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How to Change the Oil in a Honda Accord

by ContributorUpdated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Car jack

  • Car jack stands or ramps

  • Oil drip pan

  • Cleaning cloths

  • New car oil

  • New oil filter

  • 17mm wrench

  • Filter wrench

  • Aluminum washer

How to Change the Oil in a Honda Accord. The Honda Accord typically has little trouble over the lifespan of the car, and regular maintenance helps them last longer. The process for changing the oil on a Honda Accord is simple, and you can easily find replacement filters at an auto supply store. Here's how to change the oil on a Honda Accord made from 1996 to 2000.

Prepare Your Accord for an Oil Change

Lift your Honda Accord using a car jack, and then rest the car on jack stands. If you don't have jack stands, you can drive your car up onto a pair of car ramps, using a brace to lock the front wheels.

Pop the hood, then remove the oil filler cap and oil dipstick. You can find these located on either side of the engine. The oil filler is usually above the dipstick.

Get your oil drip pan, filter wrench, drain plug wrench, cleaning cloths, washer and new oil filter together. Honda models need a 17mm wrench for removing the drain plug. Slide under the car and locate the drain plug and filter. The plug is usually on the back bottom of the engine, with the filter on the front lower section.

Change the Oil

Remove the drain plug using the 17mm wrench. Pull it off quickly and let the oil drain into the drip pan for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Clean off the excess oil and replace the washer and drain plug.

Twist off the old oil filter with the filter wrench and dump the oil into the drip pan. Put the filter into a plastic bag for disposal.

Inspect the threads, and make sure the rubber gasket isn't stuck to the engine block. Coat the gasket with a bit of oil and replace the oil filter.

Refill your Accord with new oil and replace the dipstick. Accord models work best with an oil viscosity of 5W-30 or 10W-30 depending on your area's temperatures. 5W is good for colder temperatures, while 10W is good for very hot temperatures. The Accord takes approximately 4.5 quarts of oil.

Start your car and let it run for about a minute to build oil pressure. Check the dipstick. If the oil line isn't at full, add a little more oil. Close the hood and lower your car.

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