Replacing Light Bulbs ....................... 480

Checking and Maintaining Wiper 

Blades .......................................... 485

Checking and Maintaining Tires

Checking Tires ................................. 488
Tire and Loading Information Label ...... 489
Tire Labeling .................................... 489
DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles).......491

Wear Indicators ............................... 493
Tire Service Life................................ 493
Tire and Wheel Replacement ........... 494
Tire Rotation.................................... 495
Winter Tires ..................................... 496

12-Volt Battery ................................. 497
Remote Transmitter Care

Replacing the Button Battery ........... 498

Climate Control System Maintenance .... 500
Cleaning

Interior Care .................................... 501
Exterior Care.................................... 503

Accessories and Modifications ........ 506

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Before Performing Maintenance

Inspection and Maintenance

For your safety, perform all listed inspections and maintenance to keep your vehicle 
in good condition. If you become aware of any abnormality (noise, smell, insufficient 
brake fluid, oil residue on the ground, etc.), have your vehicle inspected by a dealer. 
(Note, however, that service at a dealer is not mandatory to keep your warranties in 
effect.)

Daily inspections

Perform inspections before long distance trips, when washing the vehicle, or when 
refueling.

Periodic inspections

• Check the brake fluid level monthly.

Brake Fluid P. 479

• Check the tire pressure monthly. Examine the tread for wear and foreign objects.

Checking and Maintaining Tires P. 488

• Check the operation of the exterior lights monthly.

Replacing Light Bulbs P. 480

• Check the condition of the wiper blades at least every six months.

Checking and Maintaining Wiper Blades P. 485

Types of Inspection and Maintenance

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Inspection and Maintenance

Maintenance, replacement, or repair of 
emissions control devices and systems may be 
done by any automotive repair establishment or 
individuals using parts that are “certified” to 
EPA standards.

According to state and federal regulations, failure to 
perform maintenance on the maintenance main 
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.

Maintenance Service Items P. 466

If you want to perform complex maintenance tasks 
that require more skills and tools, you can purchase a 
subscription to the Service Express website at 
www.techinfo.honda.com.

Authorized Manuals P. 563

If you want to perform maintenance yourself, make 
sure that you have the necessary tools and skills first.
After performing maintenance, update the records in 
the separate maintenance booklet.

U.S. models

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Safety When Performing Maintenance

Some of the most important safety precautions are given here.
However, we cannot warn you of every conceivable hazard that can arise in 
performing maintenance. Only you can decide whether or not you should perform 
a given task.

• To reduce the possibility of fire or explosion, keep cigarettes, sparks, and flames 

away from the 12-volt battery and all fuel related parts.

• Never leave rags, towels, or other flammable objects under the hood.

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Heat from the engine and exhaust can ignite them causing a fire.

• To clean parts, use a commercially available degreaser or parts cleaner, not 

gasoline.

• Wear eye protection and protective clothing when working with the 12-volt 

battery or compressed air.

• Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, which is poisonous and can kill you.

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Operate the engine only when there is sufficient ventilation.

• The vehicle must be in a stationary condition.

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Make sure your vehicle is parked on level ground, the parking brake is set, and 
the power system is turned off.

• Be aware that hot parts can burn you.

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Make sure to let the power system including the engine and exhaust system 
cool thoroughly before touching vehicle parts.

• Be aware that moving parts can injure you.

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Do not activate the power system unless instructed, and keep your hands and 
limbs away from moving parts.

Maintenance Safety

Vehicle Safety

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Safety When Performing Maintenance

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WARNING

Improperly maintaining this vehicle or 
failing to correct a problem before driving 
can cause a crash in which you can be 
seriously hurt or killed.

Always follow the inspection and 
maintenance recommendations according 
to the schedules in this owner’s manual.

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WARNING

Failure to properly follow maintenance 
instructions and precautions can cause you 
to be seriously hurt or killed.

Always follow the procedures and 
precautions in this owner’s manual.

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Parts and Fluids Used in Maintenance Service

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Parts and Fluids Used in Maintenance Service

The use of Acura genuine parts and fluids is recommended when maintaining and 
servicing your vehicle. Acura genuine parts are manufactured according to the same 
high quality standards used in Acura vehicles.

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Maintenance Minder

TM

If the engine oil life is less than 15%, you will see the Maintenance Minder messages 
appear the multi-information display every time you set the power mode to ON. The 
messages notify you when to change the engine oil, or when to bring your vehicle 
to a dealer for indicated maintenance services.

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To Use Maintenance Minder

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To Use Maintenance Minder

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Maintenance items, which should be serviced at the same time that you replace the 
engine oil, appear on the multi-information display.
You can view them on the engine oil life screen at any time.
1. Set the power mode to ON.
2. Roll the right selector wheel until the engine oil life appears on the multi-

information display.

Displaying the Engine Oil Life and Maintenance Items

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Displaying the Engine Oil Life and Maintenance Items

Based on the engine operating conditions, the 
remaining engine oil life is calculated and displayed 
as a percentage.

Displayed Engine Oil 

Life (%)

Calculated Engine Oil 

Life (%)

100

100 to 91

90

90 to 81

80

80 to 71

70

70 to 61

60

60 to 51

50

50 to 41

40

40 to 31

30

30 to 21

20

20 to 16

15

15 to 11

10

10 to 6

5

5 to 1

0

0

Remaining Engine Oil Life

Maintenance Service Items

Right Selector Wheel

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To Use Maintenance Minder

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The system message indicator (

) comes on along with the Maintenance Minder message.

Maintenance Minder Messages on the Multi-Information 
Display

Maintenance Message

Oil Life Display

Explanation

Information

Maintenance Due Soon

15 %

The remaining engine oil life is 15 to 6 
percent. Once you switch the display 
by rolling the right selector wheel, this 
message will go off.

The engine oil is approaching the end 
of its service life, and the maintenance 
items should be inspected and 
serviced soon.

Maintenance Due Now

5 %

The remaining engine oil life is 5 to 1 
percent. Roll the right selector wheel 
to switch to another display.

The engine oil has almost reached the 
end of its service life, and the 
maintenance items should be 
inspected and serviced as soon as 
possible.

Maintenance Past Due

Negative Distance

The remaining engine oil life has 
passed its service life, and a negative 
distance appears after driving over 10 
miles (U.S. models) or 10 km 
(Canadian models). Roll the right 
selector wheel to switch to another 
display.

The engine oil life has passed.
The maintenance items must be 
inspected and serviced immediately.

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Maintenance Service Items

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Maintenance Service Items

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

Inspect idle speed every 160,000 miles (256,000 
km).

Adjust the valves during services A, B, 1, 2, or 3 if 
they are noisy.

Maintenance Minder Message

System Message 
Indicator

Main Item

Sub Items

*1: If a message Maintenance 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.

CODE

Maintenance Main Items

A

Replace engine oil

*1

B

Replace engine oil

*1

 and oil filter

Inspect front and rear brakes

Inspect tie rod ends, steering gearbox, boots, and 
drain plug

Inspect suspension components

Inspect driveshaft boots

Inspect brake hoses and lines (Including ABS/VSA)

Inspect all fluid levels and condition of fluids

Inspect exhaust system

#

Inspect fuel lines and connections

#

Check expiration information for Temporary Tire 
Repair Kit bottle

*2: If you drive in dusty conditions, replace the air cleaner element every 15,000 miles (24,000 km).
*3: If you drive primarily in urban areas that have high concentrations of soot in the air from industry and 

from diesel-powered vehicles, replace the dust and pollen filter every 15,000 miles (24,000 km).

*4: Driving in mountainous areas at very low vehicle speeds results in higher transmission temperature. 

This requires transmission fluid changes more frequently than recommended by the Maintenance 
Minder. If you regularly drive your vehicle under these conditions, have the transmission fluid changed 
at 30,000 miles (48,000 km), then every 25,000 miles (40,000 km).

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

-20°F, -29°C), replace every 60,000 miles/100,000 km.

*6: Driving in mountainous areas at very low vehicle speeds 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). 

CODE

Maintenance Sub Items

1

Rotate tires

2

Replace air cleaner element

*2

Replace dust and pollen filter

*3

3

Replace transmission fluid

*4

4

Replace spark plugs

Replace timing belt and inspect water pump

*5

Inspect valve clearance

5

Replace engine coolant

6

Replace Twin Motor Unit fluid

*6

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Reset the engine oil life display if you have performed the maintenance service.

1. Set the power mode to ON.
2. Go to the Maintenance Info. group.

Customized Features P. 113

3. Push the right selector wheel.

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The oil life reset mode is displayed on the multi-information display.

4. Select Reset with the right selector wheel, then push the right selector wheel.

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The displayed maintenance items disappear, and the engine oil life display 
returns to 100%.

To cancel the oil life reset mode, select Cancel, then push the right selector wheel.

Resetting the Display

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Resetting the Display

NOTICE

Failure to reset the engine oil life after a maintenance 
service results in the system showing incorrect 
maintenance intervals, which can lead to serious 
mechanical problems.

The dealer will reset the engine oil life display after 
completing the required maintenance service. If 
someone other than a dealer performs maintenance 
service, reset the engine oil life display yourself.

Engine Oil Life

Maintenance Item Codes

Right Selector 
Wheel

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Maintenance Under the Hood

Maintenance Items Under the Hood

Brake Fluid 
(Black Cap)

Washer Fluid 
(Black Cap)

Engine Oil Dipstick 
(Orange Loop)

Engine Oil Fill Cap

12-Volt Battery

Engine Coolant Reserve 
Tank

Radiator Cap

Inverter Coolant 
Filler Tank

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Opening the Hood

1. Park the vehicle on a level surface, and set 

the parking brake.

2. Pull the hood release handle under the 

lower left corner of the dashboard.

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The hood will pop up slightly.

3. Push up the hood latch lever in the center 

of the hood to release the lock mechanism, 
and open the hood.

4. Lift the hood up most of the way.

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The hydraulic supports will lift it up the 
rest of the way and hold it up.

When closing, lower it to approximately 12 
inches (30 cm), then press down firmly with 
your hands.

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Opening the Hood

NOTICE

Do not open the hood when the wiper arms are 
raised.
The hood will strike the wipers, and may damage 
either the hood or the wipers.

When closing the hood, check that the hood is 
securely latched.

If the hood latch lever moves stiffly, or if you can 
open the hood without lifting the lever, the latch 
mechanism should be cleaned and lubricated.

Pull

Hood Release Handle

Lever

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Engine Compartment Cover

The component parts in the engine compartment are protected by a cover.
You may need to remove the cover when you perform certain maintenance work.
To remove the cover:

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Engine Compartment Cover

Insert a flat-tip screwdriver, lift and remove the center 
pin to remove the clip.

Insert the clip with the center pin raised, and push 
until it is flat.

Holding clip (A-type)

Push until the 
pin is flat

Engine Compartment Cover
Remove the holding clips

Clip (A)

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Recommended Engine Oil

Oil is a major contributor to your engine’s 
performance and longevity. If you drive the 
vehicle with insufficient or deteriorated oil, 
the engine may fail or be damaged.

This seal indicates the oil is energy conserving 
and that it meets the American Petroleum 
Institute’s latest requirements.

Use a Genuine Acura Motor Oil or another 
commercial engine oil of suitable viscosity for 
the ambient temperature as shown here.

Synthetic oil

You may also use synthetic motor oil if it is labeled with the API Certification Seal 
and is the specified viscosity grade.

• Genuine Acura Motor Oil
• Premium-grade 0W-20 detergent oil with an API Certification Seal on the 

container.

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Recommended Engine Oil

Engine Oil Additives
Your vehicle does not require oil additives. In fact, 
they may adversely affect the engine performance 
and durability.

Ambient Temperature

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