How do I change the oil filter on a 2005 Accord without making a mess?

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Ben, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. Ben

    Ben Guest

    The oil filter on my 2005 Accord (4 cyl) is tucked away in a way that
    whenever I remove it, oil gets over everything. Does anyone have a
    suggestion about how to do this without making a mess?

    Many thanks in advance,
    Ben, Apr 8, 2007
  2. Ben

    jim beam Guest

    yes. warm the motor thoroughly, then turn it off and let it stand for
    30-60 minutes. when you remove the filter, it'll be "dry" and spillage
    almost zero.
    jim beam, Apr 8, 2007
  3. Ben

    jmattis Guest

    I use a thin piece of paperboard about 9 inches by 12. I have saved
    bunches of these from 24 packs of Coke & then pull off the perforated
    ends to get the above dimensions. They are used to separate the top
    layer of Coke cans from the bottom layer in the square boxes. (Not
    used in the long "refrigerator" style boxes.)

    Slide the end above the filter mounting plate once the filter is a
    little loose, and direct the oil to your pan by making a slight "U"
    shape. Unscrew and let 'er rip. There is actually a Honda tool for
    the 4 cylinder that attached with a magnet and does the same thing.
    This works on my 6 cylinder '04 Accord and '04 MDX, and no cleanup,
    just toss. Since the paper is coated, there is almost no residue on
    it anyway.
    jmattis, Apr 8, 2007
  4. Ben

    Bob Jones Guest

    I thought the anti-drainback valve will keep the oil in the filter.
    Bob Jones, Apr 8, 2007
  5. Ben

    TomP Guest

    Spend $29.95 and have it done "professionally."


    Buy a couple of cans of brake cleaner and hose the area down after you've

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    TomP, Apr 8, 2007
  6. Ben

    Scrapper Guest

    if yur trying to keep it of under neath your car parts get you some
    brake clean and spray it down it will keep it clean and a piece of card
    Scrapper, Apr 8, 2007
  7. Ben

    jim beam Guest

    you'da thunk, but genuine honda filters have this behavior every time.
    jim beam, Apr 8, 2007
  8. Ben

    JB Guest

    Maybe the 2004 V6 is different but the filter is in the passenger side
    wheel well...a welcome change from mid-engine on my 4 cyl. 1999
    Accord. In all cases, I loosen it just enough to let the oil drip out
    VERY slowly. It doesn't take long before most is out. Of course the
    challenge is to NOT tip it down once you are clear of all
    threads...then it really makes a mess down your arm. On other cars, I
    sometimes use a piece of alum. foil and wrap the control arm, exhaust
    pipe, whatever. When finished, ball it up and throw it away. The
    parts underneath are clean.

    JB, Apr 10, 2007
  9. Ben

    Tegger Guest

    The anti drainback flap only keeps the INLET from leaking. The OUTLET is
    wide-open all the time, and that's the part that makes the mess.

    Wait a half-hour before removing the filter and you'll have no mess.
    Tegger, Apr 11, 2007
  10. Ben

    MAT Guest

    You can try removing the front passenger tire during the oil change for
    relatively unobstructed side access. It doesn't address the spillage per se
    but this way you can use the other tricks without getting oil up you sleeve
    and it into your armpits.
    MAT, Apr 11, 2007
  11. Ben

    Bones Guest

    An easy solution is to cut the bottom off a plastic 2 liter bottle.
    Keep the cap on top of the bottle. Turn the bottle upside down (cap
    down), and slide over filter. Grab the filter and spin it off. All
    oil falls into the bottle and no mess.....
    Bones, Apr 11, 2007
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