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#5171 of 5901 Time for next Mobil 1 oil change in 2004 Honda Accord I4 (mi: 152,107+)
Feb 20, 2010 (1:28 pm)
Last time I posted about oil (the message I'm replying to) was back in August of last year. I'm not sure what mileage my old (now my sister's) 2004 Honda Accord was at. I just checked before my brother took it out to take care of the oil change and tire rotation and balance (to be discussed in another post) and it was at 152,107.
Since he was heading to walmart for the rotation and balance, I told him to just grab the mobil 1 oil there. I'm still a little confused over 5w-30 or 5w-20 but carzzz had suggested going with 5w-30 if your powertrain has expired back in this post so I thought I would stick with that. If wal-mart doesn't have 5w-30, I told him to grab 5w-20. Hopefully he can get a 5qt jug as they are usually $22. If not, he'll have to buy individual quarts at I think $6ish each.
I wasn't sure about walmart's filter so I told my brother to stop at the local Ourisman Honda dealer in Laurel and pick up the oil filters there. I gave him a printout from handa-accessories.com showing the filter price at $5.28 each. He just texted me telling me he got them at $5.63 each.
I saw a deal over here on slickdeasl for 5 quarts Mobil 1 synthetic oil + Mobil 1 oil filter for $27.99 from autozone. I wasn't sure about Mobil 1's filter either though.
#5172 of 5901 Re: Time for next Mobil 1 oil change in 2004 Honda Accord I4 (mi: 152,107+) [srizvi1]
Feb 20, 2010 (3:27 pm)
I, personally, would stick with the recommended 5W-20. I just got mine changed at Tires Plus with a 5W-20 synthetic blend and it seems to be running great. Then again I'm only at 72k miles.
#5173 of 5901 Re: Time for next Mobil 1 oil change in 2004 Honda Accord I4 (mi: 152,107+) [tankbeans]
Feb 20, 2010 (4:50 pm)
If the car says to use 5w20, I would use 5w20 until it started burning it excessively or something. Cars are designed to run at a certain optimal oil pressure, and increasing the viscosity may increase the oil pressure (think of it like blood thickeners and blood pressure). In some cars, useing 10w40 instead of 5w30 can result in blowing oil filters off the engine.
#5174 of 5901 Currently have Good Year Tires on my 2004 Accord EX I4
Feb 22, 2010 (1:38 am)
I posted back on May 18, 2009 about tires I Was considering on my 2004 Accord. I put up a few suggestions and got some feedback from elroy5, lilengineerboy, and blufz1 (see the message I'm replying and look below to in order to see the other replies). At the time, my car was at 135k miles. Well sometime in the next few months I found out my dad just had all four tires replaced through somewhere. All 4 tires now are Goodyear P205/55R16 89H Eagle RSA. I think the original tire size is supposed to be P205/60z1691v.
Anyone familiar with these tires?
I'm not sure what milage the G009s were replaced with these but I know my sister (now the driver of that car since I got my IS 350 last year) told me details about the tires when the car was at 147,301 miles. So somewhere between 135k and that is when the swap occurred. Unfortunately, my dad's not really good at keeping paperwork. I'm not even sure if these tires are new or not.
We did take the car to walmart on Saturday and had the tire rotation and balance and oil change done there. The thread life is 6/32 all around. The car was a 152124 miles at the time of service.
I'm not sure how much life is left in the tires but once the tires get low again, I'm handling them this time.
#5175 of 5901 Re: Time for next Mobil 1 oil change in 2004 Honda Accord I4 (mi: 152,107+) [lilengineerboy]
Feb 22, 2010 (1:45 am)
Thanks for the comments lilengineerboy and tankbeans. I Guess on the next oil change I'll just go back to 5w-20 then and play it safe (hmm.. I'm assuming that's the right weight. I haven't looked in a while).
One thing that's got me a little worried is that walmart forgot to use the genuine honda oil filter that my brother picked up from the dealer right before (the part# was 15400-PLM-A02, and they matched handa-accessories.com's price down to $5.63). Instead they used theirs. a PRO 7317 oil filter as per the walmart receipt. I know the honda oil filter can go 20k miles (the manual says to swap out the oil every 10k miles, but oil and filter every 20k miles). I just swap out every 10k miles though because I don't do the oil changes myself so it would be hard to keep track of myself w/ someone else doing it. I hope this PRO 7317 filter can at least go 10k miles - the mileage at the walmart oil change from last Saturday was 152,124 so I have to take care of the next oil change at 162k miles.
#5176 of 5901 Re: Time for next Mobil 1 oil change in 2004 Honda Accord I4 (mi: 152,107+) [srizvi1]
Feb 22, 2010 (10:47 am)
I learned something about why the various weights are chosen by lilengineerboy, I'm learning something new all the time. And yes 5w-20 is the correct weight. I remember being kind of taken aback when I learned that on this car, and as such remembered it. I have a tendency to remember seemingly small things that are out of the ordinary (for me). I remember when I was younger, I'm still not old (21), and the standards were 5w-30 and 10w-30. I'm still not sure what the difference there is.
#5177 of 5901 Popped door lock
Feb 22, 2010 (10:50 am)
Hello all -
I've recently noticed that my driver's side key hole, the only one available on my car, is recessed more than normal. It doesn't look like anybody tried to break in, but there is a noticeable gap between the keyhole slot and the panel that the handle sits in. Is it fairly easy to get in there and fix it?
I'm not overly worried about it because I barely use the valet key and always unlock from the fob, but I want to make sure somebody can get in without the fob. Thanks in advance for the help.
#5178 of 5901 Re: Currently have Good Year Tires on my 2004 Accord EX I4 [srizvi1]
Feb 22, 2010 (5:27 pm)
All 4 tires now are Goodyear P205/55R16 89H Eagle RSA. I think the original tire size is supposed to be P205/60z1691v.
The 205/55 tires are much smaller. That is making the speedometer read fast, the odometer run fast (accumulating more miles than you are really driving), and lowering the final drive (so the engine runs a higher RPM at a given speed). Miata.net had a tire size calculator that will show the difference in height and circumference between various sizes so you can see how far off your speedometer and odometer are, at the least.
Next time, I would get the correct size.
That said, 205/60R16 is not that fun a size and there are very few performance oriented options. I think the 17" wheels and tires offer more size opportunities.
#5179 of 5901 Re: Currently have Good Year Tires on my 2004 Accord EX I4 [srizvi1]
Feb 22, 2010 (5:29 pm)
Looks like the tires were downgraded in both: speed rating & load index.
That's probably why the tires wear out faster.
At 6/32, you still can get another 10k miles out of them.
If the car is driven a lot on snow, I would replace them at 5/32.
#5180 of 5901 Brake Job @ Dealer
Feb 24, 2010 (1:20 pm)
As many of you have commented...The dealers prices for brakes are high very high
My dealer wants to charge after telling me the rear brakes are shot
273 for new pads and re-surface
458 for new pads and new rotors
Of course he says that I should only use Honda genuine pads etc
Local shop is 300 for new pads and rotors, but says I should always replace the rotors as 9/10 they will pulsate if dont
Where as to my surprise the DEALER says depending on the condition I may be able to simply have the re-surfaced.
So question is what are the drawback of NOT using Honda brake pads. Local shop says they are most likely made by Raybestos or some other major manufacture and simply re-branded as Honda
Any advice appreciated