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Counterfeit Parts: Consequences

When to Replace Parts

If you have an accident

Maintenance Tips

Roadside Troubleshooting

Safety Precautions



Roadside safety:

Get your vehicle completely off the road and away from traffic.
Never stand near the edge of the highway while checking the vehicle.
Turn on your hazard warning flashers and raise the hood to warn traffic and signal that you need assistance.
If you decide to wait for professional assistance, stay inside your car with the windows up and the doors locked.

Flat Tires:

Park on a level and solid surface. Apply parking brake and shift manual transmission into "Reverse" or automatic transmission into "Park".
If you decide to change your tire yourself, follow your vehicles' specific jacking instructions listed in your owner's manual.
Never change tires when vehicle is on a slope, ice or slippery area. Also never change tires if oncoming traffic is close to your vehicle.
Observe the mileage limitations on the temporary spare, and return jack and other tools to their proper and secure locations when finished.


On extremely hot days, be sure to keep an eye on the temperature gauge. If you're running hot, make sure to shut off the air conditioner and roll down the windows. If this doesn't lower the temperature, turn on the heater to get coolant circulating through more of the engine.
If the temperature rises beyond the normal range, stop the vehicle as soon as possible. Continued operation of an overheated engine will cause serious damage, so pull over to a safe place and raise the hood. Be extremely careful of radiator and hoses which may be spraying steam and hot coolant. Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot.
If vehicle overheated because of a long hill or from sitting in traffic on a hot day, run the engine at a fast idle (approximately 1,500 rpms) until temperature returns to normal.
If there's coolant leak, broken belt or other malfunction, shut off the engine. After the engine cools, check coolant reservoir while engine is running and bring the vehicle to a Nissan dealer.