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Old 07 Feb 2013, 11:31 am
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Default Possible to change the oil Honda Civic 2007 without a lift or any special tools?

Honda Civic Sedan 2007

Is it possible to change the oil without any prior knowledge or experience from doing so? I don't have a professional car jack/lift, other than the stock jack provided in the trunk.
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Old 07 Feb 2013, 11:46 am
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Yes, you can, it's a pretty easy job. Look it up on Youtube to see how it is done. Almost all cars cars are similar for oil changing. Do not crawl under a car that is being supported only by the tire changing jack - that is not safe!!
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Old 07 Feb 2013, 12:01 pm
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that jack is only meant to change tires, it can fail at any time so you dont want to be under it when it happens,

So, you need at least a jack stand. then you should watch the videos on youtube as reference as stated above because that would be the best way to relate to the job instead of writing it all down here.
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Old 07 Feb 2013, 12:16 pm
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I'd answer, but it looks like someone is on a thumbs down spree
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Old 07 Feb 2013, 12:31 pm
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It's theoretically possible, but I would strongly recommend against it. To be honest, you don't sound very knowledgeable or competent. It is easy to strip or cross-thread the drain plug, and to over- or under-tighten the filter - which is full of hot oil. If a leak resulted from improper work, your engine would fail, causing thousands of dollars of damage. Do you even know what brand or viscosity of oil to use? Or what to do with all the toxic used oil?

Furthermore, the weak, flimsy jack that came with the car is for emergency tire changes ONLY and is NOT safe to use for any other purpose. You can decide if being a cheapskate is worth being crippled or killed if the car falls on you.

Just go to an oil change place (or better, your nearest Honda dealer) and get it done.
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Old 07 Feb 2013, 12:46 pm
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It will be difficult to get to the drain bolt and especially hard to get to the oil filter without lift.
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Old 07 Feb 2013, 01:01 pm
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1: jack it up

2: remove drain plug

3: let oil drain

4: reinstall drain plug

5: remove oil filter

6: lubricate gasket of new filter with new oil

7: install new filter

8: lower car back down

9: fill with appropriate amount of oil (consult manual or internet)

10: fire it up and let the fresh oil lubricate the engine
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Old 07 Feb 2013, 01:16 pm
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It is possible, but you should never crawl under a car only supported by a jack, regardless if it a 3 ton floor jack.. always use jackstands(or atleast cynder blocks)

Its really simple, youtube does have a step by step vide instruction for it.. lol
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