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Old 03-07-2010, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Oil change


I will be doing my first oil change for this car. Do I need to jack both side of the car up?

The notch on the jack-up points on the manual (page 6-6) are fine to use?

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Old 03-08-2010, 02:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I do my own oil changes and i don't own a ramp, but I bought the duralast jack system at Autozone. With it, I can jack both sides up so i can get underneath and unbolt the oil drain plug. If you can get underneath without jacks then that should be fine. I wouldn't recommend jacking one side since you want all the old oil to drain out, and I am afraid with a skewed car you may not get all of it out (unless you completely remove the oil drain pan, which I don't recommend).

And yes, I use the notches shown in the manual.
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Old 05-28-2010, 11:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default My first oil change at 3,000 miles.

After I got the car up in the air, I was rather disapointed at seeing the flimsy plastic shields barring the way to a clear shot at the oil filter. And sure enough, the repair manual calls out removing the goofy things to gain access. Needless to say, I didn't. I managed to remove the filter with my gloved paw even though it was an unreasonably tight fit. The dirty oil was fairly clean, but I have a habit of changing out break-in oil early.

I may start using Nissan filters if the dealer's prices aren't too over priced, otherwise I'll stick with Purolator L-14612 as usual. I'll leave the replacement Mobil 1 5w-30 in till it clicks over 10,000.
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