What is the Oil Change Frequency for a 2006 Honda CR-V?

by Cynthia Gast

Keeping your CR-V's engine running at its peak requires regular maintenance, including oil changes. Honda includes two maintenance schedules in every vehicle's owner's manual. One schedule is for cars driven primarily under normal conditions, while the other is for severe conditions. The owner's manual also includes recommendations for proper engine oil use, as well as instructions for changing it at given intervals.

Normal Conditions Maintenance Schedule

If most of your driving occurs under normal conditions, such as trips of several miles on paved roads within the speed limit, you should replace the engine oil every 10,000 miles or every 12 months, whichever happens first. In other words, if you drive 10,000 miles within eight months, then you should change the oil. However, if 12 months have passed since your last oil change, it's time to replace that oil, even if your vehicle's mileage was only 6,000 miles during that interval.

Maintenance under Severe Conditions

Severe conditions are situations that force your car's engine to work harder than normal, such as temperatures above 90 degrees, long periods of stop-and-go traffic and frequent short trips, especially in cold weather. A 2006 CR-V driven in these circumstances needs an oil change every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first.

Recommended Oil

Honda recommends a premium grade natural or synthetic 5W-20 detergent oil made specifically for gasoline engines; it is also recommended that the oil carries the Certification Seal from the American Petroleum Institute. No additives are required, as they may actually damage the engine and transmission.

About the Author

Cynthia Gast began writing professionally over 25 years ago in the automotive magazine niche and has also taught preschoolers and elementary grades. She has been a full-time freelance writer since 2008. Gast holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Illinois.