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Honda Accord Engine Oil Change Guide
Pictures illustrated instructions for changing the motor oil in a 2009 Honda Accord LX sedan with a 2.4 liter engine.

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This vehicle maintenance guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2009 Honda Accord LX Premium Sedan with the 177 HP 2.4 liter 16 valve DOHC i-VTEC 4 cylinder engine. It may also be useful for owners of other Honda or Acura automobiles which may have similar motor oil replacement procedures. Some of these other vehicles include the Civic, CR-V, Element, Fit, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, S2000, RL, TL, TSX, MDX, and the RDX. Please note, I am not a professional ASE mechanic. Proceed at your own risk. I take no responsibility for any damages to your vehicles, persons, property or pets.
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2.4 Liter 4 Cylinder Engine

 
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Motor Oil Fill Cap

 
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Craftsman Floor Jack

 

The owner's manual for this 2009 Honda Accord LX Premium sedan recommends using 5W-20 weight oil. This car's 2.4L four cylinder engine requires 4.4 U.S. quarts (4.2 liters) for an oil change. A 3.5L V6 Accord will need 4.5 U.S. quarts (4.3 liters).

I went to Pep Boys and purchased 5 quarts of ProLine SAE 5W20 all season conventional motor oil and a Purolator L14610 oil filter. The oil was $2.79 per quart and the filter was $4.37 for a total cost of $18.32.

The first step is to warm up the engine to operating temperature which helps suspend any engine contaminants in the old oil.

While the engine warmed up, I got out my Craftsman 2 1/4 ton floor jack and 3 ton jack stands. Then I turned off the car. The oil filter and oil drain plug are located on the passenger side of the engine so I carefully raised that side of the vehicle off the ground.

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Craftsman Jack Stands
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Passenger Side Jacked Up
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Oil Filter & Silver Drain Plug
For extra safety, I like to place a jack stand next to the floor jack. Once under the car, you'll find the original blue Honda oil filter and the silver metal oil drain bolt located just below the oil filter next to the wheel well. To remove the oil drain bolt, you'll need a 17mm wrench or socket. Be sure to have an oil catch container below the vehicle before you start removing the oil drain bolt.
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New Purolator L14610 Filter
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Oil Filler Cap Removed
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Used Oil Catch Container

To help the old oil drain out faster, the engine should already be warmed up and the oil filler cap on the top of the engine should be removed. By removing the oil filler cap, you will allow air to enter and prevent a vacuum from forming. Please be careful as the oil flowing out of the engine may be hot. I find it best to wear latex gloves and use a towel to remove the oil drain plug. This will minimize the possibility of burns and keep the old oil from touching your skin. Used motor oil is a known carcinogen (causes cancer).

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Old Dirty Oil Draining
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ProLine 5W-20 Oil
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Oil Filter O-Ring Lubricated
As you wait for the old oil to drain out, lubricate the rubber o-ring on the new Purolator L14610 oil filter with some new 5W-20 motor oil. A well lubricated engine oil filter o-ring will form a much better seal and prevent oil leaks.
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Replacing Oil Drain Bolt
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Removing Old Oil Filter
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Oil Filter Receptacle


 
By now almost all of the used motor oil should have drained out of the engine. When the flow slows down to just an occasional drip, wipe off the area with a rag and replace the oil drain bolt. Tighten it down with a 17mm socket or wrench to just past snug. Don't over tighten the oil drain bolt or you could risk splitting, cracking, or otherwise damaging the oil pan. To remove the old oil filter, either use clean dry hands or an oil filter wrench. Turn the old oil filter counter clockwise to loosen it.
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Screwing On New Filter
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Funnel In Oil Filler Hole
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Pouring In New 5W20 Oil
Be sure to have the oil catch container still below the car when you remove the old oil filter as it will contain some used motor oil. Since used motor oil can contain carcinogens (cancer causing agents) try to use another pair of latex or rubber gloves when removing the old oil filter. Carefully twist the new oil filter on in the clockwise direction. Tighten it down by hand and then tighten it just slightly more until it is securely snug. The 2.4L inline 4 cylinder engine in this 2009 Honda Accord requires 4.4 U.S. quarts of 5W-20 oil. I poured in about 4 quarts of the new ProLine 5W-20 oil into a funnel in the engine oil filler hole. Then I ran the engine (with the oil filler cap in place), turned off the engine, and checked the oil level on the dipstick. To bring the level up to about half way between the lower "ADD" and upper "FULL" marks on the dipstick, I added just less than half of a quart. I checked the level again and replaced the oil filler cap.
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Oil Life Meter At 20%
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Resetting Oil Life % Display
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Driver Display Reset Button
To reset the driver's display oil life meter, first turn the ignition to the "On" position so that all the accessories activate but don't start the engine. Press the select/reset button until you see the oil life meter. Then press the select/reset button for about 10 seconds until the oil life meter and "A 1" maintenance item number start to blink. Finally, press the select/reset button for another 5 seconds until the oil life meter reads "100%". The last step is to run the engine over a clean patch of your driveway or over an old white towel for a few minutes. Then check for any drips or leaks. That's it. You're done.
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Checking Oil Level On Dipstick
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Oil Life Meter Reset To 100%
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