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Facing the engine , the air filter is contained in the black plastic housing on the right side of the engine.The actual air intake is very close to the oil filler cap.The housing separates via two clips to expose the filter element. You should get a service manual , http://www.bentleypublishers.com/.
The ignition switch is a common failure on these....
You may well need an a/c switch , since they are not serviceable.
This depends entirely on the source of the leak. Torque converter seal , pan seal , final drive seals , etc.
The distributor o ring is described here http://hondaswap.com/general-tech-maintenance/how-change-distributor-o-ring-81866/. The rear main seal is at the rear of the engine , where the crankshaft couples to the transmission. Incidentally a badly leaking distributor o ring can appear to be a leaking rear main seal since the distributor is located directly above the rear main seal.
Failed engine coolant temp sensors are common on these. It is blue with four wire beige connector , mounted at coolant hose near battery....
If the entire gear shift display is highlighted the transmission is in limp mode. The transmission control module is mounted under the carpet on the passenger side. It is probably wet........
If this an an automatic transmission , be sure you aren't just low on fluid. They act just as you describe when low enough.....
I would urge you to use the dealer supplied genuine part. Usually manufactured by NGK or Beru. Various issues related to cold start/performance and misfires are related to aftermarket spark plugs. This statement is based on years of experience.
You need to clear the air bag fault after diagnosing it. If the fault relates to "low voltage term. 30" you may have created that condition during the battery disconnect. The 968 air bag light can only be accessed or reset using the Bosch "Hammer" diagnostic tool.