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Honda 3.5L V6 Engine Oil Change DIY

This guide provides step-by-step instructions with pictures and videos on how to change Honda engine oil. 

Honda 3.5L V6 Engine Oil Change DIY
ESTIMATED TIME 1-2 hr
DIY COST $25-$65
DIFFICULTY Easy

This guide applies to Honda vehicles equipped with the 3.5L V6 engine, including Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot, Honda Inspire, Honda Ridgeline. This guide is also applicable to Acura vehicles that use the same  V6 3.5L engine, including Acura CL, Acura MDX, Acura RL, Acura TL, Acura TLX, Acura TSX, Acura RLX.

What you will need

Procedure

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

     

  3. Secure the vehicle with jack stands. Do not get under the vehicle if it is not supported with jack stands
  4. Locate the oil pan and oil drain plug.Honda oil drain plug On the newer Honda and Acura vehicles, you will need to remove the plastic splash shield under the engine.
  5. Place an oil drain pan directly under the oil pan drain plug. Honda oil change, drain pan shown under the engine drain plug

     

  6. 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 could 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. 
  7. 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. 
  8. 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/lbDo not overtighten it. Clean the oil pan and any area around the oil pan where oil has dripped.
  9. Locate the oil filter on the side of the engine. Honda Engine Oil FIlter Location

     

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

     

  11. 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.
  12. Visually compare the new oil filter to the old one. Check to make sure the size and threads are the same.
  13. It is recommended to pre-fill the oil filter with new oil. Lube the oil filter O ring and hand tight the oil filter. Do not use the oil filter tool when installing the oil filter. Replace Honda Engine Oil Filter

     

  14. 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
  15. Use a clean oil funnel and add 4 quarts of the recommended engine oil and close the oil filler cap.Add engine oil to Honda during oil change diy

     

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

     

  17. Reinsert the dipstick fully in the tube. Pull the dipstick and check the oil level.Honda Oil Change DIyThe oil level should be in the hatched area. If it is too low, add more oil to be in between the low and high marks on the dipstick. Visibly inspect if there is any leakage around the oil filter and oil drain plug. 
  18. 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 once more. Make sure the vehicle is parked on a leveled surface. If the oil level is good, check for visible leakages once more. 
  19. If a vehicle has a maintenance warning for oil life, please reset it according to the owner's manual.

Monitor your parking area to make sure there is 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 if there 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. Full synthetic Honda oil change price ranges between $80-$150 while 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

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

  • No, as long as the filter is on 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 have to change your oil at least once a year with the recommended Full Synthetic oil. Short-distance drives are stressing 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 any 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.  

Comments

Jonah

I would add that you should absolutely oil the filter gasket when you replace it, as it can weather and crack in extreme cases, or if you live in an area with big temperature swings, simply seal itself to the block and become very difficult to remove. Also, when filling the car with new oil, take the engine oil cap and spread a little oil on the threads. It helps them stay lubricated and come out easier; important, because the cap is plastic.

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Warnings


  • Prolonged and repeated contact with mineral oil can result in dryness, irritation, and dermatitis.
  • Used engine oil contains potentially harmful contaminants which may cause skin cancer.
  • Wash your skin thoroughly with soap and water to remove any used engine oil. 

Frequently Asked Questions


What type of engine oil do I need?

The oil viscosity is usually printed on the oil cap. If it is not, then you need to find the owner's manual under the recommended fluids and lubricants section typically at the end of the owner's manual. 

  • at the oil cap
  • owner's manual
  • sticker by the top radiator support

Should I change the oil when the engine is hot or cold?

  • There is a lot of discussion on this topic of whether you should change the oil when the engine is hot or cold. Ideally, the oil should be slightly warm so it can flow easily but not burn you. 

How much does it cost to change the oil?

  • Anywhere from $19.99 to $150. A four-cylinder engine that takes 5w30 or 0w20, such as a Honda Civic or Ford Focus, will only cost you about $20. A Mercedes-Benz E-Class that takes 8.5L synthetic oil and fleece oil filter may cost as much as $150 at the dealer. Two of the main factors that play a role in engine oil cost are the oil type (synthetic, synthetic blend, conventional) and oil quantity required. Oil filter quality and how easy it is to remove may also play a role in the price of an oil change.

How often should I change engine oil?

Typical recommended intervals for most vehicles. 

  • Conventional Oil - Every 3,000 miles
  • Synthetic Blend - Every 5,000 miles
  • Synthetic Oil - Every 7500-10,000 miles (verify owner's manual)

Follow the recommended manufacturer intervals.

Can I change the engine oil at home?

  • Yes, you can. Follow this guide. We hope that once you go over all the steps, you will feel confident about the procedure to change the engine oil at home.

Can I change engine oil once a year?

  • While the age of oil can play a factor in the engine oil life, you need to pay closer attention to the miles driven. If you drive very little (under 5,000 miles) and use synthetic oil, you should be ok with changing the oil once a year.

Can I change engine oil but not filter?

  • Not recommended. You should change the oil filter at the same time that you change the engine oil. Oil filters do not last forever, and if not changed regularly, they will not filter the oil or, even worse, clog. In which case, the oil may bypass the oil filter altogether, which is a situation you don't want as you may shorten the life of the engine.

Is it necessary to change engine oil every year?

  • Yes. Most drivers should change the engine oil at least twice if not more per year, depending on the oil type and miles driven. If you put about 15,000 miles per year which is the national average in the US, you should change the engine oil at least twice per year. Assuming that you are using synthetic oil and a good oil filter. 

Should I change the engine oil before or after storing the car for long periods?

  • Change the engine oil if stored for over 6 months. Oil can lose its lubricating properties when sitting for an extended period of time. Change the engine oil if your car has been sitting for a long time.

What happens if I don't change the oil?

  • You are shortening the life of your car. Sludge may build up. The engine may start to knock. Most importantly, bearings will wear much faster. You may not notice any symptoms right away, but you are causing premature wear to your car engine.

How much oil do I need to add?

  • Check on your owner's manual. Every car has a different capacity. There is no correlation between the number of cylinders and oil capacity. Some 6 cylinder engines require only four quarts, while others may require eight quarts. Always check the owner's manual. You don't want to overfill or underfill.