Change The Oil on a 2013-2018 Nissan Sentra

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Learn how to change the oil on your 2013-2018+ Nissan Sentra (B-17) with a 1.8L I4 (MRA8DE). We've got a step by step how to with all the parts and tools you'll need.

Nissan calls for an oil change every 5,000 mi / 8,000 km under normal use.

Get Started by Lifting the Car


Lift the front of the vehicle using your jack and jack stands, or ramps.

Drain the Oil


Place your drain pan under the oil pan.

The oil drain is on the rear of the lumpy, triangular oil pan.


Remove the 14mm oil drain plug.


Install a new drain plug and crush washer. Torque to about 20 ft-lbs.


Remove the oil filter.

Make sure you place the oil drain pan under the filter.


Screw the new filter on, tightening it per the instructions on the box.

Mobil1 filter instructions say to seat the gasket and tighten one 3/4 turn.

Fill with New Oil


Using your funnel, refill the oil. It takes approximately 4.25 quarts.

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Check the oil level by removing the dip stick, drying it and re-inserting it.

Check the level by reading where the oil shows up on the end.

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Finish Up


Visually check the filter and drain plug for leaks.


Lower the car back to the ground.


Start up the engine and watch the oil pressure light to make sure it doesn't stay on.


Re-check the oil level and check once more for leaks.

Resetting the Oil Service Light

There is a special procedure needed to reset the oil service light. Nissan has made the reset lights optional (and configurable), so you may or may not need to reset the reminder depending on if it was set in the first place.


Press Menu button on the left side of the steering wheel till the Settings menu with Maintenance appears.


Using the Up/Down button that says "ENTER" on the end, select Maintenance


Press Enter


Select Oil and Filter, press Enter.


The display will show two numbers. The left side being the miles since reset, and the right side being the limit. Select Reset and hit enter.


Confirm the reset and you're finished.

##How to Get Rid of Your Old Oil?##

Your local auto parts store will take your old oil as long as you don't mix it with any other fluids.

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Great way to share important information. I enjoyed every bit of it. Do you have a guide on a 2009 Infinity FX50?


Thanks @mostella, I haven't worked on a FX50 yet, but I'm always on the lookout for new articles to write.


I have a 2015 Nissan Sentra and pressing the menu button the steering wheel is not giving me a settings option. Is there somewhere else it could be located or is it just not an option for the 2015?


On wait I just saw the part about optional/configurable maybe it's not configured for this particular car.

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