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Old 06-24-2008, 02:49 PM
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08 Accord 4 cylinder oil change

I have a 08 coupe honda accord 4 cylinder model LX-S and I was wondering if there is a tutorial on how to change the oil. I also need to kno wat type of oil to buy, preferably the best brand.

the car is showing i have 10% left and i currently have approx. 5k miles. is that normal in regular cars or do I just drive too much or "recklessly". also when is the best time to change the oil; at wat percent?
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I have a 08 coupe honda accord 4 cylinder model LX-S and I was wondering if there is a tutorial on how to change the oil. I also need to kno wat type of oil to buy, preferably the best brand.

the car is showing i have 10% left and i currently have approx. 5k miles. is that normal in regular cars or do I just drive too much or "recklessly". also when is the best time to change the oil; at wat percent?
Wow! I have approx 5k miles and my oil is at 40%.

Not sure if it's your driving style, but I do know that Honda recommends changing it every 5k miles, so I guess that does seem about right.

I'm not sure if there's a tutorial on this web site, but I'm sure a quick Google should turn something up. I know how to change my oil, but I've got too many other projects going on to 'fuss' with, so I take my cars in to have it changed. Plus, by the time I buy the filter and 4 or 5 quarts of quality oil, I could spend a few $$ more and avoid the 'cleanup on aisle 7' if you know what I mean!

I'm sure you'll get lots of opinions on oil preferences. Some prefer synthetics, others prefer natural oils. My dad used Quaker State, but I prefer Pennzoil or Valvoline. Other's on here I'm sure will recommend Honda's oil (not sure who makes it).

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yea i was thinkin of getting penzoil the commerical looked nice haha.. u guys kno wat type of oil i should get though? like the numbers
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s75... have you even looked at your owner's manual?!?
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The car uses 5w-20 weight oil (factory spec) and you can't miss drain plug an filter, there dead center on back side of engine (facing firewall )
Make sure oil filter flange is clean after filter removal, also check/replace drain plug gasket.
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Where does it say Honda recommend oil to be changed every 5k? I am looking in my owner's manual and can't seem to find it. I thought the MM did all the work for you.

Honda recommends 5W-20. Check your owner's manual -- it's all in there. As for the best oil. That's subjective and a search of these forums would yield many many many many many opinions.
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It doesn't say to change it at 5K. Most dealers recommend you do the first one at 5K then follow the oil thingamajiggie (technical term).
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s75... have you even looked at your owner's manual?!?
no too lazy ;| but i guess i will. errrr u guys dont have any like photo tutorial on how to do it?
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Not one that I've seen here. Get a friend that has changed oil before to assist you. It's really quite simple. You will need the correct tools and a crush washer to do it correctly.
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no too lazy ;| but i guess i will. errrr u guys dont have any like photo tutorial on how to do it?
I am instructing all members of this forum to not provide any photos.

Come on man! It's in your glove box, it has pictures! READ IT!
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The 2008 manual shows you how to do it and we get 10 posts a week asking the same question? OY! Such a deal!!!!!!! Read the fricken manual!
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It doesn't say to change it at 5K. Most dealers recommend you do the first one at 5K then follow the oil thingamajiggie (technical term).
Actually those dealers are not following Honda's suggestion. You use the MM system and change it when you're below 10%. The dealer I went to was very specific in saying the first change should be done when the car says. Honda puts a special additive in the first oil off the factory floor.

According to the manual your oil should be changed when MM tells you to, or every 12 months. Read the manual.
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I'd like to see someone post a DIY with the 8th gen oil change.

Yeah....its in the manual...but sometimes pictures help some people.
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Actually those dealers are not following Honda's suggestion. You use the MM system and change it when you're below 10%. The dealer I went to was very specific in saying the first change should be done when the car says. Honda puts a special additive in the first oil off the factory floor.

According to the manual your oil should be changed when MM tells you to, or every 12 months. Read the manual.
I'm fully aware of the moly additive in the factory fill. There are also contaminants in the original oil produced during break in and they need to be removed as soon as is practically possible. That is generally between 3500 and 5000 miles. Also Honda has flip flopped on this issue so much it's darn difficult to figure out what's correct. On my car they said to change it initially @ 5000 miles (I went to Mobil 1 around 3400), then it was 5K and follow the oil life monitor for the remainder of ownership. Now it's just follow the oil life monitor period. Can you see the confusion?

For me personally ANY new car will have the first change by 5K at the latest then I'll follow the oil life monitor BUT with synthetic oil. I realize the newer cars have a brilliant oil monitoring system but I have seen far too many used oil analysis' pointing to the fact that regular oil is spent by 6K or so, usually sooner. There have been exceptions but for my money I wouldn't go past 6K with regular oil no matter what the monitor said. Just my educated(?) opinion for what it's worth.
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For me personally ANY new car will have the first change by 5K at the latest then I'll follow the oil life monitor BUT with synthetic oil. I realize the newer cars have a brilliant oil monitoring system but I have seen far too many used oil analysis' pointing to the fact that regular oil is spent by 6K or so, usually sooner. There have been exceptions but for my money I wouldn't go past 6K with regular oil no matter what the monitor said. Just my educated(?) opinion for what it's worth.
I'll agree with that. Visit BITOG and look at dino oil analysis' past 6K. If my maintenance minder says to go more than 6K between oil changes, I'll use synthetic oil, regardless what the dealer says.
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