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Infiniti QX60 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the VQ35DE 3.5L V6 engine's air filter in a 1st generation 2013 to 2020 Infiniti QX60.

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2020 QX60 VQ35DE
Right Side - Air Box
Pull Off Metal Latches
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020) Infiniti QX60 luxury SUV in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the VQ35DE 3.5 liter V6 engine. (The steps should be the same or very similar for the 2.5L I4 engine in the hybrid models.)

Owners of other Infiniti and Nissan vehicles such as the JX35, Q50, Q60, QX50, QX80, Pathfinder, Murano, Rogue, Armada, Kicks, Frontier, Titan, NV, NV200, 370Z, GT-R, Leaf, Maxima, Altima, Sentra and Versa might also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Infiniti / Nissan part number is 16546-V0100 (also known as 16546 V0100 or 16546V0100).

A few compatible replacement aftermarket engine air filters for the VQ35DE 3.5L V6  with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA4309, Purolator A24278, Wix 46116, PotAuto MAP 6039, EcoGard XA4278 and Mahle LX 2561.

No tools are required to access and replace the filter.

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

The engine air filter box is situated in between the brake fluid reservoir and the electrical fuse box just behind the 12V automotive battery.


Release 2nd Metal Latch
Two Latches Released
Pull Open Air Box Cover
There are two metal latches on the front of the air box assembly.

Flip down the two latches off the air box cover.

Carefully lift the top of the filter housing.

There are two tabs on the rear of the cover that slide into slots on the bottom half of the cover.

Pull Out Old Air Filter
Old Filter Removed
Inspect Both Sides
Slide the old air filter out of the bottom half of the air box.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with soot, pollen, dirt, dust, leaves, insects, twigs, hair 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 from other Infiniti owners.

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

Clean With Vacuum
Clean Out Bottom Half
OEM Part Number
Use the vacuum to clean out any sand or debris in the bottom half of the air box.

The OEM part number in this 2020 QX60 was Nissan 16546-V0100.

Install New Air Filter
Slide Tabs Into Slot
Flip Up Metal Latches
Orientate the new air filter with the pleats facing down and the rubber gasket facing up towards you.

Lower the new filter down into the bottom half of the air box.

Make sure the new filter is flush at every edge with the lower half of the air box.

Slide the tabs on the rear edge of the cover into the slots on the bottom half of the air box.

Close the front edge of the air box.

Two Latches Secured
Air Box Secured
Filter Change Complete
Flip up the two metal latches and "snap" them into place over the top half of the air box.

Double check that the air box is flush together at every edge with no part of the new filter visible.

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

The service interval specification in the owner's manual for the engine air filter is to change it every 30,000 miles (48,000 KM) or at least every 36 months (3 years).

Please take a look at all of the 2013-2020 Infiniti QX60 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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