2012 Honda Accord Oil Change

The 2012 Honda Accord is a great car for many reasons. One of the most important reasons to get an oil change for this vehicle is because it has a turbocharged engine. Turbochargers can be damaged by dirty and old oil, so you need to take care of your Honda Accord if you want it to last!

In this blog post, we’ll go over what makes the 2012 Honda Accord such a good car and how you should go about changing its oil.


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2012 Honda Accord Oil Type


The type of oil you need for your 2012 Honda Accord depends on the engine in your car. There are three types of engines available in the Accord: a four-cylinder, a V-six, and a hybrid. The type of oil you will need is either synthetic blend motor oil or conventional motor oil. You should never use diesel engine oil or transmission fluid in your car’s engine!

If you have a four-cylinder engine, you should use synthetic blend motor oil. If you have a V-six engine, you should use conventional motor oil. If you have a hybrid, you should use synthetic blend motor oil.

You can find the type of engine in your car on a sticker that is located on the driver’s side door jamb. The sticker will also list the recommended type of oil and other important information about your car. Make sure to use only the type of oil listed on the sticker!


Honda recommends using the oil “Honda Genuine  Full Synthetic Oil” for your car.

If Honda Genuine  Full Synthetic Oil is not available, you may use a viscosity SAE 0W-20 or 5W-20 motor oil any other brand as a temporary replacement.

However, motor oil does not contain the proper additives, and continued use can cause stiffer shifting. Replace as soon as it is convenient.


The oil capacity for a 4-cylinder engine including filter is 4.2 quarts (4.0 liters) whereas, for a V6 engine including filter is 4.5 quarts (4.3 liters).


When it comes to the specification of oil, you have a few different options. The most important thing is that the oil meets the requirements specified in your car’s owner’s manual. The manual will list the viscosity (thickness) of the oil that is recommended for your car. It will also list the API (American Petroleum Institute) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) classification.

For example, SAE 0W-20 synthetic blend motor oil is a very common type of oil that meets the requirements for most 2012 Honda Accords.

You can use oil from this list of brands to change your engine oil in 2012 Honda Accord:

  • Castrol,
  • Chevron,
  • Havoline,
  • Pennzoil,
  • Shell Rotella.

Just make sure that the oil you choose is API and SAE certified to meet the requirements specified in your car’s owner’s manual.

2012 Honda Accord Oil Change Intervals


The 2012 Honda Accord calls for an oil change every 7000 miles or at least once a year, whichever comes first. It is important to keep up with regular maintenance for the engine. Skipping an oil change can cause engine damage and may void the warranty.

There are a few things to keep in mind when changing the oil on a 2012 Honda Accord. Make sure to use the correct weight of motor oil for your car- consult your owner’s manual. Also, be sure to dispose of the old oil properly. Many service stations will recycle used motor oil, or you can take it to a recycling center near you.

Changing the oil on your 2012 Honda Accord is a simple process that only requires basic tools and supplies. Be sure to follow the instructions in your owner’s manual carefully, and always wear safety goggles and gloves when working on your car. Changing the oil is one of the easiest car maintenance tasks!

Best Oil for 2012 Honda Accord

The best oil for your 2012 Honda Accord is a synthetic blend. This will provide the best performance and protection for your engine. You can also use full synthetic oil, but it may be a little more expensive.

Always change your car’s oil according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule. Failing to do so could result in decreased performance and shortened engine life.

You should also change out the oil filter every time that you have it changed. Although changing just the oil can extend engine life, not replacing an old dirty filter with a new one will only cause damage to your engine over time.

Oil (By Manufacturer) – Honda recommends using “Honda Genuine  Full Synthetic Oil” SAE 5W-20 or SAE 0W-20.

Honda recommended Oil for 2012 Honda Accord

Oil (Our Choice) – Chevron Supreme SAE 5W-20 Supreme Motor Oil. Chevron supreme motor oils are designed for those drivers who demand the ultimate in engine protection. They provide an extra measure of protection for your investment in a Sport Utility Vehicle [SUV], high performance, or luxury car.

Best Oil for 2012 Honda Accord

Oil Filter (By Manufacturer) – Honda recommends using a Honda Genuine Oil Filter. It is an exact fit for your 2012 Accord. You can also use other oil filters, but make sure they are made to meet or exceed OEM specifications in order to provide the best engine protection possible.

Best Oil Filter for 2012 Honda Accord

How to Change Oil By Yourself – Step by Step

Honda has always been known for making cars that last, but even the most durable of vehicles need changes made. The basic oil change is one you can do yourself at home without any special tools or experience. You will simply need quality motor oil and new filters (oil & air). There are some tips though so please read on if this interests you!

Tips Before Changing Your Own Oil To A 2012 Honda Accord:

– always make sure your car engine is cold before attempting an oil change – wait until it’s safe outside, rather than changing it while the engine is still warm/hot.

– it takes about 20 minutes after shutting off your car for the oil to cool down enough for an accurate reading on the dipstick.

The Tools You’ll Need For An Oil Change On 2012 Honda Accord:

– besides a few basic hand tools, you will need:

  • oil filter wrench,
  • funnel,
  • drain pan and some rags.



Park your car on a level surface and set the emergency brake. Open the hood and prop it up with either the hood support or a jack stand (if available). This will give you easy access to all of the engine components.



Locate the oil cap on top of the engine – this is where you will add your new motor oil later on. Loosen it with a counterclockwise motion and place the cap aside.

Locate your oil drain pan under the engine – slide underneath to catch all of the dirty used motor oil in case you overfill when adding new oil.

Remove the plug by turning counterclockwise with an adjustable wrench or ratchet/socket set. The socket size will vary from car to car, so make sure whatever you have is compatible before attempting this step!

Be prepared for some dripping after removing the old washer as well if still present. It’s best to either have someone sitting nearby ready to catch any drips or be wearing clothes that are okay being stained (given they’re not expensive clothing). I recommend working on something sturdy and disposable as a work surface too, just in case.



Allow the oil to drain completely into your pan before moving on. This could take a few minutes or up to 30-45 minutes, depending on how much oil is left in the system.



Once drained, reattach the plug by screwing it back in clockwise and tightening securely with a wrench/socket set. If you have a torque wrench, make sure it’s reading between 12-18 ft./lbs.



Time to remove the old oil filter! Locate the filter housing – it’s usually found towards the front of the car near the radiator (driver side for most vehicles). Use your filter wrench to loosen by turning counterclockwise. Some filters are easier to remove than others, so if it’s being particularly stubborn or you’re afraid of breaking it, use a little penetrating oil around the edge before trying again. Discard the old filter and wipe the housing clean with a rag.

Add your new oil filter by screwing it on clockwise until snug. You will want to make sure that the gasket is in good condition and facing the correct direction (usually indicated by an arrow). If using a torque wrench, set at 18-22 ft./lbs.



Pour your fresh motor oil into the engine cap – remember to add slowly! Use a funnel if needed, but be careful not to overfill, you should aim for between “full” and “add” on the dipstick.

Screw on the new oil cap securely before lowering the hood. Be sure to dispose of your old motor oil at a recycling center or car dealership! Wipe up any excess spilled oil with a paper towel or shop rags, then discard in a trash can once cleaned off surfaces.

What’s Next? You’re done changing your own oil for now – keep an eye on the level each time you fill up until it gets easier to tell when it’s low (usually around every three months). It’s also worth checking under the hood regularly just to make sure there isn’t anything amiss, such as leaks or loose plugs.

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