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Nissan Pathfinder Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil & filter in a 4th generation 2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinder with the VQ35DE 3.5L V6 engine.

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2016 Pathfinder 3.5L V6
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Engine Oil Filler Cap
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Twist Off Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and probably also the updated 2017 model year) Nissan Pathfinder SUV in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the VQ35DE 3.5 liter V6 engine.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Sentra, Murano, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mobil 1 M1-108, Bosch 3300, Fram PH6607, Royal Purple 10-2876, Pennzoil HPZ-37, Wix 51358, Purolator PSL14612, K&N PS-1008 and ACDelco PF1237.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include the following: a 14mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container, a flathead screwdriver, a Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench, an automotive funnel, a new oil filter and 6 U.S. quarts of new SAE 0W-20 oil.

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Yellow Handle Dipstick
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Lift Out An Inch Or Two
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Warning Label - Dipstick
The first two steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes and then park the SUV on a level surface.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow it to drain out faster.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the car from moving.

Twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and lift up the yellow plastic handled oil dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil filler cap and partially removing the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

There is a warning label on the air intake in front of the engine bay that reads "Do Not Pull Out Oil Level Gauge While Filling Engine Oil". So just remember to push the dipstick all the way back in before pouring in the new oil.

There should be plenty of room to slide under the SUV, but you can use automotive ramps or a floor jack and jack stands if you need more working room.

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Black Metal Oil Pan
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Oil Drain Bolt
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Used Oil Catch Basin

Slide under the front passenger side of the engine bay and locate the black metal oil pan.

The oil drain bolt is located at the rear edge of the oil pan with the bolt head facing towards the back of the SUV.

Position the used oil catch container to just below the oil drain bolt.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Draining Out Old Oil
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Tighten 14mm Bolt Clockwise

Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with the 14mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

 Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt. The old oil might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to an occasional drip.

If the oil drain bolt was equipped with a crush washer, inspect it and replace it if necessary.

You can purchase new crush washers at your Nissan or Infiniti dealership's parts counter or at most auto parts stores.

Spin in the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction a few turns by hand to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil drain bolt with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight or about 20 to 25 lb-ft of torque.

Double check that the oil drain bolt is tight before moving on to the next step.

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Turn Wheels To Right
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Passenger Side Wheel Well
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Lift Plastic Splash Guard
For easier access to the oil filter, you'll need to turn the steering wheel all the way to the right to create more working room in the passenger side wheel well.

Gently pull up the plastic splash guard panel to access the old oil filter.

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Oil Filter - Side of Engine
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Pry Out Center of Fastener
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Remove Plastic Pop Rivets
An optional step is to remove the plastic wheel well liner panel for easy access to the oil filter.

Gently pry up the center of the four plastic pop rivets to unlock them before removing the entire fastener.



 

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Top Right Fastener
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Bottom Right Fastener
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Four Pop Rivets Removed
Set the four plastic pop rivets and the wheel well cover aside in a safe place.
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Access Panel Removed
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Old Oil Filter Exposed
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Move Basin Forward
Slide the used oil catch container to just below the oil filter.
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Lisle Oil Filter Wrench
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Dip Finger In New Oil
Twist off the old oil filter in the counterclockwise direction.

If you have trouble loosening the old filter, use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle 63600 attached to a short extension bar and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Allow the old oil to drain out of the filter receptacle for at least a minute or two.

I recommend using the Mobil 1 M1-108 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Dip your pinky finger in to some new SAE 0W-20 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.
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Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
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Twist On New Oil Filter
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Push Down Dipstick
Lubricating the rubber o-ring on the new oil filter will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Make sure that the rubber o-ring gasket from the old oil filter is not still attached to the engine.

Spin on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/2 to 2/3 turn past hand tight.

Double check that the new oil filter is tight before moving on to the next steps.

Push the oil level dipstick all the way down in to place.

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Oil Level Gauge Warning
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Insert Automotive Funnel
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Pour In New 5W-30 Oil
The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder VQ35DE 3.5L V6 engine's oil capacity specification for an oil change including a filter replacement is 5 1/8 U.S. quarts (or 4.8L).

(Please double check your vehicle's engine oil capacity specification in the owner's manual.)

Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

I recommend only pouring in about 4 1/2 to 4 3/4 U.S. quarts of new SAE 0W-20 at first.

Then temporarily replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction and make sure the dipstick is fully inserted.

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Pull Out Dipstick
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Check Oil Level
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Tighten Oil Filler Cap
Start the engine and allow it to warm up for a few minutes.

Then turn off the ignition and allow the new oil to drain down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a paper towel, fully re-insert it in to the engine and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the top of the cross hatched area at the bottom of the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" line.

The dipstick is also marked with a "L" for "Low Oil" and an "H" for "High" at the top of the cross hatched area.

You may not need to pour in the entire 5 1/8 U.S. quarts (or 4.8 liters) new oil to reach the correct level on the dipstick.

Once the oil level is correct, replace the dipstick and tighten the oil filler cap in the clockwise direction.

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Line Up Access Cover
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Replace Four Pop Rivets
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Engine Oil Change Complete
If you removed the wheel well liner panel to access the oil filter, hold it in place and push in the four pop rivet fasteners to secure it.

To reset your oil life meter and make the maintenance reminder go away, follow these steps: 1. Hit the "Info" button. 2. Choose the "Maintenance" menu item and hit the "Enter" button. 3. Click on "Engine Oil". 4. Choose "Reset Distance" and hit "Enter".

You can also adjust the mileage interval if you'd like a reminder to change your oil every 5,000 or 7,500 miles if you are using synthetic motor oil. If you rotate your tires when you change your oil, also reset the "Tire" meter.

Be sure to record the oil change in your car's service records. It would also be a good idea to check your parking spot, garage or driveway for drops of oil which may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the new filter.

For more, check out all of my 2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinder DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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