One of the easiest and most important ways to keep your car running smoothly is to ensure you regularly get your Nissan oil changes.
- The average cost for a Nissan Sentra is between $91 and $107.
- The average cost for a Nissan Altima is between $104 and $120
- The average cost for a Nissan Maxima is between $103 and $120.
Thanks to repairpal for some numbers above, you can see that you can expect to spend from $90-$120 for a typical Nissan oil change.
I‘ll start with a quick story about the PT cruiser my sisters got as a first car. My older sister bought it new, drove it for about 4 years and then gave it to my younger sister. Then she drove it for another 2 years or so and passed it to my youngest sister. Insert joke about the sisterhood of the travelling car or something. Apparently the one thing that none of my sisters realized was that cars need oil and that needs to be regularly changed. Shortly after the third sister got the car, the engine essentially exploded because there was not a drip left in the vehicle. Quite ironic considering we were a pretty big car family. Point is - oil changes aren’t some sort of conspiracy. They really are necessary.
On a more technical note, the purpose of oil is to act as a lubricant for the engine’s internal parts. The lubrication keeps things moving smoothly, and reduces friction and heat. It also helps keep soot and various contaminants from building up in the engine and causing problems. Over time, your oil will leak out and pick up enough particles to increase its viscosity significantly. That makes the engine work harder and have a higher chance of problems. A quick oil change for your Nissan will take all the bad crud out and refill it with nice, new, clean, and silky smooth stuff.
Typically in conjunction with an oil change comes changing the filter. This works to filter out those contaminants that the engine puts out, but over time will stop working effectively as well as it gets overly dirty. The oil filter can degrade and in severe cases even disintegrate, which can plug up oil passages and lead to engine damage or failure.
As mentioned above you should be regularly changing your oil to keep things going smoothly. The adage that you should change your oil every few thousand miles is changing given the improvements with full synthetic options. Now some of them can get up to 10,000-12,000 miles. Generally it’s still suggested that you change the oil in your Nissan about once a year, even if you don’t drive that much.
Unless your mechanic looks absolutely slammed busy, it shouldn’t take more than about 45 minutes to swap out your oil and filter. Some shops pride themselves on super speedy service, so if you’re in a rush you can seek out one of those. The physical change really doesn’t take a professional long, so it’s mostly just how quickly they get around to your vehicle.
Nissan recommends that you use one of 3 types of oil during your change
Genuine, synthetic blend oil
Genuine, full synthetic oil
MOBIL 1™ Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil
No, Nissan hybrids do not require different oil than normal vehicles, but the efficiencies gained by hybrid vehicle’s systems can cause additional stress on the oil
Makers of high quality options like Mobil, have their engineers regularly perform extensive testing in support of hybrids. Mobil does this testing to ensure that their oils live up to the requirements of the hybrid options.