Honda Synthetic Oil Change
What Kind of Oil Should I Use?
Always use Honda Genuine Oil, available at your Honda dealer. When Honda Genuine oil is not available, it is very important to choose an oil displaying the “Starburst” certification symbol, shown left. This symbol indicates that the oil meets the latest performance requirements set by the automotive and oil industries. Oil bearing the Starburst will provide superior performance in the areas of deposit and sludge protection, wear protection, and oil life. These oils will also protect the environment by extending the life of your emissions system and conserving energy through better fuel economy.
American Honda recommends the use of Honda Genuine oil for your vehicle. This oil meets the Starburst performance requirements listed above, but is also subjected to a series of Honda-specific tests to guarantee optimum performance and compatibility with your Honda vehicle.
Refer to your owner’s manual to determine the proper weight (viscosity) grade for your Honda. Your vehicle was designed to use this specific weight grade. Confirm that the weight listed on your oil’s label matches this recommendation exactly before using it in your engine.
What About Synthetic Oil?
The main difference between regular and synthetic oil is that synthetic oil resists break-down better than regular oil. This allows for a much longer oil change interval.
Starting with the 2011 models, most new Honda vehicles come from the factory with the Honda engineered 0w-20 synthetic oil.
When using synthetic motor oil, it should meet the same requirements listed above — it must display the Starburst symbol, and match the weight grade recommended in your owner’s manual.
How Often Should I Change the Oil in My Honda?
Honda no longer has a ‘recommended maintenance schedule’. Instead, to help save time and money, the Honda Maintenance Minder system keeps track of engine oil life, letting vehicle owners know when the engine oil needs replacing and maintenance is due. The Honda Maintenance Minder System shows engine oil life as a percentage. Your vehicle will start with 100% oil life and, as you put miles on the vehicle, the percentage will wind down to 0% signaling the oil life is over.
There is absolutely no benefit in changing your oil more frequently than recommended in your owner’s manual. This will only increase your cost of ownership, and create an unnecessary burden upon the environment by increasing the amount of disposed oil.
Be sure to change your oil when it’s due. Oil eventually deteriorates and loses its ability to protect your engine, due to heat, friction, and exposure to exhaust components. Engine oil contains special additives to enhance the oil’s performance, and these additives are also broken down or consumed with distance and time. Engine damage can occur if the proper maintenance is not followed.