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Oil is the lifeblood of your Nissan Altima’s engine, so it’s important to keep its levels in check. Low or dirty oil increases friction, heat and wear and tear buildup, leading to serious engine damage and mechanical problems if not taken care of.
Luckily, learning to check your Nissan Altima’s oil is a simple task that can save you from costly repair bills down the road. We recommend checking your car’s oil every time you gas up and getting it changed at factory recommended intervals.
Drivers near Hackettstown, Stanhope and Newton can follow these steps below to keep their oil levels in check. If you still need help, Lynnes Nissan West can check your oil levels and make sure your engine’s in running order.
Checking your Nissan Altima’s Motor Oil Level
1. Park Your Car on an Even Surface
To get an accurate oil level measurement, park your Altima on a level surface. Parking on an incline, no matter how small, will alter your reading.
2. Get Warmed Up
Warm up the Altima’s engine and turn off the motor. Wait a few moments for the oil to recollect in the oil pan. However, make sure you don’t wait for too long. You won’t get a good reading if the oil cools down too much.
3. Pop the Hood
Next, open the hood of your Altima and release the hood latch. Look for the oil dipstick on the driver’s side near the middle of the engine. Grab on to the looped handle and pull the dipstick out.
4. Prepare the Dipstick
Use a clean rag to wipe the dipstick clean. All oil, dirt and residue should be removed to get an accurate oil level reading.
5. Insert Dipstick into Engine
Put the dipstick back into the engine. Quickly remove the dipstick again, and without wiping it clean this time, take a look at the end.
How to Read Your Nissan Altima’s Dipstick
At the end of the dipstick are several markings indicating safe operating oil levels. Ideally, the oil should be in the safe zone of the dipstick.
If it is above it, drain some oil until it is within the safe zone. Conversely, if it is below the mark, add oil until it reads within the safe zone.
If your oil levels are dropping, it’s best to have a professional check it out. There could be an issue with your engine and ignoring it could lead to more damage and expensive repairs.
What You Should Know about Oil Changes
Checking your Nissan Altima’s oil regularly can tell you a lot about your car. If you are losing oil, it can indicate a mechanical problem.
If you notice a burning smell or oil leaking out of your Altima between oil changes, schedule a servicing appointment at Lynnes Nissan West. There could be an issue with seals, rubber hoses or other parts essential to your Altima’s performance. Ignoring these symptoms will exacerbate existing issues and can put you, your passengers and other drivers in danger.
When to Get Your Altima’s Oil Changed
Your Altima needs its oil changed every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Staying on top of oil changes keeps your Altima performing the way it’s supposed to, and prevents numerous mechanical issues from arising.
Sometimes heavy use or driving in dusty or dirty environments means needing an oil change before the standard 3,000-mile mark. Regular oil checks can tell you if your vehicle needs an early oil change.
It’s always a good idea to check your oil levels before a long road trip. You may not need an oil change right away but it’s always a good idea to look in case you do.
What Engine Oil Does For Your Altima
If an engine is the Altima’s heart, motor oil is the blood. Without it, the Altima’s engine would overheat, corrode and eventually stop working all together.
Motor oil circulates throughout a vehicle’s engine and lubricates its moving parts. This prevents metal-on-metal rubbing together, eliminates dirt and debris and keeps your engine in tip top shape. Friction and overheating occurs and dirt builds up without motor oil, damaging your engine leads to serious repairs.
Oil, over time, accumulates dirt and debris and starts to wear down. As it corrodes, oil starts to do more harm than good and can exacerbate any mechanical issues inside your engine.
That’s why it’s so important to check your Altima’s oil levels at regular intervals. Doing so keeps your oil fresh and engine strong, so you can get the most out of your Nissan Altima for years to come.
Changing Your Oil at Lynnes Nissan West
Need help checking your car’s oil level? Is your car losing oil between changes? Is it time for your next oil change? Lynnes Nissan West is there to help you with their highly trained service professionals.
Lynnes Nissan West wants you to get the most out of your Nissan Altima. Our state-of-the-art Service Center provides quick, convenient oil changes for drivers in Stanhope, Newtown and Hackettstown, and we’ll get your Altima back on the road in no time.
We’re open from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Give us a call or visit today to schedule an oil change for your Altima.
Lynnes Nissan West is conveniently located at 59 Route 206, Stanhope, New Jersey, 07874.