2004 Civic Sedan Online Reference Owner's ManualUse these links (and links throughout this manual) to navigate through this reference. For aprinted owner's manual, click on authorized manuals or go to If you havea Civic GX refer to Civic GX Owner’s Manual Supplement for additional information.ContentsOwner's Identification FormIntroduction . iA Few Words About Safety . iiYour Car at a Glance .2Driver and Passenger Safety .5Proper use and care of your car's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System.Instruments and Controls.49Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.Comfort and Convenience Features.87How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features.Before Driving .111What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new car, and how to load luggage and other cargo.Driving.123The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer.Maintenance.135The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your car to the dealer.Taking Care of the Unexpected.169This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them.Technical Information.193ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) .207A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us.Authorized Manuals (U.S. only).211How to order manuals and other technical literature.Index . IService Information SummaryA summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.

Main MenuOwner’s IdentificationThis Owner’s Manual should be considereda permanent part of the vehicle, and shouldremain with the vehicle when it is sold.OWNERThis Owner’s Manual covers all models ofthe Civic 4-door. You may find descriptionsof equipment and features that are not onyour particular model.ADDRESSSTREETCITYSTATE/PROVINCEZIP CODE/POSTAL CODEV. I. N.DELIVERY DATEThe information and specifications includedin this publication were in effect at the timeof approval for printing. Honda Motor Co.,Ltd. reserves the right, however, todiscontinue or change specifications ordesign at any time without notice andwithout incurring any obligation whatsoever.(Date sold to original retail purchaser)DEALER NAMEDEALER NO.ADDRESSSTREETCITYOWNER’S SIGNATUREDEALER’S SIGNATURESTATE/PROVINCEZIP CODE/POSTAL CODEPOUR CLIENTS CANADIENAVIS IMPORTANT: Si vous avezbesoin d’un Manuel du Conducteuren français, veuillez demander àvotre concessionnaire decommander le numéro de pièce33S5AC30

Main MenuIntroductionCongratulations! Your selection of a 2004 Honda Civic was a wise investment.It will give you years of driving pleasure.One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Honda is toread this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls andconvenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your vehicle soyou can refer to it at any time.As you read this manual, you willfind information that is preceded byasymbol. Thisinformation is intended to help youavoid damage to your Honda, otherproperty, or the environment.Several warranties protect your new Honda. Read the warranty bookletthoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rightsand responsibilities.Maintaining your vehicle according to the schedules given in this manualhelps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment.When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your Hondadealer’s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique toyour Honda. Your Honda dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will bepleased to answer any questions and concerns.California Proposition 65 WarningWARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State ofCalifornia to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.i

Main MenuA Few Words About SafetyYour safety, and the safety of others,is very important. And operating thisvehicle safely is an importantresponsibility.To help you make informeddecisions about safety, we haveprovided operating procedures andother information on labels and inthis manual. This information alertsyou to potential hazards that couldhurt you or others.Of course, it is not practical orpossible to warn you about all thehazards associated with operating ormaintaining your vehicle. You mustuse your own good judgement.You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms,including:Safety Labels on the vehicle.Safety Messages preceded by a safety alert symboland one ofthree signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION.These signal words mean:You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLYHURT if you don’t follow instructions.You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLYHURT if you don’t follow instructions.You CAN be HURT if you don’t followinstructions.Safety Headings such as Important Safety Reminders or ImportantSafety 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 itcarefully.ii



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Main MenuDriver and Passenger SafetyThis section gives you importantinformation about how to protectyourself and your passengers. Itshows you how to use seat beltsproperly. It explains how yourairbags work. And it tells you how toproperly restrain infants andchildren in your vehicle.Important Safety Precautions . 6Your Vehicle’s Safety Features. 7Seat Belts . 8Airbags . 10Protecting Adults and Teens. 111. Close and Lock the Doors . 112. Adjust the Front Seats . 113. Adjust the Seat-Backs . 134. Adjust the Head Restraints . 145. Fasten and Position theLap/Shoulder Seat Belts . 146. Adjust the Steering Wheel . 167. Maintain a Proper SittingPosition . 16Advice for Pregnant Women. 17Additional Safety Precautions . 18Additional Information About YourSeat Belts . 19Seat Belt System Components . 19Lap/Shoulder Belt . 19Automatic Seat BeltTensioners . 20Seat Belt Maintenance . 21Additional Information AboutYour Airbags . 22Airbag System Components . 22How Your Front AirbagsWork. 22How Your Side Airbags Work. 25How the SRS Indicator LightWorks . 26How the Side Airbag CutoffIndicator Light Works . 27Airbag Service . 28Additional Safety Precautions . 28Protecting Children GeneralGuidelines . 29All Children Must BeRestrained . 29All Children Should Sit in theBack Seat . 30The Passenger’s Front AirbagCan Pose Serious Risks . 30If You Must Drive with SeveralChildren . 32If a Child Requires CloseAttention . 32Additional Safety Precautions . 33Protecting Infants . 34Protecting Small Children . 35Selecting a Child Seat . 36Installing a Child Seat . 37Installing a Child Seat UsingLATCH. 38Installing a Child Seat with aLap/shoulder Belt . 40Installing a Child Seat with aTether . 41Protecting Larger Children . 42Checking Seat Belt Fit . 43Using a Booster Seat . 43Additional Safety Precautions . 45Carbon Monoxide Hazard . 46Safety Labels . 47Driver and Passenger Safety5

Main MenuTable of ContentsImportant Safety PrecautionsYou’ll find many safetyrecommendations throughout thissection, and throughout this manual.The recommendations on this pageare the ones we consider to be themost important.Always Wear Your Seat BeltA seat belt is your best protection inall types of collisions. Airbagssupplement seat belts, but airbagsare designed to inflate only in amoderate to severe frontal collision.So even though your vehicle isequipped with airbags, make sureyou and your passenger always wearyour seat belts, and wear themproperly. (See page 14 ).Restrain All ChildrenChildren age 12 and under shouldride properly restrained in a backseat. Infants and small childrenshould be restrained in a child seat.Larger children should use a boosterand a lap/shoulder belt until they6Driver and Passenger Safetycan use the belt properly without abooster (see page 29 ).Be Aware of Airbag HazardsWhile airbags can save lives, theycan cause serious or fatal injuries tooccupants who sit too close to them,or are not properly restrained.Infants, young children, and shortadults are at the greatest risk. Besure to follow all instructions andwarnings in this manual.Don’t Drink and DriveAlcohol and driving don’t mix. Evenone drink can reduce your ability torespond to changing conditions, andyour reaction time gets worse withevery additional drink. So don’t drinkand drive, and don’t let your friendsdrink and drive, either.Control Your SpeedExcessive speed is a major factor incrash injuries and deaths. Generally,the higher the speed the greater therisk, but serious injuries can alsooccur at lower speeds. Never drivefaster than is safe for currentconditions, regardless of themaximum speed posted.Keep Your Vehicle in SafeConditionHaving a tire blowout or amechanical failure can be extremelyhazardous. To reduce the possibilityof such problems, check your tirepressures and condition frequently,and perform all regularly scheduledmaintenance (see page 139 ).

Main MenuTable of ContentsYour Vehicle’s Safety Features(10) (1)(3) (4)Your vehicle is equipped with manyfeatures that work together toprotect you and your passengersduring a crash.(6)(8)(7)(8)(5)(2)(7) (11)(2)(9)(1) Safety Cage(2) Crush Zone(3) Seats & Seat-Backs(4) Head Restraints(5) Collapsible Steering Column(6) Seat Belts(7) Front Airbags(8) Side Airbags(On some models)(9) Seat Belt Tensioners(10) Door Locks(11) Seat Belt Buckle TensionersSome safety features do not requireany action on your part. Theseinclude a strong steel frameworkthat forms a safety cage around thepassenger compartment; front andrear crash zones, a collapsiblesteering column, and seat belttensioners that tighten the front seatbelts in the event of a crash.CONTINUEDDriver and Passenger Safety7

Main MenuTable of ContentsYour Vehicle’s Safety FeaturesHowever, you and your passengerscan’t take full advantage of thesesafety features unless you remainsitting in a proper position andalways wear your seat belts properly.In fact, some safety features cancontribute to injuries if they are notused properly.The following pages explain how youcan take an active role in protectingyourself and your passengers.Seat BeltsYour vehicle is equipped with seatbelts in all seating positions.Your seat belt system also includesan indicator on the instrument panelto remind you and your passengersto fasten your seat belts.Why Wear Seat BeltsSeat belts are the single mosteffective safety device for adults andlarger children (Infants and smallerchildren must be properly restrainedin child seats).Not wearing a seat belt properlyincreases the chance of seriousinjury or death

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