The Nissan Patrol is an excellent rugged four wheel drive off road vehicle. However, like any car, it’s comprised of a number of components, and many of them need lubrication. If there isn’t enough lubrication, moving parts will wear out prematurely, and this can lead to an expensive repair bill. We lubricate our cars with oil, but it needs to be changed periodically to be effective. In this article, we will look at some of these issues in more detail and examine how often you need an oil change for your new Nissan Patrol.
Why is an Oil Change Necessary?
When the oil is in the engine of the car for too long, it will gather grit and particulates from where the various engine parts make contact with each other. As more particles are added to the oil, it will begin to lose its viscosity, and it will be less effective as a lubricant. If you’ve ever seen fresh oil being put into a car, you will have noticed the clear amber colour and the steady way it flows as it’s poured. When fresh oil is compared to old oil that’s drained from an engine the difference is obvious, the old oil is very dark, dirty and it doesn’t pour easily.
How Often Should Oil be Changed?
Because the oil is inside the engine and it’s a closed system there is no easy way to examine the condition of the oil. So, in many ways, changing the oil is done blind, and it could occur a little too early or a little later than it should. Every car manufacturer provides an owner’s manual for each car they sell, and this will list the recommended oil change interval. If you follow this carefully, you may save yourself a great deal of money in repairs and replacement components. But, this isn’t an exact science, and there are other factors that could affect the oil change interval.
Oil Change Interval Factors
We don’t have much in the way of cold driving conditions here, so we won’t go into salt and grit from winter road surfaces. However, we do have dusty driving conditions, and they can affect how often you need to change the oil filter and the oil. Driving your Nissan Patrol regularly in heavy traffic can also take its toll on how often you need to replace your oil. Many people switch to a synthetic oil for better performance, and this could also affect how often an oil change should be carried out.
Getting an Oil Change
An oil filter and oil change is a crucial part of any good Nissan service centre. The service advisor can also offer valuable advice on the oil that you choose and how often it needs to be replaced.