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Nissan Frontier Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the VQ40DE 4.0L V6 engine air filter element in a 2nd generation 2005 to 2016 Nissan Frontier truck.

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2016 Frontier Engine Air Box
Flip Down Metal Latch
Front Fastener Released
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation "D40 Series" (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Nissan Frontier pickup truck with the VQ40DE 4.0 liter V6 engine in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Navara, Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Pathfinder, Murano, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Sentra, 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 engine air filters with their part numbers include the following: Fram CA7440, K&N 33-2286, Spectre HPR7440, Wix 46213, Bosch 5486WS, Ecogard XA4727, ACDelco A1267C, Purolator PA44727, Champion CAP7440 and AEM 28-20286.

Flip Up 2nd Metal Latch
Second Fastener Released
Lift Off Air Box Cover
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The engine air filter box is located behind the driver side headlight assembly and in front of the brake fluid reservoir.

Flip down the metal latch on the front right corner of the air box to release it.

Then flip up the second metal latch located near the right rear corner.

Gently lift off the air box cover to access the filter.

Remove Old Air Filter
Old Filter Removed
Clean With Vacuum
Pull 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 dirt, dust, leaves, insects, twigs, hair, pollen, soot and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the Fram CA7440 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 Bottom Air Box
Install New Air Filter
Re-Insert 3 Tabs In Slots
If your vacuum cleaner has a crevice attachment, clean out any sand or debris in the bottom of the air box.

Insert the new air filter in to the bottom half of the air box with the pleats facing down and the metal wire mesh screen facing up towards you.

Lower the air box cover and line up the three plastic tabs with their corresponding slots on the bottom half of the air box.

Slide the tabs in to the slots and close the air box cover.

Flip Up Front Latch
Secure 2nd Fastener
Engine Air Filter Replaced
Flip up the front latch and secure it in place over the top half of the air box.

Flip the rear latch down and over the bottom half of the air box.

Make sure that the two halves of the air box are flush together with no parts of the new filter visible.

If you replaced the engine air filter, be sure to record it in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out my other Nissan Frontier DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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