Oil Change Specifications for Vehicles

by Contributing WriterUpdated June 12, 2017

The Vehicles is a compact sedan that is a member of the fifth generation model range of Vehicles. This generation of Vehicles was only offered as a sedan, and the Vehicles was the middle trim level, above the XE and below the SE. Oil changes are a relatively cheap form of preventative maintenance to protect your Vehicles engine, although you should know your Vehicles oil change specifications.

Under The Hood:

 Oil Change Specifications for a 2002 Nissan Sentra GXE

Oil Capacity for QG18DE Engine

The oil refill capacity for the 1.8-liter engine is 2 7/8 quarts when you replace the filter during the oil change. If you do not replace the oil filter, the engine requires 2 5/8 quarts of oil.

Recommended Oil Type

Nissan recommends an energy conserving oil to improve fuel economy. Only oils with a API certification symbol should be used. A 5W-30 viscosity oil is recommended for temperature ranges from -20 degrees Fahrenheit and above. 10W-30 and 10W-40 can be used above 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Dusty environments, towing and other higher demand driving situations dictate more frequent oil changes.

Oil Filter

Nissan recommends only using Nissan brand oil filters available from your local dealership. When fitting the oil filter, tighten it with your fingers, then use a wrench to tighten another two-thirds of a turn to ensure proper fitting.

Oil Pan Bolt

The oil pan bolt, also known as the drain bolt, is often damaged by over tightening. When replacing the bolt after draining old oil, you should tighten to 22 to 29 feet-pounds with a torque wrench. This will prevent over tightening the bolt and damaging the oil pan.

 Oil Change Specifications for a Suzuki LTZ 400 Quadrunner

Synthetic vs. Conventional Oils

Before emptying the used oil in the engine and replacing it with a newer oil, decide which type of oil and which brand would best suit your needs. Some oils are more dependable and fuel efficient when the vehicle is used in casual recreation while other oils show better results during high performance and extraneous circumstances. Synthetic oils are chemical compounds with more consistent shapes and textures than traditional oils, giving them the ability to run at high temperatures for much longer. The added filaments found in conventional oils can also lead to sludge buildup and detonation. According to a Car Craft online review, synthetics also assist engine performance over conventional oil treatments. A thinner, more conventional oil brings upon lower oil pressure than a synthetic-based oil. Consult the owner's manual of the LTZ 400 for recommended brands and types of oil.

Changing the Oil

Start the engine of the Suzuki LTZ 400 and let it idle for five to 10 minutes. This will heat the used oil in the motor to an adequate temperature for replacement. Turn the motor off and move the vehicle to an area where oil can be drained and collected. Remove any panels that obstruct the plug and oil fill cap. The oil plug is on the underside of the engine, so place a pan underneath it before you pull the plug. While the oil is draining, remove the oil filter with a wrench or other fitting tool and replace it with a new filter. When the drain is finished, place the oil plug back into its correct position. Fill the engine with the new oil with a funnel, filling the LTZ 400 with the recommended oil amount. Put the dipstick back into the fill hole. Then remove it to check the level of the oil. Add more oil if necessary and replace any panels that were removed during the replacement process.

Maintaining Repairs

The frequency of changing the oil in an ATV is dependent on the length and extremity of use, so the Suzuki LTZ 400 is really no different than most all-terrain vehicles on the market. A suggested schedule for changing the oil in an ATV is either after 100 hours or every three months, whichever comes first.

 Oil Change Specifications for a 2001 Lexus RX 300

Oil Weights and Amounts

Most luxury vehicle manufacturers recommend using synthetic oils in the engine. The specifications for the RX300 call for using 5 quarts, with a filter change, of synthetic SAE 5W30 engine oil. You can opt for a semi-synthetic or high-mileage oil of the same weight. Engine additives that go into the oil chamber are helpful with older model vehicles. Choose an additive that specializes in repairing and maintaining the engine seals and add the chemical at each oil change to prolong the life of the vehicle.

Torque and Filter

The oil filter is a Fram PH3614 or other manufacturer's equivalent. The filter is an external, screw-on filter located on the rear of the engine. Always make sure the old gasket is removed with the original filter. Apply some fresh oil to the new gasket and turn the filter until it is hand-tight. Turn the filter one-quarter turn further to properly seat the filter on the engine. The oil drain plug is located on the lower corner of the oil pan. Torque the plug to 33 foot pounds of torque when installing. Always inspect the threads of the plug and the condition of the plug gasket. Replace either if there are any signs of damage.

Other Fluids and Systems

Check and fill the fluids for the power steering reservoir, brake fluid, and transmission. Check the transmission fluid with the vehicle running. The steering and brake fluids can be checked with a glance at the reservoirs. Fill as necessary. Use synthetic multi-vehicle ATF with the transmission, torque-drive synthetic transmission fluid for the power steering, and DOT-3 brake fluid for the brakes. Inspect and replace the air filter as necessary during the oil change.

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