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I have 1.6L Tenka Automatic now & wish to know the correct engine oil to use as it is over 3 years old & does'nt need Nissan anymore.
The last time I had my older 2006 Nissan Note 1.4L serviced at a Nissan garage the oil they used was Nissan's 10W-40 Semi Synthetic engine oil.
I now believe that the oil being used in a Nissan Note's engine is 5W-40 Fully Synthetic.
I'm sure I read somewhere that the Nissan Note engine covering 12,500 miles per year does not require fully synthetic oil.
Would it harm the engine to use fully synthetic & what grade ie recommended.
Incidently I believe also that the genuine nissan engine oil filters are fitted with an anti-drain device which helps engine wear on start-up.
If this is true then it's nissan's oil filters for me. Any pointers on this?

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Hi, 5W-30W is prefered according to FSM but in our climate 10W-30W is perfectly OK, fully or semi synth is OK too! haven't seen the inside of Nissans filters but ideally you should not drive away having just let go of the key anyway! as you need to give the oil time to build up pressure and feed the camshaft bearings and the variable cam timing module. So if you get in, start the car then put the seat belt on, this gives plenty of time for both.

08 ACENTA R+ 1.6 AUTO. Ooopss! we'll just try that one more time an see if it works?

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5w30 fully synthetic is what you want, (VVT engines like 30 weight oils) I wouldn't risk semi-synthetic, the price of a new engine is too much.
Modern engines are poorly designed so that the slightest gummy or dirty deposit in a minuscule oilway will wreck the whole thing.

Have a look for Castrol Magnatec 5w30 half price at Halfords: comes up every 6 weeks or so, but they package it in 4 litre packs, so you need to buy 3 to do 2 oil changes, as you need a shade over 4 litres in a 1.6.

Most oil filters have the anti-drainback valve: just a rubber flap under the outer ring of holes.
The springy ball bearing affair that you sometimes see looking down the central hole is a bypass for when the filter blocks up.

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08 ACENTA R+ 1.6 AUTO. Ooopss! we'll just try that one more time an see if it works?


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Thanks for reply mdvineng & mnl so now know the oil grade.
In my army days whilst driving we were taught to start engines & get it under power immediately & not to let the engine tick over. No problem on tick-over once engine was up to temp.
The reason being that under engine load whilst driving the oil reaches the top of the engine & places where tick-over can't.
Firing up the engine & putting on the seat belt before setting off won't harm the modern engine as I see it & the oils are far more refind these days.
Cheers