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First time with this truck - 1500 miles.

I have to say, Nissan's idea of a little oil ramp below the filter is a good idea on paper, but all it did was spread it around to where it ran out from several areas under the truck :(

I've never seen an oil pan quite like the one we have. Small, and DEEP. Makes the oil drain out fast though.

Dipstick - flimsy, takes two hands to get it in there, and even then, it doesn't want to go in.

That said, the OEM oil looked pretty clean. I'm sending off this oil to Blackstone to see what results come up. I'm not doing anything more than just a baseline test since this oil is stuff I'll never use (no reason to check for extended run intervals or check for additive package "wear")

Also, while collecting said sample, I managed to splash oil into my eyes. Nice!


I think next time I'll use my race ramps rather than do this sans jack or stands. Little more room to move around ;)
 

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turn wheel to right and go in through the wheel well for the filter.

Also after breaking the filter loose, put a plastic bag over the filter and oil cooler. Then spin the filter off into that, catching oil and filter= no mess.
 

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turn wheel to right and go in through the wheel well for the filter.

Also after breaking the filter loose, put a plastic bag over the filter and oil cooler. Then spin the filter off into that, catching oil and filter= no mess.
Yeah I figured through the wheel well, but I still had to use my filter wrench through the hole as I couldn't get any leverage otherwise.

The plastic bag idea is awesome, I'll have to try that next time.
 

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I got a weird oil funnel through Cornwell tools thats actually flat. It's a lead sheat that is coated in silicone so it is moldable in any shape you could think of. I just bend it so the 'pointy end" is through the hole inthe skid plate and it makes 0 mess now.
 

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turn wheel to right and go in through the wheel well for the filter.

Also after breaking the filter loose, put a plastic bag over the filter and oil cooler. Then spin the filter off into that, catching oil and filter= no mess.
I'll have to try that. After 2 years and many oil changes I have yet to do it without making a mess. I loosen the filter and let it drain before removing it an no matter how long I wait it still dumps when I take it off.
 

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I'll have to try that. After 2 years and many oil changes I have yet to do it without making a mess. I loosen the filter and let it drain before removing it an no matter how long I wait it still dumps when I take it off.
There's two parts to the oil filter drain, the send and return.

I believe the return side is what drains when you break the initial seal - the part that dumps oil everywhere is the send side.

MY Z has teh easiest oil change. Pop out a few screws for the undercarriage cover, flip it down and everything is right there. The hard part about it is that it's so low to the groun you HAVE to use something to get it up a few inches just to get the drain pan under there, let alone giving yourself any leverage.
 

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I got a weird oil funnel through Cornwell tools thats actually flat. It's a lead sheat that is coated in silicone so it is moldable in any shape you could think of. I just bend it so the 'pointy end" is through the hole inthe skid plate and it makes 0 mess now.
Where did you buy it? Any pics of it in use?
 
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