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  • 2005 MDX 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 www.helminc.com. Contents

    Introduction ....................................................................................................................................... i A Few Words About Safety ................................................................................................................ ii

    Your Vehicle at a Glance ................................................................................................................... 4Driver and Passenger Safety ............................................................................................................ 7 Seat belts, SRS, and child protection.Instruments and Controls ................................................................................................................. 57Indicators, gauges, dashboard, and steering column.Features ............................................................................................................................................. 105Climate, audio, rear entertainment, steering wheel, secruity, cruise control, HomeLink and OnstarBefore Driving.................................................................................................................................. 185Fuel, vehicle break-in, and cargo loading.Driving .............................................................................................................................................. 197Engine and transmission operation.Maintenance ..................................................................................................................................... 227Schedules, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage.

    Taking Care of the Unexpected ...................................................................................................... 259Flat tire, dead battery, overheating, fuses.Technical Information..................................................................................................................... 281Vehicle specifications, tires, fuels, and emissions controls.Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................ 295Warranty and contact information.Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...................................................................................................... 299How to order.Index..................................................................................................................................................... I

    Service Information Summary Fluid capacities and tire pressures.

    Important Handling Information. ........................................................................................... iii

  • This Owners Manual should be considereda permanent part of the vehicle and shouldremain with the vehicle when it is sold.

    This Owners Manual covers all models ofthe MDX. You may find descriptions ofequipment and features that are not on yourparticular model.

    The 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.

    Owners Identif ication

    POUR CLIENTS CANADIENAVIS IMPORTANT: Si vous avezbesoin dun Manuel du Conducteuren franais, veuillez demander votre concessionnaire decommander le numro de pice33S3V840

    OWNER

    ADDRESS

    V. I. N.

    DELIVERY DATE

    DEALER NAME DEALER NO.

    ADDRESS

    OWNERS SIGNATURE

    DEALERS SIGNATURE

    STREET

    CITY STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/POSTAL CODE

    (Date sold to original retail purchaser)

    STREET

    CITY STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/POSTAL CODE

  • One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Acura is to readthis manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls andconvenience items. Afterwards, keep this owners manual in your vehicle soyou can refer to it at any time.

    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 Acura dealersstaff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your Acura.Your Acura dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased toanswer any questions and concerns.

    Congratulations! Your selection of a 2005 Acura MDX was a wise investment.It will give you years of driving pleasure.

    Several warranties protect your new vehicle. Read the warranty bookletthoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rightsand responsibilities.

    California Proposition 65 Warning

    This product containsor emits chemicals known to theState of California to cause cancerand birth defects or otherreproductive harm.

    As you read this manual, you willfind information that is preceded bya symbol. Thisinformation is intended to help youavoid damage to your vehicle, otherproperty, or the environment.

    Event Data Recorders

    This vehicle is equipped with one ormore recording devices commonlyreferred to as event data recordersor sensing and diagnostic modules.

    Introduction

    WARNING:

    i

  • Your 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:

    preceded by a safety alert symbol and one ofthree signal words: , , or .These signal words mean:

    such as Important Safety Reminders or ImportantSafety Precautions.

    such as Driver and Passenger Safety.how to use this vehicle correctly and safely.

    This entire book is filled with important safety information please read itcarefully.

    on the vehicle.

    A Few Words About Safety

    Safety Messages

    Safety Headings

    Safety SectionInstructions

    Safety Labels

    DANGER WARNING CAUTION

    ii

    You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLYHURT if you dont follow instructions.

    You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLYHURT if you dont follow instructions.

    You CAN be HURT if you dont followinstructions.

  • Your MDX has higher ground clearance than a passenger vehicle designed for use only on pavement. Higher groundclearance has many advantages for off-highway driving. It allows you to travel over bumps, obstacles, and roughterrain. It also provides good visibility so you can anticipate problems earlier.

    These advantages come at some cost. Because your vehicle is taller and rides higher off the ground, it has a highcenter of gravity. This means your vehicle can tip or roll over if you make abrupt turns. Utility vehicles have asignificantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. In a rollover crash, an unbelted person is significantlymore likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt. As a reminder, make sure you and your passengers always wearseat belts.

    For information on how to reduce the risk of rollover, read Driving Guidelines on page of this manual and thesection on page . Failure to operate this vehicle correctly may result in loss of control

    or an accident.

    198223Off-Highway Driving Guidelines

    Important Handling Information

    iii

  • Your Vehicle at a Glance

    4

    POWER DOOR LOCKSWITCHES

    MIRRORCONTROLS

    POWER WINDOWSWITCHES

    HOOD RELEASEHANDLE

    FUEL FILL DOORRELEASE

    PARKING BRAKEPEDAL

    REAR A/C CONTROL ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET

    GLOVE BOX

    AUDIO SYSTEM

    CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMGAUGES (P.68)

    (P.82)

    (P.96)

    (P.92)

    (P.188)

    (P.187) (P.94)(P.111) (P.104)

    (P.102)

    (P.112)

    (P.106)(P.93)MOONROOFINSTRUMENT PANEL (P.59)

  • To use the horn, press the pad around the A logo.:

    Your Vehicle at a GlanceY

    ourV

    ehicleata

    Glance

    5

    HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS

    FOG LIGHTS

    REMOTE AUDIOCONTROLS

    STEERING WHEELADJUSTMENT

    CRUISE CONTROL

    HORN

    WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS

    VEHICLE STABILITYASSIST SYSTEMOFF SWITCH

    CRUISE CONTROL

    INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS

    REAR WINDOWDEFOGGER

    VTM-4 LOCK PASSENGER AIRBAG OFFINDICATOR

    HAZARD WARNINGBUTTON

    (P.74)

    (P.212)

    (P.146)

    (P.77)

    (P.130) (P.78)(P.147) (P.71)

    (P.77)

    (P.33)(P.204)(P.76)

    (P.76)

  • 6

  • This 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 . 8.......Your Vehicles Safety Features . 9

    .........Protecting Adults and Teens . 13.....1. Close and Lock the Doors . 13

    ...........2. Adjust the Front Seats . 13............3. Adjust the Seat-Backs . 14

    ...4. Adjust the Head Restraints . 155. Fasten and Position the Seat

    .....................................Belts . 166. Maintain a Proper Sitting

    ................................Positio