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Nissan Murano Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the VQ35DE 3.5L V6 engine's air filter in a 3rd generation 2015 to 2018 Nissan Murano.

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2017 Murano Air Filter Box
Right Side Metal Latch
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and probably also the face lifted 2019 & 2020 model years) Nissan Murano SUV in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the VQ35DE 3.5 liter V6 motor.

Owners of other Nissan and Infiniti vehicles such as the Rogue, Pathfinder, Armada, Versa, Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Leaf, 370Z, GT-R, Frontier, Titan, NV200, Q50, Q70, Q60, QX30, QX50, QX60, QX70 and QX80 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA4309, Purolator A24278, ACDelco A975C, K&N 33-2031-2, Champion CAP4309, PotAuto MAP 6039, EPAuto GP309 and Premium Guard PA4278.

No tools are needed to access and replace the engine air filter.

Flip Up Latch To Release
Release Left Side Latch
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The rectangular shaped black plastic engine air filter box is located to the left of the fuse box, to the right of the brake fluid reservoir and behind the 12V automotive battery.

There are two metal latches on the front edge of the air box.

Gently flip the metal clips up and off the bottom half of the air box to release the cover.

Left Side Clip Released
Lift Air Box Cover
Once the two metal latches are released, gently lift the cover off the top of the air box.
Pull Out Old Air Filter
Old Air Filter Removed
Pull the old air filter straight out of the bottom half of the air box.

Inspect both sides of the old air filter.


Inspect Both Sides
Clean With Vacuum
If the old air filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, insects, leaves, hair, pollen, soot, sand and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the Fram CA4309 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

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

Clean Out Air Box
Line Up Tabs & Slots
If your vacuum cleaner has a crevice attachment, clean out any debris or sand in the bottom of the air box.

Lower the new filter into the bottom half of the air box with the pleats facing down and the rubber gasket facing up towards you.

Line up the tabs on the rear edge of the air box cover with the slots on the bottom half of the air box.

Push the air box cover back down into place.

Secure Top Half Air Box
Flip Down Metal Latches
Flip up the two metal latches and snap them into place over the top half of the air box.
Two Latches Secured
Engine Air Filter Replaced
Double check that the two clips are secure and that no part of the new filter is visible at every edge.

Be sure to record the filter change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, please check out all of my 2015-2018 Nissan Murano DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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