How Often Should I Change the Oil in My Honda Civic?

By Product Expert | Posted in Honda Civic, Service on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 7:03 pm
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Honda Civic Oil Change Interval and Frequency

Owning a vehicle is expensive. Beyond just the financing payments and insurance, scheduled maintenance to keep your car on the road does cost some money. When you think about what’s happening under the hood of your vehicle, it makes sense that you would have to invest in its function the way a machine operator must invest in a large piece of equipment.

Oil changes are one of the most basic and regular items you must do to keep your car running and on the road. Changing your oil keeps your engine running at its tip-top performance. Additionally, failing to follow your vehicle’s specific oil change schedule can result in catastrophic damage to your engine that could leave you with a big expense as well as a dangerous situation.

What Does Engine Oil Do?

Your engine is an incredible feat of human engineering that most of us take for granted every day. Hundreds of explosions happen every minute under the hood of your vehicle. These explosions push a piston down in a cylindrical chamber. As this piston descends due to the force of the explosion, it turns a metal shaft (the crankshaft), whose power is sent to the transmission, matched to an appropriate gear for your driving and turned into motion.

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Because of these forces acting on metal, lubrication is needed to prevent overheating from friction and metal-on-metal shearing that could tear your engine apart. Engine oil lubricates the pistons in each chamber as well as helps dissipate heat to prevent the kind of hot temperatures that can melt/warp metal components. It’s crucial

Over time, your engine oil begins to break down and pick up inclusions. This can decrease its functionality.

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When Do I Need to Change the Oil in my Honda Civic?

Several factors affect the oil service interval on your Honda Civic. The year, type of engine and oil type all play into how often you should wait before scheduling service. For modern Honda Civic models (like the 2018 Honda Civic Coupe) which use synthetic oil, this change could be more than 5,000 miles.

Earlier models that used standard oil start around 3,000 miles or 3 months between oil changes.

Because this number can vary, we don’t have a solid answer. The best thing to do is to check your Honda Civic owner’s manual. If you don’t have the manual, feel free to bring your Civic down to Covington Honda and we’ll let you know where you’re at with your oil type and interval. You can schedule an appointment online by clicking here.


For more information on vehicle service intervals or your Honda Civic model, feel free to reach out to us today. We love to help our neighbors in Covington feel confident and good about their Honda vehicles.

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