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Nissan Rogue Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the oil & replace the filter on a 1st generation 2008-2013 Nissan Rogue with the QR25DE 2.5L I4 engine.

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2011 Rogue QR25DE
Twist Off Oil Filter Cap
Pull Up Yellow Dipstick
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 1st generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013) Nissan Rogue in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the QR25DE 2.5 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Nissan vehicles with the QR25DE engine such as the Sentra, Altima, Frontier, Serena, Bassara, X-Trail, Teana, Presage, and Suzuki Equator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, jack stands, a 14mm socket with ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container, a new oil filter, an automotive funnel and 5 U.S. quarts of SAE 5W-30 oil.

A few compatible aftermarket oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mobil 1 M1-108, K&N PS-1008, Wix 51358, Royal Purple 10-2876, Purolator L14612, Fram PH6607 and Bosch D3300.

Raise Front Passenger Side
Black Metal Oil Pan
Oil Drain Bolt At Rear
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park it on a level surface and turn off the engine.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and allow it drain out more quickly.

Then engage the emergency / parking brake and chock the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Twist off the oil filler cap in the counter clockwise direction and raise up the yellow handled dipstick an inch or two.

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

Raise the front passenger side of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with two jack stands.

Plastic Wheel Well Liner
Oil Filter Behind Cover
Remove 14mm Drain Bolt
Slide under the front passenger side of the engine bay with the 14mm socket, ratcheting wrench and used oil catch container.

Position the used oil catch basin below the oil drain bolt.

Remove the bolt with the 14mm socket and ratcheting wrench by turning it counter clockwise.

Be careful when you remove the drain bolt since the old oil may be hot enough to cause burns depending on how long you warmed up the engine.


Old Oil Draining Out
Tighten 14mm Oil Drain Bolt
Spin Off Old Oil Filter
Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until it slows to an occasional drip.

Spin in the oil drain bolt by hand to prevent it from becoming cross threaded and then tighten it with the 14mm socket to just past hand tight or about 22-29 ft lbs of torque.

Lift up the black plastic engine splash guard near the front wheel to reveal the old oil filter.

Move the used oil catch basin to just below the old oil filter.

Spin off the old oil filter in the counter clockwise direction.

If you have trouble turning the old 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 a minute or two.

I recommend buying the Mobil 1 M1-108 oil filter since it has lots of excellent reviews on Amazon.

Dip Pinky In New Oil
Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Spin On New OIl Filter
Dip your pinky finger in some new 5W-30 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring on the new filter.

Lubricating the o-ring will help the new filter form a better seal and make it easier to remove at the next oil change.

Make sure that the rubber o-ring from the old oil filter is not still attached to the engine.

Spin on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/2 turn past hand tight or 11-15 ft lbs of torque.

Do not over tighten the oil filter or use an oil filter wrench to tighten it.

Over tightening the filter may damage the rubber o-ring and cause leaks to develop.

Replace Engine Splash Guard
Lower Vehicle From Stands
Insert Automotive Funnel
Double check that the oil drain bolt and filter are secure.

Replace the black plastic splash guard.

Lower the vehicle from the jack stands with the floor jack.

Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole and pour in about 4 quarts of the engine's 4 7/8 quarts total oil capacity for an oil change with filter replacement.

It is far better to have a little less than enough oil in an engine rather than too much.

Pour In New 5W-30 Oil
Replace Oil Filler Cap
Check Dipstick Oil Level

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap, run the engine for a minute, shut it off, and allow the oil to drain back to the oil pan for at least 5 minutes.

Pull out the yellow handled dipstick and check the oil level. If necessary, slowly add more oil and repeatedly check the dipstick until the level on the dipstick reaches at or just below the upper hole.

You may not need to pour in the entire 4 7/8 U.S. quarts of new SAE 5W-30 oil depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

Once the oil level is correct, replace the oil filler cap and dipstick.

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

It's also a good idea to watch your driveway or parking spot for drops of oil and check the oil level on the dipstick during the next few days.

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

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