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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.
2012 Versa SL hatchback 1.8L CVT White
2009 370Z Sport/Touring 6MT Carbon Silver
Stillen CAI, HFC's, CBE, Sway Bars, 20" Volks GT30's, Toyo T1R
Last edited by 6mt; 01-27-2013 at 03:26 AM.