Nissan 720 Parts And Nissan 720 Accessories
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The Nissan 720 pickup is a tough little machine, with many units still running on the roads despite being nearly three decades old. But as reliable as it is, the 720 does need maintenance from time to time. And one such maintenance task is changing the engine oil.
If you have recently acquired a Nissan 720, one of the key things you need to do to keep your truck in good condition is an oil change. The older mechanical technology of the 720\'s inline 4 engine makes it more vulnerable to overheating and wear, but as long as the engine is well lubricated, it can last for another 30 years or more.
Nissan recommends changing the engine oil in the 720 every 3,000 miles or 3 months of use, whichever comes first. However, if the engine already starts to show signs of fouling, such as hard starting, rough idling, and thick billowing smoke coming out of the exhaust, the oil must be checked and replaced if needed. Changing the engine oil is also necessary if you repaired or replaced any of the key parts your engine, particularly if it has suffered a leak.
Not all types of engine oil are suitable for use in the Nissan 720. Fully synthetic oils, for example, are not suitable as they work best in high RPMs and operating temperatures that older engines like those in the 720 cannot achieve. Synthetic oils also contain additives that the 720\'s engine is not designed for and may not hamper its performance. Instead, it is recommended to use mineral-based oils designed for higher-mileage cars. These types of motor oils are designed for use in vehicles with more than 75,000 miles in the odometer and are much gentler to the engine parts.
Another factor to consider when buying motor oil is whether it meets various quality standards. Some of the key standards you should look for in the label of a motor oil jug include API and SAE certifications and the signature starburst label that denotes the oil has complied with SL service standards for automotive oils.
While any auto repair shop will be more than willing to change the oil in your Nissan 720, the process is quite easy enough to accomplish on your own. To start, you will need to drain the existing oil out of the engine by opening the oil cap at the top of the engine and the oil drain pan bolt at the bottom. Let the oil flow out into a clean drain pan, and once it stops dripping clean, replace the filter. Also, given the age of the 720 truck, check the washer of the oil drain pan bolt for any signs of deterioration and replace it if necessary.
Once all the worn or damaged parts are fixed or replaced, you can begin refilling the engine with oil. Place a funnel in the oil filler hole and carefully pour a bottle of fresh oil until it reaches the recommended levels on the dipstick.