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Certified Honda Oil Change

You’ve probably heard the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is definitely true when it comes to maintaining your Honda vehicle. And while we used to get our oil changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles, synthetic motor oils allow us to go longer between maintenance appointments while also ensuring that our vehicles last longer. Honda recommends changing your vehicle’s oil and air filter every 6 months or 7,500 miles, whichever comes first.

What to Expect at North City Honda

At North City Honda, you can expect friendly, prompt, and professional service in a comfortable environment. Our professional technicians are here to help you get the best possible service for your Honda, whether it’s a routine oil change, Multi-point Inspection, scheduled maintenance such as tire rotations and brake pad replacement, or simply answering your questions. Call us today at 773-974-6166 to schedule an appointment.

Why North City Honda Service?

  • Certified Honda parts
  • Motor oil designed for your vehicle
  • Honda certified service technicians
  • Genuine parts and accessories

Why Are Oil Changes So Important?

The friction between moving parts in an engine generates a tremendous amount of heat, as does the combustion process. A film of oil is a necessity to keep moving parts lubricated – without it, the engine would seize within minutes. Unfortunately, oil also becomes contaminated with carbon, microscopic particles of metal, water vapor, and acids from the combustion process. The oil filter traps these contaminants, but when the filter’s element is saturated the oil will start to break down and lose its lubricating ability. If left in the crankcase too long, old oil will start to degrade engine parts through excessive wear and sludge deposits will build up on assemblies like bearings and valvetrain components.

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Synthetic or Conventional?

After years of debate, research, and real-world use, the jury is in: synthetic oil outperforms conventional oil in about every respect. Here’s how:

  • Synthetic oil won’t thicken in cold weather or thin out in hot weather, unlike conventional oil. This is especially important at startup when the oil needs to move to the upper end of the engine quickly.
  • Synthetic oil has greater shear strength at the molecular level, meaning the molecules can’t be torn apart when under extreme pressure due to tight tolerances.
  • Synthetic oil is free of paraffin-like impurities that can be found in conventional oil.
  • Synthetic oil’s additive packages of detergents and friction modifiers outperform conventional oil.
  • Synthetic oil is more expensive per quart, but the extra cost is offset by a longer oil change interval of about 10,000 miles (check your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations).
  • Manufacturers now specify synthetic oil for new vehicles, and often a low-viscosity oil that cuts internal friction and makes for a more efficient engine. Using a different oil can void a factory warranty.
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How to Check Oil Level

It is important to check your oil level regularly, and especially before any long trips. A convenient and reliable time for checking your oil is while filling your fuel tank.
Here a few quick and easy guidelines:

  • Run the engine until it has reached its normal operating temperature
  • Park on a completely level surface, and shut off the engine
  • Allow the engine to cool for a few minutes
  • Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean, then reinsert it
  • Withdraw the dipstick and hold it horizontally so that the oil does not drip
  • If the oil level is not between the minimum and maximum marks on the dipstick, you will need to top off
  • Each type of Honda engine has its own requirements, so check your owner’s manual for the appropriate oil for your Honda.

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Recommended Maintenance Schedules

Help maintain your Honda’s value and performance by keeping up with recommended routine maintenance. From self-assessing your tires, oil, and brake pads once a month, to scheduling regular inspections and oil changes, keeping up with Honda’s recommended maintenance schedule can help you save you time and money in the long run. Recommended Honda service intervals include:


Regular Inspections

30,000-miles or after two years

60,000-miles or after four years

90,000-miles or after six years

120,000-miles or after eight years


Scheduled Maintenance

  • Honda Minor Service every 7,500 miles
  • Change engine oil and filter, replace drain plug washer, and top off all fluid
  • Rotate and inspect all 4 tires
  • Inspect front and rear brake pads and calipers
  • Inspect tie rod ends, steering gearbox & rack boots
  • Inspect suspension components
  • Inspect drive shaft boots
  • Multi-point Inspection with report of vehicle condition

Honda Intermediate Service Every 15,000 Miles

  • Change engine oil and filter, replace drain plug washer, and top off all fluids
  • Rotate and inspect all 4 tires
  • Inspect front and rear brake pads and calipers
  • Check and adjust parking brake
  • Inspect brake hoses and valves
  • Lubricate all locks, latches & hinges
  • Inspect cooling system hoses
  • Inspect exhaust system
  • Inspect fuel lines & connections for leaks
  • Check operation of all lights & controls
  • Inspect vehicle underbody
  • Inspect dust & pollen filter
  • Multi-point inspection with report of vehicle condition
  • Honda Major Service recommended at 30,000 and 60,000 miles
  • Change engine oil and filter, replace drain plug washer, and top off all fluids
  • Rotate and inspect all 4 tires
  • Inspect front and rear brake pads and calipers
  • Check and adjust parking brake
  • Inspect brake hoses and valves
  • Lubricate all locks, latches & hinges
  • Inspect cooling system hoses
  • Inspect exhaust system
  • Inspect fuel lines & connections for leaks
  • Check operation of all lights & controls
  • Inspect vehicle underbody
  • Inspect dust & pollen filter (if equipped)
  • Replace dust & pollen filter if needed
  • Multi-point inspection with report of vehicle condition

Note: Service intervals can vary depending on model year, driving habits, and weather conditions. Older Audi models may require more regular maintenance and inspections to ensure their longevity and performance.

Oil Change FAQ

Clean oil and air filters are required to protect and extend the life of your Honda engine.

Honda certified technicians go through a 2-year program specific to the mechanical and electrical systems of your Honda vehicle.

Yes, routine maintenance helps protect you and ensures the longevity of your vehicle.

  • Brake inspection and repair
  • Tire rotation
  • Fluid and tire check
  • A/C and heating inspection
  • Transmission flushing and repair
  • Wiper blade replacement
  • Battery test
  • Engine checkup

Every 6 months or 7,500 miles, whichever comes first, if you use Honda synthetic motor oil.

Each time you change the engine oil.

Honda engines are designed to use synthetic oil.

North City Honda is located at: 6600 N Western Ave • Chicago, IL 60645
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