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Nissan Versa 1.6L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter in a 2nd generation 2012 to 2019 Nissan Versa HR16DE 1.6L I4 engine.

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2019 Versa 1.6L I4 Engine
Twist Off Oil Fill Cap
Partially Remove Dipstick
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Nissan Versa sedan in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter for the HR16DE 1.6 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Nissan vehicle such as the Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Murano, Rogue,  Note, Leaf, Juke, Kicks, Latio, Almera, Sunny, Qashqai, NV200, Pathfinder, Frontier and X-Trail may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram PH6607, Mobil 1 M1-108A, Bosch 3300, Wix 51358, K&N PS-1008, Royal Purple 356753 and Purolator L14612.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack with two jack stands (or two automotive ramps), a 14mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratchet or a 14mm wrench, a used oil catch container, an automotive funnel and four quarts of new oil.

The 2012 model year Versa requires 3 1/2 U.S. quarts (or 3.0 liters) of new oil for an oil change with a filter replacement.

The 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Versa has a total oil capacity specification of 3 3/4 U.S. quarts (or 3.5 liters) of new oil for an oil change including an oil filter replacement.

The owner's manual for the 2012 to 2017 Versa recommends using SAE 5W-30 oil.

The owner's manual for the 2018 and 2019 Versa recommends using SAE 0W-20 oil.

Please double check your owner's manual for the correct oil capacity specification and oil viscosity (weight) recommendation for your vehicle.

The first few steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, drive the car on to a level surface, shift the transmission into "Park" and turn off the ignition.

Warming up the engine for a few minutes will help suspend any contaminants or debris in the old oil and also cause it to drain out faster.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear tires to help prevent the vehicle from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and partially lift out the dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil fill cap and partially lifting up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.


Raise Front of Vehicle
Slide Under Engine Bay
Black Pan & White Filter
Carefully raise the front of the car with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands placed under the frame rails.

I used a trolley style floor jack placed under the frame rail.

If you are using the "scissor" style jack included with the car, you can place it under the "pinch weld" to lift the vehicle.

Be careful when you slide under the car. The exhaust and engine may still be hot enough to burn your skin.

Slide under the engine bay of the vehicle with the used oil catch container, the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet or a 14mm wrench.

Locate the black metal oil pan.

The black metal oil drain bolt or "plug" is situated on the rear edge of the oil pan.

The oil filter is located just in front of the oil pan closer to the front of the vehicle.

Black Drain Bolt - Rear
Oil Filter - Front of Pan
Used Oil Catch Container

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

Loosen Counterclockwise
Spin Out Oil Drain Bolt
Draining Out Old Oil
Loosen the drain bolt by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

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

Spin out the oil drain bolt.

Allow the old oil to drain down into the catch basin for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows down to just the occasional drop.

Inspect the crush washer or "gasket" on the drain bolt and replace it if necessary.

The compatible replacement oil drain plug washer is Nissan / Infiniti part number 11026-01M02 (also known as part # 11026-JA00A).

Make sure the old washer is not still stuck to the oil pan.

Spin In Oil Drain Plug
Tighten Oil Drain Bolt
Loosen Old Oil Filter
Spin in the drain bolt a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet until it is snug.

If you have a torque wrench, the specification in the service manual for tightening the oil drain bolt is 22 to 29 lb-ft (or 29 to 39 N-m).

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

Loosen the old oil filter by turning it in the counterclockwise direction.

I couldn't fit my favorite Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench over the old filter.

If necessary, you can use a rubber strap style or pliers style oil filter wrench.

Drain Oil From Filter
Spin Off Old Oil Filter
Dip Finger In New Oil
Allow the old oil to drip out for a minute or two from the loosened filter and then spin it off the rest of the way.

Discard the old oil filter.

Make sure the old rubber o-ring gasket from the old filter is not still attached to the engine.

Dip your finger into some new oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Tighten New Oil Filter
Insert Automotive Funnel
Lubricating the o-ring on the new oil filter will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Spin on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction until it makes contact with the engine.

Continue tightening the new filter to about 1/4 to 1/2 of a turn past finger tight.

Avoid over tightening the filter to prevent from damaging the rubber o-ring gasket which could lead to an oil leak.

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

Lower Car From Stands
Funnel In Fill Hole
Pour In New Oil
Carefully lower the vehicle from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Insert the automotive funnel into the oil fill port.

Please double check your owner's manual for the correct oil capacity specification for your Versa.

The 2012 model year Versa requires 3 1/2 U.S. quarts (or 3.0 liters) of new oil for an oil change with a filter replacement according to the owner's manual.

The 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Versa has a total oil capacity specification of 3 3/4 U.S. quarts (or 3.5 liters) of new oil for an oil change including an oil filter replacement.

Since it is much better have to less oil than necessary in an engine than to over fill it, I recommend only pouring in about 3 to 3 1/4 quarts of oil at first.

Running an engine that has been overfilled with oil may cause damage to seals, gaskets and other components.

Replace Oil Fill Cap
Push Down Dipstick
Start Engine - Warm Up
Temporarily replace the oil fill cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

Push the dipstick all the way back into the tube.

Start the engine and allow it to warm up to near operating temperature.

Turn off the ignition and allow the new oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

Off, Wait 10, Check
Dipstick Level Checked
Oil Change Complete
Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a paper towel, fully 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 the upper line of the cross hatched area near the letter "H". The top of the cross hatched area indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" oil level.

You might not need to pour in the entire 3 1/2 U.S. quarts or 3 3/4 U.S. quarts (depending on the car's model year) of the engine's total oil capacity specification in order for the level on the dipstick to reach the full line.

Once the oil level is correct, replace the dipstick and make sure the oil fill cap is tight.

It would be a good idea to check your parking spot, driveway or garage for drops of fresh oil during the next few days since they might indicate an oil leak from the drain bolt or the filter.

I also recommend checking the oil level after your next trip and then at least once a month.

Don't forget to write down the oil change and filter replacement in your car's service records.

If your Versa is equipped with the oil life meter system, follow these steps below to reset it to 100%.

1. Turn the ignition switch to the "On" position but do NOT start the engine. 2. The wrench icon / symbol and oil change mileage interval should be displayed on the gauge cluster. 3. Press and hold the "Trip" button for about 3 to 5 seconds until the wrench and interval mileage start flashing. 4. If desired, press the "Trip" switch again to adjust the oil change interval. 5. After the wrench stops flashing, the system has been reset to 100% oil life and the new interval has been programmed. 6. Turn the ignition switch to "Off".

The oil change service interval specification in the owner's manual is every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or every 6 months.

Please check out all of my 2012-2019 Nissan Versa DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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