2004 SENTRA OWNER'S MANUAL

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Classic Cars Nissan offers you excellent sales and service on new or used Nissan vehicles. Stop in and test drive a Nissan 2004 SENTRA or any car or truck today! We're located Hainesport New Jersey between Cherry Hill and Mount Holly. Only 20 minutes from Philadelphia. Classic Cars Nissan 1513 Route 38 Hainesport, NJ 08036 866-CLASSIC or 866-252-7742

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  • 1. The inside pages of this manual containFOREWORD READ FIRST—THEN DRIVE SAFELY a minimum of 50% recycled fibers, including 10% post-consumer fibers.Welcome to the growing family of new NISSAN Before driving your vehicle please read this Own- MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLEowners. This vehicle is delivered to you with er’s Manual carefully. This will ensure familiarityconfidence. It was produced using the latest with controls and maintenance requirements, as- This vehicle should not be modified.techniques and strict quality control. sisting you in the safe operation of your vehicle. Modification could affect its performance, safety or durability, andThis manual was prepared to help you under- WARNING may even violate governmentalstand the operation and maintenance of yourvehicle so that you may enjoy many miles (kilome- regulations. In addition, damage or per- IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION RE-ters) of driving pleasure. Please read through this MINDERS FOR SAFETY! formance problems resulting frommanual before operating your vehicle. modifications may not be covered un- Follow these important driving rules to der NISSAN warranties.A separate Warranty Information Booklet help ensure a safe and complete trip forexplains details about the warranties cov- you and your passengers!ering your vehicle. The “NISSAN Service ● NEVER drive under the influence of al-and Maintenance Guide” explains details cohol or drugs.about maintaining and servicing your ve-hicle. Additionally, a separate Customer ● ALWAYS observe posted speed limitsCare/Lemon Law Booklet (U.S. only) will and never drive too fast for conditions.explain how to resolve any concerns you ● ALWAYS use your seat belts and appro-may have with your vehicle, as well as priate child restraint systems. Preteenclarify your rights under your state’s lemon children should be seated in the rearlaw. seat.Your NISSAN dealership knows your vehicle ● ALWAYS provide information about thebest. When you require any service or have any proper use of vehicle safety features toquestions, they will be glad to assist you with the all occupants of the vehicle.extensive resources available to them. ● ALWAYS review this owner’s manual for important safety information. ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 2. The inside pages of this manual containWHEN READING THE MANUAL a minimum of 50% recycled fibers, including 10% post-consumer fibers.This manual includes information for all options CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65available on this model. Therefore, you may find WARNINGsome information that does not apply to yourvehicle. WARNINGAll information, specifications and illustrations in Engine exhaust, some of its constituents,this manual are those in effect at the time of and certain vehicle components containprinting. NISSAN reserves the right to change or emit chemicals known to the State ofspecifications or design without notice and with- California to cause cancer and birth de-out obligation. fects or other reproductive harm. In addi-IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT tion, certain fluids contained in vehiclesTHIS MANUAL and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals known to theYou will see various symbols in this manual. They State of California to cause cancer andare used in the following ways: APD1005 birth defects or other reproductive harm. If you see this symbol, it means “Do not do this” WARNING or “Do not let this happen.”This is used to indicate the presence of ahazard that could cause death or seriouspersonal injury. To avoid or reduce the If you see a symbol similar to these in an illustra-risk, the procedures must be followed tion, it means the arrow points to the front of theprecisely. vehicle. © 2003 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. GARDENA, CALIFORNIA CAUTION All rights reserved. No part of this Owner’sThis is used to indicate the presence of a Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these Manual may be reproduced or stored in a retrievalhazard that could cause minor or moder- indicate movement or action. system, or transmitted in any form, or by anyate personal injury or damage to your ve- means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,hicle. To avoid or reduce the risk, the pro- recording or otherwise, without the prior writtencedures must be followed carefully. Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these permission of Nissan North America, Inc., Gar- call attention to an item in the illustration. dena, California. ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 3. WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF NISSAN NISSAN pioneered the use of electronics and com- puters in automobiles, and has led the industry in improving both performance and fuel efficiency through new engine designs and the use of syn- thetic materials to reduce vehicle weight. The com- pany has also developed ways to build quality into its vehicles at each stage of the production process, both through extensive use of automation and — most importantly — through an awareness that people are the central element in quality control. From the time the parts arrived from our suppliers until you took delivery of your new NISSAN, dozens of checks were made to ensure that only the best job was being done in producing and delivering your vehicle. NISSAN also takes great care to ensure that when you take your NISSAN to your dealer for WFW0002 maintenance, the service technician will perform his work according to the quality standards that haveYour new NISSAN is the result of our dedication to styling design at Nissan Design America, Inc. in San been established by NISSAN.produce the finest in safe, reliable and economical Diego, California, and engineering at Nissan Tech-transportation. Your vehicle is the product of a suc- nical Center North America in Farmington Hills, Safety has also been built into your NISSAN. As youcessful worldwide company that manufactures cars Michigan. Additionally, NISSAN employs nearly know, seat belts are an integral part of the safetyand trucks in over 17 countries and distributes them 19,000 people throughout the United States, systems that will help protect you and your passen-in 170 nations. Canada, and Mexico. An additional 60,000 people gers in the event of a sudden stop or an accident. work for the 1,250 NISSAN and INFINITI dealers We urge you to use the seat belts every time youNISSAN vehicles are designed and manufactured drive the vehicle.by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. which was founded in across North America.Tokyo, Japan in 1933, and NISSAN affiliates world- The NISSAN story of growth and achievement re-wide, collectively growing to become the fifth largest NISSAN is also a substantial contributor to the flects our major goal: to provide you, our customer,automaker in the world. In addition to cars and Canadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc., its suppli- with a vehicle that is built with quality and craftsman-trucks, NISSAN also makes forklift trucks, marine ers and over 150 dealers employ approximately ship — a product that we can be proud to build andengines, boats and other diversified products. 4,500 people. These include company employees you can be proud to own. and the staffs of NISSAN dealers all across Canada.NISSAN has made a substantial and growing in- In addition, many Canadians work for companiesvestment in North America. NISSAN’s commitment that supply NISSAN and NISSAN dealers with ma-is over $6 billion dollars in capital investments in terials and services ranging from the operation offacilities across the continent. Some of the facilities port facilities and transportation services, to theinclude the Nissan Manufacturing facilities in Can- supply of lubricants, parts and accessories.ton, Mississippi and in Smyrna, Tennessee, vehicle ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 4. NISSAN CUSTOMER CARE PROGRAMNISSAN CARES . . .Both NISSAN and your NISSAN dealer are dedicated to serving all your automotive needs. Your satisfaction with your vehicle and your NISSAN dealer areour primary concerns. Your NISSAN dealer is always available to assist you with all your automobile sales and service needs.However, if there is something that your NISSAN The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for the You can write to NISSAN with the information at:dealer cannot assist you with or you would like to following information:provide NISSAN directly with comments or ques- For U.S. mainland and Alaska customerstions, please contact the NISSAN Consumer Affairs – Your name, address, and telephone number Nissan North America, Inc.Department using our toll-free number: Consumer Affairs Department – Vehicle identification number (attached to the P.O. Box 191For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers top of the instrument panel on the driver’s Gardena, California 90248-0191 1-800-NISSAN-1 side) (1-800-647-7261) For Hawaii customers – Date of purchase Nissan Motor Corporation in HawaiiFor Hawaii customers 2880 Kilihau St. – Current odometer reading 1-808-836-0888 (Oahu Number) Honolulu, Hawaii 96819 – Your NISSAN dealer’s nameFor Canadian customers For Canadian customers 1-800-387-0122 – Your comments or questions Nissan Canada Inc. OR 5290 Orbitor Drive Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4Z5 We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle. ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 5. Table of Illustrated table of contents 0Contents Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1 Instruments and controls 2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4 Starting and driving 5 In case of emergency 6 Appearance and care 7 Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8 Technical and consumer information 9 Index 10
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  • 7. 0 Illustrated table of contentsAirbags, seat belts and child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-2 Instrument panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-6Exterior front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-3 Engine compartment locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-7Exterior rear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-4 Warning/indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-9Passenger compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 8. AIRBAGS, SEAT BELTS AND CHILDRESTRAINTS 1. Supplemental front impact air bags (P. 1-6) 2. Supplemental side impact air bag (P. 1-6) 3. Seat belt pretensioners (P. 1-15) 4. Front seat belts (P. 1-18) 5. Rear seat belts (P. 1-18) 6. Top tether strap anchor (P. 1-34) 7. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) (P. 1-33) 8. Seats (P. 1-2) 9. Head restraints (P. 1-5) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII00070-2 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 9. EXTERIOR FRONT 1. Engine hood (P. 3-11) 2. Headlight and turn signal switch (P. 2-18) 3. Replacing bulbs (P. 8-36) 4. Windshield wiper and washer switch (P. 2-17) 5. Windshield (P. 8-27) 6. Sunroof (P. 2-28) 7. Power windows (P. 2-25) 8. Door locks, keyfob, keys (P. 3-3, 3-5, 3-2) 9. Mirrors (P. 3-16) 10. Tire pressure (P. 9-11) 11. Flat tire (P. 6-2) 12. Tire chains (P. 8-41) 13. Fog light switch (P. 2-20) 14. Tie down/towing hooks (P. 6-12) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII0009 Illustrated table of contents 0-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 10. EXTERIOR REAR 1. Rear window defroster switch (P. 2-18) 2. Vehicle loading (P. 9-12) 3. Trunk lid (P. 3-11) 4. Interior trunk lid release (P. 3-13) 5. Tie-down/towing hook (P. 6-12) 6. Replacing bulbs (P. 8-36) 7. Fuel filler cap, fuel recommendation (P. 3-14, P. 9-3) 8. Fuel filler lid (P. 3-14) 9. Child safety locks (P. 3-5) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII00100-4 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 11. PASSENGER COMPARTMENT 1. Inside mirror (P. 3-16) 2. Map lights (if so equipped) (P. 2-29) 3. Sun visors (P. 3-16) 4. Glove box (P. 2-24) 5. Sunroof (if so equipped) (P. 2-28) 6. Front seat (P. 1-2) 7. Rear seat (P. 1-4) 8. Rear cup holders (if so equipped) (P. 2-23) 9. Console box (if so equipped) (P. 2-24) 10. Front cup holders (P. 2-23) 11. Park brake, parking on hills (P. 5-13, P. 5-17) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII0008 Illustrated table of contents 0-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 12. INSTRUMENT PANEL 1. Headlight and turn signal switch (P. 2-18) 2. Meters and gauges (P. 2-3) 3. Windshield wiper/washer switch (P. 2-17) 4. Heater/air conditioner control (P. 4-2) 5. Storage compartment (P. 2-25) 6. Hazard warning flasher switch (P. 2-20) 7. Ventilators (P. 4-2) 8. Pasenger supplemental air bag (P. 1-6) 9. Glove box (P. 2-24) 10. Pocket (P. 2-22) 11. 12 volt DC/cigarette lighter (accessory) (P. 2-21) 12. 12 volt DC/cigarette lighter (accessory) (if so equipped) (P. 2-21) 13. Radio/CD player/CD changer (P. 4-10) 14. Cruise control and main set switch (P. 2-20) 15. Tilt steering lock lever (P. 3-15) 16. Trunk release Type B (P. 3-11) 17. Fuel filler lid opening lever (P. 3-14) 18. Driver supplemental air bag/horn (P. 1-6, P. 2-21) 19. Hood release lever (P. 3-11) 20. Fuse box cover/coin holder (P. 2-24) 21. Trunk release Type A (P. 3-11) 22. Instrument brightness control switch (P. 2-19) 23. Outside mirror control switch (P. 3-17) See the page number indicated in paren- WIC0433 theses for operating details.0-6 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 13. ENGINE COMPARTMENT LOCATIONS QG18DE engine 1. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-11) 2. Spark plug caps/ignition coils (P. 8-22) 3. Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-18) 4. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) (P. 8-18) 5. Air cleaner (P. 8-23) 6. Battery (P. 8-19) 7. Fuse/Fusible link holds (P. 8-30) 8. Radiator cap (P. 8-8) 9. Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-11) 10. Windshield washer fluid reservoir (P. 8-19) 11. Coolant reservoir (P. 8-8) 12. Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-17) WDI0024 Illustrated table of contents 0-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 14. QR25DE engine 1. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-11) 2. Spark plug caps (P. 8-22) 3. Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-18) 4. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) (P. 8-18) 5. Air cleaner (P. 8-23) 6. Battery (P. 8-19) 7. Fuel/Fusible link holds (P. 8-30) 8. Radiator cap (P. 8-8) 9. Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-11) 10. Windshield washer fluid reservoir (P. 8-19) 11. Coolant reservoir (P. 8-8) 12. Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-17) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LDI01080-8 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 15. WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS Warning Name Page Warning Name Page Indicator Name Page light light light Low washer 2-10 Cruise SET 2-11 Anti-lock brake 2-9 fluid warning switch indicator or warning light light (if so light equipped) High beam in- 2-11 Brake warning 2-9 Seat belt warn- 2-10 dicator light light ing light and (blue) or chime Malfunction 2-11 Supplemental 2-11 indicator lamp Charge warning 2-10 air bag warning (MIL) light light Overdrive off 2-11 indicator light Door open 2-10 (automatic warning light Indicator Name Page transmission Engine oil pres- 2-10 light models only) sure light CRUISE main 2-11 Turn 2-12 Low fuel warn- 2-10 switch indicator signal/hazard ing light light indicator lights Illustrated table of contents 0-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 16. MEMO0-10 Illustrated table of contents
  • 17. 1 Safety—Seats, seat belts andsupplemental air bagsSeats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Injured persons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 Front manual seat adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Three-point type seat belt with retractor . . . . . . . . . . 1-22 Folding rear seat (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4 Seat belt extenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25 Head restraint adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5 Seat belt maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25Supplemental restraint system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 Child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25 Precautions on supplemental restraint sys- Precautions on child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25 tem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 Installation on rear seat center or outboard Supplemental air bag warning labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-27 Supplemental air bag warning light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers forSeat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18 CHildren) system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-33 Precautions on seat belt usage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18 Top tether strap child restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-34 Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-20 Installation on front passenger seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-36 Pregnant women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 18. SEATS FRONT MANUAL SEAT ADJUSTMENT WARNING ● Do not adjust the driver’s seat while driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation. The seat may move suddenly and could cause loss of con- trol of the vehicle. ● After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to make sure it is securely locked. ARS1152 WARNING ● For the most effective protection when the vehicle is in motion, the seat should● Do not ride in a moving vehicle when be upright. Always sit well back in the the seatback is reclined. This can be seat and adjust the seat properly. See dangerous. The shoulder belt will not “Precautions on Seat Belt Usage” later be against your body. In an accident, in this section. you could be thrown into it and receive neck or other serious injuries. You could also slide under the lap belt and receive serious internal injuries.1-2 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 19. WARNING After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to make sure it is securely locked. WRS0175 WRS0176Forward and backward RecliningPull the lever up and hold it while you slide the To recline the seatback, pull the lever up and leanseat forward or backward to the desired position. back. To bring the seatback forward, pull the leverRelease the lever to lock the seat in position. up and lean your body forward. Release the lever to lock the seatback in position. The reclining feature allows adjustment of the seatback for occupants of different sizes to help obtain proper seat belt fit (see “Precautions on seat belt usage” later in this section). Also, the seatback may be reclined to allow occupants to rest when the vehicle is parked. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 20. WRS0131 WRS0132Seat lifter (if so equipped for driver’s FOLDING REAR SEAT (if so WARNINGseat) equipped) ● Never allow anyone to ride in the cargoTurn either dial to adjust the angle and height of Interior trunk access area or on the rear seat when it is in thethe seat cushion to the desired position. fold-down position. Use of these areas The trunk can be accessed from the rear seat for by passengers without proper restraints loading and unloading, as shown. could result in serious injury in an acci- dent or sudden stop. ᭺ 1 Pull the knob in the trunk to release the rear seatback. ● Properly secure all cargo with ropes or straps to help prevent it from sliding or ᭺ 2 Fold down the rear seatback. shifting. Do not place cargo higher than the seatbacks. In a sudden stop or col- lision, unsecured cargo could cause personal injury.1-4 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 21. ● When returning the seatbacks to the upright position, be certain they are completely secured in the latched posi- tion. If they are not completely secured, passengers may be injured in an acci- dent or sudden stop.● Closely supervise children when they are around cars to prevent them from playing and becoming locked in the trunk where they could be seriously in- jured. Keep the car locked, with the rear seatback and trunk lid securely latched when not in use, and prevent children’s access to car keys. LRS0058 WRS0133 When using the fold down rear seatback, the rear HEAD RESTRAINT ADJUSTMENT center seat belt retractor may lock up and prevent folding down the seatback. To raise the head restraint, pull it up. To lower, push and hold the lock knob and push the head If the rear center seat belt retractor has inadvert- restraint down. ently locked up, push the seat belt webbing to- ward the retractor as shown in the above illustra- WARNING tion. This will unlock the seat belt retractor and allow the rear seatback to fold down. Head restraints should be adjusted prop- erly as they may provide significant pro- tection against injury in an accident. Do not remove them. Check the adjustment after someone else uses the seat. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 22. SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM PRECAUTIONS ON and front door finishers. (See “Seat belts” later in SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT this section for instructions and precautions on seat belt usage.) SYSTEM The supplemental air bags operate only This Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) sec- when the ignition switch is in the ON or tion contains important information concerning START position. the driver and passenger supplemental front air bags, supplemental side air bags and preten- After turning the ignition key to the ON position, the supplemental air bag warning sioner seat belts. light illuminates. The supplemental air bag Supplemental front impact air bag system: warning light will turn off after about 7 This system can help cushion the impact force to seconds if the system is operational. the head and chest of the driver and front pas- senger in certain frontal collisions. WRS0134 Supplemental side-impact air bag systemAdjust the head restraint so the center is level (if so equipped): This system can help cushionwith the center of your ears. the impact force to the head and chest area of the driver and front passenger in certain side impact collisions. The supplemental side air bag is de- signed to inflate on the side where the vehicle is impacted. These supplemental restraint systems are de- signed to supplement the crash protection pro- vided by the driver and front passenger seat belts and are not a substitute for them. Seat belts should always be correctly worn and the driver and front passenger seated a suitable distance away from the steering wheel, instrument panel1-6 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 23. ● Keep hands on the outside of the steer- ing wheel. Placing them inside the steering wheel rim could increase the risk that they are injured when the supplemental front air bag inflates. WRS0031 WARNING ● The seat belts and the supplemental front air bags are most effective when● The supplemental front air bags ordi- you are sitting well back and upright in narily will not inflate in the event of a the seat. The front air bags inflate with side impact, rear impact, rollover, or great force. If you are unrestrained, lower severity frontal collision. Always leaning forward, sitting sideways or out wear your seat belts to help reduce the of position in any way, you are at risk or severity of injury in various kinds greater risk of injury or death in a crash. of accidents. You may also receive serious or fatal injuries from the supplemental front air bag if you are up against it when it inflates. Always sit back against the seatback and as far away as practical from the steering wheel or instrument panel. Always use the seat belts. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 24. ARS1133 ARS1041 WARNING ● Never let children ride unrestrained or extend their hands or face out of the window. Do not attempt to hold them in your lap or arms. Some examples of dangerous riding positions are shown in the illustrations.1-8 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 25. ARS1042 ARS1043 ARS1044 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 26. ARS1045 WRS0256 SSS0101 WARNING WARNING ● Children may be severely injured or Supplemental side air bag (if so killed when the supplemental front air equipped): bags inflate if they are not properly re- ● The supplemental side air bag ordi- strained. Pre-teens and children should narily will not inflate in the event of a be properly restrained in the rear seat, if frontal impact, rear impact or lower se- possible. verity side collision. Always wear your ● Never install a rear-facing child re- seat belt to help reduce the risk or se- straint in the front seat. An inflating verity of injury in various kinds of supplemental front air bag could seri- accidents. ously injure or kill your child. See “Child restraints” later in this section for details.1-10 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 27. ● The seat belts and the supplemental side air bag are most effective when you are sitting well back and upright in the seat. The side air bag inflates with great force. Do not allow anyone to place their hand, leg or face near the side air bag on the side of the seatback of the front seat. Do not allow anyone sitting in the front seat to extend their hand out of the window or lean against the door.● When sitting in the rear seat, do not hold onto the seatback of the front seat. If the side air bag inflates, you may be WRS0032 SSS0159 seriously injured. Be especially careful with children, who should always be properly restrained. Some examples of dangerous riding positions are shown in the illustrations.● Do not use seat covers on the front seatbacks. They may interfere with supplemental side air bag inflation. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 28. SSS0162 WRS0135 1. Supplemental front air bag modules They are also permitted in Canada. The optional 2. Supplemental side-impact air bag certification allows the front air bags to be de- modules (if so equipped) signed to inflate somewhat less forcefully than 3. Satellite sensors (if so equipped) previously. However, all of the information, 4. Seat belt pre-tensioner retractor cautions and warnings in this manual still apply and must be followed. 5. Diagnosis sensor unit Supplemental front air bag system The supplemental front air bag system is de- signed to inflate in higher severity frontal colli- The driver supplemental front air bag is located in sions, although it may inflate if the forces in an- the center of the steering wheel. The passenger other type of collision are similar to those of a supplemental front air bag is mounted in the higher severity frontal impact. It may not inflate in dashboard above the glove box. certain frontal collisions. Vehicle damage (or lack These systems are designed to meet optional of it) is not always an indication of proper supple- certification requirements under U.S. regulations. mental front air bag system operation.1-12 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 29. When the supplemental front air bag inflates, a After turning the ignition key to the ON ● Do not make unauthorized changes tofairly loud noise may be heard, followed by the position, the supplemental air bag warning your vehicle’s electrical system, sus-release of smoke. This smoke is not harmful and light illuminates. The supplemental air bag pension system or front end structure.does not indicate a fire. Care should be taken to warning light will turn off after about 7 This could affect proper operation ofnot inhale it, as it may cause irritation and chok- seconds if the system is operational. the supplemental front air bag system.ing. Those with a history of a breathing condition ● Tampering with the supplemental frontshould get fresh air promptly. WARNING air bag system may result in seriousSupplemental front air bags, along with the use of ● Do not place any objects on the steer- personal injury. Tampering includesseat belts, help to cushion the impact force on ing wheel pad or on the instrument changes to the steering wheel and thethe face and chest of the front occupants. They panel. Also, do not place any objects instrument panel assembly by placingcan help save lives and reduce serious injuries. between any occupant and the steering material over the steering wheel padHowever, an inflating front air bag may cause wheel or instrument panel. Such ob- and above the instrument panel or byfacial abrasions or other injuries. Front air bags jects may become dangerous projec- installing additional trim materialdo not provide restraint to the lower body. tiles and cause injury if the supplemen- around the air bag system. tal front air bag inflates. ● Maintenance on and around the supple-Seat belts should be correctly worn and the ● Immediately after inflation, several mental front air bag system should bedriver and passenger seated upright as far as front air bag system components will be done by a NISSAN dealer. Installationpractical away from the steering wheel or instru- hot. Do not touch them; you may se- of electrical equipment should also bement panel. The supplemental front air bags in- verely burn yourself. done by a NISSAN dealer. The Supple-flate quickly in order to help protect the front mental Restraint System (SRS) wiringoccupants. Because of this, the force of the front ● No unauthorized changes should be made to any components or wiring of should not be modified or discon-air bag inflating can increase the risk of injury if nected. Unauthorized electrical testthe occupant is too close to, or is against, the the supplemental air bag system. This is to prevent accidental inflation of the equipment and probing devices shouldfront air bag module during inflation. not be used on the air bag system. supplemental air bag or damage to theThe front air bags deflate quickly after a collision. supplemental air bag system. ● A cracked windshield should be re- placed immediately by a qualified re-The supplemental front air bags operate pair facility. A cracked windshield couldonly when the ignition switch is in the ON affect inflation of the supplemental airor START position. bag system. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 30. ● The SRS wiring harness connectors are When the supplemental side air bag inflates, a yellow for easy identification. fairly loud noise may be heard, followed by re- lease of smoke. This smoke is not harmful andWhen selling your vehicle, we request that you does not indicate a fire. Care should be taken toinform the buyer about the supplemental front air not inhale it, as it may cause irritation and chok-bag system and guide the buyer to the appropri- ing. Those with a history of a breathing conditionate sections in this Owner’s Manual. should get fresh air promptly. Supplemental side air bags, along with the use of seat belts, help to cushion the impact force on the head and chest of the front occupants. They can help save lives and reduce serious injuries. However, an inflating side air bag may cause abrasions or other injuries. Side air bags do not LRS0020 provide restraint to the lower body. Supplemental side-impact air bag sys- The seat belts should be correctly worn and the driver and passenger seated upright as far as tem (if so equipped) practical away from the supplemental side air The supplemental side-impact air bags are lo- bag. The side air bag inflates quickly in order to cated in the outside of the seatback of the front help protect the front occupants. Because of this, seats. The supplemental side air bag (on the the force of the side air bag inflating can increase driver or front passenger seat) is designed to the risk of injury if the occupant is too close to, or inflate in higher severity side collisions, although is against, the side air bag module during infla- tion. The side air bag will deflate quickly after a it may inflate if the forces in another type of collision. collision are similar to those of a higher severity side impact. It is designed to inflate on the side The supplemental side air bags operate where the vehicle is impacted. It may not inflate in only when the ignition switch is in the ON certain side collisions. Vehicle damage (or lack of or START position. it) is not always an indication of proper supple- After turning the ignition key to the ON mental side air bag operation. position, the supplemental air bag warning1-14 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 31. light illuminates. The supplemental air bag ● Tampering with the supplemental side Pre-tensioner seat belt system (Forwarning light will turn off after about 7 air bag system may result in serious front seats)seconds if the system is operational. personal injury. For example, do not change the front seats by placing mate- WARNING WARNING rial near the seatback or by installing additional trim material, such as seat ● The pre-tensioner seat belt cannot be● Do not place any objects near the seat- reused after activation. It must be re- back of the front seats. Also, do not covers, around the side air bag. placed together with the retractor and place any objects (an umbrella, bag, ● Work around and on the supplemental buckle as a unit. etc.) between the front door finisher side air bag system should be done by a and the front seat. Such objects may NISSAN dealer. Installation of electrical ● If the vehicle becomes involved in a become dangerous projectiles and equipment should also be done by a frontal collision but the pre-tensioner is cause injury if the supplemental side air NISSAN dealer. The SRS wiring har- not activated, be sure to have the pre- bag inflates. nesses* should not be modified or dis- tensioner system checked and, if nec- connected. Unauthorized electrical test essary, replaced by your NISSAN● Right after inflation, several supple- dealer. mental side air bag system components equipment and probing devices should will be hot. Do not touch them; you may not be used on the side air bag system. ● No unauthorized changes should be severely burn yourself. made to any components or wiring of * The SRS wiring harness connectors are the pre-tensioner seat belt system. This● No unauthorized changes should be yellow for easy identification. is to prevent accidental activation of made to any components or wiring of the pre-tensioner seat belt or damage the supplemental side air bag system. When selling your vehicle, we request that you inform the buyer about the supplemental side air to the pre-tensioner seat belt operation. This is to prevent accidental inflation of Tampering with the pre-tensioner seat the side air bag or damage to the side bag system and guide the buyer to the appropri- ate sections in this Owner’s Manual. belt system may result in serious per- air bag system. sonal injury.● Do not make unauthorized changes to your vehicle’s electrical system, sus- pension system or side panel. This could affect proper operation of the side air bag system. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 32. ● Work around and on the pre-tensioner cause irritation and choking. Those with a history system should be done by a NISSAN of a breathing condition should get fresh air dealer. Installation of electrical equip- promptly. ment should also be done by a NISSAN If any abnormality occurs in the pre-tensioner dealer. Unauthorized electrical test system, the supplemental air bag warning equipment and probing devices should light will flash intermittently after the igni- not be used on the pre-tensioner seat tion key is turned to the ON or START position. In belt system. this case, the pre-tensioner seat belt will not● If you need to dispose of the pre- function properly. They must be checked and tensioner or scrap the vehicle, contact a repaired. Take your vehicle to the nearest NISSAN dealer. Correct pre-tensioner NISSAN dealer. disposal procedures are set forth in the When selling your vehicle, we request that you appropriate NISSAN Service Manual. inform the buyer about the pre-tensioner seat belt Incorrect disposal procedures could system and guide the buyer to the appropriate WRS0136 cause personal injury. sections in this Owner’s Manual. 1. SRS Air Bag Warning LabelsThe front seat pre-tensioner seat belt system 2. SRS Side Air Bag Warning Labels (ifactivates in conjunction with the supplemental air so equipped)bag systems. Working with the seat belt retrac- SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAGtor, it helps tighten the seat belt the instant thevehicle becomes involved in certain types of col- WARNING LABELSlisions, helping to restrain front seat occupants. Warning labels about the supplemental front air bag and supplemental side air bag (if soThe pre-tensioner is encased with the seat belt’s equipped) systems are placed in the vehicle asretractor. These seat belts are used the same as shown in the illustation.conventional seat belts.When the pre-tensioner seat belt activates,smoke is released and a loud noise may be heard.This smoke is not harmful and does not indicate afire. Care should be taken not to inhale it, as it may1-16 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 33. illuminates for about 7 seconds and then turns equipped) are designed to inflate on a one-time- off. This means the system is operational. only basis. As a reminder, unless it is damaged, the supplemental air bag warning light remains If any of the following conditions occur, the illuminated after inflation has occurred. Repair supplemental front air bag, supplemental side air and replacement of these supplemental air bag bag and pre-tensioner seat belt systems need systems should be done only by a NISSAN servicing: dealer. ● The supplemental air bag warning light re- When maintenance work is required on the ve- mains on after approximately 7 seconds. hicle, the supplemental front air bags, supple- ● The supplemental air bag warning light mental side air bags (if so equipped), pre- flashes intermittently. tensioner seat belts and related parts should be pointed out to the person performing the mainte- ● The supplemental air bag warning light does nance. The ignition key should always be in the not come on at all. LRS0100 LOCK position when working under the hood orSUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG Under these conditions, the supplemental front inside the vehicle. air bag, supplemental side air bag or pre-WARNING LIGHT tensioner seat belt systems may not operate WARNINGThe supplemental air bag warning light, properly. It must be checked and repaired. Take ● Once a supplemental front air bag ordisplaying in the instrument panel, moni- your vehicle to the nearest NISSAN dealer. supplemental side air bag has inflated,tors the circuits of the supplemental front air the air bag module will not functionbags, pre-tensioner seat belt and supplemental WARNING again and must be replaced. Addition-side air bag (if so equipped) systems. The circuits If the supplemental air bag warning light ally, if any of the supplemental front airmonitored by the supplemental air bag warning is on, it could mean that the supplemental bags inflate, the activated pre-light are the diagnosis sensor unit, supplemental front air bag or supplemental side air bag tensioner seat belts must also be re-air bag modules, pre-tensioner seat belts and all system will not operate in an accident. placed. The air bag module and pre-related wiring. tensioner seat belt system should be Repair and replacement procedure replaced by a NISSAN dealer. The airWhen the ignition key is in the ON or START bag module and pre-tensioner seat beltposition, the supplemental air bag warning light The supplemental front air bags, pre-tensioner system cannot be repaired. seat belts and supplemental side air bags (if so Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 34. SEAT BELTS● The supplemental front air bag and supplemental side air bag systems should be inspected by a NISSAN dealer if there is any damage to the front end or side portion of the vehicle, or replaced if the supplemental air bag has inflated.● If you need to dispose of the supple- mental air bag, pre-tensioner seat belt system or scrap the vehicle, contact a NISSAN dealer. Correct supplemental air bag and pre-tensioner seat belt sys- tem disposal procedures are set forth in the appropriate NISSAN Service SSS0136 Manual. Incorrect disposal procedures could cause personal injury. PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELT USAGE If you are wearing your seat belt properly ad- justed and you are sitting upright and well back in your seat, your chances of being injured or killed in an accident and/or the severity of injury may be greatly reduced. NISSAN strongly encourages you and all of your passengers to buckle up every time you drive, even if your seating position in- cludes a supplemental air bag. Most U.S. states and Canadian provinces or territories specify that seat belts be worn at all times when a vehicle is being driven.1-18 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 35. SSS0134 SSS0016 WARNING WARNING● Every person who drives or rides in this ● The seat belt should be properly ad- vehicle should use a seat belt at all justed to a snug fit. Failure to do so may times. Children should be properly re- reduce the effectiveness of the entire strained in the rear seat and, if appro- restraint system and increase the priate, in a child restraint. chance or severity of injury in an acci- dent. Serious injury or death can occur if the seat belt is not worn properly. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 36. ● Be sure the seat belt tongue is securely ● All seat belt assemblies, including re- fastened to the proper buckle. tractors and attaching hardware, should be inspected after any collision ● Do not wear the seat belt inside out or by a NISSAN dealer. NISSAN recom- twisted. Doing so may reduce its mends that all seat belt assemblies in effectiveness. use during a collision be replaced un- ● Do not allow more than one person to less the collision was minor and the use the same seat belt. belts show no damage and continue to ● Never carry more people in the vehicle operate properly. Seat belt assemblies than there are seat belts. not in use during a collision should also be inspected and replaced if either ● If the seat belt warning light glows con- damage or improper operation is noted. tinuously while the ignition is turned ON with all doors closed and all seat ● All child restraints and attaching hard- SSS0014 belts fastened, it may indicate a mal- ware should be inspected after any col- function in the system. Have the system lision. Always follow the restraint WARNING checked by a NISSAN dealer. manufacturer’s inspection instructions and replacement recommendations.● Always route the shoulder belt over ● Once the pre-tensioner seat belt has The child restraints should be replaced your shoulder and across your chest. activated, it cannot be reused and must if they are damaged. Never run the belt behind your back, be replaced together with the retractor. under your arm or across your neck. The See your NISSAN dealer. CHILD SAFETY belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. ● Removal and installation of the pre- Children need adults to help protect them. tensioner seat belt system components They need to be properly restrained.● Position the lap belt as low and snug as should be done by a NISSAN dealer. possible AROUND THE HIPS, NOT THE The proper restraint depends on the child’s size. WAIST. A lap belt worn too high could Generally, infants up to about 1 year and less increase the risk of internal injuries in than 20 pounds (9 kg) should be placed in rear an accident. facing child restraints. Front facing child re- straints are available for children who outgrow rear facing child restraints.1-20 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 37. WARNING Infants and small children WARNINGInfants and children need special protec- NISSAN recommends that infants and small chil- Never let a child stand or kneel on anytion. The vehicle’s seat belts may not fit dren be placed in child restraints that comply with seat and do not allow a child in the cargothem properly. The shoulder belt may Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Ca- areas while the vehicle is moving. Thecome too close to the face or neck. The nadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. You child could be seriously injured or killed inlap belt may not fit over their small hip should choose a child restraint that fits your ve- an accident or sudden stop.bones. In an accident, an improperly fit- hicle and always follow the manufacturer’s in-ting seat belt could cause serious or fatal structions for installation and use. PREGNANT WOMENinjury. Always use appropriate child Larger children NISSAN recommends that pregnant women userestraints. seat belts. The seat belt should be worn snug,All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or terri- Children who are too large for child restraints and always position the lap belt as low as pos-tories require the use of approved child restraints should be seated and restrained by the seat belts sible around the hips, not the waist. Place thefor infants and small children. See “Child Re- which are provided. shoulder belt over your shoulder and across yourstraints” later in this section. If the child’s seating position has a shoulder belt chest. Never run the lap/shoulder belt over your that fits close to the face or neck, the use of a abdominal area. Contact your doctor for specificIn addition, there are many types of child re- recommendations.straints available for larger children which should booster seat (commercially available) may helpbe used for maximum protection. overcome this. The booster seat should raise the INJURED PERSONS child so that the shoulder belt is properly posi-NISSAN recommends that all pre-teens tioned across the top, middle portion of the NISSAN recommends that injured persons useand children be restrained in the rear seat. shoulder and the lap belt is low on the hips. The seat belts. Check with your doctor for specificAccording to accident statistics, children booster seat should fit the vehicle seat and have recommendations.are safer when properly restrained in the a label certifying that it complies with Federalrear seat than in the front seat. This is Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Mo-especially important because your vehicle tor Vehicle Safety Standards. Once the child hashas a supplemental restraint system (Air grown so the shoulder belt is no longer on or nearbag system) for the front passenger. See the face and neck, use the shoulder belt without“Supplemental restraint system” earlier in the booster seat.this section. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 38. THREE-POINT TYPE SEAT BELTWITH RETRACTOR WARNING● Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should use a seat belt at all times.● Do not ride in a moving vehicle when the seatback is reclined. This can be dangerous. The shoulder belt will not be against your body. In an accident, you could be thrown into it and receive neck or other serious injuries. You could also slide under the lap belt and WRS0174 WRS0137 receive serious internal injuries. Fastening the seat belts ᭺ 2 Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retractor and insert the tongue into the buckle until● For the most effective protection when ᭺ 1 Adjust the seat. See “Seats” earlier in this you hear and feel the latch engage. the vehicle is in motion, the seat should section. be upright. Always sit well back in the The retractor is designed to lock during a seat and adjust the seat belt properly. sudden stop or on impact. A slow pulling motion permits the seat belt to move, and allows you some freedom of movement in the seat.1-22 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 39. emergency locking mode. See “Child restraints” later in this section for more information. The automatic locking mode should be used only for child restraint installation. During normal seat belt use by a passen- ger, the locking mode should not be acti- vated. If it is activated it may cause uncom- fortable seat belt tension. WARNING When fastening the seat belts, be certain that the seatbacks are completely se- cured in the latched position. If they are WRS0138 not completely secured, passengers may WRS0139 be injured in an accident or sudden stop.᭺3 Position the lap belt portion low and snug Unfastening the seat belts on the hips as shown. ᭺ 1 To unfasten the seat belt, press the button on᭺4 Pull the shoulder belt portion toward the the buckle. The seat belt automatically re- retractor to take up extra slack. Be sure the tracts. shoulder belt is routed over your shoulder and across your chest. Checking seat belt operationThe front passenger seat belt and the rear three- Seat belt retractors are designed to lock seat beltpoint seat belts have a cinching mechanism for movement by two separate methods:child restraint installation. It is referred to as the ● When the seat belt is pulled quickly from theautomatic locking mode. retractor.When automatic locking mode is activated the ● When the vehicle slows down rapidly.seat belt cannot be withdrawn again until the seatbelt tongue is detached from the buckle and fully To increase your confidence in the seat belts,retracted. Once retracted, the seat belt is in the check the operation as follows. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 40. ● Grasp the shoulder belt and pull forward quickly. The retractor should lock and re- strict further belt movement.If the retractor does not lock during this check orif you have any questions about seat belt opera-tion, see a NISSAN dealer. WRS0140 WRS0141 Center of rear seat Shoulder belt height adjustment (For Selecting correct set of seat belts: front seats) The center seat belt buckle is identified by the The shoulder belt anchor height should be ad- word “CENTER.” The center seat belt tongue can justed to the position best for you. (See “Precau- be fastened only into the center seat belt buckle. tions on seat belt usage” earlier in this section.) To adjust, pull out the adjustment button ᭺ and 1 move the shoulder belt anchor to the desired position ᭺, so the belt passes over the center of 2 the shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. Release the adjustment button to lock the shoul- der belt anchor into position.1-24 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 41. CHILD RESTRAINTS WARNING ● Adults and children who can use the standard seat belt should not use an● After adjustment, release the adjust- extender. Such unnecessary use could ment button and try to move the shoul- result in serious personal injury in the der belt anchor up and down to make event of an accident. sure it is securely fixed in position. ● Never use seat belt extenders to install● The shoulder belt anchor height should child restraints. If the child restraint is be adjusted to the position best for you. not secured properly, the child could be Failure to do so may reduce the effec- seriously injured in a collision or a sud- tiveness of the entire restraint system den stop. and increase the chance or severity of injury in an accident. SEAT BELT MAINTENANCESEAT BELT EXTENDERS ● To clean the seat belt webbing, apply a mild soap solution or any solution recom- ARS1098If, because of body size or driving position, it is mended for cleaning upholstery or carpet.not possible to properly fit the lap-shoulder belt PRECAUTIONS ON CHILD Then wipe with a cloth and allow the seat beltsand fasten it, an extender is available which is to dry in the shade. Do not allow the seat belts RESTRAINTScompatible with the installed seat belts. The ex- to retract until they are completely dry.tender adds approximately 8 inches (200 mm) of WARNING ● If dirt builds up in the shoulder beltlength and may be used for either the driver or ● Infants and small children should al- guide of the seat belt anchors, the seatfront passenger seating position. See a NISSAN ways be placed in an appropriate child belts may retract slowly. Wipe the shoulderdealer for assistance if an extender is required. belt guide with a clean, dry cloth. restraint while riding in the vehicle. Failure to use a child restraint can re- WARNING ● Periodically check to see that the seat sult in serious injury or death. belt and the metal components, such as● Only NISSAN seat belt extenders, made buckles, tongues, retractors, flexible wires by the same company which made the and anchors, work properly. If loose parts, original equipment seat belts, should deterioration, cuts or other damage on the be used with NISSAN seat belts. webbing is found, the entire seat belt as- sembly should be replaced. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 42. ● Never install a rear-facing child re- ● Choose only a restraint with a label certifying straint in the front seat. An inflating that it complies with Federal Motor Vehicle supplemental front air bag could seri- Safety Standard 213 or Canadian Motor ously injure or kill your child. A rear- Vehicle Safety Standard 213. facing child restraint must only be used ● Check the child restraint in your vehicle to be in the rear seat. sure it is compatible with the vehicle’s seat ● NISSAN recommends that the child re- and seat belt system. straint be installed in the rear seat. Ac- cording to accident statistics, children ● If the child restraint is compatible with your are safer when properly restrained in vehicle, place your child in the child restraint the rear seat than in the front seat. and check the various adjustments to be sure the child restraint is compatible with ● An improperly installed child restraint your child. Always follow all recommended could lead to serious injury or death in procedures. WRS0256 an accident. All U.S. states and provinces of Canada WARNING In general, child restraints are designed to be require that infants and small children be installed with the lap portion of a three-point type restrained in an approved child restraint at● Infants and small children should never seat belt. In addition, this vehicle is equipped with be carried on your lap. It is not possible all times while the vehicle is being oper- a universal child restraint lower anchor system, for even the strongest adult to resist the ated. referred to as the LATCH (Lower Anchors and forces of a severe accident. The child Tethers for CHildren) system. Some child re- could be crushed between the adult and WARNING straints include two rigid or webbing-mounted parts of the vehicle. Also, do not put the attachments that can be connected to these ● Improper use of a child restraint can same seat belt around both your child lower anchors. For details, see the “LATCH increase the risk or severity of injury for and yourself. (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) sys- both the child and other occupants of tem” later in this section. the vehicle. Child restraints for infants and small children of various sizes are offered by several manufactur- ers. When selecting any child restraint, keep the following points in mind:1-26 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/10/03—debbie ੭
  • 43. ● Follow all of the child restraint manu- ● For a front-facing child restraint, check INSTALLATION ON REAR SEAT facturer’s instructions for installation to make sure the shoulder belt does not CENTER OR OUTBOARD and use. When purchasing a child re- go in front of the child’s face or neck. If POSITIONS straint, be sure to select one which will it does, put the shoulder belt behind the fit your child and vehicle. It may not be child restraint. If you must install a front WARNING possible to properly install some types facing child restraint in the front seat, of child restraints in your vehicle. see “Installation on front passenger ● The three-point seat belt in your vehicle seat” later in this section. is equipped with an automatic locking● If the child restraint is not anchored mode retractor which must be used properly, the risk of a child being in- ● When your child restraint is not in use, when installing a child restraint. jured in a collision or a sudden stop keep it secured with a seat belt to pre- greatly increases. vent it from being thrown around in ● Failure to use the retractor’s locking case of a sudden stop or accident. mode will result in the child restraint● Adjustable seatbacks should be posi- not being properly secured. The re- tioned to fit the child restraint, but as straint could tip over or otherwise be upright as possible. CAUTION unsecured and cause injury to the child● After attaching the child restraint, test it Remember that a child restraint left in a in a sudden stop or collision. before you place the child in it. Tilt it closed vehicle can become very hot. from side to side. Try to tug it forward Check the seating surface and buckles and check to see if the belt holds the before placing your child in the child restraint in place. The child restraint restraint. should not move more than 1 inch. If the restraint is not secure, tighten the belt as necessary, or put the restraint in an- other seat and test it again. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/10/03—debbie ੭
  • 44. WRS0248 WRS0249 WRS0250 Front Facing (outboard) — step 1 Front Facing (center) — step 1 Front Facing — step 2Front facing 2. Route the seat belt tongue through the child restraint and insert it into the buckle until youWhen you install a child restraint in the rear seat, hear and feel the latch engage.follow these steps: Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- 1. Position the child restraint on the seat. It can facturer’s instructions for belt routing. be placed in a front facing direction, de- pending on the size of the child. Always follow the restraint manufacturer’s instruc- tions.1-28 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 45. WRS0251 WRS0146 WRS0252 Front Facing — step 3 Front Facing — step 4 Front Facing — step 53. Pull on the shoulder belt until all of the belt is 4. Allow the seat belt to retract. Pull up on the 5. Before placing the child in the child restraint, fully extended. At this time, the seat belt shoulder belt to remove any slack in the belt. use force to tilt the child restraint from side retractor is in the automatic locking mode to side, and tug it forward to make sure that (child restraint mode). It reverts back to it is securely held in place. It should not move emergency locking mode when the seat belt more than 1 inch. is fully retracted. 6. Check that the retractor is in the automatic locking mode by trying to pull more seat belt out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any more belt webbing out of the retractor, the retractor is in the automatic locking mode. 7. Check to make sure that the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the belt is not locked, repeat steps 3 through 6. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 46. After the child restraint is removed and the seatbelt is fully retracted, the automatic locking mode(child restraint mode) is canceled. WRS0261 WRS0262 Rear Facing (outboard) — step 1 Rear Facing (center) — step 1 Rear facing When you install a child restraint in the rear seat, follow these steps: 1. Position the child restraint on the seat. The direction of the child restraint depends on the type of the child restraint and the size of the child. Always follow the restraint manu- facturer’s instructions.1-30 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 47. WRS0150 WRS0260 WRS0253 Rear Facing — step 2 Rear Facing — step 3 Rear Facing — step 42. Route the seat belt tongue through the child 3. Pull on the shoulder belt until all of the belt is 4. Allow the seat belt to retract. Pull up on the restraint and insert it into the buckle until you fully extended. At this time, the seat belt shoulder belt to remove any slack in the belt. hear and feel the latch engage. retractor is in the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode). It reverts to emer- Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- gency locking mode when the seat belt is facturer’s instructions for belt routing. fully retracted. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-31 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 48. 7. Check to make sure that the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the belt is not locked, repeat steps 3 through 6. After the child restraint is removed and the seat belt fully retracted, the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode) is canceled. WRS0254 Rear Facing — step 5 5. Before placing the child in the child restraint, use force to tilt the child restraint from side to side, and tug it forward to make sure that it is securely held in place. It should not move more than 1 inch. 6. Check that the retractor is in the automatic locking mode by trying to pull more seat belt out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any more seat belt webbing out of the retractor, the retractor is in the automatic locking mode.1-32 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 49. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) SYSTEM WARNING ● Attach LATCH system compatible child restraints only at the locations shown. If a child restraint is not secured properly, your child could be seriously injured or killed in an accident. ● Do not secure a child restraint in the center rear seating position using the LATCH system anchors. The child re- straint will not be secured properly. ● The LATCH system anchors are de- signed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child re- straints. Under no circumstance are they to be used for adult seat belts or harnesses. Some child restraints include two rigid or webbing-mounted attachments that can be con- nected to two anchors located at certain seating positions in your vehicle. This system is known as the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHil- dren) system. This system may also be referred to as the ISOFIX or ISOFIX compatible system. With this system, you do not have to use a vehicle WRS0154 seat belt to secure the child restraint. Your vehicleSafety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-33੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15)Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna)07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 50. is equipped with special anchor points that are WARNINGused with LATCH system compatible child re-straints. Check your child restraint for a label Inspect the lower anchors by insertingstating that it is compatible with the LATCH sys- your fingers into the lower anchor areatem. This information may also be in the child and feeling to make sure there are norestraint owner’s manual. If you have such a child obstructions over the LATCH system an-restraint, refer to the illustration for the seating chors, such as seat belt webbing or seatpositions equipped with LATCH system anchors cushion material. The child restraint will not be secured properly if the LATCH sys-which can be used to secure the child restraint. tem anchors are obstructed.The LATCH system anchors are located at the 1. To install the LATCH system compatiblerear of the seat cushion near the seatback. A child restraint, insert the child restraintlabel is attached to the seat back to help you LATCH system anchor attachments into thelocate the LATCH system anchors. anchor points on the seat. If the child re-LATCH child restraints generally require the use straint is equipped with a top tether, seeof a top tether strap. See “Top tether strap child “Top tether strap child restraint” later in thisrestraint” later in this section for installation in- section for installation instructions.structions. 2. After attaching the child restraint and beforeWhen installing a child restraint, carefully read placing the child in it, use force to tilt theand follow the instructions in this manual and child restraint from side to side and tug it forward to make sure that the child restraintthose supplied with the child restraint. is securely held in place. It should not moveWhen you install a LATCH system compatible more than 1 inch. WRS0155child restraint to the lower anchor attachments, 3. Check to make sure that the child restraint is Type Afollow these steps: properly secured prior to each use. TOP TETHER STRAP CHILD RESTRAINT1-34 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 51. If your child restraint has a top tether strap, it must Secure the top tether strap to the anchor bracket.be secured to one of the provided anchor points Tighten the strap according to the manufactur-᭺. First, secure the child restraint with the rear A er’s instructions to remove any slack.seat belt. WARNING Child restraint anchor points are designed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child restraints. Under no circumstances are they to be used for adult seat belts or harnesses. Anchor point locations Anchor points are located on the rear parcel shelf finisher. If you have any questions when installing a top strap child restraint on the rear seat, consult your NISSAN dealer for details. WRS0156 Type B Remove the anchor cover ᭺ from the anchor B point which is located directly behind the child seat. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 52. ● Failure to use the retractor’s locking mode will result in the child restraint not being properly secured. The re- straint could tip over or otherwise be unsecured and cause injury to the child in a sudden stop or collision. WRS0256 WRS0378INSTALLATION ON FRONT ● NISSAN recommends that child re-PASSENGER SEAT straints be installed in the rear seat. However, if you must install a forward- WARNING facing child restraint in the front pas- senger seat, move the passenger seat● Never install a rear-facing child re- to the rearmost position. straint in the front passenger seat. Supplemental front air bags inflate with ● A child restraint with a top tether strap great force. A rear-facing child restraint should not be used in the front passen- could be struck by the supplemental ger seat. front air bag in a crash and could seri- ● The three-point seat belt in your vehicle ously injure or kill your child. is equipped with an automatic locking mode retractor which must be used when installing a child restraint.1-36 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 53. WRS0379 WRS0159 WRS0160 Front Facing — step 1 Front Facing — step 2 Front Facing — step 3If you must install a child restraint in the front seat, 2. Route the seat belt tongue through the child 3. Pull on the shoulder belt until all of the belt isfollow these steps: restraint and insert it into the buckle until you fully extended. At this time, the seat belt hear and feel the latch engage. retractor is in the automatic locking mode 1. Position the child restraint on the front pas- (child restraint mode). It reverts to emer- senger seat. It should be placed in a Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- gency locking mode when the seat belt is front-facing direction only. Move the facturer’s instructions for belt routing. fully retracted. seat to the rearmost position. Adjust the head restraint to its highest position. Always follow the child restraint manufacturer’s in- structions. Child restraints for infants must be used in the rear-facing direc- tion and therefore must not be used in the front seat. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-37 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 54. 7. Check to make sure the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the seat belt is not locked, repeat steps 3 through 6. After the child restraint is removed and the seat belt is fully retracted, the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode) is canceled. WRS0161 WRS0380 Front Facing — step 4 Front Facing — step 5 4. Allow the seat belt to retract slightly. Pull up 5. Before placing the child in the child restraint, on the shoulder belt to remove any slack in use force to tilt the child restraint from side the belt. to side, and tug it forward to make sure that it is securely held in place. It should not move more than 1 inch. 6. Check that the retractor is in the automatic locking mode by trying to pull more seat belt out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any more belt webbing out of the retractor, the retractor is in the automatic locking mode.1-38 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 55. 2 Instruments and controlsInstrument panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Instrument brightness control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19Meters and gauges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Turn signal switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20 Speedometer and odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 Fog light switch (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20 Trip computer (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5 Hazard warning flasher switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20 Tachometer (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6 Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21 Engine coolant temperature gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Power outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21 Fuel gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22Warning/indicator lights and audible reminders . . . . . . . 2-9 Sunglasses holder (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22 Checking bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9 Cup holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23 Warning lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9 Glove box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-24 Indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11 Coin box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-24 Audible reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12 Console box (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-24Security systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13 Instrument panel storage (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . 2-25 Nissan vehicle immobilizer system (NVIS) (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25 Vehicle security system (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Power windows (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25Windshield wiper and washer switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17 Manual windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-27 Switch operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17 Sunroof (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-28Rear window defroster switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Electric sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-28Headlight and turn signal switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Interior light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-29 Headlight control switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Map lights (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-29 Daytime running light system (Canada only) . . . . . . 2-19 Trunk light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-30 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 56. INSTRUMENT PANEL 1. Headlight and turn signal switch (P. 2-18) 2. Meters/gauges (P. 2-3) 3. Windshield wiper/washer switch (P. 2-17) 4. Heater/air conditioner control (P. 4-2) 5. Storage compartment (P. 2-25) 6. Hazard warning flasher switch (P. 2-20) 7. Center ventilators (P. 4-2) 8. Passenger supplemental air bag (P. 1-6) 9. Glove box (P. 2-24) 10. Pocket 11. 12 volt DC/cigarette lighter (accessory) (P. 2-21) 12. 12 volt DC/cigarette lighter (accessory) (if so equipped) (P. 2-21) 13. Radio/CD player/CD changer (P. 4-10) 14. Cruise control and main set switch (P. 5-14) 15. Tilt steering lock lever (P. 3-15) 16. Trunk release Type B (P. 3-11) 17. Fuel filler lid opening lever (P. 3-14) 18. Driver supplemental air bag (P. 1-6) 19. Hood release lever (P. 3-11) 20. Fuse box cover/coin holder (P. 8-30, 2-24) 21. Trunk release Type A (P. 3-11) 22. Instrument brightness control switch (P. 2-19) 23. Outside mirror control switch (P. 3-17) WIC04332-2 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 57. METERS AND GAUGES WIC0477 WIC0478 LIC0479 Type A Type B Type C Instruments and controls 2-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 58. LIC0480 WIC0494 WIC0601 Type D Twin trip odometer Trip computerSPEEDOMETER AND ODOMETER Odometer/Twin trip odometer Changing the display:Speedometer The odometer/twin trip odometer ᭺ is displayed 2 For vehicles equipped with twin trip odometer, when the ignition key is in the ON position. pushing the change button ᭺ changes the dis- 3The speedometer ᭺ indicates vehicle speed in 1 play as follows:miles per hour (MPH) and kilometers per hour The odometer records the total distance the ve-(km/h). hicle has been driven. ODO (odometer) → Trip → Trip → The twin trip odometer records the distance of ODO individual trips. For vehicles equipped with trip computer, push- ing the change button ᭺ changes the display as 3 follows: Trip → Trip → Outside temperature → Distance to Empty → Average economy → Average speed → Elapsed time → Trip2-4 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 59. Resetting the trip odometer: will continue blinking as long as the temperature NOTE: remains below 39°F (4°C).Pushing the change button for more than 1 sec- ● If the amount of fuel added while theond resets the trip odometer to zero. The ambient temperature sensor is located in ignition switch is OFF is small, the dis- front of the radiator. The sensor may be affected play just before the ignition switch isTRIP COMPUTER (if so equipped) by road or engine heat, wind directions and other turned OFF may continue to be dis-The display of the trip computer is situated in the driving conditions. The display may differ from the played.speedometer display. When the ignition is turned actual ambient temperature or the temperature ● When driving uphill or rounding curves,to ON, the display scrolls all the modes of the trip displayed on various signs or billboards. the fuel in the tank shifts, which maycomputer and then shows the mode chosen be- Distance to empty (dte—mile or km) momentarily change the display.fore the ignition switch is turned OFF. The distance to empty (dte) mode provides you Average fuel consumption (Mpg orIf the battery terminal is disconnected,push the trip computer mode switch more with an estimation of the distance that can be l/100km) driven before refueling. The dte is constantly be-than 1 second to activate the computer. The average fuel consumption mode shows the ing calculated, based on the amount of fuel in theWhen the ignition switch is turned to ON, modes fuel tank and the actual fuel consumption. average fuel consumption since the last reset.of the trip computer can be selected by pushing Resetting is done by pressing the change button The display is updated every 30 seconds. for more than approximately 1 second. The dis-the trip computer change button. The followingmodes can be selected: The dte mode includes a low range warning play is updated every 30 seconds. At about the feature: when the fuel level is low, the dte mode is first 1/3 miles (500 m) after a reset, the displayOutside air temperature (ICY-°F or °C) automatically selected and the digits blink in or- shows (----).The outside air temperature is displayed in °F or der to draw the driver’s attention. Press the Average speed (MPH or km/h)°C. change button if you wish to return to the mode that was selected before the warning occurred. The average speed mode shows the averageThe outside air temperature mode includes a low vehicle speed since last reset. Resetting is done The dte mark (dte) will remain blinking until thetemperature warning feature: below 37°F (3°C), vehicle is refueled. by pressing the change button for more thanthe outside air temperature mode is automatically approximately 1 second. The display is updatedselected and ICY will illuminate in order to draw When the fuel level drops even lower, the dtethe driver’s attention. Press the change button if every 30 seconds. The first 30 seconds after a display will change to (----). reset, the display shows (----).you wish to return to the mode that was selectedbefore the warning occurred. The ICY indicator Instruments and controls 2-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 60. Journey timeThe journey time mode shows the time since thelast reset. The displayed time can be reset bypressing the change button for more than ap-proximately 1 second.NOTE:If a low temperature warning and low rangewarning occur simultaneously, other dis-play modes switch automatically to theoutside temperature display.When the change button is pushed, thedisplay switches to the mode chosen be-fore the warning display, and the outside LIC0482 WIC0481air temperature indicator marked ICY will Type A Type Bblink. TACHOMETER (if so equipped) The tachometer indicates engine speed in revo- lutions per minute (r/min). Do not rev engine into the red zone ᭺.1 CAUTION When engine speed approaches the red zone, shift to a higher gear. Operating the engine in the red zone may cause serious engine damage.2-6 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 61. WIC0483 WIC0234 WIC0484 Type A Type B Type AENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE CAUTION FUEL GAUGEGAUGE The gauge indicates the approximate fuel level If the gauge indicates engine coolant tem-The gauge indicates the engine coolant tempera- perature over the normal range, stop the in the tank.ture. The engine coolant temperature is within the vehicle as soon as safely possible. If the The gauge may move slightly during braking,normal range ᭺ when the gauge needle points 1 engine is overheated, continued opera-between the C and the H on the gauge. tion of the vehicle may seriously damage turning, acceleration, or going up or down hills. the engine. See “If your vehicle over- The gauge needle returns to E (Empty) after theThe engine coolant temperature varies with the heats” in the “In case of emergency” sec- ignition key is turned to OFF.outside air temperature and driving conditions. tion for immediate action required. The low fuel warning light comes on when the amount of fuel in the tank is getting low. Refill the fuel tank before the gauge regis- ters E (Empty). Instruments and controls 2-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 62. ● For additional information, see “Mal- function indicator lamp (MIL)” later in this section. WIC0236 Type BThe indicates that the fuel filler lid islocated on the driver’s side of the vehicle. CAUTION● If the vehicle runs out of fuel, the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) may come on. Refuel as soon as possible. After a few driving trips, the lamp should turn off. If the lamp remains on after a few driving trips, have the vehicle inspected by a NISSAN dealer.2-8 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 63. WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS ANDAUDIBLE REMINDERS or Anti-lock brake warning light (if Low fuel warning light Cruise SET switch indicator light (if so so equipped) equipped) or Brake warning light Low windshield washer fluid warning light (if so High beam indicator light (Blue) equipped) Charge warning light Seat belt warning light and chime Malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) Door open warning light Supplemental air bag warning light Overdrive off indicator light (automatic trans- mission models only) Engine oil pressure warning light CRUISE main switch indicator light (if so Turn signal/hazard indicator lights equipped)CHECKING BULBS WARNING LIGHTS If an abnormality occurs in the system, the anti- or Anti-lock brake lock function ceases, but the regular brakingWith all doors closed, apply the parking brake system continues to operate.and turn the ignition key to the ON position warning light (if sowithout starting the engine. The following lights equipped) If the light comes on while you are driving,will come on: contact a NISSAN dealer for repair. If the light comes on while the engine is running, , , or , , , it may indicate the anti-lock brake system is not or Brake warning light functioning properly. Have the system checkedThe following lights come on briefly and then go This light functions for both the parking brake and by a NISSAN dealer.off: the foot brake systems. Turn off the engine, and start it again by or When the ignition key is in the ON position, the slowly turning the ignition key (quickly do-If any light fails to come on, it may indicate ing so may cause the ABS light to stay on light comes on when the parking brake is applied,a burned-out bulb or an open circuit in the when there is nothing wrong). If the light and also warns of a low brake fluid level. If theelectrical system. Have the system repaired stays on, have the system checked by a light comes on while the engine is running withpromptly. NISSAN dealer. Instruments and controls 2-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 64. the parking brake not applied, stop the vehicle Charge warning light CAUTIONand perform the following: If this light comes on while the engine is running, Running the engine with the engine oil 1. Check the brake fluid level. Add brake fluid it may indicate the charging system is not func- pressure warning light on could cause se- as necessary. See “Brake fluid” in the “Main- tioning properly. Turn the engine off and check rious damage to the engine almost imme- tenance and do-it-yourself” section of this the generator belt. If the belt is loose, broken, diately. Such damage is not covered by manual. missing, or if the light remains on, see a NISSAN warranty. Turn off the engine as soon as it dealer immediately. is safe to do so. 2. If the brake fluid level is correct, have the brake system checked by a NISSAN dealer. CAUTION Low fuel warning light WARNING Do not continue driving if the generator This light comes on when the fuel level in the fuel belt is loose, broken or missing. tank is getting low. Refuel as soon as it is conve-● Your vehicle is equipped with an auto- nient, preferably before the fuel gauge reaches E matic engine cooling fan. It may come Door open warning light (Empty). There will be a small reserve of fuel on at any time without warning, even if This light comes on when any of the doors are not in the tank when the fuel gauge needle the ignition key is in the OFF position closed securely while the ignition key is in the ON reaches E (Empty). and the engine is not running. To avoid injury, always disconnect the negative position. Low windshield washer fluid battery cable before working near the warning light (if so equipped) fan. Engine oil pressure warning light This light comes on when the windshield washer● Pressing the brake pedal with the en- This light warns of low engine oil pressure. If the fluid is at a low level. Add windshield washer fluid gine stopped and/or a low brake fluid light flickers or comes on during normal driving, as necessary. See the “Maintenance and do-it- level may increase your stopping dis- pull off the road in a safe area, stop the engine yourself” section of this manual. tance and braking will require greater pedal effort as well as pedal travel. immediately and call a NISSAN dealer or other Seat belt warning light and authorized repair shop.● If the brake fluid level is below the chime MINIMUM or MIN mark on the brake The engine oil pressure warning light is not designed to indicate a low oil level. Use the The light and chime remind you to fasten your fluid reservoir, do not drive until the dipstick to check the oil level. See “Engine seat belts. The light illuminates whenever the brake system has been checked at a oil” in the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” sec- ignition key is turned to the ON or START position NISSAN dealer. tion of this manual. and remains illuminated until the driver’s seat belt2-10 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 65. is fastened. At the same time, the chime sounds For additional details see “Supplemental restraint High beam indicator lightfor about 7 seconds unless the driver’s seat belt system” in the “Safety—Seats, seat belts and (Blue)is securely fastened. supplemental air bags” section of this manual. This blue light comes on when the headlight highRefer to “Seat belts” in the “Safety—Seats, seat WARNING beams are on and goes out when the low beamsbelts and supplemental air bags” section for pre- are selected.cautions on seat belt usage. If the supplemental air bag warning light is on, it could mean that the supplemental The high beam indicator light also comes on Supplemental air bag warning front air bag or supplemental side air bag when the passing signal is activated. light system (if so equipped) or pre-tensioner seat belt system will not operate in an Malfunction indicator lampWhen the ignition key is in the ON or START accident. (MIL)position, the supplemental air bag warning lightilluminates for about 7 seconds and then turns INDICATOR LIGHTS If this indicator lamp comes on steady or blinksoff. This means the system is operational. while the engine is running, it may indicate a Cruise main switch indicator potential emission control malfunction.If any of the following conditions occur, the light (if so equipped)supplemental front air bag, supplemental side air The malfunction indicator lamp may also come onbag or pre-tensioner seat belt systems need ser- The light comes on when the cruise control main steady if the fuel filler cap is loose or missing, or ifvicing and your vehicle must be taken to a switch is pushed. The light goes out when the the vehicle runs out of fuel. Check to make sureNISSAN dealer: main switch is pushed again. When the cruise the fuel filler cap is installed and closed tightly, main switch indicator light comes on, the cruise and that the vehicle has at least 3 gallons of fuel ● The supplemental air bag warning light re- control system is operational. in the fuel tank. mains on after approximately 7 seconds. Cruise set switch indicator After a few driving trips, the lamp should ● The supplemental air bag warning light flashes intermittently. light (if so equipped) turn off if no other potential emission control The light comes on while the vehicle speed is system malfunction exists. ● The supplemental air bag warning light does controlled by the cruise control system. If the light Operation not come on at all. blinks while the engine is running, it may indicateUnless checked and repaired, the supplemental the cruise control system is not functioning prop- The malfunction indicator lamp will come on inrestraint system (air bag system) and/or the pre- erly. Have the system checked by a NISSAN one of two ways:tensioner seat belts may not function properly. dealer. Instruments and controls 2-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 66. ● Malfunction indicator lamp on steady — An CAUTION AUDIBLE REMINDERS emission control system malfunction has Brake pad wear warning been detected. Check the fuel filler cap. If Continued vehicle operation without hav- the fuel filler cap is loose or missing, tighten ing the emission control system checked The disc brake pads have audible wear warnings. or install the cap and continue to drive the and repaired as necessary could lead to When a brake pad requires replacement, it vehicle. The lamp should turn off after poor driveability, reduced fuel economy, makes a high pitched scraping sound when the a few driving trips. If the lamp does and possible damage to the emission con- vehicle is in motion, whether or not the brake not turn off after a few driving trips, have the trol system. pedal is depressed. Have the brakes checked as soon as possible if the warning sound is heard. vehicle inspected by a NISSAN dealer. You Overdrive off indicator light do not need to have your vehicle towed to (automatic transmission mod- Key reminder chime the dealer. els only) A chime sounds if the driver’s door is opened ● Malfunction indicator lamp blinking — An while the key is left in the ignition switch. Remove engine misfire has been detected which may This light comes on when the overdrive function the key and take it with you when leaving the is OFF. damage the emission control system. To re- vehicle. duce or avoid emission control system dam- The automatic transmission overdrive function is age: controlled by the overdrive switch. Light reminder chime – do not drive at speeds above 45 MPH See “Driving the vehicle” in the “Starting and With the ignition switch in the OFF position, a driving” section of this manual. chime sounds when the driver’s door is opened if (72 km/h). the headlights or parking lights are on. – avoid hard acceleration or deceleration. Turn signal/hazard indicator Turn the headlight control switch off before leav- – avoid steep uphill grades. lights ing the vehicle. – if possible, reduce the amount of cargo The appropriate light flashes when the turn signal switch is activated. being hauled or towed. Both lights flash when the hazard switch is turnedThe malfunction indicator lamp may stop blinkingand come on steady. Have the vehicle inspected by on.a NISSAN dealer. You do not need to have yourvehicle towed to the dealer.2-12 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 67. SECURITY SYSTEMS or automatic payment device on the key ring), any interference received, including inter- restart the engine using the following proce- ference that may cause undesired opera- dures: tion of the device. 1. Leave the ignition switch in the ON position CHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS NOT EX- for approximately 5 seconds. PRESSLY APPROVED BY THE MANUFAC- TURER FOR COMPLIANCE COULD VOID 2. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF or LOCK THE USER’S AUTHORITY TO OPERATE position, and wait approximately 5 seconds. THE EQUIPMENT. 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2. 4. Restart the engine while holding the device (which may have caused the interference) separate from the registered NVIS key. LIC0301 If the no start condition re-occurs, NISSAN rec-Your vehicle has two types of security systems: ommends placing the registered NVIS key on a separate key ring to avoid interference from other ● NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System — devices. NVIS (if so equipped) Statement related to Section 15 of FCC ● Vehicle security system (if so equipped) Rules for NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer Sys-NISSAN VEHICLE IMMOBILIZER tem (CONT ASSY — IMMOBILIZER, ANT ASSY — IMMOBILIZER)SYSTEM (NVIS) (if so equipped) This device complies with part 15 of theThe NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System (NVIS) FCC Rules and RSS-210 of Industrywill not allow the engine to start without the use of Canada. Operation is subject to the follow-a registered NVIS key. ing two conditions;If the engine fails to start using a registered NVIS (1) This device may not cause harmful in-key (for example, when interference is caused by terference, and (2) this device must acceptanother NVIS key, an automated toll road device Instruments and controls 2-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 68. NVIS service as soon as possible. Please bring all NVIS keys that you have when visiting your NISSAN dealer for service. VEHICLE SECURITY SYSTEM (if so equipped) The vehicle security system provides visual and audio alarm signals if parts of the vehicle are disturbed. WIC0237 WIC0237Security indicator light (NISSAN Ve- Security indicator light (Vehicle secu-hicle Immobilizer System) rity system)The security indicator light ᭺ is located on the 1 The security indicator light ᭺ is located on the 1instrument panel near the windshield. instrument panel near the windshield.The security indicator light blinks every 3 sec- The security indicator light shows the status ofonds whenever the ignition switch is in the the vehicle security system.LOCK, OFF or ACC position. This function indi- The light operates whenever the ignition switch iscates the NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System in the LOCK, OFF, or ACC position.(NVIS) is operational. The vehicle security system has four phases. ForIf the NVIS is malfunctioning, the light will remain each phase the operation of the security indicatoron while the ignition key is in the ON position. light is different.If the light still remains on and/or the en-gine will not start, see a NISSAN dealer for2-14 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 69. 3. Close the trunk lid and all doors. Lock all ● If the key is turned slowly when locking doors. The doors can be locked with the key the door, the system may not arm. Fur- or with the keyfob. thermore, if the key is turned exces- sively to the unlock position, the sys- Keyfob operation: tem may be disarmed when the key is ● Push the LOCK or button on the removed. If the indicator light fails to keyfob. All doors lock. The hazard lights glow for 30 seconds, unlock the door flash twice and the horn beeps once to once and lock it again. indicate all doors are locked. ● Even when the driver and/or passen- ● When the LOCK or button is gers are in the vehicle, the system will pushed with all doors locked, the hazard arm with all doors and trunk lid closed lights flash twice and the horn beeps and locked with the ignition key in the once as a reminder that the doors are OFF position. already locked. Vehicle security system activation The horn may or may not beep once. Refer to The vehicle security system will give the following “Silencing the horn beep feature” later in this alarm: section. ● The headlights blink and the horn sounds ● Confirm that the SECURITY indicator light intermittently. comes on. The SECURITY light stays on for about 30 seconds. The vehicle security sys- ● The alarm automatically turns off after about tem is now pre-armed. After about 30 sec- 50 seconds. However, the alarm reactivates LIC0053 onds the vehicle security system automati- if the vehicle is tampered with again. The cally shifts into the armed phase. The alarm can be shut off by unlocking a door orHow to arm the vehicle security sys- trunk lid with the key, or by pressing the SECURITY light begins to flash once every 3tem seconds. If, during the 30-second pre-arm UNLOCK or button on the keyfob. 1. Close all windows. (The system can be time period, the door is unlocked by the key The alarm is activated by: armed even if the windows are open.) or the keyfob, or the ignition key is turned to ● opening the door or trunk lid without using ACC or ON, the system will not arm. the key or keyfob (even if the door is un- 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch. Instruments and controls 2-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 70. locked by releasing the door inside lock switch) or opening the trunk lid by operating the opener lever.How to stop an activated alarmThe alarm stops only by unlocking a door or thetrunk lid with the key, or by pressing the UNLOCKor button on the keyfob.The alarm does not stop if the ignitionswitch is turned to ACC or ON. WIC0238 WIC0271 Type A Type B Silencing the horn beep feature To activate: Press and hold both the LOCK and UNLOCK or and buttons at the If desired, the horn beep feature can be deacti- same time for at least 3 seconds once more. vated using the keyfob. The instructions are on the back of the keyfob (Type A only). The hazard lights will quickly flash once and the horn will sound once to confirm that the horn To deactivate: Press and hold both the LOCK beep feature has been reactivated. and UNLOCK or and buttons at Deactivating the horn feature does not silence the same time for at least 3 seconds. the horn if the alarm is triggered. The hazard lights will quickly flash 3 times to If the system does not operate as described confirm that the horn beep feature has been above, have it checked by a NISSAN dealer. deactivated.2-16 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 71. WINDSHIELD WIPER AND WASHERSWITCH CAUTION ● Do not operate the washer continu- ously for more than 30 seconds. ● Do not operate the washer if the reser- voir tank is empty. ● Do not fill the window washer reservoir tank with washer fluid concentrates at full strength. Some methyl alcohol based washer fluid concentrates may permanently stain the grille if spilled while filling the window washer reser- voir tank. WIC0436 WIC0437 ● Pre-mix washer fluid concentrates with Type A Type B water to the manufacturer’s recom-SWITCH OPERATION Push the lever up ᭺ to have one sweep opera- 4 mended levels before pouring the fluid tion of the wiper (if so equipped). into the window washer reservoir tank.The windshield wiper and washer operates when Do not use the window washer reservoirthe ignition key is in the ON position. Pull the lever toward you ᭺ to operate the 5 tank to mix the washer fluid concen- washer. The wiper will also operate several times. trate and water.Push the lever down to operate the wiper at thefollowing speed: WARNING᭺1 Intermittent (if so equipped) — intermittent In freezing temperatures the washer solu- operation can be adjusted by turning the tion may freeze on the windshield and knob toward ᭺ (Slower) or ᭺ (Faster). A B obscure your vision which may lead to an accident. Warm the windshield with the᭺2 Low — continuous low speed operation defroster before you wash the windshield.᭺3 High — continuous high speed operation Instruments and controls 2-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 72. REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER HEADLIGHT AND TURN SIGNALSWITCH SWITCH WIC0434 WIC0242 WIC0243 Type A Type BTo defrost the rear window glass, start the engineand push the rear window defroster switch on. HEADLIGHT CONTROL SWITCHThe rear window defroster indicator light on the Lightingswitch comes on. Push the switch again to turnthe defroster off. ᭺ 1 When turning the switch to the posi- tion, the front parking, tail, license plate andThe rear window defroster automatically turns off instrument panel lights come on.after approximately 15 minutes. ᭺ 2 When turning the switch to the posi- CAUTION tion, the headlights come on and all the other lights remain on.When cleaning the inner side of the rearwindow, be careful not to scratch or dam-age the rear window defroster.2-18 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 73. DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT SYSTEM (Canada only) The headlights automatically illuminate at a re- duced intensity when the engine is started with the parking brake released. The daytime running lights operate with the headlight switch in the OFF position or in the position. Turn the headlight switch to the position for full illumination when driving at night. If the parking brake is applied before the engine is started, the daytime running lights do not illumi- nate. The daytime running lights illuminate when the parking brake is released. The daytime run- WIC0244 ning lights will remain on until the ignition switch WIC0246Headlight beam select is turned off. INSTRUMENT BRIGHTNESS᭺1 To select the high beam function, push the CONTROL WARNING lever forward. The high beam lights come on The instrument brightness control operates when and the light illuminates. When the daytime running light system is the headlight switch is in the or active, tail lights on your vehicle are not position.᭺2 Pull the lever back to select the low beam. on. It is necessary at dusk to turn on your Turn the control to adjust the brightness of instru-᭺3 Pulling and releasing the lever flashes the headlights. Failure to do so could cause an accident injuring yourself and others. ment panel lights. headlight high beams on and off. Instruments and controls 2-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 74. HAZARD WARNING FLASHER SWITCH WIC0245 WIC0247 WIC0248TURN SIGNAL SWITCH FOG LIGHT SWITCH (if so equipped) Push the switch on to warn other drivers whenTurn signal To turn the front fog lights on, rotate the switch to you must stop or park under emergency condi- the position. tions. All turn signal lights flash.᭺1 Move the lever up or down to signal the To turn them off, rotate the switch to the OFF turning direction. When the turn is com- position. WARNING pleted, the turn signals cancel automatically. The headlight switch must be in the posi- ● If stopping for an emergency, be sure toLane change signal move the vehicle well off the road. tion (low beam headlights on) for the fog lights to᭺2 To signal a lane change, move the lever up or operate. The fog lights automatically turn off ● Do not use the hazard warning flashers down to the point where the indicator light whenever the highbeam headlight function is se- while moving on the highway unless begins to flash, but the lever does not latch. lected. unusual circumstances force you to drive so slowly that your vehicle might become a hazard to other traffic.2-20 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 75. HORN POWER OUTLET● Turn signals do not work when the haz- ard warning flasher lights are on.The flashers will operate with the ignition switchin any position.Some state laws may prohibit the use ofthe hazard warning flasher switch whiledriving. WIC0249 WIC0250 Instrument panel To sound the horn, push the center pad area of The power outlets are for powering electrical the steering wheel. accessories such as cellular telephones. They are rated at 12 Volts 120 Watts maximum. WARNING Do not disassemble the horn. Doing so could affect proper operation of the supplemental front air bag system. Tam- pering with the supplemental front air bag system may result in serious personal injury. Instruments and controls 2-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 76. STORAGE ● Avoid using when the air conditioner, headlights or rear window defroster is on. ● Before inserting or disconnecting a plug, be sure the electrical accessory being used is turned OFF. ● Push the plug in as far as it will go. If good contact is not made, the plug may overheat or the internal temperature fuse may blow. ● When not in use, be sure to close the cap. Do not allow water to contact the WIC0251 outlet. WIC0253 Console (if so equipped) SUNGLASSES HOLDER (if so CAUTION equipped)● The outlet and plug may be hot during To open the sunglasses holder, push and release. or immediately after use.● This power outlet is not designed for WARNING use with a cigarette lighter unit. The sunglasses case should not be used● Do not use with accessories that ex- while driving so full attention may be ceed a 12 volt, 120W (10A) power draw. given to vehicle operation. Do not use double adapters or more than one electrical accessory. CAUTION● Use this power outlet with the engine ● Do not use for anything other than running. (If the engine is stopped, this sunglasses. could result in a discharged battery.)2-22 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 77. ● Do not leave sunglasses in the sun- glasses holder while parking in direct sunlight. The heat may damage the sunglasses. WIC0303 WIC0254 CUP HOLDERS Rear (if so equipped) Front To open, pull the cup holder out fully. To close, push the cup holder in fully. The right side cup holder has an adapter that can be removed to accommodate larger cups. Twist CAUTION the adapter to remove it. ● Avoid abrupt starting and braking when WARNING the cup holder is being used to prevent spilling the drink. If the liquid is hot, it The cup holder should not be used while can scald you or your passenger. driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation. ● Use only soft cups in the cup holder. Hard objects can injure you in an accident. Instruments and controls 2-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 78. WIC0255 WIC0256 WIC0257GLOVE BOX COIN BOX CONSOLE BOX (if so equipped)Open the glove box by pulling the handle. WARNING WARNING WARNING The coin box should not be used while The center console box should not be driving so full attention may be given to used while driving so full attention may beKeep glove box lid closed while driving to vehicle operation. given to vehicle operation.help prevent injury in an accident or asudden stop. The console box can store compact discs. A business card holder and a tissue holder are also contained within the console box. To open the console box lid: ᭺ 1 Pull up on the lever. ᭺ 2 Lift the console lid.2-24 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 79. WINDOWS ● The inside of the storage tray can get hot. Do POWER WINDOWS (if so equipped) not place objects inside which can melt or be easily deformed. WARNING WARNING ● Make sure that all passengers have their hands, etc. inside the vehicle while ● The storage tray should not be used it is in motion and before closing the while driving so full attention may be windows. Use the window lock switch given to vehicle operation. to prevent unexpected use of the power ● Keep the tray lid closed while driving to windows. help prevent contents from becoming ● Do not leave children unattended inside projectiles causing injury in an accident the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- or during a sudden stop. tivate switches or controls and become trapped in a window. Unattended chil- dren could become involved in serious accidents. WIC0258INSTRUMENT PANEL STORAGE (ifso equipped)To open the storage tray, push and release. Thestorage tray will automatically move to the openposition. Instruments and controls 2-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 80. equipped with switches to open or close all the windows. WIC0259 WIC02601. Door lock/unlock button Front passenger power window switch2. Window lock button The passenger window switch operates only the3. Front passenger side corresponding passenger window. To open the4. Right rear passenger side window, push the switch and hold it down ᭺. To 15. Left rear passenger side close the window, pull the switch up ᭺. 26. Driver side automatic switchDriver’s side power window switchThe power windows operate only when the igni-tion switch is in the ON position.To open the driver side window, push the driver’sside automatic switch down until the desiredwindow position is reached. To close the window,lift the switch up. The driver side control panel is2-26 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 81. WIC0261 WIC0262 WIC0263Rear power window switch Automatic operation MANUAL WINDOWSThe rear passenger window switches open or To fully open the driver window, press the driver The side windows can be opened or closed byclose only the corresponding passenger window. window switch down to the second detent and turning the hand crank on each door.To open the window, push the switch and hold it release it; it need not be held. The window auto-down ᭺. To close the window, pull the switch up 1 matically opens all the way. To stop the window,᭺. 2 lift the switch up while the window is opening.Locking passengers’ windowsWhen the window lock button is depressed, onlythe driver side window can be opened or closed.Push it again to cancel the window lock function. Instruments and controls 2-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 82. SUNROOF (if so equipped) Sliding the sunroof CAUTION To open the sunroof, push the switch toward ● Remove water drops, snow, ice or sand DOWN/OPEN. Push the switch again to com- from the sunroof before opening. pletely open the sunroof. ● Do not place heavy objects on the sun- To close the sunroof, push the switch toward roof or surrounding area. UP/CLOSE. Sun shade Tilting the sunroof Open and close the sun shade by sliding it for- Close the sunroof by pushing the switch toward ward or backward. UP/CLOSE. Release the switch, then push the UP/CLOSE switch to tilt the sunroof up. To tilt the sunroof down, push the switch toward WIC0435 DOWN/OPEN.ELECTRIC SUNROOF WARNINGThis sunroof only operates with the ignitionswitch in the ON position. ● In an accident you could be thrown from the vehicle through an open sunroof.NOTE: Always use seat belts and child restraints.If the battery is discharged or is discon-nected, the sunroof may not operate cor- ● Do not allow anyone to stand up orrectly, and must be reset. extend any portion of their body out of the sunroof opening while the vehicle isFrom any sunroof position (full open, partially in motion or while the sunroof isopen, closed, partially vented and vented), push closing.and hold the button in the forward position untilthe sunroof vents in the full-up position. Thisresets the sunroof motor memory and now thesunroof will operate correctly.2-28 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 83. INTERIOR LIGHT MAP LIGHTS (if so equipped) ● The doors are unlocked by the keyfob, a key or the lock-unlock switch while all doors are closed and the ignition switch is in the OFF or ACC position. ● The driver’s door is opened and then closed while the key is removed from the ignition switch. ● The key is removed from the ignition switch while all doors are closed. The interior light will turn off while the 30 second timer is activated when: ● The driver’s door is locked by the keyfob, a WIC0264 key or the lock-unlock switch. WIC0305 ● The ignition switch is turned ON. To turn the map lights on, press the switches. ToThe interior light has a three-position switch and turn them off, press the switches again.operates regardless of ignition switch position. The lights will also go off after 30 minutes while doors are open. CAUTION ● When the switch is in the ON position ᭺, 1 the interior light illuminates, regardless of For information regarding the interior light bulb Do not use for extended periods of time door position. replacement, refer to “Bulb replacement” in the with the engine stopped. This could result “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section of this in a discharged battery. ● When the switch is in the center O or DOOR manual. position, the interior light illuminates by opening a door. CAUTION ● When the switch is in the OFF position ᭺, 2 Do not use for extended periods of time the interior light does not illuminate, regard- with the engine stopped. This could result less of door position. in a discharged battery.The interior light will stay on for about 30 secondswhen: Instruments and controls 2-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 84. TRUNK LIGHTThe light illuminates when the trunk lid is opened.When the trunk lid is closed, the light goes off.For bulb replacement procedures, refer to “Bulbreplacement” in the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section of this manual.2-30 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 85. 3 Pre-driving checks and adjustmentsKeys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Opener operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System (NVIS) Key operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13 keys (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Interior trunk lid release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Fuel filler lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14 Locking with key. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Opener operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14 Locking with inside lock knob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 Fuel filler cap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14 Locking with power door lock switch (if so Steering wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15 equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 Tilt operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15 Child safety rear door lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5 Sun visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16Remote keyless entry system (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . 3-5 Vanity mirror (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16 How to use remote keyless entry system . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16 Battery replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9 Inside mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 Outside mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16Trunk lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 Outside mirror remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 86. KEYS A key number is only necessary when you have previously registered into the NISSAN Vehicle lost all keys and do not have 1 to duplicate from. Immobilizer System. After the registration pro- If you still have a key, your NISSAN dealer can cess, these components will only recognize keys duplicate it. coded into the NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer Sys- tem (NVIS) during registration. Any key that is not NISSAN VEHICLE IMMOBILIZER given to your dealer at the time of registration will SYSTEM (NVIS) KEYS (if so no longer be able to start your vehicle. equipped) Do not allow the immobilizer system key, which contains an electrical transponder, to come into You can only drive your vehicle using the master contact with salt water. This could affect system or valet keys which are registered to the NISSAN function. Vehicle Immobilizer System components in your vehicle. These keys have a transponder chip in the key head. WPD0203 The master key can be used for all the locks.1. Master keys (black) with transponder chip (if so equipped) The valet key cannot be used for the trunk lid lock.2. Valet key (red) with transponder chip (if To protect belongings when you leave a key with so equipped) someone, give them the valet key only.3. Key number plate Never leave these keys in the vehicle.4. Transponder chip (if so equipped) Additional or replacement keys:A key number plate is supplied with your keys.Record the key number and keep it in a safe place If you still have a key, the key number is not(such as your wallet), not in the vehicle. If you lose necessary when you need extra NISSAN Vehicleyour keys, see a NISSAN dealer for duplicates by Immobilizer System keys. Your dealer can dupli-using the key number. NISSAN does not record cate your existing key. As many as five NVIS keyskey numbers so it is very important to keep track can be used with one vehicle. You should bring allof your key number plate. NVIS keys that you have to your NISSAN dealer for registration. This is because the registration process will erase the memory of all key codes3-2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 87. DOORS WARNING● Always have the doors locked while driving. Along with the use of seat belts, this provides greater safety in the event of an accident by helping to prevent persons from being thrown from the vehicle. This also helps keep children and others from unintentionally open- ing the doors, and will help keep out intruders.● Before opening any door, always look for and avoid oncoming traffic.● Do not leave children unattended inside WPD0107 WPD0108 the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- Driver’s side Driver’s side tivate switches or controls. Unattended children could become involved in seri- LOCKING WITH KEY Power (if so equipped) ous accidents. Manual If your vehicle is equipped with the theft warning system, the power door lock system To lock either the driver or passenger side door, allows you to lock or unlock all doors at the same turn the key toward the front of the vehicle ᭺ . To 1 time. unlock, turn it toward the rear ᭺.2 Turning the key toward the front ᭺ of the vehicle 1 locks all doors. Turning the key 1 time toward the rear ᭺ of the 2 vehicle unlocks that door. From that position, returning the key to neutral ᭺ (where the key can 3 only be removed and inserted) and turning it toward the rear again ᭺ within 5 seconds un- 4 locks all doors. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 88. the key in the ignition and any door open, all doors will lock and then unlock automatically. Lockout protection When the power door lock switch (driver or front passenger) is moved to the lock position with the key in the ignition and any door open, all doors will lock and unlock automatically. This helps to prevent the keys from being accidently locked inside the vehicle. WPD0109 WPD0110 Inside lock Driver’s sideLOCKING WITH INSIDE LOCK LOCKING WITH POWER DOORKNOB LOCK SWITCH (if so equipped)To lock the door without the key, move the inside To lock all the doors without a key, push the doorlock knob to the lock position ᭺, then close the 1 lock switch (driver or front passenger side), to thedoor. lock position ᭺, then close the door. When 1To unlock the door without the key, move the locking the door this way, be certain not to leaveinside lock knob to the unlock position ᭺. 2 the key inside the vehicle. To unlock all the doors without a key, push the door lock switch (driver or front passenger side) to the unlock position ᭺. 2 When the power door lock switch (driver or pas- senger side) is moved to the lock position with3-4 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 89. REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM (if so equipped) It is possible to lock/unlock all doors, turn the ● Do not place the keyfob for an extended interior light on, and activate the panic alarm by period in an area where temperatures using the keyfob from outside the vehicle. exceed 140°F (60°C). Be sure to remove the key from the vehicle before locking the doors. The keyfob can operate at a distance of approxi- mately 49 ft (15 m) from the vehicle. The effective distance depends upon the conditions around the vehicle. As many as 4 keyfobs can be used with one vehicle. For information concerning the purchase and use of additional keyfobs, contact a NISSAN WPD0019 dealer.CHILD SAFETY REAR DOOR LOCK The keyfob will not function when:Child safety locks help prevent the rear doors ● the battery is dischargedfrom being opened accidentally, especially whensmall children are in the vehicle. ● the distance between the vehicle and the keyfob is over 49 ft (15 m)The child safety lock levers are located on theedge of the rear doors. WARNINGWhen the lever is in the lock position, the Listed below are conditions or occur-door can be opened only from the outside. rences which will damage the keyfob: ● Do not allow the keyfob to become wet. ● Do not drop the keyfob. ● Do not strike the keyfob sharply against another object. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 90. WPD0111 WPD0132 WPD0112 Type A Type B Type AHOW TO USE REMOTE KEYLESS ● When the LOCK or button is Unlocking doors pushed with all doors locked, the hazardENTRY SYSTEM lights flash twice and the horn beeps once Push the UNLOCK or button on the keyfobLocking doors as a reminder that the doors are already once. locked. 1. Close all windows ● Only the driver’s door unlocks. ● If a door is open and you push the LOCK 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch. ● The hazard indicator flashes once if all doors or button, the doors will lock but the horn will not beep and the hazard lights will are completely closed with the ignition key in 3. Close the hood, trunk lid and all doors. any position except the ON position. not flash. 4. Push the LOCK or button on the The horn may or may not beep once. Refer to Push the UNLOCK or button on the keyfob keyfob. All the doors lock. The hazard lights “Silencing the horn beep feature” later in this again with 5 seconds. flash twice and the horn beeps once to section for details. indicate all doors are locked. ● All doors unlock.3-6 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 91. WPD0133 WPD0113 WPD0134 Type B Type A Type B ● The hazard indicator flashes once if all doors Release the trunk lid are completely closed. Push the TRUNK or button on the keyfobThe interior lights can be turned off without wait- for longer than 0.5 second. The trunk releaseing 30 seconds by inserting the key into the button on the keyfob will not operate when theignition and turning to the ON or START position, ignition switch is in the ON position.locking the doors with the keyfob or pushing theinterior light switch to the OFF position. The trunk lid opens. The trunk lid will not open with the trunk lid release cancel switch turned to OFF. It can be opened only with the key. See “Trunk lid” later in this section for cancel switch information. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 92. WPD0114 WPD0135 WPD0115 Type A Type B Type AUsing the panic alarm Silencing the horn beep featureIf you are near your vehicle and feel threatened, If desired, the horn beep feature can be deacti-you may activate the panic alarm to call attention vated using the keyfob.by pushing and holding the PANIC or but-ton on the keyfob for longer than 0.8 second. To deactivate: Press and hold the LOCK and UNLOCK or and buttons for atThe panic alarm and headlights will stay on for 25 least 3 seconds.seconds. The hazard lights will flash three times to confirmThe panic alarm stops when: that the horn beep feature has been deactivated. ● it has run for 25 seconds, or To activate: Press and hold the LOCK and ● the LOCK or , UNLOCK or , UNLOCK or and buttons for at or the PANIC or button is pushed on least 3 seconds once more. the keyfob.3-8 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 93. WIC0271 Type BThe hazard lights will flash once and the horn willsound once to confirm that the horn beep featurehas been reactivated.Deactivating the horn beep feature does not si-lence the horn if the alarm is triggered. WPD0116 Type A BATTERY REPLACEMENT ᭺ 3 Install a new battery with the “+” facing down. Replace the battery in the keyfob as follows: Recommended battery: Sanyo CR2025 or ᭺ 1 Open the lid using a coin. equivalent. ᭺ 2 Remove the battery. ᭺ 4 Close the lid securely. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 94. ● The keyfob is water-resistant; how- ever, if it does get wet, immediately wipe completely dry. ● The operational range of the keyfob extends to approximately 49 ft (15 m) from the vehicle. This range may vary with conditions. FCC Notice: Changes or modifications not expressly ap- proved by the manufacturer for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules and RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, in- cluding interference that may cause undes- ired operation of the device. WPD0136 Type B 5. Press the LOCK or button, then the If the battery is removed for any reason UNLOCK or button two or three times other than replacement, perform step 5. to check the keyfob operation. ● An improperly disposed battery can hurt the environment. Always confirm local regulations for battery disposal.3-10 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 95. HOOD TRUNK LID OPENER OPERATION WARNING ● Do not drive with the trunk lid open. This could allow dangerous exhaust gases to be drawn into the vehicle. See “Ex- haust gas” in the “Starting and driving” section of this manual. ● Closely supervise children when they are around cars to prevent them from playing and becoming locked in the trunk where they could be seriously in- jured. Keep the car locked, with the rear WPD0204 seatback and trunk lid securely latched 3. Remove the support rod from the clamp. when not in use, and prevent children’s WARNING access to car keys.● Make sure the hood is completely 4. Insert the support rod ᭺ into the slot in the C closed and latched before driving. Fail- front edge of the hood. ure to do so could cause the hood to fly 5. When closing the hood, return the support open and result in an accident. rod to its original position, lower the hood to● If you see steam or smoke coming from approximately 12 inches above the latch and the engine compartment, to avoid injury release it. This allows proper engagement of do not open the hood. the hood latch.1. Pull the hood lock release handle ᭺ located A below the driver side instrument panel; the hood springs up slightly.2. Lift the lever ᭺ at the front of the hood with B your fingertips and raise the hood. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 96. WPD0118 WPD0198 WPD0021Type A Type B Cancel leverThe trunk lid opener lever is located on the out- The trunk lid release is located on the instrument When the lever is in the cancel position, the trunkside of the driver’s seat. To open the trunk lid, pull panel. To open the trunk, push the release in the lid cannot be opened with the trunk lid openerup the opener lever ᭺. To close, push the trunk 1 direction indicated in the illustration ᭺. To close 1 lever. It can be opened only with the key.lid down securely. the trunk lid, push it down securely.3-12 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 97. INTERIOR TRUNK LID RELEASE WARNING Closely supervise children when they are around cars to prevent them from playing and becoming locked in the trunk where they could be seriously injured. Keep the car locked, with the rear seatback and trunk lid securely latched when not in use, and prevent children’s access to car keys. The interior trunk lid release mechanism provides a means of escape for children and adults in the event they become locked inside the trunk. WPD0120 To open the trunk from the inside, rotate theKEY OPERATION illuminated lever until the lock releases and pushTo open the trunk lid, turn the key clockwise. To up on the trunk lid. The release lever is made of aclose the trunk lid, lower and push the trunk lid material that glows in the dark after a brief expo-down securely. sure to ambient light. The handle is located inside the trunk compart- ment on the trunk lock at the center of the trunk lid. WPD0051 Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 98. FUEL FILLER LID WARNING ● Gasoline is extremely flammable and highly explosive under certain condi- tions. You could be burned or seriously injured if it is misused or mishandled. Always stop the engine and do not smoke or allow open flames or sparks near the vehicle when refueling. ● Fuel may be under pressure. Turn the cap a third of a turn, and wait for any “hissing” sound to stop to prevent fuel from spraying out and possibly causing personal injury. Then remove the cap. WPD0121 WPD0228 ● Do not attempt to top off the fuel tankOPENER OPERATION FUEL FILLER CAP after the fuel pump nozzle shuts offThe fuel filler opener lever is located on the out- The fuel filler cap is a ratcheting type. Turn the automatically. Continued refueling mayside of the driver’s seat ᭺. To open the fuel filler 1 cause fuel overflow, resulting in fuel cap counterclockwise to remove. To tighten, turnlid, pull the opener lever up. To lock, close the fuel spray and possibly a fire. the cap clockwise until ratcheting clicks arefiller lid securely. heard. ● Use only an original equipment type fuel filler cap as a replacement. It has a Put the fuel filler cap on the cap holder ᭺ while 1 built-in safety valve needed for proper refueling. operation of the fuel system and emis- sion control system. An incorrect cap can result in a serious malfunction and possible injury. It could also cause the malfunction indicator lamp to come on. ● Never pour fuel into the throttle body to attempt to start your vehicle.3-14 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 99. STEERING WHEEL● Do not fill a portable fuel container in ● Tighten until the fuel filler cap clicks. the vehicle or trailer. Static electricity Failure to tighten the fuel filler cap can cause an explosion of flammable properly may cause the mal- liquid, vapor or gas in any vehicle or trailer. To reduce the risk of serious function indicator lamp (MIL) to illumi- injury or death when filling portable fuel nate. If the lamp illuminates be- containers: cause the fuel filler cap is loose or – Always place the container on the missing, tighten or install the cap and ground when filling. continue to drive the vehicle. – Do not use electronic devices when The lamp should turn off after a filling. few driving trips. If the lamp – Keep the pump nozzle in contact does not turn off after a few driving with the container while you are fill- trips, have the vehicle inspected by a WPD0123 ing it. NISSAN dealer. TILT OPERATION – Use only approved portable fuel con- ● For additional information, see the tainers for flammable liquid. “Malfunction indicator lamp (MIL)” in Pull the lock lever down ᭺ and adjust the steer- A the “Instruments and Controls” section ing wheel up or down ᭺ to the desired position. B CAUTION earlier in this manual. Push the lock lever up firmly to lock the steering● If fuel is spilled on the vehicle body, wheel in place. flush it away with water to avoid paint damage. WARNING Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving. You could lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 100. SUN VISORS MIRRORS OUTSIDE MIRRORS The outside mirrors can be moved in any direc- tion for a better rear view. WARNING Objects viewed in the outside mirror on the passenger side are closer than they appear. Be careful when moving to the right. Using only this mirror could cause an accident. Use the inside mirror or glance over your shoulder to properly judge distances to other objects. WPD0125 WPD0126VANITY MIRROR (if so equipped) INSIDE MIRRORTo access the vanity mirror, pull the sun visor The night position ᭺ reduces glare from the 1down and flip open the mirror cover. Some vanity headlights of vehicles behind you at night.mirrors are illuminated and turn on when the Use the day position ᭺ when driving in daylight 2mirror cover is open. hours. WARNING Use the night position only when neces- sary, because it reduces rear view clarity.3-16 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 101. de-ice for improved visibility. Press the rear win- dow defogger switch to activate the heating function. Press the switch again to deactivate, or the heating function will automatically turn off after approximately 15 minutes. WPD0127 LPD0029OUTSIDE MIRROR REMOTE Manual control typeCONTROL The outside mirror can be moved in any direction for a better rear view.Electric control type (if so equipped)The outside mirror remote control only operateswhen the ignition switch is in the ACC or ONposition.Rotate the control lever to select the right or leftmirror. Adjust the mirror to the desired position bymoving the control lever.Heated mirrors (Canada only)The electric control type outside mirrors (if soequipped) can be heated to defrost, defog, or Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 102. MEMO3-18 Pre-driving checks and adjustments
  • 103. 4 Heater, air conditioner and audiosystemsVentilators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2 FM radio reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10Heater and air conditioner (manual). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2 AM radio reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3 Satellite radio reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 Heater operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4 Audio operation precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11 Air conditioner operation (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . 4-5 FM-AM-SAT radio with compact disc (CD) Air flow charts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 player (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-13Servicing air conditioner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-9 CD care and cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16Audio system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17 Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 Car phone or CB radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 104. VENTILATORS HEATER AND AIR CONDITIONER (manual) WARNING ● The air conditioner cooling function op- erates only when the engine is running. ● Do not leave children, impaired adults, or pets alone in your vehicle. They could accidentally injure themselves or oth- ers through inadvertent operation of the vehicle. Also, on hot, sunny days, temperatures in a closed vehicle could quickly become high enough to cause severe or possibly fatal injuries to people or animals. WHA0200 ● Do not use the recirculation mode for long periods as it may cause the interiorAdjust air flow direction for the driver’s side ᭺, 1 air to become stale and the windows tocenter ᭺, and passenger side ᭺ ventilators by 2 3 fog up.moving the ventilator slide and/or ventilator as- ● Positioning of the heater and/or airsemblies. conditioner controls should not be done while driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation.4-2 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 105. Temperature control dial The temperature control dial allows you to adjust the temperature of the outlet air. Air recirculation button (if so equipped) NOTE: The air recirculation feature is available only on those vehicles equipped with air conditioning. ON position (Indicator light on): WHA0288 Interior air is recirculated inside the vehicle.1. Fan control dial Air flow control dial Push the button to the on position when:2. Rear window defroster switch (if so The air flow control dial allows you to select the ● driving on a dusty road. equipped) air flow outlets.3. Air flow control dial ● to prevent traffic fumes from entering the4. Air conditioner button (if so equipped) — Air flows from center and side passenger compartment.5. Air recirculation button (if so equipped) ventilators. — Air flows from center and side ● for maximum cooling when using the air con-6. Temperature control dial ditioner. ventilators and foot outlets.CONTROLS — Air flows mainly from foot outlets. OFF position (Indicator light off):Fan control dial — Air flows from defroster outlets Outside air is drawn into the passenger compart- and foot outlets. ment and distributed through the selected outlet.The fan control dial turns the fan on and off, and — Air flows mainly from defroster Use the off position for normal heater or air con-controls fan speed. outlets. ditioner operation. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 106. Air conditioner button (if so 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- equipped) position. tion.The button is provided only on vehicles equipped 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- 3. Turn the temperature control dial to the de-with an air conditioner. tion. sired position between the middle and the hot position.Start the engine, turn the fan control dial to the 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de-desired (1 - 4) position and push the sired position between the middle and the ● To quickly remove ice or fog from the win-button to turn on the air conditioner. The indicator hot position. dows, turn the fan control dial to 4 and thelight comes on when the air conditioner is oper- temperature control lever to the full HOT Ventilation position.ating. To turn off the air conditioner, pushthe button again. This mode directs outside air to the side and ● When the position is selected, the air center ventilators. conditioner automatically turns on (however,The air conditioner cooling function oper-ates only when the engine is running. 1. Push the button (if so equipped) to the indicator light will not illuminate) if the the off position. outside temperature is more than 36 - 37°FRear window defroster switch (2 - 3°C). The air conditioning system will 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the continue to operate until the fan control dialFor more information about the rear window de- position. is turned to OFF or the vehicle is shut off,froster switch, see “Rear window defroster even if the air flow control dial is turned to aswitch” in the “Instruments and controls” section 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- tion. position other than the position. Thisof this manual. dehumidifies the air which helps defog the 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- windshield. The mode automaticallyHEATER OPERATION sired position. turns off, allowing outside air to be drawnHeating Defrosting or defogging into the passenger compartment to further improve the defogging performance.This mode is used to direct heated air to the foot This mode directs the air to the defrost outlets tooutlets. Some air also flows from the defrost defrost/defog the windows. Bi-level heatingoutlets. 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the This mode directs cooler air from the side and 1. Push the button (if so equipped) to position. center vents and warmer air from the floor outlets. the off position for normal heating. When the temperature control dial is moved to4-4 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 107. the full hot or full cool position, the air between ● When the position is selected, the air Coolingthe vents and the floor outlets is the same tem- conditioner automatically turns on (however,perature. the indicator light will not illuminate) if the This mode is used to cool and dehumidify the air. 1. Push the button (if so equipped) to outside temperature is more than 36 - 37°F 1. Push the button to the off position. the off position. (2 - 3°C). The air conditioning system will continue to operate until the fan control dial 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the 2. Turn the air flow control dial to is turned to OFF or the vehicle is shut off, position. the position. even if the air flow control dial is turned to a 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- position other than the position. This tion. tion. dehumidifies the air which helps defog the windshield. The mode automatically 4. Push the button. The indicator light 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- comes on. turns off, allowing outside air to be drawn sired position. into the passenger compartment to further 5. Turn the temperature control dial to the de-Heating and defogging improve the defogging performance. sired position.This mode heats the interior and defogs the wind- Operating tips ● For quick cooling when the outside tem-shield. perature is high, push the button to Clear snow and ice from the wiper blades 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the the on position (indicator light on). Be sure and air inlet in front of the windshield. This position. to return the to the off position for improves heater operation. normal cooling. ● When the position is selected, the function automatically cancels. AIR CONDITIONER OPERATION (if Dehumidified heating Outside air is drawn into the passenger so equipped) compartment to improve the defogging per- This mode is used to heat and dehumidify the air. Start the engine, turn the fan control dial to the formance. desired (1 - 4) position, and push in the 1. Push the button to the off position. 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- button to activate the air conditioner. When the 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the tion. air conditioner is on, cooling and dehumidifying position. functions are added to the heater operation. 3. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- sired position between the middle and the The air conditioner cooling function oper- tion. hot position. ates only when the engine is running. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 108. 4. Push the button. The indicator light 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- comes on. sired position. 5. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- Operating tips sired position. ● Keep the windows and sunroof closed whileDehumidified defogging the air conditioner is in operation.This mode is used to defog the windows and ● After parking in the sun, drive for 2 or 3dehumidify the air. minutes with the windows open to vent hot air from the passenger compartment. Then, 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the close the windows. This allows the air con- position. ditioner to cool the interior more quickly. 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- ● The air conditioning system should be tion. operated for approximately 10 minutes at least once a month. This helps pre- 3. Push on the air conditioner button. The indi- vent damage to the system due to lack cator light comes on. of lubrication.When the , or positions in between ● If the engine coolant temperatureare selected, the air conditioner automatically gauge indicates engine coolant tem-turns on (however, the indicator light will not perature over the normal range, turnilluminate) if the outside temperature is more than the air conditioner off. See “If your45°F (7°C). The air conditioning system will con- vehicle overheats” in the “In case oftinue to operate until the vehicle is shut OFF, even emergency” section of this manual.if the air flow control dial is turned to a positionother than the position. This dehumidifies AIR FLOW CHARTSthe air which helps defog the windshield. The following charts show the button and dialThe mode automatically turns off, allowing positions for MAXIMUM AND QUICK heating,outside air to be drawn into the passenger com- cooling or defrosting. The air recirculationpartment to further improve the defogging perfor- button should always be in the OFF posi-mance. tion for heating and defrosting.4-6 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
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  • 111. SERVICING AIR CONDITIONER The air conditioner system in your NISSAN ve- hicle is charged with a refrigerant designed with the environment in mind. This refrigerant does not harm the earth’s ozone layer. Special charging equipment and lubricant is re- quired when servicing your NISSAN air condi- tioner. Using improper refrigerants or lubricants will cause severe damage to your air conditioner system. See “Air conditioner system refrigerant and lubricant recommendations” in the “Techni- cal and consumer information” section of this manual. A NISSAN dealer is able to service your “environ- mentally friendly” air conditioning system. WARNING The air conditioner system contains re- frigerant under high pressure. To avoid personal injury, any air conditioner ser- vice should be done only by an experi- enced technician with proper equipment.WHA0216 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 112. AUDIO SYSTEMRADIO Reception conditions will constantly change be- Multipath reception: Because of the reflective cause of vehicle movement. Buildings, terrain, characteristics of FM signals, direct and reflectedTurn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position signal distance and interference from other ve- signals reach the receiver at the same time. Theand press the PWR/VOL knob to turn the radio hicles can work against ideal reception. De- signals may cancel each other, resulting in mo-on. If you listen to the radio with the engine not scribed below are some of the factors that can mentary flutter or loss of sound.running, the key should be turned to the ACC affect your radio reception.position. AM RADIO RECEPTION FM RADIO RECEPTIONRadio reception is affected by station signal AM signals, because of their low frequency, canstrength, distance from radio transmitter, build- Range: FM range is normally limited to 25 - 30 bend around objects and skip along the ground.ings, bridges, mountains and other external influ- miles (40 - 48 km), with monaural (single chan- In addition, the signals can be bounced off theences. Intermittent changes in reception quality nel) FM having slightly more range than stereo ionosphere and bent back to earth. Because ofnormally are caused by these external influences. FM. External influences may sometimes interfere these characteristics, AM signals are also sub- with FM station reception even if the FM station is ject to interference as they travel from transmitterUsing a cellular phone in or near the ve- within 25 miles (40 km). The strength of the FM to receiver.hicle may influence radio reception quality. signal is directly related to the distance between Fading: Occurs while the vehicle is passingRadio reception the transmitter and receiver. FM signals follow a through freeway underpasses or in areas with line-of-sight path, exhibiting many of the sameYour NISSAN radio system is equipped with many tall buildings. It can also occur for several characteristics as light. For example they willstate-of-the-art electronic circuits to enhance ra- seconds during ionospheric turbulence even in reflect off objects.dio reception. These circuits are designed to areas where no obstacles exist.extend reception range, and to enhance the qual- Fade and drift: As your vehicle moves away from Static: Caused by thunderstorms, electricality of that reception. a station transmitter, the signals will tend to fade power lines, electric signs and even traffic lights. and/or drift.However there are some general characteristics Static and flutter: During signal interference from SATELLITE RADIO RECEPTIONof both FM and AM radio signals that can affectradio reception quality in a moving vehicle, even buildings, large hills or due to antenna position When the satellite radio is first installed or thewhen the finest equipment is used. These char- (usually in conjunction with increased distance battery has been replaced, the satellite radio mayacteristics are completely normal in a given re- from the station transmitter) static or flutter can not work properly. This is not a malfunction. Waitception area, and do not indicate any malfunction be heard. This can be reduced by adjusting the more than 10 minutes with satellite radio ON andin your NISSAN radio system. treble control to reduce treble response.4-10 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 113. the vehicle outside of any metal or large building disc DIGITAL AUDIO” logo on the discfor satellite radio to receive all of the necessary or packaging.data. ● During cold weather or rainy days, theNo satellite radio reception is available and “NO player may malfunction due to the hu-SAT” is displayed when the SAT band option is midity. If this occurs, remove the CDselected unless optional satellite receiver and and dehumidify or ventilate the playerantenna are installed (retrofit unavailable without completely.factory satellite radio pre-wiring), and an XMா or ● The player may skip while driving onSIRIUS™ satellite radio service subscription is rough roads.active. ● The CD player sometimes cannot func-Satellite radio performance may be affected if tion when the compartment tempera-cargo carried on the roof blocks the satellite radio ture is extremely high. Decrease thesignal. temperature before use.If possible, do not put cargo over the satellite ● Do not expose the CD to direct sun-antenna. light. ● CDs that are in poor condition or are dirty, scratched or covered with finger- prints may not work properly. ● The following CDs may not work prop- erly: LHA0099 ● Copy control compact discs (CCCD) AUDIO OPERATION PRECAUTIONS ● Recordable compact discs (CD-R) Compact disc (CD) player ● Rewritable compact discs (CD-RW) ● Only use high quality 4.7 inches (12 cm) round discs that have the “COMPACT Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 114. ● Do not use the following CDs as they may cause the CD player to malfunc- tion: ● 3.1 in (8 cm) discs with an adapter ● CDs that are not round ● CDs with a paper label ● CDs that are warped, scratched, or have abnormal edges LHA0329 1. RADIO button 7. AUX Jack 2. Scan button 8. Radio manual tuning buttons/clock set 3. ON·OFF/Volume control knob buttons/seek buttons 4. CD insert slot 9. Clock button 5. Audio button 10. CAT (category for satellite radio) button 6. CD eject button 11. FF button4-12 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 115. 12. MIX (random play) button13. REW button14. FF APS button15. RPT button16. REW APS button17. PRESET A·B·C select button18. CD·C (CD, CD Changer, AUX) buttonFM-AM-SAT RADIO WITHCOMPACT DISC (CD) PLAYER (if soequipped)ON·OFF/VOL control knobTurn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position,then push the ON·OFF/VOL control knob. If youlisten to the radio with the engine not running,turn the key to the ACC position. The mode (radioor CD) that was playing immediately before thesystem was turned off resumes playing.When no CD is loaded, the radio comes on.Pushing the ON·OFF/VOL control knob againturns the system off.Turn the ON·OFF/VOL control knob to the rightto increase volume or to the left to decreasevolume LHA0330 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 116. Adjusting tone quality and speaker balance 4. Tap the CLOCK button again to exit clock TUNE/SEEK buttons set mode.To adjust BAS/TRE or FAD/BAL (Bass/Treble or WARNINGFader/Balance), press the AUDIO button until Clock priority modethe desired mode (BAS, TRE, FAD, or BAL) ap- The radio should not be tuned while driv- In this mode the clock is shown in the display. If ing so full attention may be given to ve-pears in the display. Press the or any radio or CD functions are activated, the radio hicle operation.button to adjust Bass (BAS) and Treble (TRE) to or CD display illuminates for 10 seconds thenthe desired level. Use the or button Push the or button for less than 0.5 returns to the clock mode.also to adjust Fader (FAD) or Balance (BAL) seconds for manual tuning.modes. Fader (FAD) adjusts the sound level be- NOTE:tween the front and rear speakers and Balance SEEK tuning(BAL) adjusts the sound between the right and After clock adjustment, the radio is in the Push the or button for more thanleft speakers. clock priority mode. 0.5 seconds to seek through the frequencies. SEEK tuning begins from low to high frequen-Clock operation FM/AM/SAT radio operation cies, or high to low frequencies depending onPressing the clock button alternates the clock FM/AM/SAT band select which button is pushed, and stops at the nextand the radio/CD player options in the display. broadcasting station. Once the highest broad- Push the RADIO button to change from AM to casting station is reached, the radio continues inClock set FM and SAT (Satellite) reception. the SEEK mode at the lowest broadcasting sta- 1. Press and hold the CLOCK button for more No Satellite radio reception is available and “NO tion. than 1.5 seconds to enter clock set mode. SAT” will be displayed when the SAT band option SCAN button 2. Tap the CLOCK button to set hours “H”, is selected unless optional satellite receiver and antenna were factory installed (retrofit unavail- Push the SCAN tuning button . SCAN illu- then use the or buttons to ad- able without factory satellite radio pre-wiring), minates in the display. SCAN tuning begins from just. low to high frequencies. SCAN tuning stops at and an XMா or Sirius™ satellite radio service 3. Tap the CLOCK button again to set minutes subscription is active. each broadcasting station for 5 seconds. Push- “M”, then use the or buttons to ing the button again during this 5 second period The FM stereo indicator, ST, illuminates during stops SCAN tuning and the radio remains tuned adjust. FM stereo reception. When the stereo broadcast to that station. signal is weak, the radio automatically changes from stereo to monaural reception.4-14 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 117. Press the PRESET ABC button to change be- with the label side up. The compact disc is auto- tween the presets: matically pulled into the slot and starts to play. A→B→C If the radio is already operating, it automatically turns off and the compact disc begins to play. The radio displays icon A, B or C to indicate which set of presets is active. CAUTION To store a radio station in a preset: Do not force a compact disc into the CD 1. Select the desired preset by pressing PRE- insert slot. This could damage the CD SET ABC. and/or CD changer/player. 2. Tune to the desired station. CD·C button 3. Push the desired station select button for When the CD·C button is pushed with a compact more than 2 seconds. For example, in the disc loaded and the radio playing, the radio turns illustrations, ch2 is to be memorized. The off and the compact disc starts to play. radio mutes when the select button is pushed. When this button is pushed while the compact disc is playing, the compact disc stops playing. 4. When the indicator illuminates in the display and the sound resumes, memorizing is com- Press the CD·C button to play a compatible plete. device such as an MP-3 Player when it is plugged into the AUX in jack. 5. Other station select buttons can be set in the same manner. FF (Fast Forward), REW LHA0339 (Rewind) buttonsStation memory operation If the battery cable is disconnected, or if the radio fuse opens, the radio memory is canceled. In that When the or button is pushed whileEach preset mode (A, B or C) has 6 presets, case, reset the desired stations. the compact disc is playing, the compact disccapable of storing any combination of AM, FM plays at an increased speed while fast forwardingand SAT stations. Compact disc (CD) player operation or rewinding. When the button is released, the Turn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position, compact disc returns to normal play speed. and carefully insert the compact disc into the slot Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 118. APS (Automatic Pro- MIX button gram Search) FF, APS REW When the button is pushed while the com- pact disc is playing, the play pattern changes asWhen the button is pushed while the com- follows:pact disc is playing, the selection following the RANDOM: Selections are played at random, notpresent one starts to play from the beginning. following the sequence on the compact disc. ThePush the button several times to skip sev- same program may be repeated twice.eral selections. Each time the button is pushed,the CD advances one selection. (When the last Normal (no symbol): All selections are played inselection on the compact disc is skipped, the first sequence.selection is played.) When a new compact disc is inserted, theWhen the button is pushed, the selection play pattern automatically changes to thebeing played returns to the beginning. Push “Normal” play pattern. LHA0049the button several times to skip back sev- CD EJECT buttoneral selections. Each time the button is pushed, CD CARE AND CLEANINGthe CD moves back one selection. When the button is pushed with a com- pact disc loaded, the compact disc ejects. ● Handle a CD by its edges. Do not bend the Repeat button disc. Never touch the surface of the disc. When the button is pushed while the com-When the button is pushed while the com- pact disc is playing, the compact disc ejects and ● Always place the discs in the storage casepact disc is playing, the play pattern changes as the system turns off. when they are not being used.follows: If the compact disc ejects and is not re- ● To clean a disc, wipe the surface from the moved within 10 seconds, it is pulled back center to the outer edge using a clean, soft1: The current selection is repeated. into the slot. cloth. Do not wipe the disc using a circularNormal (no symbol): All selections are played in motion.sequence. DISC indicator light ● Do not use a conventional record cleaner orWhen a new compact disc is inserted, the CD IN appears in the display when a CD is alcohol intended for industrial use. loaded with the system ON.play pattern automatically changes to the ● A new disc may be rough on the inner and“Normal” play pattern. outer edges. Remove the rough edges by4-16 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 119. CAR PHONE OR CB RADIO rubbing the inner and outer edges with the When installing a CB, ham radio or car phone in ● Keep the antenna wire more than 8 in side of a pen or pencil as illustrated. your NISSAN, be sure to observe the following (20 cm) away from the Multiport Fuel cautions, otherwise the new equipment may ad- Injection harness. Do not route the an-ANTENNA versely affect the MFI (Multiport Fuel Injection) tenna wire next to any harness.The antenna cannot be shortened, but can be system and other electronic parts.removed. When you need to remove the antenna, ● Adjust the antenna standing-wave ratio as recommended by the manufacturer.turn the antenna rod counterclockwise. WARNING ● Connect the ground wire from the CBTo install the antenna rod, turn the antenna clock- ● A cellular telephone should not be used radio chassis to the body.wise. Tighten the antenna rod to specification while driving so full attention may beusing a suitable tool such as an open-end given to vehicle operation. Some juris- ● For details, consult a NISSAN dealer.wrench. The antenna rod tightening specification dictions prohibit the use of cellular tele-is 3.4 - 3.6 N·m (30 - 32 in-lb). Do not use pliers phones while driving.to tighten the antenna as they can leave marks on ● If you must make a call while your ve-the antenna surface. The antenna rod cannot be hicle is in motion, the hands free cellu-hand tightened to the proper specification. lar phone operational mode (if so equipped) is highly recommended. Ex- CAUTION ercise extreme caution at all times soAlways properly tighten the antenna rod full attention may be given to vehicleduring installation or the antenna rod may operation.break during vehicle operation. ● If a conversation in a moving vehicle requires you to take notes, pull off the road to a safe location and stop your vehicle before doing so. CAUTION ● Keep the antenna as far away as pos- sible from the Engine Control Module (ECM). Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 120. MEMO4-18 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems
  • 121. 5 Starting and drivingPrecautions when starting and driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Cruise control operations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 Exhaust gas (carbon monoxide) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Break-in schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-15 Three-way catalyst. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Increasing fuel economy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16 Avoiding collision and rollover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Parking/parking on hills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17 Drinking alcohol/drugs and driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Power steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18Ignition switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 Brake system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18 Automatic transmission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 Brake precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18 Manual transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 Anti-lock brake system (ABS) Key positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19 Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System (NVIS) Cold weather driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 Freeing a frozen door lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20Before starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Anti-freeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20Starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20Driving the vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Automatic transmission (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Draining of coolant water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20 Manual transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10 Tire equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-21Parking brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-13 Special winter equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-21Cruise control (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 Driving on snow or ice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22 Precautions on cruise control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 Engine block heater (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—debbie ੭
  • 122. PRECAUTIONS WHEN STARTINGAND DRIVING WARNING ● If you suspect that exhaust fumes are a. The vehicle is raised for service. entering the vehicle, drive with all win-● Do not leave children, impaired adults, b. You suspect that exhaust fumes are dows fully open, and have the vehicle or pets alone in your vehicle. They could entering into the passenger inspected immediately. accidentally injure themselves or oth- compartment. ers through inadvertent operation of ● Do not run the engine in closed spaces c. You notice a change in the sound of the vehicle. Also, on hot, sunny days, such as a garage. the exhaust system. temperatures in a closed vehicle could ● Do not park the vehicle with the engine quickly become high enough to cause d. You have had an accident involving running for any extended length of time. severe or possibly fatal injuries to damage to the exhaust system, un- people or animals. ● Keep the trunk lid closed while driving, derbody, or rear of the vehicle. otherwise exhaust gases could be● Closely supervise children when they drawn into the passenger compart- THREE-WAY CATALYST are around cars to prevent them from ment. If you must drive with the trunk lid playing and becoming locked in the The three-way catalyst is an emission control open, follow these precautions: trunk where they could be seriously in- device installed in the exhaust system. Exhaust jured. Keep the car locked, with the rear 1. Open all the windows. gases in the three-way catalyst are burned at seatback and trunk lid securely latched 2. Set the air recirculation but- high temperatures to help reduce pollutants. when not in use, and prevent children’s ton (if so equipped) to off and the fan access to car keys. control dial to 4 (high) to circulate WARNINGEXHAUST GAS (carbon monoxide) the air. ● The exhaust gas and the exhaust sys- ● If electrical wiring or other cable con- tem are very hot. Keep people, animals WARNING nections must pass to a trailer through or flammable materials away from the the seal on the trunk lid or the body, exhaust system components.● Do not breathe exhaust gases; they contain colorless and odorless carbon follow the manufacturer’s recommen- ● Do not stop or park the vehicle over monoxide. Carbon monoxide is danger- dation to prevent carbon monoxide en- flammable materials such as dry grass, ous. It can cause unconsciousness or try into the vehicle. waste paper or rags. They may ignite death. ● The exhaust system and body should be and cause a fire. inspected by a qualified mechanic whenever:5-2 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 123. CAUTION AVOIDING COLLISION AND DRINKING ALCOHOL/DRUGS AND ROLLOVER DRIVING● Do not use leaded gasoline. Deposits from leaded gasoline will seriously re- duce the three-way catalyst’s ability to WARNING WARNING help reduce exhaust pollutants. Failure to operate this vehicle in a safe Never drive under the influence of alcohol● Keep your engine tuned up. Malfunc- and prudent manner may result in loss of or drugs. Alcohol in the bloodstream re- tions in the ignition, fuel injection, or control or an accident. duces coordination, delays reaction time electrical systems can cause overrich and impairs judgement. Driving after Be alert and drive defensively at all times. Obey drinking alcohol increases the likelihood fuel flow into the three-way catalyst, all traffic regulations. Avoid excessive speed, causing it to overheat. Do not keep driv- of being involved in an accident injuring high speed cornering, or sudden steering ma- yourself and others. Additionally, if you ing if the engine misfires, or if notice- neuvers, because these driving practices could are injured in an accident, alcohol can able loss of performance or other un- cause you to lose control of your vehicle. As with increase the severity of the injury. usual operating conditions are any vehicle, loss of control could result in a detected. Have the vehicle inspected NISSAN is committed to safe driving. However, collision with other vehicles or objects, or promptly by a NISSAN dealer. you must choose not to drive under the influence cause the vehicle to roll over, particularly if● Avoid driving with an extremely low fuel the loss of control causes the vehicle to of alcohol. Every year thousands of people are level. Running out of fuel could cause slide sideways. Be attentive at all times, and injured or killed in alcohol-related accidents. Al- the engine to misfire, damaging the avoid driving when tired. Never drive when under though the local laws vary on what is considered three-way catalyst. the influence of alcohol or drugs (including pre- to be legally intoxicated, the fact is that alcohol scription or over-the-counter drugs which may affects all people differently and most people● Do not race the engine while warming it underestimate the effects of alcohol. cause drowsiness). Always wear your seat belt up. as outlined in the “Safety – Seats, seat belts and Remember, drinking and driving don’t mix! And● Do not push or tow your vehicle to start supplemental air bags” section of this manual, that is true for drugs, too (over-the-counter, pre- the engine. and also instruct your passengers to do so. scription, and illegal drugs). Don’t drive if your Seat belts help reduce the risk of injury in colli- ability to operate your vehicle is impaired by alco- sions and rollovers. In a rollover crash, an hol, drugs, or some other physical condition. unbelted or improperly belted person is significantly more likely to be injured or killed than a person wearing a seat belt. Starting and driving 5-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 124. IGNITION SWITCH 2. Turn the ignition key slightly toward the ON and turn it gently while rotating the steer- position. ing wheel slightly right and left. 3. Turn the key to the LOCK position. WARNING 4. Remove the key. Never remove or turn the key to the LOCK The shift selector lever is designed so it cannot position while driving. The steering wheel moved out of P (Park) and into any of the other will lock. This may cause the driver to lose gear positions if the ignition key is turned to OFF control of the vehicle and could result in position or if the key is removed from the switch. serious vehicle damage or personal injury. The shift selector lever can be moved if the ignition switch is in the ACC position. This allows the vehicle to be moved if the bat- tery is discharged. The shift selector lever WSD0041 can also be moved if the ignition switch isAUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION in the ON position and the foot brake pedal is depressed.On automatic transmission models, the ignitionlock is designed so the key cannot be turned to There is an OFF position between theLOCK position and removed until the shift selec- LOCK and ACC positions. The OFF positiontor lever is moved to the P (Park) position. is indicated by a “1” on the key cylinder. When the ignition is in the OFF position,When removing the key from the ignition, make the steering wheel is not locked.sure the shift selector lever is in the P (Park)position. In order for the steering wheel to be locked, it must be turned about 1/8 of a turn clockwiseIf the key cannot be turned to the LOCK position, from the straight up position.proceed as follows to remove the key. To lock the steering wheel, turn the key to 1. Move the shift selector lever into the P (Park) the LOCK position. Remove the key. To position. unlock the steering wheel, insert the key5-4 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 125. To lock the steering wheel, turn the key to This position starts the engine. As soon as the the LOCK position. Remove the key. To engine has started, release the key. It automati- unlock the steering wheel, insert the key cally returns to the ON position. and turn it gently while rotating the steer- ing wheel slightly right and left. NISSAN VEHICLE IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM (NVIS) (if so equipped) WARNING The NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System (NVIS) Never remove or turn the key to the LOCK will not allow the engine to start without the use of position while driving. The steering wheel the registered NVIS key. will lock. This may cause the driver to lose If the engine fails to start using the registered control of the vehicle and could result in NVIS key, it may be due to interference caused by serious vehicle damage or personal injury. another NVIS key, an automated toll road device or automated payment device on the key ring. WSD0042 KEY POSITIONS Restart the engine using the following proce- LOCK: Normal parking position (0) dures:MANUAL TRANSMISSION OFF: (Manual transmission model) (1) 1. Leave the ignition switch in the ON positionThe ignition switch includes a device that helps for approximately 5 seconds.prevent accidental removal of the key while driv- The engine can be turned off without locking theing. 2. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF or LOCK steering wheel. position and wait approximately 5 seconds.The key can only be removed when the ignition ACC: (Accessories) (2) 3. Repeat step 1 and 2 again.switch is in the LOCK position. This position activates electrical accessories 4. Restart the engine while holding the deviceOn manual transmission models, to turn the igni- such as the radio when the engine is not running. (which may have caused the interference)tion key to LOCK position from ACC or ON separate from the registered NVIS key. ON: Normal operating position (3)position, turn the key to OFF, push the key in, thenturn the key to LOCK. This position turns on the ignition system and the If this procedure allows the engine to start, electrical accessories. NISSAN recommends placing the registeredIn order for the steering wheel to be locked, it NVIS key on a separate key ring to avoid interfer-must be turned about 1/8 of a turn clockwise START: (4) ence from other devices.from the straight up position. Starting and driving 5-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 126. BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE STARTING THE ENGINE ● Make sure the area around the vehicle is 1. Apply the parking brake. ● When the engine is very hard to start in clear. extremely cold weather or when restart- 2. Automatic transmission: ing, depress the accelerator pedal a little ● Check fluid levels such as engine oil, cool- Move the shift selector lever to P (Park) or N (approximately 1/5 to the floor) and hold it ant, brake and clutch fluid, and window (Neutral). P (Park) is recommended. and then crank the engine. Release the washer fluid as frequently as possible, or at key and the accelerator pedal when the least whenever you refuel. The shift selector lever cannot be engine starts. ● Check that all windows and lights are clean. moved out of P (Park) and into any of the other gear positions if the ignition ● When the engine is very hard to start ● Visually inspect tires for their appearance key is turned to the OFF position or if because it is flooded, depress the accel- and condition. Also check tires for proper erator pedal all the way to the floor and the key is removed from the ignition inflation. hold it. Crank the engine for 5-6 seconds. switch. After cranking the engine, release the ac- ● Lock all doors. celerator pedal. Crank the engine with The starter is designed not to operate if ● Position seat and adjust head restraints. the shift selector lever is in any of the your foot off the accelerator pedal by driving positions. turning the ignition key to START. Release ● Adjust inside and outside mirrors. the key when the engine starts. If the ● Fasten seat belts and ask all passengers to Manual transmission: engine starts, but fails to run, repeat the do likewise. Move the shift lever to N (Neutral). Depress above procedure. ● Check the operation of warning lights when the clutch pedal to the floor while cranking the engine. CAUTION the key is turned to the ON (3) position. See “Warning/indicator lights and audible re- Do not operate the starter for more than The starter is designed not to operate minders” in the “Instruments and controls” 15 seconds at a time. If the engine does unless the clutch pedal is fully de- section of this manual. not start, turn the key off and wait 10 pressed. seconds before cranking again, otherwise 3. Crank the engine with your foot off the the starter could be damaged. accelerator pedal by turning the ignition 4. Allow the engine to idle for at least 30 sec- key to START. Release the key when the onds after starting. Drive at moderate speed engine starts. If the engine starts, but fails to for a short distance first, especially in cold run, repeat the above procedure. weather.5-6 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 127. DRIVING THE VEHICLEAUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (if so The automatic transmission in your vehicle is The shift selector lever can be moved if theequipped) electronically controlled to produce maximum ignition switch is in the ACC position. This power and smooth operation. allows the vehicle to be moved if the bat- tery is discharged. The shift selector lever WARNING The recommended operating procedures for this can also be moved if the ignition switch is● Do not depress the accelerator pedal transmission are shown on the following pages. in the ON position and the foot brake pedal while shifting from P (Park) or N (Neu- Follow these procedures for maximum vehicle is depressed. tral) to R (Reverse), D (Drive), 2 or 1. performance and driving enjoyment. Always depress the brake pedal until shifting is completed. Failure to do so Starting the vehicle could cause you to lose control and 1. After starting the engine, fully depress the have an accident. foot brake pedal before attempting to move● Cold engine idle speed is high, so use the shift selector lever out of the P (Park) caution when shifting into a forward or position. reverse gear before the engine has 2. Keep the foot brake pedal depressed and warmed up. move the shift selector lever into a driving● Never shift to P (Park) or R (Reverse) gear. while the vehicle is moving. This could 3. Release the foot brake, then gradually start cause an accident. the vehicle in motion. CAUTION The automatic transmission is designed so the foot brake pedal MUST be depressed● When stopping the vehicle on an uphill before shifting from P (Park) to any drive grade, do not hold the vehicle by de- position while the ignition switch is in the pressing the accelerator pedal. The foot ON position. brake should be used for this purpose. The shift selector lever cannot be moved● Do not downshift abruptly on slippery out of P (Park) and into any of the other roads. This may cause a loss of control. gear positions if the ignition key is turned to the LOCK position or if the key is re- moved. Starting and driving 5-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 128. Push the shift selector lever button to shift into P 1. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK position. (Park), R (Reverse) or from D (Drive) to 2. All 2. Apply the parking brake. other positions can be selected without pushing the button. 3. Reinsert the key and turn it to the ACC position. WARNING 4. Depress the foot brake pedal and move the Apply the parking brake if the selector shift selector lever to N (Neutral). lever is in any position while the engine is not running. Failure to do so could cause 5. Start the engine. the vehicle to move unexpectedly or roll These instructions for starting the vehicle in N away and result in serious personal injury (Neutral) should only be used until service can be or property damage. obtained at a NISSAN dealership. P (Park): R (Reverse): WSD0077 Use this selector position when the vehicle is Use this position to back up. Make sure theTo move the selector lever: parked or when starting the engine. Make sure vehicle is completely stopped before selecting R : Push the button while depressing the the vehicle is completely stopped. The brake (Reverse) position. The brake pedal must bebrake pedal pedal must be depressed and the selector depressed and the selector lever button lever button pushed in to move the selector pushed in to move the selector lever from P : Push the button to shift lever from the N (Neutral) or any drive po- (Park), N (Neutral) or any drive position to R : Shift without pushing button sition to P (Park). Apply the parking brake. (Reverse). When parking on a hill, apply the parking brakeShifting N (Neutral): first, then shift the selector lever into the P (Park)After starting the engine, fully depress the brake position. Neither forward nor reverse gear is engaged. Thepedal and shift the selector lever from P (Park) to engine can be started in this position. You may Shifting from P (Park)R (Reverse), N (Neutral) or D (Drive). shift to N (Neutral) and restart a stalled engine If the ignition switch is in the ON position and the while the vehicle is moving. foot brake pedal is depressed, but the shift se- D (Drive): lector lever still cannot be moved out of P (Park), follow these instructions. Use this position for all normal forward driving.5-8 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 129. 2 (Second gear): Shift lock releaseUse this position for hill climbing or engine brak- If the battery is discharged, the shift selector levering on downhill grades. may not be moved from the P (Park) position evenQR25DE: Do not shift into the 2 position at with the brake pedal depressed and the shiftspeeds above 62 MPH (100 km/h). Do not ex- selector lever button pushed.ceed 62 MPH (100 km/h) in the 2 position. To move the shift selector lever, release the shiftQG18DE: Do not shift into the 2 position at lock and push the shift selector lever button. Thespeeds above 65 MPH (105 km/h). Do not ex- shift selector lever can be moved to N (Neutral).ceed 65 MPH (105 km/h) in the 2 position. However, the steering wheel will be locked un-1 (Low gear): less the ignition switch is turned to the ON posi- tion.Use this position when climbing steep hills slowlyor driving slowing through deep snow, sand or To release the shift lock, complete the followingmud, or for maximum engine braking on steep procedure:downhill grades. 1. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK positionDo not shift into the 1 position at speeds above and remove the key.34 MPH (55 km/h). Do not exceed 34 MPH (55 2. Apply the parking brake.km/h) in the 1 position. 3. Remove the shift lock cover ᭺. A 4. Insert a small screwdriver in the shift lock slot, and push down ᭺. B 5. Push the shift selector lever button ᭺ and C move the shift selector lever to N (Neutral) position ᭺ while holding down the shift D lock. 6. Turn the key to the ON position to unlock the steering wheel. Now the vehicle may be WSD0044 moved to the desired location. Starting and driving 5-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 130. If the shift selector lever cannot be moved out of OFF: For driving up and down longP (Park), have a NISSAN dealer check the auto- slopes where engine braking is nec-matic transmission system as soon as possible. essary push the Overdrive switchAccelerator downshift once. The O/D OFF indicator light— in D position — in the instrument panel comes on at this time.For passing or hill climbing, depress the accel-erator pedal to the floor. This shifts the transmis- When cruising at a low speed or climbing asion down into a lower gear, depending on the gentle slope, you may feel uncomfortable shiftvehicle speed. shocks as the transmission shifts into and out of Overdrive repeatedly. In this case, depress the Overdrive switch to turn the Overdrive off. The O/D OFF indicator light in the instrument panel comes on at this time. WSD0045 When driving conditions change, depress the Overdrive switch Overdrive switch to turn the Overdrive on. Each time your vehicle is started, the transmis- Remember not to drive at high speeds for ex- sion is automatically “reset” to overdrive ON. tended periods of time with the Overdrive off. ON: With the engine running and the This reduces fuel economy. shift selector lever in the D (Drive) MANUAL TRANSMISSION position, the transmission upshifts into Overdrive as vehicle speed WARNING increases. ● Do not downshift abruptly on slippery Overdrive does not engage until the engine roads. This may cause a loss of control. has reached operating temperature. ● Do not over-rev the engine when shift- ing to a lower gear. This may cause a loss of control or engine damage.5-10 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 131. CAUTION● Do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving. This may cause clutch damage.● Fully depress the clutch pedal before shifting to help prevent transmission damage.● Stop your vehicle completely before shifting into R (Reverse).● When the vehicle is stopped with the engine running (for example, at a stop light), shift to N (Neutral) and release the clutch pedal with the foot brake WSD0046 WSD0047 applied. 5 - speed 6 - speed Shifting If it is difficult to move the shift lever into R (Reverse) or 1 (1st), shift into N (Neutral), then To change gears, or when upshifting or down- release the clutch pedal. Depress the clutch shifting, depress the clutch pedal fully, shift into pedal again and shift into R (Reverse) or 1 (1st). the appropriate gear, then release the clutch slowly and smoothly. To ensure smooth gear changes, fully depress the clutch pedal before operating the shift lever. If the clutch pedal is not fully depressed before the transmission is shifted, a gear noise may be heard. Transmission damage could occur. On the 5-speed manual transmission, you cannot shift directly from 5th gear into R (Reverse). First shift into N (Neutral), then into R (Reverse). Starting and driving 5-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 132. Suggested upshift speeds For QR25DE engine models: QR25DE engine models:The following are suggested vehicle speeds for GEAR CHANGE MPH (km/h) GEAR CHANGE MPH (km/h)shifting into a higher gear. These suggestions 1st to 2nd 15 (24) 1st 25 (45)relate to fuel economy and vehicle performance. 2nd to 3rd 25 (40) 2nd 50 (80)Actual upshift speeds will vary according to road 3rd to 4th 40 (65) 3rd 80 (130)conditions, the weather and individual driving 4th to 5th 45 (75) 4th —habits. 5th to 6th 50 (80) 5th —For quick acceleration in low altitude areas (less Suggested maximum speed in each 6th —than 4,000 ft [1,219 m]) and normal accelera- geartion in high altitude areas (over 4,000 ft[1,219 m]): Downshift to a lower gear if the engine is not running smoothly, or if you need to accelerate. GEAR CHANGE MPH (km/h) 1st to 2nd 15 (24) Do not exceed the maximum suggested speed 2nd to 3rd 25 (40) (shown below) in any gear. For level road driving, 3rd to 4th 40 (64) use the highest gear suggested for that speed. Always observe posted speed limits, and drive 4th to 5th 45 (72) according to the road conditions, which will en-For quick acceleration in high altitude areas (over sure safe operation. Do not over-rev the engine4,000 ft [1,219 m]): when shifting to a lower gear as it may causeFor QG18DE engine models: engine damage or loss of vehicle control. Gear change MPH (km/h) QG18DE engine models: 1st to 2nd 15 (25) GEAR MPH (km/h) 2nd to 3rd 35 (55) 1st 30 (50) 3rd to 4th 45 (75) 2nd 55 (90) 4th to 5th 50 (80) 3rd 85 (135) 4th — 5th —5-12 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 133. PARKING BRAKE 4. Before driving, be sure the brake warning WARNING light goes out.● Be sure the parking brake is fully re- leased before driving. Failure to do so can cause brake failure and lead to an accident.● Do not release the parking brake from outside the vehicle.● Do not use the gear shift in place of the parking brake. When parking, be sure the parking brake is fully engaged.● Do not leave children unattended in a vehicle. They could release the parking brake and cause an accident. WSD0048 To engage: Pull the lever up ᭺. A To release: 1. Firmly apply the foot brake. 2. Manual transmission models: Place the shift lever in the N (Neutral) posi- tion. Automatic transmission models: Move the shift selector lever to the P (Park) position. 3. While pulling up on the parking brake lever slightly, push the button and lower com- pletely ᭺. B Starting and driving 5-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 134. CRUISE CONTROL (if so equipped) ● The SET indicator light may blink when the CAUTION cruise control main switch is turned ON while pushing the RES/ACCEL, On manual transmission models, do not SET/COAST, or CANCEL switch (located shift into N (Neutral) without depressing on the steering wheel). To properly set the the clutch pedal when the cruise control is cruise control system, use the following pro- set. Should this occur, depress the clutch cedures. pedal and turn the main switch off imme- diately. Failure to do so may cause engine damage. WARNING Do not use the cruise control when driving CRUISE CONTROL OPERATIONS under the following conditions: The cruise control allows driving at a speed be- ● When it is not possible to keep the tween 25 - 90 MPH (40 - 144 km/h) without vehicle at a set speed. keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. WSD0049 ● In heavy traffic or in traffic that varies in To turn on the cruise control, push the main1. Cruise control main switch speed. switch. The CRUISE indicator light in the instru-2. RES/ACCEL switch ment panel comes on. ● On winding or hilly roads.3. CANCEL switch ● On slippery roads (rain, snow, ice, etc.). To set cruising speed, accelerate the vehicle to4. SET/COAST switch the desired speed, push the SET/COAST switchPRECAUTIONS ON CRUISE ● In very windy areas. and release it. The SET indicator light in theCONTROL Doing so could cause a loss of vehicle instrument panel comes on. Take your foot off the control and result in an accident. accelerator pedal. Your vehicle maintains the set ● If the cruise control system malfunctions, it speed. cancels automatically. The SET indicator ● To pass another vehicle, depress the ac- light in the instrument panel then blinks to celerator pedal. When you release the warn the driver. pedal, the vehicle returns to the previously ● If the SET indicator light blinks, turn the set speed. cruise control main switch off and have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer.5-14 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 135. BREAK-IN SCHEDULE ● The vehicle may not maintain the set speed To reset at a faster cruising speed, use one During the first 1,200 miles (2,000 km), follow when going up or down steep hills. If this of the following three methods. these recommendations to obtain maximum en- happens, drive without the cruise control. gine performance and ensure the future reliability ● Depress the accelerator pedal. When the and economy of your new vehicle. Failure toTo cancel the preset speed, use one of the vehicle attains the desired speed, push and follow these recommendations may result infollowing three methods. release the SET/COAST switch. shortened engine life and reduced engine perfor- ● Push the CANCEL button; the SET indicator ● Push and hold the RES/ACCEL switch. mance. light in the instrument panel goes out. When the vehicle attains the speed you de- ● Avoid driving for long periods at constant sire, release the switch. ● Tap the brake pedal; the SET indicator light speed, either fast or slow, and do not run the goes out. ● Push and release the RES/ACCEL switch. engine over 4,000 rpm. Each time you do this, the set speed in- ● Turn the main switch off. Both the CRUISE ● Do not accelerate at full throttle in any gear. creases by about 1 MPH (1.6 km/h). indicator light and SET indicator light in the ● Avoid quick starts. instrument panel go out. To reset at a slower cruising speed, use one of the following three methods. ● Avoid hard braking as much as possible.The cruise control is automatically canceled andthe SET light in the instrument panel goes out if: ● Lightly tap the brake pedal. When the ve- ● Do not tow a trailer for the first 500 miles hicle attains the desired speed, push the (800 km). ● you depress the brake pedal while pushing COAST/SET switch and release it. the ACCEL/RES or SET/COAST switch. The preset speed is deleted from memory. ● Push and hold the SET/COAST switch. Re- lease the switch when the vehicle slows to ● the vehicle slows down more than 8 MPH the desired speed. (13 km/h) below the set speed. ● Push and release the SET/COAST switch. ● you depress the clutch pedal (manual trans- Each time you do this, the set speed de- mission), or move the shift selector lever to N creases by about 1 MPH (1.6 km/h). (Neutral) (automatic transmission). To resume the preset speed, push and re- lease the RES/ACCEL switch. The vehicle re- turns to the last set cruising speed when the vehicle speed is over 25 MPH (40 km/h). Starting and driving 5-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 136. INCREASING FUEL ECONOMY ● Accelerate slowly and smoothly. Maintain ● When cruising at highway speeds, it is more cruising speeds with a constant accelerator economical to use the air conditioner and position. leave the windows closed to reduce drag. ● Drive at moderate speeds on the highway. ● Use the recommended viscosity engine oil. Driving at high speed lowers fuel economy. See “Engine oil and oil filter recommenda- tion” in “Technical and consumer informa- ● Avoid unnecessary stopping and braking. tion” later in this manual. Maintain a safe distance behind other ve- hicles. ● Use a proper gear range which suits road conditions. On level roads, shift into high gear as soon as possible. ● Avoid unnecessary engine idling. ● Keep your engine tuned up. ● Follow the recommended periodic mainte- nance schedule. ● Keep the tires inflated to the correct pres- sure. Low tire pressure increases tire wear and lowers fuel economy. ● Keep the wheels in correct alignment. Im- proper alignment increases tire wear and lowers fuel economy. ● Air conditioner operation lowers fuel economy. Use the air conditioner only when necessary.5-16 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—debbie ੭
  • 137. PARKING/PARKING ON HILLS ● Do not leave children unattended inside the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- tivate switches or controls. Unattended children could become involved in seri- ous accidents. 1. Firmly apply the parking brake. 2. Manual transmission models: Place the shift lever in the R (Reverse) posi- tion. When parking on an uphill grade, place the shift lever in 1st gear. Automatic transmission models: WSD0050 Move the shift selector lever to the P (Park) position. ● Safe parking procedures require that WARNING both the parking brake be set and the 3. To help prevent the vehicle from rolling into● Do not stop or park the vehicle over transmission placed into P (Park) for traffic when parked on an incline, it is a good flammable materials such as dry grass, automatic transmission models or in an practice to turn the wheels as illustrated. appropriate gear for manual transmis- waste paper or rags. They may ignite sion models. Failure to do so could ● HEADED DOWNHILL WITH CURB: ᭺ A and cause a fire. cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly Turn the wheels into the curb and move the or roll away and result in an accident. vehicle forward until the curb side wheel Make sure the shift lever has been gently touches the curb. pushed as far forward as it can go and cannot be moved without depressing ● HEADED UPHILL WITH CURB: ᭺ B the foot brake pedal. Turn the wheels away from the curb and ● Never leave the engine running while move the vehicle back until the curb side the vehicle is unattended. wheel gently touches the curb. Starting and driving 5-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—debbie ੭
  • 138. POWER STEERING BRAKE SYSTEM ● HEADED UPHILL OR DOWNHILL, NO The power assisted steering is designed to use a The brake system has two separate hydraulic CURB: ᭺ C hydraulic pump, driven by the engine, to assist circuits. If one circuit malfunctions, you will still steering. have braking at two wheels. Turn the wheels toward the side of the road so the vehicle will move away from the cen- If the engine stops or the drive belt breaks, you BRAKE PRECAUTIONS ter of the road if it moves. will still have control of the vehicle. However, 4. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK position much greater steering effort is needed, especially Vacuum assisted brakes in sharp turns and at low speeds. and remove the key. The brake booster aids braking by using engine WARNING vacuum. If the engine stops, you can stop the vehicle by depressing the brake pedal. However, If the engine is not running or is turned off greater foot pressure on the brake pedal will be while driving, the power assist for the required to stop the vehicle and stopping dis- steering will not work. Steering will be tance will be longer. much harder to operate. Using the brakes Avoid resting your foot on the brake pedal while driving. This will overheat the brakes, wear out the brake linings and pads faster, and reduce gas mileage. To help reduce brake wear and to prevent the brakes from overheating, reduce speed and downshift to a lower gear before going down a slope or long grade. Overheated brakes may reduce braking performance and could result in loss of vehicle control.5-18 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—debbie ੭
  • 139. each wheel and varies the brake fluid pressure to lem, but indicates that the system is functioning WARNING prevent each wheel from locking and sliding. By properly. However, the pulsation may indicate● While driving on a slippery surface, be preventing wheel lockup, the system helps the that road conditions are hazardous and extra care careful when braking, accelerating or driver maintain steering control and helps to mini- is required while driving. downshifting. Abrupt braking or accel- mize swerving and spinning on slippery surfaces. erating could cause the wheels to skid Self-test feature and result in an accident. Using the system The anti-lock brake system consists of electronic● If the engine is not running or is turned Depress the brake pedal and hold it down. sensors and hydraulic solenoids controlled by a off while driving, the power assist for computer. The computer has a built-in diagnostic the brakes will not work. Braking will be WARNING feature that tests the system each time you start harder. the engine and move the vehicle at a low speed in Do not pump the brake pedal. Doing so forward or reverse. When the self-test occurs,Wet brakes may result in increased stopping you may hear a ‘‘clunk’’ noise and/or feel a pulsa- distances.When the vehicle is washed or driven through tion in the brake pedal. This is normal and is notwater, the brakes may get wet. As a result, your Normal operation an indication of any malfunction. If the computerbraking distance will be longer and the vehicle senses any malfunction, it switches the anti-lockmay pull to one side during braking. The anti-lock brake system does not operate at brake system off and turns on the ABS brake speeds below 3 - 6 MPH (5 - 10 km/h). (The warning light on the instrument panel. The brakeTo dry the brakes, drive the vehicle at a safe speeds vary according to road conditions.) system then operates normally, but without anti-speed while lightly pressing the brake pedal to When driving, the anti-lock brake system con- lock assistance.heat up the brakes. Do this until the brakes returnto normal. Avoid driving the vehicle at high trols the wheels so they will not lock when brak- If a malfunction occurs in the system, the anti- ing abruptly or when braking on a slippery road. lock function will not operate, but the standardspeeds until the brakes function correctly. Thus, difficult steering and swerving of the ve- vehicle brake system will continue to operateANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) hicle due to locked wheels is minimized. The normally. The ABS brake warning light will then(if so equipped) system detects the wheel rotation rate and elec- tronically controls the pressure applied to each come on.The anti-lock brake system controls the brakes at brake. Slight vibration on the brake pedal accom- If the light comes on during the self-test or whileeach wheel so the wheels do not lock when panied by noise usually occurs while the ABS driving, take the vehicle to a NISSAN dealer forbraking abruptly or when braking on slippery sur- system is operating. Such vibration and noise repair.faces. The system detects the rotation speed at encountered during abrupt braking is not a prob- Starting and driving 5-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—debbie ੭
  • 140. COLD WEATHER DRIVING WARNING ● When installing a spare tire, make sure FREEING A FROZEN DOOR LOCK it is the proper size and type as speci- To prevent a door lock from freezing, apply de-● The anti-lock brake system is a sophis- fied on the tire placard. For tire placard ticated device, but it cannot prevent ac- icer through the key hole. If the lock becomes location information, refer to “Tire plac- cidents resulting from careless or dan- frozen, heat the key before inserting it into the key ard” in the “Technical and consumer gerous driving techniques. It can help information” section of this manual. hole. maintain vehicle control during braking on slippery surfaces, but remember that ● Refer to “Wheels and tires” in the ANTI-FREEZE the stopping distance on slippery sur- “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” sec- In the winter when it is anticipated that the tem- faces will be longer than on normal tion of this manual. perature will drop below 32°F (0°C), check the surfaces even with the anti-lock brake anti-freeze to assure proper winter protection. system. Stopping distances may also For details, see ‘‘Engine cooling system’’ in the be longer on rough, gravel or snow cov- ered roads, or if you are using tire ‘‘Maintenance and do-it-yourself’’ section of this chains. Tire type and condition may also manual. affect braking effectiveness. Always BATTERY maintain a safe distance from the ve- hicle in front of you. Ultimately, the re- If the battery is not fully charged during extremely sponsibility for safety of self and others cold weather conditions, the battery fluid may rests in the hands of the driver. freeze and damage the battery. To maintain maxi-● Tire type and condition of tires may also mum efficiency, the battery should be checked affect braking effectiveness. regularly. For details, see ‘‘Battery’’ in the ‘‘Main- tenance and do-it-yourself’’ section of this● When replacing tires, install the speci- manual. fied size of tires on all four wheels. DRAINING OF COOLANT WATER If the vehicle is to be left outside without anti- freeze, drain the cooling system, including the engine block. Refill before operating the vehicle.5-20 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—debbie ੭
  • 141. For details, see ‘‘Changing engine coolant’’ in the secured or removed to prevent the possibil- WARNING‘‘Maintenance and do-it-yourself’’ section of this ity of whipping action damage to the fendersmanual. Tire chains/cables cannot be installed on or underbody. If possible, avoid fully loading P215/45ZR17 size tires. Installation of the your vehicle when using tire chains. In addi-TIRE EQUIPMENT tire chains/cables on P215/45ZR17 size tion, drive at a reduced speed. Otherwise, tires will cause damage to the vehicles. If your vehicle may be damaged and/or vehicle 1. SUMMER tires have a tread designed to you plan to use tire chains/cables, you handling and performance may be adversely provide superior performance on dry pave- should install P195/55R16 size tires on affected. ment. However, the performance of these your vehicle. tires will be substantially reduced in snowy Never install tire chains on spare tires. Do and icy conditions. If you operate your ve- Use of tire chains may be prohibited accord- not use tire chains on dry roads. hicle on snowy or icy roads, NISSAN recom- ing to location. Check the local laws before SPECIAL WINTER EQUIPMENT mends the use of MUD & SNOW or ALL installing tire chains. When installing tire SEASON TIRES on all four wheels. Please chains, make sure they are of proper size for It is recommended that the following items be consult a NISSAN dealer for the tire type, the tires on your vehicle and are installed carried in the vehicle during winter: size, speed rating and availability informa- according to the chain manufacturer’s sug- ● A scraper and stiff-bristled brush to remove tion. gestions. Use only SAE Class “S” ice and snow from the windows and wiper chains. Class “S” chains are used on ve- blades. 2. For additional traction on icy roads, studded hicles with restricted tire to vehicle clear- tires may be used. However, some U.S. ● A sturdy, flat board to be placed under the ance. Vehicles that can use Class “S” chains states and Canadian provinces prohibit their jack to give it firm support. are designed to meet the minimum clear- use. Check local, state and provincial laws ances between the tire and the closest ve- ● A shovel to dig the vehicle out of snowdrifts. before installing studded tires. hicle suspension or body component re- ● Extra window washer fluid to refill the reser-Skid and traction capabilities of studded quired to accommodate the use of a winter voir tank.snow tires on wet or dry surfaces may be traction device (tire chains or cables). Thepoorer than that of non-studded snow tires. minimum clearances are determined using the factory equipped tire size. Other types 3. Tire chains may damage your vehicle. Use chain ten- sioners when recommended by the tire chain manufacturer to ensure a tight fit. Loose end links of the tire chain must be Starting and driving 5-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—debbie ੭
  • 142. DRIVING ON SNOW OR ICE ● Do not use the cruise control on slip- pery roads. WARNING ● Snow can trap dangerous exhaust● Wet ice (32°F, 0°C and freezing rain), gases under your vehicle. Keep snow very cold snow or ice can be slick and clear of the exhaust pipe and from very hard to drive on. The vehicle will around your vehicle. have much less traction or “grip” under these conditions. Try to avoid driving on ENGINE BLOCK HEATER (if so wet ice until the road is salted or equipped) sanded. An engine block heater to assist in extreme cold● Whatever the condition, drive with cau- temperature starting is available through a tion. Accelerate and slow down with NISSAN dealer. care. If accelerating or downshifting too fast, the drive wheels will lose even more traction. WARNING● Allow more stopping distance under Do not use your heater with an un- these conditions. Braking should be grounded electrical system or two- started sooner than on dry pavement. pronged (cheater) adapters. You can be injured by an electrical shock if you use an● Allow greater following distances on ungrounded connection. slippery roads.● Watch for slippery spots (glare ice). These may appear on an otherwise clear road in shaded areas. If a patch of ice is seen ahead, brake before reach- ing it. Try not to brake while on the ice, and avoid any sudden steering maneuvers.5-22 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—debbie ੭
  • 143. 6 In case of emergencyFlat tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 If your vehicle overheats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-10 Changing a flat tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 Towing your vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11Jump starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Towing recommended by NISSAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11Push starting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9 Vehicle recovery (freeing a stuck vehicle) . . . . . . . . . 6-12 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 144. FLAT TIRECHANGING A FLAT TIRE ● Never change tires when the vehicle isIf you have a flat tire, follow the instructions be- on a slope, ice or slippery areas. This is hazardous.low. ● Never change tires if oncoming traffic isStopping the vehicle close to your vehicle. Wait for profes- 1. Safely move the vehicle off the road and sional road assistance. away from traffic. 2. Turn on the hazard warning flashers. 3. Park on a level surface and apply the parking brake. Shift the manual transmission into R (Reverse), or the automatic transmission into P (Park). WCE0044 4. Turn off the engine. Blocking wheels 5. Raise the hood to warn other traffic and to Place suitable blocks ᭺ at both the front and 1 signal professional road assistance person- back of the wheel diagonally opposite the flat tire nel that you need assistance. ᭺ to prevent the vehicle from rolling when it is 2 6. Have all passengers get out of the vehicle jacked up. and stand in a safe place, away from traffic and clear of the vehicle. WARNING Be sure to block the wheel as the vehicle WARNING may move and result in personal injury.● Make sure the parking brake is securely applied and the manual transmission is shifted into R (Reverse), or the auto- matic transmission into P (Park).6-2 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 145. WCE0045 WCE0046Getting the spare tire and tools 2. To remove the jack, turn the jack screw counterclockwise. Use the tapered end of 1. Open the trunk. Lift the trunk floor carpeting the jack rod to loosen the jack from its stor- and spare tire cover. Remove the tool bag age position. ᭺ (which contains the jack rod and wheel A nut wrench) and the spare tire. If necessary, use the flat end of the jack rod ᭺ as shown B to loosen the spare tire hold-down bolt ᭺. C In case of emergency 6-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 146. WCE0055 WCE0006Removing bolt-on wheel cover (if so Jacking up vehicle and removing theequipped) damaged tire CAUTION WARNINGDo not use your hands to pry off wheel ● Never get under the vehicle while it iscaps or wheel covers. Doing so could re- supported only by the jack.sult in personal injury. ● Use only the jack provided with yourWheel cover attachment to the wheel is made by vehicle to lift the vehicle. Do not use theone of the wheel lug nuts. This wheel lug nut jack provided with your vehicle on otherneeds to be removed before the wheel vehicles. The jack is designed for liftingcover can be removed from the wheel. only your vehicle during a tire change.6-4 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 147. ● Use the correct jack-up points. Never use any other part of the vehicle for jack support.● Never jack up the vehicle more than necessary.● Never use blocks on or under the jack.● Do not start or run engine while vehicle is on the jack. It may cause the vehicle to move.● Do not allow passengers to stay in the vehicle while it is on the jack.● Never run the engine with a wheel(s) off SCE0002 the ground. It may cause the vehicle to move. Always refer to the proper illustrations for the 2. Place the jack directly under the jack-up correct placement and jack-up points for your point as illustrated so the top of the jack specific vehicle model and jack type. contacts the vehicle at the jack-up point. Align the jack head between the two Carefully read the caution label attached to notches in the front or the rear as shown. the jack body and the following instruc- Also fit the groove of the jack head between tions. the notches as shown. 1. Loosen each wheel nut one or two turns by The jack should be used on firm and turning counterclockwise with the wheel nut level ground. wrench. Do not remove the wheel nuts 3. To lift the vehicle, securely hold the jack lever until the tire is off the ground. and rod with both hands as shown. Carefully raise the vehicle until the tire clears the ground. Remove the wheel nuts, and then remove the tire. In case of emergency 6-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 148. 4. Lower the vehicle slowly until the tire Adjust tire pressure to the COLD pressure. touches the ground. Then, with the wheel COLD pressure: After vehicle has been nut wrench, tighten the wheel nuts securely parked for three hours or more or driven in the sequence illustrated (᭺, ᭺, ᭺, ᭺). A B C D less than 1 mile (1.6 km). Lower the vehicle completely. COLD tire pressures are shown on the tire WARNING placard. ● Incorrect wheel nuts or improperly 5. Securely store the flat tire in the vehicle. tightened wheel nuts can cause the wheel to become loose or come off. This could cause an accident. ● Do not use oil or grease on the wheel studs or nuts. This could cause the nuts WCE0048 to become loose.Installing the spare tire ● Retighten the wheel nuts when the ve- hicle has been driven for 600 milesThe spare tire is designed for emergency (1,000 km) (also in cases of a flat tire,use. See specific instructions under the etc.).heading “Wheels and tires” in the “Mainte-nance and do-it-yourself” section of this As soon as possible, tighten the wheel nutsmanual. to the specified torque with a torque wrench. 1. Clean any mud or dirt from the surface be- tween the wheel and hub. Wheel nut tightening torque: 80 ft-lb (108 N·m) 2. Carefully put the spare tire on and tighten the wheel nuts finger tight. The wheel nuts must be kept tightened to specification at all times. It is recom- 3. With the wheel nut wrench, tighten wheel mended that wheel nuts be tightened to nuts alternately and evenly as illustrated until specification at each lubrication interval. they are tight.6-6 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 149. JUMP STARTING ● The spare tire is designed for emer- To start your engine with a booster battery, the gency use. See specific instructions un- instructions and precautions below must be fol- der the heading “Wheels and tires” in lowed. the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section of this manual. WARNING ● If done incorrectly, jump starting can lead to a battery explosion, resulting in severe injury or death. It could also damage your vehicle. ● Explosive hydrogen gas is always present in the vicinity of the battery. Keep all sparks and flames away from the battery. WCE0049 ● Do not allow battery fluid to come into6. Install the jack in its storage area and tighten contact with eyes, skin, clothing or the jack screw clockwise. painted surfaces. Battery fluid is a cor- rosive sulfuric acid solution which can7. Place the spare tire cover and the trunk floor cause severe burns. If the fluid should carpeting over the damaged tire. come into contact with anything, imme-8. Close the trunk. diately flush the contacted area with water. WARNING ● Keep battery out of the reach of● Always make sure that the spare tire children. and jacking equipment are properly se- ● The booster battery must be rated at 12 cured after use. Such items can become volts. Use of an improperly rated battery dangerous projectiles in an accident or can damage your vehicle. sudden stop. In case of emergency 6-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 150. ● Whenever working on or near a battery, always wear suitable eye protectors (for example, goggles or industrial safety spectacles) and remove rings, metal bands, or any other jewelry. Do not lean over the battery when jump starting.● Do not attempt to jump start a frozen battery. It could explode and cause se- rious injury.● Your vehicle has an automatic engine cooling fan. It could come on at any time. Keep hands and other objects away from it. WCE0054 2. Apply the parking brake. Move the shift lever WARNING to N (Neutral) (manual transmission) or to P Always follow the instructions below. (Park) (automatic transmission). Switch off Failure to do so could result in damage to all unnecessary electrical systems (lights, the charging system and cause personal heater, air conditioner, etc.). injury. 3. Remove vent caps on the battery (if so 1. If the booster battery is in another vehicle, equipped). Cover the battery with an old position the two vehicles to bring their bat- cloth to reduce explosion hazard. teries near each other. 4. Connect jumper cables in the sequence il- Do not allow the two vehicles to touch. lustrated (᭺, ᭺, ᭺, ᭺). A B C D6-8 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 151. PUSH STARTING 8. Replace the vent caps (if so equipped). Be CAUTION WARNING sure to dispose of the cloth used to cover● Always connect positive (ϩ) to positive the vent holes as it may be contaminated ● Automatic transmission models cannot (ϩ) and negative (Ϫ) to body ground (for with corrosive acid. be push-started or tow-started. This example, strut mounting bolt, engine may cause transmission or other ve- lift bracket, etc.) — not to the battery. hicle damage.● Make sure the jumper cables do not ● Three-way catalyst equipped models touch moving parts in the engine com- should not be started by pushing. The partment and that the cable clamps do three-way catalyst may be damaged. not contact any other metal. ● Never try to start the vehicle by towing5. Start the engine of the booster vehicle and it. When the engine starts, the forward let it run for a few minutes. surge could cause the vehicle to collide with the tow vehicle.6. Keep the engine speed of the booster ve- hicle at about 2,000 rpm, and start the en- gine of the vehicle being jump started. CAUTIONDo not keep the starter motor engaged formore than 10 seconds. If the engine doesnot start right away, turn the key off andwait 3 to 4 seconds before trying again.7. After starting the engine, carefully discon- nect the negative cable and then the positive cable. In case of emergency 6-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 152. IF YOUR VEHICLE OVERHEATSIf your vehicle is overheating (indicated by an 3. Get out of the vehicle. Look and listen for 6. After the engine cools down, check the cool-extremely high temperature gauge reading), or if steam or coolant escaping from the radiator ant level in the reservoir tank with the engineyou feel a lack of engine power, detect abnormal before opening the hood. (If steam or cool- running. Add coolant to the reservoir tank ifnoise, etc. take the following steps. ant is escaping, turn off the engine.) Wait necessary. Have your vehicle repaired at a until no steam or coolant can be seen before NISSAN dealer. WARNING proceeding.● Do not continue to drive if your vehicle 4. Open the engine hood. overheats. Doing so could cause a ve- hicle fire. WARNING● To avoid the danger of being scalded, If steam or water is coming from the en- never remove the radiator cap while the gine, stand clear to prevent getting engine is still hot. When the radiator burned. cap is removed, pressurized hot water will spurt out, possibly causing serious 5. Visually check drive belts for damage or injury. looseness. Also check if the cooling fan is● Do not open the hood if steam is com- running. The radiator hoses and radiator ing out. should not leak water. If coolant is leaking, the water pump belt is missing or loose, or 1. Move the vehicle safely off the road, apply the cooling fan does not run, stop the en- the parking brake and move the shift lever to gine. N (Neutral) (manual transmission) or to P (Park) (automatic transmission). WARNING Do not stop the engine. Be careful not to allow your hands, hair, jewelry or clothing to come into contact 2. Turn off the air conditioner (if so equipped). with, or get caught in, engine belts or the Open all the windows, move the heater or air engine cooling fan. The engine cooling conditioner temperature control to maximum fan can start at any time when the coolant hot and fan control to high speed. temperature is high.6-10 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 153. TOWING YOUR VEHICLEWhen towing your vehicle, all State (Provincial in For information about towing your vehicle behindCanada) and local regulations for towing must be a recreational vehicle (RV), refer to “Flat towing”followed. Incorrect towing equipment could dam- in the “Technical and consumer information” sec-age your vehicle. Towing instructions are avail- tion of this manual.able from a NISSAN dealer. Local service opera-tors are generally familiar with the applicable lawsand procedures for towing. To assure propertowing and to prevent accidental damage to yourvehicle, NISSAN recommends having a serviceoperator tow your vehicle. It is advisable to havethe service operator carefully read the followingprecautions: WARNING● Never ride in a vehicle that is being towed.● Never get under your vehicle after it has been lifted by a tow truck. CAUTION● When towing, make sure that the trans- mission, axles, steering system and ACE0511 powertrain are in working condition. If TOWING RECOMMENDED BY any unit is damaged, dollies must be used. NISSAN● Always attach safety chains before NISSAN recommends that your vehicle be towed towing. with the driving (front) wheels off the ground or place the vehicle on a flat bed truck as illustrated. In case of emergency 6-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 154. ● When towing automatic transmission ● Do not spin your tires at high speed. models with the front wheels on towing This could cause them to explode and dollies, or when towing manual trans- result in serious injury. Parts of your mission models with the front wheels vehicle could also overheat and be on the ground: damaged. ● Turn the ignition key to the OFF po- sition, and secure the steering wheel CAUTION in a straight-ahead position with a ● Tow chains or cables must be attached rope or similar device. Never secure only to the main structural members of the steering wheel by turning the ig- the vehicle. nition key to the LOCK position. This may damage the steering lock ● Pulling devices should be routed so mechanism. they do not touch any part of the sus- pension, steering, brake or cooling ACE1001 ● Move the gearshift lever to the N systems. (Neutral) position. WARNING ● Always pull the cable straight out from ● When towing automatic or manual the front or rear of the vehicle. Never● Never tow automatic transmission transmission models with the rear models with the front wheels on the pull the vehicle at an angle. wheels on the ground (if you do not use ground or four wheels on the ground towing dollies): Always release the ● Pulling devices such as ropes or canvas (forward or backward), as this may parking brake. straps are not recommended for use in cause serious and expensive damage to vehicle towing or recovery. the transmission. If it is necessary to VEHICLE RECOVERY (freeing a stuck tow the vehicle with the rear wheels raised always use towing dollies under vehicle) the front wheels. WARNING ● Stand clear of a stuck vehicle.6-12 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 155. 7 Appearance and careCleaning exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 Floor mats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4 Washing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 Waxing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 Corrosion protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 Removing spots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 Most common factors contributing to vehicle Underbody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 Environmental factors influence the rate of Aluminum alloy wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 Chrome parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 To protect your vehicle from corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5Cleaning interior. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 156. CLEANING EXTERIORIn order to maintain the appearance of your ve- CAUTION WAXINGhicle, it is important to take proper care of it. ● Do not wash the vehicle with strong Regular waxing protects the paint surface andTo protect the paint surfaces, please wash your household soap, strong chemical deter- helps retain new vehicle appearance. After wax-vehicle as soon as you can: gents, gasoline or solvents. ing, polishing is recommended to remove ● after a rainfall to prevent possible damage built-up residue and to avoid a “weathered” ap- ● Do not wash the vehicle in direct sun- from acid rain. light or while the vehicle body is hot, as pearance. the surface may become water-spotted. A NISSAN dealer can assist you in choosing the ● after driving on coastal roads. ● Avoid using tight-napped or rough proper product. ● when contaminants such as soot, bird drop- cloths, such as washing mitts. Care pings, tree sap, metal particles or bugs get ● Wax your vehicle only after a thorough wash- must be taken when removing ing. Follow the instructions supplied with the on the paint surface. caked-on dirt or other foreign sub- wax. ● when dust or mud builds up on the surface. stances so the paint surface is not scratched or damaged. ● Do not use a wax containing any abrasives,Whenever possible, store or park your vehicle cutting compounds or cleaners that mayinside a garage or in a covered area. Rinse the vehicle thoroughly with plenty of clean damage the vehicle finish. water.When it is necessary to park outside, park in a ● If the surface does not polish easily, use ashady area or protect the vehicle with a body Inside flanges, seams and folds on the doors, hatches and hood are particularly vulnerable to “road tar” remover and wax again.cover. the effects of road salt. Therefore, these areas Machine compounding or aggressive polishingBe careful not to scratch the paint surface must be cleaned regularly. Take care that the on a base coat/clear coat paint finish may dull thewhen putting on or removing the body drain holes in the lower edge of the door are finish or leave swirl marks.cover. open. Spray water under the body and in the wheel wells to loosen the dirt and wash away REMOVING SPOTSWASHING road salt. Remove tar and oil spots, industrial dust, insects,Wash dirt off with a wet sponge and plenty of A damp chamois can be used to dry the vehicle to and tree sap as quickly as possible from thewater. Clean the vehicle thoroughly using a mild avoid water spots. surface of the paint to avoid lasting damage orsoap, a special vehicle soap or general purpose staining. Special cleaning products are availabledishwashing liquid mixed with clean, lukewarm at a NISSAN dealer or any automotive accessory(never hot) water. store.7-2 Appearance and care ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 157. UNDERBODY Use glass cleaner to remove smoke and dust film from the glass surfaces. It is normal for glass toIn areas where road salt is used in winter, it is become coated with a film after the vehicle isnecessary to clean the underbody regularly in parked in the hot sun. Glass cleaner and a softorder to prevent dirt and salt from building up and cloth will easily remove this film.causing the acceleration of corrosion on the un-derbody and suspension. Before the winter pe- CAUTIONriod and again in the spring, the underseal mustbe checked and, if necessary, retreated. When cleaning the inside of the windows, do not use sharp-edged tools, abrasive cleaners or chlorine-based disinfectant cleaners. They could damage the electri- cal conductors, radio antenna elements or rear window defroster elements. WAI0005 ALUMINUM ALLOY WHEELS GLASS Wash the wheels regularly, especially during win- When cleaning the rear window, it may be easier ter months in areas where road salt is used. If not removed, road salt could discolor the wheels. to clean if the high-mounted stop light is removed first. CHROME PARTS Be careful when removing the high-mounted Clean all chrome parts regularly with a non- stop light to reduce the risk of damaging the abrasive chrome polish to maintain the finish. high-mounted stop light wires. To remove the high-mounted stop light: ᭺ 1 Push toward rear of vehicle. ᭺ 2 Lift to remove. The high-mounted stop light must be properly reinstalled before driving your vehicle. Appearance and care 7-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 158. CLEANING INTERIOROccasionally remove loose dust from the interior pedal operation. Mats should be maintainedtrim, plastic parts and seats using a vacuum with regular cleaning and replaced if they be-cleaner or soft brush. Wipe the vinyl and leather come excessively worn.surfaces with a clean, soft cloth dampened inmild soap solution, then wipe clean with a dry,soft cloth. Before using any fabric protector, readthe manufacturer’s recommendations. Some fab-ric protectors contain chemicals that may stain orbleach the seat material.Use a cloth dampened only with water to cleanthe meter and gauge lens. CAUTION WAI0006● Never use benzine, thinner or any simi- lar material. Floor mat positioning aid (driver’s side● Never use fabric protectors unless rec- only) ommended by the manufacturer. This vehicle includes a front floor mat bracket to● Do not use glass or plastic cleaner on act as a floor mat positioning aid. NISSAN floor meter or gauge lens covers. It may dam- mats have been specially designed for your ve- age the lens cover. hicle model. The driver’s side floor mat has a grommet hole incorporated in it. Position the matFLOOR MATS by placing the floor mat bracket hook through the floor mat grommet hole while centering the mat inThe use of genuine NISSAN floor mats can ex- the footwell.tend the life of your vehicle carpet and make iteasier to clean the interior. No matter what Periodically check to make certain the mats aremats are used, be sure they are fitted for properly positioned.your vehicle and are properly positioned inthe footwell to prevent interference with7-4 Appearance and care ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 159. CORROSION PROTECTIONSEAT BELTS MOST COMMON FACTORS ● where road salt is used.The seat belts can be cleaned by wiping them CONTRIBUTING TO VEHICLE Temperaturewith a sponge dampened in a mild soap solution. CORROSION High temperatures accelerate the rate of corro-Allow the belts to dry completely in the shade sion to those parts which are not well ventilated.before using them. See “Seat belt maintenance” 1. The accumulation of moisture-retaining dirtin the “Safety – Seats, seat belts and supplemen- and debris in body panel sections, cavities, Air pollutiontal air bags” section of this manual. and other areas. Industrial pollution, the presence of salt in the air 2. Damage to paint and other protective coat- in coastal areas, or heavy road salt use acceler- WARNING ings caused by gravel and stone chips or ates the corrosion process. Road salt also accel-Do not allow wet seat belts to roll up in the minor traffic accidents. erates the disintegration of paint surfaces.retractor. NEVER use bleach, dye orchemical solvents to clean the seat belts, ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS TO PROTECT YOUR VEHICLEsince these materials may severely INFLUENCE THE RATE OF FROM CORROSIONweaken the seat belt webbing. CORROSION ● Wash and wax your vehicle often to keep the Moisture vehicle clean. Accumulation of sand, dirt and water on the ve- ● Always check for minor damage to the paint hicle body underside can accelerate corrosion. and repair it as soon as possible. Wet floor coverings will not dry completely inside the vehicle, and should be removed for drying to ● Keep drain holes at the bottom of the doors avoid floor panel corrosion. open to avoid water accumulation. Relative humidity ● Check the underbody for accumulation of sand, dirt or salt. If present, wash with water Corrosion will be accelerated: as soon as possible. ● in areas of high relative humidity. ● in areas where the temperatures stay above freezing. ● where atmospheric pollution exists. Appearance and care 7-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 160. CAUTION● NEVER remove dirt, sand or other de- bris from the passenger compartment by washing it out with a hose. Remove dirt with a vacuum cleaner or broom.● Never allow water or other liquids to come in contact with electronic compo- nents inside the vehicle as this may damage them.Chemicals used for road surface de-icing areextremely corrosive. They accelerate corrosionand deterioration of underbody componentssuch as the exhaust system, fuel and brake lines,brake cables, floor pan and fenders.In winter, the underbody must be cleanedperiodically.For additional protection against rust and corro-sion, which may be required in some areas, con-sult a NISSAN dealer.7-6 Appearance and care ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 161. 8 Maintenance and do-it-yourselfMaintenance requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2 Replacing spark plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-22General maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2 Air cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-23 Explanation of general maintenance items . . . . . . . . . 8-2 In-cabin Microfilter (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-24Maintenance precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-5 Windshield wiper blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-27Engine compartment check locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-6 Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-27Engine cooling system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-8 Replacing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-27 Checking engine coolant level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-8 Parking brake and brake pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-28 Changing engine coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Checking parking brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-28Engine oil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11 Checking brake pedal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-28 Checking engine oil level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11 Brake booster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-29 Changing engine oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-12 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-30 Changing engine oil filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-13 Engine compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-30Automatic transmission fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-14 Temperature conditions for checking. . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-15 Passenger compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-31Power steering fluid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-17 Battery replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-32Brake and clutch fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-17 Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-34 Brake fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-18 Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-34 Clutch fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-18 Fog lights (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-35Window washer fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-19 Exterior and interior lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-36 Window washer fluid reservoir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-19 Wheels and tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-39Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-19 Tire pressure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-39 Jump starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-21 Types of tires. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-40Drive belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-21 Tire chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-41Spark plugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-22 Changing wheels and tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-42 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 162. MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS GENERAL MAINTENANCEYour new NISSAN has been designed to have Performing general maintenance checks requires During the normal day-to-day operation of theminimum maintenance requirements with longer minimal mechanical skill and only a few general vehicle, general maintenance should be per-service intervals to save you both time and automotive tools. formed regularly as prescribed in this section. Ifmoney. However, some day-to-day and regular These checks or inspections can be done by you, you detect any unusual sounds, vibrations ormaintenance is essential to maintain your NIS- a qualified technician, or, if you prefer, a NISSAN smells, be sure to check for the cause or have aSAN’s good mechanical condition, as well as its dealer. NISSAN dealer do it promptly. In addition, youemission and engine performance. should notify a NISSAN dealer if you think that Where to go for service repairs are required.It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure thatthe scheduled maintenance, as well as general If maintenance service is required or your vehicle When performing any checks or maintenancemaintenance, is performed. appears to malfunction, have the systems work, closely observe the “Maintenance precau- checked and corrected by a NISSAN dealer. tions” later in this section.As the vehicle owner, you are the only one who NISSAN technicians are well-trained specialistscan ensure that your vehicle receives proper who are kept up-to-date with the latest service EXPLANATION OF GENERALmaintenance. You are a vital link in the mainte- information through technical bulletins, service MAINTENANCE ITEMSnance chain. tips, and in-dealership training programs. They are completely qualified to work on NISSAN ve- Additional information on the followingScheduled maintenance items with “*” is found later in this section. hicles before they work on your vehicle, ratherFor your convenience, both required and optional than after they have worked on it.scheduled maintenance items are described and Outside the vehiclelisted in your “NISSAN Service and Maintenance You can be confident that a NISSAN dealer’s The maintenance items listed here should beGuide.” You must refer to that guide to ensure service department performs the best job to meet performed from time to time, unless otherwise the maintenance requirements on your vehicle —that necessary maintenance is performed on your specified. in a reliable and economic way.NISSAN at regular intervals. Doors and engine hood Check that the doorsGeneral maintenance and engine hood operate properly. Also ensureGeneral maintenance includes those items which that all latches lock securely. Lubricate hinges,should be checked during normal day-to-day op- latches, latch pins, rollers and links as necessary.eration. They are essential for proper vehicle op- Make sure that the secondary latch keeps theeration. It is your responsibility to perform these hood from opening when the primary latch ismaintenance procedures regularly as prescribed. released.8-2 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 163. When driving in areas using road salt or other Windshield Clean the windshield on a regular Brakes Check that the brakes do not pull thecorrosive materials, check lubrication frequently. basis. Check the windshield at least every six vehicle to one side when applied. months for cracks or other damage. Have a dam-Lights* Clean the headlights on a regular basis. Clutch pedal* Make sure the pedal operates aged windshield repaired by a qualified repairMake sure that the headlights, stop lights, tail smoothly and check that it has the proper free facility.lights, turn signal lights, and other lights are all travel.operating properly and installed securely. Also Windshield wiper blades* Check for cracks or Parking brake* Check that the lever has thecheck headlight aim. wear if they do not wipe properly. proper travel and confirm that your vehicle is heldRoad wheel nuts* When checking the tires, Inside the vehicle securely on a fairly steep hill with only the parkingmake sure no wheel nuts are missing, and check brake applied.for any loose wheel nuts. Tighten if necessary. The maintenance items listed here should be checked on a regular basis, such as when per- Seats Check seat position controls such as seatTire rotation* Tires should be rotated every adjusters, seatback recliner, etc. to ensure they forming periodic maintenance, cleaning the ve-7,500 miles (12,000 km). operate smoothly and all latches lock securely in hicle, etc.Tires* Check the pressure with a gauge often every position. Check that the head restraintsand always prior to long distance trips. If neces- Accelerator pedal Check the pedal for smooth move up and down smoothly and the locks (if sosary, adjust the pressure in all tires, including the operation and make sure the pedal does not bind equipped) hold securely in all latched positions.spare, to the pressure specified. Check carefully or require uneven effort. Keep the floor mat away from the pedal. Seat belts Check that all parts of the seat beltfor damage, cuts or excessive wear. system (for example, buckles, anchors, adjustersWheel alignment and balance If the vehicle Automatic transmission P (Park) position and retractors) operate properly and smoothly,should pull to either side while driving on a mechanism Check that the lock release button and are installed securely. Check the belt web-straight and level road, or if you detect uneven or on the shift selector lever operates properly and bing for cuts, fraying, wear or damage.abnormal tire wear, there may be a need for wheel smoothly. On a fairly steep hill check that youralignment. If the steering wheel or seat vibrates at vehicle is held securely with the selector lever in Steering wheel Check for changes in the steer-normal highway speeds, wheel balancing may be the P position without applying any brakes. ing system, such as excessive freeplay, hardneeded. steering or strange noises. Brake pedal and booster* Check the pedal for ● For additional information regarding tires, smooth operation and make sure it has the proper Warning lights and chimes Make sure all refer to “Important Tire Safety Information” distance under it when depressed fully. Check warning lights and chimes are operating properly. (US) or “Tire Safety Information” (Canada) in the brake booster function. Be certain to keep the the Warranty Information Booklet . floor mat away from the pedal. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 164. Windshield wiper and washer* Check that Engine oil level* Check the level after parking Underbody The underbody is frequently ex-the wipers and washer operate properly and that the vehicle on a level surface with the engine off. posed to corrosive substances such as thosethe wipers do not streak. Wait more than 10 minutes for the oil to drain used on icy roads or to control dust. It is very back into the oil pan. important to remove these substances from theWindshield defroster Check that the air underbody, otherwise rust may form on the floorcomes out of the defroster outlets properly and in Exhaust system Make sure there are no loose pan, frame, fuel lines and exhaust system. At thesufficient quantity when operating the heater or supports, cracks or holes. If the sound of the end of winter, the underbody should be thor-air conditioner. exhaust seems unusual or there is a smell of oughly flushed with plain water, in those areas exhaust fumes, immediately have the exhaust where mud and dirt may have accumulated. SeeUnder the hood and vehicle system inspected by a NISSAN dealer. See the the “Appearance and care” section of thisThe maintenance items listed here should be carbon monoxide warning in the “Starting and manual.checked periodically (for example, each time you driving” section of this manual. Windshield washer fluid* Check that there ischeck the engine oil or refuel). Fluid leaks Check under the vehicle for fuel, oil, adequate fluid in the reservoir.Automatic transmission fluid level* Check water or other fluid leaks after the vehicle hasthe level after putting the selector lever in P with been parked for a while. Water dripping from thethe engine idling at operating temperature. air conditioner after use is normal. If you should notice any leaks or if gasoline fumes are evident,Battery* Check the fluid level in each cell. It check for the cause and have it corrected imme-should be between the MAX and MIN lines. Ve- diately.hicles operated in high temperatures or undersevere conditions require frequent checks of the Power steering fluid level* and lines Checkbattery fluid level. the level when the fluid is cold, with the engine off. Check the lines for proper attachment, leaks,Brake and clutch fluid levels* Make sure that cracks, etc.the brake and clutch fluid level is between theMIN and MAX lines on the reservoir. Radiator and hoses Check the front of the radiator and clean off any dirt, insects, leaves,Engine coolant level* Check the coolant level etc., that may have accumulated. Make sure thewhen the engine is cold. hoses have no cracks, deformation, rot or looseEngine drive belts* Make sure the drive belts connections.are not frayed, worn, cracked or oily.8-4 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 165. MAINTENANCE PRECAUTIONSWhen performing any inspection or maintenance engine is not running. To avoid injury, serviced by a NISSAN dealer becausework on your vehicle, always take care to prevent always disconnect the negative battery the fuel lines are under high pressureserious accidental injury to yourself or damage to cable before working near the fan. even when the engine is off.the vehicle. The following are general precau-tions which should be closely observed. ● If you must work with the engine run- ning, keep your hands, clothing, hair CAUTION and tools away from moving fans, belts ● Do not work under the hood while the WARNING and any other moving parts. engine is hot. Turn the engine off and● Park the vehicle on a level surface, ap- wait until it cools down. ● It is advisable to secure or remove any ply the parking brake securely and loose clothing and remove any jewelry, ● Avoid contact with used engine oil and block the wheels to prevent the vehicle such as rings, watches, etc. before coolant. Improperly disposed engine from moving. For manual transmission working on your vehicle. oil, engine coolant and/or other vehicle models, move the shift lever to N (Neu- tral). For automatic transmission mod- ● Always wear eye protection whenever fluids can damage the environment. Al- els, move the selector lever to P (Park). you work on your vehicle. ways conform to local regulations for disposal of vehicle fluid.● Be sure the ignition key is in the OFF or ● If you must run the engine in an en- LOCK position when performing any closed space such as a garage, be sure This “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section parts replacement or repairs. there is proper ventilation for exhaust gives instructions regarding only those items gases to escape. which are relatively easy for an owner to perform.● Never leave the engine or automatic transmission related component har- ● Never get under the vehicle while it is A genuine NISSAN service manual is also avail- nesses disconnected while the ignition supported only by a jack. If it is neces- able. See “Owner’s Manual/Service Manual or- switch is in the ON position. sary to work under the vehicle, support der information” in the “Technical and consumer it with safety stands. information” section of this manual.● Never connect or disconnect the battery or any transistorized component while ● Keep smoking materials, flame and You should be aware that incomplete or improper the ignition switch is in the ON position. sparks away from the fuel tank and servicing may result in operating difficulties or battery. excessive emissions, and could affect warranty● Your vehicle is equipped with an auto- coverage. If in doubt about any servicing, matic engine cooling fan. It may come on ● On gasoline engine models with the have it done by a NISSAN dealer. at any time without warning, even if the multiport fuel injection (MFI) system, ignition key is in the OFF position and the the fuel filter or fuel lines should be Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 166. ENGINE COMPARTMENT CHECKLOCATIONS QG18DE engine 1. Engine oil filler cap 2. Spark plug caps/ignition coils 3. Brake fluid reservoir 4. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) 5. Air cleaner 6. Battery 7. Fuse/Fusible link holds 8. Radiator cap 9. Engine oil dipstick 10. Windshield washer fluid reservoir 11. Coolant reservoir 12. Power steering fluid reservoir WDI00248-6 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 167. QR25DE engine 1. Engine oil filler cap 2. Spark plug caps 3. Brake fluid reservoir 4. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) 5. Air cleaner 6. Battery 7. Fuel/Fusible link holds 8. Radiator cap 9. Engine oil dipstick 10. Windshield washer fluid reservoir 11. Coolant reservoir 12. Power steering fluid reservoir NOTE: Engine cover removed for clarity. LDI0108 Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-7੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15)Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna)06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 168. ENGINE COOLING SYSTEMThe engine cooling system is filled at the factory CAUTIONwith a high-quality, year-round, anti-freeze cool-ant solution. The anti-freeze solution contains When adding or replacing coolant, be surerust and corrosion inhibitors; therefore, additional to use only a Genuine NISSAN Long Lifeengine cooling system additives are not neces- Anti-freeze Coolant (green) or equivalentsary. with the proper mixture ratio of 50% anti- freeze and 50% demineralized or distilled WARNING water. The use of other types of coolant solutions or coolant colors, such as or-● Never remove the radiator cap when the ange, may damage the engine cooling engine is hot. Serious burns could be system. caused by high pressure fluid escaping from the radiator.● The radiator is equipped with a pres- sure type radiator cap. To prevent en- WDI0168 gine damage, use only a genuine CHECKING ENGINE COOLANT NISSAN radiator cap. LEVEL Check the coolant level in the reservoir when Outside temperature Genuine Demineral- the engine is cold. If the coolant level is below down to NISSAN ized or dis- the MIN level, add coolant to the MAX level. If the Long Life tilled water reservoir is empty, check the coolant level in the Anti-freeze radiator when the engine is cold. If there is °C °F Coolant or insufficient coolant in the radiator, fill the radiator equivalent with coolant up to the filler opening and also add -35 -30 50% 50% it to the reservoir up to the MAX level. If the cooling system frequently requires coolant, have it checked by a NISSAN dealer.8-8 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 169. CHANGING ENGINE COOLANTMajor cooling system repairs should be per-formed by a NISSAN dealer. The service proce-dures can be found in the NISSAN ServiceManual.Improper servicing can result in reducedheater performance and engine overheat-ing. WARNING● To avoid the danger of being scalded, never change the coolant when the en- gine is hot. WDI0169 WDI0170● Never remove the radiator cap when the QG18DE engine QR25DE engine engine is hot. Serious burns could be Engine coolant must be disposed of prop- caused by high pressure fluid escaping erly. Check your local regulations. from the radiator. 1. Open the radiator drain plug by turning it● Avoid direct skin contact with used counterclockwise. coolant. If skin contact is made, wash thoroughly with soap or hand cleaner as soon as possible.● Keep coolant out of the reach of chil- dren and pets. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 170. 8. Start the engine, and warm it up until it reaches normal operating temperature. Then race the engine two or three times under no load. Watch the engine coolant temperature gauge for signs of overheating. 9. Stop the engine. After it completely cools down, refill the radiator up to the filler open- ing. Fill the reservoir tank up to the MAX level. 10. For QG18DE engine only, open and close the air release plug(s) to release air. Then fill the radiator again and install the radiator cap. WDI0171 WDI0172 11. Check the drain plugs on the radiator and QG18DE engine QG18DE engine the engine block for any sign of leakage. For 2. Open the drain plug on the engine block. 6. See the “Technical and consumer informa- QG18DE only, also check the air release 3. Open the radiator cap to drain the coolant. tion” section for cooling system capacity. Fill plug for any sign of leakage. the radiator slowly with the proper mixture of ● Waste coolant must be disposed of prop- coolant and water. Fill the reservoir tank up erly. to the MAX level. ● Check your local regulations. 7. For QG18DE engine only, open and close 4. Flush the cooling system by running fresh the air release plug(s) to release air. Then fill water through the radiator. the radiator again and install the radiator cap. 5. Close the drain plugs on the radiator and the engine block securely.8-10 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 171. ENGINE OIL WDI0173 WDI0174 WDI0175 QG18DE engine QR25DE engine Type ACHECKING ENGINE OIL LEVEL 4. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Re- 5. Remove the dipstick again and check the oil insert it all the way. level. It should be between the H (High) and1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and apply L (Low) marks ᭺. This is the normal oper- B the parking brake. ating oil level range. If the oil level is below2. Start the engine and let it idle until it reaches the L (Low) mark ᭺, remove the oil filler cap A operating temperature. and pour recommended oil through the opening. Do not overfill ᭺. C3. Turn off the engine. Wait more than 10 minutes for the oil to drain back into the oil pan. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 172. WDI0176 WDI0177 WDI0178 Type B QG18DE engine QR25DE engine 6. Recheck oil level with the dipstick. CHANGING ENGINE OIL 5. Remove the drain plug with a wrench by turning it counterclockwise and completelyIt is normal to add some oil between oil 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and applymaintenance intervals or during the drain the oil. the parking brake.break-in period, depending on the severity If the oil filter is to be changed, remove andof operating conditions. 2. Start the engine and let it idle until it reaches replace it at this time. See “Changing engine operating temperature, then turn it off. oil filter” later in this section. CAUTION 3. Remove the oil filler cap by turning it coun-Oil level should be checked regularly. Op- terclockwise. WARNINGerating the engine with an insufficient 4. Place a large drain pan under the drain plug. ● Prolonged and repeated contact withamount of oil can damage the engine, and used engine oil may cause skin cancer.such damage is not covered by warranty.8-12 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 173. ● Try to avoid direct skin contact with The drain and refill capacity depends on the used oil. If skin contact is made, wash oil temperature and drain time. Use these thoroughly with soap or hand cleaner specifications for reference only. Always use as soon as possible. the dipstick to determine when the proper amount of oil is in the engine.● Keep used engine oil out of reach of children. 8. Start the engine. Check for leakage around the drain plug and oil filter. Correct as re- quired. CAUTION 9. Turn the engine off and wait more than 10Be careful not to burn yourself. The engine minutes. Check the oil level with the dipstick.oil may be hot. Add engine oil if necessary.● Waste oil must be disposed of prop- erly. WDI0179● Check your local regulations. QG18DE engine6. Clean and reinstall the drain plug and a new CHANGING ENGINE OIL FILTER washer. Securely tighten the drain plug with a wrench. Do not use excessive force. 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and apply the parking brake. Drain plug tightening torque: 2. Turn the engine off. 22 - 29 ft-lb (29 - 39 N·m) 3. Place a large drain pan under the oil filter.7. Refill engine with recommended oil through the oil filler opening, then install the oil filler 4. Loosen the oil filter with an oil filter wrench cap securely. by turning it counterclockwise. Then remove the oil filter by turning it by hand. See “Capacities and recommended fuel/lubricants” in the “Technical and con- sumer information” section of this manual for drain and refill capacity. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 174. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID 7. Screw on the oil filter until a slight resistance WARNING is felt, then tighten an additional 2/3 turn. ● When the engine is running, keep 8. Start the engine and check for leakage hands, jewelry and clothing away from around the oil filter. Correct as required. any moving parts such as the cooling 9. Turn the engine off and wait more than 10 fan and drive belts. minutes. Check the oil level. Add engine oil if ● Automatic transmission fluid is poison- necessary. ous and should be stored carefully in marked containers out of the reach of children. WDI0180 QR25DE engine CAUTIONBe careful not to burn yourself. The engineoil may be hot. 5. Wipe the engine oil filter mounting surface with a clean rag. Be sure to remove any old gasket material remaining on the mounting surface of the engine. 6. Coat the gasket on the new filter with clean engine oil.8-14 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 175. WDI0181 WDI0182 QG18DE engine QR25DE engineTEMPERATURE CONDITIONS FOR ● The fluid can be checked at fluid tempera- tures of 86 - 122°F (30 - 50°C) using theCHECKING COLD range on the dipstick after the engine● The fluid level should be checked using the is warmed up and before driving. However, HOT range on the dipstick after the following the fluid should be re-checked using the conditions have been met: HOT range. – The engine should be warmed up to op- 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and set erating temperature. the parking brake. – The vehicle should be driven at least 5 2. Start the engine and then move the shift minutes. selector lever through each gear range, end- ing in P (Park). – The automatic transmission fluid should 3. Check the fluid level with the engine idling. be warmed to 122 - 176°F (50 - 80°C). Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 176. NOTE: If the vehicle has been driven for a long time at high speeds, or in city traffic in hot weather, or if it is being used to pull a trailer, the fluid level cannot be read accu- rately. You should wait until the fluid has cooled down (about 30 minutes) before checking fluid level. WDI0183 4. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with CAUTION lint-free paper. DO NOT OVERFILL. Use ONLY Genuine 5. Reinsert the dipstick into the dipstick tube Nissan Matic D ATF (Continental U.S. and as far as it will go. Alaska) or Canada NISSAN Automatic 6. Remove the dipstick and note the reading. If Transmission Fluid. Dexron™ III/Mercon™ the automatic transmission fluid level is or equivalent may also be used. Outside the continental United States and Alaska within the normal operating range ᭺, no B contact a NISSAN dealership for more in- additional fluid is required. If the fluid level is formation regarding suitable fluids, in- low ᭺ add fluid through the dipstick tube. A cluding recommended brand(s) of Dexron™ III/Mercon™ automatic trans- mission fluid.8-16 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 177. POWER STEERING FLUID BRAKE AND CLUTCH FLUID For further brake and clutch fluid specification information, refer to “Capacities and recom- mended fuel/lubricants” in the “Technical and consumer information” section of this manual. WARNING Use only new fluid from a sealed con- tainer. Old, inferior or contaminated fluid may damage the brake and clutch sys- tems. The use of improper fluids can dam- age the brake system and affect the vehi- cle’s stopping ability. WDI0255 WDI0256 CAUTION Type A Type B Do not spill the fluid on any painted sur-The fluid level should be checked using the HOT faces. This will damage the paint. If fluid is ● Recommended fluid is Genuine spilled, immediately wash the surfaceMAX range on the power steering fluid reservoir NISSAN PSF or equivalent.at fluid temperatures of 122° - 176°F (50° - with water.80°C) or using the COLD MAX range on thepower steering fluid reservoir at fluid tempera-tures of 32° - 86°F (0° - 30°C).If the fluid is below the MIN line, add GenuineNISSAN PSF fluid. Remove the cap and fillthrough the opening. CAUTION● DO NOT OVERFILL. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 178. WARNING Use only new fluid from a sealed con- tainer. Old, inferior or contaminated fluid may damage the brake and clutch sys- tems. The use of improper fluids can dam- age the brake system and affect the vehi- cle’s stopping ability. CAUTION Do not spill the fluid on any painted sur- faces. This will damage the paint. If fluid is spilled, immediately wash the surface with water. WDI0185 WDI0186BRAKE FLUID CLUTCH FLUIDCheck the brake fluid level in the reservoir. If the Check the clutch fluid level in the reservoirfluid level is below the MIN line or the brake (manual transmissions only). If the fluid level iswarning light comes on, add Genuine NISSAN below the MIN line, add Genuine NISSAN SuperSuper Heavy Duty Brake Fluid or equivalent DOT Heavy Duty Brake Fluid or equivalent DOT 3 fluid3 fluid up to the MAX line. If fluid must be added up to the MAX line. If fluid must be added fre-frequently, the system should be checked by a quently, the system should be checked by aNISSAN dealer. NISSAN dealer. For further brake and clutch fluid specification information, refer to “Capacities and recom- mended fuel/lubricants” in the “Technical and consumer information” section of this manual.8-18 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 179. WINDOW WASHER FLUID BATTERY Refill the reservoir more frequently when driving ● Keep the battery surface clean and dry. Any conditions require an increased amount of win- corrosion should be washed off with a solu- dow washer fluid. tion of baking soda and water. Recommended fluid is Genuine NISSAN Wind- ● Make certain the terminal connections are shield Washer Concentrate Cleaner & Anti- clean and securely tightened. freeze Fluid or equivalent. ● If the vehicle is not to be used for 30 days or CAUTION longer, disconnect the negative (-) battery terminal cable to prevent discharge. ● Do not substitute engine anti-freeze coolant for window washer solution. WARNING This may result in damage to the paint. ● Do not expose the battery to flames or ● Do not fill the window washer reservoir electrical sparks. Hydrogen gas gener- tank with washer fluid concentrates at ated by the battery is explosive. Do not WDI0187 full strength. Some methyl alcohol allow battery fluid to contact your skin,WINDOW WASHER FLUID based washer fluid concentrates may eyes, fabrics or painted surfaces. AfterRESERVOIR permanently stain the grille if spilled touching a battery or battery cap, do not while filling the window washer reser- touch or rub your eyes. ThoroughlyFill the window washer fluid reservoir periodically. voir tank. wash your hands. If the acid contactsAdd window washer fluid when the light comes ● Pre-mix washer fluid concentrates with your eyes, skin or clothing, immediatelyon (if so equipped). water to the manufacturer’s recom- flush with water for at least 15 minutesTo fill the window washer fluid reservoir, lift the mended levels before pouring the fluid and seek medical attention.cap off the reservoir tank and pour the window into the window washer reservoir tank. ● Do not operate the vehicle if the fluid inwasher fluid into the tank opening. Do not use the window washer reservoir the battery is low. Low battery fluid can tank to mix the washer fluid concen- cause a higher load on the batteryAdd a washer solvent to the washer for better trate and water. which can generate heat, reduce bat-cleaning. In the winter season, add a windshield tery life, and in some cases lead to anwasher antifreeze. Follow the manufacturer’s in- explosion.structions for the mixture ratio. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 180. ● When working on or near a battery, al- ways wear suitable eye protection and remove all jewelry.● Battery posts, terminals and related ac- cessories contain lead and lead com- pounds. Wash hands after handling.● Keep battery out of the reach of children. WDI0224 WDI0188 Type A Type B 1. Remove the battery caps with a screwdriver as shown. If the battery is equipped with pry-off type caps, use a cloth to protect the battery case.8-20 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 181. DRIVE BELTS Vehicles operated in high temperatures or under severe conditions require frequent checks of the battery fluid level. JUMP STARTING If jump starting is necessary, see “Jump starting” in the “In case of emergency” section of this manual. If the engine does not start by jump starting, the battery may have to be replaced. Contact a NISSAN dealer. WDI0191 QG18DE engine 1. Power steering oil pump 2. Water pump 3. Idler 4. Generator 5. A/C compressor 6. Crankshaft LDI0302 : Tension checking points2. Check the fluid level in each cell. If it is necessary to add fluid , add only distilled WARNING water to bring the level up to the bottom of Be sure the ignition key is in the OFF or the filler opening. Do not overfill. LOCK position. The engine could rotate unexpectedly. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 182. SPARK PLUGS 1. Visually inspect each belt for signs of un- REPLACING SPARK PLUGS usual wear, cuts, fraying or looseness. If the belt is in poor condition or is loose, have it WARNING replaced or adjusted by a NISSAN dealer. Be sure the engine and ignition switch are 2. Have the belts checked regularly for condi- off and that the parking brake is engaged tion and tension in accordance with the securely. maintenance schedule found in the “NISSAN Service and Maintenance Guide”. CAUTION Be sure to use the correct socket to re- move the spark plugs. An incorrect socket can damage the spark plugs. WDI0225 QR25DE engine 1. Power steering fluid pump 2. Water pump 3. Generator 4. A/C compressor (if so equipped) 5. Crankshaft 6. Auto tensioner8-22 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 183. AIR CLEANER 3. Disconnect the ignition coils from the spark plugs. 4. Remove the spark plugs with a spark plug socket. The plug socket has a rubber seal that holds the spark plug so it does not fall when it is pulled out. Make sure each spark plug is snugly fitted into the spark plug socket. 5. Fit the new plugs, one at a time, into the spark plug socket and install them. Use only the specified spark plugs. Turn each plug several full turns by hand, then tighten with the spark plug socket to the WDI0005 ADI0631 correct torque. Do not overtighten.Platinum-tipped spark plugs Spark plug tightening torque: The air cleaner filter should not be cleaned andIt is not necessary to replace platinum-tipped 14 - 22 ft-lb (20 - 29 N·m) reused. Replace it according to the maintenancespark plugs as frequently as conventional type 6. Holding the boot, reconnect each high ten- intervals shown in the “NISSAN Service andspark plugs because they last much longer. Fol- sion cable/ignition coil to its proper spark Maintenance Guide.” When replacing the filter,low the maintenance schedule, but do not reuse plug by pushing it on until you feel a snap. wipe the inside of the air cleaner filter housingthe spark plugs by cleaning or regapping. and the cover with a damp cloth. 7. Install the ignition coil bolts. ● Always replace spark plugs with rec- Ignition coil bolt tightening torque: ommended or equivalent ones. 33 - 44 in-lb (3.8 - 5.0 N·m) 1. Remove the engine cover (QR25DE en- Connect the ignition coil connector. gine). 8. Install the engine cover (GR25DE engine). 2. Disconnect the ignition coil connectors. Re- move the ignition coil bolts. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 184. WARNING● Operating the engine with the air cleaner removed can cause you or oth- ers to be burned. The air cleaner not only cleans the air, it stops the flame if the engine backfires. If it isn’t there, and the engine backfires, you could be burned. Do not drive with the air cleaner removed, and be careful when working on the engine with the air cleaner removed.● Never pour fuel into the throttle body or attempt to start the engine with the air cleaner removed. Doing so could result LDI0139 LDI0140 in serious injury. 1. Remove the glove box door by removing the 2. Remove the two screws securing the glove two lower hinge pins. box frame.IN-CABIN MICROFILTER (if soequipped) 3. Remove the two screws securing the glove box door latch. Remove the latch by pulling itThe in-cabin microfilter restricts the entry of air- down.borne dust and pollen particles and reducessome objectionable outside odors. The filter is 4. Remove the glove box frame by pulling itlocated behind the glove box. Refer to the away from the instrument panel to disen-“NISSAN Service and Maintenance Guide” for gage the retaining clips.change intervals.To change the filter, perform the following proce-dure:8-24 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 185. LDI0141 LDI01425. Remove the filter cover from the intake unit NOTE: The filter is marked “UP” with an arrow. by disengaging the two hook tabs at the The end of the filter with the arrow should face the bottom of the cover. Remove the filter. rear of the vehicle. 6. Slide the filter into the housing. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 186. NOTE: Make sure the filter sits on top of the two supporting tabs on the housing. 7. Replace the cover by inserting the upper tabs inside the housing slot and pushing the hook tabs until they snap onto the housing lip. 8. Install the glove box frame and latch. 9. Install the glove box door. 10. Fill out the date information and the small replacement label and attach it to the glove box lid. LDI01438-26 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 187. WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES WDI0194CLEANING 4. Insert the new wiper blade onto the wiper CAUTION arm until it clicks into place.If your windshield is not clear after using the Worn windshield wiper blades can dam-windshield washer or if a wiper blade chatters age the windshield and impair driver CAUTIONwhen running, wax or other material may be on vision.the blade or windshield. ● After wiper blade replacement, return REPLACING the wiper arm to its original position;Clean the outside of the windshield with a washer otherwise it may be damaged when thesolution or a mild detergent. Your windshield is Replace the wiper blades if they are worn. hood is opened.clean if beads do not form when rinsing with clearwater. ᭺ 1 Lift the wiper arm away from the windshield. ● Make sure the wiper blades contact the glass; otherwise the arms may be dam-Clean each blade by wiping it with a cloth soaked ᭺ 2 Push the release tab, then move the wiper aged from wind pressure.in a washer solution or a mild detergent. Then blade down the wiper arm to remove.rinse the blades with clear water. If your wind-shield is still not clear after cleaning the blades ᭺ 3 Remove the wiper blade.and using the wiper, replace the blades. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 188. PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE PEDAL WDI0196 WDI0197 CHECKING PARKING BRAKE CHECKING BRAKE PEDAL From the released position, pull the parking brake With the engine running, check the distance A lever up slowly and firmly. If the number of clicks is between the upper surface of the pedal and the out of the range listed, see a NISSAN dealer. metal floor. If it is out of the range shown, see a ● 6 - 7 clicks under pulling force of 44 lb (196 NISSAN dealer. N). Distance A: under depressing force of 110 WDI0195 lb (490 N)If you wax the surface of the hood, be careful not Automatic Manualto let wax get into the washer nozzle ᭺. This may 1 Transmission Transmissioncause clogging or improper windshield washer 3 1/2 in (90 mm) or moreoperation. If wax gets into the nozzle, remove itwith a needle or small pin ᭺. 28-28 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 189. Self-adjusting brakes be heard. Occasional brake noise during light to 4. Run the engine for one minute without de- moderate stops is normal and does not affect the pressing the brake pedal, then turn it off.Your vehicle is equipped with self-adjusting function or performance of the brake system. Depress the brake pedal several times. Thebrakes. pedal travel distance will decrease gradually The rear drum brakes (if so equipped) do not with each depression as the vacuum is re-The front (and rear, if so equipped) disc-type have audible wear indicators. Should you everbrakes self-adjust every time the brake pedal is leased from the booster. hear an unusually loud noise from the rear drumapplied. The rear drum-type brakes also self- brakes, have them inspected as soon as possible If the brakes do not operate properly, have theadjust every time the brake pedal is applied. brakes checked by a NISSAN dealer. by a NISSAN dealer.If the brake pedal goes down farther than normal, Proper brake inspection intervals shouldit may be due to a lack of adjustment of the reardrum brakes. To adjust, apply the parking brake be followed. For more information regardingseveral times. brake inspections, see the appropriate mainte- nance schedule information in the “NISSAN Ser- WARNING vice and Maintenance Guide”.See a NISSAN dealer for a brake system BRAKE BOOSTERcheck if the brake pedal height does not Check the brake booster function as follows:return to normal. 1. With the engine off, press and release theBrake pad wear indicators brake pedal several times. When brakeThe disc brake pads on your vehicle have audible pedal movement (distance of travel) remainswear indicators. When a brake pad requires re- the same from one pedal application to theplacement, a high pitched scraping or screech- next, continue on to the next step.ing sound will be heard when the vehicle is in 2. While depressing the brake pedal, start themotion. The noise will be heard whether or not thebrake pedal is depressed. Have the brakes engine. The pedal height should drop a little.checked as soon as possible if the wear indicator 3. With the brake pedal depressed, stop thesound is heard. engine. Keep the pedal depressed for aboutUnder some driving or climate conditions, occa- 30 seconds. The pedal height should notsional brake squeak, squeal or other noise may change. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 190. FUSES 3. Remove the fuse box cover by pushing the tab and lifting the cover up. 4. Remove the fuse with the fuse puller. The fuse puller is located in the center of the fuse block in the passenger compartment. WDI0199 WDI0200ENGINE COMPARTMENT 5. If the fuse is open, replace it with a new fuse. 6. If a new fuse also opens, have the electrical CAUTION system checked and repaired by a NISSANNever use a fuse of a higher amperage dealer.rating than specified on the fuse box Fusible linkscover. This could damage the electricalsystem or cause a fire. If the electrical equipment does not operate and fuses are in good condition, check the fusibleIf any electrical equipment does not come on, links. If any of these fusible links are melted,check for an open fuse. replace with only genuine NISSAN parts. 1. Be sure the ignition switch and the headlight switch are OFF. 2. Open the engine hood.8-30 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 191. WDI0201PASSENGER COMPARTMENT 3. Remove the fuse with the fuse puller ᭺. The B fuse puller is located in the center of the fuse CAUTION block.Never use a fuse of a higher amperage 4. If the fuse is open, replace it with a knownrating than specified on the fuse box good fuse.cover. This could damage the electrical 5. If a new fuse also opens, have the electricalsystem or cause a fire. system checked and repaired by a NISSAN dealer.If any electrical equipment does not operate,check for an open fuse. 6. Install the coin box. 1. Be sure the ignition switch and the headlight switch are OFF. 2. Remove the coin box ᭺. A Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-31 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 192. BATTERY REPLACEMENT WPD0116 Type AReplace the battery in the keyfob as follows: ᭺ 3 Install a new battery with the “+” facing down.᭺1 Open the lid using a coin. Recommended battery: Sanyo CR2025 or equivalent.᭺2 Remove the battery. ᭺ 4 Close the lid securely.8-32 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 193. wipe completely dry. ● The operational range of the keyfob extends to approximately 49 ft (15 m) from the vehicle. This range may vary with conditions. FCC Notice: Changes or modifications not expressly ap- proved by the manufacturer for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules and RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, in- cluding interference that may cause undes- ired operation of the device. WPD0136 Type B 5. Press the LOCK or button, then the ● An improperly disposed battery can UNLOCK or button two or three times hurt the environment. Always confirm to check the keyfob operation. local regulations for battery disposal.If the battery is removed for any reason ● The keyfob is water-resistant; how-other than replacement, perform step 5. ever, if it does get wet, immediately Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-33 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 194. LIGHTSHEADLIGHTS ● Aiming is not necessary after replacingThe headlight is a semi-sealed beam type which the bulb. When aiming adjustment is necessary, contact a NISSAN dealer.uses a replaceable headlight (halogen) bulb. Abulb can be replaced from inside the enginecompartment without removing the headlight as-sembly. CAUTION● High pressure halogen gas is sealed inside the halogen bulb. The bulb may break if the glass envelope is scratched or the bulb is dropped.● When handling the bulb, do not touch the glass envelope.● DO NOT TOUCH THE BULB● Use the same number and wattage as originally installed: Wattage 65/55Bulb No. H13/9008* *: Always check with the Parts Depart- ment at a NISSAN dealer for the latest parts information.● Do not leave the bulb out of the head- light reflector for a long period of time as dust, moisture and smoke may enter the headlight body and affect the per- formance of the headlight. LDI03478-34 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 195. Removing the headlight bulb FOG LIGHTS (if so equipped) 1. Open the engine hood. Replacing the fog light bulb 2. Disconnect the battery cables. CAUTION 3. If removing the driver’s side headlight bulb, ● High pressure halogen gas is sealed remove the battery and cover. inside the halogen bulb. The bulb may break if the glass envelope is scratched 4. Disconnect the bulb connector. Pull back or the bulb is dropped. the red tab and take off the connector. ● When handling the bulb, do not touch 5. Rotate the bulb counterclockwise and re- the glass envelope. move. ᭺. A ● Use the same number and wattage as 6. Pull out the headlight bulb and socket as an originally installed: assembly. Do not shake or rotate the bulb when removing it. Do not touch the glass Wattage 55 Bulb No. H11* envelope ᭺.B *: Always check with the Parts Depart-Replacing the headlight bulb ment at a NISSAN dealer for the latest parts information.Install in the reverse order of removal. ● Do not leave the bulb out of the fog lightDO NOT TOUCH THE BULB. for a long period of time as dust, mois- ture and smoke may enter the fog light CAUTION body and affect the performance of the fog light.Aiming is not necessary after replacingthe bulb. When aiming adjustment is nec-essary, contact a NISSAN dealer.Adjusting the headlight aimIf the headlights need aiming adjustment, please LDI0348see a NISSAN dealer. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 196. 1. Disconnect the negative (-) battery cable. EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR LIGHTS 2. Disconnect the bulb connector. Pull down and take off the connector. Item Wattage (W) Bulb No.* 3. Rotate the bulb ᭺ counterclockwise and A Headlights 65/55 9008(H13) remove. Parking and turn 8/27 3157AK 4. Remove by pulling it straight out of the fog signal light light assembly. Do not shake or rotate the Fog light (if so bulb when removing it. Do not touch the 55 H11 equipped) glass envelope.᭺. B Map light (if so 8 68 5. Install in the reverse order of removal. equipped) Interior light 8 68 Rear combination light Turn 27 1156 Stop/tail 27/8 1157 Side marker 3.8 194 High-mounted stop light Inside 18 921 See a NISSAN Spoiler (if so dealer for as- equipped) sistance License plate light 5 194 Backup light 18 921 Trunk light 3.4 158 *: Always check with the Parts Department at a WDI0346 NISSAN dealer for the latest parts information.8-36 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 197. 1. Map lights (if so equipped) Replacement procedures2. Interior light All other lights are either type A, B, C or D. When3. Front combination light replacing a bulb, first remove the lens and/or4. Front fog light (if so equipped) cover.5. High-mounted stoplight6. License plate lights7. Stoplight in rear spoiler (if so equipped)8. Backup lights9. Rear combination light WDI0257 Indicates bulb removal Indicates bulb replacement Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-37 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 198. WDI0206 WDI0207 WDI0208 Interior light Trunk light (if so equipped) License plate lightUse a cloth ᭺ to protect the interior light hous- 1ing.8-38 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 199. WHEELS AND TIRES WDI0209 LDI0349 WDI0210 Backup light Rear combination light side maker bulb If you have a flat tire, see the “In case ofLoosen the connector by turning it counterclock- Use flat nose pliers to turn the bulb socket. emergency” section in this manual.wise ᭺. 1 TIRE PRESSURE Maximum inflation pressure Do not exceed the maximum inflation pressures shown on the sidewall of the tire ᭺. 1 Tire inflation pressure Check the tire pressure (including the spare) at least once a month and always prior to long distance trips. Incorrect tire pressure may ad- versely affect tire life and vehicle handling. Tire pressure should be checked when tires are Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-39 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 200. COLD. Tires are considered COLD after the ● Do not drive your vehicle over 85 MPH ● For additional information regardingvehicle has been parked for three or more hours, (137 km/h) unless it is equipped with tires, refer to Important Tire Safety In-or driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km) at moderate high speed rated tires. Driving faster formation (US) or Tire Safety Informa-speeds. COLD tire pressures are shown on the than 85 MPH (137 km/h) may result in tion (Canada) in the Warranty Informa-tire placard affixed to the driver’s side rear door tire failure, loss of control and possible tion Booklet.pillar. injury. All season tires ● For additional information regarding WARNING tires, refer to Important Tire Safety In- NISSAN specifies All Season tires on some mod-● Improperly inflated tires can fail sud- formation (US) or Tire Safety Informa- els to provide good performance all year, includ- denly and cause an accident. tion (Canada) in the Warranty Informa- ing snowy and icy road conditions. All Season tion Booklet. tires are identified by ALL SEASON and/or M&S● The vehicle weight capacity is indicated on the F.M.V.S.S. certification label. Do on the tire sidewall. Snow tires have better snow TYPES OF TIRES traction than All Season tires and may be more not load your vehicle beyond this ca- pacity. Overloading your vehicle may appropriate in some areas. result in reduced tire life, unsafe oper- WARNING ating conditions due to premature tire ● When changing or replacing tires, be Summer tires failure, or unfavorable handling charac- sure all four tires are of the same type NISSAN specifies summer tires on some models teristics and could also lead to a seri- (i.e., Summer, All Season or Snow) and to provide superior performance on dry roads. ous accident. Loading beyond the construction. A NISSAN dealer may be Summer tire performance is substantially re- specified capacity may also result in able to help you with information about duced in snow and ice. Summer tires do not have failure of other vehicle components. tire type, size, speed rating and avail- the tire traction rating “M&S” on the tire sidewall.● Before taking a long trip, or whenever ability. Replacement tires may have a lower speed rating than the factory If you plan to operate your vehicle in snowy or icy you heavily load your vehicle, use a tire conditions, NISSAN recommends the use of pressure gauge to ensure that the tire equipped tires, and may not match the potential maximum vehicle speed. SNOW tires or ALL SEASON tires on all four pressures are at the specified level. wheels. Never exceed the maximum speed rat- ing of the tire. Snow tires If snow tires are needed, it is necessary to select tires equivalent in size and load rating to the8-40 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 201. original equipment tires. If you do not, it can Use of tire chains may be prohibited according to Do not use tire chains on dry roads. Driving withadversely affect the safety and handling of your location. Check the local laws before installing chains in such conditions can cause damage tovehicle. tire chains. When installing tire chains, make sure the various mechanisms of the vehicle due to they are the proper size for the tires on your some overstress.Generally, snow tires have lower speed ratings vehicle and are installed according to the chainthan factory equipped tires and may not match manufacturer’s suggestions. Use only SAEthe potential maximum vehicle speed. Never ex- class “S” chains. Class ЉSЉ chains are used onceed the maximum speed rating of the tire. vehicles with restricted tire to vehicle clearance.If you install snow tires, they must be the same Vehicles that can use Class “S” chains are de-size, brand, construction and tread pattern on all signed to meet the minimum clearances betweenfour wheels. the tire and the closest vehicle suspension or body component required to accommodate theFor additional traction on icy roads, studded tires use of a winter traction device (tire chains ormay be used. However, some U.S. states and cables). The minimum clearances are determinedCanadian provinces prohibit their use. Check using the factory equipped tires. Other types maylocal, state and provincial laws before installing damage your vehicle. Use chain tensioners whenstudded tires. Skid and traction capabilities of recommended by the tire chain manufacturer tostudded snow tires on wet or dry surfaces may be ensure a tight fit. Loose end links of the tire chainpoorer than that of non-studded snow tires. must be secured or removed to prevent the pos-TIRE CHAINS sibility of whipping action damage to the fenders or underbody. If possible, avoid fully loading your WARNING vehicle when using tire chains. In addition, drive at a reduced speed. Otherwise, your vehicle mayTire chains/cables cannot be installed on be damaged and/or vehicle handling and perfor-P215/45ZR17 size tires. Installation of the mance may be adversely affected.tire chains/cables on P215/45ZR17 sizetires will cause damage to the vehicles. If Tire chains must be installed only on theyou plan to use tire chains/cables, you front wheels and not on the rear wheels.should install P195/55R16 size tires onyour vehicle. Never install tire chains on a TEMPORARY USE ONLY spare tire. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-41 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 202. The wheel nuts must be kept tightened to specifications at all times. It is recom- mended that wheel nuts be tightened to specification at each tire rotation interval. WARNING ● After rotating the tires, check and ad- just the tire pressure. ● Retighten the wheel nuts when the ve- hicle has been driven for 600 miles (1,000 km) (also in cases of a flat tire, etc.). ● Do not include the spare tire in the tire WDI0258 rotation. WDI0259CHANGING WHEELS AND TIRES ● For additional information regarding 1. Wear indicator tires, refer to Important Tire Safety In- 2. Location markTire rotation formation (US) or Tire Safety Informa- Tire wear and damageNISSAN recommends rotating the tires every tion (Canada) in the Warranty Informa-7,500 miles (12,000 km). tion Booklet. WARNINGSee “Flat tire” in the “In case of emergency” ● Tires should be periodically inspectedsection of this manual for tire replacing proce- for wear, cracking, bulging or objectsdures. caught in the tread. If excessive wear, cracks, bulging or deep cuts are found,As soon as possible, tighten the wheel nuts the tire(s) should be replaced.to the specified torque with a torquewrench.Wheel nut tightening torque: 80 ft-lb (108 N·m)8-42 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 203. ● The original tires have built-in tread WARNING ● Do not install a deformed wheel or tire wear indicators. When the wear indica- even if it has been repaired. Such tors are visible, the tire(s) should be ● The use of tires other than those recom- wheels or tires could have structural replaced. mended or the mixed use of tires of damage and could fail without warning. different brands, construction (bias,● Improper service of the spare tire may bias-belted or radial), or tread patterns ● The use of retread tires is not result in serious personal injury. If it is can adversely affect the ride, braking, recommended. necessary to repair the spare tire, con- handling, ground clearance, body-to- ● For additional information regarding tact a NISSAN dealer. tire clearance, tire chain clearance, tires, refer to Important Tire Safety In-● For additional information regarding speedometer calibration, headlight aim formation (US) or Tire Safety Informa- tires, refer to Important Tire Safety In- and bumper height. Some of these ef- tion (Canada) in the Warranty Informa- formation (US) or Tire Safety Informa- fects may lead to accidents and could tion Booklet. tion (Canada) in the Warranty Informa- result in serious personal injury. tion Booklet. ● If the wheels are changed for any rea- Wheel balance son, always replace with wheels which Unbalanced wheels may affect vehicle handlingReplacing wheels and tires have the same off-set dimension. and tire life. Even with regular use, wheels can getWhen replacing a tire, use the same size, tread Wheels of a different off-set could out of balance. Therefore, they should be bal- cause premature tire wear, degrade ve-design, speed rating and load carrying capacity anced as required. hicle handling characteristics and/oras originally equipped. Recommended types and interference with the brake Wheel balance service should be per-sizes are shown in “Wheels and tires” in the discs/drums. Such interference can“Technical and consumer information” section of formed with the wheels off the vehicle. lead to decreased braking efficiency Spin balancing the wheels on the vehiclethis manual. and/or early brake pad/shoe wear. Re- could lead to mechanical damage. fer to “Wheel and tires” in the “Techni- cal and consumer information” section ● For additional information regarding of this manual for wheel off-set tires, refer to “Important Tire Safety dimensions. Information” (US) or “Tire Safety Infor- mation” (Canada) in the Warranty In- formation Booklet . Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-43 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 204. Care of wheels WARNING ● Tire tread of the TEMPORARY USE ● Wash the wheels when washing the vehicle ONLY spare tire will wear at a faster rate ● The spare tire should be used for emer- than the standard tire. Replace the to maintain their appearance. gency use only. It should be replaced spare tire as soon as the tread wear with the standard tire at the first oppor- indicators appear. ● Clean the inner side of the wheels when the tunity to avoid possible tire or differen- wheel is changed or the underside of the ● Do not use the spare tire on other tial damage. vehicle is washed. vehicles. ● Drive carefully while the TEMPORARY ● Do not use abrasive cleaners when washing USE ONLY spare tire is installed. Avoid ● Do not use more than one spare tire at the wheels. sharp turns and abrupt braking while the same time. ● Inspect wheel rims regularly for dents or driving. ● Do not tow a trailer when the TEMPO- corrosion. Such damage may cause loss of ● Periodically check spare tire inflation RARY USE ONLY spare tire is installed. pressure or poor seal at the tire bead. pressure. Always keep the pressure of the TEMPORARY USE ONLY spare tire CAUTION ● NISSAN recommends waxing the road at 60 psi (420 kPa, 4.2 bar). wheels to protect against road salt in areas ● Do not use tire chains on a TEMPO- where it is used during winter. ● With the TEMPORARY USE ONLY spare RARY USE ONLY spare tire. Tire chains tire installed do not drive the vehicle at will not fit properly and may cause dam-Spare tire (TEMPORARY USE ONLY speeds faster than 50 MPH (80 km/h). age to the vehicle.spare tire) ● When driving on roads covered with ● Because the TEMPORARY USE ONLYObserve the following precautions if the TEM- snow or ice, the TEMPORARY USE spare tire is smaller than the originalPORARY USE ONLY spare tire must be used. ONLY spare tire should be used on the tire, ground clearance is reduced. ToOtherwise, your vehicle could be damaged or rear wheels and the original tire used avoid damage to the vehicle, do not on the front wheels (drive wheels). Use drive over obstacles. Also, do not driveinvolved in an accident: tire chains only on the front (original) the vehicle through an automatic car tires. wash since it may get caught.8-44 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 205. 9 Technical and consumer informationCapacities and recommended fuel/lubricants . . . . . . . . . 9-2 Tire placard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11 Fuel recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3 Air conditioner specification label. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11 Engine oil and oil filter recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5 Installing front license plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-12 Recommended SAE viscosity number . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-6 Vehicle loading information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-12 Air conditioner system refrigerant and lubri- Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-12 cant recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-6 Determining vehicle load capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-13Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-7 Loading tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-13 Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-7 Towing a trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-14 Wheels and tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-8 Maximum load limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-14 Dimensions and weights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-8 Towing load/specification chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-15When traveling or registering your vehicle in an-other country. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-9 Towing safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-15Vehicle identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-9 Flat towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-17 Vehicle identification number (VIN) plate . . . . . . . . . . 9-9 Uniform tire quality grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-18 Vehicle identification number (chassis num- Emission control system warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-19 ber) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-9 Reporting safety defects (US only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-19 Engine serial number. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10 Readiness for inspection/maintenance (I/M) test . . . . . 9-19 F.M.V.S.S. certification label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10 Owner’s manual/service manual order information . . . . 9-21 Emission control information label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11 In the event of a collision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-22 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 206. CAPACITIES AND RECOMMENDEDFUEL/LUBRICANTSThe following are approximate capacities. The actual refill capacities may be a little different. When refilling, follow the proceduredescribed in the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section to determine the proper refill capacity. Capacity (Approximate) Recommended Fluids and Lubricants US measure Imp measure LiterFuel 13–1/4 gal 11 gal 50 Unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of at least 87 AKI (RON 91)*1Engine oil *7 Drain and Refill With oil filter change QG18DE 2–7/8 qt 2–3/8 qt 2.7 QR25DE 4–1/8 qt 3–3/8 qt 3.9 • API Certification Mark *2 *3 •API grade SL, Energy Conserving *2 *3 Without oil filter change QG18DE 2–5/8 qt 2–1/4 qt 2.5 • ILSAC grade GF-III*2 *3 QR25DE 3–7/8 qt 3–1/4 qt 3.7Cooling system Without reservoir Manual transmission: QR25DE 6–1/2 qt 5–3/8 qt 6.1 QG18DE 6–3/8 qt 5–1/4 qt 6.0 50% Genuine NISSAN Long Life Anti-freeze Coolant or equivalent Automatic transmission: QR25DE 6–3/8 qt 5–1/4 qt 6.0 50% Demineralized or distilled water QG18DE 6–1/4 qt 5–1/4 qt 5.9Manual transmission gear oil QG18DE 3–1/8 qt 2–5/8 qt 3.0 API GL-4, Viscosity SAE 75W-85 or 80W-90 QR25DE 2–3/8 qt 2.0 qt 2.3 API GL-4, Viscosity SAE 75W-85Automatic transmission fluid Genuine Nissan Matic D ATF (Continental U.S. and Alaska) or Canada NISSAN Auto- matic Transmission Fluid.*4Power steering fluid (PSF) Refill to the proper level according to the instructions in Genuine NISSAN PSF or equivalent.*8 the “Do-it-yourself” section.Brake and clutch fluid Genuine NISSAN Super Heavy Duty Brake Fluid*5 or equivalent Dot 3 (US FMVSS No. 116)Multi-purpose grease — — — NLGI No. 2 (Lithium Soap base)Air conditioning system refrigerant — — — HFC-134a (R-134a)*6Air conditioning system lubricants — — — NISSAN A/C System Lubricant Type R or equivalent*6Windshield washer fluid — — — Genuine NISSAN Windshield Washer Concentrate Cleaner & Anti-freeze or equivalent*1: For further details, see “Fuel recommendation.”*2: For further details, see “Engine oil and oil filter recommendations.”*3: For further details, see “Recommended SAE engine oil viscosity.”*4: Dexron™ III/Mercon™ or equivalent may also be used. Outside the Continental United States and Alaska contact an authorized NISSAN dealership for more information regarding suitable fluids, including recom-mended brand(s) of Dexron™ III/Mercon™ Automatic Transmission Fluid.*5: Available in mainland USA through your authorized NISSAN dealer.*6: For further details, see “Air conditioner specification label.”*7: For further details, see “Changing engine oil.”*8: For Canada, NISSAN Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF), Dexron™ III/Mercon™, or equivalent ATF may also be used.9-2 Technical and consumer information ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 207. FUEL RECOMMENDATION supports efforts towards cleaner air and sug- of appropriate cosolvents and corro- gests that you use reformulated gasoline when sion inhibitors. If not properly formu-For 1.8L/2.5L engines available. lated with appropriate cosolvents andUse unleaded regular gasoline with an octane corrosion inhibitors, such methanol Gasoline containing oxygenates blends may cause fuel system damagerating of at least 87 AKI (Anti-Knock Index) num-ber (Research octane number 91). Some fuel suppliers sell gasoline containing oxy- and/or vehicle performance problems. genates such as ethanol, MTBE and methanol At this time, sufficient data is not avail-For SE-R SPEC V with or without advertising their presence. able to ensure that all methanol blendsUse unleaded regular gasoline with an octane NISSAN does not recommend the use of fuels of are suitable for use in NISSAN ve-rating of at least 87 AKI (Anti-Knock Index) num- which the oxygenate content and the fuel com- hicles.ber (Research octane number 91). patibility for your NISSAN cannot be readily de- termined. If in doubt, ask your service station If any driveability problems such as engine stall-For improved vehicle performance, NISSAN rec- manager. ing and difficult hot-starting are experienced afterommends the use of unleaded premium gasoline using oxygenate-blend fuels, immediatelywith an octane rating of at least 91 AKI number If you use oxygenate-blend gasoline, please take change to a non-oxygenate fuel or a fuel with a(Research octane number 96). the following precautions as the usage of such low blend of MTBE. fuels may cause vehicle performance problems CAUTION and/or fuel system damage. Take care not to spill gasoline during refu- eling. Gasoline containing oxygenates canUsing a fuel other than that specified ● The fuel should be unleaded and have an octane rating no lower than that cause paint damage.could adversely affect the emission con-trol system, and may also affect the war- recommended for unleaded gasoline. Aftermarket fuel additivesranty coverage. ● If an oxygenate-blend other than NISSAN does not recommend the use of any fuelUnder no circumstances should a leaded methanol blend is used, it should con- additives (for example, fuel injector cleaner, oc-gasoline be used, because this will dam- tain no more than 10% oxygenate. tane booster, intake valve deposit removers, etc.)age the three-way catalyst. (MTBE may, however, be added up to 15%.) which are sold commercially. Many of these ad-Reformulated gasoline ditives intended for gum, varnish or deposit re- ● If a methanol blend is used, it should moval may contain active solvents or similar in-Some fuel suppliers are now producing reformu- contain no more than 5% methanol gredients that can be harmful to the fuel systemlated gasolines. These gasolines are specially (methyl alcohol, wood alcohol). It and engine.designed to reduce vehicle emissions. NISSAN should also contain a suitable amount Technical and consumer information 9-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 208. Octane rating tips damage. If any of the above symptoms are en- countered, have your vehicle checked at aIn most parts of North America, you should use NISSAN dealer.unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of atleast 87 AKI (Anti-Knock Index) number. How- However, now and then you may noticeever, you may use unleaded gasoline with an light spark knock for a short time while accelerating or driving up hills. This is not aoctane rating as low as 85 AKI (Anti-Knock Index) cause for concern, because you get thenumber in high altitude areas [over 4,000 ft greatest fuel benefit when there is light(1,219 m)] such as: Colorado, Montana, New spark knock for a short time under heavyMexico, Utah, Wyoming, northeastern Nevada, engine load.southern Idaho, western South Dakota, westernNebraska, and the part of Texas which is directlysouth of New Mexico.Using unleaded gasoline with an octanerating lower than stated above can causepersistent, heavy “spark knock.” (“Sparkknock” is a metallic rapping noise.) If se-vere, this can lead to engine damage. If youdetect a persistent heavy spark knock evenwhen using gasoline of the stated octanerating, or if you hear steady spark knockwhile holding a steady speed on levelroads, have a NISSAN dealer correct thecondition. Failure to correct the conditionis misuse of the vehicle, for which NISSANis not responsible.Incorrect ignition timing may result in sparkknock, after-run and/or overheating, which maycause excessive fuel consumption or engine9-4 Technical and consumer information ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 209. Oil additives NISSAN does not recommend the use of oil additives. The use of an oil additive is not neces- sary when the proper oil type is used and main- tenance intervals are followed. Oil which may contain foreign matter or has been previously used should not be used. Oil viscosity The engine oil viscosity or thickness changes with temperature. Because of this, it is important to select the engine oil viscosity based on the WTI0082 temperatures at which the vehicle will be oper- the front of the container should be used. This ated before the next oil change. The chart “Rec-ENGINE OIL AND OIL FILTER ommended SAE viscosity number” shows theRECOMMENDATION type of oil supersedes the existing API SG, SH, or SJ and Energy Conserving II categories. recommended oil viscosities for the expectedSelecting the correct oil ambient temperatures. Choosing an oil viscosity If you cannot find engine oil with the API CERTI- other than that recommended could cause seri-It is essential to choose engine oil with the cor- FICATION MARK, use API grade SL Energy ous engine damage.rect quality and viscosity to ensure satisfactory Conserving oil. An oil with a single designationengine life and performance. NISSAN recom- SL, or in combination with other categories (for Selecting the correct oil filtermends the use of a low friction oil (energy con- example, SL/CF) may also be used if one with the Your new NISSAN vehicle is equipped with aserving oil) in order to improve fuel economy and API CERTIFICATION MARK cannot be found. An high-quality genuine NISSAN oil filter. When re-conserve energy. Oils which do not have the ILSAC grade GF-III oil can also be used. placing, use a genuine NISSAN oil filter or itsspecified quality label should not be used as they NISSAN recommends mineral based oils. These equivalent for the reason described in “Changecould cause engine damage. oils must, however, meet the API quality and SAE intervals”.Only those engine oils with the American Petro- viscosity ratings specified for your vehicle.leum Institute (API) CERTIFICATION MARK on Technical and consumer information 9-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 210. Change intervals AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEMThe oil and oil filter change intervals for your REFRIGERANT AND LUBRICANTengine are based on the use of the specified RECOMMENDATIONSquality oils and filters. Using engine oil and filters The air conditioner system in your NISSANthat are not of the specified quality, or exceeding vehicle must be charged with the refriger-recommended oil and filter change intervals ant HFC-134a (R-134a) and the lubricant,could reduce engine life. Damage to the engine NISSAN A/C system oil Type R or the exactcaused by improper maintenance or use of incor- equivalents.rect oil and filter quality and/or viscosity is notcovered by the NISSAN new vehicle warranty. CAUTIONYour engine was filled with a high-quality engine The use of any other refrigerant or lubri-oil when it was built. You do not have to change cant will cause severe damage to the airthe oil before the first recommended change conditioning system and will require theinterval. Oil and filter change intervals depend replacement of all air conditioner systemupon how you use your vehicle. components.Operation under the following conditions mayrequire more frequent oil and filter changes: The refrigerant HFC-134a (R-134a) in your NISSAN vehicle does not harm the earth’s ozone ● repeated short distance driving at cold out- layer. Although this refrigerant does not affect the side temperatures earth’s atmosphere, certain government regula- tions require the recovery and recycling of any ● driving in dusty conditions refrigerant during automotive air conditioner sys- ● extensive idling ATI1028 tem service. A NISSAN dealer has the trained RECOMMENDED SAE VISCOSITY technicians and equipment needed to recover ● towing a trailer and recycle your air conditioner system refriger- NUMBER ant. ● SAE 5W-30 viscosity oil is preferred for all temperatures. SAE 10W-30 or SAE 10W-40 Contact a NISSAN dealer when servicing your air viscosity oils may be used if the ambient conditioner system. temperature is above 0°F (-18°C).9-6 Technical and consumer information ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 211. SPECIFICATIONSENGINEModel QG18DE QR25DEType Gasoline, 4-cycle, DOHC Gasoline, 4-cycle, DOHCCylinder arrangement 4-cylinder in-line 4-cylinder in-lineBore x Stroke in (mm) 3.150 x 3.465 (80. x 88.0) 3.504 x 3.937 (89.0 x 100.0)Displacement cu in (cm3) 107.94 (1,769) 151.8 (2488)Firing order 1–3–4–2 1–3–4–2Idle speed rpmIgnition timing degree (B.T.D.C.) at idle speed degree/rpm See the “Emission Control label” on the underside of the hood.CO percentage at idle speed %[No air] Platinum-tipped type Platinum-tipped typeSpark plug Hot PLFR4A-11 *1 PLFR4A-11 *1 Standard PLFR5A-11 *1 PLFR5A-11 *1 Cold PLFR6A-11 *1 PLFR6A-11 *1Camshaft operation Timing chain Timing chainSpark plug gap (Nominal) in (mm) 0.043 (1.1) 0.043 (1.1)Generator belt size 0.843 x 32.28, (21.4 x 820) Width x Length in (mm) 0.843 x 44.09, (21.4 x 1,120)*2 0.843 x 88.46, (21.4 x 2247)*1: Always check with the Parts Department at a NISSAN dealer for the latest parts information.*2: With air conditionerThe spark ignition system of this vehicle meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. Technical and consumer information 9-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 212. WHEELS AND TIRES DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS Wheels Offset SENTRA Dimension in (mm) Overall length in (mm) 178.0 (4521)Road wheel Overall width in (mm) 67.3 (1710)15” steel w/bolt-on cover 15 x 6JJ Overall height in (mm) 55.5 (1410)15” aluminum alloy 15 x 6JJ 1.77 (45) Front tread 15/16 inch in (mm) 58.1 (1475)16” aluminum alloy 16 x 6JJ 1.77 (45) 17 inch in (mm) 57.7 (1466)17” aluminum alloy 17 x 7JJ 1.85 (47) Rear tread 15/16 inch in (mm) 57.3 (1455)Conventional tire size 17 inch in (mm) 56.9 (1446) P195/60R/15 15 x 6JJ Wheelbase in (mm) 99.8(2,535) P195/55R/16 16 x 6JJ Gross vehicle lb (kg) See the “F.M.V.S. P215/45ZR17 17 x 7JJ weight rating S.certification la-Spare tire size bel” on the center T125/70*14 14 x 4T pillar between the T125/70*15 15 x 4T driver’s side front and rear doors. T135/80*15 15 x 4T Front lb (kg) T135/70*17 — Rear lb (kg)*: “R” or “D” depending on tire manufacturer9-8 Technical and consumer information ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 213. WHEN TRAVELING OR REGISTERING VEHICLE IDENTIFICATIONYOUR VEHICLE IN ANOTHERCOUNTRYWhen planning to drive your NISSAN ve-hicle in another country, you should first findout if the fuel available is suitable for your vehi-cle’s engine.Using fuel with an octane rating that is too lowmay cause engine damage. All gasoline vehiclesmust be operated with unleaded gasoline. There-fore, avoid taking your vehicle to areas whereappropriate fuel is not available.When transferring the registration of yourvehicle to another country, state, provinceor district, it may be necessary to modify thevehicle to meet local laws and regulations. TI1050M LTI0007The laws and regulations for motor vehicle emis-sion control and safety standards vary according VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBERto the country, state, province or district; there- (VIN) PLATE (chassis number)fore, vehicle specifications may differ. The vehicle identification number (VIN) plate is The vehicle identification number is located asWhen any vehicle is to be taken into an- attached as shown. This number is the identifica- shown.other country, state, province or district tion for your vehicle and is used in the vehicleand registered, its modifications, transpor- registration.tation, and registration are the responsibil-ity of the user. NISSAN is not responsiblefor any inconvenience that may result. Technical and consumer information 9-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 214. WTI0042 WTI0043 WTI0012 QG18DE engine QR25DE engine F.M.V.S.S. CERTIFICATION LABELENGINE SERIAL NUMBER The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (F.M-The number is stamped on the engine as shown. .V.S.S.) certification label is affixed as shown. This label contains valuable vehicle information, such as: Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR), Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR), month and year of manufacture, Vehicle Identification Num- ber (VIN), etc. Review it carefully.9-10 Technical and consumer information ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 215. WTI0044 WTI0045 WTI0046EMISSION CONTROL TIRE PLACARD AIR CONDITIONER SPECIFICATIONINFORMATION LABEL The cold tire pressure is shown on the tire plac- LABELThe emission control information label is at- ard. The tire placard is located as shown. The air conditioner specification label is affixed astached as shown. shown. Technical and consumer information 9-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 216. INSTALLING FRONT LICENSE PLATE VEHICLE LOADING INFORMATION Use the following steps to mount the front license CAUTION plate: ● It is extremely dangerous to ride in a ᭺ 1 Make holes on the plastic finisher at the cargo area inside a vehicle. In a colli- location mark (small dimple) using a 0.31 in sion, people riding in these areas are (8 mm) drill. Apply light pressure to the drill. more likely to be seriously injured or Install the license plate holder using the two killed. screws provided with the holder. ● Do not allow people to ride in any area ᭺ 2 Mount the license plate using two M6- of your vehicle that is not equipped with 14mm bolts. seats and seat belts. License plate bolt tightening torque: ● Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a 3.8 - 4.7 ft-lb (5.10 - 6.37 N·m) seat and using a seat belt properly. TERMS It is important to familiarize yourself with the fol- lowing terms before loading your vehicle: ● Curb Weight (actual weight of your vehicle) - vehicle weight including: standard and op- tional equipment, fluids, emergency tools, and spare tire assembly. This weight does not include passengers and cargo. ● GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) - curb weight plus the combined weight of passengers and cargo. ● GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) - maximum total weight (load) limit specified for the vehicle. WTI00769-12 Technical and consumer information ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 217. ● GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) - maxi- cargo as necessary. If either the front or rear ● Overloading not only can shorten the mum weight (load) limit specified for the GAWR is exceeded, shift the load or remove life of your vehicle and the tire, but can front or rear axle. cargo as necessary. also cause unsafe vehicle handling andDETERMINING VEHICLE LOAD longer braking distances. This may LOADING TIPS cause a premature tire failure whichCAPACITY could result in a serious accident and ● The GVW must not exceed GVWR orThe load capacity of this vehicle is determined by GAWR as specified on the F.M.V.S.S. certi- personal injury. Failures caused byweight, not by available cargo space. For ex- fication label. overloading are not covered by the ve-ample, a luggage rack, bike carrier, cartop carrier hicle’s warranty.or similar equipment does not increase load car- ● Do not load the front and rear axle to therying capacity of your vehicle. GAWR. Doing so will exceed the GVWR.To determine vehicle load capacity: WARNINGVehicle weight can be determined by using a ● Properly secure all cargo with ropes orcommercial-grade scale, found at places such as straps to help prevent it from sliding ora truck stop, gravel quarry, grain elevator, or a shifting. Do not place cargo higher thanscrap metal recycling facility. the seatbacks. In a sudden stop or col- 1. Determine the curb weight of your vehicle. lision, unsecured cargo could cause personal injury. 2. Compare the curb weight amount to the GVWR specified for your vehicle to deter- ● Do not load your vehicle any heavier mine how much more weight your vehicle than the GVWR or the maximum front can carry. and rear GAWRs. If you do, parts of your vehicle can break, tire damage could 3. After loading (cargo and passengers), re- occur, or it can change the way your weigh your vehicle to determine if either vehicle handles. This could result in GVWR or GAWR for your vehicle is ex- loss of control and cause personal ceeded. If GVWR is exceeded, remove injury. Technical and consumer information 9-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 218. TOWING A TRAILERYour new vehicle was designed to be used pri- CAUTIONmarily to carry passengers and cargo. Rememberthat towing a trailer places additional loads on Vehicle damage resulting from improperyour vehicle’s engine, drive train, steering, brak- towing procedures are not covered bying and other systems. NISSAN warranties. A NISSAN Trailer Towing Guide (U.S. only) containing infor-A Nissan Trailer Towing Guide (U.S. only) is mation on trailer towing ability and theavailable from a NISSAN dealer. This guide in- special equipment required may be ob-cludes information on trailer towing ability and the tained from a NISSAN dealer.special equipment required for proper towing.MAXIMUM LOAD LIMITSMaximum trailer loadsNever allow the total trailer load to exceed the CA0009value specified in the Towing Load/Specification Tongue loadChart found later in this section. The total trailerload equals trailer weight plus its cargo weight. Keep the tongue load between 9 - 11 percent ofTowing loads greater than specified or using the total trailer load within the maximum tongueimproper towing equipment could adversely af- load limits shown in the following Towingfect vehicle handling, braking and performance. Load/Specification Chart. If the tongue load be- comes excessive, rearrange cargo to allow forThe ability of your vehicle to tow a trailer is not proper tongue load.only related to the maximum trailer loads, but alsothe places you plan to tow. Tow weights appro-priate for level highway driving may have to bereduced on very steep grades or in low tractionsituations (for example, on slippery boat ramps).9-14 Technical and consumer information ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 219. TOWING LOAD/SPECIFICATION ● Do not modify the vehicle exhaust sys- CHART tem, brake system, etc. to install a trailer hitch. ● To reduce the possibility of additional TOWING LOAD / SPECIFICATION CHART damage if your vehicle is struck from UNIT: lb (kg) MAXIMUM TOWING the rear, where practical, remove the LOAD 1,000 (454) hitch and/or receiver when not in use. MAXIMUM TONGUE LOAD 110 (49) ● After the hitch is removed, seal the bolt holes to prevent exhaust fumes, water TOWING SAFETY or dust from entering the passenger compartment. Trailer hitch ● Regularly check that all trailer hitch TI1012M Choose a proper hitch for your vehicle and trailer. mounting bolts are securely mounted. A genuine NISSAN trailer hitch is available fromMaximum gross vehicle your NISSAN dealer. Make sure the trailer hitch is Tire pressuresweight/maximum gross axle weight securely attached to the vehicle, to help avoid ● When towing a trailer, inflate the vehicle tiresThe gross vehicle weight of the towing vehicle personal injury or property damage due to sway to the recommended cold tire pressure indi-must not exceed the gross vehicle weight rating caused by crosswinds, rough road surfaces or cated on the tire placard.(GVWR) shown on the F. M. V. S. S. certification passing trucks.label. The gross vehicle weight equals the com- ● Trailer tire condition, size, load rating andbined weight of the unloaded vehicle, passen- CAUTION proper inflation pressure should be in accor-gers, luggage, hitch, trailer tongue load and any dance with the trailer and tire manufacturer’s ● Do not use axle-mounted hitches.other optional equipment. In addition, front or rear specifications.gross axle weight must not exceed the gross axle ● The hitch should not be attached to orweight rating (GAWR) shown on the F. M. V. S. S. affect the operation of the impact- Safety chainscertification label. absorbing bumper. Always use suitable safety chains between your vehicle and the trailer. Safety chains should be crossed and should be attached to the hitch, not Technical and consumer information 9-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 220. to the vehicle bumper or axle. Be sure to leave ● Be certain your rear view mirrors conform to the parking brake, transmission damageenough slack in the chains to permit turning all federal, state or local regulations. If not, could occur.corners. install any mirrors required for towing before ● When going down a hill, shift into a lower driving the vehicle.Trailer lights gear and use the engine braking effect. Trailer towing tips When going up a long grade, downshift theTrailer lights should comply with federal and/or transmission to a lower gear and reducelocal regulations. When wiring the vehicle for In order to gain skill and an understanding of the speed to reduce chances of engine over-towing, connect the stop and tail light pickup into vehicle’s behavior, you should practice turning, loading and/or overheating. However, forthe vehicle electrical circuit. stopping and backing up in an area which is free long steep grades, do not stay in 1st or 2nd from traffic. Steering stability and braking perfor- gear when driving above 35 MPH (56 km/h).Trailer brakes mance will be somewhat different than under ● If the engine coolant rises to an extremelyIf your trailer is equipped with a braking system, normal driving conditions. high temperature when the air conditionermake sure it conforms to federal and/or local ● Always secure items in the trailer to prevent system is on, turn off the air conditioner.regulations and that it is properly installed. load shift while driving. Coolant heat can be additionally vented by opening the windows, switching the fan WARNING ● Avoid abrupt starts, acceleration or stops. control to high and setting the temperatureNever connect a trailer brake system di- ● Avoid sharp turns or lane changes. control to the HOT position.rectly to the vehicle brake system. ● Always drive your vehicle at a moderate ● Trailer towing requires more fuel than normal speed. circumstances.Pre-towing tips ● Always block the wheels on both vehicle and ● Avoid towing a trailer for your vehicle’s first ● Be certain your vehicle maintains a level trailer when parking. Parking on a slope is 500 miles (805 km). position when a loaded and/or unloaded not recommended; however, if you must do trailer is hitched. Do not drive the vehicle if it ● Have your vehicle serviced more often than so, and if your vehicle is equipped with an has an abnormal nose-up or nose-down at intervals specified in the recommended automatic transmission, first block the condition; check for improper tongue load, Maintenance Schedule in the “NISSAN Ser- wheels and apply the parking brake, and overload, worn suspension or other possible vice and Maintenance Guide”. then move the transmission shift selector causes of either condition. lever into the P (Park) position. If you move ● When making a turn, your trailer wheels will ● Always secure items in the trailer to prevent the shift selector lever to the P (Park) posi- be closer to the inside of the turn than your load shift while driving. tion before blocking the wheels and applying vehicle wheels. To compensate for this,9-16 Technical and consumer information ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 221. make a larger than normal turning radius quently. For additional information, see the Automatic Transmission during the turn. “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section To tow a vehicle equipped with an automatic earlier in this manual. transmission, an appropriate vehicle dolly MUST ● Crosswinds and rough roads will adversely be placed under the towed vehicle’s drive affect vehicle/trailer handling, possibly caus- FLAT TOWING wheels. Always follow the dolly manufacturer’s ing vehicle sway. When being passed by recommendations when using their product. larger vehicles, be prepared for possible Towing your vehicle with all four wheels on the changes in crosswinds that could affect ve- ground is sometimes called flat towing. This Manual Transmission hicle handling. If swaying does occur, firmly method is sometimes used when towing a vehicle behind a recreational vehicle, such as a motor ● Always tow with the manual transmission in grip the steering wheel, steer straight ahead, home. Neutral. and immediately (but gradually) reduce ve- hicle speed. This combination will help sta- ● After towing 500 miles, start and idle the bilize the vehicle. Never increase speed. CAUTION engine with the transmission in Neutral for ● Failure to follow these guidelines can two minutes. Failure to idle the engine after ● Be careful when passing other vehicles. every 500 miles of towing may cause dam- result in severe transmission damage. Passing while towing a trailer requires con- age to internal transmission parts. siderably more distance than normal pass- ● Whenever flat towing your vehicle, al- ing. Remember, the length of the trailer must ways tow forward, never backward. also pass the other vehicle before you can ● DO NOT tow any automatic transmis- safely change lanes. sion vehicle with all four wheels on the ● To maintain engine braking efficiency and ground (flat towing). Doing so WILL electrical charging performance, do not use DAMAGE internal transmission parts 5th gear (manual transmission) or overdrive due to lack of transmission lubrication. (automatic transmission). ● For emergency towing procedures refer ● Avoid holding the brake pedal down too long to “Towing recommended by NISSAN” or too frequently. This could cause the in the “In case of emergency” section of brakes to overheat, resulting in reduced this manual. braking efficiency.When towing a trailer, transmissionoil/fluid should be changed more fre- Technical and consumer information 9-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 222. UNIFORM TIRE QUALITY GRADINGDOT (Department of Transportation) Quality WARNING WARNINGGrades: All passenger car tires must conform tofederal safety requirements in addition to these The traction grade assigned to your ve- The temperature grade for this tire is es-grades. hicle tires is based on straight-ahead tablished for a tire that is properly inflated braking traction tests and does not in- and not overloaded. Excessive speed,Quality grades can be found where applicable on clude acceleration, cornering, hydroplan- under-inflation, or excessive loading, ei-the tire sidewall between tread shoulder and ing or peak traction characteristics. ther separately or in combination, canmaximum section width. For example: cause heat build-up and possible tire Temperature A, B and C failure.Treadwear 200 Traction AA Temperature A Temperature grades are A (the highest), B, andTreadwear C. They represent a tire’s resistance to heatTreadwear grade is a comparative rating based build-up, and its ability to dissipate heat whenon tire wear rate when tested under controlled tested under controlled conditions on a specifiedconditions on specified government test courses. indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high tem-For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one perature can cause tire material to degenerate,and a half (1-1/2) times as well on the govern- reducing tire life. Excessive temperatures canment course as a tire graded 100. However, lead to sudden tire failure. Grade C correspondsrelative tire performance depends on actual driv- to a performance level which all passenger caring conditions, and may vary significantly due to tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehiclevariations in driving habits, service practices and Safety Standard No. 109. Grades A and B rep-differences in road characteristics and climate. resent higher levels of performance on laboratory test wheels than the minimum required by law.Traction AA, A, B and CThe traction grades, from highest to lowest, areAA, A, B, and C. Those grades represent thetire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as mea-sured under controlled conditions on specifiedgovernment test surfaces of asphalt and con-crete. A tire marked C may have poor tractionperformance.9-18 Technical and consumer information ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 223. EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS (US READINESS FOR INSPECTION/WARRANTY only) MAINTENANCE (I/M) TESTYour NISSAN vehicle is covered by the following If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which Due to legal requirements in some states andemission warranties: could cause a crash or could cause injury or Canadian Provinces, your vehicle may be re- death, you should immediately inform the Na- quired to be in what is called the “ready condi-For USA tional Highway Traffic Safety Administration tion” for an Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) test of 1. Emission Defects Warranty (NHTSA) in addition to notifying NISSAN. the emission control system. 2. Emissions Performance Warranty If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may The vehicle is set to the “ready condition” when it open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety is driven through certain driving patterns. Usually,Details of these warranties may be found with defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order aother vehicle warranties in your Warranty Infor- the ready condition can be obtained by ordinary recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA usage of the vehicle.mation Booklet which comes with your NISSAN cannot become involved in individual problemsvehicle. If you did not receive a Warranty Informa- between you, your dealer, or NISSAN. If a powertrain system component is repaired ortion Booklet, or it is lost, you may obtain a re- the battery is disconnected, the vehicle may beplacement by writing to: To contact NHTSA, you may call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-4236. You may reset to a “not ready” condition. Before taking the ● Nissan North America, Inc. also write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Trans- I/M test, drive the vehicle through the following Consumer Affairs Department portation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You can also pattern to set the vehicle to the ready condition. If P.O. Box 191 obtain other information about motor vehicle you cannot or do not want to perform the driving Gardena, CA 90248-0191 safety from the Hotline. pattern, a NISSAN dealer can conduct it for you.For Canada You may notify NISSAN by contacting our Con- WARNINGEmission Control System Warranty sumer Affairs Department, toll-free, at 1-800- NISSAN-1. Always drive the vehicle in a safe andDetails of these warranties may be found with prudent manner according to traffic con-other vehicle warranties in your Warranty Infor- In Hawaii call 1-808-836-0888. ditions and obey all traffic laws.mation Booklet which comes with your NISSANvehicle. If you did not receive a Warranty Informa- 1. Start the engine when the engine coolanttion Booklet, or it is lost, you may obtain a re- temperature gauge needle points to C. Al-placement by writing to: low the engine to idle until the gauge needle ● Nissan Canada Inc. points between the C and H (normal oper- 5290 Orbitor Drive ating temperature). Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 4Z5 Technical and consumer information 9-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 224. 2. Accelerate the vehicle to 55 MPH (88 km/h), then quickly release the accelerator pedal completely and keep it released for at least 6 seconds. 3. Quickly depress the accelerator pedal for a moment, then drive the vehicle at a speed of 53 - 60 MPH (86 - 96 km/h) for at least 5 minutes. 4. Stop the vehicle. 5. Accelerate the vehicle to 35 MPH (55 km/h) and maintain the speed for 20 seconds. 6. Repeat steps 4 through 5 at least three times. 7. Accelerate the vehicle to 55 MPH (88 km/h) and maintain the speed for at least 3 min- utes. 8. Stop the vehicle. Place the transmission se- lector lever in the P (Park) or N (Neutral) position. 9. Turn the engine off.10. Repeat steps 1 - 8 at least one more time.If steps 1 through 7 are interrupted, repeat thepreceding step. Any safe driving mode is accept-able between steps. Do not stop the engine untilstep 7 is completed.9-20 Technical and consumer information ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 225. OWNER’S MANUAL/SERVICEMANUAL ORDER INFORMATION A genuine NISSAN Service Manual is the best source of service and repair information for your vehicle. Filled with wiring diagrams, illustrations and step-by-step diagnostic and adjustment pro- cedures, this manual is the same one used by the factory trained technicians working at NISSAN dealerships. Also available are genuine NISSAN Owner’s Manuals, and genuine NISSAN Service and Owner’s Manuals for older NISSAN models. For USA For current pricing and availability of genuine NISSAN Service Manuals for the 2000 model year and later contact: Tweddle Litho Company 1-800-639-8841 www.nissan-techinfo.com For current pricing and availability of genuine NISSAN Service Manuals for the 1999 model year and prior, see a NISSAN dealer, or contact: DDS Distribution Service, Ltd. 20770 Westwood Road Strongsville, OH 44136 1-800-247-5321 Technical and consumer information 9-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 06/13/03—cathy ੭
  • 226. For current pricing and availability of genuine Insist on the use of genuine NISSAN that restrict insurance companies from authoriz-NISSAN Owner’s Manuals for the 2004 model collision parts! ing the use of non-genuine collision parts duringyear and prior, see a NISSAN dealer, or contact: the new vehicle warranty. These laws help pro- If you want your vehicle to be restored using parts tect you, so you can take action to protect your-DDS Distribution Service, Ltd. made to NISSAN’s original exacting specifica- self.20770 Westwood Road tions – if you want to help it to last and hold itsStrongsville, OH 44136 resale value, the solution is simple. Tell your It’s your right!1-800-247-5321 insurance agent and your repair shop to If you should need further information visit us at:For Canada only use Genuine NISSAN Collision Parts. www.nissanusa.com. NISSAN does not warrant non-NISSAN parts,To purchase a copy of a genuine NISSAN Ser- nor does NISSAN’s warranty apply to damagevice Manual or Owner’s Manual please contact caused by a non-genuine part.your nearest NISSAN dealer. For the phone num- Using Genuine NISSAN Parts can help protectber and location of a NISSAN dealer in your area your personal safety, preserve your warranty pro-call the NISSAN Information Center at 1-800- tection and maintain the resale value of your387-0122 and a bilingual NISSAN representa- vehicle. And if your vehicle was leased, usingtive will assist you. Genuine NISSAN Parts may prevent or limit un-Also available are genuine NISSAN Service and necessary excess wear and tear expenses at theOwner’s Manuals for older NISSAN models. end of your lease. NISSAN designs its hoods with crumple zones toIN THE EVENT OF A COLLISION minimize the risk that the hood will penetrate theUnfortunately, accidents do occur. In this unlikely windshield of your vehicle in an accident. Non-event, there is some important information you genuine (imitation) parts may not provide suchshould know. built in safeguards. Also, non-genuine parts often show premature wear, rust and corrosion.Many insurance companies routinely authorizethe use of non-genuine collision parts in order to Why should you take a chance?cut costs, among other reasons. In over 40 states, the law says you must be advised if non-genuine parts are used to repair your vehicle. And some states have enacted laws9-22 Technical and consumer information ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—debbie ੭
  • 227. 10 Index Cargo (See vehicle loading information) . . .9-12 A B CD care and cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-16 CD player (See audio system) . . . . . . . . .4-15Air bag (See supplemental restraint Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-19 Check engine indicator lightsystem) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-6 Charge warning light . . . . . . . . . . . .2-10 (See malfunction indicator light) . . . . . . . .2-11Air bag warning light. . . . . . . . . . .1-17, 2-11 Battery replacement Child restraint with top tether strap . . . . . .1-34Air cleaner housing filter . . . . . . . . . . . .8-23 (See remote keyless entry system) . . . .3-9, 8-32 Child restraints . . . . . . .1-20, 1-21, 1-25, 1-33Air conditioner Before starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . .5-6 Precautions on child restraints . . . . . . .1-25 Air conditioner operation. . . . . . . . . . .4-5 Belts (See drive belts) . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-21 Air conditioner service . . . . . . . . . . . .4-9 Top tether strap anchor point locations . .1-35 Brake Air conditioner specification label . . . . .9-11 Child safety rear door lock . . . . . . . . . . . .3-5 Anti-lock brake system (ABS) . . . . . . .5-19 Air conditioner system refrigerant and Brake booster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-29 Chimes, audible reminders . . . . . . . . . . .2-12 lubrication recommendations . . . . . . . .9-6 Brake fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-17 Cleaning exterior and interior . . . . . . . . . .7-2 Heater and air conditioner controls . . . . .4-2 Brake light (See stop light). . . . . . . . .8-36 Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-14 Servicing air conditioner . . . . . . . . . . .4-9 Brake pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-28 ClutchAir flow charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-6 Brake system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-18 Clutch fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-18Alarm system (See vehicle security system) . .2-13 Brake warning light . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-9 Coin box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-24Anchor point locations . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-35 Brake wear indicators . . . . . . . .2-12, 8-29 Cold weather driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-20Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-17 Parking brake check . . . . . . . . . . . .8-28 Compact disc (CD) player . . . . . . . . . . .4-15Anti-lock brake system (ABS) . . . . . . . . .5-19 Parking brake operation . . . . . . . . . .5-13 Console box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-24Anti-lock brake warning light . . . . . . . . . .2-9 Self-adjusting brakes . . . . . . . . . . . .8-29 ControlsAudible reminders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-12 Break-in schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-15 Heater and air conditioner controls . . . . .4-2Audio system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-10 Brightness control Coolant Compact disc (CD) player . . . . . . . . .4-15 Instrument panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-19 Capacities and recommended FM-AM radio with compact disc (CD) Bulb check/instrument panel . . . . . . . . . .2-9 fuel/lubricants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-2 player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-13 Bulb replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-36 Changing engine coolant . . . . . . . . . .8-9 Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-10 Checking engine coolant level. . . . . . . .8-8Automatic Automatic power window switch . . . . .2-27 C Engine coolant temperature gauge . . . . .2-7 Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) . . . .8-14 Corrosion protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-5 Driving with automatic transmission. . . . .5-7 Capacities and recommended fuel/lubricants . .9-2 Cruise control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-14 Transmission selector lever lock release . .5-9 Car phone or CB radio . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-17 Cup holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Sentra (b15) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 07/08/03—debbie ੭
  • 228. Engine oil viscosity . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-5 Fuel recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . .9-3 D Engine serial number . . . . . . . . . . . .9-10 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-30 Starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-6 Fusible links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-30Daytime running light system (Canada only) . .2-19 Exhaust gas (Carbon monoxide) . . . . . . . .5-2Defogger switch Rear window defogger switch . . . . . . .2-18 GDoor locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-3 FDoor open warning light . . . . . . . . . . . .2-10 Gas cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-14Drive belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-21 Flashers (See hazard warning GaugeDriving flasher switch). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-20 Engine coolant temperature gauge . . . . .2-7 Cold weather driving . . . . . . . . . . . .5-20 Flat tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-2 Fuel gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-7 Driving with automatic transmission. . . . .5-7 Floor mat positioning aid . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-4 Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-4 Driving with manual transmission . . . . .5-10 Fluid Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-4 Precautions when starting and driving . . .5-2 Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) . . . .8-14 Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-6 Brake fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-17 Trip odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-4 Capacities and recommended General maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-2 E fuel/lubricants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-2 Glove box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-24 Clutch fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-18Economy - fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-16 Engine coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-8Emission control information label . . . . . . .9-11 Engine oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-11 HEmission control system warranty . . . . . . .9-19 Power steering fluid. . . . . . . . . . . . .8-17Engine Window washer fluid . . . . . . . . . . . .8-19 Hazard warning flasher switch . . . . . . . . .2-20 Before starting the engine . . . . . . . . . .5-6 F.M.V.S.S. certification label . . . . . . . . . .9-10 Head restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-5 Capacities and recommended Fog light switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-20 Headlight aiming adjustment . . . . . . . . . .8-35 fuel/lubricants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-2 Folding rear seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-4 Headlight and turn signal switch. . . . . . . .2-18 Changing engine coolant . . . . . . . . . .8-9 Front seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-2 Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-34 Changing engine oil . . . . . . . . . . . .8-12 Fuel Heater Changing engine oil filter . . . . . . . . . .8-13 Capacities and recommended Heater and air conditioner controls . . . . .4-2 Checking engine coolant level. . . . . . . .8-8 fuel/lubricants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-2 Heater operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-4 Checking engine oil level . . . . . . . . . .8-11 Fuel economy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-16 Hood release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-11 Engine compartment check locations. . . .8-8 Fuel filler cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-14 Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-21 Engine coolant temperature