D1dad wrote: ↑
Mon May 10, 2021 3:47 am
Here’s my review of changing the oil in a 21. It sucks unless you have a lift. The belly pan underneath makes no sense. I see nothing any different that needs protecting than my wife’s 18 rogue or even my 09 Altima. The oil filter is on the front as opposed to the passenger side. I drained my oil at 1200 miles after removing what seemed like 100 plastic clips and 2 10mm bolts. The oil filter at the factory was destroyed removing it as it seemed to be installed by the strongest person on the assembly line. 5 quarts and 10 ounces later an it was done. Definitely more of a pita than nissans easy oil change vehicles of the past. I’ll be doing 4-5k intervals on this car and will dread every second of it. I’ve already placed an order on Amazon for 100 clips for the belly pan as I’m sure I’ll be needing them. My experience with clipped panels, is once removed from factory install your sure to end up with something that’s gonna rattle and vibrate moving forward. I’d have been much happier seeing all 10mm bolts instead of cheap plastic clips. I love the car and was happy to see they stuck with a tranny drain bolt and I’m hoping the service procedure remains the same, as I’ll be dumping the factory cvt fluid at 10k and using eneos fluid for 1/4 the price of relabeled Nissan fluid.
I must admit, it seems like Nissan engineering almost went out of their way to make everything on the gen6 Alties difficult. Even the plastic pawls holding the seat trim are so stiff that only Godzilla can pull them off cleanly. Vis the engine, the arrangement is so convoluted that you can't replace an EGI Harness without dropping the engine out of the car. As I've mentioned elsewhere, I love the VC and congrats to Nissan for making the first reliable VC powerplants, but from the standpoint of repairability they're almost nightmarish.
Helpful hint for the belly pan, those pushclips get stubborn primarily from dirt, just like connector latches. Hitting them with a little WD40 or PB Blaster makes popping them a whole lot easier, and hitting the back sides with some before reinstallation makes them much less likely to stick the next time around.