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
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.
Where can I purchase an updated Navigation disc? Updated
Navigation DVDs can be purchased at www.acuranavi.com. You can also
access this link through My Acura if you have registered a vehicle that
has a navigation system.
The battery was disconnected from my
vehicle and now my radio is flashing "code" and the radio doesn't work.
Where can I find my radio code? If an audio unit with theft
protection is disconnected from electrical power, you must enter a
unique code number into the unit or it will not work. This code and the
audio unit's serial number are listed on the anti-theft ID card that
comes with the vehicle. The card is usually placed in the glove
compartment at the time of delivery. If you cannot locate the anti-theft
ID card, learn how to retrieve your radio code online by clicking here.
Where can I find out more about Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (phone compatibility, pairing a phone, etc)? For
information about Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (HFL), such as checking phone
compatibility, how to pair a phone, or importing an address book,
please visit www.acura.com/handsfreelink.aspx or call (888) 528-7876.
Why do my brakes make a squealing noise sometimes when I apply them lightly at low speeds? As
described in some Owner's Manuals, the squealing noise is caused by
high-frequency vibration of the brake pads against the rotating brake
disc. Vibration is the unavoidable result of friction generated by the
pads as the caliper clamps them against the rotating disc. Under average
braking conditions, some brake noise is normal and cannot be
Normally, the shims and the high-temperature grease
between the pads and the brake caliper dampen and isolate most of the
vibration. The level of vibration, however, is affected by outside
temperature and humidity, by road conditions (mud, dust and road salt),
and by the condition or thickness of the brake pad material. If the
squealing noise is abnormally loud, have the brakes inspected and
checked for pad wear.
Why do my brakes make a single "click" noise when I back out of a parking place and once again when I drive forward? A
clearance between the brake caliper brackets and the ends of the brake
pads allows for heat expansion and avoids corrosion between the caliper
bracket and the brake pads. That clearance can cause the pads to hit the
caliper brackets when you first apply the brakes in a new direction of
travel. When you back up and apply the brakes and then drive forward and
apply the brakes, the single "click" noise you hear is a normal
characteristic of the brake system.
Why do I hear a groaning noise when I start my car and then leave for work in the morning? On
models with a compact Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) unit, the vehicle's
ABS emits a brief grunt or groan when it does a self-check. The
self-check occurs when a vehicle is backed up or driven forward after
being started. The groaning noise associated with the ABS self-check is a
normal characteristic; it doesn't mean there is a problem with the ABS.
Why does my brake pedal sometimes feel like it sinks when I'm holding my car stopped at a light? This
change in brake pedal height is caused by an increase in engine vacuum.
The "power brakes" system in most modern vehicles uses engine vacuum to
boost the amount of force applied to the brake pedal by the driver of
the car. The device that does this, called the brake "booster," makes it
easier for the driver to stop the vehicle.
Engine vacuum is
affected by many different conditions. Engine vacuum is highest when all
accessories are off and the accelerator pedal is released (low load),
and lowest when all accessories are turned on and the accelerator pedal
is held to the floor (high load). Any change in engine vacuum (load) can
affect the amount of "assist," or boost, provided by the brake booster.
system that applies a noticeable load to the engine is the air
conditioning. During normal operation, the air conditioning system
constantly cycles on and off, changing the amount of load on the engine.
When the air conditioning cycles off, the load on the engine is
decreased and the amount of engine vacuum is increased. If the driver is
applying the brake pedal when the air conditioning cycles off, the
increase in engine vacuum increases the amount of boost applied to the
brake pedal. That increase is felt as a slight drop in brake pedal
height and is a normal characteristic.
Is it normal for my headlights to dim slightly and then come back to normal while my car is stopped at a light? This
is a normal characteristic and is caused by variations in the
electrical system created by the onboard computer. The computer controls
the output of the electrical charging system to improve fuel economy
and minimize vehicle vibration.
While the engine is at idle, the
computer monitors the electrical usage of the car and then controls the
electrical charging system so that it charges just enough to keep up
with demand. This change reduces the load on the engine and, in turn,
increases fuel economy and reduces vehicle vibration. As electrical
accessories turn on and off, the computer changes the rate of electrical
charge in response to the changes in demand for electricity. As the
computer responds to the addition of electrical load, you may notice a
momentary dimming of the lights. For example, the headlights or
instrument panel lights may briefly dim as the air conditioning cycles
If my vehicle has a branded or "Salvage" title, is the warranty still valid? Vehicles
with titles that have been branded as salvaged, scrapped, or dismantled
are no longer covered by the new car warranty, with the exception of
some emissions warranties and safety recalls. For further information
regarding the branding of vehicle titles, please contact your state's
department of motor vehicles.
Can I change the size of the tires on my vehicle? Acura
does not recommend modifying the vehicle in any manner, including
changing the original tire size or the suspension. Acura vehicles meet
all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards when they are
originally distributed, and modification could affect the safety and/or
operation of the vehicle, as well as remove it from compliance with
specifications and standards mandated by the Federal Government. As with
any modification, if a failure occurs on the vehicle that can be
attributed to the modification, the warranty on the affected components
may be voided.
Who should I contact regarding the tire warranty on my Acura vehicle? The
tires that come as original equipment on your vehicle are warranteed by
their manufacturer and not Acura. The tire warranty information is
located in the glove compartment of the vehicle.
For additional warranty information or service assistance, contact the tire manufacturer directly.
Yokohama Tires 601 South Acacia Avenue Fullerton, CA 92831 (800) 722-9888
These addresses and phone numbers are subject to change. Contact your Acura dealer for current information.
What do the sidewall markings on my tire mean? The
sidewall markings on a tire provide descriptive information about the
tire's design. The following refers to the tire illustration below with
the sidewall marking of 225/50R16:
225 - This number specifies the width in millimeters (i.e. 225 mm).
50 - This number is the Aspect Ratio, the ratio of sidewall height to width.
R - Radial
16 - This number designates the tire's diameter in inches (i.e. 16").
- This number indicates the tire's load-carrying capacity, known as the
Load Index; as the number for the load index increases so does the
load-carrying capacity. (All passenger car tires in the U.S. are also
marked with their actual load limit in pounds.)
V - This letter
denotes the Speed Rating, the maximum tire speed under controlled test
conditions. ("V" in this example is one of several types of speed
psi (pounds per square inch) - The maximum cold inflation rating for the tire.
(Department of Transportation) - This symbol indicates the tire meets
or exceeds U.S. DOT safety standards; the letters and numbers following
the DOT symbol provide information about the tire manufacturer, tire
size, and the date it was manufactured.
Does Acura offer seat belt extenders to increase the length of the seat belt? No,
Acura does not offer seat belt extenders for any of our vehicles.
Although some auto manufacturers do offer extenders, Acura believes they
are not the best or the safest solution for our customers. As required
by Federal Standards, Acura's seat belts are designed to fit 95% of all
U.S. adults in any seating position.
Before buying a car, you
should first sit in the intended seating position and adjust the seat to
the most comfortable position. If you don't feel comfortable (your legs
or stomach are touching the steering wheel, or you cannot reach and
operate the controls), then you cannot safely operate the vehicle and
should look for a larger car.
Why do my HID headlights appear uneven or out of adjustment? The
Acura models with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights use a
different beam pattern than what's found on vehicles with conventional
headlights. The top edge of each headlight beam is cut off lower on the
left side, and rises toward the right side. For this reason, when the
headlights are turned on, the beam pattern can appear uneven from the
far left edge to the far right edge, especially when you're closely
following another vehicle or shining the headlights on a nearby wall.
This apparent unevenness in the headlight beams is a normal
characteristic and not something to be concerned about. Although the
actual beam patterns may vary between models, a typical beam pattern
found on HID-equipped Acura models has these features:
Left Side: Shines lower to avoid blinding drivers of oncoming vehicles.
Right Side: Shines higher to provide good illumination of road signs and to illuminate pedestrians.
Center: Shines below the rear window of passenger vehicles you're following.
How can I find out if my vehicle is affected by a campaign? There are
a number of ways to find out if your vehicle is affected by a campaign
(recall, product update, or extended warranty). You can access
information on any campaign affecting your vehicle on My Acura or call
Acura Client Relations at (800) 382-2238 (press the appropriate option
for Campaign information).
My USB Audio Interface doesn't play music after upgrading to OS 4.0 on my iPhone/iPod touch. A
hard reset (complete power off) to the device should resolve this
problem. To perform a hard reset, hold the home button (below the
screen) and the stand-by button (on the top) until the device reboots
(ignore the "slide to power off" and wait until the Apple logo appears).
if a non-reset OS 4.0 iPhone/iPod touch is connected to the vehicle and
disconnected, other OS 3.x iPods/iPhones may not work until the vehicle
has been restarted