2019 Honda Civic 1.5-liter Engine Oil Capacity

The 2019 Honda Civic has an oil capacity of 3.7 quarts (3.5 liters) if it is equipped with a 1.5-liter engine.
Written by Rebecca Wardell
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
One of the two engine options for the 2019 Honda Civic is the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine’s oil capacity is 3.7 quarts or 3.5 liters, a fact that you’ll need to know for sticking to your regular car maintenance schedule.
Keeping up with a regular
car maintenance schedule
is one of the best ways to avoid unnecessary repair costs and keep your Civic driving smoothly. A big part of that car maintenance schedule is consistent oil changes.
If you’re wondering when it’s time to head to the mechanic for your next oil change, or you’re  looking to save some money by doing it yourself, this guide will cover all you need to know about your 2019 Honda Civic’s 1.5-liter engine oil capacity.

2019 Honda Civic 1.5-liter engine oil capacity

2019 Honda Civics that have a 1.5-liter engine (rather than a 2-liter engine) will have an engine oil capacity of 3.7 quarts with the oil filter. This refers to the volume of oil that will be needed to perform an oil change on your Honda Civic.
One common mistake is mixing up the engine’s 1.5-liter displacement with its oil capacity. The engine’s displacement is the total volume of all the cylinders in the engine and it is different from the engine’s oil capacity.
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What kind of oil does a 2019 Honda Civic need?

Picking out the right oil is the first step to any successful oil change. Picking the right oil is a major contributor to your Civic’s performance and longevity, and choosing the wrong kind can cause damage to the engine.
Honda’s recommended engine oil is Genuine Honda Motor Oil or premium-grade 0W-20 detergent oil with an API certification seal. Synthetic motor oil also may be used if it’s the same viscosity grade and API certified. 
If you’ve got no idea what that means, don’t worry! Let’s cover some terminology.
An API (American Petroleum Institute) certification tells you that the oil you’re buying meets the API’s performance and quality standards. Detergent oil is a type of oil that has enhanced additives to prevent rust, break down sludge in the engine, and stabilizing acids to increase oil longevity.
0W-20 is an oil viscosity rating. The first number expresses how easily the oil thickens at low temperatures. Lower numbers mean your engine will start more easily in cold weather. The second number expresses the viscosity characteristic once the engine has been warmed up. Higher numbers are frequently found in oils used in vehicles that run under heavy loads or at high speeds.

How often to change oil on a 2019 Honda Civic

The general rule of thumb is to get an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles (3 to 5 months) if you’re using conventional oil, and every 7,500 to 10,000 miles (7 to 10 months) if you’re using synthetic oil.
Honda’s recommendation is to change the oil and filter when prompted to do so by a maintenance message on the driver information interference. Following these instructions help increase your Civic’s longevity and performance.
Some other signs that tell you that it’s time to
change your oil
may include:
  • Oil that is dark brown or black (clean oil will be light brown, like a cup of tea)
  • Gritty texture
  • Noticeable changes in fuel efficiency
  • Vehicle performance issues (like weird noises)

How to change your oil and oil filter

If you’ve decided to go the DIY route, most
Honda owner’s manuals
have step-by-step instructions with diagrams that are really helpful. We’ll give you the rundown here too, but the pictures can be helpful.
Here are the tools you’ll need to get started:
  • Four quarts of premium-grade 0W-20 detergent oil (you’ll only use 3.7 quarts)
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • An oil catch container
  • A new 2019 Honda Civic filter
  • A new oil drain bolt washer
  • A 17mm socket and a ⅜” drive ratchet
  • A torque wrench
First, run your engine for a few minutes to let it reach operating temperatures, then turn it off. Next, follow these steps:
  1. Open the hood and remove the engine oil fill cap
  2. Turn the Phillips-head screws and slotted head screws on the undercarriage 90 degrees counter-clockwise, then remove the undercover
  3. Remove the washer and drain bolt from the bottom of the engine
  4. Drain the oil into your oil catch container
  5. Remove the filter and check that the filter gasket is not stuck (you’ll have to detach it if it is)
  6. Wipe away any dirt on the contact surface of the engine block
  7. Install the new oil filter
  8. Install the drain bolt and a new washer and tighten to 30 lb-ft
  9. Use the new oil to refill and reinstall the engine oil fill cap
After changing the oil, let your engine run for a few minutes again and check your work. Keep an eye out for leaks from the drain bolt or oil filter. You can now turn off your engine, wait a few minutes, then use the dipstick to ensure you added the right amount of oil.
Old engine oil should always be taken back to oil retailers or your local recycling center. Throwing your oil in the garbage or pouring it into the ground can be incredibly harmful to the environment.
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