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Old 15-Apr-2005, 11:41 AM
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oil filter location

hey guys im about to go outside and do my first oil change i know where u drain the oil its that little screw beneatht he engine but where would the filter be located,becuase i lost my haynes manual and i want to know as much about this *** possible before i get down there thanks
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Old 15-Apr-2005, 11:44 AM
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If it's your civic your talking about, it's on the back centre of the engine(firewall side) below your intake manifold mounted horizontally on the engine block. Easiest(only? hah) way to access it is from underneath the car. Impossible to miss. Make sure you use safety stands on a stable surface if your getting underneath the vehicle.
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Old 15-Apr-2005, 11:49 AM
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so i dont have to take the oil pan off correct?
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Old 15-Apr-2005, 11:56 AM
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Correct. The oil filter is the round thing on the back of your engine. If you lost your manual, search for a diagram on the net.
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Old 15-Apr-2005, 12:24 PM
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wow that was suprisingly easy i think i may have added too much oil thought i put about 4 liters in.
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Old 15-Apr-2005, 01:16 PM
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better drain a bit out then, my motor takes about 3 litres :S check your dipstick and make sure the oil is in between those 2 dots...
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Old 15-Apr-2005, 01:23 PM
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takes 3.5L, i think you'll be fine of u only put a half liter extra
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ye i just checked it again its in between the 2 lines
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Originally posted by italstallion
ye i just checked it again its in between the 2 lines
ya, thats good, I think most civics take 3.7L or something....not quite 4....
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Old 15-Apr-2005, 09:06 PM
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4L puts you right between the safe allowance according to the dipstick so you cant go wrong unless that dipstick is not a good indicator of the actual level.
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Originally posted by civicnation
4L puts you right between the safe allowance according to the dipstick so you cant go wrong unless that dipstick is not a good indicator of the actual level.
I don't know, everytime I change mine, I always have a little left over, and its filled to the upper dot...maybe its different on different engines...
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so i dont have to take the oil pan off correct?
No you don't have to unless you want to change ever last drop of used oil.
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this is true
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Old 16-Apr-2005, 02:23 AM
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Most civics take around 3.5L to 3.8L. I've done than my fair share of oil changes in my life. I've probably done more oil changes than the regular joe.

If you put in 4L in a civic motor, it will most likely not be between the lines on the dip stick. It'll most likely be above the line.

Remember when you do your oil change. The oil doesn't go into the filter until you start your car.

This is what I would recommend you do.

1) Take off the oil cap
2) Take off the drain bolt (should be a 17mm)
3) Wait until most of the oil is drained out
4) Take off oil filter
5) Make sure the rubber seal is on the old filter. If its not on the old filter your taking off, its probably stuck to the car. Take this off. If your leave this on and try to install your new filter, it will just leak oil from your filter.
6) Put drain bolt back in (do not over tighten)
7) Lube up the seal around the oil filter to create a better seal.
8) Put oil filter back in (do not over tighten)
9) Fill the car with 3.5L of oil. Don't forget to put your oil cap back on.
10) Start the car, and turn it off after about 5 secs.
11) Recheck oil level, and check it several times cause oil moves up when the engine is started.
12) Add oil if necessary, but if not necessary then your done.
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ya, thats good, I think most civics take 3.7L or something....not quite 4....
I'm not sure about the earlier models, but the 2001+ takes about 4.1L total. When you do an oil change, you only drain and replace approx 3.2L (including the oil in the filter). According to the manual, about 1L stays in your engine block.
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