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.

oil starburst standard

The starburst symbol on an oil container label means that the oil meets the current engine protection standard and fuel economy requirements of the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), a joint effort of U.S. and Japanese automobile manufacturers. All Genuine Honda Oil products are Starburst certified.

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