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How to Change Engine Oil 03-11 Honda Element

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How to Change Engine Oil 03-11 Honda Element

Created on: 2018-10-12

How to change your oil on 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11 Honda Element

  1. step 1 :Removing the Oil Filter
    • Remove the oil filter with an oil filter wrench
    • Clean the area with a rag
  2. step 2 :Draining the Oil
    • Raise the vehicle on jack stands
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Remove the 17mm bolt from the drain
    • Drain the oil
    • Twist on the 17mm drain bolt
    • Tighten the bolt with a 17mm wrench or socket and ratchet
  3. step 3 :Installing the Oil Filter
    • Place a layer of oil around the rim of the oil filter
    • Twist the oil filter into place
  4. step 4 :Servicing the Oil
    • Remove the oil cap
    • Place a funnel into the oil fill
    • Replace the oil to the recommended amount
    • Replace the oil cap
    • Start the vehicle
    • Let the engine run for a few minutes
    • Turn the vehicle off
    • Check the oil level with the dipstick

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


    Drain Pan

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Engine Oil

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Oil Filter Wrench

  • Wrenches - Metric

    17mm Wrench

Installation Video
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Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

Hi, everyone. Sue here at 1A Auto, and today we're going to be doing an oil change on an '03 Honda Element with a 2.4 liter. You need any parts for your car? Click on the link below and head on over to

Hood release on this '03 Honda Element is located on the driver's side left foot kick panel. Clearly marked. Pull on it. The safety latch on this car is on the left side of the symbol. Slide her over, and lift it up. The hood prop comes up, and it's clearly marked with an arrow going into that spot. And we're ready to go.

First thing I always like to do is check my oil cap, take it off, and confirm I got the correct oil, 520. I just set it like this. That tells me that I have not put any oil in it yet.

Now I'm going to raise it up on my two-post lift. If you have floor jacks and a jack, get her ready. First thing I like to is take the old oil filter out. It's located over by the passenger tire fender well. So, you can go right up in there and take that out. Using the oil filter wrench, turn it counterclockwise, and take the filter out. Let it drain into the pan. I'll tip it upside down in the pan, let it drain.

Using a 17 millimeter wrench, I'm going to remove the drain plug. Now with the oil, at the end of the dripping, I'm just going to replace the drain plug. Thread it in there. Once it bottoms out, I like to give it a half turn. There you go.

Now I'm going to reinstall the oil filter. First thing I like to do is take a rag, and I clean the surface, and then I confirm also that the old gasket is with the old oil filter. Sometimes they'll stick to the block. Get all the old debris off there, and I get my oil filter.

I like to prime my oil filter before I install it. That basically just means throw some of the new oil in there. Fill the filter up. Now, while that's settling, I'll take some of that new oil and I'll put it around the gasket. Now it's ready to install. Line it up. Spin it on. Once it bottoms out, turn it a good quarter to a half turn.

Now I just take some brake parts cleaner and clean the area. So this car, one the 2.4, takes 4.4 quarts of oil. I have a five quart jug here, so I'm going to have some left over. Now, I'm going to clean the cover and clean the surface area. Now we tighten the cover down.

Going to start the car, and I'll let it sit for like three, four minutes and check my oil level. First thing you do is you pull the dipstick and clean it. Then you reposition it. Put it all the way down, make sure. Pull back it back out, and see where the level's at. So we're right at one quart low. So, now I'm going to add one more quart. It's perfect. It's a smidge below the full mark, and that's right where you want. Now, I'm also going to close the hood.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Funnel
  • Drain Pan

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Engine Oil

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Oil Filter Wrench

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 17mm Wrench

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