Here’s Your Friendly Reminder to Get an Oil Change

Adulting is hard. Between your responsibilities at work, the PTA meetings at your kids’ school, and running errand upon errand upon errand, you can sometimes forget to breathe let alone schedule an oil change. 

So, like millions of other drivers, you skip that oil change. I’ll get to it next month, you think. Then, when next month comes, you put it on the back burner yet again. Before you know it, it’s Christmas already and your car is running on straight-up goop.

This is your friendly reminder to stop short-changing yourself by not getting an oil change! 

They’re pretty cheap and can take all of an hour (or less) to complete if you choose the right auto service center. Plus, if you want to be like the average car owner and have a reliable vehicle for 12-plus years, scheduling regular oil changes is the most important thing you can do.

Here’s everything you should know about changing your oil.

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How often should I change my oil?

After how many miles should you change your oil? We recommend 7,500 miles for synthetic oil and 3,000 miles for conventional motor oil. However, when you should get an oil change depends on your vehicle’s recommended maintenance interval. 

So, how often do you really need to change your oil before it becomes slop? Always check your owner’s manual for its maintenance schedule. Keeping up with your routine maintenance is the best way to increase the resale value of your car.

What happens if I don’t get an oil change?

Is it bad to forget to get an oil change? If you’re just a few hundred miles over the recommended oil-change interval, you’re probably fine. But if you can’t remember the last time you visited your auto service center for an oil change, you’re playing with fire. Here’s what can happen if you skip a few oil changes:

  • Voided warranty – Failing to service your car at regular intervals could void your new-vehicle warranty
  • Worsening fuel economy – You’ll begin noticing your MPGs aren’t as high as they once were
  • Worsening performance – On top of bad fuel efficiency, your vehicle will start to feel more sluggish
  • Engine issues – Once old engine oil gets too thick, it can no longer lubricate the essential components in your vehicle. That means you’ll experience issues like overheating, emergency warning lights in the dashboard, blown gaskets, warping, metal-on-metal grinding, a seized engine or complete engine failure.
Car Overheating


Once your engine fails, the repair and replacement costs are oftentimes higher than the value of the vehicle itself. Would you rather pay $5,000 (or more) for a new engine/car or pay for a cheap oil change every few months? We know what our answer is.

How do I tell if my car needs oil?

The telltale signs your car needs oil usually start with a dashboard warning light. If you don’t take care of it, you may start seeing oil leaks and get worse MPG, before finally noticing sluggish performance, engine overheating, and blown gaskets, as outlined above.

If you’re a Honda owner, your vehicle’s dashboard will tell you when it’s time for an oil change. This is Honda Maintenance Minder, and it alerts you once the oil life in your car reaches 15%. Before it reaches 0% (or negative miles), you should take it into the oil shop. Easy!

What do I need for an oil change?

If you plan to take on a DIY oil change, you ought to buy a few items and tools first:

  • Correct motor oil (synthetic vs. conventional; viscosity)
  • Correct oil filter 
  • New drain plug and washer
  • Box end or socket wrench
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Oil drain pan 
  • Funnel 
  • Latex/rubber gloves
  • Jack or ramp
  • Towels

While it may be simple for most people to perform their own oil changes, we strongly suggest bringing your vehicle into an auto service center instead. The service technicians can perform them quickly, and oil change prices are often comparable to the costs of buying your own oil, filter, tools, and equipment. You also aren’t going to risk voiding your warranty when you hire a professional oil changer.

Wondering where you should get your oil changed? Read about the other major advantages of choosing a service center over a cheap oil change shop or untrustworthy mechanic. 

Click here to schedule an oil change in Phoenix.

Do I need to replace the oil filter every time?

The purpose of your oil filter is to help remove contaminants from your motor oil — contaminants like dirt, metal, plastic and sand — before they can circulate to important components and moving parts. This prevents clots from forming, which can be catastrophic for an engine.  

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Therefore, it is our professional recommendation to replace your oil filter with every oil change. In normal driving conditions, this should be done every 7,500 miles.

If you drive in extreme conditions — say you go racing across Arizona’s deserts every weekend — you should change your oil and oil filter more regularly, like every 3,000-5,000 miles. Other “extreme” conditions include driving in lots of stop-and-go traffic, high temperatures, and while towing heavy loads. 

How much engine oil do I need for my car?

If you’re wondering how many quarts of oil your vehicle requires, you’ll have to check your owner’s manual. 

New Honda owner? Click here to find and download your Honda model’s owner’s manual [PDF], or check out the recommended oil-change requirements for the newest Honda vehicles below:

Honda Accord (2020-2022)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 3.7 quarts (1.5-liter engine) / 5.0 quarts (2.0-liter engine)

Honda Accord Hybrid (2020-2022)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 4.0 quarts

Honda Civic Sedan (2020-2022)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 3.7 quarts (1.5-liter engine) / 4.4 quarts (2.0-liter engine)

Honda Civic Hatchback (2022)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 3.7 quarts (1.5-liter engine) / 4.4 quarts (2.0-liter engine)

Honda Civic Hatchback (2020-2021)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 3.7 quarts (1.5-liter engine) / 5.7 quarts (2.0-liter engine)

Honda Civic Coupe (2020-2021)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 3.7 quarts (1.5-liter engine) / 4.4 quarts (2.0-liter engine)

Honda Insight (2020-2022)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 3.5 quarts

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid (2020-2021)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 3.5 quarts

Honda Fit (2020)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-16 / 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 3.5 quarts

Honda HR-V (2020-2022)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 3.9 quarts

Honda CR-V (2020-2022)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 3.7 quarts

Honda CR-V Hybrid (2021-2022)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 4.0 quarts 

Honda Passport (2020-2022)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 5.7 quarts 

Honda Pilot (2020-2022)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 5.7 quarts 

Honda Odyssey (2020-2022)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 5.7 quarts 

Honda Ridgeline (2020-2021)

Engine Oil: Honda Genuine Synthetic Motor Oil (API Certified)

Viscosity: 0W-20 detergent

Capacity (w/filter): 5.7 quarts 

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About Your Valley Honda Dealers

Serving drivers throughout Arizona, your Valley Honda Dealers provide quick oil changes and affordable auto service in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Surprise, Mesa, Avondale, Chandler, Prescott, and Tempe. Each of our Honda dealerships in Arizona offers their own oil change coupons to keep your costs down, too. 
To see how much you can save on your next oil change, request an estimate by contacting any of our Honda service centers near you.