How to change engine oil Nissan Engine 3.5L V6

In this guide, you will learn how to change the oil filter on a Nissan 3.5L engine also known with code name VQ35DE. This engine is one of the most popular and most reliable engines installed in a lot of Nissan and Infinity vehicles from 2000 to present. Some models that are equipped with this engine include Nissan Pathfinder, Altima, Maxima, 350Z, Murano and Infinity QX4, I35, G35, FX35 and Quest. A complete list of applications is found below. Changing the oil and oil filter at recommended intervals is very important for your Nissan. This guide will show you how to change the oil, locate the oil filter and replace it. 


What you will need

Parts Needed

Tools Required


Raise Vehicle

Drive the car over on ramps. Place the car in park and set the parking brakes. Block the rear tires of your Nissan and place jack stands under the car.

Ensure the emergency brakes have been set. Next, locate the hood release found in the interior of the car. Pull the hood release until you hear the hood pop up. Move to the front of the car and release the latch, then lift up the hood.

Remove engine splash shield

Remove the plastic shield from the bottom of the engine.

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Watch the following video on how to remove engine undercover (under shield).

Locate oil drain plug

Here is a close up picture of oil drain plug on this Nissan

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Remove Plug and Drain Oil

Remove oil drain plug. Use a 17 mm socket to remove this bolt by turning it counter-clockwise. Once you break the bolt loose, you can use your hand to remove the bolt but be careful so that you don't get burned if the oil is hot. Make sure to have the oil catch pan located under the oil drain hole. Allow the old oil to drain for at least ten minutes. Watch the following video to learn how to perform this step.

Replace drain plug washer

Replace the drain plug washer if you have one. Reinstall the oil drain plug.

Install drain plug

Reinstall the drain plug on your Nissan/Infiniti engine. Tighten the drain plug to 29 ft-lb.

Locate engine oil filter

Locate the engine filer on your Nissan Quest. Use an oil filter wrench to remove the oil filter.

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Replace oil filter

Remove the old oil filter. Install the new filter on your Quest and tighten it by hand. Lastly, torque to 25Nm.

Locate oil filler cap

Locate the oil filler on your Nissan Quest.

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Add engine oil

Add the recommended engine oil. Check the oil level after you add 80% of the oil capacity. Don't overfill engine with oil. Start by adding one litter less than recommended and recheck the oil level. Add more oil as needed.

Check Engine Oil Level

Locate the oil dipstick. If your Nissan doesn't have a dipstick, you will need to check the oil level via the instrument cluster.

Watch a video on how to check engine oil level via dipstick on various Nissan and Infiniti vehicles.

 Reset Oil Reminder

Reset the oil service reminder via the buttons on the side of the instrument cluster.



  • Engine oil viscosity (thickness) has an effect on fuel economy and cold weather operating (engine start and engine oil flowability). Lower viscosity engine oils can provide better fuel economy and cold weather performance, however, higher viscosity engine oils are required for satisfactory lubrication in hot weather. Using oils of any viscosity other than those recommended could result in engine damage.
  • Always be sure to clean the area around any filler plug, drain plug, or dipstick before checking or draining any lubricant. This is especially important in dusty or sandy areas and when the vehicle is used on unpaved roads. Cleaning the plug and dipstick areas will prevent dirt and grit from entering the engine and other mechanisms that could be damaged.
  • Remember to recycle the oil and filter properly. Your local auto parts store will take your used oil. Your City's recycling facility will also accept your old motor oil.

Tightening Torque (Typical)

  • Drain plug tightening torque: 22 to 29 ft-lb (29 to 39 N·m)
  • Oil filter tightening torque: 11 to 15 ft-lb (14.7 to 20.5 N·m)

Applicable Oil Filters

Use the following chart for reference only. Verify with the manufacturer if the oil filter fits your Nissan or Infiniti.

Related Oil Filters Part Numbers

  • AC Delco PF1237
  • Champ Labs. PH2876
  • Donaldson P502067
  • Fram PH5541
  • Fram PH6607
  • Fram PH7317
  • Fram PH9688
  • Fram TG6607
  • Fram TG7317
  • Fram TG9688
  • Fram XG6607
  • Fram XG7317
  • Fram XG9688
  • Infiniti 1520865F0C
  • Infiniti 1520865F0E
  • Mann-Hummel ML1014
  • Mobil One M1108A
  • Motorcraft FL816
  • Nissan 1520865F0C
  • Nissan 1520865F0E
  • Purolator L14612
  • Purolator L14622
  • Smart 1321800010
  • STP S2869
  • SuperTech ST6607
  • SuperTech ST9688
  • WIX 51365


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