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How I did a DIY Oil Change on my 2010 Acura TL - August 2011


Welcome!  In August 2011 I completed a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) oil change on my 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD. Car was bought new at 67 miles in July 2010, current mileage is around 6200 miles and maintenance minder was indicating message A1:  15% to 6% oil life left and car is due for oil change and tire rotation.  This is the first oil change on the car.

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MOTOR OIL
Per the Owners Manual I used 4.5 US Quarts of 5w20 motor oil.

Picture shows a 5 US Quart container of Mobil 1 5w20
 MOBIL 1 5W20, 5 US Quarts
PARTS
I used the following parts available at a Honda Dealer
  • Honda Oil Filter Part Number 15400-PLM-A02. 
  • a new drain plug washer Honda Part Number 
  • 94109-14000.
  • Honda Oil Filter tool 07AAA-PLCA100
Please note:  equivalent aftermarket parts are
available at automotive parts stores.
 HONDA Filer Part Number 15400-PLM-A02
Step 1:
Find a place to work which is flat and level and you can work uninterrupted for several hours. Do not work in any unsafe exterior conditions or weather
Step 1:  Find a flat and level place where can be parked and you will be able to work uninterrupted for several hours
Step 2:
layout all tools and materials needed close to where you will be  working. 

Includes Genuine Honda Filter and washer, 17 mm socket and wrench, oil filter removal tool, hydraulic jack and jack stands, rags and paper towels, lots of rags and paper towels, tarp to trap any leaked or spilt oil. Waste oil pan, funnels, and 5W-20 SAE Mobil 1 motor oil
Step 2:  layout all tools and materials needed close to where you will be  working
Maintenance Minder indicates Message type A1: car due for oil change and tire rotation  Maintenance Minder Message
Step 3:  
Turn steering wheel all the way to the right, this ensure that right front passenger tire is turned to the right. This gives access to the Oil Filter
 
Step 3:  
Turn steering wheel all the way to the right, this ensure that right front passenger tire is turned to the right. This gives access to the Oil Filter
 Right front wheel chocked right
Step 4:  
Pop the hood and loosen motor oil fill cap
 
Step 5:  
Engage the hand brake securely. Then jack the car, I am using a Craftsman 2.5 Ton hydraulic jack.
 
Raise car using Hydraulic Jack
Step 6:  
Shows spot under car where jack is engaged. Very Important: must be engaged to part of chassis
 
Close up of jack point
Step 7:
View from left side of car.  Use jack stands to support car. Do not only use hydraulic jack.  If you look closely into wheel well you can see the blue colored Honda Oil Filter
 
Place car on jack stands
Step 8:
View from right side of car.  Use jack stands to support car. Do not only use hydraulic jack
 
Place car on jack stands - Right side
Step 9:
To remove Oil Drain plug, choose a 17 mm socket and driver
 
Use 17 mm socket on drain plug
Step 10:
Position waste oil drain pan below drain plug. Remove the drain plug and drain oil. Note "ENGINE OIL" marking on oil pan
 
Remove Drain Plug
Step 11:
Replace crush washer with a new one from Honda, discard old washer. Coat bolt threads and washer with a light coating of fresh motor oil
 
Clean Drain Plug, then replace washer with a new Washer from Honda
Step 12:
Once oil has drained from reservoir, reattach the drain plug that has been fitted with a new crush washer
 Reattach drain plug and tighten with hand.  Remember to use a new crush washer purchased from Honda
Step 13:
fasten drain plug back securely using 17 mm socket and driver. Do not over-torque! Wipe the area clean when done, no burnt oil smell or stains to worry about.
 
Tighten Drain Plug with a 17 mm socket and driver.
Step 14:
To remove the filter, an oil filter removal tool is recommended.  This will make your work a lot easier.  The one showed is sold by Honda and can be bought from any dealer.  I bought this online from Bernardi Acura.  Click on the picture for a zoomed in view of the part number.
 
Picture of Honda Oil Filter removal tool
Step 15:
The next step is filter replacement.  This view shows the front right side of the car.  Note that wheel is turned all the way to the right, and if you look closely, you will see the blue colored Honda oil filter.
 
View of right front side tire and fliter
Step 15:
The next step is filter replacement. This view shows the filter. For the Acura TL it is located near the right front passanger wheel well
 
Close up view of right front side tire and filter
Step 15:
Another view of the oil filter, this one is a close up view
Close up view of oil filter
Step 16:
Place waste oil pan below filter. Engage the filter socket and unscrew the oil filter. It is a good idea to protect the parts in vicinity below the filter from any oil drainage from the filter during its removal process. I am using absorbent paper towels.
 
Loosen oil filter using oil filter removal tool and rachet driver
Step 17:
Continue until the filter is loosened
 
Continue to loosen oil filter with the oil filter removal socket and a rachet driver
Step 17:
Oil will spill as the filter is loosened
 
Continue to loosen oil filter with the oil filter removal socket and a rachet driver
Step 18:
The oil filter removal can be sped up by removing the filter by hand once it is loosened using the socket and driver.  You will also have better control of the location of the filter once it is detached.  I spilt some oil when the filter detached, you can do better than I with this advice.  Less oil spillage, means less cleanup and no burnt oil smell ruining your smooth ride.
  
Remove oil filter by hand for better control and less oil spillage when filter is detached from flange

Step 19:
Empty remaining oil in filter into oil waste pan.  Watch your grip on the filter as it will be slippery and you do not want it falling into the waste oil pan.  Remember to recycle all used oil at your local recycling center equipped with a waste oil recycling facility.  Call your local government or county environmental service office.  Thanks for doing your part for our environment and to save our surface and ground water resources.
 
Empty residual oil in filter into waste pan. Filter will be slippery if wearing gloves, try not to maintain your grip on filter, else it will slip into oil pan
Step 20:
This view shows the filter mounting flange with the filter removed
View of oil filter mounting flange with filter removed
 
Step 20b:
Please verify that the existent filter gasket has not detached itself from the filter and adhered to the flange surface. This is a critical check! If the gasket inadvertently remained on the flange surface remained it would prevent a good seal for the new oil filter and likely cause an oil leak.
Thanks to user blacksheep on the MDXers forum for this add.

 
A closer view of oil filter mounting flange with filter removed
Step 21:
I am using Mobil 1 5W-20 synthetic oil for this change.   I buy it in this 5 quart container size from the local Walmart for around $23. 
 
View of Mobil1 5W-20
Step 21:
I am using a genuine Honda filter, I bought this online from Bernardi Acura, but it can also be bought from the local Acura or Honda dealer.  Zoom in for a larger view of the part number.

 
Genuine Honda Oil Filter used as replacement
Step 22:
To start the new oil filter mounting process, first apply a thin coat of fresh oil to the filter gasket.
Wet oil filter gasket with a thin coating of fresh oil
Step 22:
To start the new oil filter mounting process, first apply a thin coat of fresh oil to the filter gasket.  This will help prevent the gasket from adhering to the flange surface when the filter is removed during its replacement at a future date.
 
Apply a thin coating of fresh oil to the gasket on oil filter
Step 23:
Start the filter attachment process by hand, turning until the filter is snug on the mount.  It can be several turns until this occurs.


 
Attach filter to mounting flange, starting first by hand and continuing till filter is snug on mount
Step 24:
Fasten the filter securely using the filter socket and a rachet driver. 

User blacksheep on the MDXers forum for this great add.
Mounting torque for oil filters is typically contact + 3/4 turn. Honda filters have triangles printed on them every 90 degrees so you can tell how far you've spun it (you can see them on your pictures and below). If it contacts with "one triangle" facing you, tighten it until you have "four triangles" facing you and you're done
 
Tighten using the oil filter tool and a rachet driver
Step 25:
Fasten the filter securely using the filter socket and a rachet driver.  Continue till tight fit and DO NOT overtorque.  You will check for oil leaks around the filter once the oil change is complete.
 
Tighten using the oil filter tool and a rachet driver, do not overtorque filter
Step 25:
Consult your owner's manual for the oil change quantity
 
Refer your owners manual for oil change capacity
Step 25:
Acura manual recommends 4.5 US quarts for an oil change where the filter is replaced
 
Manual indicates 4.5 US Quarts required for an oil change where filter is also changed
Step 26:
I am using Mobil 1 5w-20 grade.  I buy a 5 quart container from my local Walmart for around $23
 
Recycle used oil
Step 27:
Fill about 4.5 US quarts from the oil fill port.  Use of a funnel is highly recommended. Less oil spillage means less cleanup.  Close cap when done
 
Fill fresh oil through oil fill port.  Do not overfill beyond capacity of 4.5 US Quarts
Step 28:
Start engine, let it run for a few minutes to circulate oil in engine.  Then check oil level using dipstick. Add oil to meet oil fill requirements as indicated on dipstick.  Close oil fill cap after topping of oil as needed.
 
start engine, run for a few minutes, then check oil level dipstick. Top off if needed till oil level is within required limits as indicated on dipstick
Step 29:
To reset OIL LIFE indicator, first turn on car to display the indicators and gages.  You do not need to turn on engine.
 
Turn on car to Mode where indicator gages are displayed, you do not need to turn the engine on
Step 30:
Using keys on steering wheel, select the Multi-Information-Display menu.  Select the display where the oil life is indicated.  
 
Using MID buttons, select display where oil life is displayed
Step 31:
Then using keys on steering wheel, press the "SEL/RESET" button for at least 10 seconds or until the "OIL LIFE RESET" menu is displayed.
 
Select and press the SEL/RESET button on the steering wheel.  Continue for at least 10 seconds or until the MID Display changes to OIL LIFE RESET screen
Step 31:
The OIL LIFE RESET menu in the MID
 
Using MID buttons on Steering Wheel, choose RESET option
Step 33:
Using the keys on the steering wheel, select the RESET option in the OIL LIFE RESET menu in the MID.  Then press SEL/RESET until the display is cleared
 
Then select the SEL/RESET button on the Steering Wheel
Step 33:
If you did this correctly, the OIL LIFE counter will be cleared and will OIL LIFE will be displayed at 100%
 
The Oil Life counter will reset to 100%
Step 33:
Pag 503 of the owners manual displays the process for reseting the OIL LIFE indicator.
 
Page 502 of Owners Manual lists the steps on resetting the OIL LIFE indicator
  

As part of clean up, minimize any oil residue on surfaces by cleaning these.  Recycle your used oil at your local motor oil recycling service.

DISCLAIMER
This website is not endorsed or affiliated with Google, Acura, Honda or any of its service centers or dealers. or any other professionally operated automobile business.  I am documenting the process that I used.  There are no guarantees or completeness or accuracy of the process.  This website is for information only, it is not a guide and does not provide a step-by-step process that you can use.  Safety is your highest priority. Do not attempt to do this by yourself if you are not trained in automobile maintenance. Professionally done oil changes are cheap, do not risk your safety and your car's operation if you are not experienced in automobile maintenance.
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