tire type Acura NSX 2018 Owner's Manual
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California Perchlorate Contamination Prevention Act
The airbags, seat belt tensioners, and CR type batteries in this
vehicle may contain perchlorate materials - special handling may
apply. See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazard ouswaste/perchlorate/
As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded
by a symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid
damage to your vehicle, othe r property, or the environment.
Software End User License Agreement
Your vehicle comes equipped with software, which is governed by
the End User License Agreement in Owner’s Manual, and which
contains a binding arbitration clau se. Please refer to the End User
License Agreement for the terms and conditions governing your
use of the installed software, as we ll as the applications, services,
functions, and content provided through the software. Your use of
the installed software wi ll serve as your consent to the terms and
conditions of the End User License Agreement.
You may opt out within 30 days of your initial use of the Software
by sending a signed, written noti ce to HONDA at American Honda
Motor Co., Inc. Acura Client Relations Mail Stop 100-5E-8F, 1919
Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90501-2746.
This vehicle may share location a nd usage information. To manage
this setting, visit www.acuralink.com/ve hicle-data-choices.
A Few Words About Safety
Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And
operating this vehicle safely is an important responsibility.
To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have
provided operating procedures and other information on labels and
in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that
could hurt you or others.
Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all the
hazards associated with operating or maintaining your vehicle. You
must use your own good judgment.
You will find this impo rtant safety information in a variety of forms,
● Safety Labels - on the vehicle.
● Safety Messages - preceded by a safety alert symbol
one of three signal words: DANGER, WARNING , or CAUTION .
These signal words mean:
● Safety Headings - such as Important Safety Precautions.
● Safety Section - such as Safe Driving.
● Instructions - how to use this vehi cle correctly and safely.
This entire book is filled with important safety information - please
read it carefully.
3 DANGERYou WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if
you don’t follow instructions.
3 WARNINGYou CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if
you don’t follow instructions.
3CAUTIONYou CAN be HURT if you don’t follow
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uuWhen Driving uVehicle Stability Assist ® (VSA ®), aka Electronic Stability Control (ESC), System
Vehicle Stability Assist ® (VSA ®), aka Electronic
Stability Control (ESC), System
VSA ® helps to stabilize the vehicle during corn ering if the vehicle turns more or less
than what was intended. It also assists in maintaining traction on slippery surfaces.
It does so by regulating engine and motor output and selectively applying the
When VSA® activates, you may notice that the
engine and motor do not respond to the
accelerator. You may also notice some noise
from the hydraulic system. You will also see
the indicator blink.
■VSA ® Operation
1 Vehicle Stability Assist ® (VSA ®), aka Electronic Stability Control
VSA ® may not function properly if tire type and size
are mixed. Make sure to use the same size and type
of tire, and the air pr essures as specified.
2 Tire and Wheel Replacement P. 413
When the VSA ® system indicator comes on and stays
on while driving, there may be a problem with the
system. While this may not interfere with normal
driving, have your vehicle checked by an authorized
Acura NSX dealer immediately.
VSA ® cannot enhance stability in all driving situations
and does not control the entire braking system. You
still need to drive and corner at speeds appropriate
for the conditions and alwa ys leave a sufficient
margin of safety.
The main function of the VSA ® system is generally
known as Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The
system also includes a traction control function.
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uuWhen Driving uSPORT HYBRID Super Handling-All Wheel DriveTM (SPORT HYBRID SH-AWD® )
SPORT HYBRID Super Handling-All Wheel DriveTM
(SPORT HYBRID SH-AWD ®)
The system controls and transfers varying amounts of motor and/or engine torque
to each wheel in accordance with the driving conditions.
SPORT HYBRID SH-AWD ® helps to enhance driving stability, and lets you handle
situations like slippery surfaces better than when driving with standard two wheel
drive. However, the system does not help to enhance braking. Be cautious about the
• It is still your responsibility to drive safely when you steer, accelerate, and apply
• Leave a sufficient margin when braking on slippery surfaces.
1SPORT HYBRID Super Handling-All Wheel DriveTM (SPORT
HYBRID SH-AWD ®)
Do not drive through deep water.
The SPORT HYBRID SH-AWD ® system may not
function properly if tire type and size are mixed.
Make sure to use the same size and type of tire, and
the air pressures as specified. 2 Tire and Wheel Replacement P. 413
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uuBraking uAnti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Helps prevent the wheels from locking up, and helps you retain steering control by
pumping the brakes rapidly, much faster than you.
The electronic brake distribu tion (EBD) system, which is part of the ABS, also
balances the front-to-rear braking distribution according to vehicle loading.
You should never pu mp the brake pedal. Let the ABS work for you by always
keeping firm, steady pressure on the brake pe dal. This is sometimes referred to as
“stomp and steer.”
You may hear an operating noise when th e ABS is working. Depress the brake pedal
and keep holding the pedal firmly down. On dry pavement, you will need to press
on the brake pedal very hard before the AB S activates. However, you may feel the
ABS activate immediately if you are trying to stop on snow or ice.
ABS may activate when you depres s the brake pedal when driving on:
• Wet or snow covered roads.
• Roads paved with stone.
• Roads with uneven surf aces, such as potholes, cracks, manholes, etc.
When the vehicle speed goes unde r 6 mph (10 km/h), the ABS stops.
■ABS1Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
The ABS may not function correctly if you use an
incorrect tire type and size.
When the ABS indicator comes on while driving,
there may be a problem with the system.
While normal braking is not affected, there is a
possibility of the ABS not operating. Have your
vehicle checked by an authorized Acura NSX dealer
The ABS does not reduce the ti me or distance it takes
to stop the vehicle. It only helps with steering control
during hard braking.
In the following cases, yo ur vehicle may need more
stopping distance than a vehicle without the ABS:
•When driving on rough road surfaces, including
when driving on uneven surf aces, such as gravel or
•When tire chains are installed.
The following may be observed with the ABS system:
•Motor sounds coming from the engine
compartment when the brakes are applied, or
when system checks are being performed after the
engine has been started and while vehicle is
These sounds are normal to ABS systems and are
no cause for concern.
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Before Performing Maintenance
Inspection and Maintenance
For your safety, perform all listed inspections and maintenance to keep your vehicle
in good condition. If you become aware of any abnormality (noise, smell, insufficient
brake fluid, oil residue on the ground, etc .), have your vehicle inspected by an
authorized Acura NSX dealer. (Note, however, that service at an authorized Acura
NSX dealer is not mandatory to keep your warranties in effect.)
Perform inspections before long distance trips, when washing the vehicle, or when
• Check the brake fluid level monthly.
2 Brake Fluid P. 400
•Check the tire pressure monthly. Examin e the tread for wear and foreign objects.
2Checking and Maintaining Tires P. 407
•Check the operation of the exterior lights monthly.
2 Replacing Light Bulbs P. 401
•Check the condition of the wiper bl ades at least every six months.
2Checking and Maintaining Wiper Blades P. 404
■Types of Inspection and Maintenance
1Inspection and Maintenance
Maintenance, replacement, or repair of
emissions control devices and systems may be
done by any automotive repair establishment or
individuals using parts that are “certified” to
According to state and fede ral regulations, failure to
perform maintenance on the maintenance main
items marked with # will not void your emissions
warranties. However, all maintenance services should
be performed in accordan ce with the intervals
indicated by the driver information interface.
2 Maintenance Service Items P. 382
If you want to perform complex maintenance tasks
that require more skills a nd tools, you can purchase a
subscription to the Service Express website at
2 Authorized Manuals P. 477
If you want to perform ma intenance yourself, make
sure that you have the necessary tools and skills first.
After performing ma intenance, update the records in
the separate maintenance booklet.
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Checking and Maintaining Tires
To safely operate your vehicle, your tires must be of the proper type and size, in
good condition with adequate tread, and properly inflated.
Properly inflated tires provide the best combination of handling, tread life, and
comfort. Refer to the driver’s doorjamb labe l or specifications page for the specified
Underinflated tires wear unev enly, adversely affect handling and fuel economy, and
are more likely to fail from overheating.
Overinflated tires make your vehicle ride ha rshly, are more prone to road hazards,
and wear unevenly.
Every day before you drive, look at each of the tires. If one looks lower than the
others, check the pressure with a tire gauge.
At least once a month or before long trips, use a gauge to measure the pressure in all
tires. Even tires in good condition can lose 1
– 2 psi (10 – 20 kPa, 0.1 – 0.2 kgf/cm2) per
Every time you check inflation, also examine the tires and valve stems. Look for:
• Bumps or bulges on the side or in the tr ead. Replace the tire if you find any cuts,
splits, or cracks in the side of the tire . Replace it if you see fabric or cord.
• Remove any foreign objects and inspect for air leaks.
• Uneven tread wear. Have an authorized Acura NSX dealer check the wheel
• Excessive tread wear.
2 Wear Indicators P. 412
•Cracks or other damage around valve stem.
Measure the air pressure when tires are cold. This
means the vehicle has been parked for at least three
hours, or driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km). If
necessary, add or releas e air until the specified
pressure is reached.
If checked when hot, tire pressure can be as much as
4 – 6 psi (30 – 40 kPa, 0.3 – 0.4 kgf/cm
2) higher than
if checked when cold.
Have an authorized Acura NSX dealer check the tires
if you feel a consistent vi bration while driving. New
tires and any that have be en removed and reinstalled
should be properly balanced.
Using tires that are excessively worn or
improperly inflated can cause a crash in
which you can be seriously hurt or killed.
Follow all instruction s in this owner’s
manual regarding tire inflation and
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uuChecking and Maintaining Tires uTire Labeling
The tire identification number (TIN) is a group of numbers and letters that look like
the example in the side column. TIN is located on the sidewall of the tire.
Cold Tire Pressure – The tire air pressure when the vehicle has been parked for at
least three hours or driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km).
Load Rating – Means the maximum load that a ti re is rated to carry for a given
Maximum Inflation Pressure – The maximum tire air pressure that the tire can
Maximum Load Rating – Means the load rating for a tire at the maximum
permissible inflation pr essure for that tire.
Recommended Inflation Pressure – The cold tire inflation pressure recommended
by the manufacturer.
Treadwear Indicators (TWI) – Means the projections within the principal grooves
designed to give a visual indication of the degrees of wear of the tread.
■Tire Identification Number (TIN)
■Glossary of Tire Terminology
1Tire Identification Number (TIN)
DOT B97R FW6X 2209
DOT: This indicates that the tire meets all
requirements of the U.S. Department of
B97R: Manufacturer’s identification mark.
FW6X: Tire type code.
22 09: Date of manufacture.
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uuChecking and Maintaining Tires uTire and Wheel Replacement
Tire and Wheel Replacement
Replace your tires with radials of the sa me size, load range, speed rating, and
maximum cold tire pressure rating (as shown on the tire’s sidewall). Using tires of a
different size or construction can cause ce rtain vehicle systems such as the ABS and
Vehicle Stability Assist ® (VSA ®) system to work incorrectly.
It is best to replace all four tires at the same time.
If you replace a wheel, only use TPMS spec ified wheels approved for your vehicle.
Make sure that the wheel’s specificati ons match those of the original wheels.1Tire and Wheel Replacement
Installing improper tires on your vehicle can
affect handling and stability. This can cause
a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or
Always use the size and type of tires
recommended in this owner’s manual.
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Handling the Unexpected
This chapter explains how to handle unexpected troubles.
ToolsTypes of Tools .................................. 432
If a Tire Goes Flat Temporarily Repairi ng a Flat Tire....... 433
Handling of the Jack ........................ 444
Power System Won’t Start Checking the Procedure ................... 445
If the Keyless Access Remote Battery is Weak ............................................. 446
Emergency Power System Off........... 447
Jump Starting .................................... 448
Overheating How to Handle Overheating ............. 450 Indicator, Coming On/Blinking
If the 12-Volt Battery Charging System Indicator Comes On ....................... 452
If the Malfunction Indicator Lamp Comes On or Blinks ................................... 452
If the Brake System Indicator (Red) Comes On ................................................. 453
If the Electric Power Steering (EPS) System Indicator Comes On ....................... 453
If the Electric Parking Brake System Indicator Comes On ....................... 454 If the Low Tire Pressure/TPMS Indicator
Comes On or Blinks ....................... 455
If the Transmission System Indicator Blinks along with the Warning Message... 456
If the Low Oil Level Symbol Appears.....456Fuses Fuse Locations ................................. 457
Inspecting and Changing Fuses ........ 461
Emergency Towing ........................... 462
When You Cannot Unlock the Fuel Fill Door ................................................. 463
When You Cannot Open the Hatch.....464RefuelingRefueling from a Portable Fuel Container .... 465
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uuIf a Tire Goes Flat uHandling of the Jack
Handling the Unexpected
Handling of the Jack
Your vehicle has jacking points as shown.
When replacing your tires, consult an
authorized Acura NSX dealer.1 Handling of the Jack
Many types of jacks and jack stands, as well as
improper lifting procedures , may cause side sill and
underbody damage. Please consult an authorized
Acura NSX dealer about pr oper lifting equipment and
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