2015 Nissan Altima Engine Oil Capacity

Not sure how to find 2015 Nissan Altima engine oil capacity? We’ve got all the specs your owner’s manual has—plus some extra tips.
Written by Kara Vanderbeek
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
If you’re the owner of a 2015 Nissan Altima, you can expect your vehicle to last for up to 15 to 20 years. To get that lasting performance, you’ll need to perform routine maintenance, which includes knowing your Nissan’s engine oil capacity.
With the expensive fees associated with vehicle maintenance, many vehicle owners prefer instead to ignore the warning lights on their dashboard until the last possible moment. However, you can keep your car in working order and save the costs of pricey repairs by completing routine vehicle maintenance yourself. 
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2015 Nissan Altima engine oil capacity

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of changing your oil, let’s find out just how much engine oil your 2015 Nissan Altima needs! 
The engine in your 2015 Nissan has an oil capacity of 4.9 quarts or 4.6 liters. To make things easy when you’re scanning the aisles, opt for a 5-quart bottle
Though the two numbers are easy to confuse with one another, your engine oil capacity is not synonymous with engine displacement. While oil capacity refers to the amount of oil your Nissan needs when you change its oil, your engine displacement indicates the volume your vehicle’s cylinders take up.

What kind of oil does a 2015 Nissan Altima need?

Now that you’re well-versed in your engine’s oil capacity, just what kind of oil should you use to fill your Nissan? 
If you’re blindly choosing between a variety of 5-quart bottles, the numbers and letters in motor oil names might be enough to send you home empty-handed. While it can be confusing trying to decipher between brands and oil types, we’ve got you covered.
Keep it simple and look for what your owner’s manual recommends: SAE 0W-20 motor oil. The number before the “W”, which stands for “winter” (think: cold), refers to the viscosity of the oil at a lower temperature. Motor oil with a “0” directly preceding the “W” will flow with ease in chillier temperatures. 
The “20”, conversely, refers to how well the oil will perform at a higher temperature. With oil grades that can reach the 50s and higher, an oil with “20” will flow relatively easily. 
To follow your manufacturer’s recommendation, use this
OW-20 motor oil
. If you are unable to find an 0W-20 motor oil, the owner's manual recommends 5W-30 oil as a suitable alternative as long as it meets all the necessary requirements.

How often to change oil on a 2015 Nissan Altima

You’ve found the right oil and you’re ready to go! How do you know when it’s time to
change your oil
To stick to what the experts recommend, you should change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. However, the exact time between oil changes will depend on how often you’re driving your vehicle and what kind of oil you’re using.
If you don’t drive your vehicle often, you can use the six-month benchmark to schedule your oil changes. If you’re using synthetic oil, you won’t need to change it as often—every 7,500 to 10,000 miles should be sufficient. 
If you’re not one to follow timelines or benchmarks, you can just as easily check the state of your oil by looking out for the following signs that it needs to be changed: 
  • Your engine is making weird noises
  • There’s a burning smell inside the cabin
  • Your oil appears dark and gritty
  • Changes in your vehicle’s performance

How to change your oil and oil filter

If you’ve determined that you’ve hit your oil change benchmark and you’re ready with 5 quarts of engine oil, you’re nearly ready to perform an oil change.
Before you get started, ensure you’re prepared with the following tools: A socket wrench, drain pan, filter wrench, and a replacement filter.
Ready to go? Start by turning on your engine and running it for roughly five minutes. Once your Nissan has reached a normal operating temperature, you can shut off the engine and pop your hood. Follow these steps to change your oil:
  • Locate the oil fill cap and remove it
  • Remove the oil drain bolt and washer 
  • Drain the oil into the drain pan 
  • Install the replacement filter
  • Install a new oil drain bolt and tighten it with your washer
  • Refill the engine with your new oil 
  • Reinstall the fill cap
After changing your oil, it’s a good idea to turn on your car and let your engine run for about 30 seconds before you check the oil level. This will give you a more accurate measurement, and you’ll be able to top it off if necessary.
And there you have it—fresh oil in your Nissan! For one final check, you can run your vehicle for a few minutes to test out the new oil. If everything was completed correctly, your dashboard’s
oil pressure light
should turn off. 

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