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Honda CR-V 2.4L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil & replace the filter on a 3rd generation 2007-2011 Honda CR-V with the K24Z 2.4L I4 engine.

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2011 CR-V 2.4L I4 Engine
K24Z Motor
Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011) Honda CR-V in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the K24Z 2.4 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles equipped with the Honda "K Series" of engines such as the Civic, Integra, Accord, Stream, RSX, RDX, TSX, ILX, Element, Spirior and Crosstour may also find these DIY oil change instructions to be helpful.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a 17mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container, a  Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench, a plastic automotive funnel and 5 U.S. quarts of new SAE 0W-20 oil.


A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Bosch 3323, Mobil 1 M1-110, K&N HP-1010, Purolator PL14610, Fram PH7317, Royal Purple 10-2867, Honda 15400-PLM-A01 and Mann-Filter ML 1008.
Pull Up Oil Dipstick
Raise Passenger Side Vehicle
Silver Metal Oil Pan
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface and turn off the engine.

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

Then engage the emergency / parking brake and chock the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counter clockwise direction and pull up the orange plastic oil level dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil filler cap and pulling up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front passenger side of the SUV with the floor jack and securely support it with the two jack stands.

Oil Drain Bolt - Rear of Pan
Oil Filter Behind Oil Pan
Loosen Oil Drain Bolt
Slide under the front passenger area of the engine with a used oil catch container, a 17mm socket, an oil filter wrench (optional) and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

The oil drain bolt or "plug" is located at the rear of the silver metal oil pan facing the back of the vehicle.

The canister style oil filter is located just behind the oil pan and above the oil drain bolt.

Slide the used oil catch basin to just below the oil drain bolt.

Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with the 17mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Drain Out Old Oil
Tighten 17mm Clockwise
Loosen Old Oil Filter
Be careful when you spin out the drain plug since the old oil may still be hot enough to burn your skin depending on how long you warmed up the engine.

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

If your oil drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer, inspect it and replace it if necessary.

Spin in the oil drain bolt by hand a few turns to prevent it from becoming cross threaded. Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction with the 17mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 29 ft-lbs of torque.

Slide the used oil catch basin back to just below the old oil filter.

Loosen the old oil filter by turning it in the counterclockwise direction. If you have trouble turning the old oil filter by hand, use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle # 63600.


Dip Pinky Finger In New Oil
Lubricate Oil Filter Gasket
Twist On New Oil Filter
Allow the old oil to drain out of the filter receptacle for at least a few minutes.

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 SAE 0W-20 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the new filter's gasket will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Clean off the oil filter receptacle with a clean rag and make sure that the rubber o-ring from the old filter is not still attached to the engine.

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

Do not over tighten the oil filter or use an oil filter wrench to tighten it. Over tightening the oil filter may damage the gasket and lead to oil leaks.

Double check that the oil drain bolt and the new oil filter are tight before moving on to the next steps.

Lower Vehicle From Stands
Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In New SAE 0W-20 Oil
Lower the SUV from the floor stands using the floor jack.

Insert an automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

The oil capacity of the K24Z series of engines in the 3rd generation 2007-2011 Honda CR-V (K24Z1, K24Z4 & K24Z6 variants) is 4.4 U.S. quarts (or 4.2 liters) for an oil change with filter replacement.

Slowly pour in only about 4 quarts of the new SAE 0W-20 oil.

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to run an engine that has been overfilled. Running an engine that has been overfilled with oil may damage seals, gaskets or other components.

Replace Oil Cap Clockwise
Check Dipstick Oil Level
Push In Oil Dipstick
Temporarily replace the oil filler cap and push down the oil level dipstick.

Start the engine and allow it to warm up for a few minutes. Then turn it off and allow the oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a rag, re-insert it and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the upper metal hole in the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "Max" line.

You may not need to pour in the entire 4.4 U.S. quarts of new SAE 0W-20 oil to reach the full level.

(If you used automotive ramps which tilt the engine back further and allow more old oil to drain out, you might need to pour in more than 4.4 US quarts.)

Once the oil level is correct, tighten the oil filler cap in the clockwise direction and push down the dipstick until it snaps securely in to place.

To reset the engine oil life and remove the "Maintenance Minder" wrench icon from the display, perform the following 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 shown on the display. 3. Press the select/reset knob for at least 10 seconds to enter reset mode. 4. Turn the select / reset knob until the "Oil Life" indicator is displayed. Push the knob to select the setting. 5. The oil life will start to blink. Press and hold the select/reset knob for at least 5 seconds. 6. The maintenance item code should disappear and the engine oil life will now be displayed as 100%.

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

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

For more, check out my other Honda CR-V Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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