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post #11 of 21 Old 05-26-2012, 04:32 AM
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Sooner, did you used to be on maxima.org?

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Sooner, did you used to be on maxima.org?
Nope. Never have visited that site, nor owned a Maxima.
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Curious...
How much engine oil in liters does a 1.8L V take?
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post #14 of 21 Old 01-27-2013, 03:14 AM
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First DIY oil change.

Changed the oil in my 2012 Versa hatch. Very easy.

Like the 370, the Versa has a cover underneath the engine. If you don't want a mess and want to reach the filter easily, take the cover off. Easily accomplished by removing 4 bolts and 4 plastic rivets.

Drain the oil into a pan. Replace the crush washer on the drain plug. Next remove the filter. Now, here's where I have a problem with this car. The oil filter is almost perfectly horizontal. So when you remove it, you're going to make a mess. When will car companies learn? Fortunately, the excess from the filter is easily wiped clean with a rag. (At least Nissan didn't mount it above the starter or something else.)

Replace the drain plug and don't over tighten it. If you are using the Nissan crush washer, as the washer compresses, you'll see just how tight it should be. Next, slightly fill the filter with some fresh oil. Lube the rubber gasket on the filter with some oil and replace the filter.

Replace the cover you removed when you started. And fill the engine with fresh oil. I used Amsoil 5W30 full synthetic (same as the 370). I used 4-3/4 quarts and the level on the dipstick showed about 3/4 between the L and the H.

Start the engine and check for leaks. You're done. It took me about 20 minutes to do and I'm sure it will take less time since this was the first time I've ever worked on a Versa. Sorry I don't have pictures. I completely forgot. I will take some next time and post for all to see.

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There is a howto for changing oil with pics and part numbers here https://www.nissanversaforums.com/how...il-hr16de.html. It says hr16de but covers mr18. It was written awhile ago so not sure if anything has changed. I will be doing one for the coolant when I finally change it this spring/summer.


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There is a howto for changing oil with pics and part numbers here https://www.nissanversaforums.com/how...il-hr16de.html. It says hr16de but covers mr18. It was written awhile ago so not sure if anything has changed. I will be doing one for the coolant when I finally change it this spring/summer.
Please note the disclaimer at the end of that post:

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


The vehicle I was working on was a 2012 Versa hatch 1.8L. And yes, I will post pictures next oil change so those who have this model can see the differences.

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Look forward to the writeup with pics. My disclaimer was incase people saw the pics and wondered why theirs might have looked a tiny bit different. The procedure is identical except fill capacity which I noted. More writeups, info, and posts the better. Keep the good stuff coming.


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Change Car Oil Quick, Clean & Easy with Fumoto Valve - YouTube Have had my Versa for 6 years now and change my oil all that time. I do suggest purchasing a quick change oil valve. So many times I've heard of people stripping the oil pan bolt, do to over torquing the bolt too many times. I also have a pair of plastic car ramps that makes it easy to get the car high enough to work. The new oil filter I fill up with oil and let it sit for 5 minutes so it soaks the paper filter real good. Another thing I do is wet the oil filter gasket, then using my thumb and two fingers I hand tighten the filter. When it's time to remove it, it's easier to remove by hand. I've been doing my own oil changes like this for 40 years and haven't had a problem.
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Its (Haynes manuals)not recommended to use a socket as this may round the drain plug. The old oil definately helps the seal and is also in the Haynes repair manuals.


I have hammered sockets on a rounded drain plug to remove it. if the drain plug is started to get rounded, replace it before it too late.

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Some Tips:

1. You can remove the oil filter without a filter wrench, just use a large enough pair of channel lock pliers to loosen it* and then remove by hand.



* It does not matter if the filter gets damaged since you are replacing it.


2. You can replace the oil filter without a filter wrench, as per the Nissan Versa (C11) Service Manual (page MA-13):

"Screw oil filter manually until it touches the installation surface, then tighten it by 2/3 turn."

Otherwise torque the oil filter to 17.7 Nm (13 ft-lb)


3. You do not need to remove the plastic splash guard to get to the oil filter (though it does make it easier). Just place a large rag or a bunch of paper towels directly under the filter to catch the oil that comes out of the filter when you remove it.


4. Torque the oil drain plug to 34.3 Nm (25 ft-lb)*

* Ironically the Nissan Versa (C11) Service Manual does not list this in their oil change section but it can be found on page EM-24.


5. Always use the correct oil viscosity your engine was designed for. For the Nissan Versa (C11) use 5W-30.* As per the Nissan Versa (C11) Service Manual (page MA-12):

"SAE 5W-30 viscosity oil is preferred for all temperatures. SAE 10W-30 and 10W-40 viscosity oil may be used if the ambient temperature is above −18C (0F)."

"Use of 5W-30 viscosity oil will increase fuel economy."

* Using thicker oil to "quiet" a noisy engine is an urban legend that can cause engine damage.


6. Only use Nissan recommended API graded oil or newer, as per the Nissan Versa (C11) Service Manual (page MA-11)

"Recommended Fluids: API grade SH, SJ, SL or SM, Energy Conserving" *



* You can use newer API ratings such as SN, which will be backwards compatible and the newer ratings always meet higher standards.

C11 = First Generation (2007-2011 U.S.)

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