Changing the oil and oil filter on your BMW E46 may be one of the most important maintenance items you can do on your car. This guide applies to all M52 and M54 engines, which can be found in the BMW 323i, 325i, 328i, and 330i coupes, sedans, wagons, and convertibles.
Ever since we got our Honda Odyssey, I’ve been wanting to get the windows tinted. There are two main reasons why I wanted to get the windows tinted: one, to have UV protection to reduce UV exposure from the sun, and two, match the front side windows to the rest of the car so there isn’t such a harsh transition in window tint between the front and side windows.
Depending on your vehicle use, your ‘Oil change required’ light may come on your instrument cluster. This can range from 3,000 miles (most severe use: max load/towing, extreme hot/cold) up to 10,000 miles (normal use: normal commuting, highway driving, little to no loading, flat terrain, no extended idling). On the Ford Focus MK3 (years 2011-2018), if you have changed your own oil (or the the shop forgot to reset your oil change reset indicator, you can easily do it by yourself.
The look of original radio antenna on my F-150 doesn’t bother me much, but I know that a ton of other F-150 owners out there have switched their antennas out for shorter ones. At first I thought it was done just for looks, but it seems that there’s a functional reason for it as well. After driving my truck through several different low-clearance parking garages, I quickly realized that the long antenna extends past the height of the roof and therefore would scrape along the beams of these parking garages. It’s incredibly annoying to have to hear it, hence the reason why I decided to replace mine.
If you’ve owned your 5th generation Honda Odyssey for at least a few years now, you’ve most likely had your battery die on you. Not only are the original car batteries on these vehicles notorious for completely losing charge only after 2-3 years of use, but they tend to get drained if you happen to leave your car on (car on, but not running) for a short length time. Car batteries generally range somewhere between 2-5 years, so it seems the OEM battery on the Honda Odyssey seems to die a bit sooner than the norm.
If you own a 5th generation (2018-2023) Honda Odyssey and you don’t own any CR2032 coin batteries, you should probably stock up as it will only be a matter of time before the batteries in your key fob remotes run out. At that point, you might be stranded if you’re trying to start your vehicle because your key fob’s immobilizer chip is not being detected by your vehicle.
The 5th generation Honda Odyssey (model years 2018-2023) has front windshield wipers (26-inch for driver side, 22-inch for passenger side) and a rear wiper (16-inch rear). For the most cost-effective way to change the wipers, you may purchase the blade-refills. The quicker and easier option is to replace the wiper blades completely with one of the many great aftermarket wiper blades on the market. The aftermarket ones do cost a good deal more than the blade refills, but they do tend to last longer and are super easy to install.
Changing the oil and oil filter is relatively simple on the 5th Generation Honda Odyssey (years 2018-2023). You do need to lift the car (I recommend driving up onto ramps) in order to access the oil drain plug and the oil filter. It is also slightly challenging filling the engine with oil without making a mess, unless you have a taller funnel or you come up with a more creative way to pour motor oil into the engine fill port.
There are two main ways to reset the Maintenance Minder on the 5th generation Honda Odyssey (2018-2023). If you have an LX trim, you can only reset through the Instrument Panel as you may not have a navigation/infotainment screen on the center dash. If you have an EX trim or higher, you can reset either through the instrument panel or the infotainment screen on the center dash. Either way works and will allow you to reset the maintenance reminders if you’ve completed the maintenance items yourself.