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Nissan Check Engine Oil Level

This guide provides instructions on how to check the engine oil level on a Nissan. Checking the oil level on a Nissan is very easy and takes less than 5 minutes. For more help, follow the instructions below. 

Nissan Check Engine Oil Level
ESTIMATED TIME 5 min
DIY COST
DIFFICULTY Easy

 

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. 

Procedure

  1. Park the Nissan on level ground.
  2. Apply the parking brakes and turn off the engine. Nissan Quest how to check engine oil level instructions turn off engine
  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.

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  5. Locate the oil dipstick on the engine. The oil dipstick has a yellow handle. Remove it by pulling it up. 
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    Location of dipstick on a Nissan Quest
    Location of oil dipstick on Nissan Altima
    Location of an oil dipstick on Nissan Altima
    Location of oil dipstick on Nissan Sentra
    Location of an oil dipstick on a Nissan Sentra
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    Location of an oil dipstick on a Nissan Rogue

     

  6. 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. 

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  7. 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 2017If your dipstick doesn't look like the one in the picture, watch the video below to determine the correct engine oil level in your Nissan. 
  8. 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. 
  9. Locate the oil filler cap on top of the engine.recheck engine oil level quest
  10. Remove the oil cap by turning it counter-clockwise. where to add engine oil on a nissan

     

  11. Add one quart of engine oil. 
  12. Wait for five minutes.
  13. Check the oil level again. If the oil level is still under the MIN mark, add more oil. 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. 

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Notes

Safety Tips

Auto Repair Safety Notes

 

Tips

  • It is normal for new oil to turn black pretty quickly, but that doesn’t affect the quality. 
  • After you add oil, you should wait a couple of minutes for the oil to get to the oil pan before you make another measurement. 
  • Checking the oil level right after you turned off the engine can give you inaccurate measurements. That's why we recommend you should wait at least 10 minutes after you turn the engine off. 
  • Do not drive if the oil light stays on. If the oil light stays on, it means low oil pressure or no pressure which can lead to catastrophic engine damage. 
  • Make sure the hood is closed properly. Do not drive if the hood does not latch. 

Can I drive with low engine oil?

NO. This is not recommended. Driving with low engine oil will cause damage to the internal components of your engine over time. Also, proper engine cooling and performance will suffer as a result. 

What type of oil should I put in my car?

  • You should always add the OEM recommended oil viscosity to your vehicle's engine. (i.e 5w30, 10w30) you can consult your owner's manual for this information. If you do not have or cannot locate your owner's manual, use 0W-20 or 5W-30. 

Where can I get engine oil? 

  • You can purchase engine oil at many auto parts stores including Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, including box stores like Walmart. 

How much engine oil should I add?

The engine oil level is indicated by two marks towards the end of the dipstick. The higher mark on the dipstick is the full indicator, and the one towards the end of the dipstick is the low level. 

However, always start with a half quart, check the reading again and add more if necessary to prevent overfilling.