parts oil filter is now shorter true or false

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I have been getting oil filters from Nissan for years, its a 2003 Pathfinder V6 VQ35de engine and they always gave me a long filter , now the oil filter I just installed to day is shorter , is this OK to use or what. they parts guy says it the newest updated filter out for all Nissan's with the VQ35DE motor? what gives here?
 
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Perhaps Nissan has now consolidated to the smallest filter that fits which as mentioned is the 14612/6607 size. That said, I wouldn't take the parts guy's word as gospel. Many quick lubes have consolidated/downsized the 14610/7317 size to the shorty 14612/6607. The two sizes are 'basically' interchangeable but I prefer the slightly longer 14610/7317 size to the thimble size shorty for the increased media area. Some Nissan's have listed/spec'd the 14612 size, some the 14610 size, but I've never heard or seen a Nissan/Infiniti application that didn't accommodate the latter. But yeah the shorty will be ok, just wouldn't be my preference over the 14610/7317 size.
 
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Originally Posted By: sayjac
Perhaps Nissan has now consolidated to the smallest filter that fits which as mentioned is the 14612/6607 size. That said, I wouldn't take the parts guy's word as gospel. Many quick lubes have consolidated/downsized the 14610/7317 size to the shorty 14612/6607. The two sizes are 'basically' interchangeable but I prefer the slightly longer 14610/7317 size to the thimble size shorty for the increased media area. Some Nissan's have listed/spec'd the 14612 size, some the 14610 size, but I've never heard or seen a Nissan/Infiniti application that didn't accommodate the latter. But yeah the shorty will be ok, just wouldn't be my preference over the 14610/7317 size.
sajac, You are correct, many OE's and parts houses/quick lubes are consolidating the 7317 filter size to 6607 to simplify sku count. That said, I run the 7317 Ultra on my turbocharged 350z VQ35 even though it calls for a 6607.
 
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