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LakersKobe
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2013 Civic oil change?    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-14-2013 10:45
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What is the oil change interval for the 2013 Civic? 5000 or 10,000 miles?

I see that it uses 0W-20, which I believe is synthetic oil?

Can't find any info in the owner's manual.
chconline
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Re: 2013 Civic oil change?    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-14-2013 11:02
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Change it when the maintenance minder tells you to.

0W-20 only comes in synthetic. However, if you can get a high grade 5W-20 full synthetic (5W-20 synthetic is pretty easy to buy at most retailers, whereas most places barely carry any 0W-20 other than the dealership and online) and you don't live in places that are cold frequently, then just use 5W-20 synthetic.
JeffX
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Re: 2013 Civic oil change?    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-14-2013 11:07
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chconline wrote:
Change it when the maintenance minder tells you to.

0W-20 only comes in synthetic. However, if you can get a high grade 5W-20 full synthetic (5W-20 synthetic is pretty easy to buy at most retailers, whereas most places barely carry any 0W-20 other than the dealership and online) and you don't live in places that are cold frequently, then just use 5W-20 synthetic.



I found mobil1 "advanced fuel economy" full synthetic 0w-20 for $23.97 for a 5-quart jug at Walmart. I thought it was mis-priced because the single quarts are $8.99 at Autozone, but apparently Walmart has been selling the 0w-20 5qt jug for that price for around a year.
chavv
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Re: 2013 Civic oil change?    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-14-2013 11:35
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Is 0w20 oil good for using in warm weather, ie 35-40 Celsius?
JeffX
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Re: 2013 Civic oil change?    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-14-2013 16:18
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chavv wrote:
Is 0w20 oil good for using in warm weather, ie 35-40 Celsius?


I hope so. We run 0w-20 in our TSX and it gets close to that range here in the summer (well, up to around 35C).
Dream'R
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Re: 2013 Civic oil change?    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-14-2013 16:39
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As already mentioned, do not be in too much of a hurry to change out the factory fill oil. It has additives to help break-in the motor. You can go with synthetic after that. Its major advantage is the ability to protect over a very wide temperature range.

The 0W-20 weight is specified to give slightly better fuel economy. It also is better for cold weather conditions. There would be no harm in using 5W-20, or if you have very warm conditions, 5W-30. High performance motors like in the Civic Si specify a heavier weight oil.

In my own case, I do not drive far enough in a year to reach the oil change reminder so I follow the advice in my '08 Civic's owner's manual which recommends annual changes, regardless of mileage.

Hope you are enjoying your new car. I'm impressed by how many significant improvements have been made including the latest ACE II crash test modifications.
Grace141
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Re: 2013 Civic oil change?    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-14-2013 17:13
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JeffX wrote:
chconline wrote:
Change it when the maintenance minder tells you to.

0W-20 only comes in synthetic. However, if you can get a high grade 5W-20 full synthetic (5W-20 synthetic is pretty easy to buy at most retailers, whereas most places barely carry any 0W-20 other than the dealership and online) and you don't live in places that are cold frequently, then just use 5W-20 synthetic.



I found mobil1 "advanced fuel economy" full synthetic 0w-20 for $23.97 for a 5-quart jug at Walmart. I thought it was mis-priced because the single quarts are $8.99 at Autozone, but apparently Walmart has been selling the 0w-20 5qt jug for that price for around a year.


I too use Mobil 1 0w-20 along with the Mobil 1 filters. My favorite local parts store offers a Mobil 1 oil + filter oil change special maybe twice each year so I stock up and save just under $20 per oil change. I'm not completely convinced the 0w-20 Mobil 1 is really oil and not water but my Accord likes it well enough. It looks like the third change for my car will occur at about 24k miles which seems crazy for any type of oil other than a full synthetic.
DrWhiner
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Re: 2013 Civic oil change?    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-14-2013 18:14
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LakersKobe wrote:
I see that it uses 0W-20, which I believe is synthetic oil?

Can't find any info in the owner's manual.


It's definitely in the manual.

It words like: change the oil ... in accordance with the maintenance message on the MID or info display.

BTW, isn't the 0W20 used by Honda a semi-synthetic, not full synthetic?
Potenza
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Re: 2013 Civic oil change?    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-14-2013 22:20
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DrWhiner wrote:
LakersKobe wrote:
I see that it uses 0W-20, which I believe is synthetic oil?

Can't find any info in the owner's manual.


It's definitely in the manual.

It words like: change the oil ... in accordance with the maintenance message on the MID or info display.

BTW, isn't the 0W20 used by Honda a semi-synthetic, not full synthetic?

Honda offers both a synthetic blend 0W-20 and a full synthetic 0W-20. Pennzoil recently released a 0W-20 in a 5-quart jug, full synthetic. It's the best deal I've seen, about two bucks less than the Mobil1 which was just released. Plus right now they're running a $10 rebate and $5 off your next purchase.

Look in the owner's manual for information on the Maintenance Minder. Once you figure out how to use that, that will show you the oil life percentage. I believe the recommendation is to "call your local Honda dealer for an appointment when the oil life is at 15% remaining," or something similar to that.

Depending on your driving conditions, the mileage could be anywhere from 3.5k (driving on a race track) to about 10k (highway). But it doesn't matter, just follow the Minder.
 
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