How To Replace Your Nissan's Oil Filter

A repair shop or a Nissan dealer will charge about $100 per hour to change the oil and oil filter on your car. Even though changing the the oil takes much less time than an hour, the shop will still charge you an hour’s worth of labor.

Not only does labor cost a lot of money, but Nissan dealers tend to mark up the prices on OEM parts by about 30%. So if you bring your car to a shop, you’ll be paying for labor and an inflated price for a replacement oil filter.

Since replacing your oil and oil filter is an easy task, you can do it at home for a fraction of the cost. We’ll show you how.

The First Step: Ordering an OEM Replacement Oil Filter Online

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Like we mentioned before, Nissan dealers charge an insane markup on OEM parts. If you want to save money, order the replacement oil filter online. As an authorized seller of OEM Nissan parts, we offer genuine OEM Nissan oil filters at wholesale pricing. That means you’ll save about 30% if you order from us.

Replacing the Oil Filter in Your Nissan

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We based this set of instructions on the Nissan Altima model, but we don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to apply it to another Nissan model without encountering major issues.

  1. Park the car on a level surface. If the engine is hot, let the car cool until the valve cover is only warm to the touch. (You don’t want to deal with hot oil!)
  2. Find the oil filler cap and then remove it.
  3. Go underneath the car and then find the plastic triangular oil drain cover in the center about a foot behind the wheel line.
  4. Remove the plastic rivets holding the oil drain cover in place and then set them aside. Be careful not to break them because you will need them later.
  5. Drain the oil and then cover up the oil drain pan.
  6. Find the side panel at the front right tire. Remove one rivet from the bottom of the panel and then carefully peel it back.
  7. Find the oil filter behind the side panel, which looks like a can of soup. Oil filters come in a variety of colors, commonly blue, white, black, sometimes orange. Unscrew the oil filter.
  8. Wipe the excess oil in the surrounding area.
  9. Apply a thin layer of oil to the o-ring of the new oil filter. This helps prevent damage to the o-ring when installing the filter. It will also help make it easier to remove the filter at the next change.
  10. Hand tighten the new oil filter.
  11. Put everything else back together in the reverse order of removal.
  12. Refill the engine with fresh oil.

If you have any questions about the oil filter replacement process, feel free to contact us.