Care For Your Car

Tyres

Did you know: Under-inflated tyres cost you money?

Your engine uses more power to push a vehicle with soft tyres, causing your fuel consumption bill to increase considerably.

  • Tyre pressure should be checked at least once a month.
  • Tyres should be kept properly inflated according to the correct tyre pressure for the vehicle. Tyre pressure should be checked when the tyre is cool, and remember to check the spare as well.
  • The Nissan maintenance schedule requires that all Nissan models have tyres rotated every 6,000 miles (10,000 km). This will extend the life of your tyres.
  • Look out for uneven or excessive tread tyre wear. Check your tyre pressure (tyre rubber will expand or contract according to weather conditions.)

Brakes

How do you know if your braking system is worn?

If the vehicle is taking longer to stop than normal, or if the pedal feels spongy, you should contact your nearest Nissan Dealer immediately.

Ventilation Air Filter (Pollen Filter)

The ventilation air filter prevents dirt, dust and pollen from entering the air ventilation system of the vehicle. How do you know if the filter is blocking?

  • Is your windscreen taking longer to demist? Is your vent airflow restricted?
  • Refer to your Service Schedule to find out the required frequency of necessary replacement of the pollen filter.

Air Conditioning

If your vehicle is equipped with Air Conditioning, use it in the winter. It acts as a dehumidifier when warm air is selected leading to a healthier environment within the cabin. It will also quickly clear fogged up windows in winter weather conditions.

  • For your comfort ensure that the Air Conditioning filters are regularly cleaned. Recharge air conditioner gases periodically to maximise performance.

Fuel

  • Use fuel that is recommended in your Owner's Manual. A lower level octane content will result in poor performance and increased operating costs.
  • Do not run the fuel tank too close to empty. Sediments can collect at the bottom and condensation build-up could cause problems in the fuel.

Engine Oil

Use the correct grade of oil as recommended in the Owners Manual.

Don't miss your routine oil changes. Oil is the lifeblood of any engine and a good quality oil will offer superior engine protection.

To check the oil level yourself you can use the following guide:

  • Park the vehicle on a level surface.
  • Allow the engine to warm up.
  • Turn the engine off. This will allow the oil to drain back.
  • Remove the oil dipstick and clean. Put it back.
  • Remove again and check the oil level. It should be between the H and L marks. If the oil level is below the L mark then add the recommended oil as stated in your Owner's Manual

Under the Bonnet

  • Check Fluid Levels
  • Check radiator for accumulated dirt (insects / leaves).
  • Inspect hoses for cracks, deformations or loose connections that might lead to overheating.
  • Make sure engine drive belts are not frayed, worn, cracked or oily.

Inside your Nissan

  • Check that your seat belts operate smoothly.
  • Be sure all gauges (e.g. fuel, oil etc) indicate normal levels.
  • Check brakes for smooth operation & pedals should be firm.
  • Check for steering wheel vibration or strange noises. If the vehicle pulls to one side have your tyres and alignment checked by your Nissan Dealer.
  • Check the windscreen wipers and washers are working.
  • Ensure that air / heat comes out of the defroster outlets properly and at sufficient levels.
  • Remember clean, cloth polished windows will demist more quickly than hand wiped dirty windows.

Outside your Nissan

  • Inspect tyres for damage, cuts or excessive wear. Test pressure and adjust if necessary and also check for missing or loose wheel nuts.
  • Make sure headlights, taillights; brake lights and signal lights operate properly.

To keep your Nissan looking its best by we recommend regular polishing and valeting: Ask your local dealer about our range of products.

Regular garage brush washing is not recommended as it can cause some colours to fade. Get your Nissan professionally polished to renew colour protection.

Summer Maintenance

Make sure that your car is ready for the summer. You are bound to be getting out and about far more often when the winter months have passed, so be certain of trouble free motoring. Don't sacrifice the joys of a holiday for the sake of a service!

It is not only winter weather conditions that can add wear and tear to your vehicle. As summer approaches be sure to contact your local Nissan Dealer for Summer service advice.

  • Car Battery: Warm weather can shorten the life of your battery as the battery fluids can begin to evaporate. Be sure that the fluid levels are topped up for the summer months.

Winter Maintenance - Make life easy Be prepared

The winter months can mean extra wear and tear for your Nissan. Remember that keeping your car well maintained will guarantee warm, secure and reliable motoring. For your Nissan recommended Winter Service check; contact your local Nissan Dealer.

Ask your Nissan Dealer to pay particular attention to brakes, tyres, defroster, radiator, windscreen wipers, headlights, hazard lights, indicators, ignition and exhaust. We advise that you keep an emergency kit in the boot of your car, containing the following items (all available from your local Nissan Dealer):

  • First Aid Kit
  • Ice Scraper
  • Warning Triangle
  • Towing Cable
  • Life Pack (hand torch plus life hammer)
  • Jump Leads
  • Safety Vest
  • Map Reading Lamp
  • Bulb & Fuse Kits
  • De-icer

Top Tips:

  • At the beginning of the Winter season spray some lube oil into each door lock. This prevents the key cylinders from getting a little stiff as they age.
  • Remember to have the Breakdown Rescue from RAC help line number to hand should you encounter any problems with your vehicle. 1800 646 553 (from RoI) or 0800 389 6915 (from UK) In the event of vehicle breakdown contact the Breakdown Rescue from RAC first! Then call the relevant Nisan Dealer