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Old 08-27-2012, 01:59 PM
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hmm now that i think of it, the filter placement is better on the bottom rather than side mount, at least the oil does not drip on suspension parts/axels, etc. trade off i guess, oil all over those parts or oil all over the filter/hands
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:05 PM
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also, for filter wrench, i used this:
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its spring loaded so it can handle virtually any size diameter, and it grips the filter as you turn it counter clockwise.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:29 AM
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i went to autozone today and they sold me 5 qts 0w-20 Mobil 1 for the sale price $32.95 with a Mobil 1 filter.

i bought a filter from the stealer so I just got another filter for my old jeep/

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i got a 5 qt jug of 0w20 mobil 1 from walmart for $26, and a bosch filter for $7.

this is my 3rd fumoto valve, on my two other cars, no leaks at all. on the tsx, the protective cover pretty much negates it from being knocked off. and if you bottom out enough to affect the drain valve, you'd probably do more damage to the oil pan too
Guys... Anyone have the part # for the Mobil 1 filter, or any other filter other than Oem? I just figured I'd get it all at autozone etc... Or even walmart
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:33 AM
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Mobil 1 filter is m1110
Bosch is 3323
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can you please do a write up on DIY for B12 service
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by the_razor View Post
can you please do a write up on DIY for B12 service
well, 1 is oil change, seen here and https://acurazine.com/forums/showthr...&highlight=DIY

2 is tire rotation, seen here, https://acurazine.com/forums/showthr...&highlight=DIY

beside that, its just an overall inspection thats more indepth than the A inspection
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:07 PM
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i thought 1 was tire rotation?
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:22 PM
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no, 1 is oil, 2 is tire i believe. correct me if im wrong but im almost 100 percent sure of that.

PS: never pay for a air/cabin filter change
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Factory Recommended Maintenance:Main Item B/B1

Replace engine oil* and filter.
Check parking brake adjustments.
Rotate tires,** inspect for wear and adjust pressure.
Service front and rear brakes.
Service front and rear brakes.
Inspect parking brake adjustments.
Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots.
Inspect suspension components.
Inspect driveshaft boots.
Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS).
Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids and check for leaks.
Inspect exhaust system.
Inspect fuel lines and connections.

Factory Recommended Maintenance:Sub-Item 1

Rotate tires,** inspect for wear and adjust pressure.

Factory Recommended Maintenance:Sub-Item 2

Replace air cleaner element.
Replace dust and pollen filter.
Inspect and adjust drive belt.


So yes, the B1 is just like a regular oil and filter change with a few inspections in there. The 2 is the air filters.

Don't know if you guys noticed but the A service is just an oil change (no filter) so I've known of some dealerships that will just do the fluid without the filter change.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:33 AM
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what would you guys do?

i bought a bosch filter, but bought the wrong one, so im gonna return/exchange it. the bosch filter doesn't come with a washer, should i just go to honda and get a new washer? or just get the oem filter w/ the washer and just return the bosch. i've read the new oem fitlers aren't as good...but i mean, it's OEM. so does it really matter?
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and do you guys measure the .2 quarts from the markings from the bottle? or do you just guestimate? or you guys have a better more accurate method?

thanks
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by ed_423 View Post
what would you guys do?

i bought a bosch filter, but bought the wrong one, so im gonna return/exchange it. the bosch filter doesn't come with a washer, should i just go to honda and get a new washer? or just get the oem filter w/ the washer and just return the bosch. i've read the new oem fitlers aren't as good...but i mean, it's OEM. so does it really matter?
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and do you guys measure the .2 quarts from the markings from the bottle? or do you just guestimate? or you guys have a better more accurate method?

thanks
Ed, at that point you're splitting hairs. Oem filter is fine, Bosch is fine. I use saved my 7 dollar Oem filter for maybe next time. The Bosch was 13 bucks...but it's nice though. For washer, just get one at autozone or advanced auto. Cheap.

For .2 quarts guesstimate. I put about a 1/4 bottle in, then let it sit... Sort for 2minutes, then measure. Was perfectly between to dots. Voila.
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put in 4 qts, then start the car for a few seconds, then pour a little more, check the dipstick, pour a little more, check the dipstick....repeat until it is at the top dot
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alright thanks guys.


any chance you guys know what size washers i need?


edit: someone mentioned in the 2nd page it's the 14mm washer

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I found this for cabin air filter: https://acurazine.com/forums/second-generation-tsx-discussion-2009-2014-143/diy-cabin-air-filter-replacement-%2Apics%2A-686281/#post11676433

but searching for DIY for replacing the air cleaner element

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I actually enjoy changing the oil on the TSX. It has to be one of the easiest cars I've ever done. Picked up 6 OEM filters with crush washers for $36...I think? 5 quart jug of Mobil 1 at Wally World for $26 and away you go.

The more you guys actually change oil, the better you will get at not getting the oil all over you. Picking up some latex gloves will help. After you spin the filter loose a few times around and it starts dripping, pull your hand away and let it drip for a while, with the catch pan underneath of course. Then, put a rag or ziploc bag over it and take it off the rest of the way.

I also highly recommend anti seize on the lower engine cover bolts, or I guess, now screws. Remember, a little goes a long way. Again, this makes them easier to remove next time.

I also recommend pre lubing the oil filter gasket, which makes it easier to remove next time, without having to resort to pipe wrenches and impaling it with screwdrivers. (I also learned this from experience) and pre filling the filter with fresh oil prior to reinstallation. The oil changing noobs will be ninjas in no time.
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Originally Posted by the_razor View Post
I found this for cabin air filter: https://acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?p=11676433

but searching for DIY for replacing the air cleaner element

thank you
i was going to writeup a DIY for this too but it's really so easy there's no point. Just pop the hood, locate the airbox and unclip the 4-5 retaining clips and replace the old filter with the new one...honestly takes longer to type this out than actually do it.
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I get the part loosin the four bolts then does the cover open up easily or any tricks in this?

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i was going to writeup a DIY for this too but it's really so easy there's no point. Just pop the hood, locate the airbox and unclip the 4-5 retaining clips and replace the old filter with the new one...honestly takes longer to type this out than actually do it.
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I get the part loosin the four bolts then does the cover open up easily or any tricks in this?

thnx
there are no bolts. pop your hood, prop it up, on the right side theres a big square box thing, there are 5 hook type clips. 2 towards the front, 2 towards the back, and one toward the inside of the engine bay. just put your thumb under each and push away from the box. pull the top up a few inches, pull out old filter. put in new filter in the same position, place the top down, secure the clips. done.
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Thanks for the writeup, used it when I changed my oil a month ago, and everything went smoothly. Definitely useful for everyone.
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finally did my oil change!!

my friend's jack wasn't that great though, so it won't fit the side and wasn't long enough to jack from the front


so had to resort to this



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Originally Posted by ed_423 View Post
finally did my oil change!!

my friend's jack wasn't that great though, so it won't fit the side and wasn't long enough to jack from the front


so had to resort to this
This was just to get the jack under the car right? You didn't actually get under a car while it rested on a few 4 x 4's?
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oh no definitely not! that was just to get the jack under so we can put the car on jack stands
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i love my rhino ramps!
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odd question, but how many miles do you guys go in between oil changes? i have traveled almost 5K highway miles since my last one (lots of highway) and oil life is still at about 70% per the gauge cluster.

also i have a honda dealership that is almost next to my house, what filter do i ask them for that will work on my TSX K24z3? 8th gen accord?
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Originally Posted by fiebru1119 View Post
odd question, but how many miles do you guys go in between oil changes? i have traveled almost 5K highway miles since my last one (lots of highway) and oil life is still at about 70% per the gauge cluster.

also i have a honda dealership that is almost next to my house, what filter do i ask them for that will work on my TSX K24z3? 8th gen accord?
they'll know what filter. small tidbit is that every single acura uses exactly the same filter. they are interchangeable. i figure that holds true for honda
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Originally Posted by fiebru1119 View Post
odd question, but how many miles do you guys go in between oil changes? i have traveled almost 5K highway miles since my last one (lots of highway) and oil life is still at about 70% per the gauge cluster.
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Last time went 9800 miles before the oil change. Roughly 80% highway. Oil life indicator was showing 15% at that point.
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Can anyone tell me which filter to get? Thanks
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OEM works well for me and it's cheap. I get the Honda oil too, which seems to work well as well, and is also fairly cheap. I don't see good reasons to use anything else at the moment.

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Can anyone tell me which filter to get? Thanks
coffee filters work fine.
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not sure what rhino you have but I cant drive my TSX wagon front wheels onto them without hitting something.

I was able to back up onto them to do my RSB but not the front?
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OEM works well for me and it's cheap. I get the Honda oil too, which seems to work well as well, and is also fairly cheap. I don't see good reasons to use anything else at the moment.

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Agreed. OEM filters are great and with the right contacts, you can get them in bulk for super cheap. And isn't Honda/Acura oil just Mobile One?
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Just a little update:
I had to replace my undercover recently. I got genuine Acura parts, and apparently these new covers us screws instead of bolts. Maybe this happened in the MY change, IDK. can any of the 2011+ guys confirm this?
Just did my first oil change on my '12 SE this weekend. Was surprised to see these screws. The '11 Sport Wagon I had still used bolts. The screws were a pain, because they screwed into something flexible, so the stuff just flexed and the screwdriver would slip. I had to use an impact driver to get them out.
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Does anyone else do what I do?

I buy an extra 4 quarts of cheap oil, after I drain out the dirty oil, I pour the fresh 4 quarts of cheap oil in, let the car run for 15 min, then drain that crap out, then I replace the filter and add the mobile1.

It seems like overkill but I enjoy knowing it is flushed each time, I also have a magnetic drain plug.
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Thanks for the DIY...looks easier than changing the oil on my RSX with the filter being on the bottom instead of the side.

I just bought my TSX on Saturday at a dealership in Chicago, but I already want to change the oil because 1) The dealer overfilled it (the oil on the dipstick sits about 1 inch above the top fill line) and 2) I'm not sure if they used synthetic when it was just serviced.

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Thanks for the DIY...looks easier than changing the oil on my RSX with the filter being on the bottom instead of the side.

I just bought my TSX on Saturday at a dealership in Chicago, but I already want to change the oil because 1) The dealer overfilled it (the oil on the dipstick sits about 1 inch above the top fill line) and 2) I'm not sure if they used synthetic when it was just serviced.
I was as skeptical as you were when I bought mine used with 48K mi. I checked the dipstick and the oil did not look new. I drained it and used a synthetic blend, did the transmission and brake fluid while I was at it. Nothing beats peace of mind!
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I was as skeptical as you were when I bought mine used with 48K mi. I checked the dipstick and the oil did not look new. I drained it and used a synthetic blend, did the transmission and brake fluid while I was at it. Nothing beats peace of mind!
There is nothing better than keeping peace of mind!
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I apologize for reviving an old thread, but I just brought in my vehicle into the dealership for an oil change. 2013 TSX Tech Package Automatic with 4k miles. The service manager there said that the indicator states 40%, therefore there is no need to change the oil.

So, I am used to having the interval of 3-4k miles per oil change on my 2002 accord.
The service manager tells me:
"That is the old way way of oil changes, now the intervals are no longer needed, but rather just change when the indicator shows up that a oil service is due. Also, if I do want to do an oil change right now before the indicator shows up, all the A1 codes will also be cleared, so they will not show up anymore."

Is what the service manager described accurate??
I am skeptical, but I am definitely not knowledgeable.

I appreciate anyone that can provide some insight.

Thanks in advanced.
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Yeah that's what my guy said too.
the interval he said is 5-6k.
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I apologize for reviving an old thread, but I just brought in my vehicle into the dealership for an oil change. 2013 TSX Tech Package Automatic with 4k miles. The service manager there said that the indicator states 40%, therefore there is no need to change the oil.

So, I am used to having the interval of 3-4k miles per oil change on my 2002 accord.
The service manager tells me:
"That is the old way way of oil changes, now the intervals are no longer needed, but rather just change when the indicator shows up that a oil service is due. Also, if I do want to do an oil change right now before the indicator shows up, all the A1 codes will also be cleared, so they will not show up anymore."

Is what the service manager described accurate??
I am skeptical, but I am definitely not knowledgeable.

I appreciate anyone that can provide some insight.

Thanks in advanced.

I've been told the same, after 5K miles (40%). They said " you are wasting money ", to which I replied "it is MY money, so just change the oil and filter".....they did.
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