How To Change Nissan Qashqai Engine Oil

Changing the oil of your vehicle is one of the jobs that is either loved or hated, a bit like a certain food spread.

And, if you’ve never changed the oil of your Nissan Qashqai before, it can be quite daunting.

That’s why we have put this blog post together, showing you how to change the oil of your Qashqai.

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How To Replace Qashqai Engine Oil

Replacing the oil of your Qashqai is much simpler than many think. However, before you begin, you will need the following pieces of equipment.

  • Ratchet and socket set
  • Gloves – Oil on your hands can be a nightmare to get off
  • Paper towels to clean up afterwards
  • Car Oil Drain Pan for old oil
  • New oil filter
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Funnel for new oil
  • Car Ramp or Jack
  •  Owners Manual
  • New Fully Synthetic car oil – we recommend Fuchs Titan 5W-40 1 Litre (Fully Synthetic)

Follow the steps below for a successful oil change. There are 3 key stages to changing your vehicle’s oil

  • How To Drain Old Oil
  • How To Replace Old Oil Filter With Your New One
  • How To Add New Oil To Your Qashqai

Let’s break this down step by step

How To Drain Qashqai Old Oil – Step 1

  • Jack your Qashqai up safely, or drive your vehicle up ramps.
  • Locate Oil Drain Plug.
  • Place Oil Dran Pan under Oil Tank
  • Use Your Socket and Ratchet To Loosen Oil Drain Plug – Anticlockwise (Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosely)
  • Wait For Your Oil To Fully Drain Out – Car Oil Tends To Drop For Approximately 20 Minutes
  • Screw Back In Your Drain Plug and Tighten With Your Socket and Ratchet (Clockwise)

How To Replace Your Old Oil Filter With Your New One – Step 2

  • Locate Your Oil Filter
  • Make Sure Your Oil Catch Pan is Below Oil Filter
  • Loosen and Remove Your Existing Oil Filter By Hand or With a Wrench
  • Grab Your New Filter
  • Pre-Oil Your New Filter With Your New Oil – Doing This Prevents Your Car From Running Dry When You First Start it up (note – you may not be able to pre-oil your new filter if your filter has to be attached upside down or sideways)
  • Rub a Little Oil Around The Gasket Of Your New Filter
  • Screw-In Your New Oil Filter With Your Hand

How To Add A New Oil To Your Qashqai – Step 3

  • Locate Your Engine Oil Filler Cap – You may need to clean your engine oil filler cap, so no grime falls into your engine.
  • Unscrew Your Oil Filler Cap and Place Somewhere Safe
  • Place Your Funnel Into The Hole Vacated By The Oil Filler Cap
  • Fill Your Vehicle With The New Engine Oil to The Correct Level
  • Remove Your Oil Funnel
  • Screw-In Your Engine Oil Filler Cap
  • Wipe Any Spilt Oil

Once you have completed the steps above, take your vehicle off the jacks or ramps and start your vehicle.

Upon starting, make sure no oil light comes on. If no oil light comes on, that means the engine is getting oil.

Now, Turn off the engine, and let the oil sit for approximately 5 minutes allowing it to cool down.

Locate your oil dipstick, take it out and wipe it with a towel.

Put the dipstick back in, and check the oil level is at the maximum amount.

Please be aware, if you have too much oil in your Qashqai, make sure you drain some of it out, otherwise this will cause problems with your car. You can remove the oil by following step 1.

And there you have it, you’re now an oil changing master.

Qashqai J11 Owners Manual – Download the official Nissan Qashqai J11 owners manual and go to section 8.8 for their advice on changing your cars oil.

We will now show you how to top up the oil of your engine.

Topping Up Your Nissan Qashqai Engine Oil – Step By Step

Now you’ve managed to change your Qashqai’s engine oil, in the future, you will need to top up your engine oils level. Don’t worry, we have you covered.

All you have to do is follow the steps below.

  • Park your Qashqai on a level surface and apply the handbrake
  • Start the engine (if not already started). If the engine is cold, let the engine run idle until it reaches the operational temperature.
  • Once the engine is at operational temperature, turn off the engine.
  • Wait approximately 10 minutes for the engine oil to drain back into the oil pan.
  • Open the bonnet and locate your oil dipstick. Qashqai’s with M9R engine, you can find the engine oil dipstick attached to the engine oil filler cap.
  • Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean.
  • Reinsert the dipstick all the way.
  • Remove the dipstick once more, and check the oil level.
  • If the oil level is below the minimum level, remove the engine oil filler cap and pour the recommended oil through the opening. Do not overfill.
  • Recheck the oil level with the dipstick.
  • If the engine oil is satisfactory, install the engine oil filler cap securely.
  • Close the bonnet.

Congratulations, you have managed to top up your vehicle’s oil level.

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Nissan Qashqai Oil Change Interval

So, we’ve discussed how easy it is to replace and top up your Qashqai’s oil. But how often should you change your cars oil?

We believe that no matter what vehicle you have, you should change the oil and filter at least every 10,000 miles or every 12 months, depending on what comes first. Therefore, if you haven’t changed your oil or oil filter in this amount of time, make sure you change it as soon as possible.

Nissan Qashqai Oil Type

In the official Nissan Qashqai owners manual (download above) their recommended engine oils are;

HRA2DDT engine:
Genuine NISSAN engine oil 5W40 *1
ACEA A3/B4 *1
MR20DD engine:
Genuine NISSAN engine oil 5W40 *1
ACEA A3/B4 *1
Genuine NISSAN engine oil 5W30 DPF *1
ACEA C4 *1, SAE 5W30 Low SAPS
R9M engine:
Genuine NISSAN engine oil 5W30 DPF *1
ACEA C4 *1, SAE 5W30 Low SAPS

The Fuchs Titan 5W-40 1 Litre (Fully Synthetic) we have available online is just as good and won’t cost you a fortune every time you need new oil.

Nissan Qashqai Sump Plug

A sump plug is the bolt that prevents your oil from escaping your engine sump.

Many people believe you should replace a sump plug every time you change your oil. With good reason, you don’t want to be leaking oil after changing it all thanks to a worn sump plug.

Your sump plug is located on your oil tank and is located underneath your engine. You will either need to raise your vehicle with a jack or ramps to find it.

See the image below to locate your sump plug.

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There you have it, that’s how you replace your Nissan Qashqai’s engine oil. Do you have any tips or have you found this post useful? Please let us know in the comments below.

Please note: Milner Off Road are not liable for any damage you may cause to your vehicle(s) by following the instructions above. Whilst we have faith in our blog post and in your skills, if you have not changed the oil of your vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local mechanic, or have someone with you who is experienced in changing vehicle oil.

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2 Replies to “How To Change Nissan Qashqai Engine Oil”

  1. avoid over-filling with the fresh oil, look in the owner’s handbook, find out how much oil the engine should contain, then, when re-filling with fresh oil, leave out about a litre. When undergoing the engine-running process, turn off, leave to cool, then carefully add oil from the left-over litre, until the oil level is at, or just below, the ‘full’ mark on the dipstick?

  2. Hey, that’s a really informative article! Even though I am not familiar to most of the things and I am trying to increase my knowledge in the field of auto repair. Article like yours are very helpful in the same . I learn new things everyday.

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