changing engine oil on a honda 3.5l engine

Honda 3.5L V6 Engine Oil Change DIY

Need to change the Engine Oil on your Honda with a 3.5L engine? Learn how to change the oil of your Honda by following the procedures below.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions with pictures and videos on how to change the Honda engine oil.  Applicable to Honda vehicles equipped with the 3.5L V6 engine, including Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot, Honda Inspire, and Honda Ridgeline. This guide also applies to Acura vehicles that use the same  V6 3.5L engine, including Acura CL, Acura MDX, Acura RL, Acura TL, Acura TLX, Acura TSX, and Acura RLX.

What you will need

  • Honda 3.5L Oil Filter
  • Synthetic Engine Oil
    • Engine Oil Weight
      • SAE 5W-30, 5W-40 (J35A engine)
      • SAE 5W-20, 5W-30 (J35Z engine)
      • SAE 5W-20 (J35Y engine)
    • Oil Capacity
      • 4.7 l (5.0 qt) – before 2003;
      • 4.3 l (4.5 qt) – 2003-2013;
      • 5.4 l (5.7 qt) – 2013+
  • Drain plug washer (Typically included with the new filter.)
  • 17mm wrench
  • Jack stand
  • Car Jack or Car ramps
  • Oil drain pan
  • Oil filter pliers
  • Clean lint-free cloth
  • Gloves


Step-by-step instructions on how to change engine oil on a Honda V6 engine.

  1. Drive the Honda up on ramps or jack up the vehicle using a jack.

Set the parking brakes, turn off the engine, and remove the key from the ignition. How to change honda engine oil

Secure the vehicle with jack stands. Do not get under the vehicle if it is not supported with jack stands.

Locate the oil pan and oil drain plug.Honda oil drain plug You will need to remove the plastic splash shield under the engine on the newer Honda and Acura vehicles.

Carefully remove the oil drain plug by turning it counterclockwise.

Be careful when oil starts to drain since the oil may be warmed up and burn your hands. Make sure to use gloves. Changing Honda Ridgeline Pilot engine oil yourselfYou may want to allow the oil to drain while replacing the oil filter. This will allow you to let the old oil out as much as possible.

Replace the oil drain plug copper washer.Change Honda engine oil drain plug washer diy Watch the following video on how to perform this step.

Install the oil drain plug and tighten it with 29 ft/ lbs, or if no torque tool is available tight it by using a ¾ drive ratchet wrench. Tighten it by hand, then give it an extra half-turn with the wrench.Honda engine oil drain plug bolt location torque 29 ft/lb Do not overtighten it. Clean the oil pan and any area around the oil pan where the oil has dripped.

Locate the oil filter on the side of the engine. Honda Engine Oil FIlter Location

Place an oil drain pan below the filter to avoid oil spilling on the ground.Oil pan

Use oil filter pliers to get the old oil filter loose. Use an old rug and remove the filter by hand by turning it counterclockwise.

Visually compare the new oil filter to the old one. Check to make sure the size and threads are the same.

It is recommended to pre-fill the oil filter with new oil. Lube the oil filter O ring and hand tighten the oil filter. Do not use the oil filter tool when installing the oil filter. Replace Honda Engine Oil Filter

Locate the oil cap at the top of the engine and remove it by turning it counterclockwise.Honda Engine Oil Cap Location Where you add engine oil

Use a clean oil funnel, add 4 quarts of the recommended engine oil, and close the oil filler cap.Add engine oil to Honda during oil change diy

Remove the oil dipstick.Oil dipstick location on a Honda Clean it with a clean, lint-free cloth. Clean oil dipstick

Reinsert the dipstick fully into the tube. Pull the dipstick and check the oil level.Honda Oil Change DIy The oil level should be in the hatched area. If it is too low, add more oil between the low and high marks on the dipstick. Visibly inspect any leakage around the oil filter and oil drain plug.

Remove the jack stands and do a test drive to warm up the oil. After the test drive, let sit for two minutes and check the oil level again. Make sure the vehicle is parked on a leveled surface. If the oil level is good, check for visible leakages once more.

If a vehicle has a maintenance warning for oil life, please reset it according to the owner’s manual.

Monitor your parking area to ensure no oil dripping after you have performed the oil change. Usually, after the first day, there might be a little spot if the area if the engine wasn’t cleaned well, but on the following day, there should be none. If you have spots, check the oil drain plug and the oil filter flange for any leakage.

Torque Specifications

  • Oil drain plug: 29 ft/lbs
    • Most common torque rating for drain plugs on Honda vehicles. It can vary depending on the bolt side and thread type.
  • The oil filters should be hand-tightened without any tool.
    • Use an old rag to tighten it up manually as much as you can without over-tightening it.

Oil Capacity

  • Oil capacity is 4.5 quarts or 4.2 liters.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an oil change cost?

Honda oil change price depends on whether your vehicle requires synthetic oil or not and also oil capacity. The price of synthetic Honda oil is between $80-$150, while the conventional oil change ranges between $40 and $95 at a dealership. While at local auto repair shops, you can get a Honda oil change for as low as $19.99 with a coupon.

Is it possible to change engine oil with an oil pump?

Yes. You can use an oil pump such as Mityvac 7201 Fluid Evacuator Plus.

I forgot to oil the gasket for the oil filter. Is that a problem?

No, as long as the filter is tight.

Do I have to change my oil even if I do not reach the recommended mileage or if the oil life system doesn’t recommend me to change the oil?

Yes, you must change your oil at least once a year with the recommended Full Synthetic oil. Short-distance drives stress the oil more than longer trips since the oil can’t heat up properly to burn residues from gasoline and condensed water, which occurs with every heat up and engine cool down.

Why can’t I see oil on my dipstick after filling the suggested oil capacity?

The oil on your dipstick is all new and clean. Rotate the dipstick from a different angle to see the clean oil reflecting on it.

We hope you find the Honda 3.5L V6 Engine Oil Change DIY guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Honda.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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