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Nissan Qashqai / Rogue Sport Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the 2.0L I4 engine air filter element in a 2nd generation 2014 to 2021 Nissan Qashqai and Rogue Sport.

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2020 Rogue Sport 2.0L
Right Side of Engine Bay
Loosen Counterclockwise
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Nissan Qashqai and the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport (USA) with the MR20DD 2.0 liter inline four cylinder engine in checking, cleaning or changing the engine air filter element.

Owners of other Nissan, Infiniti or related Renault vehicles such as the Rogue, X-Trail, Note, Versa, Altima, Maxima, Sentra, Juke, Kicks, Murano, Pathfinder, Armada, Frontier, Titan, Quest, NV200, Q50, Q60, QX50, QX60, QX80 and Renault Kadjar may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement engine air filters with their part numbers are as follows: EcoGard XA10423, Fram CA11858, Spearhead MT-858, K&N 33-5016, Premium Guard PA99032 and Purolator A28177.

The tools needed to access and replace the filter include a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver, a flat head screwdriver and possibly also a pop rivet removal tool.

The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The MR20DD engine has a large and complicated looking black plastic air intake system that needs to be removed before you can access the filter box.

Locate the black metal bolt at the front outer edge of the air intake assembly situated behind the driver side headlight housing.

Loosen the bolt by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet. You could also use a Phillips head screwdriver.


Remove Black Metal Bolt
Pry Up Center Button
Pull Out Plastic Fastener
Set the bolt aside in a safe place.

Move to the front edge of the air intake assembly and locate the two round black plastic fasteners.

Use the flat head screwdriver to gently pry up the small round button in the center of the fasteners to unlock them.

Then pry out the base of the fasteners with the flat head screwdriver or use a pop rivet removal tool.

Remove Rear Pop Rivet
1 Bolt & 3 Fasteners
Pull Off Front Air Intake
Repeat the process to remove the pop rivet fastener on the rear of the air intake assembly that attaches it to the top of the filter box.

Set the three plastic fasteners aside with the bolt.

Gently lift the front half of the air intake assembly out of the engine bay.

Lift Off Rear Air Intake
Air Intake Removed
Air Filter Box Exposed
Then lift the rear half of the air intake assembly off the 12V automotive battery and set it aside in a safe place.

With the air intake removed, you'll be able to see part of the green colored OEM (original equipment manufacturer) filter visible inside the air box.

Right Side Metal Latch
Release Right Side Latch
Left Side Metal Latch
There are two metal latches that hold the front half of the air box to the rear half with one latch on each side.

Release the right side latch by pulling it forward towards yourself.

Then release the left side latch.

Pull Open Air Box
Lift Out Old Air Filter
Check Box For Debris
Gently pull open the air box to access the old filter.

Slide the old filter straight out of the box.

Check the air box for any large debris such as leaves, insects or twigs. Clean out any debris by using the crevice attachment on your vacuum.

Inspect Both Sides
Clean With Vacuum
Lower In New Air Filter
Inspect both sides of the old filter.

If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, soot, pollen, sand, leaves, insects, hair, twigs and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the Spearhead MT-858 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon including from other Rogue Sport owners.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a wet/dry shop vacuum.

Check your new filter for an "air flow" arrow. Orientate the new filter with the air flow arrow pointing towards the rear of the vehicle.

Lower the new filter down into the air box.

Push Into Rear Half
Close Front Half Box
Close Metal Latch
Push the new filter into the rear half of the air box.

Close the front half of the air box against the rear half.

Swing the two metal latches towards the rear of the SUV and snap them into place to secure the two halves of the air box together.

Snap On Left Side Latch
Lower In Rear Air Intake
Hole For Pop Rivet
Make sure the two latches are securely attached.

Lower the rear half of the air intake assembly down into place.

Make sure the hole in the rear half of the air intake is lined up with the hole in the top of the air box.

Re-Insert Plastic Fastener
Replace Front Air Intake
Spin In Metal Bolt
The smaller round button or "pin" in the center of the plastic fasteners should be in the up and released position.

Push in the base of the plastic fastener into the hole and pop in the button to secure it in place.

Lower the front half of the air intake assembly down into place.

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

Replace Two Fasteners
Tighten Bolt Clockwise
Engine Air Filter Replaced
Tighten the bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or you can use a Phillips head screwdriver.

Then replace the two plastic fasteners along the front edge of the air intake.

Make sure the air intake assembly is securely in place and all of the fasteners have been replaced.

Be sure to write down the filter change in your car's service records.

The maintenance schedule in the owner's manual specifies that the engine air filter should be replaced every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or at least every 36 months.

I also recommend checking and cleaning the engine air filter during every oil change which should be done after 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or every 6 months.

Please check out all of the 2014-2021 Nissan Qashqai / Rogue Sport DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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