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topfile 04-10-2011 03:04 AM

Oil Filter changed from topside?
First Oil change for me and the Versa.

Everything I've seen shows the filter removal done from the bottom side.
It always involve removing the 4 bolts retaining the engine undercover.
I didn't want to modify or remove this undercover.

So I simply pulled the coolant reservoir tank up and out of the way.
The reservoir is not bolted but held in place by a small top left tab released
by pushing it back and lifting the reservoir straight up. This allowed easy
access to the oil filter from the engine compartment.

Anybody else tried getting to the filter this way?

robj80 04-11-2011 01:19 PM

I never tried this way. Maybe you can take some pics for us. You don't have to remove anything when going underneath. There is a splash guard but it's not really in the way. Read my howto on the oil change and you can see there is enough room to get the filter in and out. You will want to put a shop rag on the guard because some oil might drip onto it.

topfile 04-12-2011 01:50 AM

Nice, I liked that you included so many part numbers in your "How to".

Having missed it before trying to change my oil, I didn't use jack stands
or bring the engine to operating temp as you indicated.

If the car had been off the ground I may have had a better chance at getting to the filter.
I wonder if the 1.6L access is the same as the 1,8L?
As it were, I didn't want to remove the undercover as the service manual indicated.

So I just moved the tab back on the coolant reservior and ......Voilą

Couldn't get the photo to post.

steed77 04-12-2011 02:27 AM

Changing from the bottom: I've never removed that lower splash cover. It will flex a little so you can get your hand on it. It has little holes in so the oil will not puddle. Just did this the past week again.

topfile 04-12-2011 04:34 AM

I'm starting to think the 2011 undercover splash guard is different than yours.
Several members appear to have no trouble getting their hand on the oil filter
with the car on the ground. I'm just not one of them.

I'd give the removal from the top a try though. It was really easy and didn't
require me to hyper contort my arm........ At least on my car.

If anybody tries this let me know how it works for you.

robj80 04-12-2011 03:14 PM

I don't think it's different or too different. I can't confirm thought at this time. I can't get to my filter because of the splash guard if I'm laying in front of the car and reaching in. I need to actually position my body mostly under the car in order to reach it.

Maybe we can get some pics of the MR18DE filter and splash guard from a member to compare.

08versailles 04-12-2011 10:36 PM


Originally Posted by robj80 (Post 35433)
I don't think it's different or too different. Maybe we can get some pics of the MR18DE filter and splash guard from a member to compare.

:D maybe
My fave filter so far is Fram 7317 with grippy end, makes the filter wrench redundant.
MR18 motor. You can see some oil drips on splash guard.
This change was last year. Just did another recently.
I have a thread in DIY somewhere with more pics and better description.
robj80's oil chcange thread pretty awesome, and DON'T FORGET THE JACK STANDS FOR SAFETY!

robj80 04-12-2011 11:07 PM

Thats the same as the 1.6. I usually don't use the cap or filter wrench either. A clean rubber glove always works for me. I can do it without but if i get any oil on my hand for get about it. I just slip while trying to unscrew the filter.

kevork1979 04-21-2011 10:34 PM

1.6 is a great car, really enjoying mine. got rid of my 08 350z Roadster and now a proud silver 1.6 owner,stick. i do wish the oil filter would've been placed in a more convenient location though, no matter how many rags i place on the guard, i get hit with oil LOL.

robj80 04-21-2011 11:43 PM

Unscrew it almost all the way but not all the way. The oil should run down the engine and not even touch the guard.

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