Tip & How-To about Honda Accord

How to change a cars oil.

Changing the oil yourself.

Changing the oil in a personal vehicle is fairly straight forward and easy. The first thing you need to do is to make the underneath of your vehicle accessible. You can do this a few different ways. You can use drive up ramps, a floor jack and jack stands or if you’re lucky enough to have access you can put your vehicle on a lift. No matter what your decision is you must take proper safety measures to keep your vehicle from moving while you are underneath. Always use jack stands and your emergency brake with tire wedges if you are not using a full lift.

Next you need to locate your oil drain plug, which is on the bottom of the oil pan. Remove it and drain the oil into some type of drain pan or bucket. After replacing the oil pan plug locate your oil filter and remove it. Replace the filter and lower your vehicle. Now, remove the oil cap that is at the top of the motor and fill the motor to the recommended level. Start the car after making sure there are not any leaks. After letting the vehicle run for a few moments, shut it off and check the oil level. If everything is OK, then you are done and have just saved your self a few bucks.
An oil change can make a dramatic impact on how your can runs and feels. The difference of a motor with fresh oil and one with old oil is huge. You could compare oil changes to dialysis; oil is your motors blood. When your oil is old and dirty your motor will feel sluggish, like a dialysis patient before their session and it will have to work harder for the results that would have been easy with clean oil. Motor oil affects almost every moving part in a motor. With clean oil everything will run smooth in unison affecting gas mileage and the life of the motor. Most manufactures recommend changing your oil every three thousand miles or if you don’t dive that much every three months, there are manufactures that recommend every five thousand miles but a higher grade and more expensive oil needs to be used.

Posted by on

Cars & Trucks Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

2 Answers

Installing starter on 2006 focus

Safetyfirst..need jackstands so car dont fall. U sure startr is prob. May hav loose battconnects. seek a shopmanual from partstor

Feb 22, 2016 | Ford Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

how easy is it to replace a lug stud on front

It's relatively straight forward, but you will need a press. Some vehicles you must replace the whole hub, which is a fair amount of work to get to.

Feb 02, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Changing alternator 2007 dodge nitro

I looked at info for the 3.7L engine, looks fairly straight forward. Take negative battery cable loose and isolate. Remove generator belt. Remove electrical connector from generator. Remove bolts from generator. Remove generator.
If your going to work on your own vehicle, you need a basic set of tools, wrenches and sockets, standard and metric sizes. I don't know the actual socket or wrench size.

Jan 01, 2016 | Dodge Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

I need to find the oil pan plug on a 97 ford explorer xlt 5.0 L V8. The oil filter too

First off what do you mean you need replacement parts or you need to locate them on the vehicle? If your talking about locating them on the vehicle that is the most straight forward easy thing to do. the oil pan plug is located on the rear bottom of the oil pan. The oil filter is easy to spot as well just by doing a visual inspection.
Here is a link to help you find the oil drain plug.
and here is a video that shows it all as well.
Please take a moment to accept/rate my solution.
Thank you and enjoy,

Jul 31, 2010 | Ford Explorer Cars & Trucks

4 Answers

oil guage quite working

Hi, this is a pretty common problem on these Silverado instrument clusters. We can repair it for you or provide you with the parts to do it yourself. Click here to learn more about these silverado instrument cluster problems:
Dr Speedometer Instrument Cluster Repair Speedometer Repair Guage...

Sep 06, 2009 | 2004 Chevrolet Silverado

Not finding what you are looking for?

1,147 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Honda Experts


Level 3 Expert

85239 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22485 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8984 Answers

Are you a Honda Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions