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Old 22 Jul 2004, 07:46 pm
Alex
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Default Changing oil for 1993 Honda Civic ESi?

As a complete newbie in car maintenance, I'm wondering whether someone out
there advise me with a step-by-step guideline to change the engine oil? I
also need to know what type of oil best suits this car (and which one I
should go for in terms of value for money)! Thank you!



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Old 22 Jul 2004, 07:47 pm
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Default Re: Changing oil for 1993 Honda Civic ESi?

Oh, to clarify, it is a 1.6 ESi !

"Alex" <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> As a complete newbie in car maintenance, I'm wondering whether someone out
> there advise me with a step-by-step guideline to change the engine oil? I
> also need to know what type of oil best suits this car (and which one I
> should go for in terms of value for money)! Thank you!
>
>
>



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Old 22 Jul 2004, 08:31 pm
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On 7/22/04 7:47 PM, in article cdpn6h$gpe$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk, "Alex"
<yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Oh, to clarify, it is a 1.6 ESi !
>
> "Alex" <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:cdpn57$go9$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk...
>> As a complete newbie in car maintenance, I'm wondering whether someone out
>> there advise me with a step-by-step guideline to change the engine oil? I
>> also need to know what type of oil best suits this car (and which one I
>> should go for in terms of value for money)! Thank you!
>>
>>
>>

>
>


Do you have the owner's manual for it? The recommended weight oil (e.g.
5W30) and the amount you need will be stated in the manual. The information
might also be on a sticker on the underside of the hood (bonnet?) Any brand
name oil will suffice. You will need to get either ramps or jack stands to
raise the front of the car. The drain plug is on the bottom of the oil pan.
The oil filter is usually on the back side of the engine on Hondas - look up
from underneath to find it.

Drive around before you drain the oil to get more of the gunk suspended in
it so it will drain out.

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Old 22 Jul 2004, 08:35 pm
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Default Re: Changing oil for 1993 Honda Civic ESi?

Why not find a friendly mechanic who would be willing to give you a
lesson? bob

Alex wrote:
>
> Thanks for this! I will check the owners manual to determine what type of
> oil.
>
> As for instructions on how to change the oil, is there any
> illustrations/photos together with more detail explanation about which bit
> to unsrew and what to/not to do?
>
> "E. Meyer" <e52.meyer0SPAM@ieee.org> wrote in message
> news:BD25D48B.8E6C7%e52.meyer0SPAM@ieee.org...
> > On 7/22/04 7:47 PM, in article cdpn6h$gpe$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk, "Alex"
> > <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Oh, to clarify, it is a 1.6 ESi !
> > >
> > > "Alex" <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> > > news:cdpn57$go9$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk...
> > >> As a complete newbie in car maintenance, I'm wondering whether someone

> out
> > >> there advise me with a step-by-step guideline to change the engine oil?

> I
> > >> also need to know what type of oil best suits this car (and which one I
> > >> should go for in terms of value for money)! Thank you!
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >
> > >

> >
> > Do you have the owner's manual for it? The recommended weight oil (e.g.
> > 5W30) and the amount you need will be stated in the manual. The

> information
> > might also be on a sticker on the underside of the hood (bonnet?) Any

> brand
> > name oil will suffice. You will need to get either ramps or jack stands

> to
> > raise the front of the car. The drain plug is on the bottom of the oil

> pan.
> > The oil filter is usually on the back side of the engine on Hondas - look

> up
> > from underneath to find it.
> >
> > Drive around before you drain the oil to get more of the gunk suspended in
> > it so it will drain out.
> >

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Old 22 Jul 2004, 08:38 pm
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Default Re: Changing oil for 1993 Honda Civic ESi?

Thanks for this! I will check the owners manual to determine what type of
oil.

As for instructions on how to change the oil, is there any
illustrations/photos together with more detail explanation about which bit
to unsrew and what to/not to do?


"E. Meyer" <e52.meyer0SPAM@ieee.org> wrote in message
news:BD25D48B.8E6C7%e52.meyer0SPAM@ieee.org...
> On 7/22/04 7:47 PM, in article cdpn6h$gpe$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk, "Alex"
> <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Oh, to clarify, it is a 1.6 ESi !
> >
> > "Alex" <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> > news:cdpn57$go9$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk...
> >> As a complete newbie in car maintenance, I'm wondering whether someone

out
> >> there advise me with a step-by-step guideline to change the engine oil?

I
> >> also need to know what type of oil best suits this car (and which one I
> >> should go for in terms of value for money)! Thank you!
> >>
> >>
> >>

> >
> >

>
> Do you have the owner's manual for it? The recommended weight oil (e.g.
> 5W30) and the amount you need will be stated in the manual. The

information
> might also be on a sticker on the underside of the hood (bonnet?) Any

brand
> name oil will suffice. You will need to get either ramps or jack stands

to
> raise the front of the car. The drain plug is on the bottom of the oil

pan.
> The oil filter is usually on the back side of the engine on Hondas - look

up
> from underneath to find it.
>
> Drive around before you drain the oil to get more of the gunk suspended in
> it so it will drain out.
>



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Old 22 Jul 2004, 09:31 pm
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Default Re: Changing oil for 1993 Honda Civic ESi?

finding a friendly mechanic is probably a bigger problem!

"N.E.Ohio Bob" <rgstroud@neo.rr.com> wrote in message
news:41007221.7B9E7F63@neo.rr.com...
> Why not find a friendly mechanic who would be willing to give you a
> lesson? bob
>
> Alex wrote:
> >
> > Thanks for this! I will check the owners manual to determine what type

of
> > oil.
> >
> > As for instructions on how to change the oil, is there any
> > illustrations/photos together with more detail explanation about which

bit
> > to unsrew and what to/not to do?
> >
> > "E. Meyer" <e52.meyer0SPAM@ieee.org> wrote in message
> > news:BD25D48B.8E6C7%e52.meyer0SPAM@ieee.org...
> > > On 7/22/04 7:47 PM, in article cdpn6h$gpe$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk,

"Alex"
> > > <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Oh, to clarify, it is a 1.6 ESi !
> > > >
> > > > "Alex" <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> > > > news:cdpn57$go9$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk...
> > > >> As a complete newbie in car maintenance, I'm wondering whether

someone
> > out
> > > >> there advise me with a step-by-step guideline to change the engine

oil?
> > I
> > > >> also need to know what type of oil best suits this car (and which

one I
> > > >> should go for in terms of value for money)! Thank you!
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > > Do you have the owner's manual for it? The recommended weight oil

(e.g.
> > > 5W30) and the amount you need will be stated in the manual. The

> > information
> > > might also be on a sticker on the underside of the hood (bonnet?) Any

> > brand
> > > name oil will suffice. You will need to get either ramps or jack

stands
> > to
> > > raise the front of the car. The drain plug is on the bottom of the

oil
> > pan.
> > > The oil filter is usually on the back side of the engine on Hondas -

look
> > up
> > > from underneath to find it.
> > >
> > > Drive around before you drain the oil to get more of the gunk

suspended in
> > > it so it will drain out.
> > >



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Old 22 Jul 2004, 10:20 pm
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On 7/22/04 8:38 PM, in article cdpq6b$is5$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk, "Alex"
<yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks for this! I will check the owners manual to determine what type of
> oil.
>
> As for instructions on how to change the oil, is there any
> illustrations/photos together with more detail explanation about which bit
> to unsrew and what to/not to do?


I donšt know of any. The oil pan is the lowest part of the engine. The
drain plug is on the side of it, at the bottom. When you buy the new oil
filter, you will know what to look for with that. You will probably also
need an oil filter wrench to get the old one off. Follow the instructions
on the new filter for tightening.


>
>
> "E. Meyer" <e52.meyer0SPAM@ieee.org> wrote in message
> news:BD25D48B.8E6C7%e52.meyer0SPAM@ieee.org...
>> On 7/22/04 7:47 PM, in article cdpn6h$gpe$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk, "Alex"
>> <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Oh, to clarify, it is a 1.6 ESi !
>>>
>>> "Alex" <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>> news:cdpn57$go9$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk...
>>>> As a complete newbie in car maintenance, I'm wondering whether someone

> out
>>>> there advise me with a step-by-step guideline to change the engine oil?

> I
>>>> also need to know what type of oil best suits this car (and which one I
>>>> should go for in terms of value for money)! Thank you!
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>>

>>
>> Do you have the owner's manual for it? The recommended weight oil (e.g.
>> 5W30) and the amount you need will be stated in the manual. The

> information
>> might also be on a sticker on the underside of the hood (bonnet?) Any

> brand
>> name oil will suffice. You will need to get either ramps or jack stands

> to
>> raise the front of the car. The drain plug is on the bottom of the oil

> pan.
>> The oil filter is usually on the back side of the engine on Hondas - look

> up
>> from underneath to find it.
>>
>> Drive around before you drain the oil to get more of the gunk suspended in
>> it so it will drain out.
>>

>
>


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Old 22 Jul 2004, 11:46 pm
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Default Re: Changing oil for 1993 Honda Civic ESi?

www.autozone.com has directions as good as any. Click on the link for free
"vehicle specific repair guides" on the right. Put in your car's information,
then click on "General Information and Maintenance," "Fluids and Lubricants,"
"Engine," then "Oil and Filter Change." Autozone has some pretty good photos of
the steps, too. (I love that shot of the generic engine oil container at the
bottom.)

If you have an owner's manual, it will have directions, too.

Read through the directions, and make a list of tools and parts you'll need. A
lot of folks say to buy an OEM filter, or at least not a cheap filter. (Lately I
use a high end Fram filter.) I recommend a cap-style filter wrench, so when you
buy the filter, also match up the correct cap wrench to fit it.

Auto manual instructions are never precise. Use good judgment at each step.
Improvise as needed, being always vigilant for what could go wrong, your safety,
and your car's safety.

Best ramps: Rhino ramps at Autozone (or Pep Boys? one of these) for $20. Double
check the weight capacity of these. Wal-mart says higher capacity ones for $30.
"Rhino" ramps are hard plastic and much easier to lug around than the metal
ones. Or, if you're on a tight budget, then buy a set of jackstands for $10 at
Wal-Mart. These will be useful in other auto maintenance jobs.

I have only used Pennzoil in my 1991 Civic for all its life (13 years and 154k
miles). No particular reason other than group think, at this point. Some folks
say I could switch to synthetic oil (e.g. Mobil 1). They may be right, but I
don't want to roll the dice until more data on this is available.

Do not overtighten the oil pan drain plug. It's supposed to be 33 ft-lbs. for
your Civic. I now have a torque wrench and wish I'd always had one for jobs like
this. But you can get away with doing this without a torque wrench. OTOH, if
you're feeling rich, go to your nearest Harbor Freight and buy a cheap one
that's "good enough."

Do not overtighten the oil filter. It's also easy to get carried away with this.

"Alex" <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote
> As a complete newbie in car maintenance, I'm wondering whether someone out
> there advise me with a step-by-step guideline to change the engine oil? I
> also need to know what type of oil best suits this car (and which one I
> should go for in terms of value for money)! Thank you!




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Old 23 Jul 2004, 07:42 am
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Buy Honda filters only, they are good price and good quality. You can find
them at your Honda dealer for about $4 or you can buy several online and
save money, keep them in the garage. I buy 5 or so at the time.

"Alex" <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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: finding a friendly mechanic is probably a bigger problem!
:
: "N.E.Ohio Bob" <rgstroud@neo.rr.com> wrote in message
: news:41007221.7B9E7F63@neo.rr.com...
: > Why not find a friendly mechanic who would be willing to give you a
: > lesson? bob
: >
: > Alex wrote:
: > >
: > > Thanks for this! I will check the owners manual to determine what type
: of
: > > oil.
: > >
: > > As for instructions on how to change the oil, is there any
: > > illustrations/photos together with more detail explanation about which
: bit
: > > to unsrew and what to/not to do?
: > >
: > > "E. Meyer" <e52.meyer0SPAM@ieee.org> wrote in message
: > > news:BD25D48B.8E6C7%e52.meyer0SPAM@ieee.org...
: > > > On 7/22/04 7:47 PM, in article cdpn6h$gpe$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk,
: "Alex"
: > > > <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote:
: > > >
: > > > > Oh, to clarify, it is a 1.6 ESi !
: > > > >
: > > > > "Alex" <yawyaw2@hotmail.com> wrote in message
: > > > > news:cdpn57$go9$1@pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk...
: > > > >> As a complete newbie in car maintenance, I'm wondering whether
: someone
: > > out
: > > > >> there advise me with a step-by-step guideline to change the
engine
: oil?
: > > I
: > > > >> also need to know what type of oil best suits this car (and which
: one I
: > > > >> should go for in terms of value for money)! Thank you!
: > > > >>
: > > > >>
: > > > >>
: > > > >
: > > > >
: > > >
: > > > Do you have the owner's manual for it? The recommended weight oil
: (e.g.
: > > > 5W30) and the amount you need will be stated in the manual. The
: > > information
: > > > might also be on a sticker on the underside of the hood (bonnet?)
Any
: > > brand
: > > > name oil will suffice. You will need to get either ramps or jack
: stands
: > > to
: > > > raise the front of the car. The drain plug is on the bottom of the
: oil
: > > pan.
: > > > The oil filter is usually on the back side of the engine on Hondas -
: look
: > > up
: > > > from underneath to find it.
: > > >
: > > > Drive around before you drain the oil to get more of the gunk
: suspended in
: > > > it so it will drain out.
: > > >
:
:


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Old 23 Jul 2004, 11:52 am
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Hmm...hang on - not only I have to change the oil, I need to change the
filter?


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