Oil Filters 101: Everything You Need to Know
Motor oil may lubricate engine parts, but it's got a few impurities to begin with, and it captures even more contaminants as it lubricates. So, over time, muck can build up in it, and if that's not bad enough, it can also turn to sludge if your radiator isn't working right. When all that crud piles up, it can start to wear out your oil pump and its bearings, double time. Your Nissan vehicle's original oil filter helps keep that from happening.
The Parts of One and What Each Does
Every oil filter contains a housing, a medium, and a gasket. The medium captures the above-mentioned pollutants before they can cause engine problems. The oil filter housing does two things: it holds the filter, and it attaches it to the engine. The oil filter gasket both closes the filter off from the outside and helps prevent oil leaks.
When to Replace Them
Consistently, during every oil change or every other one, every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, whichever comes first.
The Signs it May Be Time for a Change
- Oil pressure loss
- An engine oil warning lighting up on the dash
- General engine performance problems
You should replace the housing gaskets if they get brittle and start to crack, as that can lead to an oil leak.
Where to Access Them
One place is underneath the engine compartment (once you remove any applicable undertray). Otherwise, you can get to them from above the bay itself. Either way, consult your owner's manual for more info on this.
When you go to put in a new one, though, avoid the aftermarket and buy the genuine article.
Why Buy Genuine OEM Oil Filters
Nissan designs them specifically for your model. Other brands can't always guarantee the exact gasket and thread sizes your vehicle requires. Using the wrong filter can lead to an oil leak, or worse, complete detachment, and the latter can cause some serious engine damage.
Where to Order Replacements for Your NissanRight here at our online auto parts store. Simply sort our catalog according to your model and model year. It'll make figuring out what filters are compatible a lot easier. Buy now, and we'll ship and deliver to your door fast.
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