How to Have a Well Maintained Nissan in Santa Fe

Like humans need food and water, your Nissan needs fluids in its system to run efficiently. Everything under the hood requires some type of engine fluid so it works cohesively with the other parts of your vehicle. You need to make sure that you keep these fluids clean and at the right levels or else this will certainly lead to health problems with your Nissan. The main fluids that need to inspect regularly are:

  • Engine oil
  • Transmission
  • Radiator/cooling system
  • Battery
  • Brakes

Our Santa Fe Nissan service center will break down how often you should you examine your fluid levels and why it is so critical to check on them!

What Fluids to Inspect in Your Nissan

Engine oil: Consider it the lifeline of any vehicle. Engine oil ensures all the moving parts underneath the hood are lubricated while preventing the engine from overheating. Without it, your Nissan would easily break down or not start.

When to check it: Generally, you should get your engine oil every month. The more, the better! Just make sure when you are checking it, you park your car on a leveled surface while the car has preferably been running after a while (but the car should be off before you inspect it).

Take note of the color of the engine oil too. If it is a brown and clear liquid, that indicates healthy oil. However, black oil suggests it's time for an oil change. If you need a change, check out our Nissan service specials for Santa Fe drivers.

Transmission: You can count on transmission fluid to allow your Nissan to perform optimally. Although transmission oil doesn't require as much maintenance, it still functions by helping to keep the engine cool, improve performance, and condition gaskets.

When to check it: While this may vary depending on your model, we encourage you to check it once a year or every 30,000 to 50,000 miles.

Radiator/coolant system: If you have ever saw someone on the side of the road, with the hood popped open, and steam coming from the engine, this person was low on coolant. Low on radiator fluid can lead to the engine overheating. This can cause serious damage to your engine if it's not maintaining healthy levels.

When to check it: Coolant levels should be checked twice a year, especially before summer and winter. However, we encourage you to get it flushed every three years or when you reach 30,000 miles (whichever comes first).

Battery: Batteries give your car a pulse. If the battery is dead or not working, your Nissan isn't going anywhere!

When to check it: It depends on the battery you have. Some batteries can be  "maintenance-free." The telltale sign it should not be tampered with if it's sealed off, has a flat top, and no openings.

For the batteries that still utilize the traditional battery design, it will have six caps that need refilling with distilled water. We suggest having a certified technician examine your battery fluid because overfilling can lead to serious damage or possible replacement.

Brakes: This is the most important safety feature of any vehicle. It's extremely important to have brakes working properly as it is your first line of defense in preventing accidents.

When to check it: A skilled mechanic should inspect this system. However, you can tell that you need new brakes or you are low on fluid by your own driving experience. If it requires more pressure to apply the brakes, if you hear a squealing sound, or feel vibrations from the brake pad, bring it in and have a mechanic examine it.

If you are uncomfortable inspecting any of these liquids, we strongly suggest you come down to our service department and we'll take care of it! While you can inspect your oil, transmission, and coolant levels on your own, a skilled technician should look at your battery and brakes. Moreover, if any of these fluids need to be flushed and replaced, our state-of-the-art service center has all the tools to get these jobs done quickly and safely.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (505) 955-1000.

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