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2015 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Maintenance Under the Hood

Maintenance Under the Hood  
Maintenance Items Under the Hood  
Engine Oil Dipstick  
Engine Oil Fill Cap  
Brake Fluid  
(Black Cap)  
Washer Fluid  
(Blue Cap)  
Engine Coolant  
Reserve Tank  
Radiator Cap  
uuMaintenance Under the HooduOpening the Hood  
Opening the Hood  
1. Park the vehicle on level ground, and set  
the parking brake.  
1Opening the Hood  
Hood Release Handle  
2. Pull the hood release handle under the  
lower left corner of the dashboard.  
u The hood will pop up slightly.  
Do not open the hood when the wiper arms are  
The hood will strike the wipers, and may damage  
either the hood or the wipers.  
When closing the hood, check that the hood is  
securely latched.  
3. Push up the hood latch lever in the center  
of the hood to release the lock mechanism,  
and open the hood.  
If the hood latch lever moves stiffly, or if you can  
open the hood without lifting the lever, the latch  
mechanism should be cleaned and lubricated.  
4. Remove the support rod from the clamp  
using the grip. Mount the support rod in  
the hood.  
Support Rod Grip  
When closing, remove the support rod, and  
stow it in the clamp, then gently lower the  
hood. Remove your hand at a height of  
approximately 12 inches (30 cm) and let the  
hood close.  
uuMaintenance Under the HooduRecommended Engine Oil  
Recommended Engine Oil  
1Recommended Engine Oil  
Genuine Honda Motor Oil  
Premium-grade 0W-20 detergent oil with an API Certification Seal on the  
Engine Oil Additives  
Your vehicle does not require oil additives. In fact,  
they may adversely affect the engine performance  
and durability.  
Oil is a major contributor to your engine's  
performance and longevity. If you drive the  
vehicle with insufficient or deteriorated oil,  
the engine may fail or be damaged.  
This seal indicates the oil is energy conserving  
and that it meets the American Petroleum  
Institute’s latest requirements.  
Use a Genuine Honda Motor Oil or another  
commercial engine oil of suitable viscosity for  
the ambient temperature as shown here.  
Ambient Temperature  
Synthetic oil  
You may also use synthetic motor oil if it is labeled with the API Certification Seal  
and is the specified viscosity grade.  
uuMaintenance Under the HooduOil Check  
Oil Check  
We recommend that you check the engine oil level every time you refuel.  
1Oil Check  
Park the vehicle on level ground.  
Wait approximately three minutes after turning the engine off before you check the  
If the oil level is near or below the lower mark, slowly  
add oil being careful not to overfill.  
1. Remove the dipstick (orange handle).  
2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth or  
paper towel.  
3. Insert the dipstick back all the way into its  
4. Remove the dipstick again, and check the  
level. It should be between the upper and  
lower marks. Add oil if necessary.  
Upper Mark  
Lower Mark  
uuMaintenance Under the HooduAdding Engine Oil  
Adding Engine Oil  
1. Unscrew and remove the engine oil fill cap. 1Adding Engine Oil  
2. Add oil slowly.  
3. Reinstall the engine oil fill cap, and tighten  
it securely.  
If any oil spills, wipe it away immediately. Spilled oil  
may damage the engine compartment components.  
4. Wait for three minutes and recheck the  
engine oil dipstick.  
Do not fill the engine oil above the upper mark.  
Overfilling the engine oil can result in leaks and  
engine damage.  
Engine Oil  
Fill Cap  
uuMaintenance Under the HooduChanging the Engine Oil and Oil Filter  
Changing the Engine Oil and Oil Filter  
You must change the engine oil and oil filter regularly in order to maintain the  
engine's lubrication. The engine may be damaged if they are not changed regularly.  
1Changing the Engine Oil and Oil Filter  
You may damage the environment if you do not  
dispose of the oil in a suitable way. If you are  
changing the oil by yourself, appropriately dispose of  
the used oil. Put the oil in a sealed container and take  
it to a recycling center. Do not throw the oil away  
into a garbage can or onto the ground.  
Change the oil and filter in accordance with the maintenance message on the  
information display*/multi-information display*/i-MID.  
1. Run the engine until it reaches normal  
operating temperature, and then turn the  
engine off.  
2. Open the hood and remove the engine oil  
fill cap.  
3. Remove the drain bolt and washer from  
the bottom of the engine, and drain the  
oil into a suitable container.  
Drain Bolt  
Oil Filter  
* Not available on all models  
uuMaintenance Under the HooduChanging the Engine Oil and Oil Filter  
4. Remove the oil filter and dispose of the remaining oil.  
5. Check that the filter gasket is not stuck to the engine contact surface.  
u If it is stuck, you must detach it.  
1Changing the Engine Oil and Oil Filter  
You will need a special wrench to replace the oil  
filter. You can buy this wrench from a dealer.  
6. Wipe away dirt and dust adhering to the contact surface of the engine block,  
and install a new oil filter.  
u Apply a light coat of new engine oil to the oil filter gasket.  
7. Put a new washer on the drain bolt, then reinstall the drain bolt.  
u Tightening torque:  
When installing the new oil filter, follow the  
instructions supplied with the oil filter.  
Reinstall the engine oil fill cap. Start the engine. The  
low oil pressure indicator should go off within five  
seconds. If it does not, turn off the engine, and check  
your work.  
30 lbf∙ft (40 N∙m, 4.0 kgf∙m)  
8. Pour the recommended engine oil into the engine.  
u Engine oil change capacity (including filter):  
4.6 US qt (4.4 L)  
9. Reinstall the engine oil fill cap securely and start the engine.  
10. Run the engine for a few minutes, and then check that there is no leak from the  
drain bolt or oil filter.  
Be sure to verify that the oil filter is designed for your  
vehicle. A genuine Honda oil filter is recommended  
for optimum lubrication flow and filtration properties  
to assure the reliability of the engine.  
11. Stop the engine, wait for three minutes, and then check the oil level on the  
u If necessary, add more engine oil.  
uuMaintenance Under the HooduEngine Coolant  
Engine Coolant  
1Engine Coolant  
Specified coolant: Honda Long Life Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2  
If Honda antifreeze/coolant is not available, you may  
use another major brand non-silicate coolant as a  
temporary replacement. Check that it is a high quality  
coolant recommended for aluminum engines.  
Continued use of any non-Honda coolant can result  
in corrosion, causing the cooling system to  
malfunction or fail. Have the cooling system flushed  
and refilled with Honda antifreeze/coolant as soon as  
This coolant is premixed with 50% antifreeze and 50% water. Do not add any  
straight antifreeze or water.  
We recommend you check the engine coolant level every time you refuel. Check the  
reserve tank first. If it is completely empty, also check the coolant level in the  
radiator. Add the engine coolant accordingly.  
Reserve Tank  
Do not add rust inhibitors or other additives to your  
vehicle's cooling system. They may not be compatible  
with the coolant or with the engine components.  
1. Check the amount of coolant in the reserve  
2. If the coolant level is below the MIN mark,  
add the specified coolant until it reaches  
the MAX mark.  
3. Inspect the cooling system for leaks.