Change The Oil on a 2016 Honda Civic Ex- T
This article explains the required steps to change the oil in a 2016 Honda Civic sedan, similarly for years 2017-2018. For the 1.5 Ex-T(described here) it takes 3.7 US Quarts, while the 2.0 takes up to 4.4 Quarts of 0W-20 Full synthetic oil. Reminder, Honda calls for oil change every 10k but I personally choose to do it every other 7000 miles.
- Oil Filter Wrench
- Ratchet Set with 17 mm socket
- Oil Catch Pan
- Oil fill funnel
- Hydraulic Jack and Jack Stands
- Either breaker bar or torque wrench.
- 5 qts. Of 0W-20 Pennzoil Synthetic Oil
- Oil Filter - Choose One: (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007P5V8MW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1&tag=hotu0c1-20), [15400- PLM A02]
- Replacement Oil Crush Washer, 17mm.
Get Started by Lifting the Car
Engage the parking brake and start lifting the rear of the vehicle using your jack and jack stands.Since we are working in the front, Place hydraulic jack on rear lifting points and put your jack stands on both sides.
There are 4 lift points and while you can use the jack pad locations, they are plastic and I found that instead there are metal "pieces" next to the jack pads and these are pretty solid. They almost looked like a mountain and were highlighted in the image.
Caution: Always use jack stands when getting under a vehicle, if not this may result in serious injury or death.
Remove The Under Tray
Remove the 8 under panel plastic screws using a flat head screwdriver. Picture was not provided as my car did not have the under panel.
Drain the Oil
Place your drain pan under the oil pan.
Grab your breaker bar or torque wrench, and remove the 17 mm oil drain plug. It is almost in the center of the car, next to this pipe. Let oil drain for 10 minutes.
Reuse the drain plug and use a new crush washer. Set your Torque bar to 30 ft lbs and reinstall drain plug.
Remove the oil filter using your favorite type of filter wrench. Remember to turn the wrench counterclockwise and remove it by hand the rest of the way.
Filter housing with filter removed.
Before inserting the new filter, make sure to dab the gasket around it with a little bit of the new oil.
Screw the new filter on, tightening it by hand at first until it is snug. Then use the oil wrench once again to tighten it by about 1/4 of a turn clockwise.
Fill with New Oil
Locate and pull the hood release button on the lower driver side. Lift up the hood and secure with lifting arm.
Locate the oil filling plug next to the coolant reservoir and remove it, then take a small funnel and fill with 3.7 quarts of oil.
Check the oil level by removing the dip stick, drying it and re-inserting it.
Check the level by reading where the oil shows up on the end. It should be between the two marks. Since the oil will be pretty new and clean and the dipstick is orange in these cars, make sure to inspect the oil level under the sun to be sure.
Visually check the filter and drain plug for leaks. Run the car for a couple minutes and see if there's any oil dripping.
Re-install the skid plate and the 8 flat head screws.
Lower the car back to the ground.
Re-check the oil level and check once more for leaks.
Resetting the Oil Service Reminder
Note: Applies to vehicles with the dashboard entertainment system. In order to reset both the oil life status and oil service maintenance reminder, start the car , swipe left on the smart system and select the settings option.
Next, select the vehicle settings option.
Then head to maintenance info and reset the oil change service reminder. You can also follow this steps to reset other items if you have done any other maintenance to the car such as air filter replacement, transmission fluid change, etc.
Confirm that the oil life reads 100% and pat yourself on the back, oil change completed!
Drain plug torque specs: 30 ft lbs