How to Change the Oil in Honda Cars

by Contributing Writer

Performing regular oil changes on a Honda car is as important as on any other car. All of the petroleum-based products in a car that heat up and cool down lose their chemical compound after a while. Engine oil is used to lubricate the engine, so it is under the most duress. With the high price of oil and labor, you can save time and money by changing the oil yourself if you have the proper equipment. If you buy your oil at an auto-parts and/or service center, ask if they'll take the spent oil for no additional charge. Some places will do this for free, and all you have to do is bottle up the oil and bring it back to them.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Oil in a 2001 Honda Accord

Park the 2001 Honda Accord on a level surface and shut the engine off. Open the hood and remove the oil cap. The oil cap will have 5/20 marked on top.

Jack up the front end of the 2001 Honda Accord and set the jack stands under the frame rail behind each front tire. Lower the Accord onto the frame rail. Make sure that the Accord is secure on the jack stands.

Slide under the driver side front of the car and locate the drain plug on the rear of the oil pan. The drain plug is on the very back of the oil pan. The oil pan drain plug is a 14 mm bolt head.

Slide the oil catch pan underneath the oil pan drain plug. Turn the drain plug counter-clockwise with the 14 mm box end wrench to loosen. Finish unscrewing the drain plug with your fingers. Once all of the oil has drained out of the oil pan and into the catch pan, wipe off the drain plug with a clean rag and screw the drain plug back into the oil pan. Tighten the drain plug back down tight with the 14 mm box end wrench.

Locate the oil filter on the rear of the engine. The oil filter on the 2001 Honda Accord is on the rear of the engine straight up from the oil pan. The oil filter is in a horizontal position. Slide the oil catch pan over enough to catch the small amount of oil that will come out of the horizontal oil filter. Remove the oil filter with the oil filter pliers. Turn the oil filter counter-clockwise to loosen the oil filter. Finish unscrewing the oil filter with your hand. Discard the oil filter into the catch pan.

Wipe off the facing of the oil filter housing with a clean rag. Rub a small amount of the used motor oil onto the rubber seal on the oil filter. This will allow the oil filter to screw on tighter to the oil filter housing. Screw the new oil filter onto the horizontal threads with your hand. Tighten the oil filter tight with your hand. Then turn the oil filter another one-quarter round with your hand to ensure the tightness of the oil filter. Slide the catch pan out from under the Accord.

Slide the funnel into the oil filler tube. Add 4.5 quarts of 5/20 motor oil to the engine. Remove the funnel from the oil filler tube and screw the oil cap back onto the oil filler tube.

Crank the engine and let the engine run for about 30 seconds to fill up the oil filter. Turn the engine off and recheck the oil. The oil level should stay full at 4.5 quarts. Check the engine oil on the engine oil dipstick on the driver's side of the engine.

Screw the oil cap back onto the oil cap filler. Close the hood.

Jack up the 2001 Honda Accord and remove the jack stands out from under the frame rails. Lower the Accord to the ground.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Oil catch pan

  • 14 mm box end wrench

  • Clean rags

  • Oil filter pliers

  • New oil filter

  • Funnel

  • New oil-5/20

 How to Change the Oil in a 1995 Honda Civic DX

Raise your Honda Civic DX with a jack and place four jack stands beneath the car just inside each tire location.

Place a drain pan beneath the oil pan. Loosen the drain plug on the oil pan with a wrench. Wait while the oil drains from the pan. Tighten the drain plug with a wrench.

Move the drain pan beneath the oil filter mounting area at the rear of the engine block. Remove the filter with an oil filter wrench. The oil filter mounts halfway up the engine, directly above the driveshaft near the firewall.

Turn the filter upside down in the drain pan and let the oil drain out of it. Pour clean oil into the new filter until it is full. Spread a thin layer of clean oil on the gasket of the new oil filter. Clean the filter mounting area with a rag. Install the new filter by hand until it is snug. Tighten the filter with the oil filter wrench until it is tight, but do not over tighten it.

Raise the car slightly with the jack so you can pull the jack stands out. Place the car on the ground. Raise the hood and fill the engine with 3-4 quarts of 10W-30 oil. Check the oil level as you add oil to avoid over filling the oil pan. Replace the oil fill cover and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • Wrench set

  • Oil filter wrench

 How to Change the Oil in a 2006 Honda Accord

Place a small service ramp in front of each of the Accord's four wheels and drive the vehicle up the ramps. Set the emergency brake and exit the Accord. Secure the back side of each tire with wheel chocks.

Lay flat on a creeper and wheel yourself beneath the vehicle. Position the drain pan under the drain plug. Remove the plug with a socket wrench. Allow the oil to flow completely out of the tank and into the drain pan. This is the longest part of the process, and it should take about 45 minutes.

Wipe the drain plug's opening dry with with a clean shop rag. Wipe out the screw threads inside the drain opening. Reinsert the drain plug, but do not overtighten with the socket wrench.

Move the drain pan under the Accord's oil filter. Use an oil filter wrench to loosen the filter, but do not remove it all the way. As soon as the filter is loose enough, oil will pour out from the oil filter mounting base.

Remove the filter once the oil stops flowing. Pour oil out of the filter and into the pan. Wipe the remaining oil off the filter mounting base.

Rub fresh oil on the edges of the new filter. Work it into the filter's screw threads as well. This will help seal the filter once you attach it to the mounting base. Screw the new filter onto the base by hand. Do not use the filter wrench for this, as doing so will damage the mounting base.

Slide out from under the Accord with the drain pan and the old filter. Set both aside for recycling later. Remove the chocks from the wheels and drive the Accord off the portable service ramps.

Open the Accord's hood, remove the oil dipstick, and wipe it off with a clean rag.

Pour five quarts of fresh motor oil into the tank. Reinsert and remove the dipstick. Check the oil level. Top off the tank as needed, but do not overfill it.

Replace the dipstick and close the Accord's hood.

Items you will need

  • Portable service ramps

  • Socket wrench

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Drain pan

  • Clean rags

  • Oil filter

  • 6 qts. motor oil

  • Wheel chocks

  • Creeper

 How to Change the oil in a 2002 Honda Recon 250

Ensure the ATV is parked on a flat and level surface. Place a drain pan under the engine.

Unscrew the drain bolt at the bottom of the pan with a socket wrench. Ensure all the oil drains out before tightening the bolt back to the drain pan.

Locate a plug on the side of the drain pan. It will be close to the bottom. Unscrew the plug with an Allen wrench.

Unscrew the oil fill cap on the top of the engine by hand. Pour in Honda ATV four-stroke motor oil in to the engine. Stop pouring when oil starts coming out of the small hole on the drain pan. Immediately screw the plug back in to the engine with the Allen wrench.

Items you will need

  • Drain pan

  • Socket wrench

  • Allen wrench set

  • 2 quarts of Honda ATV four-stroke motor oil

 How to Change Oil in a Honda Civic

Look at the manual for your car before you begin. You want to find the fluid specifications for the Honda Civic. If it's an older Civic, it probably calls for 5 W 30 engine oil; if it's a newer Civic, it may call for 5 W 20 oil. Whether or not you want to use synthetic is up to you. Synthetic oil is better and lasts longer; you can go longer between oil changes, but it also costs more money. Also try to find out how much oil the vehicle calls for. Some of the older Civics only took 3-1/2 quarts, but a lot of newer cars use more oil. It is also a good idea to write down the VIN number of your car, and its year and motor size. If there is a selection of oil filters at the parts store, give them the VIN number; they can determine which filter your car calls for.

Drive the car up on ramps on a flat, level paved or concrete surface. It's wise to have someone guide you up, but if no one is available, be extra cautious not to drive over the ramps. If you do not have car ramps, you can raise each front quarter with a floor jack and place the jack stands on the pinch panel extension behind each front wheel. Place the vehicle in park or in gear and apply the parking brake. Release the hood latch.

Place a wheel chock behind one or both rear tires. Raise the hood and remove the oil fill cap. The cap may even indicate what kind of oil the vehicle calls for; and by removing it, you're creating an air vent for the oil to drain quicker when you're under the car. Place the oil cap in a spot where you will not lose it and will remember to replace it before closing the hood.

Crawl underneath the vehicle, on a creeper if you have one, with your metric hand wrench set, a wide drain bucket, a new oil filter, a shop rag and an oil-filter wrench.

Locate the oil filter. Most likely, it's behind the right side firewall at the back of the engine. Filters on newer Civics are easier to spot, and may be right near the oil pan. Using the oil-filter wrench, loosen the filter; before you get it too loose, place the drain bucket beneath it to catch the oil that will drain from it. Remove the filter all the way. Be sure the old rubber oil-filter gasket did not remain on the oil-filter flange. Wipe clean with a shop rag after it has stopped draining. Rub a little oil onto the new oil filter gasket and screw it on tightly, but do not use the wrench; only hand-tighten. With the shop rag, wipe clean the area where the oil trickled down.

Locate the oil pan. Loosen the oil plug with the hand wrench (probably 19mm, but if not, you have the set with you) and place the drain bucket below. Remove the oil plug, being aware of the plug gasket. You do not want to lose this, and will want to replace it on the plug if it falls off. Allow the oil to drain into the bucket. When it is down to a minimal trickle, replace the plug and tighten it with the hand wrench. Wipe the area clean with a shop rag.

Remove all tools and the drain bucket from under the vehicle. Place a funnel in the oil fill hole in the engine and pour in the oil. Check the dipstick after 3 quarts and determine how much more might be needed. It would be wise to put in no more than 3-1/2 quarts and start the engine, then check the dipstick again. You may have to add some more, but it shouldn't take much more than 4 quarts.

Replace the oil fill cap. Close the hood. Remove the wheel chock and back the car off the ramps, or raise the vehicle, remove the jack stands and then remove the wheel chock.

Items you will need

  • Car ramps (recommended) or floor jack and jack stands Wheel chock Metric hand wrench set Bucket Oil filter wrench Rag(s) Creeper (optional) Funnel Oil filter

 How to Change the Oil in a 2002 Honda Odyssey

Open the Odyssey's hood and remove the oil filler cap from the top of the engine. Place the cap in a secure location.

Jack up the front of the Odyssey with a floor jack. Slide jack stands under the Odyssey's subframe and lower the van until only the jack stands support it.

Slide under the Honda and locate the oil pan -- the large metal pan at the bottom of the engine. Place the drain pan under the oil drain plug on the front of the oil pan. Remove the drain plug with the closed end of a combination wrench.

Allow the oil to drain from the engine until only slow drips remain. Clean the drain plug with a lint-free cloth and install a new metal washer on the drain plug. Hand-tighten the oil drain plug and snug it with the closed end of a combination wrench.

Locate the oil filter, the roughly 3-inch long cylinder to the passenger's side of the oil pan.

Slide the drain pan under the oil filter and loosen it with a ratchet, 6-inch extension and Honda tool No. 07912-6110001, oil filter cup. Once loose, allow the oil to drain from the filter and remove it by hand.

Clean the oil filter mount with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Place a small amount of new 5W-20 engine oil on the end of your finger and rub oil around the O-ring on the new oil filter. This prevents the O-ring from bunching up while tightening the filter.

Hand-tighten the oil filter onto the oil filter mount. Torque the oil filter to 16 foot-pounds with a torque wrench, 6-inch extension and the special Honda oil filter cup.

Raise the Odyssey from the jack stands using a floor jack, and remove the jack stands from under the Odyssey. Lower the Honda to the ground.

Insert a funnel into the oil filler hole on top of the Odyssey's engine and pour in 4.6 qts. of API-certified, 5W-20 engine oil.

Remove the oil dipstick from the engine and wipe the dipstick with a clean with a lint-free cloth, and reinsert the dipstick. Remove the dipstick and check that the level of the oil is near the top of the crosshatched section of the dipstick. Add engine oil as needed. Reinstall the oil filler cap.

Start the engine and allow it to run for three minutes. Shut the engine down, recheck and adjust the oil level according to the process in Step 12.

Close the Odyssey's hood.

Insert a funnel into one of the empty oil bottles and pour oil from the drain pan into the empty bottle. Repeat this step until the drain pan is empty.

Take the bottles of old oil and the oil filter to an automotive fluid recycling center. Many auto parts stores perform this task free of charge.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • Combination wrench set

  • Clean, lint-free cloth

  • Drain plug washer

  • Honda tool No. 07912-6110001, oil filter cup

  • New oil filter

  • Torque wrench

  • 5 qts. 5W-20 API-certified engine oil

  • Funnel

 How to Change the Oil in Honda Rincon

Park the ATV on flat ground and let the engine cool. Look under the engine and locate the oil tank's drain plug; it looks like a metal nut.

Twist off the oil cap on the left side of the engine. Place the oil drain pan under the engine. Clean the drain plug and around it with a wet rag.

Remove the drain plug using the ratchet set. Allow all of the oil to drain out; give the process at least 5 minutes.

Replace the oil tank drain plug and tighten it with the ratchet set. Remove the small screw on the side of the oil tank using the Allen wrench.

Place the funnel into the the oil tank through the hole where the cap was. Pour new oil into the funnel. Look for oil to start coming through the small hole where the small screw was; when it does, stop adding oil and replace the screw. Tighten it using the Allen wrench, then replace the oil cap.

Items you will need

  • Rag

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet set

  • Allen wrench

  • New oil

 How to Change the Oil on a 1998 Honda Civic

Locate the oil pan. On Honda Civics, it is located underneath the car behind the radiator and is almost dead center. It is a roughly rectangular metal box and is at the lowest part of the front of the car.

Place the oil drip pan under the oil pan.

Use the adjustable wrench to remove the oil drain plug. This is located on the driver's side of the oil pan towards the rear. It looks like a bolt head with six sides. Rotate the plug counterclockwise until it comes loose. The oil will start to drain from the pan. Allow oil to drain until no more comes from the oil pan.

Remove the drip pan from underneath the car and set aside.

Wipe off the oil drain plug and the hole in the oil pan into which it screws. Place the new gasket onto the drain plug and screw the plug into the oil pan. Finish tightening it with the adjustable wrench.

Locate the oil filter. It will be located directly above the oil pan. The filter is a stubby cylinder that is situated in the same direction as the oil drain plug. Place the oil filter wrench around the end of the filter and rotate counterclockwise until it breaks loose. Due to the confined space, it must be removed the rest of the way by hand.

Remove the gasket ring from the inside lip of the old filter. Ensure that it is free of debris and lubricate it with a small amount of clean oil. Place the gasket in the new filter; it should simply lie inside the open end of the filter.

Place the new filter where you removed the old one. There is a short bit of metal pipe in the middle of this area, so make sure that it goes into the center of the filter. Tighten the filter by turning clockwise as far as you can by hand, then tighten the rest of the way with the filter wrench.

Remove the oil filler cap located on the back, right-hand side of the engine block near the "A" in Honda. Place a funnel in the exposed tube and add 5 qts. of 5W-30 SAE engine oil. Remove the funnel and screw the filler cap back on tightly.

Pull the engine oil dipstick out. It is in front of the engine block, slightly left of center. Wipe the oil from the dipstick and insert it back in the tube. Pull it out again and ensure that the oil level is between the two dots drilled into the hole. Replace the dipstick into the tube.

Items you will need

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Oil drip pan

  • Oil drain plug gasket

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Oil filter

  • 5 qts. 5W-30 SAE engine oil

 How to Change the Oil in a 1994 Accord

Jack up the front end of the 1994 Honda Accord using the jack. Rest the front end of the Honda Accord onto the jack stands.

Slide underneath the Honda Accord and locate the oil pan drain plug. Place the drain pan under the oil pan drain plug.

Remove the oil pan drain plug using the ratchet set. Allow the engine oil to drain into the drain pan for about 2 minutes.

Replace the oil pan drain plug and tighten it using the ratchet set. Use the jack to remove the jack stand and lower the front end of the Honda Accord back to the ground.

Open the hood of the Honda Accord. Remove the cap from the engine oil pour hole and pour 4 quarts of new 5w30 engine oil into the engine.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet set

  • 5w30 engine oil

 How to Change the Oil in a 2007 Honda Accord

Draining the Engine Oil

Ensure the car is parked on a flat, level surface. Chock the back wheel to prevent the car from moving.

Raise the car from the front with a jack. Ensure you raise it high enough to slide jack stands under both axles. Place the jack stands underneath both axles and lower the car onto the jack stands.

Locate the oil pan. The oil pan is located directly underneath the engine.

Place a drain pan under the oil pan. Unscrew the drain plug with a socket wrench. Allow the oil to drain completely out. Screw the drain plug back to the oil pan.

Unscrew the oil filter, located to the side of the motor, with an oil-filter wrench. Place the oil filter with the waste oil.

Adding the Engine Oil

Fill the new oil filter with motor oil. Dab your finger in the oil and rub it around the black gasket on the filter. This will lubricate the gasket and make removal easier at the next oil change. This will also help to ensure the filter has a proper seal.

Raise the car to remove the jack stands. Pull the jack stands out from under the axles. Lower the car to the ground.

Open the hood to access the engine compartment. Unscrew the oil cap located on the valve cover. Add five quarts of oil and replace the cap.

Start the car and allow it to run for five minutes. Turn the car off and let it sit for three minutes. Check the engine oil level to ensure it is full. Add oil at half-quart increments and check the oil until the level is full.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Chock

  • Crescent wrench

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

  • Drain pan

  • 5 qts. 5W30 motor oil

  • New oil filter

 How to Change the Oil in a Honda Fit

Drive the vehicle onto a pair of car ramps and engage the emergency brake.

Slide the oil pan directly beneath the oil drain plug. Loosen the plug with a socket wrench and remove it by hand. Replace the aluminum crush gasket with a new one available from any auto parts retailer. Replace the oil plug when all oil has drained out. Torque the bolt to 29 ft.-lbs. of torque, or one half-turn past snug with a socket wrench.

Loosen the filter using a filter wrench. Move the oil pan to beneath the oil filter and remove by hand. Make sure the old gasket is removed with the filter. Rub some fresh oil onto the gasket of the new filter and install onto the vehicle. Turn the filter until its snug, and then one-quarter turn further.

Raise the hood and remove the oil fill cap. Add 3.9 quarts of SAE 5w20 to the engine. Replace the cap and start the vehicle.

Monitor the drain plug and filter locations for signs of leaks. Leaks indicate the plug or filter were loose. Correct any leaks with the vehicle off, and test again. Check the dipstick to verify the oil is at the full line. Add as necessary.

Items you will need

  • Car ramps

  • Crush gasket

  • Oil pan

  • 3.9 quarts of SAE 5w20

  • MANN 7500 Mile Oil Filter (ML1008) or equivalent

  • Filter wrench

  • Socket wrench

 How to Change the Oil in a Honda Accord

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.

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 1999 Honda Passport

Apply the vehicle's hand brake. Place the cinder blocks behind the rear wheels.

Position the floor jack beneath the front of the car. Choose a solid point under the car to use as a jack point.

Raise the car using the floor jack and secure it in place using the jack stands.

Locate the oil pan at the bottom of the engine on the driver's side.

Place a pan or bucket under the oil pan.

Remove the drain plug to let the oil leak out. Wait for all the oil to drain out of the tank.

Clean the plug and place it back into the drain hole.

Locate the oil filter on the lower part of the engine, toward the front. The oil filter can be reached from above or below, although above requires reaching through the engine while below requires removal of the skid plate (a few bolts). If going from under the vehicle use the ratchet to remove the skid plate. From above the engine look down the left side of the radiator to locate the filter.

Remove the filter one side at a time by removing the bolts keeping it in place. If the skid plate is in place be very careful so no oil leaks out and drops onto the plate.

Place a little bit of motor oil on your finger (make sure it is the correct type before purchasing) and spread a thin layer over the gasket of the new oil filter.

Bolt the new filter into place.

Remove the oil cap and add oil into the oil pan. Normally this is around 4.5 to 5 qts. Replace the oil cap once the new oil has been added.

Check for any leaks around the oil filter and the drain plug.

Jack up the car to remove the jack stands, then lower the vehicle back to the floor.

Start the vehicle to assure that everything is working. Remember to remove the cinder blocks before using the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • 2 cinder blocks

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Motor oil

  • New oil filter

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Pan or bucket

  • Ratchet with sockets

  • Towel or rag

 How to Change the Oil on a Honda Civic Hybrid

Jack up the Honda Civic Hybrid and place on jack stands.

Open the hood and prop it open.

Unscrew the oil cap from the valve cover and set aside.

Place a drain pan beneath the oil pan.

Unscrew the oil pan drain bolt with a ratchet and allow the oil to drain into it.

Tighten the oil drain bolt back into the oil pan once the oil has drained completely.

Remove the oil filter from the engine block by twisting it in a counterclockwise direction.

Install a new oil filter onto the engine block. Make sure that the old oil filter gasket has been removed from the engine block.

Lower the Honda Civic to the ground.

Fill the engine with 3.4 quarts of 0W-20 motor oil. Replace the oil cap.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet

  • sockets

  • Oil filter

  • 0W-20 oil