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Hi there,

I just got a used 2005 Murano. I am about to change the oil... but I do not know the kind used. is it regular, synthetic or blend (semi-synthetic)?

I got it change once at the Dealer but I do not know which one they used. I would like to try the semi-synthetic BUT I have read that it may be risky if I want to come back to regular, in case my car uses regular...

Can somebody please help me?

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Oddly enough there is a book called the owners manual, usually in the glovebox, with this information.

But to save you the time, its 5w30 oil. You can use regular, semi-syn, or full synthetic depending on how much you want to spend.

I use Mobil One Extended Performance 5w30 when I do my own oil changes. You can switch between syn and regular all you want, but I don't know why anyone would do that. If an extra $20 for synthetic oil every 6 months breaks the bank, just use regular oil.

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Welcome to the forum!

There is no risk whatsoever with changing from one type of oil to another. What were the risks you were reading about?

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Welcome to the forum!

There is no risk whatsoever with changing from one type of oil to another. What were the risks you were reading about?

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I have also read about "risks" when switching between syn and regular, about how it could lead to wear on the seals and rings. I find those worries baseless, however.

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i just changed mine with 5w-30 Mobile 1 synthetic.
i think it runs just a little quiter/smoother with full synth but its probably just in my head. never had a problem with any car and synthetic, they love it and it lasts longer. worth the $26 at walmart if you are doing it yourself but dont spend $60-100+ at a dealership for it.

u sound like a noobie to this so make sure u get a oil filter too. there are two things under the engine that look like they might be an oil pan. one is the transmission fluid pan and it uses a hex key. do not open. the oil pan is the black pan with a standard 6 sided socket bolt coming out at a downward angle.

the filter is to the passenger side of the pan sticking out sideways... you might be able to reach in there and get it out without actually removing the plastic panel (as it says in the manual)

it helps to get one of those oil pans that have a big opening, it catchs the oil that will spill out when you unscrew the filter. well worth the 8 bucks

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WOW!!! Eric L. (Moderator) ... I do not know if take this as offensive or just funny... Any ways... I appreciate your time.

Basically my questions was about the oil being Synthetic, Semi-Synthetic or Regular... in the MANUAL, it is not mentioned...

I appreciate everybody's else replay.

Now, my concern is about the Oil Filter... does it necessary has to have the Anti-Drainback feature? or any regular oil filter is good... as long as it is for the Murano....

Thank you so much all.
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Eric's a good guy. He was just joking around. As you will see, this is a very friendly forum.

The anti-drainback valve is a necessesity, in my opinion. Several people have reported chattering (?) noises with certain filters that they attributed to an inferior anti-drainback valve.

Many people have found the OEM filter to be a pretty decent filter. I used it for the first two oil changes, the second of which was with Mobil-1. I have since switched over to a Mobil-1 oil filter and go for the maximum recommended 7,500-mile interval.

Don't forget the crush washer. I use a new one whenever I replace the drain plug.

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not sure, the filter i use is about $5 at autozone... they only had one option and I'm guessing its nothing special considering the filter for my 2000 Volvo s40 was $11

I couldnt find a replacement rubber washer thing though the manual calls for one. i will get it next time.

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Thank you again,

Does the OEM filter come with the anti-drainback feauture?

Does anybody know? I just checked the one on the car, it is a Nissan branded one... I guess is is like the OMG one....
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Hi yes the OEM filter has the anti-drain feature... I personally use conventional oil with the OEM filter and replace the drain plug and crush washer about every 6 oil changes. Good luck.

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Yes the OEM filter has an anti-drainback valve. They aren't expensive, about $6-7 from the dealer.

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I couldnt find a replacement rubber washer thing though the manual calls for one. i will get it next time.
"replacement rubber washer thing"?

Do you mean the crush washer for the drain plug? If so, it is a metal (copper?) washer. I know the dealer carries them. I bought 6 or 8, a year or so ago. They are relatively inexpensive.

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"replacement rubber washer thing"?

Do you mean the crush washer for the drain plug? If so, it is a metal (copper?) washer. I know the dealer carries them. I bought 6 or 8, a year or so ago. They are relatively inexpensive.

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The washer on my drain plug looked like it was rubber, not copper. am i mistaken?

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The washer on my drain plug looked like it was rubber, not copper. am i mistaken?
On mine, its a copper ring. It might look black because of the oil on it, but its a copper crush washer.

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