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Honda Fit (Jazz) Engine Oil Change Guide
How to replace the motor oil and filter in a Honda Fit or "Jazz" equipped with the L15A7 i-VTEC 1.5L I4 engine.

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Honda Fit L15A7 i-VTEC
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Oil Filler Cap 0W-20
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Remove Oil Filler Cap

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Honda Fit or Honda Jazz vehicles equipped with the 1.5 liter inline four cylinder L15A7 engine.

Owners of other related Honda vehicles with the L15A7 engine such as the City, Aria, Airwave, Partner, Mobilio, and Freed may also find this guide to be useful. This oil change procedure may be similar for these vehicles equipped with the L12A (1.2L), and L13A (1.3L) engines instead.

To complete this oil change, you'll need the following items: 4 quarts of new SAE 0W-20 oil, a new oil filter, a 17MM socket or wrench, a used oil catch container, an automotive funnel, a floor jack, and jack stands.

Some of the oil filters compatible with the L15A7 engine in the Honda Fit include the following Mobil1 M1-110, Fram PH7317, Bosch 3323, Purolator L14610, K&N HP-1010 and Purolator PureONE PL14610.

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Floor Jack Passenger Side
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Support With Jack Stands
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Oil Drain Bolt & Filter
The first step is to turn on the engine and allow it to warm up for a few minutes.

This will help suspend any contaminants in the engine within the old motor oil and let it drain out more quickly.

Then turn off the engine and remove the oil filler cap located at the rear left of the engine bay.

Next use a floor jack to raise the passenger side of the vehicle and secure it with at least one jack stand.

Gather together a 17mm socket with ratcheting wrench, your used oil catch basin, and an oil filter wrench if you have one.

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17 mm Oil Drain Bolt
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OEM Honda Oil Filter
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Used Oil Catch Container
Slide underneath the vehicle past the front passenger wheel to locate the oil drain bolt and oil filter.

The oil drain bolt is at the back of the oil pan facing the rear of the vehicle.

The oil filter is located at the other end of the oil pan facing towards the front bumper of the car.

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Remove 17MM Drain Bolt
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Twist Off Old Oil Filter
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Move your used oil catch container to just below the oil drain bolt and carefully remove it by turning it counter clockwise with the 17mm socket.

The old oil may be hot and it contains carcinogens (cancer causing agents), so try to avoid getting it on your skin.

Allow the old oil to drain out of the engine for at least a few minutes, then re-insert the drain bolt and tighten it to 29 lb ft of torque or just past hand tight.

Next firmly grasp the old oil filter and spin it off counter clockwise until it can be removed from the engine.

If you have trouble turning it by hand, use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle 63600.

I recommend buying the Mobil1 M1-110 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Dip one of your fingers into the new motor oil and run it along the rubber o-ring on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the o-ring on the new oil filter will allow it to form a better seal to prevent leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Twist the new oil filter on the receptacle clockwise to just past hand tight.

Don't use an oil filter wrench to tighten the filter or you may damage it which can cause leaks.

Tighten the oil filter by hand to just past hand tight.

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Lubricate Oil Filter O-Ring
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Insert Automotive Funnel
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Pour In New Oil
Double check that the oil filter and oil drain bolt are tight before lowering the car from the jack stand and floor jack.

Move to the engine bay and insert the automotive funnel into the oil filler cap.

The L15A7 1.5L engine requires 3.8 US Quarts (3.6 Liters) of new SAE 0W-20 oil for an oil change with a new oil filter.

Pour in about 3 to 3.5 quarts of new oil at first.

Then run the engine for a few minutes, turn it off, and allow it to rest for a few minutes before checking the level on the orange handled oil dipstick.

It's much better to have slightly less oil than required in an engine than too much oil.

Having too much oil in an engine can put pressure on seals or gaskets and cause leaks or damage.

Slowly add more oil until the oil level on the dipstick fills in the upper hole on the dipstick indicating that it has reached the "MAX" or "FULL" level.

You may have to add a tiny bit of oil and check the dipstick several times to get the level just right.

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Engine Oil Dipstick
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Check Level & Add Oil
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Replace Oil Filler Cap
Once you are satisfied that the oil level is correct, re-insert the dipstick and replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on clockwise to just past hand tight.

I'd recommend checking the oil level on the dipstick at least a few times during the next week and watch your driveway or garage for any drops of oil that may indicate a leak from the oil drain bolt or the oil filter.

Be sure to record the vehicle's mileage in your service record book.

To reset the engine oil life indicator, turn the ignition switch to the "On" position but do not start the engine.

Then push the button on the driver's instrument gauge cluster until the oil life remaining is displayed such as "30%" for example.

Push and hold the button for 10 seconds until the oil life and a maintenance code starts to blink.

Release the button, push it again and hold it for another 5 seconds until the oil life meter resets to 100%.

For more, please check out my Honda Fit Maintenance & Repair Guides page.
 

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