2011 Acura TSX Wagon: Checking the Oil
May 26, 2011
Our Acura TSX wagon passed the 7,000-mile mark on my recent road trip, and the oil life display in the trip computer is showing 20 percent oil life remaining. We'll probably make it to 8,500-8,750 miles before the car tells us it needs an oil change, so it only made sense to check the oil.
First thing, I noticed was how high the hood opens. That's not uncommon, I realize, and it certainly reduces the risk of bumping your head while leaning in, but usually, with a wide-opening hood, you have a gas strut(s) so there's no need for a prop rod.
Not so with the TSX... Ah, but not so fast, it turns out I missed the very obvious insertion slot for the prop rod (identified by yellow circle). Ah, well, sorry, folks. And thanks, rotatorsrus. Don't know how I missed that.
This is one of the more unusual prop rod designs I've come across over the last year. It ultimately works fine and holds the hood secure, but getting it set up is a little awkward because you have to hold the hood up pretty high. Helps if you have long arms, which I do. I could see this being annoying, though, for shorter people with limited upper body strength.
The dipstick is bright orange and labeled with an oil can (not obvious in my shot) to help you distinguish it from the bright yellow transmission fluid dipstick (not visible here) at 4 o'clock relative to the engine. The reach to the dipstick is a little farther in from the bumper than I'd like, but still fine given the wagon's low stance and I didn't get any grease on my clothes.
The oil level was fine -- just above the halfway mark on the dipstick -- so no need to add any of the 2011 TSX's preferred drink of 0W20 synthetic.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 7,201 miles