Honda is a Japanese automobile company that was founded on September 1948. Since its foundation, it has been one of the leading automobile company, surpassing even Chrysler in its automobile sales. Honda’s early automobiles heavily focused on city driving, and as such, they have aptly named their entry-level cars Civic and City. However, come early 1990s, there was an increase in demand for bigger city vehicles such has SUVs. Because of this demand, in 1995, Honda introduced the CRV in Japan, and eventually in the United States.
However the Honda CRV was quite different from other Honda models. Although the Honda CRV had a larger frame and a wider chassis, the area beneath the engine where the oil filter is harder to locate and access.
With regards to car maintenance, because of the predicament outlined above, non-experts initially have problems changing the Honda CRV’s oil. Drivers are caught unaware of the oil filter’s location and are thus unable to change their oil quickly. But you’re in luck, as outlined below are steps on how to quickly change the oil on a Honda CRV.
- Prepare your tools beforehand. You will need a 17mm wrench, strap wrench, an oil drip pan, some rags, and new motor oil.
- Start your Honda CRV’s engine and let it stay on for around 10 to 20 minutes to heat up the motor oil to the engine’s operating temperature.
- Raise the front side of your car by driving onto tire ramps or a small incline. Make sure you set the emergency brakes and you place a stopper under you tires. You could also raise the car by using car jacks.
- Locate the oil pan at the rear of the engine and place the oil drip pan beneath it.
- Open your hood and take off the oil filler cap either at the middle or side of the engine. Also remove the dipstick (it has a yellow circular handle).
- From beneath the engine, loosen and remove the oil drain plug using the 17mm wrench. Allow the oil to fully drain into the oil drip pan.
- Once the oil has drained, replace the oil drain plug and then remove the oil filter using a strap wrench.
- Meticulously clean the oil filter gasket using your rags. Make sure that no rubber from the previous oil filter is left attached on it.
- Coat your new oil filter’s gasket, with some oil.
- Using your hands, tighten your new oil filter on until the gasket meets the engine. This is critical as the oil filter must not be on too tight.
- Fill the oil filler hole with your motor oil and then replace the dipstick.
- Check for any leaks and tighten caps or filters as needed.
- Start the car and let it sit idle for a few minutes to heat the oil up.
- Using the dipstick, check if the oil reaches the full line. If it doesn’t reach the full line, fill it again with oil.
- If the oil already reached the full line, close the hood, and your ready to go.
And voila! You have successfully replaced your oil engine.
In theory, using the steps above, you can replace the oil of any car, provided you successfully locate the key components: the oil pan, the oil filler cap, the oil pan and the oil filter gasket. The Honda CRV is just a special case of differently located components. When changing the oil, just make sure that when you’re doing this, turn off the engine and don’t forget setting the emergency brakes.