Tips & Advice
Keep your Acura running like new with helpful information and guides that cover everything from fuel efficiency and safety information to tips that will maximize your driving experience between scheduled Maintenance Minder™ or Maintenance Schedule services.
BRAKES, BRAKE PADS & BRAKE ROTORS
Brake Squeal and Wear Indicators
All four brakes have audible brake wear indicators. When the brake pads need replacing, you will hear a distinctive metallic "screeching" sound when you apply the brakes. If you do not have the brake pads replaced, they will begin screeching all the time.
Your brakes may sometimes squeal or squeak when you apply them lightly. Do not confuse this with the brake wear indicators. They make a very audible "screeching."
Low Brake fluid
If your brake fluid is low, it may be leaking or your brakes could be worn.
Flushing the Brake Fluid
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs moisture. And when that moisture finds its way into your braking system, it can corrode metal and seals.
Flushing the system with new fluid removes the condensation before extensive damage can occur.
When flushing the system, always use Acura Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3. If this specific fluid is not available, you should use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid from a sealed container, but only as a temporary replacement. The use of any non-Acura brake fluid can cause corrosion and may decrease the life of the system.
Acura Genuine Brake Pads
Stopping is the ultimate commitment. It stands to reason that Acura Genuine Brake Rotors function best with Acura Genuine Brake Pads. Particularly since Acura brake pads are extensively tested on Acura vehicles in the most intense braking situations and extreme environments. Made from a balance of hard and soft materials, Acura Brake Pads can effectively help prevent premature disc wear and minimize noise.
- Precisely engineered and manufactured with state-of-the-art materials for superior performance, proper wear and long life.
- Specially designed to dampen noise and reduce vibration.
- Include high-insulating shims and specially formulated grease.
Acura Genuine Brake Rotors
Shaped to the exacting standards of Acura. Brake rotors are vital to dissipating the heat that comes from the pads every time you brake. Acura Genuine Brake Rotors are built to take that heat time and again for lasting performance and reliability. They’re made with the optimum mix of materials and compounds to safely withstand long periods of wear and to help prevent overheating and warping.
Gasoline Selection and "Detergent Gasoline"
In general, Acura recommends that you buy gasoline from high-volume, major name-brand stations.
To prevent the build up of deposits inside your engine and fuel system, it is important to choose fuels that contain effective detergent additives. The detergency of some US gasoline is insufficient to provide protection from such deposits. Acura recommends the use of "Top Tier Detergent Gasoline," where available. Gasoline brands with this designation meet new, voluntary standards and have demonstrated their ability to keep engines clean through a series of demanding tests. Significantly, Top Tier Detergent Gasoline does not contain MMT, a metallic additive that creates deposits in your engine and exhaust system; (see the MMT explanation below). Fuel brands that have achieved the Top Tier Detergent Gasoline designation can be identified through their marketing campaigns, and/or by fueling station signage.
All gasoline contains trace amounts of sulfur. The human sense of smell can detect sulfur odor in concentrations as low as 3 to 5 parts per million in air.
The exhaust on today's catalyst-equipped Acura vehicles will emit varying degrees of sulfur odor depending on operating temperatures and conditions. On normally operating vehicles, the odor is usually noticeable when the engine is cold, right after deceleration, or after wide-open throttle acceleration.
It may not be possible to eliminate sulfur odor completely due to the various operating conditions. If the sulfur odor is overly bothersome, please contact Acura Client Relations Acura Client Relations or your dealer for further guidance or assistance.
"Summer" and "Winter" Fuel
All parts of the U.S. have winter/summer blended fuel, which is needed to prevent cold or hot start problems. Winter fuels have higher volatility to compensate for cold dense air. Conversely, summer fuels have lower volatility and are less prone to "percolate."
If winter blended fuel is used in warm or hot weather, the higher temperature may cause the fuel to "percolate" within the fuel system.
Summer fuel may not vaporize adequately in cool weather.
These situations are normally localized and last only during a brief period of severe changes in climatic conditions. Normally, no vehicle repairs are needed for these situations.
To avoid a mismatch of summer and winter fuel, Acura recommends that you buy gasoline from high-volume, major name-brand stations.
Oxygenated Fuels and MMT
Do not use gasoline containing MMT (Methylcyclopentadienyl Manganese Tricarbonyl). MMT is a gasoline additive that is used by some refiners to boost octane. It contains the metal manganese. This additive contaminates your engine components and exhaust emission control system, and can lead to a significant increase in emissions and a loss in performance and fuel economy. Damage caused by the use of fuels containing MMT may not be covered under warranty. Gasoline containing MMT is not common in the United States. It is prohibited in federal reformulated gasoline and in all California gasoline. However, MMT has been found in some fuels in the Southwest, mountain states, and the northwest area of New York State. MMT is more prevalent in gasoline sold in Canada, but lately many MMT-free fuels have become available. Regardless of location, the presence of MMT in the fuel will not be indicated on the pump, so it is important to ask your fueling station if their gasoline contains this additive. Alternatively, you may contact the customer service department of your preferred fuel brand with this question.
Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an ether compound. These gasolines are collectively referred to as "oxygenated fuels." To meet clean air standards, some areas of the U.S. and Canada use these fuels to help reduce emissions. If you use an oxygenated fuel, be sure it is unleaded and meets the minimum octane rating requirement described in your Owner's Manual
Before using an oxygenated fuel, try to confirm the fuel's contents. Some states/provinces require this information to be posted on the pump.
The following are the EPA-approved percentages of oxygenates:
- ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol): You may use gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol by volume.
- MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether): You may use gasoline containing up to 15% MTBE by volume.
- METHANOL (methyl or wood alcohol): Gasoline containing methanol is not common in North America. Your vehicle was not designed to use fuel that contains methanol. Methanol can damage fuel system components. This damage would not be covered under warranty.
Fuels that exceed the EPA's approved oxygenate percentages for conventional and reformulated gasolines must be clearly labeled on the pump. One example of such a fuel is "E85," which contains 85% ethanol. Do not use such fuels in your vehicle. These fuels will cause performance problems, and may damage your vehicle's engine, fuel system, and emission control system. This damage would not be covered under warranty.
If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another service station or switch to another brand of gasoline.
Refer to your Owner's Manual for the pump octane number recommended for your Acura. Use of a lower-octane gasoline than recommended can cause a persistent, heavy metallic rapping noise in the engine that can lead to mechanical damage.
There is no advantage in using a fuel with a pump octane greater than that recommended in your Owner's Manual.
Precautions to take while refueling
- Turn off your vehicle.
- Do not smoke, light matches, or use lighters.
- Do not get back into your vehicle during refueling. Remain at the vehicle's fueling point even when using the nozzle’s hold-open latch. It is important to avoid any activity that might result in static electricity build-up and discharge.
- Do not attempt to "top off" your vehicle's fuel tank.
- Ensure that the gas cap is securely tightened after refueling, as per the instructions in your Owner's Manual. An improperly tightened gas cap might illuminate the Malfunction Indicator Light on your instrument panel.
- Never fill a portable gasoline container or refuel a gasoline-powered device anywhere inside or on your vehicle.
Timing Belts – Original Fit is Critical.
Have your timing belt inspected at the recommended intervals — and at replacement time, insist on an Acura Genuine Timing Belt. Acura Genuine Timing Belts are designed for exact factory fit to prevent belt slippage and are constructed with original, premium materials for maximum durability and crack resistance. Don’t put your engine at risk with other brands. With an Acura Genuine Timing Belt, you can drive with confidence.
OILS & FLUIDS
Acura Genuine Oils and Fluids are where pure performance begins.
Your Acura is built for performance and solid dependability. An integral part of keeping it that way is using new Acura Genuine Vital Fluids at factory recommended intervals.
Over time, fluids lose essential protective properties, and waiting too long between changes can lead to mechanical damage and costly repairs. Acura Genuine Motor Oil, Antifreeze/Coolant, Brake Fluid, Automatic Transmission Fluid and Power Steering Fluid are specially formulated to protect your Acura’s mechanical components from harmful deposits, rust, corrosion and oxidation. Please check the maintenance schedules in your owner’s manual for recommended fluid change intervals.
Acura Genuine Automatic Transmission Fluid
Most people don’t stop to think about the fluid in their automatic transmission. The truth is that fluid in their automatic transmission has a direct impact on how well their transmission shifts, how smoothly it performs, and how long the transmission lasts. Transmission fluid also has a direct impact on your Acura’s fuel economy. Acura Genuine Automatic Transmission Fluid has been thoroughly laboratory-tested, and is specifically formulated to meet the needs of Acura vehicles. It uses the finest ingredients that deliver the ideal friction properties for efficient shifting, economical transfer of power, and a smooth ride with exceptional performance.
Acura Genuine Antifreeze All-Weather Protection. All Acura Performance.
When you’re driving in extreme temperatures, the last thing you need is engine failure. Whether in extreme heat or cold, Acura Genuine Longlife Blue Antifreeze/Coolant provides long-term corrosion protection to all metal and non-metal parts of your Acura’s cooling system and protects against boil over and freezing. Acura Genuine Longlife Blue Antifreeze/Coolant is the only coolant designed specifically for Acura vehicles. Its pre-mixed formulation is so advanced, no coolant service is required for up to 10 years or 120,000 miles. Use Acura Genuine Longlife Blue Antifreeze/Coolant for optimum long-term engine performance.
Acura Genuine Brake Fluid Performs well under pressure.
You put your foot on the brake pedal and the vehicle slows. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? The fact is, your Acura’s braking system experiences significant stress, especially in stop-and-go traffic. Over time, the brake fluid it uses can become contaminated, or simply lose its effectiveness. That’s why Acura recommends replacing brake fluid every three years with Acura Genuine Brake Fluid. Specially formulated to work with Acura braking systems, Acura Genuine Brake Fluid contains moisture inhibitors that help maintain correct lubricity and fluidity in virtually any driving conditions. What’s more, its blend of top-quality ingredients is designed to maintain effectiveness for the full three-year period between recommended changes.
Acura Genuine Power Steering Fluid – Steering Sounding Wrong? Try the Right Steering Fluid.
Maybe it’s hard to believe that using the wrong power steering fluid is a mistake you can hear. But it’s true. An inferior power steering fluid can allow friction, and friction makes noise. With a higher viscosity than most other power steering fluids, an exclusive blend of friction modifiers and a special base oil (after all, quality starts with the basic ingredient), Acura Genuine Power Steering Fluid is formulated to counter friction effectively, and is 100% compatible with all Acura power steering system components. Help your Acura last longer and run quieter. Always insist on Acura Genuine Power Steering Fluid.
Acura Genuine Motor Oil Top Performance Begins with Top Quality Oil.
Motor oil is your engine’s lifeblood. It lubricates your engine and protects moving parts to keep things running right. With the variety of grades and viscosities available, choosing the right motor oil may seem confusing. Acura Genuine Motor Oils are blended and tested to meet strict Acura requirements, and are available in a variety of grades and viscosities, each formulated specifically for use in Acura engines. You see, Acura engines are designed to work best with lower-viscosity motor oils, and oil not specified for them can diminish engine performance. So how do you pick the right motor oil with so many brands and types to choose from? Easy. Just look for the only motor oil with the Acura name.
Engine Air Filters– Better Filtering Means Better Performance.
Engines, like people, need to breathe clean air to stay fit. Without a free flow of clean air, an engine can’t perform at its best. It’s the job of your engine’s air filter to remove dust and contaminants from incoming air before they can reduce performance, increase fuel consumption and cause premature engine wear. As these pollutants build up on the filter, engine airflow becomes restricted, which adversely affects performance. That’s why it’s important to regularly replace your old, dirty air filter with a new Acura Genuine Engine Air Filter. Made from advanced materials designed for superior filtration and airflow, Acura Genuine Engine Air Filters help optimize performance and fuel economy. Remember, all engine air filters aren’t the same. Insist on original Acura quality. Insist on Acura Genuine.
Cabin Air Filters
Your Air Quality Deserves Acura Genuine Quality.
Pollen. Dust. Airborne contaminants. They’re all in the air you breathe every day. Fortunately, you can keep them out of your passenger cabin by inspecting and replacing your Acura’s cabin air filter as recommended. Acura Genuine Cabin Air Filters are designed specifically for your vehicle and meet Acura’s exacting performance and quality standards. They’re engineered to deliver maximum filtration of both incoming and recirculated air. And best of all, they give you the confidence of knowing they meet Acura standards for performance, quality and durability.
Towing varies by vehicle. For specific information about towing your vehicle, check your Owner's Manual.
Is it possible to tow my Acura vehicle with all four wheels on the ground (dinghy towing)?
For model year 2006 and newer, if an Acura vehicle is approved for towing with all four wheels on the ground, it will be noted in the Owner's Manual for that vehicle. Please refer to the owner's manual for specific towing instructions.
For model year 2005 and older, dinghy towing capability may or may not be possible. Please contact Acura Client Relations (800-382-2238) for additional information on whether or not your specific 2005 or older vehicle may be dinghy towable.
Your Acura dealer's service department offers the best care there is for your vehicle. Their technicians have spent many hours studying and training on proper Acura maintenance and repair procedures.
Also, most Acura technicians have many years of experience servicing older models. Virtually no one is more qualified to service your Acura than the Acura-trained and ASE Certified technicians at your Acura dealer's service department.
What's more, Acura dealerships invest in many special tools unique to your vehicle - so you can be assured that Acura Technicians have the right tools and information to properly service your vehicle. Ask your local dealership's Service Manager for a tour of their "Special Tools and Equipment" area.