The Fuel Pump
With high gas prices, more drivers are waiting until the very last second to fill up their vehicles and this is causing a lot of fuel pumps to fail. When your Nissan goes below a quarter of a tank of gas, the fuel pump is no longer completely submerged in fuel and this can cause the creation of unnecessary heat because your fuel acts as a coolant. It’s recommended not only that you always keep your gas tank more than a quarter full but also that you replace your fuel filter about every couple years to keep the fuel pump healthy.
It’s a good idea to test your battery at least twice a year. This allows you a better chance to replace your battery when it’s weak instead of having it break down and fail completely. It’s also important to get the terminals cleaned because if left untouched, too much buildup can weaken your battery’s strength.
Radiators and Transmissions
Excessive heat will wipe them out. The engine’s temperature can easily be monitored by viewing the gauge it has on the dash but most vehicles don’t come with a transmission temperature gauge. It’s vital to check your fluid levels on a regular basis and exchange them in order to increase the likelihood your transmission and radiator will live longer. And in doing this, it’s important to make sure the correct fluid and the correct levels are used.
Hoses and Belts
When you take your Nissan in for a check-up, make sure the mechanic takes a look at your hoses and belts to see if they feel brittle or mushy or are cracked, frayed or bulging. If they are, they should be replaced as soon as possible to help lessen the chance of your Nissan breaking down.
Regular tire rotation is essential as well as keeping a close eye on their tread and replacing any tire that shows a noticeable loss of tread. When your tires are properly inflated it extends their life so be sure to check them regularly.