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#5853 of 5901 Cabin Air Filter Replacement Easy as 123
Apr 03, 2013 (6:50 pm)
Received a coupon from my local Honda dealer offering to replace my Accord cabin air filter for only $69.95. Last year it was $59.95. Inflation I guess!
For those of you who would rather save your hard earned money, this is a simple 5 min. (yes, even if you haven't done it before) do it yourself job that can be done for less than $20.00. That's a savings of at least $50.00.
If anyones interested I will post the how to.
#5854 of 5901 oil change interval
Apr 08, 2013 (2:43 pm)
My 2007 I-4 SE is at 20% and soon is due for a oil change. Its been a year now and about 6500 miles. From the first oil change to now I've always used Mobil 1 synthetic, should I go ahead and change when the wrench appears or would waiting till the oil had 8000 or so miles be o.k.?? I've been putting a drop on a white paper towel and it still looks clean. Amber in color not dark at all. Oil prices are continuing to go up and I don't want to needlessly be wasting good oil!!
#5855 of 5901 Re: oil change interval [wise1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 08, 2013 (6:49 pm)
My two cents is that unless you perform an oil analysis, I wouldn't push past 7500 miles on an oil change.
#5856 of 5901 Re: oil change interval [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 10, 2013 (5:11 pm)
Well it turns out it has 5719 miles on it and it still looks clear and amber in color. Where can I get an oil analysis done and how much does it cost?? How reliable would the results be??
#5858 of 5901 Re: oil change interval [wise1]
Apr 11, 2013 (3:30 am)
Seems way too soon to change synthetic oil.
#5859 of 5901 Re: oil change interval [wise1]
Apr 11, 2013 (4:40 am)
Like Mr Shiftright says, Blackstone is one. I have used them and they are good. Call and ask for a container free that they send you to use for shipping the oil. Takes 4-7 days by USPS to get to you. Pack it as they say on website and ship the container buying the stamp (sticker) for it by weight at the post office. The label is on the box already. If you go to PO desk, there is a paper on website to show if the clerk questions oil as being flammable--it's not. $2 to ship. $25 for analysis. I would add on the $10 for additive analysis to see how much is left at your mileage when you send the sample.
Blackstone called me on first one. I don't know if that's typical--mine had a surprise in the analysis showing a slight Na and K increase (sodium and potassium) indicating coolant traces in oil. Turned out to be a seep at the throttle body gasket on 3800--almost a service item.
They show a sample analysis result page you get by mail on first one and by email on successive tests. http://www.blackstone-labs.com/report-explanation.php
They do write helpful comments about the analysis just as they did in the sample. Your old test results are kept on their website IIRC under your email. So if you lose the email you can retrieve them later.
I agree with other post that you might run up mileage more and then change oil, catch sample in middle of drain stream, and it will be worth the $25-35 just to know.
#5860 of 5901 ...after careful research over the almost 8 years.....................
Apr 11, 2013 (5:54 am)
...that this 2005 Honda Accord 6M V-6 coupe has been in my garage..........................
I have been very impressed with the longevity of components......
At circa 130,000 miles, the factory original elements noted below are still in place............
1. Brake compoments
3. The Iridiums
I was at a local bar (eating lunch) and a north valley auto repair shop owner said (I wrote it down on a cocktail napkin (comes with lunch). "Those Iridiums will go 200,000 miles. Who knew? (My OM indicates 105,000 for replacement.)
I sort of feel guilty (this month I plan to replace my 1982 VW diesel pickup - - - with 'nuther VW oil burner at that)
all the best, ez
#5861 of 5901 Re: oil change interval [imidazol97]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 11, 2013 (6:41 am)
Might be worth $25 the first time just to see what 7,500 synthetic oil looks like and how far it has to expiration. That way, you'll know in the future how far to push it.
While I am no fan of wasting money, pushing a synthetic past 7500 seems to me an awfully risky way of saving $75 bucks.
Apr 11, 2013 (7:20 am)
What oil burner are you getting EZ? They don't make a pickup anymore - wish they did.
Toureg? Passat? Jetta? Golf? I came pretty close to a Passat diesel recently, but wound up with another Accord (Stick of course). Hard to beat the reliability and durability. I changed the irridiums at 120k and they still looked fine (already had the new ones so I went ahead with it), Still have front brakes original at 161k, same for clutch. I did have to replace rear brakes because I dented the e-brake cable and it rusted shut, keeping the left rear engaged for a while before I got it fixed.
Only repair in 161k was a new O2 sensor at about 110k. $90 and 15 minutes of my time. Use Mobil one 0w-20 and Pur1 synthetic filters about every 9k.