Oil Changes for 2002 Nissan Altima

2002 Nissan Altima Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for a 2002 Nissan Altima? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

How Often to Get 2002 Nissan Altima Oil Changes

Not sure how or where to get your Nissan Altima’s oil changed? Get the advice you need at Firestone Complete Auto Care! We are experts in car care — not just tires. Oil and lube services are also our specialties. After all, like our maintenance technician Brianna says, “Oil is the blood of the engine. It’s the #1 thing you can do for your car.”

Nissan recommends changing your 2002 Altima’s oil at regular intervals. Check the interval for your vehicle mileage in the table above. No matter the mileage, your Altima may need its oil changed ASAP if your check engine light is on, you hear knock knock knock coming from the engine, sense an oil smell in the cabin, or see an excess amount of vehicle exhaust. You might need an oil change more frequently than what’s recommended by Nissan if you regularly haul heavy loads, drive in dusty terrain, enjoy off-roading, or go long distances at low speeds. In general, being extra-diligent about oil changes won’t damage your Nissan Altima. In fact, every oil change is an opportunity to diagnose and treat any other issues, such as bad brakes or a failing battery.

What Type of Oil Does My Nissan Altima Need?

Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right 2002 Nissan Altima motor oil: either synthetic or conventional. Nissan has recommendations as to whether conventional or synthetic oil is the ideal engine oil for your 2002 Altima. Motor oil reduces friction between engine components, maintain proper engine temperature, and prevent harmful substances from accumulating in the engine. In an oil change service, a technician will change your Altima's oil, replace and recycle your used oil and filter, check all of your other filters, top-off important fluids, and visually inspect the rest of the vehicle. You can rest assured knowing that we seek to do what’s best for your Altima by considering your driving preferences, and the number of miles on your odometer.

Types of Motor Oil for Nissans

Wondering what motor oil brands you can find at Firestone Complete Auto Care? We carry the best because your Altima deserves the best. Consult Nissan's recommendations to select the right  2002 Altima oil and talk with a teammate to learn more about our oil options: Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ conventional oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology, and Shell Rotella® heavy-duty engine oil. With so many motor oil brands in the market, why do we carry these brands? They are proven winners. For example, when tested on taxi fleets from coast to coast, Quaker State was shown to provide double the protection when compared to the industry standard. [1] And Pennzoil? Pennzoil Synthetics feature the capabilities to advance with vehicle technology to offer complete protection for not only the engines of today, but also the engines of tomorrow. But don't forget about Shell Rotella for heavy-duty engines. It's made for gasoline and diesel engines that need to withstand rugged conditions, and is fortified to deliver improved oxidation resistance, heightened performance in extreme temperatures, and increased wear protection. Always refer to Nissan's recommendations before going with a new or different motor oil for your 2002 Nissan Altima.

Where Can I Get a Nissan Altima Oil Change

When it's time for a 2002 Nissan Altima oil change, you know where to go! Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care carries some of the most reliable engine oils for Nissan vehicles. We'll take care of you quickly, with the right motor oil at the right price. Call ahead to find out how much oil changes cost for 2002 Nissan Altimas. Make an appointment for an oil change service today and let the oil experts take care of your Altima's engine. Many stores are open late and on weekends for your convenience.

[1] ILSAC GF-5 represents the latest performance standard set by the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), a joint effort of U.S. and Japanese automobile manufacturers. Most automobile manufacturers are expected to recommend oils that meet ILSAC GF-5. API SN is the most recent service category issued by API’s Lubricants Group. Oils meeting API SN and the new “Resource Conserving” designation meet all ILSAC GF-5 performance requirements.

Oil Change Q&A for Your 2002 Nissan Altima

  • Should I check my Nissan Altima motor oil level? Engine oil lubricates moving parts in your engine. If your oil runs low, these components can grind against each other, generate excess heat, and cause your Nissan Altima engine to fail. That’s why you should check your oil and get it changed regularly.
  • Can I change my Nissan oil on my own? Changing your own oil isn't as convenient as you might think. You’ll have to buy special tools and figure out a way to recycle the old oil properly. Having your oil professionally changed reduces the chances of something going wrong with the oil change, but it’ll also help your car perform smoothly down the road.
  • Why is my Nissan exhaust smoke gray or blue? There could be an oil leak and your engine is burning oil. Time to have a qualified technician check things out. A leak can be caused by a variety of issues including faulty valve seals, fried piston rings, or damaged cylinder walls.

Schedule an Oil Change for Your 2002 Altima

Help your 2002 Altima engine last longer with regular oil changes and lube service. Schedule an appointment now!