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2010 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ 4. Before Driving

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Break-in Period, Fuel Recommendation  
Break-in Period  
Fuel Recommendation  
Your vehicle is designed to operate  
your authorized dealer for service.  
Help assure your vehicle’s future  
reliability and performance by paying on unleaded gasoline with a pump  
Some gasoline today is blended with  
oxygenates such as ethanol or  
MTBE. Your vehicle is designed to  
operate on oxygenated gasoline  
extra attention to how you drive  
octane number of 87 or higher. Use  
during the first 600 miles (1,000 km). of a lower octane gasoline can cause  
During this period:  
a persistent, heavy metallic rapping  
noise that can lead to engine damage. containing up to 10% ethanol by  
volume and up to 15% MTBE by  
We recommended using a quality  
gasoline containing detergent  
additives that help prevent fuel  
system and engine deposits.  
Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid  
volume. Do not use gasoline  
containing methanol.  
Do not change the oil until the  
scheduled maintenance time.  
If you notice any undesirable  
operating symptoms, try another  
service station or switch to another  
brand of gasoline.  
Avoid hard braking for the first  
200 miles (300 km).  
In addition, in order to maintain good  
performance, fuel economy, and  
emissions control, we strongly  
recommend, in areas where it is  
available, the use of gasoline that  
does NOT contain manganese-based  
fuel additives such as MMT.  
Do not tow a trailer.  
For further important fuel-related  
information for your vehicle, or  
information on gasoline that does not  
contain MMT, visit Owner Link at  
You should also follow these  
recommendations with an  
overhauled or exchanged engine, or  
when the brakes are replaced.  
. In Canada, visit  
Use of gasoline with these additives  
may adversely affect performance,  
and cause the malfunction indicator  
lamp on your instrument panel to  
come on. If this happens, contact  
for additional  
information on gasoline.  
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Service Station Procedures  
for the fuel to expand with  
temperature changes.  
If the fuel nozzle keeps clicking off  
even though the tank is not full,  
there may be a problem with your  
vehicle’s fuel vapor recovery  
system. The system helps keep  
fuel vapor from going into the  
atmosphere. Try filling at another  
pump. If this does not fix the  
problem, consult your dealer.  
1. Park with the driver’s side closest  
to the service station pump.  
3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly.  
You may hear a hissing sound as  
pressure inside the tank equalizes.  
The fuel fill cap is attached to the  
fuel filler with a tether. Place the  
cap in the holder on the fuel fill  
Gasoline is highly flammable  
and explosive. You can be  
burned or seriously injured  
when handling fuel.  
2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling  
on the handle located under the  
lower left corner of the dashboard.  
Stop the engine, and keep  
heat, sparks, and flame away.  
Handle fuel only outdoors.  
Wipe up spills immediately.  
4. Stop filling the tank after the fuel  
nozzle automatically clicks off. Do  
not try to ‘‘top off’’ the tank. This  
leaves some room in the fuel tank  
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Service Station Procedures  
Screw the fuel fill cap back on  
until it clicks at least once. If you  
do not properly tighten the cap,  
the malfunction indicator lamp  
Check Fuel Cap Message  
driving once you tighten or replace  
the fuel fill cap. To scroll to another  
display, press the select/reset knob.  
may come on (see page  
). You  
The ‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ message  
will appear each time you restart the  
engine until the system turns the  
message off.  
will also see a ‘‘CHECK FUEL  
CAP’’ message on the information  
Push the fuel fill door closed until  
it latches.  
If the system still detects a leak in  
your vehicle’s evaporative emissions  
system, the malfunction indicator  
lamp (MIL) comes on. If the fuel fill  
cap was not already tightened, turn  
the engine off, and check or  
Your vehicle’s onboard diagnostic  
system will detect a loose or missing  
fuel fill cap as an evaporative system  
leak. The first time a leak is detected  
a ‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ message  
appears on the information display.  
retighten the fuel fill cap until it  
clicks at least once. The MIL should  
go off after several days of normal  
driving once the cap is tightened or  
replaced. If the MIL does not go off,  
have your vehicle inspected by a  
dealer. For more information, see  
Turn the engine off, and confirm the  
fuel fill cap is installed. If it is, loosen  
it, then retighten it until it clicks at  
least once. The message should go  
off after several days of normal  
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Service Station Procedures  
Opening and Closing the Hood  
1. Park the vehicle, and set the  
parking brake. Pull the hood  
release handle located under the  
lower left corner of the dashboard.  
The hood will pop up slightly.  
2. Reach in between the hood and  
the front grille with your fingers.  
The hood latch handle is above  
the ‘‘H’’ logo. Push this handle up  
until it releases the hood. Lift the  
3. Holding the grip, pull the support  
rod out of its clip. Insert the end  
into the hole in the hood  
designated by an arrow.  
To close the hood, lift it up slightly to  
remove the support rod from the  
hole. Put the support rod back into  
its holding clip. Lower the hood to  
about a foot (30 cm) above the  
fender, then let it drop. Make sure it  
is securely latched.  
If the hood latch handle moves  
stiffly, or if you can open the hood  
without lifting the handle, the  
mechanism should be cleaned and  
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Service Station Procedures  
Oil Check  
Engine Coolant Check  
Wait a few minutes after turning the  
engine off before you check the oil.  
4. Remove the dipstick again, and  
check the level. It should be  
between the upper and lower  
Look at the coolant level in the  
radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is  
between the MAX and MIN lines. If  
it is below the MIN line, see Adding  
Engine Coolant on page 352 for  
information on adding the proper  
1. Remove the dipstick (orange  
If it is near or below the lower mark,  
2. Wipe off the dipstick with a clean  
cloth or paper towel.  
see Adding Engine Oil on page 349 . coolant.  
Refer to Owner’s Maintenance  
3. Insert the dipstick all the way back  
into its hole.  
Checks on page 346 for information  
about checking other items on your  
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Fuel Economy  
Actual Mileage and EPA Fuel  
Economy Estimates Comparison.  
Fuel economy is not a fixed number.  
It varies based on driving conditions,  
driving habits and vehicle condition.  
Therefore, it is not possible for one  
set of estimates to predict fuel  
economy precisely for all drivers in  
all environments.  
Highway MPG  
City MPG  
Combined Fuel  
Estimated Annual  
Fuel Cost  
The EPA fuel economy estimates  
shown in the example to the right  
are a useful tool for comparison  
when buying a vehicle. EPA  
estimates include:  
(Sample U.S. EPA label shown)  
achieved is also provided.  
per gallon (based on EPA fuel cost  
data) divided by the combined fuel  
Combined Fuel Economy  
Represents a combination of city and  
highway driving. The scale  
represents the range of combined  
fuel economy for other vehicles in  
the class.  
City MPG Represents urban  
driving in light traffic. A range of  
miles per gallon achieved is also  
For more information on fuel  
economy ratings and factors that  
affect fuel economy, visit www.  
(Canada: Visit  
Highway MPG Represents a  
mixture of rural and interstate  
driving, in a warmed-up vehicle,  
typical of longer trips in free-flowing  
traffic. A range of miles per gallon  
Estimated Annual Fuel Cost -  
Provides an estimated annual fuel  
cost, based on 15,000 miles (20,000  
km) per year multiplied by the cost  
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Fuel Economy  
Drive Efficiently  
Fuel Economy Factors  
The following factors can lower your  
vehicle’s fuel economy:  
Use the recommended viscosity  
motor oil, displaying the API  
Certification Seal (see page  
Drive moderately  
acceleration, abrupt cornering,  
and hard braking increase fuel  
Aggressive driving (hard  
acceleration and braking)  
Excessive idling, accelerating and  
braking in stop-and-go traffic  
Cold engine operation (engines  
are more efficient when warmed  
Maintain proper tire inflation  
An underinflated tire increases  
‘‘rolling resistance,’’ which reduces  
fuel economy.  
Observe the speed limit  
Aerodynamic drag has a big effect  
on fuel economy at speeds above  
45 mph (75 km/h). Reduce your  
speed and you reduce the drag.  
Trailers, car top carriers, roof  
racks and bike racks are also big  
contributors to increased drag.  
Driving with a heavy load or the  
air conditioner running  
Improperly inflated tires  
Avoid carrying excess weight in  
It puts a heavier  
your vehicle  
load on the engine, increasing fuel  
Improving Fuel Economy  
Keep your vehicle clean  
Avoid excessive idling  
results in 0 miles per gallon (0 kms  
per liter).  
Vehicle Maintenance  
particular, a build-up of snow or  
mud on your vehicle’s underside  
adds weight and rolling resistance.  
Frequent cleaning helps your fuel  
A properly maintained vehicle  
maximizes fuel economy. Poor  
maintenance can significantly reduce  
fuel economy. Always maintain your  
vehicle according to the maintenance  
messages displayed on the multi-  
information display (see Owner’s  
Maintenance Checks on page 346 ).  
For example:  
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Fuel Economy  
Minimize the use of the air  
conditioning system The A/C  
puts an extra load on the engine  
which makes it use more fuel. Use  
the fresh-air ventilation when  
Checking Your Fuel Economy  
Miles per  
of fuel  
Plan and combine trips -  
Combine several short trips into  
one. A warmed-up engine is more  
fuel efficient than a cold one.  
L per  
100 km  
Calculating Fuel Economy  
Measuring Techniques  
Direct calculation is the  
recommended source of information  
about your actual fuel economy.  
Using frequency of fill-ups or taking  
fuel gauge readings are NOT  
accurate measures of fuel economy.  
Fuel economy may improve over the  
first several thousand miles  
1)Fill the fuel tank until the nozzle automatically clicks off.  
2)Reset trip counter to zero.  
3)Record the total gallons (liters) needed to refill.  
4)Follow one of the simple calculations above.  
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Accessories and Modifications  
Modifying your vehicle, or installing  
some non-Honda accessories, can  
make it unsafe. Before you make any  
modifications or add any accessories,  
be sure to read the following  
Before installing any accessory:  
Improper accessories or  
modifications can affect your  
vehicle’s handling, stability, and  
performance, and cause a  
crash in which you can be hurt  
or killed.  
Make sure the accessory does not  
obscure any lights, or interfere  
with proper vehicle operation or  
Be sure electronic accessories do  
not overload electrical circuits  
(see page 398 ) or interfere with  
proper operation of your vehicle.  
Your dealer has Honda accessories  
that allow you to personalize your  
vehicle. These accessories have  
been designed and approved for your  
vehicle, and are covered by warranty.  
Follow all instructions in this  
owner’s manual regarding  
accessories and modifications.  
Before installing any electronic  
accessory, have the installer  
contact your dealer for assistance.  
If possible, have your dealer  
inspect the final installation.  
Although non-Honda accessories  
may fit on your vehicle, they may not  
meet factory specifications, and  
could adversely affect your vehicle’s  
handling and stability.  
When properly installed, cellular  
phones, alarms, two-way radios, and  
low-powered audio systems should  
not interfere with your vehicle’s  
computer controlled systems, such  
as your airbags, anti-lock brakes, and  
tire pressure monitoring system.  
Do not install accessories on the  
side pillars or across the rear  
windows. Accessories installed in  
these areas may interfere with  
proper operation of the side  
curtain airbags.  
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Accessories and Modifications  
Modifying Your Vehicle  
Non-Honda wheels, because they  
are a universal design, can cause  
excessive stress on suspension  
components, and are not  
compatible with the tire pressure  
monitoring system (TPMS).  
Removing parts from your vehicle,  
or replacing components, with  
non-Honda components could  
seriously affect your vehicle’s  
handling, stability, and reliability.  
Here are some examples:  
Larger or smaller wheels and tires  
can interfere with the operation of  
your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes and  
other systems.  
Lowering the vehicle with a non-  
Honda suspension kit that  
significantly reduces ground  
clearance can allow the  
Modifying your steering wheel or  
any other part of your vehicle’s  
safety features can make the  
systems ineffective.  
undercarriage to hit speed bumps  
or other raised objects, which  
could cause the airbags to deploy.  
Raising your vehicle with a  
non-Honda suspension kit can  
affect the handling and stability.  
If you plan to modify your vehicle,  
consult your dealer.  
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Carrying Cargo  
Your vehicle has several convenient  
storage areas:  
Upper glove box  
Lower glove box  
Console compartment  
Door pockets  
Seat-back pockets  
Seat-under tray (if equipped)  
Center pocket  
Cargo area, including the rear  
seats when folded up or down.  
Upper and lower cargo areas with  
the dual deck cargo shelf (if  
Roof-rack (if equipped)  
However, carrying too much cargo,  
or improperly storing it, can affect  
your vehicle’s handling, stability,  
stopping distance, and tires, and  
make it unsafe. Before carrying any  
type of cargo, be sure to read the  
following pages.  
: If equipped