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Nissan Murano 3.5L V6 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil & replace the filter in a 2nd generation 2009-2014 Murano with the VQ35DE engine.

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2014 Murano 3.5L V6
Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
Black Metal Oil Pan
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Nissan Murano 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, Pathfinder, Sentra, 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.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a 14mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container, an automotive funnel, a new oil filter and 5 quarts of SAE 5W-30 oil.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Bosch 3300, Mobil 1 M1-108, K&N PS-1008, Royal Purple 10-2876, Fram PH6607, Pennzoil HPZ-37, Purolator PL14612, ACDelco PF1237, Pennzoil PZ-37, Motorcraft FL816, Ecogard X4612 and Mahle OC 711.

14mm Oil Drain Bolt
Loosen Counterclockwise
Draining Out Old Oil
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 more quickly.

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

I'd recommend twisting off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and lifting up the yellow handled oil dipstick an inch or two.

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

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.

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.

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 may 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.

Replace Drain Bolt
Plastic Wheel Well Liner
Pull Away Plastic Panel
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 dealership's parts counter or at most auto parts stores.

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

Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight.

If you have a torque wrench, the service manual specification for the oil drain bolt is 26 ft-lb of torque.

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

Move to the front passenger tire's wheel well and locate the black plastic engine splash guard.

Gently lift up the plastic panel to access the oil filter.

Old Canister Oil Filter
Spin Off Counterclockwise
Drain Out Old Oil
Slide the used oil catch basin to just below the old filter.

Twist off the old oil filter in the counterclockwise direction.

If you have trouble removing the old oil filter, you may need to use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle # 63600.

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

I recommend buying either the Mobil 1 M1-108 filter or the K&N PS-1008 since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.


Optional - Oil Filter Wrench
Dip Pinky Finger In Oil
Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Dip your pinky finger in to some new SAE 5W-30 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

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.

Spin On Clockwise
New Oil Filter Installed
Replace Splash Guard
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 2/3 turn past hand tight.

Lower the plastic splash guard panel back in to place on the side of the engine bay.

Double check that the oil drain bolt and new oil filter are tight before moving on to the next steps.

Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In New SAE 5W-30 Oil
Twist On Oil Filler Cap
Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

The Nissan VQ35DE 3.5L V6 engine's total capacity for an oil change with filter replacement is 4 7/8 U.S. quarts (which equals 4 imperial quarts or 4.6 liters).

Slowly pour in about 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 U.S. quarts of the new SAE 5W-30 oil in to the funnel.

You may not need to pour in the entire 4 7/8 quarts of new oil depending on how long you drained out the old oil.

Replace the oil filler cap and push down the dipstick.

Yellow Handled Dipstick
Check Oil Level
Replace Dipstick

Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes, turn it off and allow the oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, re-insert it 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 on the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "MAX" (maximum) level.

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

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 "Reminder 1". 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, be sure to reset "Reminder 2" tire rotation 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 my other 2009-2014 Nissan Murano DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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