I used to do most of my own maintenance including changing the oil and filter and front brake pads. In recent years, that has become more difficult as manufacturers have redesigned parts to frustrate shade tree mechanics and push more business to the dealership. My 2005 Oldsmobile Aurora for instance, had a weird oil filter configuration that required a special tool to remove it.
My 2009 Honda Accord V-6 has just over 100,000 miles on it and is due for some serious maintenance…and an oil change. And although they’re not on the dealer’s list of scheduled service items, I think the brake pads are probably due for replacement (the pedal’s not as firm as it used to be).
This is a CPO car still under the extended warranty. So far, I’ve taken it to the dealer or the local oil change folks for all the maintenance.
So having dispensed with the preamble, the question is, how hard is it to change the oil filter and front brake pads using standard tools like an oil filter strap wrench, C-Clamps, etc.?
Thanks in advance for your help.