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How to: Change engine oil (HR16DE)

Time to complete: 30 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Tools needed: ratchet, 14mm socket, funnel, shop rags, oil filter cap (optional), drain pan
Parts needed: oil, oil filter

Make sure you have all the tools and parts needed to complete the job.


First bring your Versa up to operating temperature. This can be determined by making sure the blue light is off.


Raise the front of your vehicle by either driving on ramps as seen here or jacking it up and using jack stands. Note the manual states to do it on a level surface but I found I drain the oil just fine and makes it easier to work under the car with it raised. Do not ever work under a car while it's being held up by a jack alone.


Remove oil filler cap and dip stick. By removing these the oil will drain faster into drain pan.


Locate the oil pan and drain plug. Place your oil drain pan under it.



Using your ratchet with 14mm socket remove the oil drain plug. Reposition your drain pan as necessary to catch all the oil. Check the copper crush washer on the drain plug and replace if necessary. If in good condition put the plug back on the vehicle after all the oil has drained.


Locate the oil filter. It is on the front of the block between the engine and radiator.



Place shop towels under the oil filter and on top of the splash guard. This will catch any oil that may drip onto the guard.


Unscrew the old oil filter until oil starts seeping oil. Reposition your drain pan to catch the oil. If the oil filter is too tight the filter cap can be used here.

Once this is done draining fully remove the old filter and pull out the shop towels. Take this time to use the clean portions of the shop towels to wipe down the oil filter area and the oil pan on the car.

Open your new oil filter and compare it to the old. Make sure they are similar. Now coat the rubber seal of the new filter with fresh oil.


Install the new oil filter by just screwing it on. Screw until the rubber seal mates up with the engine and then an addition 2/3 turn. The oil filter does not need to be super tight and should not be over tightened. Over tightening can damage the seal and cause an oil leak.

Fill the engine with 3-1/2 quarts (HR16DE) or 4-7/8 quarts (MR18DE) of fresh oil.


Start the car and let it come up to operating temperature. Drive off the ramps or lower the car off the jack stands and check for any unusual sounds or leaks by looking down onto the filter and underneath the car.



Shut the engine off and wait 10 minutes for the oil to fully drain into the oil pan. Now check the oil level via the dip stick.


Clean up your tools by wiping with shop towels. Then pour all used oil into a proper container to bring in for recycling. Stuff some shop towels down into the old oil filter and wrap in a plastic bag.


Note* all pics from a 2009 1.6l Versa so it may differ from your vehicle.


205,125 miles when she was given away
35 mpg last tank


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