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April 2, 2013

Must Nissan oil filters be used in Frontier?

Q: I recently purchased a 2012 Nissan Frontier. The manual suggests using only Nissan oil filters because they have a built-in check valve. I have always used Fram oil filters in my vehicles. Can Fram filters be used on my Nissan or must I use only Nissan filters?

A: You can use any brand you want as long as the product says “meets or exceeds manufacturers specifications.” You don’t have to use parts from Nissan. However, you should be aware that if the engine has a failure while under warranty by Nissan, it may claim the failure happened due to lack of proper maintenance and the use of non-factory-recommended parts. Even though you have used parts that exceed the manufacturer specs, you may have a bit of a fight on your hands. I am not saying this will happen, I am merely saying this could happen.

Car Care Tip: While driving home the other night, I glanced over at cars near me on Interstate 95 in the Topsfield area. Seven out of the 10 drivers that I passed or were near me had cellphones to their heads and were clearly not concentrating fully on the road. To those needing to talk on phones while driving, consider using a Bluetooth device.

Larry Rubenstein is a master technician who owns a North Shore service station. His column appears periodically on Tuesdays. Write to Larry at Auto Scanner, c/o Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, or

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