Nissan Check Engine Oil Level

Nissan Check Engine Oil Level

Nissan oil light on? Getting a warning on the dashboard to add engine oil? Learn how to check the engine oil level on a Nissan and add oil.

Checking the oil level on a Nissan is easy and takes less than five minutes.

What you will need

  • Clean Cloth
  • Nissan Engine Oil – ( If the level is low)
    • As noted in your owner’s manual or printed on top of the oil cap.
    • Typically 0W-20 or 5W-30 synthetic.


  1. Park the Nissan on level ground.
  2. Apply the parking brakes and turn off the engine. nissan check oil
  3. Wait for at least five minutes before proceeding to the next step. Waiting a few minutes will allow the engine oil to return to the oil pan, which means you will get an accurate reading.
  4. Open the hood of your Nissan by pulling the hood release under the dashboard.
  5. Locate the oil dipstick on the engine. The oil dipstick has a yellow handle. Remove it by pulling it up
dipstick nissan quest
Location of dipstick on a Nissan Quest 
Location of an oil dipstick on Nissan Altima 
Location of an oil dipstick on Nissan Altima
Location of an oil dipstick on Nissan Altima 
Location of an oil dipstick on a Nissan Rogue
  • Wipe the oil off the dipstick. Take note of the minimum and maximum marks. In this case, you can see the letter H, meaning if the level is above this line, the level is too high. You can also see the letter L, which means that if the level is below this line, the level is too low, and you need to add engine oil.
  • Reinsert the dipstick back into the engine. Fully reinsert the dipstick into the engine and pull it out after five seconds.  Pull the dipstick out to check the engine oil level. The level needs to be between the min and max mark. In this case, you can see the oil level right between the high and low marks. read oil level Nissan Quest 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017High and low marks on a dipstick. Oil level should be in the hatched area.
    nissan check oil
  • If the engine oil level is below the min mark, you need to add the recommended Nissan Engine Oil.  If the recommended oil is not available, use 5W-30 synthetic but make sure to get an oil change as soon as possible.
  • Locate the oil filler cap on top of the engine.recheck engine oil level quest
  • Remove the oil cap by turning it counterclockwise. where to add engine oil on a nissan
  • Add one quart of engine oil.
  • Wait for five minutes.
  • Check the oil level again. Add more oil if the oil level is still under the MIN mark. Don’t allow the oil to go over the full mark.
  • As you can see, checking the engine oil level on a Nissan is very easy and takes only a few minutes.

    We hope you find the Nissan Check Engine Oil Level guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Nissan.


    • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

      Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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