Maintaining your Nissan through regular care and inspection is essential in order to keep your vehicle running in superior condition. With a proper maintenance schedule, you can continue the longevity of your Nissan while also improving your protection against common brand-associated problems such as radiator coolant leaks.
This article will cover the most common indications of a coolant leak, and the best courses of action to take in the event of one.
In the interest of preventing damage to your Nissan as a result of a coolant leak, it is vitally important that you frequently observe how your Nissan is running. Any indications of a coolant leak should be dealt with immediately, because if left unchecked, a seemingly harmless leak can quickly develop into critical damage and unnecessary costly repairs.
Radiator coolant leaks can irreversibly damage both your engine and your transmission, so catching it early can help greatly reduce your cost of repairs. The following are some of the most common indicators that will alert you to a coolant leak:
Any strange liquids leaking onto the ground from under the hood of your Nissan should be promptly investigated. If the liquid in question is coolant, it will most likely be yellow, green, or sometimes pink in color, slimy to the touch, and give off a faintly sweet smell.
After determining a coolant leak, use a flashlight to check under the hood for signs of wetness or apparent leaks. Some key areas to focus your search on are the seams along the top and bottom of the radiator, the hoses that carry coolant throughout the engine, and the head gaskets, as these are common places where leaks occur.
If your Nissan is leaking coolant, eventually its reservoir will begin to run low. While it’s normal for your vehicle’s coolant levels to slowly diminish over time, a sudden decrease is often evidence of a leak. Typically, the first dashboard indication of this occurring will be when the low coolant light comes on.
Without enough coolant, your Nissan’s engine is at risk of overheating, which can cause expensive and sometimes irreversible damage. It is vitally important that you promptly take your Nissan to be inspected by a mechanic in the event of either the low coolant indicator light or high engine temperatures.
Frequently, leaks will cause coolant to splash onto the radiator while the vehicle is running. Discolored stains can then appear as a result of the coolant quickly evaporating off of the hot radiator. Over time, these spots eventually will turn into rust and can further damage the radiator.
Checking under the hood for discoloration and/or rust should be a standard part of your regular vehicle maintenance. You should take your vehicle to a mechanic if you ever see any of these tell-tale stains on your radiator.
This problem is somewhat unique to Nissan. Several models have seen a particular issue with leaks causing the coolant to mix with transmission fluid. This toxic concoction results in a frothy, pink liquid that is severely damaging to your engine. It has been coined the “strawberry milkshake of death.”
This coolant leak poses two distinct threats to your Nissan. Typically, if a leak has occurred in a way that would cause these chemicals to mix, the radiator is no longer able to cool your vehicle’s transmission. This can lead to damage related to overheating.
Additionally, the mixture of coolant and transmission fluid chemicals can prove devastatingly corrosive to many different vital components of your vehicle’s transmission. This can lead to total engine failure and a need for rebuild.
Once you have confirmed the existence of a leak, it is important to act quickly if you wish to contain the problem and prevent any further harm from coming to your Nissan. Occasionally, a coolant leak near a clamp can be easily fixed by gently tightening the clamp with a screwdriver. However, due to the expensive nature of damages that often occur as a result of a coolant leak, it is highly recommended that you consult with a trained Nissan mechanic whenever a leak is discovered. More often than not, leaking coolant is too complicated of an issue to be safely dealt with in any sort of DIY manner.
While coolant leaks can occur in any vehicle, they are enough of an issue in Nissans that frequent monitoring and inspecting of your vehicle’s radiator and related equipment is crucial.
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At Euro Plus Automotive, we strongly believe in preventative care for your Nissan. Therefore, it is through the combination of regular check ups and scheduled maintenance that we have been able to provide the most cost-effective, quality automotive service in the area for the last 30 years.
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Nissan and transmission issues can sadly go hand in hand. Nissan’s recent slew of parts issues has overshadowed the quality of the cars they produce. Many Nissan drivers still love their cars, and are loyal to the brand, and rightly so, as there is still plenty that their vehicles offer. With this in mind, in this article, we will take a closer look at Nissan’s transmission, learn more about the system, and how to detect issues in your own car.
Traditionally, there are two kinds of transmission: automatic and manual. Automatic transmissions change gears automatically by the car’s computer systems with minimal driver input. Manual transmission requires the driver to change gears using the clutch pedal and gear selector.
Just under a decade ago, Nissan released its first line of cars that use CVT transmission. CVT transmission stands for Continuously Variable Transmission. It provides simplified and more powerful delivery, making the transmission conserve fuel economy. This makes for a seamless gear shift, which the driver shouldn’t notice at all.
Many Nissan cars now feature CVT. Listed below are some of the most common lines that feature this transmission, though of course this is not an exhaustive list.
While designed to increase performance, for many Nissan models, the addition has had the reverse effect. Many drivers experience loss of power, jerky gear changes, transmission slippages, and leaks of the CVT coolant hose as well as CVT error messages. This not only brought Nissan intense scrutiny but also outrage from drivers who found their cars were suddenly unsafe.
In response to this, Nissan undertook a mass recall of the most concerning models and has doubled the warranty on all CVT models to a whopping 10 years/120,000 miles. This extended warranty covers all repairs, replacements, and towing needs. If you drive a Nissan with CVT, it’s worth checking if your car has been recalled or qualifies for a warranty extension. You should also treat your transmission with extra care.
Now that you know why you may need to pay extra mind to your Nissan’s transmission, next, let’s look at the signs and symptoms you should look for to detect transmission problems:
Changing gears should be effortless and unnoticeable by drivers. Therefore, any sounds heard when shifting gears should be treated as a sign of an issue with the transmission system.
Gear changes should happen immediately. Therefore, any delay or hesitation should be seen as an issue worth investigating.
An acrid or burning smell is commonly caused by the transmission fluid either leaking or overheating, but it can also be the transmission unit overheating too.
To change gears successfully, your Nissan uses pressurized transmission fluid. If there is a leak in the system, then this pressure won’t be achieved, and your car will struggle to change gears.
In manual cars, you will be able to feel that the gears are grinding against one another. Whereas, in an automatic transmission, gear changes will feel rough or jerky.
As mentioned, any noises from your transmission should be seen as a warning sign, and hearing noises when in neutral is a signal of low fluid levels or fluid that is expired.
Lights such as your check-engine light can illuminate because of transmission problems and definitely shouldn’t be ignored!
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