When we purchase our Nissan vehicle, it’s in an investment to ensure we travel both in style and comfort. We get our cars with the thought that for the next years we wouldn’t have to worry about using public transportation when going from point “A” to point “B” anymore. However, we also bear in mind that though these vehicles were built to last, they will stop running eventually.
Nonetheless, there are things we can do to extend our Nissan vehicle’s mileage as long as possible before having to replace parts, or if need be, purchase another vehicle altogether.
Beneath the hood
For the most part, a lot of drivers don’t really think too much about the engine. The only time we usually think about what is happening under the hood is when we notice it’s making a sound it shouldn’t be making, or when we feel there’s something different when we drive. Aside from regular check-ups, there are other things drivers can do in order to keep their engine running at top form.
Changing the oil regularly is probably the most important one. Oil keeps the engine well lubricated so the parts run smoothly and won’t overheat. It’s also good to make sure the cooling system is working to prevent overheating as well. Some drivers don’t pay attention whenever an automotive warning light flashes near the speedometer, but it would be best to follow-up on this as soon as possible. Lastly, something as simple as going easy when stopping and starting the car can go a long way in making sure the engine is kept in good condition.
Inside and out
Our vehicles take a beating from the elements day in and day out, so making sure it looks spick and span is sometimes not as easy as we’d like. For the exterior, there are three easy steps: wash, dry, and wax. First, wash the exterior with water and if needed, mix in a bit of car shampoo. After rinsing, let it drip dry before wiping the vehicle using chamois or a towel. Then apply wax as an extra layer of protection against dirt and dust.
For the interior, the first step would be to declutter the car. Remove items like empty water bottles, wet tissue dispensers, magazines and trash. Next, clean the console using any household cleaner. Proceed to clean the windows. Use another rag soaked with window cleaner to wipe any dust or dirt from the inside, and then wipe down the inside windows with another dry rag. For the seats and upholstery, use a cleaning solution. For the floor, use a vacuum. After all that, one should air out the car for a few minutes by leaving the doors open.
Underneath it all
As many drivers know, transmission problems are usually pricey to fix depending on the extent of the damage. Therefore, to avoid breaking the bank to pay for mechanic fees, there are a couple of things car owners can do. Checking the transmission fluid is one of these, and it should be done monthly. Next is letting the car warm up before heading out the garage. Something as simple as not warming up the car can cause problems down the road, especially during the colder times of the year.
Another tip is to not overload the vehicle, and be cautious when switching gears. We all know that there are times that doing these two is unavoidable, but to reduce wear and tear, it would be best to keep this tip in mind. Finally, if you suspect something is wrong, immediately contact, or better yet, go to the closest Nissan service center to get it checked.
Besides the tips we’ve laid out, there are a lot of other things drivers can do to ensure their car stays in top shape. Even the smallest thing can impact the overall condition of the vehicle, so it is always best to handle it with care at all times in order for your Nissan to be with you for many years to come.