Join Date: Sep 2010
Years Riding: 2
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my first oil change
so decided I would change the oil on my Accord. Been changing oil on my FZ6 so I didn't think it was much different. Got my supplies: oil filter, bolt washer, oil filter wrench, torque wrench, floor jack, jack stand, 5w-20 oil (5 qts), funnel, oil pan.
First problem I encountered was the floor jack. I bought the absolutely cheapest one I could find at Autozone for $39.99. Figure I don't need a higher end model. Turns out, it only jack up the car so that the wheel is barely half an inch off the ground. Couldn't go under the car, so back to Autozone.
Bought a higher end model $79.99. It's a SUV model, so I figure I could change my CRV too. Got back home and worked like a charm.
Next problem was taking the engine bolt off. I don't know the right technique, but when it came off, oil shot off and missed the oil pan, making a big mess. If anybody can tell me the right way to take the engine bolt off I would appreciate it a lot.
The rest of easy. Cleaning up was a little messy. I tried to pour the oil into the used oil container, but it spilled. Should have got the more expensive oil pan that can be capped. Pisssed off, I threw the used oil in the garbage. You all know how I feel about the environment. Tried to do the right thing and my garage gets messed up.
Afterthought. I really didn't need to go under the car to change the oil. It could have been done on the side. But since I already bought the expensive jack, I figure I could use it to rotate tires too.
Which now I have several questions regarding rotating tires. How often should I do it? I'm thinking every 5000 miles so it will be easy to remember. And should I criss cross? I know what my manual said, but I once asked a guy at Jiffy Lube why he didn't criss cross he said because that's the best way. I think he was just lazy to move the tires from one side to another. How do you guys do it?
Thanks in advance.