Changing engine oil for a Infiniti Q60 car can be an overwhelming task for an unprepared person, and stretch out for a whole day. Although the work can be done in just 30 minutes. I’m here to share my experience and secrets with you! Let’s start with a few words about the car.
The Infiniti Q60, a luxury sports coupe, is a product of the Infiniti division of the Nissan Motor Company of Japan. The Q60 model was first introduced in the US in 2013 as a successor to the G37 coupe and convertible. So far, the Infiniti Q60 has been produced in two generations: the first from 2013 to 2015, and the second starting in 2017.
The Q60 boasts several engine options, depending on the year and trim level. Earlier models used a 3.7L V6, while later models offered a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder and a twin-turbo 3.0L V6. In 2020, a high-performance version of the 3.0L V6, known as the “Red Sport 400,” was also made available.
The Infiniti brand, including the Q60, is known as Nissan’s luxury brand in most parts of the world. However, in Japan, the brand is often sold under the Nissan name itself, with the Q60 being known as the Nissan Skyline.
- 1 How to Change Engine Oil in Theory
- 2 What You Need to Know Before Starting Work
- 2.1 Frequency (Interval) of Engine Oil Change
- 2.2 How to Check the Level of Infiniti Q60 Engine Oil
- 2.3 Visual Assessment of Engine Oil in a Car Engine
- 2.4 What Can (Should) Be Changed at the Same Time with Engine Oil
- 2.5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types of Engine Oils for Infiniti
- 3 Preparation for Work
- 4 Step-by-step Instruction
- 5 Possible Questions After Self-Service FAQ
How to Change Engine Oil in Theory
Changing the oil is critical because it keeps the engine running smoothly. It removes dirt and debris that can damage the engine and helps improve fuel economy. Regular oil changes prolong the life of your engine, saving you money on repairs in the long run.
So, let’s define the basic steps for performing a car engine oil change.
Warm up the engine to operating temperature
Drain the used engine oil and remove the old oil filter
Install a new filter and fill with fresh oil
Check the oil level with a dipstick
By following these simple steps, you can service your car. Now let’s take a closer look at each of the steps, select the recommended oil and filter. At the end of this page I will answer possible questions.
What You Need to Know Before Starting Work
Frequency (Interval) of Engine Oil Change
The oil change interval can vary depending on the specific model of Infiniti Q60 and the type of oil used. In general, Infiniti recommends changing the oil every 5,000 miles or every 6 months, whichever comes first. However, if the car is driven in severe conditions, it may be necessary to change the oil more frequently.
How to Check the Level of Infiniti Q60 Engine Oil
To check the engine oil level, first, make sure your car is on a level surface and that the engine is cool. Pull out the dipstick, which is usually located at the front of the engine. Wipe it clean, then reinsert it fully. Pull it out again and look at the oil level. It should be between the two marks. If the level is too low, add oil. If it’s too high, you’ll need to drain some oil.
A study conducted by General Motors (GM) in 1974 showed that lengthening the engine oil-change interval could reduce the frequency of automotive maintenance, the amount of oil required to service the car population, and the potential pollution problem resulting from the disposal of used oil.
Visual Assessment of Engine Oil in a Car Engine
To visually assess your engine oil, put a drop on a clean white piece of paper. Good oil should be a clear, amber color. If the oil is dark and dirty, it may be time for an oil change.
What Can (Should) Be Changed at the Same Time with Engine Oil
When changing the oil, it’s also a good time to:
- Replace the oil filter
- Check the drain plug and replace if necessary
- Replace the drain plug gasket if it’s worn or damaged
- Inspect other fluid levels, such as coolant and brake fluid
- Check air filter condition
Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types of Engine Oils for Infiniti
There are several types of engine oils, including conventional, synthetic blend, full synthetic, and high mileage oil. Conventional oil is cheapest but doesn’t offer the same level of protection as other types. Synthetic blend and full synthetic oils provide better high-temperature stability and protection against wear. High mileage oil is designed for vehicles with over 75,000 miles and can help reduce leaks and oil consumption.
For the Infiniti Q60, a full synthetic oil is recommended. It might cost a bit more, but it offers the best protection, especially for a high-performance engine. Just make sure to use the correct oil viscosity as stated in your vehicle’s manual.
Preparation for Work
Engine Oil Selection
|Generation (Year)||Engine||Suitable Oil Viscosity||Popular American Brand||Required Amount of Oil|
|1st (2013-2015)||3.7L V6||5W-30||Mobil 1 ($27/5 qarts)|
Royal Purple ($38/5 quarts)
Pennzoil ($21/5 quarts)
|2nd (2017-present)||2.0L Turbocharged I4||5W-30||Pennzoil ($21/5 quarts)|
Castrol ($29/5 quarts)
Valvoline ($29/5 quarts)
|2nd (2017-present)||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||0W-20||Mobil 1 ($29/5 quart)|
Royal Purple ($38/5 quart)
Oil Filter Selection
|Generation (Year)||Engine||Popular American Brand||Article Number|
|1st (2013-2015)||3.7L V6||Fram ($9), Purolator ($10), Mobil 1||XG6607, PL14612|
|2nd (2017-present)||2.0L Turbocharged I4||Fram ($9), Purolator ($10), Mobil 1||XG6607, PL14612|
|2nd (2017-present)||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||Fram ($9), Purolator ($10), Mobil 1||XG6607, PL14612|
Necessary Tools and Conditions
Before you start, make sure you have the following:
- Correct amount and type of engine oil
- New oil filter
- Oil filter wrench
- Socket set
- Drain pan
- Jack stands or ramps
- Work gloves and safety glasses
- Clean rags
Ensure that you have a safe, level, and clean workspace, preferably in a well-ventilated area. You also need to dispose of your old oil properly, so have a sealable container ready.
How to Warm Up the Engine Before Changing the Oil?
Before changing the oil, run your car for a few minutes. This helps to warm the oil so it drains better. Just don’t let the engine get too hot; you don’t want to burn yourself.
Change Engine Oil with Our Own Hands
- Start by warming up the engine for a few minutes, then turn off the car.
- Jack up your vehicle and secure it with jack stands or ramps.
- Put on your gloves and safety glasses, and place the drain pan under the oil drain plug.
- Use a socket to slowly unscrew the drain plug and allow the oil to drain. Be careful, the oil might be hot.
- Once the oil has drained, remove the oil filter with an oil filter wrench. Make sure the drain pan is underneath because the filter will also have oil.
- Before installing the new filter, apply a little bit of new oil to the gasket. This helps ensure a good seal.
- Install the new filter, then put the drain plug back in. Don’t over tighten.
- Lower your car and fill it with new oil using a funnel. Refer to your car manual for the correct oil capacity.
- Start your car and let it run for a few minutes, then check for leaks. Also, check the oil level with the dipstick and add more if necessary.
Changing the oil can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your experience and working conditions. Make sure you take your time and do the job safely.
Possible Questions After Self-Service FAQ
What Problems Can Arise After an Incorrect Self-Changing Engine Oil?
If the engine oil is not changed correctly, several problems can arise. Overfilling the engine oil can cause damage to the seals and create leaks. On the other hand, not putting enough oil can cause the engine to overheat or seize due to lack of lubrication. Using the wrong type of oil or oil filter can also harm the engine. Lastly, not tightening the drain plug or oil filter properly can cause oil leaks.
How Can I Check for Engine Oil Leaks After Changing It Myself?
After changing the oil, you can check for leaks by looking under the car for any fresh oil drips. Also, after running the car for a few minutes, turn off the engine and check around the oil filter and drain plug for any leaks. The oil level should also be checked regularly with the dipstick to make sure it’s not dropping unexpectedly.
How to Reset the Oil Change Counter?
Resetting the oil change counter or the oil life indicator varies with different models of Infiniti Q60. Generally, it involves going through the settings on your dashboard screen using steering wheel buttons and finding the oil life or maintenance settings. From there, you should be able to reset the oil life indicator. Always refer to your car’s owner manual for exact instructions.
What to Do with Old Oil After Replacement?
After replacing your oil, the old oil should be poured into a sealable container and taken to a recycling facility or auto parts store that accepts used oil. Never pour used oil down the drain or in the trash. It’s harmful to the environment and it’s also illegal in many places. Make sure you also wipe up any spills and dispose of the rags or absorbent material properly.