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Honda Odyssey Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter on the 3.5L V6 engine in a 3rd generation 2005 to 2010 Honda Odyssey.

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2008 Odyssey 3.5L V6
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Oil Filler Cap - Front Right
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Twist Off Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010) Honda Odyssey minivan in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the J35A6 or J35A7 (with VCM) 3.5 liter V6 engine.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Accord, Civic, Crosstour, CR-V, CR-Z, HR-V, Fit, Element, Insight, Pilot, Ridgeline, Clarity, Crosstour, Elysion, ILX, TSX, TLX, TL, RLX, RDX, NSX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement oil filter part numbers include the following: Mobil 1 M1-110, Bosch 3323, Fram HM7317, Purolator PL14610, Pennzoil HPZ-37, Wix 57356, ECOGARD X4612 and K&N PS-1010.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a 17mm wrench with a 3/8" drive ratchet, a used oil catch container, a Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench (optional), an automotive funnel and 4.5 U.S. quarts (or 4.3L) of new SAE 5W-20 oil.

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Oil Dipstick - Front Left
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Partially Remove Dipstick
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Silver Metal Oil Pan
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the minivan on a level surface and turn off the ignition.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Then engage the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear tires to prevent the vehicle from moving.

If you would like to have more room to work under the minivan, raise the front end with a floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

Open the hood to access the engine bay.

Twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and set it aside in a safe place.

Then raise the orange plastic handled oil level dipstick an inch or two.

Taking off the oil filler cap and partially removing the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Slide under the front of the minivan with the 17mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratchet and the used oil catch basin.

The silver metal oil pan is located on the passenger side of the engine bay next to the exhaust pipe.

The oil drain bolt or "plug" is located on the rear passenger side corner of the oil pan.

You'll see the words "Engine Oil" printed on the pan with an arrow pointing at the drain bolt.

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"Engine Oil" Drain Bolt
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Filter - Passenger Side
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Loosen Oil Drain Plug
The oil filter is located near the front passenger tire in the wheel well.

Your minivan may have a plastic wheel well liner that needs to at least partially removed in order to access the filter.

The wheel well liner will be held in place by several pop rivet fasteners. Pry up the small center part of the fastener before prying out the larger base of the fastener from the panel.

Position the used oil catch container to just below the drain bolt.

Loosen the drain bolt by turning it in the counterclockwise direction ("lefty loosey") with the 17mm socket and a 3/8" or 1/2" drive ratchet.

Be careful when you remove the drain plug. The old oil might still hot enough to burn your fingers depending on how long you ran the engine in the first step.

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Drain Out Old Oil
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Replace Oil Drain Bolt
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Remove Old Oil Filter
Spin out the oil drain bolt the rest of the way by hand.

Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows down to just an occasional drip.

Inspect the old washer or "gasket" on the drain bolt and replace it if necessary.

The OEM oil drain bolt crush washer is part number Honda 94109-14000.

Make sure that the old washer is not still attached to the engine.

Clean the area around the drain hole with a paper towel.

Replace the drain bolt by rotating it a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Then tighten the drain bolt in the clockwise direction with the 17mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight or about 29 lb-ft of torque.

Double check that the oil drain bolt is tight before moving on to the next steps.

Move the used oil catch basin to just below the old oil filter.

Loosen the old oil filter by turning it in the counterclockwise direction.

If you have trouble loosening the old filter, I highly recommend buying the Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench.



 

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Drain Oil From Filter
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Twist On New Oil Filter
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Insert Automotive Funnel
Allow the old oil to drain out from the filter receptacle for at least a few minutes.

Make sure that the old rubber o-ring gasket from the old filter is not still attached to the engine.

I recommend buying the Mobil 1 M1-110 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Dip your pinky finger in to some new oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring on the new filter.

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

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Insert the automotive funnel into the oil filler hole.

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Pour In New Oil
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Lower Car From Stands
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Twist On Oil Filler Cap
The owner's manual specification for the engine oil capacity for an oil change with a filter replacement is 4.5 U.S. quarts (or 4.3 liters) of SAE 5W-20 oil.

(If you raised the front of the vehicle, lower it from the jack stands by using the floor jack.)

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to over fill it. Running an engine that has been over filled with oil may lead to sluggish performance and possibly damage seals or gaskets.

Slowly pour in only about 4 to 4.25 U.S. quarts of the engine's 4.5 quart total capacity.

Replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

Push the dipstick back down into place.

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Check Dipstick Oil Level
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Replace Oil Dipstick
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Oil Change Complete
Start the engine, let it to run for a few minutes, turn off the ignition and allow the new oil to drain back down to the pan for at least five to ten minutes.

Check the oil level by removing the dipstick, wiping it clean with a paper towel, re-inserting it and then pulling it out again.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and check the dipstick again until the level reaches just at or below the upper line above the cross hatched area at the end of the dipstick that indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" line.

You may not need to pour in the entire 4.5 U.S. quarts of new oil in order for the level to reach the "Full" line depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

Once the oil is at the correct level, replace the dipstick and make sure that the oil filler cap is tight.

To reset the oil life indicator, follow these steps: 1. Turn the ignition switch to the "On" position but do not start the engine. 2. Press the "select / reset" button until the engine oil life is displayed on the screen. 3. Press and hold the "select/reset" button for about 10 seconds. 4. The oil life indicator should start blinking. 5. Let go of the button. 6. Press and hold the "select / reset" button again for about 5 seconds. 7. The maintenance item code will disappear and the oil life percentage will reset to 100%.

Be sure to record the oil change in your vehicle's service records.

It would also be a good idea to check your garage, driveway or parking spot for fresh drops of oil during the next few days which may indicate a leak from a loose drain plug or filter.

For more, check out all of my 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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