How hard to change Oil on 2003 Odyssey?
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    How hard to change Oil on 2003 Odyssey?

    I recently purchased an 03 Odyssey and was wondering where is the oil filter located? This will probably be the only service I'll do on my van , everything else my mechanic will do.

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    Do a seach.

    Its easy. Oil filter is just behind the passenger tire. Turn front wheels all the way right, and you can access it easily. Use a 2 liter bottle cut in half to catch the oil that will come out when you remove the filter.
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    Hey superdad, thanks so much. do you find it easier to remove it from the top or the bottom?

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    Best way is from the side, actually through the passenger wheel well.
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    Excellent ! Thanks.

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    1. Jack up car
    2. Drain oil
    3. Remove filter
    4. Replace drain plug
    5. Install new oil filter
    6. lower car
    7. fill oil

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperDad View Post
    Best way is from the side, actually through the passenger wheel well.
    With the wheel turned all the way to the right, the filter is easily accessible. I like to change the washer on the drain plug at each oil change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperDad View Post
    ... Use a 2 liter bottle cut in half to catch the oil that will come out when you remove the filter.
    Wisest words that were ever spoken. I ended up much less oily once I started doing thing, putting the flexible bottle half (top or bottom, no matter) around the filter, giving it a squeeze so I could grab the filter (already loosened a bit with a strap wrench), and slowly hand turning the filter...it falls right into the bottle half, along with the oil.

    Just remember to leave the cap on the bottle, if you use the top half instead of the bottom half....

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    Is this a washer that is available at any auto parts store or does it have to be purchased at a Honda dealer? Thanks! (New owner of 2003 Odyssey here as well)

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    No stores in my area carry the aluminum crush washers. Same in the US, according to various posts I have read.

    They are available online though. Search for "14mm aluminum crush washer". The outside diameter is 22mm. Stay away from near misses - fiber, copper, "metal", etc.

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    Lots reuse the old washer with no problems, BUT if it does leak, then you do have a problem.
    I reuse the old washer most times and haven't had a problem with the engine oil plug, but I did have the atf drain plug leak when reusing the old washer. Your choice.
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    Get one of those $5.00 Walmart oil filter pliers that will reach out about 6" or so. That way you can get the filter off very easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffalo4 View Post
    Lots reuse the old washer with no problems
    Yeah, that's another ongoing debate - to reuse the washer or to replace it.

    I have reused mine to preserve my stash of the correct 14mm washer ever since both nearby dealers replaced it with the 18mm washer from the transmission drain plug. I always keep the orientation the same and use a torque wrench to tighten it. I have never had it leak. I used to think that was the only risk.

    Then I stumbled across someone who says that reusing the washer makes it lose its flat profile in favor of a wedge profile. This apparently causes stress in the aluminum oil pan. This stress can crack it. Here's a link to the discussion: http://www.thumperta...h washer damage

    Next time mine is out, I will check if it is still flat or not. I'm no metallurgist, but I am skeptical (as long as the bolt is not overtightened). In the meantime, any thoughts?

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    Edit: Sorry, that link seems to not work. Try this link and go to post #9: Crush washers are a myth and do not exhist! - DR-Z 400 - ThumperTalk
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    I've used copper sealing washers for the ATF plug...they leak.

    I've used a synthetic (hard plastic) sealing washing for the oil pan plug and the ATF plug...they leak.

    I've used a new Honda aluminum "crush" washer on oil and ATF plugs. No leaks.

    I've re-used the Honda aluminum "crush" washer oil and ATF plugs. No leaks.

    We bought a stash of 100 of them from ebay for dirt cheap (both oil and ATF; different sizes). We just change them with each oil change or ATF drain/refill.

    I will say that the re-used washers seems to not require very many degrees of turn (after the plug is snug against it) to achieve 29 ft-lbs. of torque for the oil plug, or 36 ft-lbs. for the ATF drain plug. The new crush washers require an unnerving amount of turning before the torque wrench "clicks"; they are "crushing" (deforming) to make a good seal, so it seems to me.

    That's my experience. That, and two "Obama bucks" won't get you a cup of coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davedrivesody View Post
    Then I stumbled across someone who says that reusing the washer makes it lose its flat profile in favor of a wedge profile.
    I will re-use the washer a couple of times and what I do is flip the washer over. That way, I can 're-form' it to the proper shape. No problem so far.... I do replace the washer on the next oil change after flipping it. If I can't remember, I go the safe route and replace it. One of the local dealers charges just $0.32/ea for the oil drain washers (and $2.52 for the ATF drain -- rather drastic price difference, IMO).
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