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How to change oil??

I was wondering how many of you guys have changed the oil before on the murano....I heard it was pretty easy, so if you guys can tell me how to do that that be great....thanks.
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The owners manual shows how to do that. It looks fairly easy (although I haven;t tried it), since you can access the oil filter by removing one of the panels in the front pass. wheel well.

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How to change oil

Changing the oil is very easy, turn your front wheels hard right ( Hard a starboard for the nautical types). The oil filter is on the other side of the plastic guard and you can reach it from there, or crawl underneath if it is better for you. You should change the filter out first , then clean off the surface of the filter gasket. On the new filter place a thin coat of wheeel grease on to the rubber gasket, this will make it easier to remove it the next time.

Once that is done, again crawl under the Mo and remove the oil pan drain plug. As the oil is draining take the time to replace the copper washer that Nissan supplies with the filters ( at least my dealer does that). Once the oil has completely drain out replace the oil pan drain plug and refill the engine with your brand of oil.

The nice thing about the Mo is that it is high enough above the ground so that you do not need to jack the car up to access the filter or the oil pan drain plug.

One last thing you do is reset the maintenance setting on the MO for your next oil change and go have a beer for a job well done.

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Good set of instructions. A couple things I thought of:


1) Opening the filler cap before loosening the drain plug helps oil to drain faster

2) Its a good idea to pour a little oil into the filter and "presoak" it before installation. Maybe 1/5th of a quart. Might make no difference at all, but I heard this speeds up the time it takes to reach full oil pressure (the oil doesn't have to soak into a dry filter on the first startup).

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now let me ask you if you guys know anythin about this......lets say i wanted to put synthetic oil in my engine from now on...do i have to flush the engine out to get the old oil out? or do i just pour the synthetic oil into the engine??
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Flushing is not necessary. However make sure that the oil is drained "completely". Just wait long enough. That's all.

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Re: How to change oil

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Changing the oil is very easy, turn your front wheels hard right ( Hard a starboard for the nautical types). The oil filter is on the other side of the plastic guard and you can reach it from there, or crawl underneath if it is better for you. You should change the filter out first , then clean off the surface of the filter gasket. On the new filter place a thin coat of wheeel grease on to the rubber gasket, this will make it easier to remove it the next time.

Once that is done, again crawl under the Mo and remove the oil pan drain plug. As the oil is draining take the time to replace the copper washer that Nissan supplies with the filters ( at least my dealer does that). Once the oil has completely drain out replace the oil pan drain plug and refill the engine with your brand of oil.

The nice thing about the Mo is that it is high enough above the ground so that you do not need to jack the car up to access the filter or the oil pan drain plug.

One last thing you do is reset the maintenance setting on the MO for your next oil change and go have a beer for a job well done.
Why take the filter first? I remove the oil plug first, drain the oil and then change the filter.

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Desludging the Engine

Any of you Guys or Gals experience a sales pitch to have the engine connected to a machine that does precisely that (Flush the oil system)? I took my My prevoius 99 Maxima in for service about a year ago and the Service Manager said that due to the thin oil used in the car and the infreqeuncy of my oil changes that they needed to flush the oil system. I knew that the oil change comment was a crock but I let them do it anyway. Just want to know if any of you have heard of this from your Nissan dealers.

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Re: Re: How to change oil

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Why take the filter first? I remove the oil plug first, drain the oil and then change the filter.
Me too. Not sure why but it is just how I've been doing it for years.

nismomurano, perform a search. Loads of info from others on this. The hardest part will be reading the new level on the dipstick. After my change I add 4 QTS and that includes oil that I fill in the new oil filter.

4QTS leaves it just a little bit below full. I would rather have a little less than over fill don't chaknow.
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My dealership's service dept has a poster (and some bottles of supposedly dirty oil, flushed oil and clean oil) that advertises the "oil flush". This is the first time I've seen this scam although there have been plenty of engine flush additives in the past.

If you change oil and filter at reasonable intervals, you don't need any kind of flush or additives. Even if you did let some deposits build up inside the engine, wouldn't you be better off leaving them attached to the inside of the engine block rather than loosening them up and flushing all that dirt past your rings, bearings, valve guides, etc?

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For you cartalk fans out there,

OIL FLUSH = BOAT PAYMENT

Ask your Nissan mechanic what size boat he is towing.

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Re: Re: How to change oil

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Why take the filter first? I remove the oil plug first, drain the oil and then change the filter.
The big reason I change my oil filter first is that my oil collection pan is dry so that if the filter slips out of my hand and goes into the oil pan it will only hit a dry bottom.

If on the other hand you change the filter last and drag your now almost full oil pan under the filter to catch the oil that will come out of it and it slips out of your hand, the resulting tsunmia in the oil collection pan will cause you to clean up the floor in your garage and leave a mess.

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Going to attempt an oil/filter change in my MO today (weather permitting) been having the dealer do it. Have Mobil 1 at the ready.

Have been doing oil changes before in my other cars but never on the MO. Good tips here, just cold today with chance of flurries.

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Re: Re: Re: How to change oil

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The big reason I change my oil filter first is that my oil collection pan is dry so that if the filter slips out of my hand and goes into the oil pan it will only hit a dry bottom.

If on the other hand you change the filter last and drag your now almost full oil pan under the filter to catch the oil that will come out of it and it slips out of your hand, the resulting tsunmia in the oil collection pan will cause you to clean up the floor in your garage and leave a mess.

to avoid all this mess just go get a sealed
oil collection pan, just save yourself a whole lotta mess.

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Exactly, that is what I use. Then afterwards I can bring it to the reccyle center and empty it out for another use.

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