Engine oil is perhaps the most important fluid in your vehicle. It helps to lubricate the engine and other moving parts, cleans contaminants out of the cylinders, and even provides some cooling benefits. However, not all oil is the same and it is important for you to buy and use the correct type. For example, the 2014 Nissan Altima oil type is different than that of a 2018 BMW 3 Series.
The best way to check what oil type you should be using is to consult your owner’s manual. This will indicate both the oil rating you should be using and even a recommended brand. Alternatively, if you check the top of the engine oil cap, it will usually have the recommended oil printed on or nearby it.
For any recent Nissan Altima, the recommended oil is likely either 5W-30 or 0W-20, depending on which engine you have. Typically, Nissan recommends using synthetic oil. However, you can potentially use a conventional oil without issues (it will just need to be changed sooner).
One of the easiest ways to find the right engine oil is to use AutoZone’s website. You can just input your vehicle model, year and engine to get a list of only the appropriate products. For example, you could search for 2015 Nissan Altima oil type to find the right oil for you.
When To Replace Engine Oil
The time between engine oil changes depends on your vehicle and whether you choose conventional or synthetic oil. First, you should change your oil at regular intervals. Your owner’s manual includes information about how often this should be. If you opt to use conventional oil, this will likely be between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. Synthetic oil intervals are longer. Most manufacturers also recommend changing your oil at least twice per year (although some say that once per year is okay).
Second, you may change your oil when it is dirty or low. Typically, this won’t be an issue if you are following the recommended interval. Pull out your oil dipstick to see both the volume and quality of the oil in your engine.
How To Change Your Car’s Oil
Changing your oil is fairly easy. First and foremost, you will need to get the right oil. For example, the 2016 Nissan Altima oil type is 0W-20 for the 2.5-liter engine and 5W-30 for the 2.0-liter engine. Then, follow these steps:
- Position your vehicle on a flat surface and jack it up. Never use prop a vehicle on a movable jack. Either use jack stands or a lift.
- Remove the plate that protects the oil pan. Then, position a receptacle under the drain plug and open it up.
- Remove the old filter by unscrewing it. This may cause some oil leakage.
- Replace the drain plug and install the new filter.
- Refill the oil from then check the levels and look for any leaks before replacing the oil pan plate.
Get Started Working on Your Next Oil Change
With the above information, you are ready to change the oil on your Nissan Altima. Get started today, it is easier than you think.