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Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low #4110358 05/30/16 08:09 AM
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Hey everyone,

One of my friends brought his 2007 Accord 2.4 over yesterday and I offered to do an oil change on it for him. I looked in the owners manual and it stated 4.4 quarts for the 4 cylinder model, with filter. I added 4.5 and we checked the level 3 times on 2 different flat surfaces, and it only showed that the oil level was just up to the bottom hole (one quart low). We added one extra half quart to get it up between the lines, thus having put in a full 5 quarts when it should've only been 4.4. Has anyone else ever experienced this? He bought the car used, so could it be that someone else swapped the dipstick for some reason? Or is it common in these cars to have inaccurate readings? I've never experienced this before.


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Re: Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low [Re: ThirdeYe] #4110375 05/30/16 08:24 AM
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Honda is never wrong on its capacities. He should buy a new dipstick from a Honda dealer.


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Re: Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low [Re: ThirdeYe] #4110380 05/30/16 08:27 AM
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Things could have changed after the owners manual was written. Its possible but not likely somehow the wrong dipstick got in the vehicle.

Drive it to a Honda dealer and see if the parts person has a new one in stock. If its different then buy the new dipstick.


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Re: Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low [Re: ThirdeYe] #4110381 05/30/16 08:29 AM
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I had to replace the dipstick on my 84 Civic because the disk that located the position, depth wise on the dipstick came loose.

The closest one to correct reads low so I just remarked it after an oil change.

This made me wonder if this kind of dipstick failure could cause problems. If the disc comes lose the dipstick will slide down and indicate a full condition when the oil very low and an overfull condition when the oil is at the correct level.

Re: Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low [Re: ThirdeYe] #4110388 05/30/16 08:38 AM
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I can tell you that my 2006 Accord 2.4 took a full 5 quarts to get to the full line.


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Re: Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low [Re: ThirdeYe] #4110436 05/30/16 09:36 AM
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My 2007 Accord 2.4 takes a full 5 quarts also.

Draining on level ground it takes about 4.6 or so.

Check out the shape of the bottom of the oil pan, draining on a level surface actually will let less oil drain out.

Having the front up in the air; like having it up on ramps will drain more oil. Depending on the angle of your driveway and the height of your ramps, I could imagine it taking a smidgen over 5.


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Re: Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low [Re: ThirdeYe] #4110443 05/30/16 09:54 AM
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Very well could be the angle of the car when the oil was drained. My transmission will take exactly 3 quarts on a drain and refill if the front end is lifted up and a little more fluid if the car is raised level.

My Grand Prix seems to take a full 5 quarts if the front end is raised up for an oil change when it only calls for 4.5 quarts.


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Re: Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low [Re: dan_erickson] #4110549 05/30/16 12:29 PM
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Another possibility. I had a '01 Buick that read low with the OM correct quantity. The problem was that GM had mid year changed from a steel to an aluminum oil pan and the oil required increased by a pint. OM was wrong.

Re: Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low [Re: ThirdeYe] #4110551 05/30/16 12:31 PM
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For K series engines, I found that five quarts is the magic number for an oil change with a fresh A02/7317/110-sized filter.


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Re: Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low [Re: ThirdeYe] #4110564 05/30/16 12:53 PM
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Lots of anecdotes here. The only way to be sure is to ask the Honda dealer parts guy for a replacement dipstick, and physically compare it to your friend's dipstick.


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Re: Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low [Re: ThirdeYe] #4110570 05/30/16 01:01 PM
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You just got more to drain than level? was car on ramps?

total capacity is 5.6qts

I'd add a quart to full mark and be done.


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Re: Wrong Dipstick? Honda Accord 2.4 Reading Low [Re: ThirdeYe] #4110928 05/30/16 08:27 PM
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The oil was changed on ramps. Just like ive done every single other oil change ive ever done.

I appreciate others mentioning how much these engines tend to take in their experience as well.


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