Car Care | Car Maintenance

By: Nissan  05/12/2011

Tyres – Tread Carefully

With extended service intervals on modern cars, checking wear & tear’s such as tyres, has become an expected part of the vehicle’s owner’s responsibility.

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.

What checks do you need to do to ensure your tyres are safe and legal?

  • Tyre pressure should be checked at least once a month.
  • Tyres should be kept properly inflated according to the correct tyre pressure for your 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 10,000km (6,000miles). This will extend the life of your tyres.
  • Look out for uneven or excessive tread tyre wear.
  • Tread dept readings should be taken at three points across the width of each tyre.
  • All readings must be more than the 1.6mm tread depth limit to be legal.


Knowing that your brakes are in good working order brings peace of mind.
How do you know if your braking 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)

Clean Air, Fresher You !
The ventilation air filter prevents dirt, duct and pollen from entering the air ventilation systh3 of the vehicle. How do you know if the filter is blocking?

  • Is your windscreen taking longer to dh3ist? Is your vent airflow restricted? Refer to your Service Schedule to find out the required frequency of necessary replach3ent 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.

  • Air Conditioning needs regular servicing including filters cleaned & gases recharged periodically to maximise performance & comfort.


  • Use fuel that is recommended in your Owner’s Manual. A lower level octane content will result on poor performance and increased operation costs.
  • Do not run the fuel tank too close to h3pty. Sediments can collect at the bottom and condensation build-up could cause problh3s 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 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. The 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 you Owner’s Manual.

Wiper Blades

It’s an obvious thing to say but it’s important to have a clear windscreen when driving. Exposure to sunlight, ozone, oil and dirt all act to cause wiper blade rubber to deteriorate. This results in wiper blade noise, juddering and poor visibility. Therefore regularly check the windscreen wipers and washers are working.

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.
  • Rh3h3ber clean, cloth polished windows will dh3ist 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.

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

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