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2001 CL 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
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2001 CL 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 Contents Owner's Identification Form Introduction... i A Few Words About Safety...ii Your Vehicle at a Glance...2 Driver and Passenger Safety...5 Proper use and care of your vehicle's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System. Instruments and Controls...51 Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls. Comfort and Convenience Features How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer. Maintenance The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer. Appearance Care Tips on cleaning and protecting your vehicle. Things to look for if your vehicle ever needs body repairs. Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them. Technical Information ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) A summary of the warranties covering your new Acura, and how to contact us. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) How to order manuals and other technical literature. Index... I Service Information Summary A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump. Owner s Identification OWNER ADDRESS V. I. N. DELIVERY DATE DEALER NAME ADDRESS STREET CITY STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE (Date sold to original retail purchaser) STREET DEALER NO. This Owner s Manual should be considered a permanent part of the car,andshouldremainwiththecar when it is sold. This Owner s Manual covers all modelsoftheacura3.2cl.you may find descriptions of equipment and features that are not on your particular model. The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatsoever. CITY STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE OWNER S SIGNATURE DEALER S SIGNATURE Introduction Congratulations! Your selection of a 2001 Acura 3.2 CL was a wise investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure. One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Acura is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner s manual in your car so you can refer to it at any time. As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid damage to your Acura, other property, or the environment. Several warranties protect your new Acura. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities. Maintaining your car according to the schedules given in this manual helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your car needs maintenance, keep in mind that your Acura dealer s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your Acura. Your Acura dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns. i AFewWordsAboutSafety Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this car 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 car. You must use your own good judgement. You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including: Safety Labels on the car. Safety Messages preceded by a safety alert symbol and one of three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION. These signal words mean: You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don t follow instructions. You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don t follow instructions. You CAN be HURT if you don t 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 car correctly and safely. This entire book is filled with important safety information please read it carefully. ii Your Car at a Glance MIRROR CONTROLS (P.101) INSTRUMENT PANEL (P.53) DIGITAL CLOCK (P.110) DRIVING POSITION MEMORY (P.103) POWER DOOR LOCKS (P.81) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.122) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.107) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.135) TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON (P.86) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE HANDLE (P.161) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.162) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P.176) 2 Your Car at a Glance HORN (P. 64) WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P. 68, 69) HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS (P. 70) TRACTION CONTROL/ VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM ON/ OFF SWITCH (P. 188, 191) MOONROOF SWITCH (P. 109) CRUISE CONTROL (P. 73) INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P. 67) TILT ADJUSTMENT (P. 71) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P. 70) HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS (P. 65, 67) REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS (P. 156) 3 4 Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers. It shows you how to use seat belts properly. It explains your Supplemental Restraint System. And it tells you how to properly restrain infants andchildreninyourcar. Important Safety Precautions... 6 Your Car s Safety Features... 7 Seat Belts... 8 Airbags... 9 Seats & Seat-Backs Head Restraints Door Locks Pre-Drive Safety Checklist Protecting Adults Close and Lock the Doors Adjust the Front Seats Adjust the Seat-Backs Adjust the Head Restraints Fasten and Position the Seat Belts Adjust the Steering Wheel Maintain a Proper Sitting Position Advice for Pregnant Women Additional Safety Precautions Protecting Children All Children Must Be Restrained Children Should Sit in the Back Seat The Passenger s Front Airbag Poses Serious Risks to Children If You Must Drive with Several Children If a Child Requires Close Attention Additional Safety Precautions General Guidelines for Using Child Seats Protecting Infants Protecting Small Children Protecting Larger Children Using Child Seats with Tethers Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt System Components Lap/Shoulder Belt Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners Seat Belt Maintenance Additional Information About Your Front Airbags SRS Components How Your Front Airbags Work How the SRS Indicator Light Works Additional Information About Your Side Airbags How Your Side Airbags Work How The Side Airbag Indicator Light Works Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag Service Additional Safety Precautions Carbon Monoxide Hazard Safety Labels Driver and Passenger Safety 5 Important Safety Precautions You ll find many safety recommendations throughout this section, and throughout this manual. Therecommendationsonthispage 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 car is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly. (See page 15.) Restrain All Children Children are safest when they are properly restrained in the back seat, notthefrontseat.achildwhoistoo smallforaseatbeltmustbeproperly restrained in a child safety seat. (See page 20.) Be Aware of Airbag Hazards While airbags can 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 9.) 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 Car 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 pressures and condition frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance. (See page 206.) 6 Driver and Passenger Safety Your Car s Safety Features (7) (8) (10) (1) (3) (6) (4) (9) (5) (7)(6) (8) (2) Your car is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. Some safety features do not require anyactiononyourpart.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; a collapsible steering column; and seat belt tensioners that automatically tighten the front seat belts in the event of a crash. (2) (1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zones (3) Seats & Seat-Backs (4) Head Restraints (5) Collapsible Steering Column (6) Seat Belts (7) Front Airbags (8) Side Airbags (9) Seat Belt Tensioners (10) Door Locks CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 7 Your Car s Safety Features 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, some safety features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly. Seat Belts Foryoursafety,andthesafetyof your passengers, your car 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 car has airbags. In addition, most states and all 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 frontal, side, and rear impacts and rollovers. 8 Driver and Passenger Safety Your Car s Safety Features Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the car and against other occupants. Airbags Keep you from being thrown out of the car. 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.butinmostcases,seatbelts can reduce your risk of serious injury. What you should do: Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. Your car has a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with front airbags to help protect the heads and chests of the driver and a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe frontal collision. Your car also has side airbags to help protect the upper torso of the driver or a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe side impact. The most important things you need to know about your airbags are: Airbags do not replace seat belts. They are designed to supplement the seat belts. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 9 Your Car s Safety Features Airbags offer no protection in rear impacts, rollovers, or minor frontal or side collisions. Airbags can pose serious hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force and speed. So while airbags help save lives, they can cause minor injuries, or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly. 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 & Seat-Backs Your car 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 seatbacks 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 theinsideofthecar,orbyan 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 car 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. Door Locks Keeping your doors locked reduces thechanceofbeingthrownoutof the car during a crash. It also helps prevent occupants from accidentally opening a door and falling out, and outsiders from unexpectedly opening your doors. 10 Driver and Passenger Safety Your Car s Safety Features Pre-Drive Safety Checklist To make sure you and your passengers get the maximum protection from your car 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 belts and wearingthemproperly(seepage 15 ). Any infant or small child is properly restrained in a child seat inthebackseat(seepage 20 ). Frontseatoccupantsaresitting upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel and dashboard (see page 13 ). Seat-backs are upright (see page 14 ). Head restraints are properly adjusted (see page 15 ). Both doors are closed and locked (see page 12 ). All cargo is properly stored or secured (see page 169 ). 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. Driver and Passenger Safety 11 Protecting Adults 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 35 for important additional guidelines on how to properly protect larger children.) 1. Close and Lock the Doors After everyone has entered the car, be sure the doors are closed and locked. Your car has a door monitor light on the instrument panel to indicate when a specific door is not tightly closed. For safety, locking the doors reduces the chance that a passenger, especially a child, will open a door while the car is moving and accidentally fall out. It also reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the car during a crash. For security, locked doors can prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop. See page 81 for how to lock the doors. 12 Driver and Passenger Safety Protecting Adults 2.Adjust the Front Seats 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 car. Also make sure your front seat passenger moves the seat as far to the rear 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. 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 an inflating front airbag during a crash. Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate. Always sit as far back from the front airbags as possible. See page 94 front seats. for how to adjust the Driver and Passenger Safety 13 Protecting Adults 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 front airbag inflates. A front passenger should also adjust the seat-back to an upright position, but as far from the dashboard as possible. A passenger who sits too close to the dashboard could be injured if the front 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 page 95 for how to adjust seatbacks. 14 Driver and Passenger Safety Protecting Adults 4.Adjust the Head Restraints 5. 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. Fasten and Position the Seat Belts 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. 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. Properly adjusted head restraints will help protect occupants from whiplash and other crash injuries. See page 98 for how to adjust the head restraints. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 15 Protecting Adults 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 for
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