Nissan Repair Frequently Asked Questions
Regular Nissan maintenance is essential. It’s easy to forget that you must change your oil, engine coolant and other fluids, brake pads, and other serviceable parts every so often, until suddenly one day you aren’t allowed to forget. So… don’t forget. Just don’t. With the heat as bad as it’s ever been, it’s safe to say those limits are a bit lower now since everyone’s car is definitely working a bit harder than ever. Now is not the time to skimp.
For your convenience, we’ve gathered the answers to some of the most common questions about Nissan service and maintenance schedules. We hope this helps you from needing expensive Nissan repair in the future.
Remember: if you follow the Nissan maintenance schedule, you’ll be sure to enjoy your car for years or maybe even decades to come. If you don’t, you maybe won’t.
What is the exact maintenance schedule for my specific make/model?
The precise maintenance schedule and instructions for maintaining your make/model of Nissan can be found on the Manuals & Guides page of the NissanUSA.com website.
How can I get info about vehicle recalls related to Nissan?
Use the Nissan Recall Lookup tool to check your VIN for any relevant recall information.
How can I protect the lifespan of my Nissan battery?
Generally, no service is required to maintain a modern car battery, but constant stopping/starting as well as hot/cold extremes can both diminish the lifespan of your battery. Try to avoid starting and stopping constantly, or driving through blizzards.
Do I need to recharge my battery after a jumpstart?
Generally, no. However, an especially poor quality battery may need extra juice to maintain a charge and in that case, a recharge may help. If that is the case though, it’s time for battery replacement service anyway.
When is it time to change Nissan brake pads?
When they start to annoy you with all the noise they’re making. Modern brake pads have noise indicators when the pads has reached about 2mm of thickness. You might hear brake squealing for other reasons- and some brake squealing is perfectly normal- but when that squeal is from the wear-indicator, it’s time for brake pad replacement. If you suspect your brake pads or Nissan brake rotors are wearing down, give Tedious Repairs a call for a multi-point brake system inspection and we’ll let you know if it’s serious wear or not.
Why does my car stutter when I brake?
If there’s variation in the thickness of the brake rotor/brake pad, this can cause the car to shake or stutter (aka pulse) when braking. This means it’s time to replace the worn part in question.
Why is so much dust coming from my brake pads?
The way brakes work means metal on metal contact so naturally some metal dust will occur, but in some high-performance brake systems this can be especially noticeable. It may even leave debris on the outside panels of your vehicle, which you probably won’t like. Most of the time this can be fixed by swapping the brake pads with pads that use different materials.
Fluid Replacement Questions
Should I replace my oil filter along with every oil change?
Yep. That old oil filter is holding old gunk and you can get it out by replacing it, that way more gunk can get caught in the new filter and then removed later.
How do I make sure I’m using the right kind of Nissan oil?
Again, check the Manuals & Guides page to get the owner’s manual for your make/model.
How often should I change my oil?
While we suggest every 3-5,000 miles as a broad guideline, again, check the Manuals & Guides page to be sure about your own car or Nissan truck.
Should I use synthetic or conventional oils in my Nissan?
Synthetic oils are just broadly better than conventional oils, offering better lubrication and heat transference than conventional oils. In almost all cases, use synthetic oils if possible.
When should I get a Nissan wheel rotation or wheel alignment?
Again, check the Manuals & Guides page. Unless you feel the alignment is way off. In that case, now.
Why is Nissan tire rotation important?
Different tires get different workloads. Rotating their position ensure they wear down more evenly than they would otherwise.
When do I need new Nissan tires?
Use a measure to check the tread. If the tire tread is lower than 4/32”, that tire needs to be replaced. Other signs of tire wear and tear include:
Cording or fabric showing through the rubber
Cuts or cracks in the surface of the rubber, especially in the sidewall of the tire
Bulges, splits, punctures or other obvious openings
Expert Nissan Technicians in Chico!
Following these basic guidelines as well as those for the specific make/model vehicle found in your owner’s manual is always best-practice. There’s a lot of variety in makes and models, but the owner’s manual always has precisely the information you need to make appropriate decisions for the maintenance and repair of your vehicle. If you take anything anyway today, it’s keep that owner’s manual handy!
Of course, once it’s time for Nissan maintenance, Nissan repairs or any kind of vehicle service, know that you can come to us for help! Tedious Repairs is your #1 Nissan auto shop in Chico. Just use the contact information below to schedule an appointment for Nissan service today!
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