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I bought a 2oo4 crv and I really can't afford to pay for maintenance, so I would like to do as much as I can on my own...

my questions are....
1. is it simple
2. what tools etc... will I need....
3.do I need to chalk the tires...or jack it up?

I have acess to a auto hobby shop for $5 per hour...I would like to be as prepared as possible before I try to use it...lol

thanks everyone :)
 

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Title of your post says oil change. It is rather easy to do. Other maintenance can be easy or hard.

You do not have to jack up the car to change oil. I wrote up a detailed procedure for the 2007. The oil filter and possibly the drain plug is in a different place, and the 04 may have a different capacity than the 07 but other wise they should be fairly close, at least in concept.

http://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3288

Good luck with the maintenance.



 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do8zhWlyrQU

the link above is for a 2003 crv but it should be very similiar...

if you can't afford maintenance maybe you should of bought a cheaper car within your budget...because used cars come with more unexpected maintenance in the future that you might have to dig in you wallet to fix...
Hey, thanks for referencing my link. :) The 2002-2006 CRVs should be identical.

Here are some thoughts. You don't *need* all the tools I showed.

1) You can loosen the drain bolt with a regular 8" ratchet, it's just much easier leverage with a longer handle such as a 15" breaker bar
2) You really SHOULD have a 17mm socket, 6pt is preferred over 12pt. With 12pt you might start to round off your drain bolt.
3) On the Generation 2 CRV, the oil filter is in a annoying spot to get to - it's really really helpful to have a filter wrench of some form. The filter on the Generation 3 CRV in the pic tutorial by Black Pearl is in a much more convenient location!
4) You probably don't need a torque wrench, just don't tighten the drain bolt too much! I think one hand pulling tight on a 8" ratchet while laying on your back should
suffice.

Here are three more Gen2 oil change videos - I figure the more info you have the better! Of note, my videos show me changing the filter from underneath the car. The other person changes his oil filter through the passenger wheel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR_81rWgqeQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P2JDNpyO2Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IahtNCKp128
 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do8zhWlyrQU

the link above is for a 2003 crv but it should be very similiar...

if you can't afford maintenance maybe you should of bought a cheaper car within your budget...because used cars come with more unexpected maintenance in the future that you might have to dig in you wallet to fix...

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thank you for the link:)

when we bought the vehicle were in a better financial spot and we really wanted a safe vehicle for our son to be in :(

and now I am 22 weeks pregnant and my husband is away...I have changed the starter on my old jeep and I just swthched my winter to the original ones by myself:D using the neighbour's husband's jack and stands (he is away in Afghanistan and she is home alone with a premee baby so we help each other out:) )
 

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Hey, thanks for referencing my link. :) The 2002-2006 CRVs should be identical.

Here are some thoughts. You don't *need* all the tools I showed.

1) You can loosen the drain bolt with a regular 8" ratchet, it's just much easier leverage with a longer handle such as a 15" breaker bar
2) You really SHOULD have a 17mm socket, 6pt is preferred over 12pt. With 12pt you might start to round off your drain bolt.
3) On the Generation 2 CRV, the oil filter is in a annoying spot to get to - it's really really helpful to have a filter wrench of some form. The filter on the Generation 3 CRV in the pic tutorial by Black Pearl is in a much more convenient location!
4) You probably don't need a torque wrench, just don't tighten the drain bolt too much! I think one hand pulling tight on a 8" ratchet while laying on your back should
suffice.

Here are three more Gen2 oil change videos - I figure the more info you have the better! Of note, my videos show me changing the filter from underneath the car. The other person changes his oil filter through the passenger wheel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR_81rWgqeQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P2JDNpyO2Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IahtNCKp128
Thank you......soooo very helpful, just what I needed
You are indeed a charm!!!!!
 

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After seeing your additional info...

I'm not going to tell you what to do, and I mean no offense, but at 22+ weeks, different people are in different conditions. If you used jackstands/ramps and got under the car, things may be more difficult than they normally would - therefore having better tools to make it easier like a longer 15" or 18" breaker bar may become a neccesity, rather than an option.

Does the auto hobby shop have a lift for your car for you to get easier access to underneath the car? Do they have extra tools to borrow just in case? And don't forget general safety practices since you'll be underneath the car (Work on firm ground, chock the wheels, set the parking brake, don't just use a jack but add jackstands or ramps etc....)

Would you consider having someone else (friend, garage, dealer) to do the change this once or twice? In 6 months you will be back to "normal" and can do this with ease.


Best of luck.
 
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