I wonder why the two wheel drives wouldn't have the same thing? I had to remove mine entirely every time...ended up breaking the head off of one of the bolts which helped in my decision to completely remove it.The OEM off-road skid plate has a trap door for changing the oil.
I Agree. After my Titan is in the air i can have oil draining in 5 minutes.After you get used to removing the skid plate, it's not that bad. Besides, it gives you a chance to inspect other things while you are under there.
Nothing special really....they're just allen screws. But I made it easier by replacing them with stainless phillips head screws and am always sure to use a little anti-seize each time I remove them.My 04 XE, 4x4, has the access panel as well. The problem is Nissan, like they do with everything else, used special bolts to hold it in place. The majority of the places I would take my truck to get the oil changed at would come back and say they couldn’t get the panel off without stripping the bolts. When I took my truck to the dealer they said I only had one bolt in and it had been rounded off. The dealer ended up just putting some regular bolts in free of charge.
Hmmm...my SE does have the access panel but I always remove the entire skid plate when changing the oil.My 4wd SE doesnt have an access panel. I dont think its a big deal to take it off. Its way easier than my motorcycle skid plates that I take off every time I change the oil.