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.
Changing the oil and oil filter at the recommended intervals is very important.
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 the plastic shield from the bottom of the engine. Watch the following video on how to remove engine undercover (under shield).
Here is a close up picture of oil drain plug on this Nissan
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 the drain plug washer if you have one.
Reinstall the drain plug on your Nissan/Infiniti engine. Tighten the drain plug to 29 ft-lb.
Locate the engine filer on your Nissan Quest. Use an oil filter wrench to remove the oil filter.
Remove the old oil filter.
Install the new filter on your Quest and tighten it by hand.
Lastly, torque to 25Nm.
Locate the oil filler cap on top of the engine of your Nissan and remove it.
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.
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 the oil service reminder via the buttons on the side of the instrument cluster.
Use the following chart for reference only. Verify with the manufacturer if the oil filter fits your Nissan or Infiniti.
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