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Each car and truck built after 1980 has been stamped by the manufacturer with a unique vehicle identification number or VIN. In order to be able to post messages on the Nissan Frontier Forum forums, you must first register. Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below. Until 1981, there was no common convention in force among vehicle manufacturers for stamping frame numbers on their products.
Recently, the author was contacted by a reader in the USA concerning the meaning of the 6 characters that appear beneath the VIN on the VIN plate that is fastened to the top of the front nearside wing.
The example (left), can be decoded quite simply by the simple expedient of running the VIN through the SAAB Electronic Parts Catalogue (EPC) but the information that is circled in yellow is harder to decode but fascinating for owners and enthusiasts. To decode a VIN using EPC, click on the Tools menu, then select Vehicle Information and type in the number (the number automatically progresses to the second text box) and press the Decode button. The EPC, however, does not divulge details of the relevance of the six groups of characters that appear beneath the VIN on the VIN plate. Dealing with the EPC and SAAB Workshop Information Systems isn't an arcane art but sometimes it mirrors the caption that used to accompany the cult sci-ffi series X files. From the EPC, it is clear that a number of different codes exist across different models and specification varies according to year.
Help assure your vehicle's future reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you drive during the first 600 miles (1,000 kilometers). Our authorized dealers know your vehicle inside and out, and can provide competent, efficient service.
Many after-market repair services, such as the mass-marketers (chain stores), hire non-Honda-trained people to work on your high-technology vehicle.
Some ex-dealership technicians open their own independent shops and specialize in that brand of vehicle. Honda parts and fluids are manufactured to the same high-quality standards as the original components, and we recommend the use of them every time you have maintenance performed. If I choose to have my maintenance services performed by someone other than a Honda dealer, must I keep records? A Honda dealer’s computer system automatically does this for you, as it maintains Vehicle Service History records electronically.
There are two very good reasons why you should maintain your vehicle according to the schedule in your Owner's Manual. Vehicle condition is evaluated at the end of the lease period and you will be charged for abnormal conditions that reduce the value of the vehicle. Typically, this indicator displays for several seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON. If you have recently refueled your Honda, this light may display to warn you of a loose or missing fuel filler cap.
If the indicator continues to display after three driving trips, or if the fuel cap was not loose or missing, there may be a problem in one of the engine's emissions control systems. You should also have the dealer inspect your vehicle if this indicator comes on repeatedly, even if it turns off as you continue driving.
Depending on the model year of the vehicle, it is typically between 60,000 and 90,000 miles.
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.
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.
There are a number of ways to find out if your vehicle is affected by a campaign (recall, product update, or extended warranty).
This distortion is called "cross-car distortion." You will notice it when you're watching a vehicle cross in front of your car and also when you're turning left and looking through the right side of the windshield at other vehicles. Some cross-car distortion exists in the windshields of Honda vehicles manufactured since 1994. For vehicles equipped with the Battery Management System, this message occurs when the battery’s State of Charge has dropped below a predetermined level.
If any of these conditions occur, and the battery charge drops below a certain level, the battery management system informs the driver that the battery may not be able to start the vehicle in extreme cases by illuminating the BATTERY CHARGE LOW or BATT LOW warning message. The battery management system is intended to protect the driver from allowing the battery charge to drop to a point where it cannot start the vehicle. The Vehicle Identification Number, commonly referred to as the VIN, is a sequence of 17 letters and numbers that is uniquely assigned for each vehicle. When you register for Honda Owners Site or add a new vehicle to an existing Honda Owners Site account, you have the option of entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or Hull Identification Number (HIN). Quicker registration - our system "decodes" the VIN or HIN to determine your vehicle's year, make model, and color, so you don't have to enter it manually.
Where can I locate my Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or Hull Identification Number (HIN)? Every automobile, motorcycle, scooter, and ATV has a unique 15-17 character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) that contains information about that vehicle.
On new owner surveys or customer satisfaction surveys sent by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
For more information on this system and the sensor battery life, click here to watch this informational video. In general, Honda recommends that you buy gasoline from high-volume, major name-brand stations.
To prevent the build-up of deposits inside your engine and fuel system, it is important to choose fuels that contain effective detergent additives. The exhaust on today's catalyst-equipped Honda vehicles will emit varying degrees of sulfur odor depending on operating temperatures and conditions. It may not be possible to eliminate sulfur odor completely due to the various operating conditions.
Sometimes my Honda seems to idle poorly, hesitate on acceleration or experience hard starting. If winter blended fuel is used in warm or hot weather, the higher temperature may cause the fuel to "percolate" within the fuel system.
These situations are normally localized and last only during a brief period of severe changes in climatic conditions. Ensure that the gas cap is securely tightened after refueling, as per the instructions in your Owner's Manual.
Never fill a portable gasoline container or refuel a gasoline-powered device anywhere inside or on your vehicle. Refer to your owner's manual to determine the proper weight (viscosity) grade for your Honda. When using synthetic oil, you must follow the oil and filter change intervals given in the maintenance schedule.
There is absolutely no benefit in changing your oil more frequently than recommended in your owner's manual.
As a Honda owner, the crush washer you should be most concerned with is the one that must be replaced every time you change your motor oil. When a new washer is installed and the drain plug is tightened, this washer "crushes" to form a very tight seal, thereby preventing motor oil leaks without overstressing the oil pan threads. This is another example of why your Honda dealer is the easy choice for your service needs.
American Honda recommends against the use of any oil additives other than those already blended in the stock oil. American Honda strongly recommends against this process, which is sometimes called "engine flushing." Any engine damage resulting from this procedure will not be covered under warranty. When installing a new Honda oil filter, make sure you torque the filter to the proper specification. For most vehicles, Honda does recommend using snow tires or chains in snowy or icy conditions. The PAX Tire System is the latest in "run-flat" tire technology that, in the event of a tire puncture, allows a driver to remain in control of the vehicle and continue driving for up to 125 miles at speeds up to 50 miles an hour on a deflated tire. Yes, the recommendation for snow chains on vehicles with PAX tires is located in the owner's manual.
While tread life is determined by multiple variables that include speed, load, road surface abrasiveness and crown, driving habits and temperatures, PAX System tires should provide tread life comparable to a corresponding Michelin tire. Honda does not recommend modifying the vehicle in any manner, including changing the original tire size or the suspension. 92 - 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. V - This letter denotes the Speed Rating, the maximum tire speed under controlled test conditions. Occasional noise can be caused by the light application of brakes for a prolonged distance before stopping, or from high relative humidity. Flushing the system with new fluid removes the condensation before extensive damage can occur.
Before buying a car, you should first sit in the intended seating position and adjust the seat to the most comfortable position. Can the Honda Element Dog Friendly Package be applied to Element LX models or to models prior to 2009 model year?
The Element Dog Friendly Package was specifically designed for 2009-2010 Honda Element EX models and is not recommended for other trims or model years.
Where can I find out more about Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (phone compatibility, pairing a phone, etc)? The Anti-theft Navigation Code is an access code that allows the Navigation System to operate.

You can retrieve your code using this website by providing identity verification and vehicle information in a few simple steps.
Every automobile has a unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) that contains information about that vehicle. The battery was disconnected from my vehicle and now my radio is flashing “code” and the radio doesn’t work.
If an audio unit with theft protection is disconnected from electrical power, you must enter a unique code into the unit or it will not work. Because the recall campaigns are safety-related, recall service appointments are given the highest priority. You can use Service Records as long as you are managing at least one Honda vehicle in the "My Vehicles" section of the Honda Owners Site.
From the Service Records page, click the link marked "all records" to get a complete printable version. Basic warranty information for current model year vehicles can be found on the Vehicle Information Warranty page. In fact, the back cover of your Honda Warranty Information booklet contains a "Change of Address or Ownership Notification" form for that purpose. If I have my maintenance services performed by someone other than a Honda dealer, will my warranty be voided? The tires that come as original equipment on your vehicle are warranted by their manufacturer and not Honda. For additional warranty information or service assistance, contact the tire manufacturer directly.
Honda vehicles with V-6 engines equipped with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) are able to deactivate engine cylinders to improve fuel economy. When driving my 2015 CR-V, I sometimes experience one or more vibrations felt primarily through the driver’s seat.
The 2015 CR-V now includes a Direct-injection Earth Dreams Technology engine and a continuously variable transmission. VOC Members: There is no login facility using your VOC membership number or the details from page 3 of the club magazine. AOL Customers: Make sure you check the 'Remember me' check box otherwise the AOL system may log you out during the session.
The car has a few stone chips on the bonnet' Does anyone know the paint code for this make and model the car is cherry red. I'm new to this forum, I have a 79 HZJ (in southern France) on which I make a cell to travel. From this site,its american and has not been updated since 2003,so its not really for a HZJ79 ,but most of the info is there. If Im reading it right ,for Freds diff code ,A = equals the type or size of diff ,02 is the 3.58 ratio and B is the 4 pinion open diff. Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.Ask follow up questions if you need to.
BillI have taken a photo of my vin plate all thats in box 13 is "7"Does this mean the engine is 130 ps without any doubt? Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions. In addition to the tire's brand and line names (tire model), there is a lot of information provided by the manufacturer on the sidewalls of the tires they produce.
While not all information is branded on every tire, the illustration includes the typical information found on many tires. Rolling your mouse over any of the descriptions will highlight the appropriate branding on the tire sidewall illustration.
This not only hampered accurate vehicle identification for government agencies, particularly when dealing with imports but reduced the success rate of vehicle recall campaigns.A The new global system introduced in 1981 addressed these problems by introducing a standardized 17 digit number for general application to motor cars, mpvs (multipurpose passenger vehicles), trucks and buses.
At first, it was thought that these may have been security related to verify the authenticity of the tag, perhaps using a checksum but this is incorrect. Readers wanting their VIN codes interpreted are welcome to e-mail the author, who will endeavour to reply within 48hrs. Can anyone point me in the direction of an engine specification sheet (perferably with Ford on it) for the 90ps engine fitted to a year 2004, 90-T350. It’s just one component of the Maintenance Minder system which calculates when you should have your next service. However, their "factory" training is usually several years old, so their technical knowledge of current model vehicles will not be as good as the local dealer's technicians, who routinely receive new model training from American Honda. The Service Records feature here on Honda Owners site is a handy way to keep track of each service visit. If your vehicle has a timing chain, instead of a timing belt, replacement of the timing chain is not required. The computer controls the output of the electrical charging system to improve fuel economy and minimize vehicle vibration. This change reduces the load on the engine and, in turn, increases fuel economy and reduces vehicle vibration. You can either call Automobile Customer Service at 1-800-999-1009 (press the appropriate option for Campaign information) or you can access information on any campaign affecting your vehicle by clicking here. Front-seat passengers see the same distortion when they look through the left side of the windshield.
In fact, all of these recent Honda windshields have this distortion to some degree, and the condition should be considered normal. The message is intended to inform you that the battery requires charging to guarantee proper performance under all conditions (extremely cold conditions, high electrical system demands, etc). The affect on the battery is made worse if the radio, lights, heater fan or other accessories are on at the same time. Not only does it require more energy to start the vehicle in the cold, but the battery just doesn’t work as well. While this message does mean the battery charge is low, it usually does not mean that the battery won’t start the engine. By using it as a guide, not only will the life of the battery be extended, but the chances of the vehicle not starting due to a discharged battery will be greatly reduced.
The VIN can usually be found on the driver's side dashboard near or under the bottom portion of the windshield. The detergency of some US gasolines is insufficient to provide protection from such deposits. The human sense of smell can detect sulfur odor in concentrations as low as 3 to 5 parts per million in air.
On normally operating vehicles, the odor is usually noticeable when the engine is cold, right after deceleration, or after wide-open throttle acceleration.
If the sulfur odor is overly bothersome, please contact Honda Customer Relations or your dealer for further guidance or assistance. Use of a lower-octane gasoline than recommended can cause a persistent, heavy metallic rapping noise in the engine that can lead to mechanical damage.
An improperly tightened gas cap might illuminate the Malfunction Indicator Light on your instrument panel. When Honda Genuine oil is not available, it is very important to choose an oil displaying the "Starburst" certification symbol, shown left.
This oil meets the Starburst performance requirements listed above, but is also subjected to a series of Honda-specific tests to guarantee optimum performance and compatibility with your Honda vehicle. That is, it must display the Starburst symbol, and match the weight grade recommended in your owner's manual.
Separate maintenance schedules are listed for "normal service" and "severe service." Read the description of severe service carefully.
This will only increase your cost of ownership, and create an unnecessary burden upon the environment by increasing the amount of disposed oil. Oil eventually deteriorates and loses its ability to protect your engine, due to heat, friction, and exposure to exhaust components.
Such supplemental additives are unnecessary when using quality oils displaying the Starburst certification symbol. Refer to your owner's manual for information and recommendations for your specific vehicle.
It is recommended that customers contact their local auto parts store to obtain snow chains. 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. When the brake pads need replacing, you will hear a distinctive metallic "screeching" sound when you apply the brakes. And when that moisture finds its way into your braking system, it can corrode metal and seals. If this specific fluid is not available, you should use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid from a sealed container, but only as a temporary replacement. Although some auto manufacturers do offer extenders, Honda believes they are not the best or the safest solution for our customers. 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. 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 your battery is ever disconnected, the navigation system will be automatically deactivated. If the VIN is not working properly, check to see if letters and numbers have been accidentally inverted. You can also access this link through Honda Owners Site if you have registered a vehicle that has a navigation system. This code and the audio unit's serial number are listed on the anti-theft ID card that comes with the vehicle.

Click "locate a dealer" to select from a list of participating dealers who offer online service scheduling and visit their site directly to schedule an appointment online. Your dealer will confirm recall appointments through the Honda Owners Site or by the telephone after ensuring that all necessary parts are available. The most complete warranty information can be found in the Warranty booklet supplied with your vehicle.
American Honda warrantees the vehicle regardless of the number of ownership changes it incurs. The only way your warranty may be affected is if it can be shown that misuse or improper (or lack of) maintenance caused or contributed to the malfunction. These engines are equipped with technology to dampen and decrease the vibration of the engine when cylinders are deactivated. You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features.
It may not display this or other websites correctly.You should upgrade or use an alternative browser. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.
Clicking on selected descriptions will link you to a page providing additional details (where applicable). The system also included trailers and even trailer kits, motorcycles and vehicles that were incomplete (presumably vehicles supplied in knock down kit form).
The EPC can be a bit quirky too: for instance, should you be seeking a part number for a screen washer jet for the front windshield, 'jet' would not be the search term you would enter in the text search box.
Subject to meeting security criteria, tags can be supplied by a dedicated unit in Nykoping, Sweden. Watch the video for a quick explanation of the system and how it can help you keep your vehicle in prime condition.
It will also reward you with more economical, trouble-free driving and help reduce air pollution. Refer to the Scheduled Maintenance section of the appropriate owner's manual for specific information. As electrical accessories turn on and off, the computer changes the rate of electrical charge in response to the changes in demand for electricity. Since cross-car distortion occurs when you look through the glass at an angle, it may be even more noticeable for short drivers. Because the aerodynamic windshield of recent Hondas is at more of an angle than in the past, the cross-car distortion may be slightly more noticeable, even though the jump distortion is at the same low level as before. If the engine is not run long enough, the charging system cannot recharge the battery to the level it was at before the engine was started. This can be fixed by taking longer trips between shorter trips, minimizing unnecessary electrical accessory usage during short trips, and spending less time using electrical accessories while the engine is not running. It can also be found in various other places on the vehicle, including the certification label found on the driver's doorjamb. Buying fuel from high-volume, major name-brand stations should resolve most of these problems.
It is important to avoid any activity that might result in static electricity build-up and discharge. This symbol indicates that the oil meets the latest performance requirements set by the automotive and oil industries. Confirm that the weight listed on your oil's label matches this recommendation exactly before using it in your engine. Engine oil contains special additives to enhance the oil's performance, and these additives are also broken down or consumed with distance and time.
Additives cannot prolong the life of a used oil, because the oil molecules have been broken down. Use of non-PAX tires will disable the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and is not recommended. 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.
The use of any non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and may decrease the life of the system. If this card is lost, you must obtain the audio unit serial number in order to get the radio code.
If the Warranty booklet is no longer with the vehicle, the same information can be found online through the Honda Owners site. If these parts are installed by a Honda dealer, both the parts and labor are covered for 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. While these systems effectively decrease the amount of vibration transmitted to the passenger cabin, you may still notice a light vibration when the engine is running on 3 or 4 cylinders during light cruising. With these changes, some customers have reported experiencing a vibration that they primarily feel through the vehicle’s driver seat. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features.
In order to cut down on transcription and and reporting errors, 17 character VINs do not use the letters O, Q or I. Just be sure to keep all receipts as proof of completion, and have the service technician fill out the Maintenance Record.
Tightening the cap will not make the indicator turn off immediately; it may take several driving trips. As the computer responds to the addition of electrical load, you may notice a momentary dimming of the lights. Wearing nonprescription sunglasses, which tend to reduce depth perception, also may increase the perceived distortion. These windshields meet all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for glazing materials, and this minor distortion is allowable within the industry specifications for automotive glass. Running high-demand electrical accessories, such as seat heaters, can make this situation even worse. This identifies where the vehicle was manufactured or assembled and the type of vehicle it is.
The 10th digit indicates the model year; letters (except "O" and "Z") were used for vehicles up to the 2000 model year while numbers are used for 2001 and newer vehicles. Gasoline brands with this designation meet new, voluntary standards and have demonstrated their ability to keep engines clean through a series of demanding tests. Oil bearing the Starburst will provide superior performance in the areas of deposit and sludge protection, wear protection, and oil life. The use of oil additives will increase your cost of ownership, and can lead to engine damage. Before you install a new oil filter, remember to inspect and clean the filter's threads and O-ring surfaces.
If your Honda came equipped with a Navigation System, you should have a Navigation Code access card in your glove compartment. Once you have the audio unit serial number, you can go to the Radio & Navigation System Micro-site to retrieve your radio code. If you or they have questions regarding the applicability of warranty, they will contact the local Honda Zone Office for directions. If the Genuine Honda parts are purchased from a Honda dealer and installed elsewhere, the parts themselves are covered for 12 months. Honda wants to assure our owners that we have heard your concerns and analyzed available data and customer comments and performed actual vehicle testing.
I have the sticker on the door jam, with the chassis number etc, but they are insisting on seeing the actual plate. For example, the headlights or instrument panel lights may briefly dim as the air conditioning cycles on. For example, "X" means the 1999 model year, "Y" is the 2000 model year and "1" represents the 2001 model year. Significantly, Top Tier Detergent Gasoline does not contain MMT, a metallic additive that creates deposits in your engine and exhaust system; (see the MMT explanation below). These oils will also protect the environment by extending the life of your emissions system and conserving energy through better fuel economy. If you have your oil changed at any service outlet other than a Honda dealer, remind them of the importance to use a new crush washer. And to keep the new O-ring from shearing when you torque the filter, smear a little engine oil on it.
Some newer vehicles allow you to retrieve the audio unit serial number electronically from the radio. If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.
If the O-ring from the old filter is stuck to the engine block, scrape it off thoroughly and wipe the surface clean.
For example, a VIN starting with 1HG identifies a passenger vehicle manufactured at Honda of America, while 2HG identifies a passenger vehicle manufactured at Honda of Canada.
Most older vehicles (model year 2003 and older) require a visit to the dealer in order to retrieve the audio unit serial number. If dealer assistance is required to retrieve your serial number, the dealer will be able to provide the radio code as well.

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