2008 Honda Accord 2.4 Engine Oil Capacity

The 2008 Honda Accord 2.4 has an oil capacity of 4.4 quarts (4.2 liters).
Written by Amber Reed
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
The 2008 Honda Accord 2.4 was the base-level engine version of this perpetually-popular sedan. Hondas are known for their reliability, but oil changes are critical in addition to routine maintenance. To keep this Honda humming, you’ll need to know its engine oil capacity—4.4 quarts with the filter. 
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Read on for everything you’ll need to know about your 2008 Honda Accord 2.4’s oil capacity. 
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2008 Honda Accord 2.4 engine oil capacity

So, how much oil are we talking about here? 
The 2008 Honda Accord 2.4 has an oil capacity of 4.4 quarts or 4.2 liters. The “2.4” indicates that this Accord has a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder base engine. The 2008 Accord was also available with a larger V6 engine, but that’s a story for another day. The “liter” amount in any engine is the displacement, meaning the volume the engine’s cylinders take up. It’s not the same as the engine’s oil capacity, so remember not to mix those numbers up!

What kind of oil does a 2008 Honda Accord 2.4 need?

We know we need 4.4 quarts of oil, but not just any old oil will do. There are a lot of different types of oil out there, but you want to look for a premium grade 5W-20 oil that bears the API Certification Seal for Gasoline Engines on the label. 
Honda recommends
Honda Genuine Motor Oil
, but if you can’t find that brand, any premium grade 5W-20 oil with the same specifications is fine. The owner’s manual states that synthetic oil will work as long as it meets the needed specifications. Make sure to stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations, as it can result in engine damage if you don’t. 
The numbers and letters in the oil’s grade (also called the weight) refer to its viscosity, meaning how thick it is. The “W” stands for winter, the “5W” means that this oil has a low viscosity when temperatures are cold, and the “20” means that it also functions well when the ambient temperature is high. 
Multi-grade oils are optimal (and the norm) because they provide an engine with protection in a wide range of ambient temperatures

How often to change oil on a 2008 Honda Accord 2.4

One of the most crucial components of oil changes is how often you need to do it on a 2008 Honda Accord 2.4. 
In this case, the answer is pretty simple—whenever the Maintenance Minder tells you to! The 2008 Honda Accord came with a system that keeps track of your oil’s life span and alerts you when it’s down to 15%. When you get that alert, it’s time to change your oil. 
But it’s not always good to put one’s faith solely in automated systems. What if the Maintenance Minder isn’t working correctly? In general, Honda states that you should anticipate changing your 2008 Accord’s oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles and even as often as every 3,000 miles. Keep an eye out for the following signs that your oil is due for a change:
  • Color change: new oil is light amber, while old oil is dark brown or black
  • Texture change: oil that feels gritty or coarse needs to go
  • Unusual sounds: odd engine sounds can be an indicator that you need an oil change
  • Strange smells: odors like smoke, oil, or burning can mean that an oil change is due
  • Performance decline: issues with drivability can indicate that it’s time for an oil change 

How to change your Honda Accord’s oil and oil filter

Ready to change your oil yourself? Let’s do it! Gather your supplies—you’ll need a drain pan, a funnel, a socket wrench, and a wrench designed for your oil filter. Some shop rags or an old towel will come in handy, and of course, you’ll need a fresh oil filter and 4.4 quarts of premium 5W-20 oil
Run your engine until it reaches its normal operating temperature, then shut it off. Make sure your Honda is safely secured on jack stands or a lift, and then pop the hood. Here’s what you need to do:
  • Remove the oil fill cap
  • Get underneath your Honda and remove the oil drain bolt and washer
  • Drain the old oil into your drain pan
  • Remove the old oil filter, and continue to let the oil drain until it’s done
  • Install the new filter and gasket according to the instructions
  • Replace the oil drain bolt using a new washer and tighten it to 29 lb-ft
  • Refill the engine with fresh oil and replace the oil fill cap 
Pro Tip When removing the filter, ensure that the old oil filter gasket is not stuck to the engine block. Accidentally leaving both gaskets in your oil filter will result in quite a mess when you start the engine again. 
Fire your Accord up and let it run for a minute to allow the oil to circulate and soak into the new filter. Check the oil level with your dipstick, and top it off if necessary. Let the engine run for a few more minutes and monitor for any leaks. Don’t forget to reset your oil maintenance minder.
Last but not least, dispose of your old oil properly. Place it in an appropriate container, and take it to your nearest recycling center. Good job, you!
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