DIY maintenance instructions for checking your oil
Scroll down to learn how to check the oil level of your Nissan vehicle at home. If you have any issues, visit Matt Castrucci Nissan in Dayton, OH, for a quick and easy oil change.
Tools and materials you’ll need for a DIY oil change
An oil change doesn’t take much. As long as you have these five items, you’ll be good to go.
- Clean paper towel or rag
- Your Nissan vehicle’s owner’s manual
- A well-lit and level surface
- Gloves (optional but recommended)
Step-by-step instructions for changing your oil at home
Here’s how to change your own oil. These nine quick steps will get your vehicle in perfect shape in no time.
- Prepare Your Vehicle:
- Park your Nissan on a level surface and turn off the engine.
- Ensure the engine is cool to avoid burning yourself.
- Locate the Dipstick:
- Open the hood of your Nissan and secure it in place.
- Look for the engine oil dipstick. It typically has a brightly colored handle, often yellow or orange, and is located near the engine.
- Remove the Dipstick:
- Carefully pull the dipstick out of its tube. Wipe it clean using a paper towel or rag to remove any oil residue.
- Reinsert the Dipstick:
- Fully reinsert the dipstick into the tube.
- Check the Oil Level:
- Pull the dipstick out again and observe the oil level on the dipstick. There are usually two marks on the dipstick: one for “Full” and one for “Low” or “Add.”
- The oil level should be between these two marks. If it’s close to the “Low” mark or below it, you may need to add oil.
- Add Oil (if necessary):
- If the oil level is below the “Low” mark or near it, it’s time to add oil. Refer to your owner’s manual for the recommended type and amount of oil for your specific Nissan model.
- Slowly pour a small amount of oil into the oil filler cap (usually located on the engine valve cover).
- Recheck the oil level using the dipstick and repeat the process until it reaches the “Full” mark. Be careful not to overfill.
- Secure the Dipstick and Close the Hood:
- Once you’ve achieved the correct oil level, securely reinsert the dipstick into its tube.
- Close the hood of your Nissan and ensure it’s properly latched.
- Dispose of Used Materials:
- Dispose of the paper towel or rag used to clean the dipstick properly.
- Document and Maintain:
- Make a note of the date and mileage at which you checked the oil level. This helps you keep track of your vehicle’s maintenance schedule.