The oil filter is something you can easily change without having to bring your Nissan to the shop. If you're up for the task of taking care of the oil filter yourself, it's worth taking a few minutes to learn about oil filters and how to change them.
Below, you'll find the four most common questions Nissan owners ask about oil filters, along with detailed answers.
1. What's an Oil Filter?
When motor oil runs through the engine, it picks up dirt and debris. Over time, the oil gets pretty dirty and sludgy. Dirty oil can seriously damage the engine components and shorten the engine's lifespan. That's why there's an oil filter between the engine and the oil pan. It's set up in a way that requires the motor oil to run through the filter before it goes back to the engine. The cleaner the oil stays, the longer the engine's lifespan (assuming there are no other issues).
To read more about oil filters and how they work, check out this article.
2. What Kind of Oil Filter Should I Get?
When it’s time to change your Nissan’s oil filter, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the different oil filters available on the market. The first decision you have to make is whether to get an OEM oil filter or an aftermarket one. To help you reach an educated decision, we put together this comparison guide between OEM and aftermarket oil filters.
To sum up the guide, OEM air filters come out on top in terms of design, quality, and cost.
3. How do I Replace My Oil Filter?
You'll save about $100 in labor if you change your Nissan's oil and filter yourself. It's actually really easy, and it'll take you about 20 minutes. You just have to find the oil filter, unscrew it out with your hand, and then screw in the new one. And of course, drain the old oil, and refill with new oil. Easy peasy. This tutorial outlines the process in more detail.
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