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Nissan Sentra 1.8L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter on the MRA8DE 1.8L I4 motor in a 7th generation 2013, 2014 or 2015 Nissan Sentra.

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2014 Sentra 1.8L I4 Engine
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Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
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Pull Up Oil Dipstick

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the seventh generation (2013, 2014, 2015 and maybe also the refreshed 2016 and 2017 model years) Nissan Sentra sedan in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the MRA8DE 1.8 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Pathfinder, Murano, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a used oil catch container, a 14mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, an automotive funnel, a new oil filter and 5 quarts of SAE 0W-20 oil.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mobil 1 M1-108, Bosch 3300, Royal Purple 10-2876, Fram PH6607, Purolator PL14612, Pennzoil HPZ-37, Wix 51358, Mann-Filter ML 1014, ACDelco PF1237, microGreen 101-7, Ecogard S4612 and Mahle Original OC 711.

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Raise Front of Vehicle
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Black Metal Oil Pan
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Oil Drain Bolt - Rear Edge
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the car on a level surface and turn off the engine.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow it to drain out more quickly.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the car from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and lift up the yellow plastic oil dipstick handle an inch or two out of the engine.

Removing the oil filler cap and pulling up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and also cause the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

Slide under the engine bay of the car with the used oil catch container, the 14mm socket and the 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Locate the black metal oil pan and the black metal oil drain bolt. The oil drain bolt head faces towards the rear of the car.

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Oil Filter - Front of Pan
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Used Oil Catch Container
The canister style oil filter is located just in front of the oil pan.

Slide the used oil catch basin to just below the oil drain bolt.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt. The old oil might still be hot enough to burn your fingers depending on how long you warmed up the engine.

Loosen the oil drain bolt in the counterclockwise direction with the 14mm socket and the 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flows slows to just an occasional drip.

If the oil drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer, inspect it and replace it if necessary. You can purchase new crush washers at your Nissan dealership or online at Amazon. The compatible crush washer part number is 11026-01M02.

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Replace Oil Drain Bolt
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Spin Off Old Oil Filter
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Dip Finger In New Oil
Wipe the oil drain bolt hole clean with a rag.

Spin the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction a few turns by hand to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction with the 14mm socket and 3/8" ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 22 to 29 ft-lbs with a torque wrench.

Slide the used oil catch container forward to just below the old oil filter.

Spin off the old oil filter in the counterclockwise direction and allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes.

If you have trouble removing the old oil filter, I'd recommend using an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle 63600.

Dip your pinky finger in to some new SAE 0W-20 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.



 

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Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
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Spin On New Oil Filter
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Lower Car From Stands
Lubricating the rubber o-ring on the new filter will allow it to form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Make sure that the rubber gasket from the old filter is not still attached to the engine.

Spin on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

I'd recommend buying the Mobil 1 M1-108 oil filter since it has the best reviews on Amazon.

Double check that the oil drain bolt and the new oil filter are tight before moving on to the next steps.

Carefully lower the car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

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Insert Automotive Funnel
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Pour In New SAE 0W-20
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Replace Oil Filler Cap
Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

The MRA8DE 1.8L I4 engine's total capacity for an oil change with oil filter replacement is 4 1/4 U.S. quarts (or 4.0L).

It is much better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to over fill it. Running an engine that has been over filled with oil may cause sluggish performance, damage to seals and gaskets or damage to other components.

I'd recommend only slowly pouring in about 3.75 to 4.0 U.S. quarts of new SAE 0W-20 oil.

Then temporarily replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction and push down the oil dipstick.

Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes, turn off the engine and then allow the new oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

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Check Dipstick Oil Level
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Replace Oil Dipstick
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Oil Change Complete
Pull out the oil level dipstick, wipe it clean with a paper towel or a rag, re-insert it and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches at or just below the upper metal hole at the end of the dipstick which indicates the "Maximum", "Max" or "Full" line.

You might not need to pour in the entire 4.25 U.S. quarts of new oil to reach the "Full" hole on the dipstick.

Make sure the oil filler cap is tight and re-insert the dipstick.

Be sure to record the oil change in your car's service records. I'd recommend that over the next few days you check the oil level and look for fresh oil spots on your driveway, garage or parking space which might indicate a loose oil filter or oil drain bolt.

For more, check out my other 2013-2015 Nissan Sentra DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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