How to Replace the Oil Pan in a Honda Civic

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Every Honda Civic model is different, but the vehicles are all front wheel drive with the engine installed in the engine compartment sideways. The exhaust headers are located on the front of the engine and lead the exhaust pipes around the side of the engine block, giving you complete excess to the oil pan and the securing bolts that hold the oil pan in place on the bottom of the engine.

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Things you need

  • Car jack
  • 2 Jack stands
  • Ratchet set
  • Socket (model specific)
  • Drain pan
  • Replacement oil pan gasket
  • Replacement oil pan
  • Torque wrench

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  1. 1

    Raise the front right and left side of the Honda Civic using the car jack, one side at a time, and support the front end of the Civic on the jack stands. Slide under the Civic on your back and position the drain pan under the oil pan.

  2. 2

    Drain the oil from the oil pan by removing the oil pan drain plug, using the ratchet and sockets. Once the oil has completely drained, replace the plug to the oil pan and tighten it.

  3. 3

    Remove the bolts from around the edge of the Civic's oil pan, using the ratchet and the socket. Once the bolts are removed, tap the sides of the oil pan with the palm of your hand to pop it off the bottom of the engine.

  4. 4

    Place the oil pan gasket around the inner edge of the replacement oil pan. Place the oil pan onto the bottom of the engine in the same place as the old pan. Replace the bolts to the edge of the new oil pan, and tighten the bolts in a crisscross ("star") pattern. Tighten the bolts to the torque specifications for the specific Honda Civic, using the torque wrench.

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