Here’s the oil change procedure for the 2006 Honda Accord V6 EX. This is the seventh generation Accord so if you don’t have a 2006, your procedure might slightly differ. It was easy, again the important part is preparing ahead. We had 30% oil life remaining but don’t drive the car much so an early change was due. This procedure explains how to do the oil change and how to reset the oil life indicator.

Total time: About 30 minutes my first time and taking pictures.

Tools & Parts needed:
1. Ramps (I used old Rhino Ramps)
2. 4.5 quarts of Mobil-1 5W-30
3. Socket set with 17mm socket wrench to remove the oil drain plug
4. Bosch 3323 oil filter
5. Gloves, oil pan, towels or newspaper

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2006 Honda Accord oil life indicator

2006 Honda Accord V6 EX engine oil dip stick and add oil location, The pink arrow shows where the dip stick is to check the oil, then on the right you can see where engine oil can be added.

Step-by-step procedure:

1. Drive the Honda up onto the ramps. Make sure to put it in park, engage the emergency brake, and put a wheel block behind one of the rear tires. I tried to rock my car off the ramps just to be sure it was solid and didn’t move. Turn the engine off.

2. Position your oil drain pan underneath the car, behind the two front tires but more toward the passenger’s side. Go under the car and begin draining the oil. Note in the photo the pink circle around the oil drain bolt. It’s 17mm and the oil really comes out quickly, make sure the oil pan is a foot further back toward the middle of the car at first since the oil shoots out a good one to two feet.
2006 Honda Accord V6 EX engine oil drain location, This is the view looking up at the passenger side wheel.  The oil drain bolt is circled in pink.  A pink arrow is pointing to the oil filter.

3. After a minute or two you can remove the oil filter which has an arrow pointing to it in the photo above. It should be right there near the drain plug. Ours was just hand tight so no wrench was needed. Unscrew it a bit, and when oil starts pull your hand back for a couple seconds, otherwise you’ll get a good down pour of oil on your arm.

4. Install the new oil filter. I used a Bosch 3323 filter, which looks way better than the Security mini filter installed last time my wife had the oil changed. Rub a bead or two of oil on to the oil filter gasket to help seal the system properly and help prevent against oil gasket leaks. I went hand tight, about as much force as it took to initially unscrew the filter. Look at the size comparison of the filters for yourself.

Bosch 3323 premium oil filter compared to Security L6607 oil filter, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App
5. Replace the bottom drain bolt’s crush washer if you have one available, otherwise if you don’t have one, it’s usually OK to go up to a few service periods reusing the washer. I tightened it up firmly.

6. Add oil. This Honda takes 4.5 quarts per the service manual. I closed the oil door, and then started the vehicle. I moved it onto level ground and after a minute or two, turned off the engine and checked the oil dip stick. It took slightly less than 4.5 quarts to bring the dip stick up to the mostly full indication.

Tech tip:
I was too lazy to find the plastic oil funnel so I just concocted a makeshift paper funnel out of mail ads. It did the trick.

7. Reset the service maintenance computer. Get in and close the door. For my 2006 Honda Accord V6 EX, I started with the key in position 0 (everything off).
– Put the key in position 2, the normal engine running position.
– Press and hold the odometer reset button until the display changes.
– Now press and hold the odometer reset button until 100% oil life is shown, it took about 5 seconds for me. The video should help if you have any questions. You’re done with your Honda Accord oil change! If this procedure was helpful, please comment, Facebook like, or Google+ this article so others can find it. Also, bookmark this article so it’s available for future oil changes.

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