2013 Honda Accord Engine Oil Capacity

Not sure how much oil to put into your 2013 Accord’s engine? Jerry has all the details and some helpful oil tips.
Written by Cameron Thiessen
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
The 2013 Honda Accord with the base inline-4 engine has a 4.4-quart engine oil capacity while the V6 engine upgrade has a 4.5-quart engine oil capacity.
The Honda Accord has been a sedan mainstay for most of its production life, but the 2013 model was also offered as a stylish coupe that could get quite sporty with an upgraded V6 engine option. With this engine variation comes a slight variation in how to perform a Honda Accord oil change.
You should find all the information you need on this subject in your owner’s manual, but we understand that you’re probably in the middle of the store right now frantically trying to figure out what bottle of oil to get.
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2013 Honda Accord engine oil capacity

Your 2013 Honda Accord either has a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine or a 3.5-liter V6. The Honda Accord with an I-4 engine has an oil capacity of 4.4 quarts, but the upgraded V6 has a slightly larger oil capacity of 4.5 quarts.
The oil is measured in quarts, while the “2.4-liter” designation on the I4 represents the displacement of the engine—the amount of volume in all of the engine’s cylinders. That number is essentially used to describe the size of the engine, and it is not the same thing as oil capacity.
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What kind of oil does a 2013 Honda Accord need?

Now that we know how much oil we need, we need to figure out what kind of oil we need. As you may well know from standing in the engine oil aisle at the department store, there are many different kinds.
Your 2013 Honda Accord uses SAE 0W-20. The “W” stands for “Winter”, and the number before refers to the oil’s viscosity at 0 degrees Fahrenheit while the second number rates the oil’s viscosity at a dangerously hot 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
Viscosity is the most important thing to note when looking for your vehicle’s oil. Because SAE 0W-20 is quite viscous—or thin—at both ends of this spectrum, this oil will likely cause less wear and tear on your SUV’s engine.
The owner's manual recommends the use of Genuine Honda Motor Oil, 0W-20, premium-grade

How often to change the oil on a 2013 Honda Accord

And now that that’s sorted, it's high time for an
oil and filter change
According to your Accord’s owner’s manual, you should change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but you can extend oil life by using synthetic oil, which needs to be changed about every 7,500 to 10,000 miles.
But don’t just blindly follow a schedule! Check your oil condition at least once a month by using your car’s dipstick. Here are some signs to look out for when determining the condition of your oil:
  • Dark brown or black oil—you want clear oil, like tea, not dirty oil that looks like cola.
  • Corse, gritty, dirty-looking oil
  • Unfamiliar noises coming from the engine 
  • Unfamiliar smells when driving, especially oil, smoke, or burning smells.
  • Loss of performance

How to change your oil and oil filter

If it turns out that you’re due for an oil change, then here’s what you’re going to need:
  • Socket wrench
  • Drain pan
  • Filter wrench
  • Replacement oil filter
  •  4.4 quarts (for I-4) or 4.5 quarts (for V6) of 0W-20 premium grade engine oil
Start by running the engine for a few minutes to warm up the oil. This will make the oil thinner and make the draining process go faster. Next, follow these steps:
  • Unscrew the oil fill cap under the hood. This is the same cap you remove to fill the oil.
  • Get yourself underneath the engine with your drain pan prepared to catch the draining oil—this might be messy, so be prepared!
  • Once you’re ready for the flow to start flowing, remove the oil drain bolt and washer to begin the draining process.
  • As the draining starts to slow, remove the old oil filter. This may also be messy.
  • Install the new filter.
  • Put the oil drain bolt back on with a new washer, tightening it to 29 lb-ft.
  • Refill your engine with the correct amount of oil.
Check the level of your oil with your dipstick, which should have markings designating the ideal oil level.
After changing your oil, it’s a good idea to turn on your car and let your engine run for about 30 seconds before you check the oil level. This will give you a more accurate measurement, and you’ll be able to top it off if necessary.
Finally, wrap up your successful oil change by storing your dirty oil in a sealed container and bringing it to your local recycling center.
MORE: How much should an oil change cost?

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