If you're curious how to change the oil in your Honda, the process is easier than it may seem. Get any parts you need from our Honda parts center near Los Angeles, CA, then follow these simple oil change service steps to be on your way to changing your own oil in no time.*
- Warm up the engine to ensure the oil moves smoothly throughout it. However, don't keep the car on for longer than three minutes or it might get too hot and you could burn yourself.
- You'll need to lift the car to get underneath it. You can use a car jack at home, or if you have other methods make sure it's safe. Once the car is elevated you can get underneath and locate the drain plug on the driver's side. If you have any trouble there'll be a sign pointing to where the drain is. Put out a pan underneath the oil drain to catch the old oil before you unscrew the drain plug.
- While wearing gloves, unscrew the plug and drain out the old oil. Once finished, you can use a paper towel or rag to clean around the drain and screw it back in. Don't throw away the old oil -- you'll need to dispose of it properly at a recycling center.
- On the underside of the Honda you'll find the oil filter on the engine block. Remove the filter and drain any remaining oil into the same pan you used before. With your new oil in hand, use a gloved finger to moisturize the rubber gasket. Get underneath the car and add the new oil filter and tighten it, then you can lower the car once it's safe to do so.
- Pop the hood using the lever on the driver's side and prop up the hood of the car using the hood latch. The oil filler cap is on the top right of the engine block. Open it and use a clean funnel to add the new oil. Add a little oil at first, then add more if needed since it's more difficult to drain oil than it is to add more. Once filled, screw the filler cap on tight.
- To check the oil level, locate the dipstick, remove it and wipe it off. Insert the dipstick and pull it back out to check to see if the oil is at the proper level (between the two holes). If the oil level is too low, add more. Once finished you can screw the dipstick back in and close the hood.