Undoubtedly, routine service is one of the keys to vehicle health. While motorists in East Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket can always rely on knowledgeable mechanics such as those at Stateline Nissan to get the job done, there’s plenty you’ll be able to do right from home.
DIY car service might seem daunting, but with the best information, most jobs are now actually a cinch to perform. Have a look at some of our most regularly asked Nissan service FAQs below before starting your next repair.
How often should I change my oil?
The answer to “How often should I change my oil?” really will depend on exactly how many miles you’re driving your vehicle in 30 days, and exactly how difficult your travel is. Nevertheless, more mechanics recommend that you should change your oil every 3,000 kilometers or every 90 days.
How do I check my transmission fluid?
Checking transmission fluid is very similar to checking motor oil. Make sure that your engine is off with the emergency brake on and your car either in park or neutral. At this time, pop the hood and remove the transmission stick. Wipe it straight down with a cloth, then dip it back in and out. You should be left with a definite indication of how much fluid you have.
How do I sync Bluetooth® in my car?
As long as you have a Bluetooth®-accessible vehicle and phone, that one isn’t too much work. You’re able to sync Bluetooth® in your car in just a few brief steps…
- Initiate the pairing procedure on your car’s stereo.
- Go into the phone’s setup menu and select the wireless tab.
- Turn on Bluetooth® in your submenu.
- In the Bluetooth® menu, choose your car’s stereo off the list.
- Enter your private stereo PIN and enable media.
You should now be able to make hands-free calls and select your music library. Enjoy!
How do I change my brake pads?
Changing brake pads is certainly one of the trickier tasks on this list, but it’s not impossible to do yourself. First, you’ll want to grab a jack and some risers, a brake tool, braking system oil, a socket wrench and tire iron, and some new brake pads.
- Get the car or truck off the ground. Tires need to be off to put on new brake pads, so jack your vehicle and remove them. During this step, it’s a good idea to have an extra set of fingers helping.
- Remove the caliper assembly and your car’s old braking system pads. The caliper construction is essentially a clamp keeping the pads around your rotors. Remove the caliper installation and set it aside, avoiding the brake line. You’ll then want to slide out the old pads.
- Replace pads. Grease up the backs associated with the pads first, making sure none gets on the front or the rotors. Be gentle, and also make sure the pads are protected before replacing the caliper assembly. You’ll need your car’s braking system tool to readjust the assembly so it fits the thicker pads.
- Put everything back together. Once the tires are back on, you’re all set!
How do I bleed my brakes?
When your brake pedal feels a little squishy or sluggish, there’s a great possibility that there’s air in your braking system lines. Bleeding your car’s brakes is the process of letting this pressure out. In order to do it, you’ll need a bleeder wrench or properly sized combination wrench, braking system fluid, a cup jar, and an additional set of hands.
- Find the brake bleeder screw located behind each braking system. (Hint: It’s attached to the bleeder hose.) Reaching it will be easier if the vehicle is jacked. Crawl underneath and loosen the screw, making use of your car’s bleeder wrench. Be careful not to split away from the screw. If it seems stuck, spray it with WD-40.
- Place a small piece of hose over the end of this screw. Then, put the other end within the container. This may collect excess braking system fluid.
- Have your friend pump the brakes to assist you, alerting each time they’ve pressed the pedal. If you’re under the car during this part, use caution! Ensure that the vehicle is jacked securely.
- Open the bleeder screw after the brake pedal has been pumped once or twice. Fluid should squirt out (hopefully straight into the container). More than likely, there will be a couple of pressure bulges in there.
- Tighten the screw when the brakes are squeezed straight down. Then, tell your good friend to release the brakes. Do this until the screw is perfectly tight.
- Open the master cylinder and add more braking system fluid. Failing to take action can cause some serious injury to the brake system.
How often should I rotate my tires?
Tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles. Just schedule a rotation with every other oil change.
How do I read my tire size?
The size on your tire consists of an apparently nonsensical mixture of numbers and letters. But each mark means something different.
Wheel diameter: This quantity will be specified in inches. It shows the size wheel your tire will actually fit.
Load index: This is actually the optimum load-carrying ability of your tire. Never install a tire that doesn’t meet with the manufacturer’s suggestion for your model.
Aspect ratio: This quantity represents the height associated with the sidewall. Since it’s only a percentage associated with section width, it’s going to be small (maybe around 45 approximately).
Radial construction: You probably have a radial tire, denoted by the letter R.
Width: This is the width of the tire from one sidewall to another, measured in millimeters. In a traveler engine, it may possibly be something like 245.
Speed rating: This is the highest rate the tire may be driven on. S = 112 MPH and T = 118 MPH. A Z-rated tire could be the fastest available, and will be accompanied by a W or Y, indicating the actual MPH the tires are rated for.
Tire kind: P = passenger car tire and LT = a light truck tire.
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While this is usually a great starting point for DIY maintenance, don’t start any job if you’re uncertain. East Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket car owners can consult the servicing experts at Stateline Nissan ahead of time for additional information. Call us today!