How to change Ignition Coil Nissan Infiniti 3.5L V6 Engine

Learn how to replace the ignition coils on the Nissan and Infiniti 3.5L V6 engine.

While it is recommended to replace all the coils at the same time whenever possible, replacing only the faulty coil is an acceptable solution. If the coil is replaced with the same brand as the rest of the coils, you shouldn't notice any performance issues when only one coil is replaced.

This particular engine is known with code VQ35DE and is installed on many Nissan and Infiniti models such as Altima, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Quest, 350z, G35 M35 and more. 


What you may notice when a Nissan ignition coil fails:

  • Check Engine Light On
  • Engine misfiring
  • Catalytic Converter Glowing Red
  • Rough Idle
  • Loss of power
  • The car will not start or dies at idle
  • Engine shaking

What you will need


Park Vehicle

Park you Nissan on level ground. Allow the engine to cool down.

Open Hood

Pull the hood release on your Quest to open the hood.

Disconnect Negative

Disconnect the negative battery terminal.


Watch a video to learn how to perform this step.

Remove Engine Cover

Remove the engine cover. You will need to remove two 10 mm bolts in order to remove the engine cover.

Disconnect Ignition Coil

Unplug the electrical connector from the ignition coil. Press the small tab then pull.


Do this for the rest of the ignition coils.

DIY: How to change ignition coils on a 2000 - 03 Nissan Maxima

To replace the back coils on this particular Nissan engine, you will need to remove the intake manifold.

Remove Bolts

Remove the 10mm bolts that secure the coil in place.


Remove Ignition Coil

Remove ignition coils

Install new Coils

Install new ignition coils on your Nissan.

Reinstall Engine Cover

Reinstall engine cover. Connect the negative terminal and start the car.

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  • Infiniti QX60 (since 2014)
  • Nissan Altima (since 2002)
  • Nissan Maxima (since 2002)
  • Nissan Murano Z50 (since 2003)
  • Nissan Pathfinder (since 2013)
  • Nissan Quest (since 2004)
  • Nissan 350Z (2003–2006)
  • Nissan Pathfinder (2001–2004)
  • Infiniti FX35 (2003–2008)
  • Infiniti G35 Coupe (2003–2007)
  • Infiniti G35 Sedan (2003–2006)
  • Infiniti I35 (2002–2004)
  • Infiniti JX35 (2013–2013)
  • Infiniti M35 (2006–2008)
  • Infiniti QX4 (2001–2004)

Additional Resources

  1. Nissan Spark Plug Replacement Procedure

By YOUCANIC on May 29, 2019


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