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2004 XTERRA 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 XTERRA or any car or truck today! We're located Hainesport New Jersey …

Classic Cars Nissan offers you excellent sales and service on new or used Nissan vehicles. Stop in and test drive a Nissan 2004 XTERRA 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- As with other vehicles with features forowners. This vehicle is delivered to you with er’s Manual carefully. This will ensure familiarity off-road use, failure to operate four-wheelconfidence. It was produced using the latest with controls and maintenance requirements, as- drive models correctly may result in loss oftechniques and strict quality control. sisting you in the safe operation of your vehicle. control or an accident. Be sure to read “Driving safety precautions” in the “Start-This manual was prepared to help you under- ing and driving” section of this manual.stand the operation and maintenance of your WARNINGvehicle so that you may enjoy many miles (kilome- IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION RE- ON-PAVEMENT AND OFF-ROAD DRIVINGters) of driving pleasure. Please read through this MINDERS FOR SAFETY! This vehicle will handle and maneuvermanual before operating your vehicle. differently from an ordinary passenger Follow these important driving rules toA separate Warranty Information Booklet help ensure a safe and comfortable trip car because it has a higher center ofexplains details about the warranties cov- for you and your passengers! gravity for off-road use. As with otherering your vehicle. The “NISSAN Service vehicles with features of this type, fail- ● NEVER drive under the influence of al- ure to operate this vehicle correctly mayand Maintenance Guide” explains details cohol or drugs.about maintaining and servicing your ve- result in loss of control or an accident.hicle. Additionally, a separate Customer ● ALWAYS observe posted speed limits Be sure to read “On-pavement and off-Care/Lemon Law Booklet (U.S. only) will and never drive too fast for conditions. road driving precautions”, and “Avoid-explain how to resolve any concerns you ing collision and rollover”, and “Driving ● ALWAYS use your seat belts and appro-may have with your vehicle, as well as safety precautions”, in the “Starting and priate child restraint systems. Pre-teenclarify your rights under your state’s lemon driving” section of this manual. children should be seated in the rearlaw. seat.Your NISSAN dealership knows your vehicle MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLE ● ALWAYS provide information about thebest. When you require any service or have any proper use of vehicle safety features to This vehicle should not be modified.questions, they will be glad to assist you with the all occupants of the vehicle. Modification could affect itsextensive resources available to them. performance, safety or durability, and ● ALWAYS review this owner’s manual for may even violate governmental important safety information. regulations. In addition, damage or per- For descriptions specified for four-wheel drive formance problems resulting from models, a mark is placed at the begin- modifications may not be covered un- ning of the applicable sections/items. der NISSAN warranties. ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma 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” © 2003 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. WARNING or “Do not let this happen.” GARDENA, CALIFORNIAThis is used to indicate the presence of ahazard that could cause death or serious All rights reserved. No part of this Owner’spersonal injury. To avoid or reduce the Manual may be reproduced or stored in a retrieval If you see a symbol similar to these in an illustra- system, or transmitted in any form, or by anyrisk, the procedures must be followed tion, it means the arrow points to the front of theprecisely. means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, vehicle. recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Nissan North America, Inc., Gar- CAUTION dena, California.This is used to indicate the presence of a Arrows in an illustration that are similar to thesehazard that could cause minor or moder- indicate movement or action.ate personal injury or damage to your ve-hicle. To avoid or reduce the risk, the pro-cedures must be followed carefully. Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these call attention to an item in the illustration. ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma 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 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma 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 For U.S. mainland and Alaska customersdealer cannot assist you with or you would like to following information: Nissan North America, Inc.provide NISSAN directly with comments or ques- Consumer Affairs Departmenttions, please contact the NISSAN Consumer Affairs – Your name, address, and telephone numberDepartment using our toll-free number: P.O. Box 191 – Vehicle identification number (attached to the Gardena, California 90248-0191For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers top of the instrument panel on the driver’s 1-800-NISSAN-1 side) For Hawaii customers (1-800-647-7261) Nissan Motor Corporation in Hawaii – Date of purchase 2880 Kilihau St.For Hawaii customers – Current odometer reading Honolulu, Hawaii 96819 1-808-836-0888 (Oahu Number) – Your NISSAN dealer’s name For Canadian customersFor Canadian customers Nissan Canada Inc. 1-800-387-0122 – Your comments or questions 5290 Orbitor Drive OR Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4Z5 You can write to NISSAN with the information at: We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle. ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-10Passenger compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 8. AIRBAGS, SEAT BELTS AND CHILDRESTRAINTS 1. 2nd row seat belts (P. 1-21) 2. Supplemental curtain side-impact air bags (if so equipped) (P. 1-8) 3. Front seat belts (P. 1-21) 4. Supplemental front impact air bags (P. 1-8) 5. Seats (P. 1-2) 6. Seat belt pretensioners (P. 1-18) 7. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) (P. 1-40) 8. Top tether strap anchor point locations (P. 1-43) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII00330-2 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 9. EXTERIOR FRONT 1. Engine hood (P. 3-9) 2. Windshield wiper and washer switch (P. 2-18) 3. Windshield (P. 8-26) 4. Roof rack (P. 2-33) 5. Power windows (P. 2-36) 6. Door locks, keyfob, keys (P. 3-2, 3-4, 3-2) 7. Mirrors (P. 3-14) 8. Tire pressure (P. 9-12) 9. Flat tire (P. 6-2) 10. Tire chains (P. 5-27) 11. Replacing bulbs (P. 8-33) 12. Headlight and turn signal switch (P. 2-20) 13. Fog light switch (P. 2-22) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII0032 Illustrated table of contents 0-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 10. EXTERIOR REAR 1. Roof rack (P. 2-33) 2. Vehicle loading (P. 9-13) 3. Rear window defrost (P. 2-10) 4. Rear window washer (P.2-19) 5. Back door (P. 3-10) 6. Spare tire (P.6-2) 7. Replacing bulbs (P. 8-33) 8. Child safety rear door lock (P.3-4) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII00310-4 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 11. PASSENGER COMPARTMENT 1. Sunroof (if so equipped) (P. 2-39) 2. Map lights (P. 2-41) 3. Sun visors (P. 3-14) 4. Inside mirror (P.3-14) 5. Glove box (P. 2-30) 6. Cup holders (P. 2-29) 7. Front seats (P. 1-2) 8. Rear seats (P.1-4) 9. Storage (P. 2-26) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII0034 Illustrated table of contents 0-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 12. INSTRUMENT PANEL 1. Headlight/turn signal switch (P. 2-20) 2. Meters and gauges (P. 2-3) 3. Windshield wiper/washer switch (P. 2-18) 4. Power outlet (P. 2-24) 5. Heater and air conditioner (P. 4-2) 6. Front passenger supplemental air bag (P. 1-8) 7. Glove box (P. 2-30) 8. Audio system (P. 4-10) 9. Hazard warning flasher switch (P. 2-23) 10. Automatic/manual selector lever (P. 5-10) 11. Transfer case shift lever (if so equipped) (P. 5-19) 12. Parking brake release lever (P. 5-16) 13. Cruise control main/set switch (if so equipped) (P. 5-16) 14. Driver supplemental air bag/horn (P. 1-8, P. 2-23) 15. Steering wheel switch for audio controls (if so equipped) (P. 4-28) 16. Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) off switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-24) 17. Instrument brightness control (P. 2-22) 18. Rear window wiper and washer switch WIC0641 (if so equipped) (P. 2-19)0-6 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 09/08/03—cathy ੭
  • 13. ENGINE COMPARTMENT LOCATIONS KA24DE engine 1. Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-15) 2. Automatic transmission fluid dipstick (A/T model) (P. 8-14) 3. Air cleaner (P. 8-23) 4. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-10) 5. Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-10) 6. Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) 7. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) (P. 8-17) 8. Windshield washer fluid reservoir (P. 8-17) 9. Radiator cap (P. 8-9) 10. Coolant reservoir (P. 8-9) 11. Battery (P. 8-18) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. WDI0087 Illustrated table of contents 0-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 14. VG33E engine 1. Fuse/fusible link holder (P.8-31) 2. Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-15) 3. Automatic transmission fluid dipstick (A/T model) (P. 8-14) 4. Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) 5. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) (P. 8-17) 6. Air cleaner (P. 8-23) 7. Windshield washer fluid reservoir (P. 8-17) 8. Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-10) 9. Radiator cap (P. 8-9) 10. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-10) 11. Coolant reservoir (P. 8-9) 12. Battery (P. 8-18) WDI02690-8 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 15. VG33ER engine 1. Fuse/fusible link holder (P.8-31) 2. Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-15) 3. Automatic transmission fluid dipstick (A/T model) (P. 8-14) 4. Supercharger 5. Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) 6. Air cleaner (P. 8-23) 7. Windshield washer fluid reservoir (P. 8-17) 8. Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-10) 9. Radiator cap (P. 8-9) 10. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-10) 11. Coolant reservoir (P. 8-9) 12. Battery (P. 8-18) WDI0270 Illustrated table of contents 0-9੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr)Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna)08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 16. WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS Warning Name Page Warning Name Page Warning Name Page light light light Anti-lock brake 2-10 Brake warning 2-10 Low tire pres- 2-11 warning light light sure warning or or light (if so equipped) Automatic 2-10 Charge warning 2-11 Low windshield 2-12 transmission oil light washer fluid temperature warning light Door open 2-11 warning light (if so equipped) warning light ( Seat belt warn- 2-12 model) Engine oil pres- 2-11 ing light and sure warning chime Automatic 2-10 light transmission Supplemental 2-13 park warning Low fuel warn- 2-11 air bag warning light ing light light ( model)0-10 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 17. Indicator Name Page Indicator Name Page Indicator Name Page light light light Cruise main 2-13 High beam in- 2-13 Slip indicator 2-14 switch indicator dicator light light (if so light (if so (Blue) equipped) equipped) Malfunction 2-14 Turn 2-15 Cruise set 2-13 indicator lamp signal/hazard switch indicator (MIL) indicator lights light (if so Overdrive off 2-14 Vehicle dy- 2-15 equipped) indicator light namic control 4-wheel drive 2-13 (automatic off indicator indicator light transmission light (if so (if so equipped) only) equipped) Illustrated table of contents 0-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 18. MEMO0-12 Illustrated table of contents
  • 19. 1 Safety—Seats, seat belts andsupplemental air bagsSeats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Injured persons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24 Front manual seat adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Three-point type seat belt with retractor . . . . . . . . . . 1-25 Rear seat adjustment (Type A) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4 Two-point type seat belt without retractor Rear seat adjustment (Type B) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 (center of rear seat). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-28 Head restraint adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8 Seat belt extenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29Supplemental restraint system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8 Seat belt maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-30 Precautions on supplemental restraint Child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-30 system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8 Precautions on child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-30 Supplemental air bag warning labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19 Installation on rear seat center position. . . . . . . . . . . 1-32 Supplemental air bag warning light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19 Installation on rear seat outboard positions . . . . . . . 1-35Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Precautions on seat belt usage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 CHildren) system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-40 Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-23 Top tether strap child restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-41 Pregnant women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24 Installation on front passenger seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-43 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 20. 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 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 21. 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 can be reclined to allow occupants to rest when the vehicle is stopped. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/21/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 22. WRS0131 WRS0389 WRS0180Seat lifter (if so equipped for driver’s Lumbar support (if so equipped for REAR SEAT ADJUSTMENT (Type A)seat) driver’s seat) FoldingTurn either dial to adjust the angle and height of The lumbar support feature provides lower backthe seat cushion to the desired position. support to the driver. Move the lever forward or ᭺ 1 Pull outward on the 2 straps at the bottom of the seat cushions. backward to adjust the seat lumbar area. ᭺ 2 Lift the front of the seat cushion up and remove the seat cushion. Store the seat cushion in a secure place.1-4 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 23. WRS0181 WRS0182 WRS0183᭺3 Pull the ring on top of the seatback up. ᭺ 5 To return the rear seatback to a seating ᭺ 6 Hold the seat belts above the seat cushion. position, push the seatback up until it᭺4 Fold down the seatback. latches. ᭺ 7 Slide the seat cushion back. ᭺ 8 Push down the seat cushion until it latches. WARNING ● Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo area or on the rear seat when it is in the fold-down position. Use of these areas by passengers without proper restraints could result in serious injury in an acci- dent or sudden stop. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 09/08/03—cathy ੭
  • 24. ● Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a seat belt properly. Never ride in the rear seat unless the seat bottom cushions are in place and latched.● Properly secure all cargo with ropes or straps to help prevent it from sliding or shifting. In a sudden stop or collision, unsecured cargo could cause personal injury.● When returning the seatbacks to the upright position, be certain they are WRS0184 WRS0185 completely secured. If they are not com- REAR SEAT ADJUSTMENT (Type B) ᭺ 2 Pull the ring on top of the seatback up. pletely secured in the latched position, passengers may be injured in an acci- Folding ᭺ 3 Fold down the seatback. dent or sudden stop. ᭺ 1 Lift the front of the seat cushion up and remove the seat cushion. Store the seat cushion in a secure place.1-6 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 09/08/03—cathy ੭
  • 25. ● Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a seat belt properly. Never ride in the rear seat unless the seat bottom cushions are in place and latched. ● Properly secure all cargo with ropes or straps to help prevent it from sliding or shifting. In a sudden stop or collision, unsecured cargo could cause personal injury. ● When returning the seatbacks to the WRS0186 WRS0187 upright position, be certain they are᭺4 To return the rear seat to the normal position, ᭺ 5 Hold the seat belts above the seat cushion. completely secured. If they are not com- push the seatback up until latches. pletely secured in the latched position, ᭺ 6 Slide the seat cushion back. passengers may be injured in an acci- dent or sudden stop. ᭺ 7 Push down the seat cushion until it latches. WARNING ● Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo area or on the rear seat when it is in the fold-down position. Use of these areas by passengers without proper restraints could result in serious injury in an acci- dent or sudden stop. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 26. SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM PRECAUTIONS ON SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM This Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) sec- tion contains important information concerning the driver and passenger supplemental front air bags and pre-tensioner seat belts. Supplemental front impact air bag system: This system can help cushion the impact force to the head and chest of the driver and front pas- senger in certain frontal collisions. WRS0133 WRS0134 Supplemental curtain side-impact air bag system (if so equipped): This system can helpHEAD RESTRAINT ADJUSTMENT Adjust the head restraint so the center is level cushion the impact force to the head of occu- with the center of your ears.To raise the head restraint, pull it up. To lower, pants in front and rear outboard seating positionspush and hold the lock knob and push the head in certain side impact collisions. The curtain side-restraint down. impact air bags are designed to inflate on the side where the vehicle is impacted. WARNING The supplemental air bags are designed toHead restraints should be adjusted prop- supplement the crash protection provided byerly as they may provide significant pro- the driver and front passenger seat belts and aretection against injury in an accident. Do not a substitute for them. Seat belts shouldnot remove them. Check the adjustment always be correctly worn and the driver and frontafter someone else uses the seat. passenger seated a suitable distance away from the steering wheel and instrument panel. (See “Seat belts” later in this section for instructions and precautions on seat belt usage.)1-8 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 27. The supplemental air bags operate onlywhen the ignition switch is in the ON orSTART position.After turning the ignition key to the ONposition, the supplemental air bag warninglight illuminates. The supplemental air bagwarning light will turn off after about 7seconds if the system is operational. 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 1-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 28. ● The driver and front passenger seat belt buckles are equipped with sensors that detect if the seat belts are fastened. The air bag system monitors the severity of a collision and then inflates the air bags based on belt usage. Failure to properly wear seat belts can increase the risk or severity of injury in an accident.● 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. ARS11331-10 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 09/08/03—cathy ੭
  • 29. ARS1041 ARS1042 ARS1043 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. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 09/08/03—cathy ੭
  • 30. ARS1044 ARS1045 WRS0256 ● Never install a rear-facing child re- WARNING straint in the front seat. An inflating ● Children may be severely injured or supplemental front air bag could seri- killed when the supplemental front air ously injure or kill your child. See “Child bags or curtain side-impact air bags restraints” later in this section for inflate if they are not properly re- details. strained. Pre-teens and children should be properly restrained in the rear seat, if possible.1-12 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 31. SSS0101 WRS0236 SSS0159 WARNING WARNINGSupplemental curtain side impact air bag: ● The seat belts and the supplemental curtain side-impact air bags are most● The supplemental curtain side-impact effective when you are sitting well back air bag ordinarily will not inflate in the and upright in the seat. The curtain event of a frontal impact, rear impact, side-impact air bag inflates with great rollover or lower severity side collision. force. Do not allow anyone to place Always wear your seat belt to help re- their hand, leg or face near the side roof duce the risk or severity of injury in rails or to extend their hand out of the various kinds of accidents. window or lean against the door. Some examples of dangerous riding positions are shown in the previous illustrations. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 32. SSS0162 WRS0237 1. Crash zone sensor 6. Driver seat belt buckle switch 2. Passenger supplemental air bag mod- 7. Air bag diagnosis sensor unit ule 8. Front seat belt pre-tensioner 3. Passenger seat belt buckle switch 9. Driver supplemental air bag module 4. Side curtain air bag 5. Front seat belt pre-tensioner1-14 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 33. Supplemental front air bag system inflate in a crash, depending on the crash severity The front air bags deflate quickly after a collision. and whether the front occupants are belted orThe driver supplemental front air bag is located in The supplemental front air bags operate unbelted. This does not indicate improper perfor-the center of the steering wheel. The passenger only when the ignition switch is in the ON mance of the system. If you have any questionssupplemental front air bag is mounted in the or START position. about the performance of your air bag system,dashboard above the glove box. please contact your NISSAN dealer. After turning the ignition key to the ONThese systems are designed to meet optional position, the supplemental air bag warning When the supplemental front air bag inflates, acertification requirements under U.S. regulations. light illuminates. The supplemental air bag fairly loud noise may be heard, followed by theThey are also permitted in Canada. The optional warning light will turn off after about 7certification allows the front air bags to be de- release of smoke. This smoke is not harmful and seconds if the system is operational.signed to inflate somewhat less forcefully than does not indicate a fire. Care should be taken topreviously. However, all of the information, not inhale it, as it may cause irritation and chok- WARNINGcautions and warnings in this manual still ing. Those with a history of a breathing conditionapply and must be followed. should get fresh air promptly. ● Do not place any objects on the steer- ing wheel pad or on the instrumentThe supplemental front air bag system is de- Supplemental front air bags, along with the use of panel. Also, do not place any objectssigned to inflate in higher severity frontal colli- seat belts, help to cushion the impact force on between any occupant and the steeringsions, although it may inflate if the forces in an- the face and chest of the front occupants. They wheel or instrument panel. Such ob-other type of collision are similar to those of a can help save lives and reduce serious injuries. jects may become dangerous projec-higher severity frontal impact. It may not inflate in However, an inflating front air bag may cause tiles and cause injury if the supplemen-certain frontal collisions. Vehicle damage (or lack facial abrasions or other injuries. Front air bags tal front air bag inflates.of it) is not always an indication of proper supple- do not provide restraint to the lower body.mental front air bag system operation. ● Immediately after inflation, several Seat belts should be correctly worn and the front air bag system components will beThe supplemental air bag system has dual stage driver and passenger seated upright as far as hot. Do not touch them; you may se-inflators for both the driver and passenger air practical away from the steering wheel or instru- verely burn yourself.bags. The system monitors information from the ment panel. The supplemental front air bags in-crash zone sensor, the diagnosis sensor unit and flate quickly in order to help protect the frontseat belt buckle sensors that detect if the seat occupants. Because of this, the force of the frontbelts are fastened. Inflator operation is based on air bag inflating can increase the risk of injury ifthe severity of a collision and whether the seat the occupant is too close to, or is against, thebelts are being used. Only one front air bag may front air bag module during inflation. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 34. ● No unauthorized changes should be ● Work on and around the supplemental made to any components or wiring of front air bag system should be done by the supplemental air bag system. This is a NISSAN dealer. Installation of electri- to prevent accidental inflation of the cal equipment should also be done by a supplemental air bag or damage to the NISSAN dealer. The Supplemental Re- supplemental air bag system. straint System (SRS) wiring should not be modified or disconnected. Unautho-● Do not make unauthorized changes to rized electrical test equipment and your vehicle’s electrical system, sus- probing devices should not be used on pension system or front end structure. the air bag system. This could affect proper operation of the supplemental front air bag system. ● A cracked windshield should be re- placed immediately by a qualified re-● Tampering with the supplemental front pair facility. A cracked windshield could air bag system may result in serious affect inflation of the supplemental air personal injury. Tampering includes WRS0235 bag system. changes to the steering wheel and the Supplemental curtain side-impact air instrument panel assembly by placing ● The SRS wiring harness connectors are material over the steering wheel pad yellow and orange for easy bag system (if so equipped) and above the instrument panel or by identification. The supplemental curtain side-impact air bags installing additional trim material are located in the roof side rails. This system is around the air bag system. When selling your vehicle, we request that you inform the buyer about the supplemental front air designed to meet voluntary guidelines to help bag system and guide the buyer to the appropri- reduce the risk of injury to out-of-position occu- ate sections in this Owner’s Manual. pants. However, all of the information, cau- tions and warnings in this manual still ap- ply and must be followed. The curtain side- impact air bags are designed to inflate in higher severity side collisions, although they may inflate if the forces in another type of collision are similar to those of a higher severity side impact. They are1-16 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 35. designed to inflate on the side where the vehicle these air bag modules during inflation. The cur- ● Do not make unauthorized changes tois impacted. They may not inflate in certain side tain side-impact air bag will deflate quickly after your vehicle’s electrical system, sus-collisions. the collision is over. pension system or side panel. ThisVehicle damage (or lack of it) is not always an The supplemental curtain side-impact air could affect proper operation of theindication of proper supplemental curtain side- bags operate only when the ignition switch supplemental curtain side-impact airimpact air bag operation. is in the ON or START position. bag system. ● Work around and on the curtain side-When the supplemental curtain side-impact air After turning the ignition key to the ON impact air bag system should be donebags inflate, a fairly loud noise may be heard, position, the supplemental air bag warning by a NISSAN dealer. Installation of elec-followed by release of smoke. This smoke is not light illuminates. The supplemental air bag trical equipment should also be done byharmful and does not indicate a fire. Care should warning light will turn off after about 7 a NISSAN dealer. The SRS wiring har-be taken not to inhale it, as it may cause irritation seconds if the system is operational. nesses* should not be modified or dis-and choking. Those with a history of a breathing connected. Unauthorized electrical testcondition should get fresh air promptly. WARNING equipment and probing devices shouldSupplemental curtain side-impact air bags help ● Right after inflation, several curtain not be used on the side air bag system.to cushion the impact force to the head of occu- side-impact air bag system compo- * The SRS wiring harness connectors arepants in the front and rear outboard seating po- nents will be hot. Do not touch them; yellow and orange for easy identification.sitions. They can help save lives and reduce you may severely burn yourself.serious injuries. However, an inflating curtain ● No unauthorized changes should be When selling your vehicle, we request that youside-impact air bag may cause abrasions or other made to any components or wiring of inform the buyer about the supplemental side airinjuries. Supplemental curtain side-impact air the curtain side-impact air bag system. bag and curtain side-impact air bag system andbags do not provide restraint to the lower body. This is to prevent accidental inflation of guide the buyer to the appropriate sections in this the curtain side-impact air bag or dam- Owner’s Manual.Rear seat passengers should be seated as far age to the curtain side-impact air bagaway as practical from the door finishers and side system.roof rails. The curtain side-impact air bag inflatequickly in order to help protect the occupants.Because of this, the force of the curtain side-impact air bag inflating can increase the risk ofinjury if the occupant is too close to, or is against, Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 36. Pre-tensioner seat belt system (for ● Work around and on the pre-tensioner cause irritation and choking. Those with a historyfront seats) system should be done by a NISSAN of a breathing condition should get fresh air dealer. Installation of electrical equip- promptly. WARNING 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● The pre-tensioner seat belt cannot be equipment and probing devices should light will flash intermittently after the igni- reused after activation. It must be re- not be used on the pre-tensioner seat tion key is turned to the ON or START position. In placed together with the retractor and belt system. this case, the pre-tensioner seat belt will not buckle as a unit. ● If you need to dispose of the pre- function properly. They must be checked and● If the vehicle becomes involved in a tensioner or scrap the vehicle, contact a repaired. Take your vehicle to the nearest frontal collision but the pre-tensioner is NISSAN dealer. Correct pre-tensioner NISSAN dealer. not activated, be sure to have the pre- disposal procedures are set forth in the When selling your vehicle, we request that you tensioner system checked and, if nec- appropriate NISSAN Service Manual. inform the buyer about the pre-tensioner seat belt essary, replaced by your NISSAN Incorrect disposal procedures could system and guide the buyer to the appropriate dealer. cause personal injury. sections in this Owner’s Manual.● No unauthorized changes should be made to any components or wiring of The front seat pre-tensioner seat belt system the pre-tensioner seat belt system. This activates in conjunction with the supplemental air is to prevent accidental activation of bag systems. Working with the seat belt retrac- the pre-tensioner seat belt or damage tor, it helps tighten the seat belt when the vehicle to the pre-tensioner seat belt operation. becomes involved in certain types of collisions, Tampering with the pre-tensioner seat helping to restrain front seat occupants. belt system may result in serious per- The pre-tensioner is encased with the seat belt’s sonal injury. retractor. These seat belts are used the same as 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 a fire. Care should be taken not to inhale it, as it may1-18 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 37. LRS0100 SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT The supplemental air bag warning light, displaying in the instrument panel, moni- tors the circuits of the supplemental front air bag, supplemental curtain side-impact air bag (if so WRS0424 equipped) and pre-tensioner seat belt systems. The circuits monitored by the supplemental air1. SRS Air Bag Warning Labels SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG bag warning light are the diagnosis sensor unit, WARNING LABELS crash zone sensor, supplemental front air bag Warning labels about the supplemental front air modules, supplemental curtain side-impact air bag system are placed in the vehicle as shown in bag modules (if so equipped), pre-tensioner seat the illustration. belts and all related wiring. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 38. When the ignition key is in the ON or START Repair and replacement procedure WARNINGposition, the supplemental air bag warning lightilluminates for about 7 seconds and then turns The supplemental front air bags, supplemental ● Once a supplemental front air bag oroff. This means the system is operational. curtain side-impact air bags (if so equipped) and supplemental curtain side-impact air pre-tensioner seat belts are designed to inflate bag has inflated, the air bag module willIf any of the following system conditions occur, on a one-time-only basis. As a reminder, unless it not function again and must be re-the supplemental front air bag, supplemental cur- is damaged, the supplemental air bag warning placed. Additionally, if any of thetain side-impact air bag and pre-tensioner seat light remains illuminated after inflation has oc- supplemental front air bags inflate, thebelt systems need servicing: curred. Repair and replacement of these supple- activated pre-tensioner seat belts must mental air bag systems should be done only by a also be replaced. The air bag module ● The supplemental air bag warning light re- NISSAN dealer. and pre-tensioner seat belt system mains on after approximately 7 seconds. should be replaced by a NISSAN dealer. ● The supplemental air bag warning light When maintenance work is required on the ve- The air bag module and pre-tensioner flashes intermittently. hicle, the supplemental front air bags, supple- seat belt system cannot be repaired. mental curtain side-impact air bags, pre- ● The supplemental air bag warning light does ● The supplemental front air bag and cur- tensioner seat belts and related parts should be not come on at all. tain side-impact air bag systems, and pointed out to the person performing the mainte- the pre-tensioner seat belt systemUnder these conditions, the Supplemental Re- nance. The ignition key should always be in the should be inspected by a NISSANstraint System (supplemental front air bag, LOCK position when working under the hood or dealer if there is any damage to thesupplemental curtain side-impact air bag or pre- inside the vehicle. front end or side portion of the vehicle.tensioner seat belt systems) may not operate ● If you need to dispose of the supple-properly. It must be checked and repaired. Take mental air bag, pre-tensioner seat beltyour vehicle to the nearest NISSAN dealer. system or scrap the vehicle, contact a NISSAN dealer. Correct supplemental WARNING air bag and pre-tensioner seat belt sys-If the supplemental air bag warning light tem disposal procedures are set forth inis on, it could mean that the supplemental the appropriate NISSAN Servicefront air bag or pre-tensioner seat belt Manual. Incorrect disposal proceduressystems will not operate in an accident. could cause personal injury.1-20 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 39. SEAT BELTS SSS0136PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELTUSAGEIf you are wearing your seat belt properly ad-justed, and you are sitting upright and well backin your seat, your chances of being injured orkilled in an accident and/or the severity of injurymay be greatly reduced. NISSAN strongly en-courages you and all of your passengers tobuckle up every time you drive, even if your seat-ing position includes a supplemental air bag.Most U.S. states and Canadian provincesor territories specify that seat belts be wornat all times when a vehicle is being driven. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 40. SSS0134 SSS0016 WARNING WARNING WARNING● Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should use a seat belt at all ● The seat belt should be properly ad- ● Always route the shoulder belt over times. Children should be properly re- justed to a snug fit. Failure to do so may your shoulder and across your chest. strained in the rear seat and, if appro- reduce the effectiveness of the entire Never run the belt behind your back, priate, in a child restraint. restraint system and increase the under your arm or across your neck. The chance or severity of injury in an acci- belt should be away from your face and dent. Serious injury or death can occur neck, but not falling off your shoulder. if the seat belt is not worn properly. ● Position the lap belt as low and snug as possible AROUND THE HIPS, NOT THE WAIST. A lap belt worn too high could increase the risk of internal injuries in an accident.1-22 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 41. ● Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo ● All seat belt assemblies, including re- area while the vehicle is in motion. It tractors and attaching hardware, does not contain seat belts. It is not should be inspected after any collision designed for passengers. They could be by a NISSAN dealer. NISSAN recom- injured in sudden braking or a collision. mends that all seat belt assemblies in use during a collision be replaced un- ● If the seat belt warning light glows con- less the collision was minor and the tinuously while the ignition is turned belts show no damage and continue to ON with all doors closed and all seat operate properly. Seat belt assemblies belts fastened, it may indicate a mal- not in use during a collision should also function in the system. Have the system be inspected and replaced if either checked by a NISSAN dealer. damage or improper operation is noted. ● Once the pre-tensioner seat belt has ● All child restraints and attaching hard- activated, it cannot be reused and must ware should be inspected after any col- SSS0014 be replaced together with the retractor. lision. Always follow the restraint See your NISSAN dealer.● Be sure the seat belt tongue is securely manufacturer’s inspection instructions fastened to the proper buckle. ● Removal and installation of the pre- and replacement recommendations. tensioner seat belt system components The child restraints should be replaced● Do not wear the seat belt inside out or should be done by a NISSAN dealer. if they are damaged. twisted. Doing so may reduce its effectiveness. CHILD SAFETY● Do not allow more than one person to use the same seat belt. Children need adults to help protect them. They need to be properly restrained.● Never carry more people in the vehicle than there are seat belts. The proper restraint depends on the child’s size. Generally, infants up to about 1 year and less than 20 pounds (9 kg) should be placed in rear facing child restraints. Front facing child re- straints are available for children who outgrow rear facing child restraints. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 42. 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.1-24 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 43. 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 WRS0174 WRS0137 could also slide under the lap belt and receive serious internal injuries. Manual front seat shown ᭺ 2 Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retractor● For the most effective protection when Fastening the seat belts and insert the tongue into the buckle until you hear and feel the latch engage. the vehicle is in motion, the seat should be upright. Always sit well back in the ᭺ 1 Adjust the seat. See “Seats” earlier in this The retractor is designed to lock during a section. 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. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 44. When automatic locking mode is activated the seat belt cannot be withdrawn again until the seat belt tongue is detached from the buckle and fully retracted. Once retracted, the seat belt is in the 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 WRS0138 WRS0139 When fastening the seat belts, be certain᭺3 Position the lap belt portion low and snug that the seatbacks are completely se- Unfastening the seat belts on the hips as shown. cured in the latched position. If they are ᭺ 1 To unfasten the seat belt, press the button on᭺4 Pull the shoulder belt portion toward the not completely secured, passengers may the buckle. The seat belt automatically re- retractor to take up extra slack. Be sure the be injured in an accident or sudden stop. 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 the vehicle slows down rapidly.1-26 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 45. To increase your confidence in the seat belts, WARNINGcheck the operation as follows. ● After adjustment, release the adjust- ● Grasp the shoulder belt and pull forward ment button and try to move the shoul- quickly. The retractor should lock and re- der belt anchor up and down to make strict further belt movement. sure it is securely fixed in position.If the retractor does not lock during this check or ● The shoulder belt anchor height shouldif you have any questions about seat belt opera- be adjusted to the position best for you.tion, see a NISSAN dealer. Failure to do so may reduce the effec- tiveness of the entire restraint system and increase the chance or severity of injury in an accident. WRS0189 Shoulder belt height adjustment (For front seats) The shoulder belt anchor height should be ad- justed to the position best for you. (See “Precau- 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. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 46. WRS0190 WRS0191 WRS0192TWO-POINT TYPE SEAT BELT Fastening the belts 2. Tighten the belt by pulling the free end of theWITHOUT RETRACTOR (center of belt away from the tongue. 1. Insert the tongue into the buckle until yourear seat) hear and feel the latch engage.1-28 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 47. WRS0193 WRS0194 WRS02013. Position the lap belt low and snug on the 4. Loosen the belt by holding the tongue at a Unfastening the seat belts hips as illustrated. right angle to the belt, then pull on the belt. To unfasten the seat belt, press the button the buckle. SEAT BELT EXTENDERS If, because of body size or driving position, it is not possible to properly fit the lap-shoulder belt and fasten it, an extender is available which is compatible with the installed seat belts. The ex- tender adds approximately 8 inches (200 mm) of length and may be used for either the driver or front passenger seating position. See a NISSAN dealer for assistance if an extender is required. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 48. CHILD RESTRAINTS WARNING SEAT BELT MAINTENANCE● Only NISSAN seat belt extenders, made ● To clean the seat belt webbing, apply a by the same company which made the mild soap solution or any solution recom- original equipment seat belts, should mended for cleaning upholstery or carpet. be used with NISSAN seat belts. Then wipe with a cloth and allow the seat belts to dry in the shade. Do not allow the● Adults and children who can use the seat belts to retract until they are completely standard seat belt should not use an dry. extender. Such unnecessary use could result in serious personal injury in the ● If dirt builds up in the shoulder belt event of an accident. guide of the seat belt anchors, the seat belts may retract slowly. Wipe the shoulder● Never use seat belt extenders to install belt guide with a clean, dry cloth. child restraints. If the child restraint is not secured properly, the child could be ● Periodically check to see that the seat ARS1098 seriously injured in a collision or a sud- belt and the metal components, such as den stop. buckles, tongues, retractors, flexible wires PRECAUTIONS ON CHILD and anchors, work properly. If loose parts, RESTRAINTS deterioration, cuts or other damage on the webbing is found, the entire seat belt as- WARNING sembly should be replaced. ● Infants and small children should al- ways be placed in an appropriate child restraint while riding in the vehicle. Failure to use a child restraint can re- sult in serious injury or death.1-30 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 49. ● Never install a rear-facing child re- Child restraints for infants and small children of straint in the front seat. An inflating various sizes are offered by several manufactur- supplemental front air bag could seri- ers. When selecting any child restraint, keep the ously injure or kill your child. A rear- following points in mind: facing child restraint must only be used ● Choose only a restraint with a label certifying in the rear seat. that it complies with Federal Motor Vehicle ● NISSAN recommends that the child re- Safety Standard 213 or Canadian Motor straint be installed in the rear seat. Ac- Vehicle Safety Standard 213. cording to accident statistics, children ● Check the child restraint in your vehicle to be are safer when properly restrained in sure it is compatible with the vehicle’s seat the rear seat than in the front seat. and seat belt system. ● An improperly installed child restraint ● If the child restraint is compatible with your could lead to serious injury or death in vehicle, place your child in the child restraint WRS0256 an accident. and check the various adjustments to be WARNING In general, child restraints are designed to be sure the child restraint is compatible with installed with a lap belt or the lap portion of a your child. Always follow all recommended● Infants and small children should never procedures. three-point type seat belt. In addition, this vehicle be carried on your lap. It is not possible is equipped with a universal child restraint lower All U.S. states and provinces of Canada for even the strongest adult to resist the anchor system, referred to as the LATCH (Lower require that infants and small children be forces of a severe accident. The child Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system. Some restrained in an approved child restraint at could be crushed between the adult and child restraints include two rigid or webbing- all times while the vehicle is being oper- parts of the vehicle. Also, do not put the mounted attachments that can be connected to ated. same seat belt around both your child these lower anchors. For details, see the “LATCH and yourself. (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) sys- tem” later in this section. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-31 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 50. WARNING ● For a front-facing child restraint, if the INSTALLATION ON REAR SEAT seat position where it is installed has a CENTER POSITION● Improper use of a child restraint can three-point type lap/shoulder belt, increase the risk or severity of injury for check to make sure the shoulder belt both the child and other occupants of does not go in front of the child’s face or the vehicle. neck. If it does, put the shoulder belt● Follow all of the child restraint manu- behind the child restraint. If you must facturer’s instructions for installation install a front facing child restraint in and use. When purchasing a child re- the front seat, see “Installation on front straint, be sure to select one which will passenger seat” later in this section. fit your child and vehicle. It may not be ● When your child restraint is not in use, possible to properly install some types keep it secured with a seat belt to pre- of child restraints in your vehicle. vent it from being thrown around in● If the child restraint is not anchored case of a sudden stop or accident. properly, the risk of a child being in- jured in a collision or a sudden stop CAUTION greatly increases. Remember that a child restraint left in a● Adjustable seatbacks should be posi- closed vehicle can become very hot. tioned to fit the child restraint, but as Check the seating surface and buckles upright as possible. before placing your child in the child● After attaching the child restraint, test it restraint. before you place the child in it. Tilt it from side to side. Try to tug it forward and check to see if the belt holds the restraint in place. The child 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.1-32 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 51. WRS0263 WRS0250 WRS0264 Front Facing — step 1 Front Facing — step 2 Front Facing — step 3Front facing 2. Route the seat belt tongue through the child 3. Remove all slack in the lap belt for a very restraint and insert it into the buckle until you tight fit by pulling forcefully on the lap beltWhen you install a child restraint in the rear hear and feel the latch engage. adjustment.center seat, follow these steps: Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- 1. Position the child restraint on the seat as facturer’s instructions for belt routing. illustrated. Always follow the restraint manu- facturer’s instructions. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-33 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 52. WRS0265 WRS0266 WRS0267 Front Facing — step 4 Rear Facing — step 1 Rear Facing — step 2 4. Before placing the child in the child restraint, Rear facing 2. Route the seat belt tongue through the child use force to tilt the child restraint from side restraint and insert it into the buckle until you to side, and tug it forward to make sure it is When you install a child restraint in the rear hear and feel the latch engage. securely in place. It should not move more center seat, follow these steps: Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- than 1 inch. 1. Position the child restraint on the seat as facturer’s instructions for belt routing. 5. If it is not secure, try to tighten the belt again, illustrated. Always follow the restraint manu- or put the restraint in another seat. facturer’s instructions. 6. Check to make sure the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use.1-34 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 53. INSTALLATION ON REAR SEAT OUTBOARD POSITIONS WARNING ● The three-point seat belt in your vehicle is equipped with an automatic locking mode retractor which must be used when installing a child restraint. ● 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 WRS0268 WRS0269 in a sudden stop or collision. Rear Facing — step 3 Rear Facing — step 43. Remove all slack in the lap belt for a very 4. Before placing the child in the child restraint, tight fit by pulling forcefully on the lap belt use force to tilt the child restraint from side adjustment. to side, and tug it forward to make sure it is securely in place. It should not move more than 1 inch. 5. If it is not secure, try to tighten the belt again, or put the restraint in another seat. 6. Check to make sure the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 54. WRS0272 WRS0250 WRS0251 Front Facing — step 1 Front Facing — step 2 Front Facing — step 3Front facing 2. Route the seat belt tongue through the child 3. Pull on the shoulder belt until all of the belt is restraint and insert it into the buckle until you fully extended. At this time, the belt retractorWhen you install a child restraint in a rear out- hear and feel the latch engage. is in the automatic locking mode (child re-board seat, follow these steps: straint mode). It reverts back to emergency Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- 1. Position the child restraint on the seat. Al- locking mode when the belt is fully retracted. facturer’s instructions for belt routing. ways follow the restraint manufacturer’s in- structions.1-36 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 55. 7. Check to make sure 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 is fully retracted, the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode) is canceled. WRS0146 WRS0252 Front Facing — step 4 Front Facing — step 54. Allow the belt to retract. Pull up on the 5. Before placing the child in the child restraint, shoulder belt to remove any slack in the belt. use force to tilt the child restraint from side to side, and tug it forward to make sure 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 belt out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any more belt webbing out of the retractor, the retrac- tor is in the automatic locking mode. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-37 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 56. WRS0273 WRS0309 WRS0260 Rear Facing — step 1 Rear Facing — step 2 Rear Facing — step 3Rear facing 2. Route the seat belt tongue through the child 3. Pull on the shoulder belt until all of the belt is restraint and insert it into the buckle until you fully extended. At this time, the belt retractorWhen you install a child restraint in a rear out- hear and feel it engage. is in the automatic locking mode (child re-board seat, follow these steps: straint mode). It reverts back to emergency Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- 1. Position the child restraint on the seat. Al- locking mode when the belt is fully retracted. facturer’s instructions for belt routing. ways follow the restraint manufacturer’s in- structions.1-38 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 57. 7. Check to make sure 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 is fully retracted, the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode) is canceled. WRS0253 WRS0254 Rear Facing — step 4 Rear Facing — step 54. Allow the belt to retract. Pull up on the 5. Before placing the child in the child restraint, shoulder belt to remove any slack in the belt. use force to tilt the child restraint from side to side, and tug it forward to make sure 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 belt out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any more belt webbing out of the retractor, the retrac- tor is in the automatic locking mode. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-39 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 58. ● The LATCH system anchors are de- LATCH child restraints generally require the use signed to withstand only those loads of a top tether strap. See “Top tether strap child imposed by correctly fitted child re- restraint” later in this section for installation in- straints. Under no circumstance are structions. they to be used for adult seat belts or When installing a child restraint, carefully read harnesses. and follow the instructions in this manual and Some child restraints include two rigid or those supplied with the child restraint. webbing-mounted attachments that can be con- When you install a LATCH system compatible nected to two anchors located at certain seating child restraint to the lower anchor attachments, positions in your vehicle. This system is known as follow these steps: the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHil- dren) system. This system may also be referred to WARNING as the ISOFIX or ISOFIX compatible system. WRS0206 With this system, you do not have to use a vehicle Inspect the lower anchors by inserting your fingers into the lower anchor areaLATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers seat belt to secure the child restraint. Your vehicle and feeling to make sure there are nofor CHildren) SYSTEM is equipped with special anchor points that are obstructions over the LATCH system an- used with LATCH system compatible child re- chors, such as seat belt webbing or seat WARNING straints. Check your child restraint for a label cushion material. The child restraint will stating that it is compatible with the LATCH sys- not be secured properly if the LATCH sys-● Attach LATCH system compatible child tem. This information may also be in the child tem anchors are obstructed. restraints only at the locations shown. If restraint owner’s manual. If you have such a child a child restraint is not secured properly, restraint, refer to the illustration for the seating 1. To install the LATCH system compatible your child could be seriously injured or positions equipped with LATCH system anchors child restraint, insert the child restraint killed in an accident. which can be used to secure the child restraint. LATCH system anchor attachments into the● Do not secure a child restraint in the anchor points on the seat. If the child re- The LATCH system anchors are located at the center rear seating position using the straint is equipped with a top tether, see LATCH system anchors. The child re- rear of the seat cushion near the seatback. A “Top tether strap child restraint” later in this straint will not be secured properly. label is attached to the seatback to help you section for installation instructions. locate the LATCH system anchors.1-40 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 59. 2. After attaching the child restraint and before placing the child in it, use force to tilt the child restraint from side to side and tug it forward to make sure that the child restraint is securely held in place. It should not move more than 1 inch.3. Check to make sure that the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. WRS0207 WRS0209 Rear seat outboard position Rear seat outboard position 1. Hook TOP TETHER STRAP CHILD 2. Anchor bracket RESTRAINT 3. Tether strap 4. Tongue and buckle fastened This vehicle is equipped with 3 anchor brackets in the rear cargo area for attaching child restraint top tether straps. If your child restraint has a top tether strap, se- cure the child restraint with the two-point (center) or three-point seat belt and latch the top strap hook onto the anchor bracket which provides the straightest installation of the tether strap. Tighten the strap according to the manufacturer’s in- Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-41 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 60. structions to remove any slack. Make sure the WARNINGshoulder belt is placed between the seat backand child restraint. In the center position the top tether strap must be correctly placed between the splitFor the rear outboard seating positions, place the in the rear seat back cushions. If the childtop tether strap over the seat back as shown in restraint top tether strap is not securedthe illustration. properly, your child could be seriously in- jured or killed in an accident. Secure the top strap to the attaching bracket that provides the straightest installation of the strap. Tighten the strap according to the manufactur- er’s instructions to remove any slack. WRS0208 WARNING Rear seat center position ● Child restraint anchor points are de- For the rear center seating position, place the top signed to withstand only those loads tether strap through the split between the rear imposed by correctly fitted child re- straints. Under no circumstances are seat back cushion as shown in the illustration. they to be used for adult seat belts or Position the tether as low as possible in the split harnesses. before tightening the top tether strap. Do not place the top tether strap over the seat back to ● The child restraint top tether strap may the side of the split when installing a child re- be damaged by contact with the ton- straint in the center rear position. In that position neau cover or items in the cargo area. the top tether strap may not stay in place and not Remove the tonneau cover from the ve- keep the child restraint secure in a crash. hicle or secure it and any cargo. Your child could be seriously injured or killed in a collision if the top tether strap is damaged.1-42 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 61. WRS0232 WRS0210 WRS02561. Anchor point locations Flaps are provided in the carpet for easy access INSTALLATION ON FRONT2. Cargo tie down hook flaps to the anchor point locations and are marked with PASSENGER SEAT the label shown.Anchor point locations WARNINGAnchor points are located in the cargo area underthe carpet ᭺. 1 ● Never install a rear-facing child re- straint in the front passenger seat.If you have any questions when installing a Supplemental front air bags inflate withtop strap child restraint on the rear seat, great force. A rear-facing child restraintconsult your NISSAN dealer for details. could be struck by the supplemental front air bag in a crash and could seri- ously injure or kill your child. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-43 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 62. ● The three-point seat belt in your vehicle is equipped with an automatic locking mode retractor which must be used when installing a child restraint. ● 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. WRS0378 WRS0379 Front Facing — step 1 WARNING If you must install a child restraint in the front seat,● NISSAN recommends that child re- follow these steps: straints be installed in the rear seat. 1. Position the child restraint on the front pas- However, if you must install a forward- senger seat. It should be placed in a facing child restraint in the front pas- front-facing direction only. Move the senger seat, move the passenger seat seat to the rearmost position. Adjust the to the rearmost position. head restraint to its highest position. Always● A child restraint with a top tether strap follow the child restraint manufacturer’s in- should not be used in the front passen- structions. Child restraints for infants ger seat. must be used in the rear-facing direc- tion and therefore must not be used in the front seat.1-44 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 63. WRS0159 WRS0160 WRS0161 Front Facing — step 2 Front Facing — step 3 Front 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 slightly. Pull up restraint and insert it into the buckle until you fully extended. At this time, the seat belt on the shoulder belt to remove any slack in hear and feel the latch engage. retractor is in the automatic locking mode the belt. Be sure to follow the child restraint manufac- (child restraint mode). It reverts to emer- If necessary to ensure the child restraint is turer’s instructions for belt routing. gency locking mode when the seat belt is secure, pull the shoulder belt through the fully retracted. seat belt tongue beyond the stitching in the belt. After the seat belt is fully retracted and the child restraint is removed from the seat, the stitching on the shoulder belt can be pulled back through the seat belt tongue. This stitching locates the seat belt tongue near the top of the seat back for easy access for passengers. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-45 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 64. 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 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. WRS0380 Front 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.1-46 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 65. MEMO Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags 1-47
  • 66. 2 Instruments and controlsInstrument panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Daytime running light system (Canada only) . . . . . . 2-21Meters and gauges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Instrument brightness control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22 Speedometer and odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Turn signal switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22 Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5 Fog light switch (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22 Engine coolant temperature gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5 Hazard warning flasher switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23 Fuel gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6 Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23Compass and outside temperature display Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) off switch(if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-24 Outside temperature display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Power outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-24 Compass display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Dual 12 volt power outlets (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . 2-26Warning/indicator lights and audible reminders . . . . . . . 2-9 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26 Checking bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9 Storage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26 Warning lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10 Storage trays (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-27 Indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13 Roof headliner net (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-27 Audible reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15 Map pocket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-28Security system (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15 Cup holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-29 Vehicle security system. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15 Glove box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-30Windshield wiper and washer switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Console box (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-30 Switch operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Luggage hooks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-31Rear window wiper and washer switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19 Tonneau cover (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-32Rear window defroster switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20 Tubular roof rack with gear basket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-33Headlight and turn signal switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-36 Headlight control switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20 Power windows (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-36 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 67. Manual windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-38 Removing/installing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-40Sunroof (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-39 Interior lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-40 Manual sunroof. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-39 Map lights (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-41 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 68. INSTRUMENT PANEL 1. Headlight/turn signal switch (P. 2-20) 2. Meters and gauges (P. 2-3) 3. Windshield wiper/washer switch (P. 2-18) and rear window wiper/washer switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-19) 4. Power outlet (P. 2-24) 5. Heater and air conditioner (P. 4-2) 6. Front passenger supplemental air bag (P. 1-8) 7. Glove box (P. 2-30) 8. Audio system (P. 4-10) 9. Hazard warning flasher switch (P. 2-23) 10. Automatic/manual selector lever (P. 5-10) 11. Transfer case shift lever (if so equipped) (P. 5-19) 12. Parking brake release lever (P. 5-16) 13. Cruise control main/set switch (if so equipped) (P. 5-16) 14. Driver supplemental air bag/horn (P. 1-8, P. 2-23) 15. Steering wheel switch for audio controls (if so equipped) (P. 4-28) 16. Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) off switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-24) 17. Instrument brightness control (P. 2-22) 18. Rear window wiper and washer switch WIC0641 (if so equipped)(P. 2-19)2-2 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 69. METERS AND GAUGES WIC0632 1. Speedometer 2. Odometer 3. Reset button SPEEDOMETER AND ODOMETER Speedometer The speedometer indicates vehicle speed in LIC0631 miles per hour (MPH) and kilometers per hour1. Tachometer 7. Change button (km/h).2. Warning/indicator lights Odometer/Twin trip3. Speedometer4. Engine coolant temperature gauge The odometer records the total distance the ve-5. Fuel gauge hicle has been driven.6. Odometer/twin trip odometer Instruments and controls 2-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 70. AIC1120The trip odometer records the distance of indi- Push the reset button to change the display asvidual trips. Before each trip reset the trip odom- follows:eter. ODO (odometer) → TRIP A → TRIP B → ODO Push and hold the reset button for more than 1 second to reset either trip odometer.2-4 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 71. CAUTION If the gauge indicates engine coolant tem- perature over the normal range, stop the vehicle as soon as safely possible. If the engine is overheated, continued opera- tion of the vehicle may seriously damage the engine. See “If your vehicle over- heats” in the “In case of emergency” sec- tion for immediate action required. WIC0358 LIC0091TACHOMETER ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATUREThe tachometer indicates engine speed in revo- GAUGElutions per minute (r/min). The red zone ᭺ is 1 The gauge indicates the engine coolant tempera-shown in the illustration. ture. The engine coolant temperature is within the normal range when the gauge needle points be- CAUTION tween the C and the H on the gauge.When engine speed approaches the red The engine coolant temperature varies with thezone, shift to a higher gear. Operating theengine in the red zone may cause serious outside air temperature and driving conditions.engine damage. Instruments and controls 2-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 72. COMPASS AND OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE DISPLAY (if so equipped) The indicates that the fuel filler lid is lo- This unit has the following functions: cated on the passenger side of the vehicle. ● Measures terrestrial magnetism and indi- cates heading direction of vehicle CAUTION ● Indicates outside air temperature ● 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. LIC0092 ● For additional information, see “Mal-FUEL GAUGE function indicator lamp (MIL)” later in this section.The gauge indicates the approximate fuel levelin the tank.The gauge may move slightly during braking,turning, acceleration, or going up or down hills.The gauge needle returns to E (Empty) after theignition key is turned to OFF.The low fuel warning light comes on when theamount of fuel in the tank is getting low.Refill the fuel tank before the gauge regis-ters E (Empty).2-6 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 73. though it is operating. This is not a 1. Establish your location on the zone map. malfunction. Refer to the illustration. Record your zone number. ● The outside temperature sensor is lo- cated in front of the radiator. The sen- 2. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position. sor may be affected by road or engine 3. Push the MODE button in for 5 seconds until heat, wind direction and other driving the current zone entry number and the conditions. The display may differ from “VAR” icon is displayed. the actual outside temperature or the temperature displayed on various 4. Press the MODE button repeatedly until the signs or billboards. desired zone entry number is displayed. Once the desired zone number is displayed, stop ● Temperature display will not update pressing the MODE button and the display will unless the vehicle is moving faster show compass direction within a few seconds. than 12 mph (20 km/h), or the ignition WIC0324 switch has been OFF for 4 hours. NOTE:OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE DISPLAY COMPASS DISPLAY Use zone number 5 for Hawaii.Push the MODE button ᭺ when the ignition key 1is in the ON position. The outside temperature Push the MODE button ᭺ when the ignition key 1will be displayed ᭺ in °F. 2 is in the ON position. The direction will be dis- played ᭺.2 ● Push the MODE button to change from °F to °C. Zone variation change procedure ● When the outside temperature is be- The difference between magnetic north and geo- tween 130°F (55°C) and 158°F (70°C), graphical north is known as variance. In some the display shows 130°F (55°C) . areas, this difference can sometimes be great enough to cause false compass readings. Follow ● When the outside temperature is lower these instructions to set the variance for your than -40°F (-40°C) or higher than 158°F particular location if this happens: (70°C), the display shows only — — — Instruments and controls 2-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/21/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 74. ● If a magnet is located near the com- pass or the vehicle is driven where the terrestrial magnetism is disturbed, the compass display may not indicate the correct direction. ● In places where the terrestrial magne- tism is disturbed, the correction of the direction starts automatically. Correction functions of the compass display The compass display is equipped with automatic correction function. If the direction is not shown correctly, carry out the manual correction proce- dure set out below. Manual correction procedure 1. Push the MODE button for about 10 sec- onds. The “CAL” icon will illuminate. 2. Drive the vehicle slowly in an open and safe area. The initial correction is complete while turning in 1 or 2 turns. In places where the earth’s magnetism is dis- turbed, the initial correction procedure may start automatically. WIC03552-8 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 75. WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS ANDAUDIBLE REMINDERS or Anti-lock brake warning light Low fuel warning light 4-wheel drive indicator light (if so equipped) Automatic transmission oil temperature warn- Low tire pressure warning light (if so equipped) High beam indicator light (Blue) ing light ( model) Automatic transmission park warning light Low windshield washer fluid warning light (if so Malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) ( model) equipped) or Brake warning light Seat belt warning light and chime Overdrive off indicator light (automatic trans- mission only) Charge warning light Supplemental air bag warning light Slip indicator light (if so equipped) Door open warning light CRUISE main switch indicator light (if so Turn signal/hazard indicator lights equipped) Engine oil pressure warning light Cruise SET switch indicator light (if so Vehicle dynamic control off indicator light (if so equipped) equipped)CHECKING BULBS If the driver’s seat belt is fastened before the If any light fails to come on, it may indicate ignition key is turned to the ON position, a burned-out bulb or an open circuit in theWith all doors closed, apply the parking brake the light will not come on. electrical system. Have the system repairedand turn the ignition key to the ON position promptly.without starting the engine. The following lights The following lights come on briefly and then gowill come on: off: or , , , , , , , or , , , Instruments and controls 2-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 76. WARNING LIGHTS Automatic transmission park warning light ( model) CAUTION or Anti-lock brake If the ATP light is ON, this indicates that warning light This light indicates that the automatic transmis- the automatic transmission P (Park) posi- sion parking function is not engaged. If the trans- tion will not function and the transfer con-If the light comes on while the engine is running, fer control shift lever is not secured in any driveit may indicate the anti-lock brake system is not trol shift lever is in the N (Neutral) position while the automatic transmission selec- position.functioning properly. Have the system checked tor lever is in the P (Park) position, the vehicleby a NISSAN dealer. may move unexpectedly. or Brake warning lightIf an abnormality occurs in the system, the anti- Shift the transfer control shift lever into the 2H, This light functions for both the parking brake andlock function ceases, but the regular braking 4H, or 4L position when the warning light comes the foot brake systems.system continues to operate. on. When the ignition key is in the ON position, theIf the light comes on while you are driving, ● When parking, always make sure that the light comes on when the parking brake is applied,contact a NISSAN dealer for repair. transfer control shift lever is in 2H, 4H, or 4L and also warns of a low brake fluid level. If the Automatic transmission oil and the parking brake is set. light comes on while the engine is running with the parking brake not applied, stop the vehicle temperature warning light ● If the ATP light is ON, this indicates that the automatic transmission P (Park) position will and perform the following: ( model) not function and the transfer control shift 1. Check the brake fluid level. Add brake fluidThis light comes on when the automatic transmis- lever is in the N (Neutral) position. as necessary. See “Brake and clutch fluid” insion oil temperature is too high. If the light comes the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” sec-on while driving, reduce the vehicle speed as ● Failure to engage the transfer shift control lever in 2H, 4H or 4L could result in the tion of this manual.soon as safely possible until the light turns off. vehicle moving unexpectedly, resulting in se- CAUTION rious personal injury or property damage.Continued vehicle operation when the A/Toil temperature warning light is on maydamage the automatic transmission.2-10 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 77. 2. If the brake fluid level is correct, have the CAUTION CAUTION brake system checked by a NISSAN dealer. Do not continue driving if the generator Running the engine with the engine oil WARNING belt is loose, broken or missing. pressure warning light on could cause se- rious damage to the engine almost imme-● Your brake system may not be working Door open warning light diately. Such damage is not covered by properly if the warning light is on. Driv- warranty. Turn off the engine as soon as it ing could be dangerous. If you judge it This light comes on when any of the doors are not is safe to do so. to be safe, drive carefully to the nearest closed securely while the ignition key is in the ON service station for repairs. Otherwise, position. Low fuel warning light have your vehicle towed because driv- ing it could be dangerous. Engine oil pressure warning This light comes on when the fuel level in the fuel● Pressing the brake pedal with the en- light tank is getting low. Refuel as soon as it is conve- nient, preferably before the fuel gauge reaches E gine stopped and/or a low brake fluid This light warns of low engine oil pressure. If the (Empty). There will be a small reserve of fuel level may increase your stopping dis- light flickers or comes on during normal driving, in the tank when the fuel gauge needle tance and braking will require greater pull off the road in a safe area, stop the engine reaches E (Empty). pedal effort as well as pedal travel. immediately and call a NISSAN dealer or other● If the brake fluid level is below the authorized repair shop. Low tire pressure warning MINIMUM or MIN mark on the brake light (if so equipped) The engine oil pressure warning light is not fluid reservoir, do not drive until the This light warns of low tire pressure. designed to indicate a low oil level. Use the brake system has been checked at a dipstick to check the oil level. See “Engine oil” in NISSAN’s low tire pressure warning system is a NISSAN dealer. the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section of tire pressure monitoring system. It monitors tire Charge warning light this manual. pressure of all tires except the spare. When the tire pressure monitoring system warning light isIf this light comes on while the engine is running, lit, one or more of your tires is significantly under-it may indicate the charging system is not func- inflated. You should stop and check your tires astioning properly. Turn the engine off and check soon as possible, and inflate them to the properthe generator belt. If the belt is loose, broken, pressure as indicated on the vehicle’s tire infor-missing, or if the light remains on, see a NISSAN mation placard. Driving on a significantly under-dealer immediately. inflated tire causes the tire to overheat and can Instruments and controls 2-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 78. lead to tire failure. Under-inflation also reduces ● If the light comes on while driving, CAUTIONfuel efficiency and tire tread life, and may affect avoid sudden steering maneuvers orthe vehicle’s handling and stopping ability. Each abrupt braking, reduce vehicle speed, ● The low tire pressure warning system istire, including the spare, should be checked pull off the road to a safe location and not a substitute for the regular tire pres-monthly when cold and set to the recommended stop the vehicle as soon as possible. sure check. Be sure to check the tireinflation pressure as specified in the vehicle plac- Serious vehicle damage could occur pressure regularly.ard and owner’s manual. and may lead to an accident and could ● If the vehicle is being driven at speeds result in serious personal injury. Check of less than 20 MPH (32 km/h), the lowLow pressure warning the tire pressure for all four tires. Adjust tire pressure warning system may notIf the vehicle is being driven with very low tire the tire pressure to the recommended operate correctly.pressure (lower than 28 psi, 193 kPa), the light COLD tire pressure shown on the tire ● Be sure to install the specified size ofwill illuminate and the chime will sound for about placard to turn the low tire pressure tires to the 4 wheels correctly.10 seconds. warning light OFF. If the light still comes on while driving after adjusting Low windshield washer fluidFor additional information, see “Low tire pressure the tire pressure, a tire may be flat. Ifwarning system” in the “Starting and driving” you have a flat tire, replace it with a warning light (if so equipped)section and “Low tire pressure warning system” spare tire as soon as possible. This light comes on when the windshield washerin the “In case of emergency” section. fluid is at a low level. Add windshield washer fluid ● When a spare tire is mounted or a wheel is replaced, tire pressure will not be as necessary. See the “Maintenance and do-it- WARNING indicated and the low tire pressure yourself” section of this manual.● If the light does not come on with the warning system will not function. Con- key switch turned ON, have the vehicle tact your NISSAN dealer as soon as Seat belt warning light and checked by a NISSAN dealer as soon as possible for tire replacement and/or chime possible. system resetting. The light and chime remind you to fasten your seat belts. The light illuminates whenever the ignition key is turned to the ON or START position and remains illuminated until the driver’s seat belt is fastened. At the same time, the chime sounds for about 7 seconds unless the driver’s seat belt is securely fastened.2-12 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 79. Refer to “Seat belts” in the “Safety—Seats, seat WARNING 4–wheel drive indicator lightbelts and supplemental air bags” section for pre- (if so equipped)cautions on seat belt usage. If the supplemental air bag warning light is on, it could mean that the supplemental This light comes on when the transfer shift con- Supplemental air bag warning front air bag, supplemental curtain side- trol lever is in the 4H or 4L position. light impact air bag systems (if so equipped) and/or pre-tensioner seat belt systems WARNINGWhen the ignition key is in the ON or START will not operate in an accident.position, the supplemental air bag warning light ● When parking always make sure theilluminates for about 7 seconds and then turns INDICATOR LIGHTS transfer control lever is in the 2H, 4H oroff. This means the system is operational. 4L position and the parking brake is Cruise main switch indicator applied.If any of the following conditions occur, the light (if so equipped)supplemental front air bag, supplemental curtain ● Failure to engage the transfer controlside-impact and pre-tensioner seat belt systems The light comes on when the cruise control main lever in 2H, 4H or 4L could result in the switch is pushed. The light goes out when the vehicle moving unexpectedly, whichneed servicing and your vehicle must be taken to could cause serious personal injury ora NISSAN dealer: main switch is pushed again. When the cruise property damage. main switch indicator light comes on, the cruise ● The supplemental air bag warning light re- control system is operational. High beam indicator light mains on after approximately 7 seconds. Cruise set switch indicator (Blue) ● The supplemental air bag warning light flashes intermittently. light (if so equipped) This blue light comes on when the headlight high The light comes on while the vehicle speed is beams are on and goes out when the low beams ● The supplemental air bag warning light does controlled by the cruise control system. If the light are selected. not come on at all. blinks while the engine is running, it may indicate The high beam indicator light also comes onUnless checked and repaired, the supplemental the cruise control system is not functioning prop- when the passing signal is activated.restraint system (air bag system) and/or the pre- erly. Have the system checked by a NISSANtensioner seat belts may not function properly. dealer.For additional details see “Supplemental restraintsystem” in the “Seats, restraints and supplemen-tal air bag systems” section of this manual. Instruments and controls 2-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 80. Malfunction indicator lamp do not need to have your vehicle towed to Overdrive off indicator light (MIL) the dealer. (automatic transmission mod- ● Malfunction indicator lamp blinking — An els only)If this indicator lamp comes on steady or blinkswhile the engine is running, it may indicate a engine misfire has been detected which may This light comes on when the overdrive functionpotential emission control malfunction. damage the emission control system. To re- is OFF. duce or avoid emission control system dam-The malfunction indicator lamp may also come on age: The automatic transmission overdrive function issteady if the fuel filler cap is loose or missing, or if controlled by the overdrive switch.the vehicle runs out of fuel. Check to make sure – do not drive at speeds above 45 MPH (72 km/h). See “Driving the vehicle” in the “Starting andthe fuel filler cap is installed and closed tightly, driving” section of this manual.and that the vehicle has at least 3 gallons of fuel – avoid hard acceleration or deceleration.in the fuel tank. Slip indicator light (if so – avoid steep uphill grades.After a few driving trips, the lamp should equipped)turn off if no other potential emission control – if possible, reduce the amount of cargo This indicator light will blink when the tractionsystem malfunction exists. being hauled or towed. control system is limiting wheel spin. SlipperyOperation The malfunction indicator lamp may stop blinking road conditions may exist if the slip indicator and come on steady. Have the vehicle inspected by blinks on. If this happens, adjust your drivingThe malfunction indicator lamp will come on in a NISSAN dealer. You do not need to have your accordingly.one of two ways: vehicle towed to the dealer. The slip indicator light also comes on when you ● Malfunction indicator lamp on steady — An CAUTION turn the ignition key to the ON position. The light emission control system malfunction has Continued vehicle operation without hav- will turn off after about 2 seconds if the system is been detected. Check the fuel filler cap. If ing the emission control system checked operational. If the light does not come on or go the fuel filler cap is loose or missing, tighten and repaired as necessary could lead to off, have the traction control system checked by a or install the cap and continue to drive the poor driveability, reduced fuel economy, NISSAN dealer. vehicle. The lamp should turn off after and possible damage to the emission con- a few driving trips. If the lamp does The system operates in all transmission shift lever trol system. not turn off after a few driving trips, have the positions, but the system can upshift the trans- mission only as high as the indicated shift lever vehicle inspected by a NISSAN dealer. You position.2-14 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 81. SECURITY SYSTEM (if so equipped) Turn signal/hazard indicator While the vehicle dynamic control system is op- lights erating, you might feel slight vibration or hear the system working when starting the vehicle or ac-The appropriate light flashes when the turn signal celerating, but this is normal.switch is activated. AUDIBLE REMINDERSBoth lights flash when the hazard switch is turnedon. Brake pad wear warning Vehicle dynamic control off The disc brake pads have audible wear warnings. indicator light (if so equipped) When a brake pad requires replacement, it makes a high pitched scraping sound when theThis indicator light comes on when the vehicle vehicle is in motion, whether or not the brakedynamic control off switch is pushed to OFF. This pedal is depressed. Have the brakes checked asindicates the vehicle dynamic control system is soon as possible if the warning sound is heard.not operating. LIC0372 Key reminder chimePush the vehicle dynamic control off switch again VEHICLE SECURITY SYSTEMor restart the engine and the system will operate A chime sounds if the driver’s door is openednormally. See “Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) while the key is left in the ignition switch. Remove The vehicle security system provides visual andsystem” in the “Starting and driving” section of the key and take it with you when leaving the audio alarm signals if parts of the vehicle arethis manual. vehicle. disturbed.The vehicle dynamic control light also comes on Light reminder chimewhen you turn the ignition key to the ON position. With the ignition switch in the OFF position, aThe light will turn off after about 2 seconds if the chime sounds when the driver’s door is opened ifsystem is operational. If the light stays on or the headlights or parking lights are on.comes on along with the SLIP indicator lightwhile you are driving, have the vehicle dynamic Turn the headlight control switch off before leav-control system checked by a NISSAN dealer. ing the vehicle. Instruments and controls 2-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 82. 3. Close the hood and all doors. Lock all doors. The doors can be locked with the key, power door lock switch or with the keyfob. Keyfob operation: ● Push the button on the keyfob. All doors lock. The hazard lights flash twice and the horn beeps once to indicate all doors are locked. ● When the button is pushed with all doors locked, the hazard lights flash twice and the horn beeps once as a re- minder that the doors are already locked. LIC0093 The horn may or may not beep once. Refer toSecurity indicator light “Silencing the horn beep feature” later in thisThe security indicator light shows the status of section.the vehicle security system. ● If a door is open and you pushThe light operates whenever the ignition switch is the button the doors lock but thein the LOCK, OFF, or ACC position. horn does not chirp and the hazard lights do not flash.The vehicle security system has four phases. Foreach phase the operation of the security indicator LIC0053light is different. How to arm the vehicle security sys- tem 1. Close all windows. (The system can be armed even if the windows are open.) 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch.2-16 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 83. 4. Confirm that the SECURITY indicator light Vehicle security system activation comes on. The SECURITY light stays on for about 30 seconds. The vehicle security sys- The vehicle security system will give the following tem is now pre-armed. After about 30 sec- alarm: onds the vehicle security system automati- ● The headlights blink and the horn sounds cally shifts into the armed phase. The intermittently. In addition, the starter motor SECURITY light begins to flash once every 3 does not operate. seconds. If, during the 30-second pre-arm time period, the door is unlocked by the key ● The alarm automatically turns off after about or the keyfob, or the ignition key is turned to 50 seconds. However, the alarm reactivates ACC or ON, the system will not arm. if the vehicle is tampered with again. The alarm can be shut off by unlocking a door● If the key is turned slowly when locking with the key, or by pressing the button the door, the system may not arm. Fur- on the keyfob. thermore, if the key is turned exces- sively to the unlock position, the sys- The alarm is activated by: WIC0325 tem may be disarmed when the key is ● opening a door without using the key or Silencing the horn beep feature removed. If the indicator light fails to keyfob (even if the door is unlocked by re- glow for 30 seconds, unlock the door If desired, the horn beep feature can be deacti- leasing the inside lock knob). once and lock it again. vated using the keyfob. ● opening the hood.● Even when the driver and/or passen- To deactivate: Press and hold both the gers are in the vehicle, the system will How to stop an activated alarm and buttons at the same time for at least arm with all doors and the hood closed 2 seconds. and locked and the ignition key in the The alarm stops only by unlocking a door with the OFF position. Turn the ignition key to key or by pressing the button on the key- The hazard lights will quickly flash 3 times to the ACC or ON to turn the security fob. confirm that the horn beep feature has been system off. The alarm does not stop if the ignition deactivated. switch is turned to ACC or ON. To activate: Press and hold both the and buttons at the same time for at least 2 seconds once more. Instruments and controls 2-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 84. WINDSHIELD WIPER AND WASHER SWITCHThe hazard lights will quickly flash once and thehorn will sound once to confirm that the hornbeep feature has been reactivated.Deactivating the horn feature does not silencethe horn if the alarm is triggered.If the system does not operate as describedabove, have it checked by a NISSAN dealer. WIC0640 WIC0639 Type A Type B SWITCH OPERATION Pull the lever toward you ᭺ to operate the 4 washer. The wiper will also operate several times. The windshield wiper and washer operates when the ignition switch is in the ON position. WARNING Push the lever down to operate the wiper at the In freezing temperatures the washer solu- following speed: tion may freeze on the windshield and obscure your vision which may lead to an ᭺ 1 Intermittent — intermittent operation can be accident. Warm the windshield with the adjusted by turning the knob toward ᭺ A defroster before you wash the windshield. (Slower) or ᭺ (Faster). B ᭺ 2 Low — continuous low speed operation CAUTION ᭺ 3 High — continuous high speed operation ● Do not operate the washer continu- ously for more than 30 seconds.2-18 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 85. REAR WINDOW WIPER AND WASHER SWITCH● 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.● Pre-mix washer fluid concentrates with water to the manufacturer’s recom- mended levels before pouring the fluid into the window washer reservoir tank. Do not use the window washer reservoir WIC0326 LIC0634 tank to mix the washer fluid concen- Type A Type B trate and water. The rear window wiper and washer operates ᭺ 1 Intermittent — intermittent operation (not ad- when the ignition switch is the ON position. justable) Type A ᭺ 2 Low — continuous low speed operation To operate the wiper, push the switch to ᭺ 3 Washer the side. You can also turn the switch counterclock- To operate the washer, push and hold the switch wise to the position ᭺ to operate the 3 down to the side. The wiper will cycle washer. The wiper will also operate several twice. times. Type B CAUTION Turn the switch clockwise from the OFF position ● Do not operate the washer continu- to operate the wiper. ously for more than 30 seconds. Instruments and controls 2-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 86. REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER HEADLIGHT AND TURN SIGNAL SWITCH SWITCH● Do not operate the washer if the reser- voir tank is empty. WARNINGIn freezing temperatures the washer solu-tion may freeze on the window and ob-scure your vision. Warm the rear windowwith the defroster before you wash therear window. WIC0327 WIC0242 Type A To defrost the rear window glass, start the engine and push the rear window defroster switch on. HEADLIGHT CONTROL SWITCH The rear window defroster indicator light on the Lighting switch comes on. Push the switch again to turn the defroster off. ᭺ 1 When turning the switch to the posi- tion, the front parking, tail, license plate and The 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 rear window, be careful not to scratch or dam- age the rear window defroster.2-20 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 09/08/03—cathy ੭
  • 87. 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- WIC0243 WIC0244 ning lights will remain on until the ignition switchType B Headlight beam select is turned off. ᭺ 1 To select the high beam function, push the WARNING lever forward. The high beam lights come on and the light illuminates. When the daytime running light system is active, tail lights on your vehicle are not ᭺ 2 Pull the lever back to select the low beam. on. It is necessary at dusk to turn on your ᭺ 3 Pulling and releasing the lever flashes the headlights. Failure to do so could cause an accident injuring yourself and others. headlight high beams on and off. Instruments and controls 2-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 09/08/03—cathy ੭
  • 88. WIC0328 WIC0245 WIC0247INSTRUMENT BRIGHTNESS TURN SIGNAL SWITCH FOG LIGHT SWITCH (if so equipped)CONTROL Turn signal To turn the front fog lights on, rotate the switch toThe instrument brightness control operates when the position.the headlight switch is in the or ᭺ 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. position. pleted, the turn signals cancel automatically.Turn the control to adjust the brightness of instru- The headlight switch must be in the posi-ment panel lights. Lane change signal 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 down to the point where the indicator light whenever the highbeam headlight function is se- begins to flash, but the lever does not latch. lected.2-22 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 89. HAZARD WARNING FLASHER HORNSWITCH WARNING ● When stalled or stopped on the road- way under emergency conditions, move the vehicle well off the road. ● Do not use the hazard warning flashers while moving on the highway unless unusual circumstances force you to drive so slowly that your vehicle might become a hazard to other traffic. ● Turn signals do not work when the haz- ard warning flasher lights are on. The flashers will operate with the ignition switch WIC0329 in any position. WIC0249Push the switch on to warn other drivers when Some state laws may prohibit the use of To sound the horn, push the center pad area ofyou must stop or park under emergency condi- the hazard warning flasher switch while the steering wheel.tions. All turn signal lights flash. driving. 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 2-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 90. VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL (VDC) POWER OUTLETOFF SWITCH (if so equipped) WIC0534 WIC0330 WIC0331The vehicle should be driven with the Vehicle Front ConsoleDynamic Control (VDC) system on for most driv- The power outlets are for powering electrical ● Do not use with accessories that ex-ing conditions. accessories such as cellular telephones. They ceed a 12 volt, 120W (10A) power draw.When the vehicle is stuck in mud or snow, the are rated at 12 volt, 120W (10A) maximum. Do not use double adapters or moreVDC system reduces the engine output to re- than one electrical accessory.duce wheel spin. The engine speed will be re- CAUTION ● Use this power outlet with the engineduced even if the accelerator is depressed to the ● The outlet and plug may be hot during running. (If the engine is stopped, thisfloor. If maximum engine power is needed to free or immediately after use. could result in a discharged battery.)a stuck vehicle, turn the VDC system off.To turn off the VDC system, push the VDC OFF ● This power outlet is not designed for ● Avoid using when the air conditioner,switch. The indicator will come on. use with a cigarette lighter unit. headlights or rear window defroster is on.Push the VDC OFF switch again or restart theengine and the system will operate normally. See“Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) system” in the“Starting and driving” section.2-24 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/21/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 91. WIC0332 WIC0429 LIC0430 Rear Rear cargo without subwoofer Rear cargo with subwoofer (if so equipped) (if so equipped)● 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 outlet. Instruments and controls 2-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 92. DUAL 12 VOLT POWER OUTLETS (if STORAGEso equipped) ● Use this power outlet with the engine running. (If the engine is stopped, this could result in a discharged battery.) ● Avoid using when the air conditioner, headlights or rear window defroster is on. LIC0598 WIC0334The dual 12 volt power outlets can be used to STORAGE COMPARTMENTpower optional add-on electrical devices. A storage compartment is located in the centerTo access the dual 12 volt power outlets, push in bottom of the instrument panel.the tab ᭺ and remove the cover ᭺. 1 2The outlets are rated at 12 volt, 240W (20A)maximum. CAUTION● Do not use with accessories that ex- ceed a 12 volt, 240W (20A) power draw. Do not use double adapters or more than one electrical accessory.2-26 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 93. LIC0635 LIC0636 LIC0371 Automatic transmission model Manual transmission model ROOF HEADLINER NET (if soSTORAGE TRAYS (if so equipped) equipped) The roof headliner net can be used to store paper or small, lightweight objects that do not have sharp edges. WARNING ● The cargo restrained by the roof head- liner net must not exceed 8 oz (230 g) or the net may not stay secured. Instruments and controls 2-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 94. ● Do not place sharp objects in the roof headliner net. Such objects may be- come dangerous projectiles and cause injury when the vehicle is moving or if the vehicle is involved in a collision. WIC0335 LIC0633 MAP POCKET Map pockets are located on the side and back of the passenger seat. They are also located on the driver and front passenger doors.The map pocket can be used to store maps.2-28 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 95. The front cup holders have a rubber insert that can be removed for cleaning and for using larger cups. To open the rear cup holder, pull out fully. To close, push the cup holder in fully. WIC0336 WIC0337 Front RearCUP HOLDERS ● Use only soft cups in the cup holder. Hard objects can injure you in an WARNING accident.The cup holder should not be used whiledriving so full attention may be given tovehicle operation. CAUTION● Avoid abrupt starting and braking when the cup holder is being used to prevent spilling the drink. If the liquid is hot, it can scald you or your passenger. Instruments and controls 2-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 09/08/03—cathy ੭
  • 96. CONSOLE BOX (if so equipped) WARNING The center console box should not be used while driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation. CAUTION ● This power outlet is not designed for use with a cigarette lighter unit. ● Do not use accessories that exceed 12 volt, 120W (10A) power draw. Do not use WIC0374 double adapters or more than one elec- WIC0339 trical accessory.GLOVE BOX Upper halfOpen the glove box by pulling the handle. When Pull up on the lever to open the upper half of thelocking ᭺ or unlocking ᭺ the glove box, use the 1 2 console box. The rubber mat may be removed formaster key. cleaning. The upper half of the console box may be used for WARNING storage of cellular phones. An access hole isKeep glove box lid closed while driving to provided at the bottom of the upper half of thehelp prevent injury in an accident or a console box for phone cord routing to the powersudden stop. socket. To route a phone cord to the power socket: 1. Open the upper half of the console box. 2. Remove the rubber mat, and then remove the cutout area from the mat.2-30 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 97. 3. Remove the access hole cover. LUGGAGE HOOKS4. Install the rubber mat. The tie down hooks can be used to secure cargo5. Route the phone cord through the access with ropes or other types of straps. hole and plug into the power socket. WARNING ● Properly secure all cargo with ropes or straps to help prevent it from sliding or shifting. Do not place cargo higher than the seatbacks. In a sudden stop or col- lision, unsecured cargo could cause personal injury. ● Use suitable ropes and hooks to secure WIC0340 cargo. Lower half ● Never allow anyone to ride in the lug- gage area. It is extremely dangerous to Pull up on the lever to open the lower half of the ride in a cargo area inside of a vehicle. console box. A power socket is located inside the In a collision, people riding in these console box and there is storage for compact areas are more likely to be seriously discs. injured or killed. ● Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts. ● Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a seat belt properly. Instruments and controls 2-31 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 98. WIC0341 WIC0342 WIC03751. Plastic hook TONNEAU COVER (if so equipped)2. Metal hook The tonneau cover keeps the luggage compart-Do not apply a total load of more than 33 ment contents hidden from the outside.lbs (15 kg) to a single plastic hook whensecuring cargo. WARNINGDo not apply a total load of more than 110lbs (50 kg) to a single metal hook when ● Never put anything on the tonneausecuring cargo. cover, no matter how small. Any object on it could cause an injury in an acci- dent or sudden stop. ● Do not leave the tonneau cover in the vehicle with it disengaged from the holder.2-32 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 99. ● Properly secure all cargo with ropes or straps to help prevent it from sliding or shifting. Do not place cargo higher than the seatbacks. In a sudden stop or col- lision, unsecured cargo could cause personal injury.● The child restraint top tether strap may be damaged by contact with the ton- neau cover or items in the cargo area. Remove the tonneau cover from the ve- hicle or secure it and any cargo. Your child could be seriously injured or killed in a collision if the top tether strap is damaged. WPD0162 1. Adjustable crossbar TUBULAR ROOF RACK WITH GEAR 2. Tubular roof rack BASKET 3. Removable gear basket Always evenly distribute the cargo on the tubular roof rack. The maximum total load is 125 lb (57 kg) evenly distributed, including gear basket. Be careful that your vehicle does not Instruments and controls 2-33 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/21/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 100. exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Getting the tubular roof rack Torxdriver(GVWR) or the Gross Axle Weight Ratings(GAWR front and rear). The GVWR and GAWR 1. Open the back door.are located on the Safety Compliance Certifica- 2. Roll back the cargo area carpet.tion Label (located on the driver’s side door jambpillar). For more information regarding GVWR 3. Remove the roof rack Torxdriver.and GAWR, refer to the “Technical and con-sumer information” section of this manual. WARNINGProperly secure all cargo with ropes orstraps to help prevent it from sliding orshifting. In a sudden stop or collision, un-secured cargo could cause personal WPD0163injury. 1. Tubular roof rack Torxdriver CAUTION 2. Wheel nut wrenchUse care when placing or removing items 3. Jack rodfrom the tubular roof rack or gear basket.If you cannot comfortably lift the itemsonto the tubular roof rack or gear basketfrom the ground, use a ladder or stool.2-34 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/21/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 101. b. When the clamp is loosened, move the cross- bars so the cargo can be positioned on the crossbars. c. Tighten the crossbar adjusting screws with the Torxdriver by turning clockwise. d. Secure the cargo with rope. e. Always check the tightness of the crossbar adjusting screws. To remove: a. Loosen the adjusting screws with the Torxdriver by turning counterclockwise. b. Rotate the clamps. c. Remove the crossbars. d. Reverse to install. e. Always check the tightness of the crossbar adjusting screws. If you hear wind noise coming from the roof rack while driving, adjust the roof rack crossbars to the AIC1146 most rearward position.Tubular roof rack crossbar adjustment To adjust:The front and rear crossbars can be adjusted a. Loosen the adjusting screws with theforward, backward, or be removed. Use the Torxdriver by turning counterclockwise.Torxdriver located in the tool kit to loosen bothcrossbar adjusting screws. Instruments and controls 2-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 102. WINDOWS To remove the gear basket: POWER WINDOWS (if so equipped) a. Unscrew the 4 hold down bolts by turning them counterclockwise. WARNING b. Lift up the rear of the basket. ● Make sure that all passengers have their hands, etc. inside the vehicle while c. Lift out the gear basket by moving it toward it is in motion and before closing the the rear of the vehicle. windows. Use the window lock switch to prevent unexpected use of the power windows. ● Do not leave children unattended inside the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- tivate switches or controls and become trapped in a window. Unattended chil- dren could become involved in serious accidents. APD1092The roof rack is equipped with a removable gearbasket. The maximum gear basket load is 30lb (13.6 kg) evenly distributed.2-36 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 103. is opened during this period of about 45 sec- onds, power to the windows is canceled. To open a window, push the switch and hold it down. To close a window, pull the switch up. To stop the opening or closing function at any time, simply release the switch. WIC0376 WIC03431. 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 driver’s side control panel is equipped withswitches to open or close all of the windows.The power windows operate when the ignitionswitch is in the ON position, or for about 45seconds after the ignition switch is turned to theOFF position. If the driver’s or passenger’s door Instruments and controls 2-37 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 104. WIC0344 WIC0345 WIC0263Rear power window switch Automatic operation MANUAL WINDOWSThe rear power window switches open or close To fully open the driver window, press the driver The side windows can be opened or closed byonly the corresponding window. To open the window switch down to the second detent and turning the hand crank on each door.window, push the switch and hold it down ᭺. To 1 release it; it need not be held. The window auto-close the window, push the switch up ᭺.2 matically opens all the way. To stop the window, 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.2-38 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 105. SUNROOF (if so equipped) ● Do not allow anyone to stand up or extend any portion of their body out of the sunroof opening while the vehicle is in motion or while the sunroof is closing. CAUTION ● Do not open sunroof when gear basket is in place. ● Always remove the gear basket before opening sunroof. The sunroof may be scratched if it is opened with the gear basket in place. WIC0346 WIC0347 For instructions to remove the gear Pull the handle forward to unlock ᭺, then pushMANUAL SUNROOF basket, refer to “Roof rack with gear 1 the handle up completely to lock the sunroofTilting the sunroof basket” in the “Pre-driving checks and closed ᭺.2 adjustments” section of this manual.Pull the handle down ᭺, then push the handle up 1 ● Remove water drops, snow, ice or sandto the fully tilted position ᭺. The sunroof can- 2 from the sunroof before opening.not be removed. ● Do not place heavy objects on the sun- WARNING roof or surrounding area.● In an accident you could be thrown from the vehicle through an open sunroof. Always use seat belts and child restraints. Instruments and controls 2-39 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 106. INTERIOR LIGHTS 2. Slide the shade backward to remove it. Installing the sun shade 1. Insert the 2 hooks on the front edge of sun shade into holders on the sunroof. 2. Align the 2 lock bolts on the rear edge of sun shade with the lock nuts. Turn each lock bolt clockwise to securely lock the sun shade in place. WIC0348 LIC0630REMOVING/INSTALLING The interior light has a three-position switch and operates regardless of ignition switch position. WARNINGDo not remove or install the sun shade When the switch is in the on position ᭺, the 1while driving so full attention may be interior light illuminates, regardless of door posi-given to vehicle operation. tion. The light will go off after about 30 minutes unless the ignition key is in the ACC or ONRemoving the sun shade position. 1. Turn each lock bolt counterclockwise while When the switch is in the normal operation posi- supporting the sun shade. tion ᭺, the interior light will stay on for about 30 2 seconds when: ● The doors are unlocked by the keyfob, the power door lock switch, or a key (when equipped with power door locks) while all2-40 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 107. MAP LIGHTS (if so equipped) doors are closed and the ignition switch is in When the switch is in the OFF position ᭺, the 3 the LOCK or OFF position. interior light will not illuminate, regardless of door position. ● The driver’s door is opened and then closed while the key is removed from the ignition The light will turn off automatically after 30 min- switch. utes while doors are open to prevent the battery from becoming discharged. ● The key is removed from the ignition switch while all doors are closed. CAUTIONThe light will turn off while the 30 second timer is Do not use for extended periods of timeactivated when: with the engine stopped. This could result ● The driver’s door is locked by the keyfob, the in a discharged battery. power door lock switch, or a key (when equipped with power door locks). WIC0350 ● The ignition switch is turned ON. To turn the map lights on, press the switches. To turn them off, press the switches again. CAUTION Do not use for extended periods of time with the engine stopped. This could result in a discharged battery. Instruments and controls 2-41 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 108. MEMO2-42 Instruments and controls
  • 109. 3 Pre-driving checks and adjustmentsKeys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Tubular step rail (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Fuel filler lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12 Locking with key. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Fuel filler cap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12 Locking with inside lock knob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Steering wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13 Locking with power door lock switch Tilt operation (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Sun visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14 Child safety rear door lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 Vanity mirror (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14Remote keyless entry system (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . 3-4 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14 How to use remote keyless entry system . . . . . . . . . . 3-5 Inside mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14 Battery replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8 Outside mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9 Outside mirror remote controlBack door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 110. KEYS 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. WPD0152 ● Do not leave children unattended inside WPD0153 the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- Driver’s side1. Two master keys (black) with chrome tivate switches or controls. Unattended NISSAN brand symbol on one side children could become involved in seri- LOCKING WITH KEY2. Key number plate ous accidents. ManualA key number plate is supplied with your keys.Record the key number and keep it in a safe place To lock either the driver or passenger side door,(such as your wallet), not in the vehicle. If you lose turn the key toward the front of the vehicle ᭺ . To 1your keys, see a NISSAN dealer for duplicates by unlock, turn it toward the rear ᭺.2using the key number. NISSAN does not recordkey numbers so it is very important to keep trackof your key number plate.A key number is only necessary when you havelost all keys and do not have 1 to duplicate from.If you still have a key, this key can be duplicatedby a NISSAN dealer or locksmith.3-2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 111. WPD0154 WPD0155 WPD0156 Driver’s side Inside lock Driver’s sidePower (if so equipped) LOCKING WITH INSIDE LOCK LOCKING WITH POWER DOORTurning the key toward the front ᭺ of the vehicle 1 KNOB LOCK SWITCH (if so equipped)locks all doors. To lock the door without the key, move the inside To lock all the doors without a key, push the doorTurning the key 1 time toward the rear ᭺ of the 2 lock knob to the lock position ᭺, then close the 1 lock switch (driver or front passenger side), to thevehicle unlocks that door. From that position, door. lock position ᭺, then close the door. When 1returning the key to neutral ᭺ (where the key can 3 To unlock the door without the key, move the locking the door this way, be certain not to leaveonly be removed and inserted) and turning it inside lock knob to the unlock position ᭺. 2 the key inside the vehicle.toward the rear again ᭺ within 5 seconds un- 4locks all doors. To unlock all the doors without a key, push the door lock switch (driver or front passenger side) to the unlock position ᭺. 2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/21/03—debbie ੭
  • 112. REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM (if so equipped)Lockout protection It is possible to lock/unlock all doors, turn the interior light on, and activate the panic alarm byWhen the power door lock switch (driver or front using the keyfob from outside the vehicle.passenger) is moved to the lock position with thekey in the ignition and any door open, all doors Be sure to remove the key from the vehiclewill lock and unlock automatically. This helps to before locking the doors.prevent the keys from being accidently locked The keyfob can operate at a distance of approxi-inside the vehicle. mately 33 ft (10 m) from the vehicle. The effective distance depends on 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 dealer. APD1078 The keyfob will not function when: CHILD SAFETY REAR DOOR LOCK ● the battery is discharged Child safety locks help prevent the rear doors from being opened accidentally, especially when ● the distance between the vehicle and the small children are in the vehicle. keyfob is over 33 ft (10 m) The child safety lock levers are located on the edge of the rear doors. When the lever is in the lock position, the door can be opened only from the outside.3-4 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 113. ● When the button is pushed with CAUTION all doors locked, the hazard lights flashListed below are conditions or occur- twice and the horn beeps once as a re-rences which will damage the keyfob: minder that the doors are already locked.● Do not allow the keyfob to become wet. The horn may or may not beep once. Refer to● Do not drop the keyfob. “Silencing the horn beep feature” later in this section for details.● Do not strike the keyfob sharply against another object. ● If a door is open and you push the button, the doors will lock● Do not place the keyfob for an extended but the horn will not beep and the hazard period in an area where temperatures lights will not flash. exceed 140°F (60°C). WPD0157 HOW TO USE REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM Locking doors 1. Close all windows. 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch. 3. Close the hood and all doors 4. Push the button on the keyfob. All the doors lock. The hazard lights flash twice and the horn beeps once to indicate all doors are locked. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 114. Push the button on the keyfob again with 5 seconds. ● All doors unlock. The interior lights can be turned off without wait- ing 30 seconds by inserting the key into the ignition and turning to the ON or START position, locking the doors with the keyfob or pushing the interior light switch to the OFF position. Auto relock When the button on the keyfob is pushed, all doors will lock automatically within 5 minutes unless one of the following operations is per- WPD0158 formed: WPD0159Unlocking doors ● Any door is opened. Using the panic alarmPush the button on the keyfob once. ● A key is inserted into the ignition switch and If you are near your vehicle and feel threatened, the key is turned from OFF to ON. you may activate the panic alarm to call attention ● Only the driver’s door unlocks. by pushing and holding the button on the ● The interior lights illuminate for 30 seconds keyfob for longer than 0.5 second. when the interior light switch is in the normal The panic alarm and headlights will stay on for operation position. about 30 seconds. The panic alarm stops when: ● it has run for about 30 seconds, or ● the or button is pushed on the keyfob.3-6 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 115. To activate: Press and hold the and buttons for at least 2 seconds once more. The hazard lights will flash once and the horn will sound once to confirm that the horn beep feature has been reactivated. Deactivating the horn beep feature does not si- lence the horn if the alarm is triggered. WIC0325Silencing the horn beep featureIf desired, the horn beep feature can be deacti-vated using the keyfob.To deactivate: Press and hold theand buttons for at least 2 seconds.The hazard lights will flash three times to confirmthat the horn beep feature has been deactivated. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 116. 5. Press the button, then the button two or three times to check the key- fob operation. If the battery is removed for any reason other than replacement, perform step 5. ● An improperly disposed battery can hurt the environment. Always confirm local regulations for battery disposal. ● 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 33 ft (10 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 WPD0160 FCC Rules and RSS-210 of Industry Canada.BATTERY REPLACEMENT ᭺ 3 Install a new battery with the “+” facing down. Operation is subject to the following twoReplace the battery in the keyfob as follows: conditions: (1) This device may not cause Recommended battery: Toshiba CR2025 or harmful interference, and (2) this device᭺1 Open the lid using a coin. equivalent. must accept any interference received, in-᭺2 Remove the battery. ᭺ 4 Close the lid securely. cluding interference that may cause undes- ired operation of the device.3-8 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 117. HOOD WPD0179 1. Pull the hood lock release handle ᭺ located A WARNING below the driver side instrument panel; the● Make sure the hood is completely hood springs up slightly. closed and latched before driving. Fail- ure to do so could cause the hood to fly 2. Lift the lever ᭺ at the front of the hood with B open and result in an accident. your fingertips and raise the hood.● If you see steam or smoke coming from 3. Remove the support rod from the clamp. the engine compartment, to avoid injury 4. Insert the support rod ᭺ into the slot in the C do not open the hood. front edge of the hood. 5. When closing the hood, return the support rod to its original position, lower the hood to approximately 12 inches above the latch and release it. This allows proper engagement of the hood latch. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 118. BACK DOOR WPD0161To unlock the back door, turn the key clockwise WARNING᭺. To open the back door, lift up on the door 1 ● Always be sure the back door has beenhandle ᭺ and lift the door up. To close, lower 2 closed securely to prevent it from open-and push the door down securely. To lock the ing while driving.back door, turn the key counterclockwise ᭺. 3 ● Do not drive with the back door open. This could allow dangerous exhaust gases to be drawn into the vehicle. See “Exhaust gas” in the “Starting and driv- ing” section of this manual.3-10 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 119. TUBULAR STEP RAIL (if so equipped) WPD01641. Tubular step rail2. Front passenger step3. Rear passenger stepThe tubular step rail has a front and rear step forassisting passengers getting into and out of thevehicle. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 120. FUEL FILLER LID ● Do not attempt to top off the fuel tank after the fuel pump nozzle shuts off automatically. Continued refueling may cause fuel overflow, resulting in fuel spray and possibly a fire. ● Use only an original equipment type fuel filler cap as a replacement. It has a built-in safety valve needed for proper 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. WPD0276 WPD0277 ● Never pour fuel into the throttle body toFUEL FILLER CAP attempt to start your vehicle. WARNING ● Do not fill a portable fuel container inThe fuel filler cap is a ratcheting type. Turn the ● Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vehicle or trailer. Static electricitycap counterclockwise to remove. To tighten, turn highly explosive under certain condi- can cause an explosion of flammablethe cap clockwise until ratcheting clicks are tions. You could be burned or seriously liquid, vapor or gas in any vehicle orheard. injured if it is misused or mishandled. trailer. To reduce the risk of serious Always stop the engine and do not injury or death when filling portable fuelPut the fuel filler cap in the cap holder while smoke or allow open flames or sparksrefueling. containers: near the vehicle when refueling. – Always place the container on the ● Fuel may be under pressure. Turn the ground when filling. cap a third of a turn, and wait for any “hissing” sound to stop to prevent fuel – Do not use electronic devices when from spraying out and possibly causing filling. personal injury. Then remove the cap.3-12 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 121. STEERING WHEEL – Keep the pump nozzle in contact ● For additional information, see the with the container while you are fill- “Malfunction indicator lamp (MIL)” in ing it. the “Instruments and Controls” section earlier in this manual. – Use only approved portable fuel con- tainers for flammable liquid. CAUTION● If fuel is spilled on the vehicle body, flush it away with water to avoid paint damage.● Tighten until the fuel filler cap clicks. Failure to tighten the fuel filler cap properly may cause the mal- WPD0167 function indicator lamp (MIL) to illumi- TILT OPERATION (if so equipped) nate. If the lamp illuminates be- cause the fuel filler cap is loose or Pull the lock lever down and adjust the steering missing, tighten or install the cap and wheel up or down to the desired position. continue to drive the vehicle. Push the lock lever up firmly to lock the steering The lamp should turn off after a wheel in place. few driving trips. If the lamp WARNING does not turn off after a few driving Do not adjust the steering wheel while trips, have the vehicle inspected by a driving. You could lose control of your NISSAN dealer. vehicle and cause an accident. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 122. SUN VISORS MIRRORS WPD0168 WPD0126 WPD0169VANITY MIRROR (if so equipped) INSIDE MIRROR Type AA vanity mirror is located on the rear side of the The night position ᭺ reduces glare from the 1 OUTSIDE MIRRORSpassenger sun visor. headlights of vehicles behind you at night. The outside mirrors can be moved in any direc- tion for a better rear view. Use the day position ᭺ when driving in daylight 2 hours. Type A: Adjust to the desired position by moving the entire mirror assembly. WARNING Type B: Adjust to the desired position by press- Use the night position only when neces- ing directly on the mirror surface. sary, because it reduces rear view clarity.3-14 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 123. WPD0170 WPD0056 WPD0274Type B Foldable outside mirrors OUTSIDE MIRROR REMOTE Push the mirrors backward to fold them. CONTROL (if so equipped) The outside mirror remote control only operates when the ignition switch is in the ACC or ON position. Rotate the control lever to select the right or left mirror. Adjust the mirror to the desired position by moving the control lever. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 124. WARNINGObjects viewed in the outside mirror onthe passenger side are closer than theyappear. Be careful when moving to theright. Using only this mirror could causean accident. Use the inside mirror orglance over your shoulder to properlyjudge distances to other objects.3-16 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 125. 4 Heater, air conditioner and audiosystemsVentilators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2 Audio operation precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11Heater and air conditioner (manual). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2 FM-AM radio with compact disc (CD) player Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-12 Heater operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4 FM-AM radio with compact disc (CD) Air conditioner operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 changer (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16 Air flow charts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 CD care and cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-27Servicing air conditioner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-9 Steering wheel switch for audio controlAudio system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-28 Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-28 FM radio reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 Car phone or CB radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29 AM radio reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 126. 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. WHA0223 ● Do not use the recirculation mode for long periods as it may cause the interiorAdjust air flow direction for the driver 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-semblies. ● Positioning of the heater and/or air 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 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 127. Air flow control dial Air recirculation button The air flow control dial allows you to select the NOTE: air flow outlets. — Air flows from center and side The air recirculation feature is available only on those vehicles equipped with air ventilators. conditioning. — Air flows from center and side ventilators and the front and rear ON position (Indicator light on): floor outlets. Interior air is recirculated inside the vehicle. — Air flows mainly from the front and Push the button to the on position when: rear floor outlets. ● driving on a dusty road. — Air flows from defroster outlets and the front and rear floor ● to prevent traffic fumes from entering pas- WHA0235 senger compartment. outlets.1. Fan control dial — Air flows mainly from defroster ● for maximum cooling when using the air con-2. Temperature control dial outlets. ditioner.3. Rear window defroster switch The air flow control dial also has intermediate OFF position (Indicator light off):4. Air flow control dial positions which allow the air flow to be distrib- Outside air is drawn into the passenger compart-5. Air conditioner button uted between 2 of the icon positions on the air ment and distributed through the selected outlet.6. Air recirculation button flow control dial. Use the off position for normal heater or air con-CONTROLS Temperature control dial ditioner operation.Fan control dial The temperature control dial allows you to adjust Air conditioner buttonThe fan control dial turns the fan on and off, and the temperature of the outlet air. The button is provided only on vehicles equippedcontrols fan speed. with an air conditioner. Start the engine, turn the fan control dial to the desired (1 to 4) position and push the button to turn on the air conditioner. The indicator Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 128. light comes on when the air conditioner is oper- 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- ● To quickly remove ice or fog from the win-ating. To turn off the air conditioner, push sired position between the middle and the dows, turn the fan control dial to 4 and thethe button again. hot position. temperature control lever to the full HOT position.The air conditioner cooling function oper- Ventilationates only when the engine is running. ● When the position is selected, the air This mode directs outside air to the side and conditioner automatically turns on (however,Rear window defroster switch center ventilators. the indicator light will not illuminate) if the outside temperature is more than 36°FFor more information about the rear window de- 1. Push the button to the off position. (2°C). The air conditioning system will con-froster switch, see “Rear window defroster tinue to operate until the fan control dial is 2. Turn the air flow control dial to theswitch” in the “Instruments and controls” section turned to OFF or the vehicle is shut off, even position.of this manual. if the air flow control dial is turned to a 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- position other than the position. ThisHEATER OPERATION tion. dehumidifies the air which helps defog theHeating 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- windshield. The mode automatically sired position. turns off, allowing outside air to be drawnThis mode is used to direct heated air to the foot into the passenger compartment to furtheroutlets. Some air also flows from the defrost Defrosting or defogging improve the defogging performance.outlets. This mode directs the air to the defrost outlets to Bi-level heating 1. Push the button to the off position for defrost/defog the windows. normal heating. The bi-level mode directs warmed air to the side 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the and center vents and to the front and rear floor 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the position. outlets. position. 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- 1. Push the button (if so equipped) to 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- tion. the off position. tion. 3. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the sired position between the middle and the position. hot position. 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- tion.4-4 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 129. 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- Operating tips ● For quick cooling when the outside tem- sired position. perature is high, push the button to Clear snow and ice from the wiper blades the on position (indicator light on). Be sureHeating and defogging and air inlet in front of the windshield. This to return the button to the off position improves heater operation. for normal cooling.This mode heats the interior and defogs the wind-shield. AIR CONDITIONER OPERATION Dehumidified heating 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the Start the engine, turn the fan control dial to the This mode is used to heat and dehumidify the air. position. desired (1 to 4) position, and push in the button to activate the air conditioner. When the 1. Push the button to the off position. 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- tion. air conditioner is on, cooling and dehumidifying 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the functions are added to the heater operation. position. 3. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- sired position between the middle and the The air conditioner cooling function oper- 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- hot position. ates only when the engine is running. tion. ● When the position is selected, the air Cooling 4. Push the button. The indicator light conditioner automatically turns on (however, This mode is used to cool and dehumidify the air. comes on. the indicator light will not illuminate) if the 1. Push the button to the off position. 5. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- outside temperature is more than 36°F sired position. (2°C). The air conditioning system will con- 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the tinue to operate until the fan control dial is position. Dehumidified defogging turned to OFF or the vehicle is shut off, even if the air flow control dial is turned to a 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- This mode is used to defog the windows and position other than the position. This tion. dehumidify the air. dehumidifies the air which helps defog the 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the 4. Push the button. The indicator light windshield. The mode (if so position. comes on. equipped) automatically turns off, allowing outside air to be drawn into the passenger 5. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- compartment to further improve the defog- sired position. tion. ging performance. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 130. 3. Push the button. The indicator light Operating tips AIR FLOW CHARTS comes on. ● Keep the windows and sunroof (if so The following charts show the button and dialWhen the , or positions in between equipped) closed while the air conditioner is positions for MAXIMUM AND QUICK heating,are selected, the air conditioner automatically in operation. cooling or defrosting. The air recirculationturns on (however, the indicator light will not button should always be in the OFF posi-illuminate) if the outside temperature is more than ● After parking in the sun, drive for 2 or 3 tion for heating and defrosting.36°F (2°C). The air conditioning system will con- minutes with the windows open to vent hottinue to operate until the fan control dial is turned air from the passenger compartment. Then,to OFF or the vehicle is shut off, even if the air flow close the windows. This allows the air con-control dial is turned to a position other than ditioner to cool the interior more quickly.the position. This dehumidifies the air ● The air conditioning system should bewhich helps defog the windshield. The operated for approximately 10 minutesmode automatically turns off, allowing outside air at least once a month. This helps pre-to be drawn into the passenger compartment to vent damage to the system due to lackfurther improve the defogging performance. of lubrication. 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- ● If the engine coolant temperature sired position. gauge indicates engine coolant tem- perature over the normal range, turn the air conditioner off. See “If your vehicle overheats” in the “In case of emergency” section of this manual.4-6 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 131. LHA0425 LHA0426 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
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  • 133. 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.LHA0429 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 134. 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 RECEPTION AM signals, because of their low frequency, canRadio reception is affected by station signalstrength, 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 the ionosphere and bent back to earth. Because ofences. Intermittent changes in reception quality nel) FM having slightly more range than stereo these characteristics, AM signals are also sub-normally are caused by these external influences. FM. External influences may sometimes interfere ject to interference as they travel from transmitter with FM station reception even if the FM station is to receiver.Using a cellular phone in or near the ve- within 25 miles (40 km). The strength of the FMhicle may influence radio reception quality. Fading: Occurs while the vehicle is passing signal is directly related to the distance betweenRadio reception the transmitter and receiver. FM signals follow a through freeway underpasses or in areas with line-of-sight path, exhibiting many of the same many tall buildings. It can also occur for severalYour NISSAN radio system is equipped with characteristics as light. For example they will seconds during ionospheric turbulence even instate-of-the-art electronic circuits to enhance ra- reflect off objects. areas where no obstacles exist.dio reception. These circuits are designed to Static: Caused by thunderstorms, electricalextend reception range, and to enhance the qual- Fade and drift: As your vehicle moves away from power lines, electric signs and even traffic lights.ity of that reception. a station transmitter, the signals will tend to fade and/or drift.However there are some general characteristicsof both FM and AM radio signals that can affect Static and flutter: During signal interference fromradio reception quality in a moving vehicle, even buildings, large hills or due to antenna positionwhen the finest equipment is used. These char- (usually in conjunction with increased distanceacteristics are completely normal in a given re- from the station transmitter) static or flutter canception area, and do not indicate any malfunction be heard. This can be reduced by adjusting thein your NISSAN radio system. treble control to reduce treble response.4-10 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 135. disc DIGITAL AUDIO” logo on the disc ● 3.1 in (8 cm) discs with an adapter or packaging. ● CDs that are not round ● During cold weather or rainy days, the ● CDs with a paper label player may malfunction due to the hu- midity. If this occurs, remove the CD ● CDs that are warped, scratched, or and dehumidify or ventilate the player have abnormal edges completely. ● The player may skip while driving on rough roads. ● The CD player sometimes cannot func- tion when the compartment tempera- ture is extremely high. Decrease the temperature before use. ● Do not expose the CD to direct sun- 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) ● Do not use the following CDs as they round discs that have the “COMPACT may cause the CD player to malfunc- tion: Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 136. 1. PRESET ABC button 2. Display 3. CD button 4. CD eject button 5. CD insert slot 6. MENU button 7. AUDIO button 8. Station select buttons 9. SEEK/TRACK button 10. PWR/VOL control knob 11. BAND select button FM-AM RADIO WITH COMPACT DISC (CD) PLAYER (if so equipped) PWR/VOL control knob Turn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position, then push the PWR/VOL control knob. If you listen to the radio with the engine not running, turn the key to the ACC position. The mode (radio or CD) that was playing immediately before the system was turned off resumes playing. When no CD is loaded, the radio comes on. Pushing the PWR/VOL control knob again turns the system off. Turn the PWR/VOL control knob to the right to increase volume or to the left to decrease volume. LHA01174-12 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 137. times for BAL (balance). Once the audio level is FM-AM radio operation set the display will return back to radio or CD display mode after 7 seconds or the AUDIO FM-AM band select button can be pressed again within 7 seconds to Push the button to change from AM to FM set the next audio level. Pressing the AUDIO reception. button a fifth time will return the display back to radio or CD display mode. The FM stereo indicator, ST, illuminates during FM stereo reception. When the stereo broadcast Fader adjusts the sound level between the front signal is weak, the radio automatically changes and rear speakers, balance adjusts the sound from stereo to monaural reception. level between the right and left speakers. SEEK/manual/SCAN Clock set tuning 1. Press and hold the MENU button until it When the button is pushed while the radio beeps (longer than 2 seconds). is playing, tuning mode is cycled between: 2. The hours will start flashing. Press SEEK tuning → manual tuning → SCAN mode SEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust the hours. “TUNE” and “SCAN” are shown in the display for each mode. No icon is displayed for SEEK mode. 3. Press the MENU button until the radio beeps to switch to the minute adjustment. WARNING 4. The minutes will start flashing. Press The radio should not be tuned while driv- LHA0118 SEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust the min- ing so full attention may be given to ve-Adjusting tone quality and speaker balance utes. hicle operation.To adjust the audio levels for bass, treble, fader, 5. Press the MENU button again to exit the SEEK tuningand balance, push the AUDIO button and adjust clock set mode. Push the SEEK/TRACK tuning button (the level with the SEEK/TRACK button. Press the The display will return to the regular clock display or ) for less than 1.5 seconds. SEEK tuningAUDIO button once for BASS (bass), twice for after 7 seconds, or you may press the MENU begins from low to high frequencies or high toTREB (treble), 3 times for FAD (fader) and 4 button again to return to the regular clock display. low frequencies, depending on which button is Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 138. pressed, and stops at the next broadcasting sta- Press the PRESET ABC button to change be-tion. If using the button, once the highest tween the presets:broadcasting station is reached, the radio contin-ues in the SEEK mode at the lowest broadcasting A→B→Cstation. If using the button, once the lowest The radio displays icon A, B or C to indicatebroadcasting station is reached, the radio contin- which set of presets is active.ues in the SEEK mode at the highest broadcast-ing station. To store a radio station in a preset:Manual tuning 1. Select the desired preset by pressing PRE- SET ABC.Use the and buttons for manualtuning. To move quickly through the channels, 2. Tune to the desired station.hold either of the tuning buttons down. 3. Press the desired station select button forSCAN tuning more than 3 seconds. For example, in the illustrations, ch2 is to be memorized. ThePush and hold the SEEK/TRACK tuning button radio mutes when the select button is( or ) for more than 1.5 seconds. pushed.SCAN illuminates in the display window, and the 4. When the indicator illuminates in the displayradio station blinks. SCAN tuning begins from and the sound resumes, memorizing is com-low to high frequencies or high to low frequen- plete.cies, depending on which button is pressed.SCAN tuning stops at each broadcasting station 5. Other station select buttons can be set infor 5 seconds. When scanning, SCAN is solid the same manner. LHA0119and the radio station blinks. When temporarily Station memory operations If the battery cable is disconnected, or if the radiostopped on a station, SCAN blinks and the sta- fuse opens, the radio memory is canceled. In thattion display is solid. Pushing the button again Each preset mode (A, B or C) has 6 presets, case, reset the desired stations.during this 5 second period stops SCAN tuning capable of storing any combination of AM and FMand the radio remains tuned to that station. Compact disc (CD) player operation stations. Turn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position, and carefully insert the compact disc into the slot4-14 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 139. with the label side up. The compact disc is auto- When the button is pushed and released, the Blank (no symbol): All selections are playedmatically pulled into the slot and starts to play. selection being played returns to the beginning. repeatedly in sequence. Push the button several times to skip backIf the radio is already operating, it automatically When a new compact disc is inserted, the several selections. Each time the button isturns off and the compact disc begins to play. play pattern automatically changes to ALL. pushed, the CD moves back 1 selection. CD EJECT button CAUTION If the play pattern is in MIX mode when the or button is pushed the next selection will be When the button is pushed with a com-Do not force a compact disc into the CD chosen at random. pact disc loaded, the compact disc ejects.insert slot. This could damage the CDand/or CD changer/player. FF (Fast Forward)/REV (Reverse) When the button is pushed while the compact disc is playing, the compact disc ejects CD button When the or button is pushed and held and the system turns off. while the compact disc is playing, the compactWhen the CD button is pushed with a compact disc plays at an increased speed while fast for- DISC indicator lightdisc loaded and the radio playing, the radio turns warding or rewinding. When the button is re-off and the compact disc starts to play. leased, the compact disc returns to normal play This light comes on when a compact disc speed. is loaded into the player. Track up/down, FF/REV (rewind) buttons MENUTrack up/down When the button is pushed while the com-When the button is pushed and released pact disc is playing, the play pattern changes aswhile the compact disc is playing, the selection follows:following the present one starts to play from the RPT: The current selection is repeated.beginning. Push the button several times toskip several selections. Each time the button is MIX: Selections are played at random, not fol-pushed, the CD advances 1 additional selection. lowing the sequence on the compact disc. TheThe number appears in the display window. same program may be repeated twice. If the(When the last selection on the compact disc is button is pushed in the MIX mode, selections willskipped, the first selection is played.) be chosen at random. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 140. 1. Disc loading button 2. SEEK/TRACK button 3. CD select button 4. Band select buttons 5. CD insert slot 6. CD eject button 7. Radio manual tuning buttons 8. RPT MIX/PTY button 9. CLOCK button 10. AUDIO button 11. TRAVEL PRESET button 12. Station select buttons 13. RDS button 14. SCAN button 15. PRESET SCAN button 16. PWR/VOL control knob 17. PRESET ABC button FM-AM RADIO WITH COMPACT DISC (CD) CHANGER (if so equipped) PWR/VOL control knob Turn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position, then push the PWR/VOL control knob. If you listen to the radio with the engine not running, turn the key to the ACC position. The mode (radio or CD) that was playing immediately before the WHA0134 system was turned off resumes playing.4-16 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 141. When no CD is loaded, the radio comes on.Pushing the PWR/VOL control knob again turnsthe system off.Turn the PWR/VOL control knob to the right toincrease volume or to the left to decrease volume. WHA0065 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 142. Adjusting tone quality and speaker balance 5. Press the CLOCK button again to exit the SEEK tuning clock set mode.Press the AUDIO button to enter the audio adjust Push SEEK/TRACK tuning button ( or ).mode: The display will return to the regular clock display SEEK tuning begins from low to high frequencies after 7 seconds, or you may press the CLOCK or high to low frequencies, depending on whichBass→Mid→Treb→Fade→Bal button again to return to the regular clock display. button is pressed, and stops at the next broad-Press the TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) or casting station. If using the up button, once theSEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust to the de- FM-AM radio operation highest broadcasting station is reached, the ra-sired levels. The display will return to the regular FM-AM band select dio continues in the SEEK mode at the lowestradio display after 7 seconds, or you may press broadcasting station. If using the down button,the AUDIO button again to return to the regular Push the AM or the FM button to change from AM to FM reception. once the lowest broadcasting station is reached,radio display. the radio continues in the SEEK mode at theClock operation The FM stereo indicator, ST, illuminates during highest broadcasting station. FM stereo reception. When the stereo broadcastPressing the CLOCK button displays the clock signal is weak, the radio automatically changes SCAN tuningwith the radio on or off. Press the CLOCK button from stereo to monaural reception. Push the SCAN button. SCAN illuminates in theagain to turn off the clock display. display window. SCAN tuning begins from low to TUNE/FF—REVClock set high frequencies. SCAN tuning stops for 5 sec- onds at each broadcasting station that has suffi- 1. Press and hold the CLOCK button until it WARNING cient signal strength. When scanning, SCAN beeps (>2 seconds). The radio should not be tuned while driv- blinks in the display. Pushing the SCAN button 2. The hours will start flashing. Press ing so full attention may be given to ve- again during this 5 second period stops SCAN TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) or hicle operation. tuning and the radio remains tuned to that station. SEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust the Use the and buttons for manual hours. tuning. To move quickly through the channels, 3. Press the CLOCK button to switch to the hold the tuning buttons down. minute adjustment. 4. Press TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) or SEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust the min- utes.4-18 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 143. 3. When the indicator illuminates in the station selection button, a beep will sound indicat- ing memorization is complete. For FM sta- tions, the indicator will turn green. For AM stations, the indicator will turn amber. 4. Other station select buttons can be set in the same manner. If the battery cable is disconnected, or if the radio fuse opens, the radio memory is canceled. In that case, reset the desired stations. LHA0081Station memory operation — Travel Presetis OFFEach preset mode (A, B or C) has 6 presets,capable of storing any combination of AM, FMand FM RDS stations.Press the PRESET ABC button to change be-tween the presets: WHA0064A→B→C To store a radio station in a preset:The radio displays icon A, B or C to indicate 1. Tune to the desired station.which set of presets is active. 2. Press the desired station select button (>2 seconds). For example, in the illustrations ch3 is to be memorized. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 144. 4. If the radio cannot find any stations, the radio displays “NO STATION” and mutes the au- dio. 5. If the radio cannot fill all the presets, the remaining presets are stored with 87.9 for FM and 600 for AM. The TUNE, SCAN, SEEK and preset memory functions are available while Travel Preset mode is on. Canceling travel preset Press the TRAVEL PRESET button (<1.5 sec- onds) to clear the Travel Preset memory. This LHA0082 turns off the green indicator. The radio returns toTurning ON travel preset the last used preset of A, B or C in the permanent preset memory. 1. Press the TRAVEL PRESET button (<1.5 seconds). The green TRAVEL PRESET but- ton indicator turns on. 2. The radio selects the strongest stations in the area and stores them in Travel Presets A, B and C. 12 FM stations and 6 AM stations are the default settings. To change the de- fault settings, see “Editing Travel Preset” later in this section. 3. When finished storing radio stations, the radio tunes to the first stored preset of Travel Preset A. LHA00844-20 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 145. Editing travel preset Storing Travel Preset stations in permanent memory 1. Press and hold the TRAVEL PRESET button (>3 seconds) until the radio beeps to start 1. While in Travel Preset mode, press and hold the editing mode. The green Travel Preset the TRAVEL PRESET button until it beeps indicator will flash while in TRAVEL PRESET (>3 seconds). EDIT mode. 2. The presets are transferred from Travel Pre- 2. The radio displays “TRAVEL EDIT” for 2 set memory to the permanent preset seconds and then changes to “SET A-*” . memory for A, B, and C. “PRESETS LOADED” is displayed. 3. Press TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) to select a mode. 3. The TRAVEL PRESET indicator turns off. 4. Press the TRAVEL PRESET button to save the mode. LHA0085 5. Display is changed to “SET B-*” , repeat steps 3 and 4. Preset scan 6. Display is changed to “SET C-*” , repeat Pressing the PRESET SCAN button (<1.5 sec- step 3. onds) scans the permanent preset memory that is selected (A, B or C) from 1–6 for 5 seconds. If 7. Press the TRAVEL PRESET button to exit the Travel Preset is ON, the travel preset that is the edit mode and return to normal mode. selected (A, B or C) from 1–6 is scanned for 5*: AM, FM, FM RDS, Rock, Classic Rock, Soft seconds.Rock, Top 40, Country, Jazz, Classical, Oldies,News, Sports, Talk. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 146. stations on the FM band (not AM band) encoded The display changes to “SHOW” for the second within a regular radio broadcast. Currently, most part of the RDS mode selection. Press TUNE/FF- RDS stations are in large cities, but many stations REV ( or ) to switch between the are now considering broadcasting RDS data. following RDS display modes: RDS can display: ● “FM & RDS”: the radio display will show the station’s broadcast frequency and the sta- ● Station call sign, such as “WHFR 98.3”. tion’s name. ● Station name, such as “The Groove”. ● “RDS ONLY”: the radio display will show the ● Music or programming type, such as “Clas- station’s name only. sical”, “Country”, or “Rock”. ● “RDS TEMP”: the radio display will show the ● Traffic reports about delays or construction. station’s name for 5 seconds and then dis- If the station broadcasts RDS information the play only the radio station’s broadcast fre- LHA0086 RDS icon is displayed. The RDS information will quency.All preset scan be displayed according to the option chosen in PTY (program type) the RDS setup mode. (FM & RDS is the default.)Pressing the PRESET SCAN button (>1.5 sec- Press the RDS button again to display the fre- PTY can be used to search for a certain programonds) scans all the permanent preset memory quency for 3 seconds. The radio will then return type. Certain areas have a limited number ofbanks (A, B or C) from 1–6 for 5 seconds. If the to the normal display. If the station does not stations that transmit RDS. Many stations trans-Travel Preset is ON, all the travel preset memory broadcast RDS information, the RDS icon will not mit call letters and frequencies only. Searching orbanks (A, B or C) from 1–6 are scanned for 5 be displayed. scanning by program type may yield a limitedseconds. Setting RDS mode number of selections.Canceling preset scan mode Press and RDS button (>3 seconds) until the 1. Press the PTY button. The display changesPressing any button except CLOCK, EJECT and display shows “RDS SET MODE” . This display from “RDS PTY SEARCH” to “SELECTPTY cancels the Preset Scan mode. will last 2 seconds and then change to BY TUNE” .RDS (radio data system) “TRAFFIC-OFF” . Press TUNE/FF-REV ( 2. Press TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) or ) to toggle the RDS traffic mode from up/down button to choose a specific pro-RDS stands for Radio Data System, and is a data “OFF” to “ON”. Press the RDS button again toinformation service transmitted by some radio set your RDS traffic mode selection. gram type:4-22 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 147. ROCK, CLASSIC ROCK, SOFT ROCK, 4. The CD will play after the disc is set to a play TOP 40, COUNTRY, JAZZ, CLASSICAL, position. OLDIES, NEWS, SPORTS, TALK, ANY 5. The indicator changes from blinking green 3. Press the SEEK or SCAN button to search to solid green and the display changes to for the next station with the selected PTY. show the Disc number icon, Disc number, The SCAN icon flashes when the SCAN Track number and Elapsed time. button is pressed. The radio continues to seek or scan until a radio station is found All disc loading matching the selected PTY 1. Press and hold the LOAD button until the 4. Press the PTY button again to cancel the radio beeps (>1.5 seconds). PTY SEEK mode. 2. The green indicator on the lowest availableCompact disc (CD) player operation disc select button will start blinking. (Same as preset memory button.) The displayTurn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position. LHA0075 shows “Please Wait”. CD loading CAUTION 3. The display changes to “Insert Disc” for a Press the LOAD button to start CD loading maximum of 15 seconds.● Do not force a compact disc into the CD mode. insert slot. This could damage the CD 4. During the 15 second interval, insert the and/or CD changer/player. The following sequence will occur: disc. The display changes to “Loading● Trying to load a CD with the CD door 1. The green indicator on the lowest available Disc”. closed could damage the CD and/or CD disc select button will start blinking. (Same 5. The indicator changes from blinking green changer. as preset memory button.) The display to solid green. shows “Please Wait” . CD button 6. The disc number icon is turned on. 2. The display changes to “Insert Disc” for aWhen the CD button is pressed with a compact maximum of 15 seconds.disc loaded and the radio playing, the radio turnsoff and the last used compact disc starts to play. 3. During the 15 second interval, insert the disc. The display changes to “Loading Disc” . Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 148. 7. Repeat steps 2–5 until all discs are loaded, 4. The indicator changes from blinking green then the last loaded disc will begin to play. to solid green and the display shows the The display shows the Disc number, Track Disc number, Track number and Elapsed number and Elapsed Time. Time.Selected disc loading FF (fast forward) REW (rewind) buttons 1. Press an available disc select button whose indicator is off. The display shows “Please When the TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) but- Wait”. ton is pressed while the compact disc is playing, the compact disc plays at an increased speed 2. The green indicator starts blinking and the while fast forwarding or rewinding. When the display shows “Insert Disc” for 15 sec- button is released, the CD returns to normal play onds. speed. 3. Insert the CD. The display shows “Loading SEEK/TRACK buttons Disc”. LHA0076 4. The CD will play after the disc is set to a play Selected disc play When is pressed while the compact disc is position. playing, the selection following the present one 1. Press the disc select button whose disc icon starts to play from the beginning. Press sev- 5. The indicator color changes from blinking is displayed. eral times to skip several selections. Each time the green to solid green and the display button is pressed, the CD advances 1 additional shows the Disc icon, Disc number, Track 2. The indicator blinks green during the selection. The track number appears in the display number and Elapsed Time. change and the display shows “Changing window. (When the last selection on the compact Disc” .If a disc is not inserted within 15 seconds or if the disc is skipped, the first selection is played.)load button is pressed during load sequence, the 3. The CD plays after the disc is set to a play When is pressed, the selection being playedentire disc load sequence will be canceled. position. returns to the beginning. Press several timesDisc play to skip back several selections. Each time the button is pressed, the CD moves back 1 selec-Press the CD button. If a CD is loaded and the tion. If the play pattern is in MIX mode when theradio is playing, the radio turns off and the last button is pressed the next random selection willloaded disc starts to play. be played.4-24 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 149. Mix Press the RPT MIX button (<1.5 seconds) again to start shuffle play of the current disc. The “MIX” icon is turned on and the display shows “Mix Tracks” for 2 seconds. The display then shows the Track number and Elapsed time as normal. All mix Press the RPT MIX button (<1.5 seconds) again to start shuffle play of all discs. The “MIX” icon is turned on, and the display shows “Mix All Tracks” for 2 seconds. The display then shows the Track number and Elapsed time as normal. Also, the indicators of the loaded discs are turned LHA0077 LHA0078 on with amber color. (Green for current disc.) Repeat/Mix CD scan Normal playPress the RPT MIX button to change CD play 1 Disc All Tracks Press the RPT MIX button (<1.5 seconds) againpatterns: Press the SCAN button (<1.5 seconds) to scan to return to normal play mode. The “MIX” icon andRepeat→Mix→All Mix→Normal Play the amber LEDs are turned off. The display all tracks of the current disc for 7 seconds per shows “Normal Play” for 2 seconds. The dis- track. The display shows “Disc Scan” for 2Repeat play then shows the Track number and Elapsed seconds, and then shows the track number andPress the RPT MIX button (<1.5 seconds) once time as normal. elapsed time as normal. The SCAN icon isto repeat the current track. The “1” icon is turned flashed during Scan mode.on, and the display shows “Repeat Track” for 2 The Scan mode is canceled once it scansseconds. The display then shows the Track num- through all tracks on the disc, or if the SCANber and Elapsed time as normal. button is pressed during Scan mode. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 150. All Discs, 1 Track Select a discPress and hold the SCAN button (>1.5 seconds) 1. Press the desired disc, then pressto scan the first track of all the loaded discs for 7 the button.seconds per track. The display shows “All Disc 2. The green indicator starts blinking and theScan” for 2 seconds, and then shows the track display shows “Disc Eject” for 2 seconds.number and elapsed time as normal. The SCAN The display then changes to “Ejectingicon is flashed during Scan mode. Disc” .The Scan mode is canceled once it scans 3. The disc ejects. Remove the disc. (If the discthrough all the loaded discs, or if the SCAN is not removed within 15 seconds, the discbutton is pressed during Scan mode. will reload.) 4. The indicator and symbol for the disc are turned off. LHA0079 Eject CD Current disc 1. Press the button. 2. The green indicator starts to blink and the display shows “Disc Eject” for 2 seconds. The display then changes to “Ejecting Disc” . 3. The disc ejects. Remove the disc. (If the disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc will reload.) 4. The indicator and symbol for the disc are turned off.4-26 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 151. 2. Lowest used disc number indicator blinks green and display shows “All Disc Eject” for 2 seconds. The display then changes to “Ejecting Disc” . 3. When a disc is removed, the indicator and disc icon will be turned off, and then the next disc will emerge, and so on. 4. The display will be turned off after all discs are ejected and removed. If a disc is not removed within 15 seconds, or if the button is pressed again during the Eject sequence, the entire disc Eject sequence will be canceled. LHA0049 CD CARE AND CLEANING ● Handle a CD by its edges. Do not bend the disc. Never touch the surface of the disc. ● Always place the discs in the storage case when they are not being used. ● To clean a disc, wipe the surface from the center LHA0080 to the outer edge using a clean, soft cloth. Do not wipe the disc using a circular motion.All discs ● Do not use a conventional record cleaner or 1. Press and hold the button until it alcohol intended for industrial use. beeps (>1.5 seconds). ● A new disc may be rough on the inner and outer edges. Remove the rough edges by rubbing the inner and outer edges with the side of a pen or pencil as illustrated. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 152. A→B→C→CD Mode ANTENNA The last CD that was loaded starts to play when The antenna cannot be shortened, but can be in CD Mode. If there is no CD loaded, the CD removed. When you need to remove the antenna, changer enters Disc Loading Mode. turn the antenna rod counterclockwise. If in Radio presets A, B or C: To install the antenna rod, turn the antenna clock- ● Press or (<1.5 seconds) to wise. Tighten the antenna rod to specification advance to the next preset station or to using a suitable tool such as an open-end return to the previous preset station. wrench. The antenna rod tightening specification is 2.0 - 2.6 N·m (18 - 23 in-lb). Do not use pliers ● Hold down or (>1.5 sec- to tighten the antenna as they can leave marks on onds). The radio will seek up or down to the the antenna surface. The antenna rod cannot be next radio station. hand tightened to the proper specification. If in CD Mode: WHA0234 CAUTION1. SEEK up button ● Press or (<1.5 seconds) to advance to the next selection on the CD or Always properly tighten the antenna rod2. Mode button during installation or the antenna rod may return to the previous selection on the CD.3. SEEK down button break during vehicle operation.4. Volume control button ● Hold down or (>1.5 seconds) to advance to the next CD or return to theSTEERING WHEEL SWITCH FOR previous CD.AUDIO CONTROL (if so equipped) Volume control is located on the side of the audioThe steering wheel switch for audio controls is control switch. Press the top of the volume con-mounted on the left side of the steering wheel. trol to increase volume. Press the bottom of thePress the MODE button to turn the radio on or, if volume control to decrease volume.the radio is already on, to switch between theRadio presets (A, B or C) and CD Mode.4-28 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 153. CAR PHONE OR CB RADIOWhen installing a CB, ham radio or car phone in CAUTIONyour NISSAN, be sure to observe the followingcautions, otherwise the new equipment may ad- ● Keep the antenna as far away as pos-versely affect the MFI (Multiport Fuel Injection) sible from the Engine Control Modulesystem and other electronic parts. (ECM). ● Keep the antenna wire more than 8 in WARNING (20 cm) away from the Multiport Fuel● A cellular telephone should not be used Injection harness. Do not route the an- while driving so full attention may be tenna wire next to any harness. given to vehicle operation. Some juris- ● Adjust the antenna standing-wave ratio dictions prohibit the use of cellular tele- as recommended by the manufacturer. phones while driving. ● Connect the ground wire from the CB● If you must make a call while your ve- radio chassis to the body. hicle is in motion, the hands free cellu- lar phone operational mode (if so ● For details, consult a NISSAN dealer. equipped) is highly recommended. Ex- ercise extreme caution at all times so full attention may be given to 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. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
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  • 155. 5 Starting and drivingPrecautions when starting and driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Break-in schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18 Exhaust gas (carbon monoxide) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Increasing fuel economy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18 Three-way catalyst. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Using four wheel drive (4WD). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19 Low tire pressure warning system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Transfer case shifting procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19 On-pavement and off-road driving Auto-lock free-running hubs. . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20 precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 Parking/parking on hills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22 Avoiding collision and rollover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 Power steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-23 Drinking alcohol/drugs and driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 Brake system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-23 Driving safety precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 Brake precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-23Ignition switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Anti-lock brake system (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-24 Automatic transmission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) system Manual transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-25 Key positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8 Cold weather driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-27Before starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9Starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9 Freeing a frozen door lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-27Driving the vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10 Anti-freeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-27 Automatic transmission (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . 5-10 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-27 Manual transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 Draining of coolant water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-27Parking brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16 Tire equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-27Cruise control (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16 Special winter equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-28 Precautions on cruise control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16 Driving on snow or ice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-28 Cruise control operations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17 Engine block heater (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-28 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 156. PRECAUTIONS WHEN STARTINGAND DRIVING WARNING ● If you suspect that exhaust fumes are ● The exhaust system and body should be entering the vehicle, drive with all win- inspected by a qualified mechanic● Do not leave children, impaired adults, dows fully open, and have the vehicle whenever: or pets alone in your vehicle. They could inspected immediately. accidentally injure themselves or oth- a. The vehicle is raised for service. ers through inadvertent operation of ● Do not run the engine in closed spaces b. You suspect that exhaust fumes are the vehicle. Also, on hot, sunny days, such as a garage. entering into the passenger temperatures in a closed vehicle could ● Do not park the vehicle with the engine compartment. quickly become high enough to cause running for any extended length of time. severe or possibly fatal injuries to c. You notice a change in the sound of people or animals. ● Keep the back door and rear windows the exhaust system. closed while driving, otherwise exhaust● Properly secure all cargo with ropes or d. You have had an accident involving gases could be drawn into the passen- straps to help prevent it from sliding or damage to the exhaust system, un- ger compartment. If you must drive with shifting. Do not place cargo higher than derbody, or rear of the vehicle. the back door or rear windows open, the seatbacks. In a sudden stop or col- follow these precautions: lision, unsecured cargo could cause personal injury. 1. Open all the windows. THREE-WAY CATALYST 2. Set the air recirculation but- The three-way catalyst is an emission controlEXHAUST GAS (carbon monoxide) ton (if so equipped) to off and the fan device installed in the exhaust system. Exhaust control dial to 4 (high) to circulate gases in the three-way catalyst are burned at WARNING the air. high temperatures to help reduce pollutants.● Do not breathe exhaust gases; they ● If electrical wiring or other cable con- contain colorless and odorless carbon nections must pass to a trailer through WARNING monoxide. Carbon monoxide is danger- the seal on the back door or the body, ● The exhaust gas and the exhaust sys- ous. It can cause unconsciousness or follow the manufacturer’s recommen- tem are very hot. Keep people, animals death. dation to prevent carbon monoxide en- or flammable materials away from the try into the vehicle. exhaust system components.5-2 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 157. ● Do not stop or park the vehicle over LOW TIRE PRESSURE WARNING tire pressure warning light comes on and the flammable materials such as dry grass, SYSTEM chime sounds for about 10 seconds. waste paper or rags. They may ignite For additional information regarding the above and cause a fire. The low tire pressure warning system monitors tire pressure of all tires (except the spare tire). warning, see “Warning/indicator lights and au- dible reminders” in the “Instruments and con- CAUTION The low tire pressure warning system will activate trols” section. only when the vehicle is driven at speeds above● Do not use leaded gasoline. Deposits 20 MPH (32 km/h). Also, this system may not WARNING from leaded gasoline will seriously re- detect a sudden drop in tire pressure (for ex- duce the three-way catalyst’s ability to ● If the low tire pressure warning light ample a flat tire while driving). help reduce exhaust pollutants. flashes while driving, avoid sudden Tire pressure rises and falls depending on the steering maneuvers or abrupt braking,● Keep your engine tuned up. Malfunc- heat caused by the vehicle’s operation and the reduce vehicle speed, pull off the road tions in the ignition, fuel injection, or outside temperature. Low outside temperature to a safe location and stop the vehicle electrical systems can cause overrich can lower the temperature of the air inside the tire as soon as possible. Serious vehicle fuel flow into the three-way catalyst, which can cause a lower tire inflation pressure. damage could occur and may lead to an causing it to overheat. Do not keep driv- This may cause the low tire pressure warning accident and could result in serious ing if the engine misfires, or if notice- light to illuminate. personal injury. Check the tire pressure able loss of performance or other un- usual operating conditions are If the warning light illuminates in low ambient for all four tires. Adjust the tire pressure detected. Have the vehicle inspected temperature as described above, check the tire to the recommended COLD tire pres- promptly by a NISSAN dealer. pressure for all four tires. Adjust the tire pressure sure shown on the tire placard to turn to the recommended COLD tire pressure shown the low tire pressure warning light OFF.● Avoid driving with an extremely low fuel If you have a flat tire, replace it with a level. Running out of fuel could cause on the tire placard to turn the low tire pressure warning light OFF. spare tire as soon as possible. (See the engine to misfire, damaging the “Flat tire” in the “In case of emergency” three-way catalyst. Frequently check the tire pressure and adjust section for changing a flat tire.)● Do not race the engine while warming it pressure of each tire properly. up. Low tire pressure warning● Do not push or tow your vehicle to start If the vehicle is being driven with very low tire the engine. pressure (lower than 28 psi, 193 kPa), the low Starting and driving 5-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/21/03—debbie ੭
  • 158. ● When a spare tire is mounted or a wheel Operation is subject to the following two AVOIDING COLLISION AND is replaced, tire pressure will not be conditions: (1) This device may not cause ROLLOVER indicated and the low tire pressure harmful interface, and (2) this device must warning system will not function. Con- accept any interference received, including WARNING tact your NISSAN dealer as soon as interference that may cause undesired op- possible for tire replacement and/or eration of the device. Failure to operate this vehicle in a safe system resetting. and prudent manner may result in loss of ON-PAVEMENT AND OFF-ROAD control or an accident.● Do not inject any tire liquid or aerosol DRIVING PRECAUTIONS tire sealant into the tires, as this may Be alert and drive defensively at all times. Obey cause a malfunction of the tire pressure Utility vehicles have a significantly higher all traffic regulations. Avoid excessive speed, sensors. rollover rate than other types of vehicles. high speed cornering, or sudden steering ma- neuvers, because these driving practices could They have higher ground clearance than passenger cause you to lose control of your vehicle. As with CAUTION cars to make them capable of performing in a variety any vehicle, loss of control could result in aDo not place metalized film or any metal of on-pavement and off-road applications. This collision with other vehicles or objects, orparts (antenna, etc.) on the windows. This gives them a higher center of gravity than ordinary cause the vehicle to roll over, particularly ifmay cause poor reception of the signals cars. An advantage of higher ground clearance is a the loss of control causes the vehicle tofrom the tire pressure sensors, and the better view of the road, allowing you to anticipate slide sideways. Be attentive at all times, andlow tire pressure warning system will not problems. However, they are not designed for cor- avoid driving when tired. Never drive when underfunction properly. nering at the same speeds as conventional two- the influence of alcohol or drugs (including pre-FCC Notice: wheel drive vehicles any more than low-slung scription or over-the-counter drugs which may sports cars are designed to perform satisfactorily cause drowsiness). Always wear your seat beltChanges or modifications not expressly ap- under off-road conditions. If at all possible, avoid as outlined in the “Safety – Seats, seat belts andproved by the manufacturer compliance sharp turns at high speeds. As with other vehicles of supplemental air bags” section of this manual,could void the user’s authority to operate this type, failure to operate this vehicle correctly and also instruct your passengers to do so.the equipment. may result in loss of control or vehicle rollover. In a Seat belts help reduce the risk of injury in colli- rollover crash, an unbelted person is significantlyThis device complies with Part 15 of the sions and rollovers. In a rollover crash, an more likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt.FCC Rules and RSS-210 of Industry unbelted or improperly belted person isCanada. Be sure to read the driving safety precautions significantly more likely to be injured or later in this section. killed than a person wearing a seat belt.5-4 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/21/03—debbie ੭
  • 159. DRINKING ALCOHOL/DRUGS AND DRIVING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ● Many hills are too steep for any vehicle.DRIVING Your NISSAN is designed for both normal and If you drive up them, you may stall. If you drive down them, you may not be off-road use. However, avoid driving in deep wa- WARNING able to control your speed. If you drive ter or mud as your NISSAN is mainly designed for across them, you may roll over.Never drive under the influence of alcohol leisure use, unlike a conventional off-road ve-or drugs. Alcohol in the bloodstream re- hicle. ● Do not shift gears while driving onduces coordination, delays reaction time downhill grades as this could causeand impairs judgement. Driving after Remember that two-wheel drive models are less loss of control of the vehicle.drinking alcohol increases the likelihood capable than four-wheel drive models for rough road driving and extrication when stuck in deep ● Stay alert when driving to the top of aof being involved in an accident injuring hill. At the top there could be a drop-offyourself and others. Additionally, if you snow or mud, or the like. or other hazard that could cause anare injured in an accident, alcohol can Please observe the following precautions: accident.increase the severity of the injury. ● If your engine stalls or you cannot makeNISSAN is committed to safe driving. However, WARNING it to the top of a steep hill, never at-you must choose not to drive under the influence ● Drive carefully when off the road and tempt to turn around. Your vehicleof alcohol. Every year thousands of people are avoid dangerous areas. Every person could tip or roll over. Always backinjured or killed in alcohol-related accidents. Al- who drives or rides in this vehicle straight down in R (Reverse) gear. Neverthough the local laws vary on what is considered should be seated with their seat belt back down in N (Neutral) or with theto be legally intoxicated, the fact is that alcohol fastened. This will keep you and your clutch depressed (manual transmissionaffects all people differently and most people passengers in position when driving vehicles), using only the brake, as thisunderestimate the effects of alcohol. over rough terrain. could cause loss of control.Remember, drinking and driving don’t mix! And ● Do not drive across steep slopes. In- ● Heavy braking going down a hill couldthat is true for drugs, too (over-the-counter, pre- stead drive either straight up or straight cause your brakes to overheat and fade,scription, and illegal drugs). Don’t drive if your down the slopes. Off-road vehicles can resulting in loss of control and an acci-ability to operate your vehicle is impaired by alco- tip over sideways much more easily dent. Apply brakes lightly and use a lowhol, drugs, or some other physical condition. than they can forward or backward. gear to control your speed. Starting and driving 5-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 160. ● Unsecured cargo can be thrown around ● Lower your speed when encountering ● Be sure to check the brakes immedi- when driving over rough terrain. Prop- strong crosswinds. With a higher center ately after driving in mud or water. See erly secure all cargo so it will not be of gravity, your NISSAN is more af- “Brake system” later in this section for thrown forward and cause injury to you fected by strong side winds. Slower “Wet brakes”. or your passengers. speeds ensure better vehicle control. ● Avoid parking your vehicle on steep● To avoid raising the center of gravity ● Do not drive beyond the performance hills. If you get out of the vehicle and it excessively, do not exceed the rated capablity of the tires, even with 4WD rolls forward, backward or sideways, capactiy of the roof rack/gear bin (if so engaged. you could be injured. equipped) and evenly distribute the ● Accelerating quickly, sharp steering ● Whenever you drive off-road through load. Secure heavy loads in the cargo maneuvers or sudden braking may sand, mud or water as deep as the area as far forward and as low as pos- cause loss of control. wheel hub, more frequent maintenance sible. Do not equip the vehicle with tires may be required. See “Periodic mainte- larger than specified in this manual. ● If at all possible, avoid sharp turning nance” in the “NISSAN Service and This could cause your vehicle to roll maneuvers, particularly at high speeds. Maintenance Guide.” over. Your NISSAN four-wheel drive vehicle has a higher center of gravity than a● Do not grip the inside or spokes of the two-wheel drive vehicle. The vehicle is steering wheel when driving off-road. not designed for cornering at the same The steering wheel could move sud- speeds as conventional two-wheel denly and injure your hands. Instead drive vehicles. Failure to operate this drive with your fingers and thumbs on vehicle correctly could result in loss of the outside of the rim. control and/or a rollover accident.● Before operating the vehicle, ensure ● Always use tires of the same type, size, that the driver and all passengers have brand, construction (bias, bias-belted, their seat belts fastened. or radial), and tread pattern on all four● Always drive with the floor mats in wheels. Install tire chains on the rear place as the floor may become hot. wheels when driving on slippery roads and drive carefully.5-6 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 161. IGNITION SWITCH If the key cannot be turned to the LOCK position, There is an OFF position between the proceed as follows to remove the key. LOCK and ACC positions. The OFF position is indicated by a “1” on the key cylinder. 1. Move the shift selector lever into the P (Park) When the ignition is in the OFF position, position. the steering wheel is not locked. 2. Turn the ignition key slightly toward the ON In order for the steering wheel to be locked, it position. must be turned about 1/8 of a turn clockwise 3. Turn the key to the LOCK position. from the straight up position. 4. Remove the key. To lock the steering wheel, turn the key to the LOCK position. Remove the key. To The shift selector lever is designed so it cannot unlock the steering wheel, insert the key moved out of P (Park) and into any of the other and turn it gently while rotating the steer- gear positions if the ignition key is turned to OFF ing wheel slightly right and left. position or if the key is removed from the switch. WSD0041 The shift selector lever can be moved if the WARNINGAUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION ignition switch is in the ACC position. This Never remove or turn the key to the LOCKOn automatic transmission models, the ignition allows the vehicle to be moved if the bat- position while driving. The steering wheellock is designed so the key cannot be turned to tery is discharged. The shift selector lever will lock. This may cause the driver to loseLOCK position and removed until the shift selec- can also be moved if the ignition switch is control of the vehicle and could result intor lever is moved to the P (Park) position. in the ON position and the foot brake pedal serious vehicle damage or personal injury. is depressed.When removing the key from the ignition, makesure the shift selector lever is in the P (Park)position. Starting and driving 5-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 162. To lock the steering wheel, turn the key to START: (4) the LOCK position. Remove the key. To This position starts the engine. As soon as the unlock the steering wheel, insert the key engine has started, release the key. It automati- and turn it gently while rotating the steer- cally returns to the ON position. ing wheel slightly right and left. WARNING Never remove or turn the key to the LOCK position while driving. The steering wheel will lock. This may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and could result in serious vehicle damage or personal injury. KEY POSITIONS WSD0052 LOCK: Normal parking position (0)MANUAL TRANSMISSION OFF: (Manual transmission model) (1)The ignition switch includes a device that helpsprevent accidental removal of the key while driv- The engine can be turned off without locking the steering wheel.ing. ACC: (Accessories) (2)The key can only be removed when the ignitionswitch is in the LOCK position. This position activates electrical accessories such as the radio when the engine is not running.On manual transmission models, to turn the igni-tion key to LOCK position from ACC or ON ON: Normal operating position (3)position, turn the key to OFF, push the key in, then This position turns on the ignition system and theturn the key to LOCK. electrical accessories.In order for the steering wheel to be locked, itmust be turned about 1/8 of a turn clockwisefrom the straight up position.5-8 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 163. BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE STARTING THE ENGINE● Make sure the area around the vehicle is 1. Apply the parking brake. 3. Crank the engine with your foot off the clear. accelerator pedal by turning the ignition 2. Automatic transmission:● Check fluid levels such as engine oil, cool- key to START. Release the key when the Move the shift selector lever to P (Park) or N engine starts. If the engine starts, but fails to ant, brake and clutch fluid, and window (Neutral). P (Park) is recommended. run, repeat the above procedure. washer fluid as frequently as possible, or at least whenever you refuel. The shift selector lever cannot be ● If the engine is very hard to start in ex- moved out of P (Park) and into any of tremely cold weather or when restarting,● Check that all windows and lights are clean. the other gear positions if the ignition depress the accelerator pedal a little (ap-● Visually inspect tires for their appearance key is turned to the OFF position or if proximately 1/3 to the floor) and hold it and condition. Also check tires for proper the key is removed from the ignition and then crank the engine. Release the inflation. switch. key and the accelerator pedal when the● Lock all doors. The starter is designed not to operate if engine starts. the shift selector lever is in any of the● Position seat and adjust head restraints. ● If the engine is very hard to start because driving positions.● Adjust inside and outside mirrors. it is flooded, depress the accelerator Manual transmission: pedal all the way to the floor and hold it.● Fasten seat belts and ask all passengers to Crank the engine for 5-6 seconds. After Move the shift lever to N (Neutral). Depress do likewise. cranking the engine, release the accel- the clutch pedal to the floor while cranking● Check the operation of warning lights when the engine. erator pedal. Crank the engine with your the key is turned to the ON (3) position. See foot off the accelerator pedal by turn- The starter is designed not to operate ing the ignition key to START. Release the “Warning/indicator lights and audible re- unless the clutch pedal is fully de- key when the engine starts. If the engine minders” in the “Instruments and controls” pressed. section of this manual. starts, but fails to run, repeat the above procedure. Starting and driving 5-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 164. DRIVING THE VEHICLE CAUTION AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (if so CAUTION equipped)Do not operate the starter for more than ● When stopping the vehicle on an uphill15 seconds at a time. If the engine does grade, do not hold the vehicle by de-not start, turn the key off and wait 10 WARNING pressing the accelerator pedal. The footseconds before cranking again, otherwise ● Do not depress the accelerator pedal brake should be used for this purpose.the starter could be damaged. while shifting from P (Park) or N (Neu- ● On slippery roads, do not downshift. tral) to R (Reverse), D (Drive), 2 or 1. This may cause a loss of control. 4. Allow the engine to idle for at least 30 sec- Always depress the brake pedal until onds after starting. Do not race the engine shifting is completed. Failure to do so The automatic transmission in your vehicle is while warming it up. Drive at moderate could cause you to lose control and electronically controlled to produce maximum speed for a short distance first, especially in have an accident. power and smooth operation. cold weather. ● Cold engine idle speed is high, so use The recommended operating procedures for this In cold weather, keep the engine running for caution when shifting into a forward or transmission are shown on the following pages. a minimum of 2–3 minutes before shutting it reverse gear before the engine has Follow these procedures for maximum vehicle off. Starting and stopping the engine over a warmed up. performance and driving enjoyment. short period of time may make the vehicle more difficult to start. ● Never shift to P (Park) or R (Reverse) Starting the vehicle while the vehicle is moving. This could cause an accident. 1. After starting the engine, fully depress the foot brake pedal before attempting to move the shift selector lever out of the P (Park) position.5-10 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 165. 2. Keep the foot brake pedal depressed and WARNING move the shift selector lever into a driving gear. Apply the parking brake if the selector lever is in any position while the engine is 3. Release the foot brake, then gradually start not running. Failure to do so could cause the vehicle in motion. the vehicle to move unexpectedly or rollThe automatic transmission is designed so away and result in serious personal injurythe foot brake pedal MUST be depressed or property damage.before shifting from P (Park) to any driveposition while the ignition switch is in the P (Park):ON position. Use this selector position when the vehicle isThe shift selector lever cannot be moved parked or when starting the engine. Make sureout of P (Park) and into any of the other the vehicle is completely stopped. The brakegear positions if the ignition key is turned pedal must be depressed and the selectorto the LOCK position or if the key is re- WSD0061 lever button pushed in to move the selectormoved. To move the selector lever: lever from the N (Neutral) or any drive po- sition to P (Park). Apply the parking brake.The shift selector lever can be moved if the : Depress the button to shift When parking on a hill, apply the parking brakeignition switch is in the ACC position. Thisallows the vehicle to be moved if the bat- : Shift without pushing button first, then shift the selector lever into the P (Park)tery is discharged. The shift selector lever position. Shiftingcan also be moved if the ignition switch is Shifting from P (Park)in the ON position and the foot brake pedal After starting the engine, fully depress the brakeis depressed. pedal and shift the selector lever from P (Park) to If the ignition switch is in the ON position and the R (Reverse), N (Neutral) or D (Drive). foot brake pedal is depressed, but the shift se- lector lever still cannot be moved out of P (Park), Push the shift selector lever button to shift into P follow these instructions. (Park), R (Reverse) or from D (Drive) to 2. All other positions can be selected without pushing 1. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK position. the button. 2. Apply the parking brake. Starting and driving 5-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 166. 3. Reinsert the key and turn it to the ACC N (Neutral): position. Neither forward nor reverse gear is engaged. The 4. Depress the foot brake pedal and move the engine can be started in this position. You may shift selector lever to N (Neutral). shift to N (Neutral) and restart a stalled engine while the vehicle is moving. 5. Start the engine. D (Drive):These instructions for starting the vehicle in N(Neutral) should only be used until service can be Use this position for all normal forward driving.obtained at a NISSAN dealership. 2 (Second gear):R (Reverse): Use this position for hill climbing or engine brak- ing on downhill grades. CAUTION Do not shift into the 2 position at speeds aboveUse this position only when the vehicle is 60 MPH (96 km/h). Do not exceed 60 MPH (96completely stopped. km/h) in the 2 position.Use this position to back up. Make sure the 1 (Low gear):vehicle is completely stopped before selecting R(Reverse) position. The brake pedal must be Use this position when climbing steep hills slowlydepressed and the selector lever button or driving slowing through deep snow, sand orpushed in to move the selector lever from P mud, or for maximum engine braking on steep(Park), N (Neutral) or any drive position to R downhill grades.(Reverse). Do not shift into the 1 position at speeds above 31 MPH (50 km/h). Do not exceed 31 MPH (50 km/h) in the 1 position. WSD00625-12 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 167. Shift lock release 6. Turn the key to the ON position to unlock the steering wheel. Now the vehicle may beIf the battery is discharged, the shift selector lever moved to the desired location.may not be moved from the P (Park) position evenwith the brake pedal depressed and the shift If the shift selector lever cannot be moved out ofselector lever button pushed. P (Park), have a NISSAN dealer check the auto- matic transmission system as soon as possible.To move the shift selector lever, release the shiftlock and push the shift selector lever button. The Accelerator downshiftshift selector lever can be moved to N (Neutral). — in D position —However, the steering wheel will be locked un-less the ignition switch is turned to the ON posi- For passing or hill climbing, depress the accel-tion. erator pedal to the floor. This shifts the transmis- sion down into a lower gear, depending on theTo release the shift lock, complete the following vehicle speed.procedure: WSD0063 1. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK position Overdrive switch and remove the key. Each time your vehicle is started, the transmis- 2. Apply the parking brake. sion is automatically “reset” to overdrive ON. 3. Remove the shift lock cover ᭺. A ON: With the engine running and the 4. Insert a small screwdriver in the shift lock shift selector lever in the D (Drive) slot, and push down ᭺. B position, the transmission upshifts 5. Push the shift selector lever button ᭺ and C into Overdrive as vehicle speed move the shift selector lever to N (Neutral) increases. position ᭺ while holding down the shift D Overdrive does not engage until the engine lock. has reached operating temperature. Starting and driving 5-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 168. OFF: For driving up and down long CAUTION slopes where engine braking is nec- essary push the Overdrive switch ● Do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving. This may cause clutch once. The O/D OFF indicator light damage. in the instrument panel comes on at this time. ● Fully depress the clutch pedal before shifting to help prevent transmissionWhen cruising at a low speed or climbing a damage.gentle slope, you may feel uncomfortable shiftshocks as the transmission shifts into and out of ● Stop your vehicle completely beforeOverdrive repeatedly. In this case, depress the shifting into R (Reverse).Overdrive switch to turn the Overdrive off. The ● When the vehicle is stopped with theO/D OFF indicator light in the instrument panel engine running (for example, at a stopcomes on at this time. light), shift to N (Neutral) and release the clutch pedal with the foot brake WSD0064When driving conditions change, depress the applied.Overdrive switch to turn the Overdrive on. ShiftingRemember not to drive at high speeds for ex- To change gears, or when upshifting or down-tended periods of time with the Overdrive off. shifting, depress the clutch pedal fully, shift intoThis reduces fuel economy. the appropriate gear, then release the clutch slowly and smoothly.MANUAL TRANSMISSION To ensure smooth gear changes, fully depress the clutch pedal before operating the shift lever. If WARNING the clutch pedal is not fully depressed before the● Do not downshift abruptly on slippery transmission is shifted, a gear noise may be roads. This may cause a loss of control. heard. Transmission damage could occur.● Do not over-rev the engine when shift- Start the vehicle in 1st gear and shift to 2nd, 3rd ing to a lower gear. This may cause a and 4th up to 5th gear in sequence according to loss of control or engine damage. vehicle speed.5-14 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 169. You cannot shift directly from 5th gear into R ● 4–wheel drive model (4L position): Allowable maximum speed in each gear:(Reverse). First shift into N (Neutral), then into R GEAR CHANGE MPH (km/h) 2–wheel drive models(Reverse). 1st to 2nd 8 (13) GEAR CHANGE MPH (km/h)If it is difficult to move the shift lever into R 2nd to 3rd 12 (19)(Reverse) or 1 (First), shift into N (Neutral), then 1st 30 (48)release the clutch pedal. Depress the clutch 3rd to 4th 20 (32) 2nd 55 (88)pedal again and shift into R (Reverse) or 1 (First). 4th to 5th 22 (35) 3rd 80 (129)If your vehicle is equipped with 4-wheel drive, see Suggested maximum speed in each 4th —“Transfer case shifting procedures” later in thissection. gear 5th — Downshift to a lower gear if the engine is not 4–wheel drive modelsSuggested upshift speeds running smoothly, or if you need to accelerate.The following are suggested vehicle speeds for 2H/4H position Do not exceed the maximum suggested speedshifting into a higher gear. These suggestions (shown below) in any gear. For level road driving, GEAR CHANGE MPH (km/h)relate to fuel economy and vehicle performance. use the highest gear suggested for that speed. 1st 25 (40)Actual upshift speeds will vary according to road Always observe posted speed limits, and driveconditions, the weather and individual driving 2nd 43 (69) according to the road conditions, which will en-habits. sure safe operation. Do not over-rev the engine 3rd 68 (109) ● Two-wheel drive models and four-wheel when shifting to a lower gear as it may cause 4th — drive models (2H and 4H position): engine damage or loss of vehicle control. 5th — GEAR CHANGE MPH (km/h) 4L position 1st to 2nd 15 (24) GEAR CHANGE MPH (km/h) 2nd to 3rd 25 (40) 1st 12 (19) 3rd to 4th 40 (64) 2nd 22 (35) 4th to 5th 45 (72) 3rd 30 (48) 4th — 5th — Starting and driving 5-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 09/08/03—debbie ੭
  • 170. PARKING BRAKE CRUISE CONTROL (if so equipped) WARNING● 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. WSD0065 WSD0066 To engage: Firmly depress the parking brake ᭺. A 1. Cruise control main switch To release: 2. RES/ACCEL switch 3. CANCEL switch 1. Firmly apply the foot brake. 4. COAST/SET switch 2. Manual transmission models: PRECAUTIONS ON CRUISE Place the shift lever in the N (Neutral) posi- tion. CONTROL Automatic transmission models: ● If the cruise control system malfunctions, it Move the shift selector lever to the P (Park) cancels automatically. The SET indicator position. light in the instrument panel then blinks to warn the driver. 3. Pull out the parking brake release lever ᭺. B ● If the SET indicator light blinks, turn the 4. Before driving, be sure the brake warning cruise control main switch off and have the light goes out. system checked by a NISSAN dealer.5-16 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 171. ● The SET indicator light may blink when the ● The vehicle may not maintain the set speed CAUTION cruise control main switch is turned ON when going up or down steep hills. If this while pushing the RES/ACCEL, On manual transmission models, do not happens, drive without the cruise control. COAST/SET, or CANCEL switch (located shift into N (Neutral) without depressing the clutch pedal when the cruise control is To cancel the preset speed, use one of the on the steering wheel). To properly set the following three methods. cruise control system, use the following pro- set. Should this occur, depress the clutch cedures. pedal and turn the main switch off imme- ● Push the CANCEL button; the SET indicator diately. Failure to do so may cause engine light in the instrument panel goes out. damage. WARNING ● Tap the brake pedal; the SET indicator lightDo not use the cruise control when driving CRUISE CONTROL OPERATIONS goes out.under the following conditions: The cruise control allows driving at a speed be- ● Turn the main switch off. Both the CRUISE● When it is not possible to keep the tween 25 - 90 MPH (40 - 144 km/h) without indicator light and SET indicator light in the vehicle at a set speed. keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. instrument panel go out.● In heavy traffic or in traffic that varies in To turn on the cruise control, push the main The cruise control is automatically canceled and speed. switch. The CRUISE indicator light in the instru- the SET light in the instrument panel goes out if: ment panel comes on. ● you depress the brake or clutch pedal while● On winding or hilly roads. To set cruising speed, accelerate the vehicle to pushing the RES/ACCEL or COAST/SET● On slippery roads (rain, snow, ice, etc.). switch. The preset speed is deleted from the desired speed, push the COAST/SET switch● In very windy areas. and release it. The SET indicator light in the memory.Doing so could cause a loss of vehicle instrument panel comes on. Take your foot off the ● the vehicle slows down more than 8 MPHcontrol and result in an accident. accelerator pedal. Your vehicle maintains the set (13 km/h) below the set speed. speed. ● you depress the clutch pedal (manual trans- ● To pass another vehicle, depress the ac- mission), or move the shift selector lever to N celerator pedal. When you release the (Neutral) (automatic transmission). pedal, the vehicle returns to the previously set speed. Starting and driving 5-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 172. BREAK-IN SCHEDULE INCREASING FUEL ECONOMYTo reset at a faster cruising speed, use one ● Accelerate slowly and smoothly. Maintain CAUTION cruising speeds with a constant acceleratorof the following three methods. During the first 1,200 miles (2,000 km), position. ● Depress the accelerator pedal. When the follow these recommendations to obtain ● Drive at moderate speeds on the highway. vehicle attains the desired speed, push and maximum engine performance and en- Driving at high speed lowers fuel economy. release the COAST/SET switch. sure the future reliability and economy of ● Avoid unnecessary stopping and braking. ● Push and hold the RES/ACCEL switch. your new vehicle. Failure to follow these Maintain a safe distance behind other ve- When the vehicle attains the speed you de- recommendations may result in short- hicles. sire, release the switch. ened engine life and reduced engine ● Use a proper gear range which suits road performance. conditions. On level roads, shift into high ● Push and release the RES/ACCEL switch. gear as soon as possible. Each time you do this, the set speed in- ● Avoid driving for long periods at constant ● Avoid unnecessary engine idling. creases by about 1 MPH (1.6 km/h). speed, either fast or slow, and do not run the engine over 4,000 rpm. ● Keep your engine tuned up.To reset at a slower cruising speed, use oneof the following three methods. ● Do not accelerate at full throttle in any gear. ● Follow the recommended periodic mainte- nance schedule. ● Lightly tap the brake pedal. When the ve- ● Avoid quick starts. ● Keep the tires inflated to the correct pres- hicle attains the desired speed, push the sure. Low tire pressure increases tire wear ● Avoid hard braking as much as possible. COAST/SET switch and release it. and lowers fuel economy. ● Do not tow a trailer for the first 500 miles ● Keep the front wheels in correct alignment. ● Push and hold the COAST/SET switch. Re- (800 km). Improper alignment increases tire wear and lease the switch when the vehicle slows to lowers fuel economy. the desired speed. ● Air conditioner operation lowers fuel ● Push and release the COAST/SET switch. economy. Use the air conditioner only when Each time you do this, the set speed de- necessary. creases by about 1 MPH (1.6 km/h). ● When cruising at highway speeds, it is more economical to use the air conditioner andTo resume the preset speed, push and re- leave the windows closed to reduce drag.lease the RES/ACCEL switch. The vehicle re-turns to the last set cruising speed when the ● Use 4H or 4L position only when necessary. Four-wheel drive operation low-vehicle speed is over 25 MPH (40 km/h). ers fuel economy.5-18 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/21/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 173. USING FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (4WD) ● Do not leave the transfer control lever in 4H — (4WD, high range) Four wheels are driven. the N (Neutral) position. Otherwise, the Use when driving on roads where it is difficult to vehicle could roll unexpectedly even if drive in the 2H position (for example, driving at the manual transmission is in any gear normal speeds on snow covered, icy, wet, muddy or the automatic transmission is in the or sandy roads). P (Park) position. If the ATP light is on, The 4H position provides greater power and this indicates that the automatic trans- traction. Avoid excessive speed as it will cause mission P position will not function and increased fuel consumption, higher oil tempera- the transfer control lever is in the N ture and could damage drivetrain components. position. Speed over 50 MPH (80 km/h) in 4H are not ● Failure to engage the transfer control recommended. lever in 2H, 4H or 4L could result in the 4L — (4WD, low range) Four wheels are driven. vehicle moving unexpectedly, which Use when climbing or descending steep hills, or WSD0067 could cause serious personal injury or during driving in sand, mud or deep snow. The 4L property damage. position provides maximum power and traction.To move the transfer case lever: Avoid raising vehicle speed excessively, as the : Push down on the lever to shift CAUTION recommended maximum speed is approximately 30 MPH (48 km/h). : Shift without pushing down on the lever Do not drive on dry hard surface roads in four-wheel drive. Driving on dry hard sur- N — No wheels are driven. Always keep theTRANSFER CASE SHIFTING faces in 4H or 4L may cause unnecessary transfer lever out of the N (Neutral) position. ShiftPROCEDURES noise, tire wear, and increased fuel con- the lever quickly and smoothly when moving sumption. NISSAN recommends driving in across the N (Neutral) position with the vehicle WARNING the 2H position under these conditions. stopped.● When parking always make sure the 2H — (2WD, high range) Only the rear wheels transfer control lever is in the 2H, 4H or are driven. Use for driving under the same condi- 4L position and the parking brake is tions as standard 2WD vehicles or state dyna- applied. mometer I/M testing. Starting and driving 5-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 09/08/03—cathy ੭
  • 174. ● Accelerating quickly from a stop after ● When shifting into or out of four-wheel shifting from two-wheel drive to four- drive while driving, do not stop shift wheel drive may not allow engagement lever movement midway. An incomplete of the auto-locking free-running hubs shift may cause a clattering noise from and may cause a clattering noise. If this the auto-locking hubs. Continued use occurs, release the accelerator pedal to of the vehicle with this noise may dam- reduce the engine speed or stop the age the hub lock. Drive in four-wheel vehicle. Continued use of the vehicle drive to stop the noise. Shift to two- with this noise may damage the hub wheel drive as described. lock. For Automatic transmission models: ● If the auto-locking hubs make a clatter- ing noise after shifting from four-wheel When moving the transfer lever from 4H or 4L to drive to two-wheel drive, stop and move 4L or 4H, you must always move it quickly SD0021 the vehicle in reverse gear, in a straight through the N position. If you are slow to shift, the line, about 7 to 10 feet (2 to 3 m). engine idle speed will allow the transfer gears to AUTO-LOCK FREE- speed up and gear clashing will occur. ● Under extremely cold conditions [below RUNNING HUBS 5°F (-15°C)], the front axle shafts may Do not move the transfer lever from 4H or 4L toThe auto-lock free-running hub is designed to rotate even with the transfer lever in the 4L or 4H, from 2H to 4L and from 4L to 2H withallow for automatic four-wheel drive engagement 2H position. If this occurs, the auto- the engine turned off. Otherwise, you may havewhen the shift lever is moved to the 4H or 4L locking hubs may make a clattering difficulty in moving the transfer lever to the de-position. Follow these operational cautions: noise. To avoid this, drive first in four- sired position. wheel drive to warm up the vehicle and differential gear oil. Then, shift to two- Do not leave the transfer lever in the N position CAUTION wheel drive. with the engine running. Stopping with the trans-● The auto-locking hubs will make a fer case in the N position may cause gear grind- ● In cold weather, it may be necessary to clicking noise when engaging and dis- ing when selecting another gear. Changing the reduce speed or stop the vehicle in or- engaging. This is normal. transfer case gear quickly and smoothly will elimi- der to shift from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive. nate this.5-20 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 175. TO SHIFT SHIFT PROCEDURE FOR AUTO-LOCK FREE RUNNING HUBS TRANSFER CASEFrom 2H to 4H Move the transfer case shift lever to 4H at speeds below 25 MPH (40 km/h). It is not necessary to depress the clutch pedal. Perform this operation when driving straight, not while cornering. 1. Move the transfer case shift lever to 2H. This can be done at any speed, and it is not necessary to depress the clutch pedal. Perform this operation when driving straight, not while cornering. 2. Disengage the AUTO-LOCK hubs following the procedure outlined below. NOTE: The 4WD indicator light may not turn off immediately under certain driving conditions, such as when the vehicle is driven uphill. This is normal and it will shut off as the vehicle is driven further. AUTO-LOCK HUB DISENGAGEMENT (FREE MODE) The AUTO-LOCK hubs will not disengage until the vehicle is completely stopped and is then moved in a straight line, approxi-From 4H to 2H mately 7-10 ft (2-3 m), in the opposite direction of travel. For example: If you were driving the vehicle forward, stop and move the vehicle 7-10 ft (2-3 m) backward. If you were driving the vehicle in reverse, stop and move the vehicle 7-10 ft (2-3 m) forward. It is not necessary to immediately return the AUTO-LOCK hubs to FREE MODE when shifting from 4H to 2H. The vehicle may be operated under normal 2H conditions with the AUTO-LOCK hubs engaged. However, disengaging the AUTO-LOCK hubs will allow for better fuel economy, quieter ride and less component wear. Leaving the hubs locked while driving in 2H may be desirable so that you can easily shift to 4H at speeds greater than 25 MPH (40 km/h). 1. Stop the vehicle.From 4H to 4L or 4L to Keep the engine running.4H 2. Depress the clutch pedal, or place the transmission selector lever in the N (Neutral) position. 3. Depress the transfer case shift lever and move it to the 4L or 4H position. Change gears quickly and smoothly. 1. Stop the vehicle. Keep the engine running.From 2H to 4L 2. Depress the clutch pedal, or place the transmission selector lever in the N (Neutral) position. 3. Depress the transfer case shift lever and move it to the 4L position. Change gears quickly and smoothly. 1. Stop the vehicle. Keep the engine running.From 4L to 2H 2. Depress the clutch pedal, or place the transmission selector lever in the N (Neutral) position. 3. Depress the transfer case shift lever and move it to the 2H position. Change gears quickly and smoothly. 4. Disengage the AUTO-LOCK hubs following the procedure outlined above. Starting and driving 5-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 176. PARKING/PARKING ON HILLS ● Safe parking procedures require that both the parking brake be set and the transmission placed into P (Park) for automatic transmission models or in an appropriate gear for manual transmis- sion models. Failure to do so could cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly or roll away and result in an accident. Make sure the shift lever has been pushed as far forward as it can go and cannot be moved without depressing the foot brake pedal. ● Never leave the engine running while WSD0050 the vehicle is unattended. ● Do not leave children unattended inside ● Never place the transfer control lever in the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- WARNING the N (Neutral) position. Otherwise, the tivate switches or controls. Unattended● Do not stop or park the vehicle over vehicle could roll unexpectedly even if children could become involved in seri- flammable materials such as dry grass, the manual transmission is in gear or ous accidents. waste paper or rags. They may ignite the automatic transmission is in the P (Park) position. This could result in se- ● If the ATP lamp is ON, this indicates that and cause a fire. rious injury or property damage. the automatic transmission P (Park) po-● The transfer control lever must sition will not function and the transfer be in the 2H, 4H or 4L position and the control shift lever is in the N (Neutral) parking brake set to prevent the vehicle position. Failure to engage the transfer from rolling. control lever in the 2H, 4H or 4L position could result in the vehicle moving unex- pectedly, resulting in serious personal injury or property damage.5-22 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 177. POWER STEERING BRAKE SYSTEM1. Firmly apply the parking brake. The power assisted steering is designed to use a The brake system has two separate hydraulic2. Manual transmission models: hydraulic pump, driven by the engine, to assist circuits. If one circuit malfunctions, you will still steering. have braking at two wheels. Place the shift lever in the R (Reverse) posi- tion. When parking on an uphill grade, place If the engine stops or the drive belt breaks, you BRAKE PRECAUTIONS the shift lever in 1st gear. will still have control of the vehicle. However, Automatic transmission models: much greater steering effort is needed, especially Vacuum assisted brakes in sharp turns and at low speeds. Move the shift selector lever to the P (Park) The brake booster aids braking by using engine position. vacuum. If the engine stops, you can stop the WARNING3. To help prevent the vehicle from rolling into 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 traffic when parked on an incline, it is a good while driving, the power assist for the practice to turn the wheels as illustrated. required to stop the vehicle and stopping dis- steering will not work. Steering will be tance will be longer.● HEADED DOWNHILL WITH CURB: ᭺ 1 much harder to operate. Turn the wheels into the curb and move the Using the brakes vehicle forward until the curb side wheel Avoid resting your foot on the brake pedal while gently touches the curb. driving. This will overheat the brakes, wear out the● HEADED UPHILL WITH CURB: ᭺ 2 brake linings and pads faster, and reduce gas Turn the wheels away from the curb and mileage. move the vehicle back until the curb side To help reduce brake wear and to prevent the wheel gently touches the curb. brakes from overheating, reduce speed and● HEADED UPHILL OR DOWNHILL, NO downshift to a lower gear before going down a CURB: ᭺ 3 slope or long grade. Overheated brakes may Turn the wheels toward the side of the road reduce braking performance and could result in so the vehicle will move away from the cen- loss of vehicle control. ter of the road if it moves.4. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK position and remove the key. Starting and driving 5-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 178. wheel from locking and sliding. By preventing properly. However, the pulsation may indicate WARNING wheel lockup, the system helps the driver main- that road conditions are hazardous and extra care● While driving on a slippery surface, be tain steering control and helps to minimize swerv- is required while driving. careful when braking, accelerating or ing and spinning on slippery surfaces. downshifting. Abrupt braking or accel- Self-test feature erating could cause the wheels to skid Using the system The anti-lock brake system consists of electronic and result in an accident. Depress the brake pedal and hold it down. sensors and hydraulic solenoids controlled by a● If the engine is not running or is turned computer. The computer has a built-in diagnostic off while driving, the power assist for WARNING feature that tests the system each time you start the brakes will not work. Braking will be the engine and move the vehicle at a low speed in harder. Do not pump the brake pedal. Doing so may result in increased stopping forward or reverse. When the self-test occurs, distances. you may hear a ‘‘clunk’’ noise and/or feel a pulsa-Wet brakes tion in the brake pedal. This is normal and is notWhen the vehicle is washed or driven through Normal operation an indication of any malfunction. If the computerwater, the brakes may get wet. As a result, your senses any malfunction, it switches the anti-lockbraking distance will be longer and the vehicle The anti-lock brake system does not operate at brake system off and turns on the ABS brakemay pull to one side during braking. speeds below 3 - 6 MPH (5 - 10 km/h). (The warning light on the instrument panel. The brake speeds vary according to road conditions.) system then operates normally, but without anti-To dry the brakes, drive the vehicle at a safe When driving, the anti-lock brake system con- lock assistance.speed while lightly pressing the brake pedal toheat up the brakes. Do this until the brakes return trols the wheels so they will not lock when brak- If a malfunction occurs in the system, the anti-to normal. Avoid driving the vehicle at high ing abruptly or when braking on a slippery road. lock function will not operate, but the standard Thus, difficult steering and swerving of the ve- vehicle brake system will continue to operatespeeds until the brakes function correctly. hicle due to locked wheels is minimized. The normally. The ABS brake warning light will thenANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) system detects the wheel rotation rate and elec- come on. tronically controls the pressure applied to eachThe anti-lock brake system controls the brakes so brake. Slight vibration on the brake pedal accom- If the light comes on during the self-test or whilethe wheels do not lock when braking abruptly or panied by noise usually occurs while the ABS driving, take the vehicle to a NISSAN dealer forwhen braking on slippery surfaces. The system system is operating. Such vibration and noise repair.detects the rotation speed at each wheel and encountered during abrupt braking is not a prob-varies the brake fluid pressure to prevent each lem, but indicates that the system is functioning5-24 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/07/03—arosenma ੭
  • 179. VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL (VDC) SYSTEM (if so equipped) ● When installing a spare tire, make sure When accelerating or driving on slippery sur- WARNING it is the proper size and type as speci- faces, the tires may spin or slide. With the Vehicle● The anti-lock brake system is a sophis- fied on the tire placard. For tire placard Dynamic Control (VDC) system, sensors detect ticated device, but it cannot prevent ac- location information, refer to “Tire plac- these movements and control the braking and cidents resulting from careless or dan- ard” in the “Technical and consumer engine output to help improve vehicle stability. gerous driving techniques. It can help information” section of this manual. maintain vehicle control during braking ● When the vehicle dynamic control (VDC) on slippery surfaces, but remember that ● Refer to “Wheels and tires” in the system is operating, the slip indicator in the the stopping distance on slippery sur- “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” sec- instrument panel blinks. faces will be longer than on normal tion of this manual. ● When only the traction control system (TCS) surfaces even with the anti-lock brake system. Stopping distances may also portion of the vehicle dynamic control sys- be longer on rough, gravel or snow cov- tem is operating, the slip indicator will also ered roads, or if you are using tire blink. chains. Tire type and condition may also ● If the slip indicator blinks, the road condi- affect braking effectiveness. Always tions are slippery. Be sure to adjust your maintain a safe distance from the ve- speed and driving to these conditions. See hicle in front of you. Ultimately, the re- “Slip indicator light”, and “Vehicle dynamic sponsibility for safety of self and others control off indicator light” in the “Instruments rests in the hands of the driver. and controls” section.● Tire type and condition of tires may also ● Indicator light affect braking effectiveness. If malfunction occurs in the system,● When replacing tires, install the speci- the and indicator lights come fied size of tires on all four wheels. on in the instrument panel. As long as these warning lights are on, the traction control function is canceled. The VDC system uses a Brake Limited Slip Dif- ferential (LSD) system to improve vehicle trac- tion. The brake LSD system works when one of the driving wheels is spinning on a slippery sur- Starting and driving 5-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 180. face. The brake LSD system brakes the spinning ● When driving on extremely inclined sur- WARNINGwheel which distributes the driving power to the faces such as higher banked corners,other drive wheel. If the vehicle is operated with ● The vehicle dynamic control system is the vehicle dynamic control system maythe vehicle dynamic control system off, all VDC designed to help improve driving stabil- not operate properly and the vehicleand TCS functions will be turned off. The brake ity but does not prevent accidents due dynamic control off indicator light mayLSD system and ABS will still operate with the to abrupt steering operation at high come on. Do not drive on these types ofVDC system OFF. If the brake LSD system or the speeds or by careless or dangerous roads.ABS is activated, the slip indicator light will blink driving techniques. Reduce vehicle speed and be especially careful when ● If the tires other than the recommendedand you may hear a clunk noise and/or feel a ones are used, the vehicle dynamic con- driving and cornering on slippery sur-pulsation in the brake pedal. This is normal. trol system may not operate properly faces and always drive carefully.While the VDC system is operating, you may feel and the vehicle dynamic control off in- ● If brake related parts such as brake dicator light may come on.a pulsation in the brake pedal and hear a noise or pads, rotors and calipers are not stan-vibration from under the hood. This is normal and dard equipment or are extremely dete- ● The vehicle dynamic control system isindicates that the VDC system is working prop- riorated, the vehicle dynamic control not a substitute for winter tires or tireerly. system may not operate properly and chains on a snow covered road.The computer has a built in diagnostic feature the vehicle dynamic control off indica- tor light may come on.that tests the system each time you start theengine and move the vehicle forward or in reverse ● Do not modify the vehicle’s suspension.at a slow speed. When the self-test occurs, you If suspension parts such as shock ab-may hear a clunk noise and/or feel a pulsation in sorbers, struts, springs, stabilizer barsthe brake pedal. This is normal and is not an and bushings are not NISSAN approvedindication of a malfunction. for your vehicle or are extremely dete- riorated, the vehicle dynamic control system may not operate properly. This could adversely affect vehicle handling performance, and the vehicle dynamic control off indicator light may come on.5-26 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/21/03—tmchalpi ੭
  • 181. COLD WEATHER DRIVINGFREEING A FROZEN DOOR LOCK For details, see ‘‘Changing engine coolant’’ in the the tires on your vehicle and are installed ‘‘Maintenance and do-it-yourself’’ section of this according to the chain manufacturer’s sug-To prevent a door lock from freezing, apply de- manual. gestions. Use only SAE Class “S”icer through the key hole. If the lock becomes chains. Class “S” chains are used on ve-frozen, heat the key before inserting it into the key TIRE EQUIPMENT hicles with restricted tire to vehicle clear-hole. 1. SUMMER tires have a tread designed to ance. Vehicles that can use Class “S” chains provide superior performance on dry pave- are designed to meet the minimum clear-ANTI-FREEZE ances between the tire and the closest ve- ment. However, the performance of theseIn the winter when it is anticipated that the tem- tires will be substantially reduced in snowy hicle suspension or body component re-perature will drop below 32°F (0°C), check the and icy conditions. If you operate your ve- quired to accommodate the use of a winteranti-freeze to assure proper winter protection. hicle on snowy or icy roads, NISSAN recom- traction device (tire chains or cables). The mends the use of MUD & SNOW or ALL minimum clearances are determined usingFor details, see ‘‘Engine cooling system’’ in the SEASON TIRES on all four wheels. Please the factory equipped tire size. Other types‘‘Maintenance and do-it-yourself’’ section of this consult a NISSAN dealer for the tire type, may damage your vehicle. Use chain ten-manual. sioners when recommended by the tire size, speed rating and availability informa-BATTERY tion. chain manufacturer to ensure a tight fit. Loose end links of the tire chain must beIf the battery is not fully charged during extremely 2. For additional traction on icy roads, studded secured or removed to prevent the possibil-cold weather conditions, the battery fluid may tires may be used. However, some U.S. ity of whipping action damage to the fendersfreeze and damage the battery. To maintain maxi- states and Canadian provinces prohibit their or underbody. If possible, avoid fully loadingmum efficiency, the battery should be checked use. Check local, state and provincial laws your vehicle when using tire chains. In addi-regularly. For details, see ‘‘Battery’’ in the ‘‘Main- before installing studded tires. tion, drive at a reduced speed. Otherwise,tenance and do-it-yourself’’ section of this Skid and traction capabilities of studded your vehicle may be damaged and/or vehiclemanual. snow tires on wet or dry surfaces may be handling and performance may be adversely poorer than that of non-studded snow tires. affected.DRAINING OF COOLANT WATER Never install tire chains on spare tires. Do 3. Tire chains may be used.If the vehicle is to be left outside without anti- not use tire chains on dry roads.freeze, drain the cooling system, including the Use of tire chains may be prohibited accord-engine block. Refill before operating the vehicle. ing to location. Check the local laws before installing tire chains. When installing tire chains, make sure they are of proper size for Starting and driving 5-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 182. SPECIAL WINTER EQUIPMENT ● Allow more stopping distance under WARNINGIt is recommended that the following items be these conditions. Braking should be started sooner than on dry pavement. Do not use your heater with an un-carried in the vehicle during winter: grounded electrical system or two- ● Allow greater following distances on pronged (cheater) adapters. You can be ● A scraper and stiff-bristled brush to remove slippery roads. injured by an electrical shock if you use an ice and snow from the windows and wiper ● Watch for slippery spots (glare ice). ungrounded connection. blades. These may appear on an otherwise ● A sturdy, flat board to be placed under the clear road in shaded areas. If a patch of jack to give it firm support. ice is seen ahead, brake before reach- ● A shovel to dig the vehicle out of snowdrifts. ing it. Try not to brake while on the ice, and avoid any sudden steering ● Extra window washer fluid to refill the reser- maneuvers. voir tank. ● Do not use the cruise control on slip-DRIVING ON SNOW OR ICE pery roads. ● Snow can trap dangerous exhaust WARNING gases under your vehicle. Keep snow● Wet ice (32°F, 0°C and freezing rain), clear of the exhaust pipe and from very cold snow or ice can be slick and around your vehicle. very hard to drive on. The vehicle will have much less traction or “grip” under ENGINE BLOCK HEATER (if so these conditions. Try to avoid driving on equipped) wet ice until the road is salted or An engine block heater to assist in extreme cold sanded. temperature starting is available through a● Whatever the condition, drive with cau- NISSAN dealer. tion. Accelerate and slow down with care. If accelerating or downshifting too fast, the drive wheels will lose even more traction.5-28 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 183. 6 In case of emergencyFirst aid kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 Push starting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11Flat tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 If your vehicle overheats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11 Low tire pressure warning system Towing your vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 Towing recommended by NISSAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-13 Changing a flat tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3 Vehicle recovery (freeing a stuck vehicle) . . . . . . . . . 6-15Jump starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 184. FIRST AID KIT FLAT TIRE LOW TIRE PRESSURE WARNING SYSTEM (if so equipped) The low tire pressure warning system monitors tire pressure of all tires (except the spare tire). If the vehicle is being driven with a flat tire or low tire pressure (lower than 28 psi, 193 kPa), the low tire pressure warning system will activate and warn you of it by the low tire pressure warning light. This system will activate only when the vehicle is driven at speeds above 20 MPH (32 km/h). For more details, please refer to “Warning/indicator lights and audible reminders” in the “Instruments and controls” section, and WCE0057 “Low tire pressure warning system” in the “Start-A first aid kit is located on the back door trim ing and driving” section.panel. To remove the first aid kit:᭺1 Squeeze the latch buttons.᭺2 Pull the two straps apart to unfasten.6-2 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 185. WARNING CHANGING A FLAT TIRE 5. Raise the hood to warn other traffic and to signal professional road assistance person-● If the low tire pressure warning light If you have a flat tire, follow the instructions be- nel that you need assistance. flashes while driving, avoid sudden low. steering maneuvers or abrupt braking, 6. Have all passengers get out of the vehicle reduce vehicle speed, pull off the road Stopping the vehicle and stand in a safe place, away from traffic to a safe location and stop the vehicle and clear of the vehicle. 1. Safely move the vehicle off the road and as soon as possible. Serious vehicle away from traffic. damage could occur and may lead to an WARNING accident and could result in serious 2. Turn on the hazard warning flashers. ● Make sure the parking brake is securely personal injury. Check the tire pressure applied and the manual transmission is 3. Park on a level surface and apply the parking for all four tires. Adjust the tire pressure shifted into R (Reverse), or the auto- brake. Shift the manual transmission into R to the recommended COLD tire pres- matic transmission into P (Park). sure shown on the tire placard to turn (Reverse), or the automatic transmission the low tire pressure warning light OFF. into P (Park). ● Never change tires when the vehicle is If you have a flat tire, replace it with a on a slope, ice or slippery areas. This is spare tire as soon as possible. WARNING hazardous.● When a spare tire is mounted or a wheel ● The transfer control lever must ● Never change tires if oncoming traffic is is replaced, tire pressure will not be be in the 2H, 4H or 4L position. close to your vehicle. Wait for profes- indicated and the low tire pressure sional road assistance. ● Do not leave the transfer control lever in warning system will not function. Con- the N (Neutral) position. Otherwise, the ● When a spare tire is mounted or a wheel tact your NISSAN dealer as soon as vehicle could roll unexpectedly even if is replaced, the low tire pressure warn- possible for tire replacement and/or the manual transmission is in any gear ing system will not function. Contact system resetting. or the automatic transmission is in the your NISSAN dealer as soon possible● Do not inject any tire liquid or aerosol P (Park) position. This could result in for tire replacement and/or system re- tire sealant into the tires, as this may serious personal injury or property setting. (For models with the low tire cause a malfunction of the tire pressure damage. pressure warning system) sensors. 4. Turn off the engine. In case of emergency 6-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 186. WARNING Never use the tool tray as a jacking surface. WCE0044 WPD0163Blocking wheels 1. Torxdriver 2. Wheel nut wrenchPlace suitable blocks ᭺ at both the front and 1back of the wheel diagonally opposite the flat tire 3. Jack rod᭺ to prevent the vehicle from rolling when it is 2 Getting the spare tire and toolsjacked up. 1. Open the back door. WARNING 2. Roll back the cargo area carpet.Be sure to block the wheel as the vehicle 3. Remove the wheel nut wrench and jack rod.may move and result in personal injury. 4. Unscrew the tool tray hold down and remove the tool tray. 5. Use the tool tray to store lug nuts during a tire change.6-4 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 187. WCE0058 ACE10346. Unscrew the jack hold down and remove the 7. Find the oval-shaped opening above the jack. middle of the license plate. Pass the T-shaped end of the jack rod through the opening and direct it toward the spare tire winch, located directly above the spare tire. CAUTION Do not insert the jack rod straight as it is WCE0059 designed to be inserted at an angle as 8. Fit the square end of the jack rod into the shown. square hole of the wheel nut wrench to form a handle. In case of emergency 6-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 188. 9. Seat the T-shaped end of the jack rod into the T-shaped opening of the tire winch. Ap- ply pressure to keep the jack rod engaged in the spare tire winch and turn the jack rod counterclockwise to lower the spare tire.10. Once the spare tire is completely lowered, reach under the vehicle, remove the retainer chain, and carefully slide the tire from under the rear of the vehicle. CAUTIONBe sure to center the spare tire suspend-ing plate on the wheel and then lift thespare tire. WCE0060 WCE0071 Type A Type B Removing wheel cover Type A: Firmly grasp the center wheel cap and turn either CAUTION clockwise or counterclockwise to remove. Do not use your hands to pry off wheel Type B: caps or wheel covers. Doing so could re- sult in personal injury. 1. Wrap the end of a screwdriver with a cloth. Remove the wheel cover as follows: 2. Pry the center wheel cap off by pushing on the handle of the screwdriver in the direction Use caution not to scratch the wheel cover or shown. wheel surface.6-6 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 189. ● 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 the engine while vehicle is on the jack. It may cause the vehicle to move. This is especially true for vehicles with limited slip differentials. ● Do not allow passengers to stay in the WCE0061 WCE0062 vehicle while it is on the jack.Front Rear ● Never run the engine with a wheel(s) off Jacking up vehicle and removing the the ground. It may cause the vehicle to damaged tire move. Always refer to the proper illustrations for the WARNING correct placement and jack-up points for your ● Never get under the vehicle while it is specific vehicle model and jack type. supported only by the jack. Carefully read the caution label attached to ● Use only the jack provided with your the jack body and the following instruc- vehicle to lift the vehicle. Do not use the tions. jack provided with your vehicle on other vehicles. The jack is designed for lifting 1. Loosen each wheel nut one or two turns by only your vehicle during a tire change. turning counterclockwise with the wheel nut wrench. Do not remove the wheel nuts until the tire is off the ground. In case of emergency 6-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 190. The jack should be used on firm and level ground. 3. To lift the vehicle, securely hold the jack lever and rod. Carefully raise the vehicle until the tire clears the ground. When using alternate rear jack-up point for 15 inch wheels, raise the ve- hicle so that the tire is no more than 2 inches (50 mm) off the ground. 4. Remove the wheel nuts and then remove the tire. WCE0361 WCE0063Rear (15 inch wheel alternate jack-up Installing the spare tire point) 2. Place the jack directly under the jack-up The spare tire is designed for emergency point as illustrated so the top of the jack use. See specific instructions under the contacts the vehicle at the jack-up point. heading “Wheels and tires” in the “Mainte- nance and do-it-yourself” section of this Under some conditions there will not be manual. sufficient clearance to use the primary rear jacking point on vehicles equipped with 15 1. Clean any mud or dirt from the surface be- inch wheels. If this occurs, use the alternate tween the wheel and hub. jack-up point ᭺ for vehicles equipped with 1 2. Carefully put the spare tire on and tighten 15 inch wheels. When using the alternate the wheel nuts finger tight. jack-up point, position the jack on the axle as close as possible to the tire that needs to be 3. With the wheel nut wrench, tighten wheel changed. nuts alternately and evenly as illustrated until they are tight.6-8 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 191. JUMP STARTING 4. Lower the vehicle slowly until the tire Adjust tire pressure to the COLD pressure. To start your engine with a booster battery, the touches the ground. Then, with the wheel instructions and precautions below must be fol- COLD pressure: After vehicle has been nut wrench, tighten the wheel nuts securely lowed. parked for three hours or more or driven in the sequence illustrated. Lower the ve- less than 1 mile (1.6 km). hicle completely. WARNING COLD tire pressures are shown on the tire WARNING placard affixed to the inside of the glove ● If done incorrectly, jump starting can box lid. lead to a battery explosion, resulting in● Incorrect wheel nuts or improperly severe injury or death. It could also tightened wheel nuts can cause the 5. Securely store the flat tire and jacking equip- damage your vehicle. wheel to become loose or come off. ment in the vehicle. This could cause an accident. ● Explosive hydrogen gas is always present in the vicinity of the battery.● Do not use oil or grease on the wheel WARNING Keep all sparks and flames away from studs or nuts. This could cause the nuts ● Always make sure that the spare tire the battery. to become loose. and jacking equipment are properly se- ● Do not allow battery fluid to come into cured after use. Such items can becomeRetighten the wheel nuts after the vehicle contact with eyes, skin, clothing or dangerous projectiles in an accident orhas been driven for 600 miles (1,000 km) painted surfaces. Battery fluid is a cor- sudden stop.(also in cases of a flat tire, etc.). As soon as rosive sulfuric acid solution which canpossible, tighten the wheel nuts to the ● The spare tire is designed for emer- cause severe burns. If the fluid shouldspecified torque with a torque wrench. gency use. See specific instructions un- come into contact with anything, imme- der the heading “Wheels and tires” in diately flush the contacted area withWheel nut tightening torque: the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” water. 98 ft-lb (133 N·m) section of this manual. ● Keep battery out of the reach ofThe wheel nuts must be kept tightened to children.specification at all times. It is recom- ● The booster battery must be rated at 12mended that wheel nuts be tightened to volts. Use of an improperly rated batteryspecifications at each lubrication interval. can damage your vehicle. In case of emergency 6-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 192. ● 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. WCE0066 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 D6-10 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 193. PUSH STARTING IF YOUR VEHICLE OVERHEATS If your vehicle is overheating (indicated by an CAUTION WARNING extremely high temperature gauge reading), or if● Always connect positive (ϩ) to positive ● Automatic transmission models cannot you feel a lack of engine power, detect abnormal (ϩ) and negative (Ϫ) to body ground (for be push-started or tow-started. This noise, etc. take the following steps. example, strut mounting bolt, engine may cause transmission or other ve- lift bracket, etc.) — not to the battery. hicle damage. WARNING● Make sure the jumper cables do not ● Three-way catalyst equipped models touch moving parts in the engine com- ● Do not continue to drive if your vehicle should not be started by pushing. The overheats. Doing so could cause a ve- partment and that the cable clamps do three-way catalyst may be damaged. not contact any other metal. hicle fire. ● Never try to start the vehicle by towing ● To avoid the danger of being scalded,5. Start the engine of the booster vehicle and it. When the engine starts, the forward let it run for a few minutes. never remove the radiator cap while the surge could cause the vehicle to collide engine is still hot. When the radiator6. Keep the engine speed of the booster ve- with the tow vehicle. cap is removed, pressurized hot water hicle at about 2,000 rpm, and start the en- will spurt out, possibly causing serious gine of the vehicle being jump started. injury. ● Do not open the hood if steam is com- CAUTION ing out.Do not keep the starter motor engaged formore than 10 seconds. If the engine does 1. Move the vehicle safely off the road, applynot start right away, turn the key off and the parking brake and move the shift lever towait 3 to 4 seconds before trying again. N (Neutral) (manual transmission) or to P (Park) (automatic transmission).7. After starting the engine, carefully discon- nect the negative cable and then the positive Do not stop the engine. cable. 2. Turn off the air conditioner (if so equipped).8. Replace the vent caps (if so equipped). Be Open all the windows, move the heater or air sure to dispose of the cloth used to cover conditioner temperature control to maximum the vent holes as it may be contaminated hot and fan control to high speed. with corrosive acid. In case of emergency 6-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 194. TOWING YOUR VEHICLE 3. If engine overheating is caused by climbing a When towing your vehicle, all State (Provincial in WARNING long hill on a hot day, run the engine at a fast Canada) and local regulations for towing must be idle (approximately 1,500 r/min) until the Be careful not to allow your hands, hair, followed. Incorrect towing equipment could dam- temperature gauge indicator returns to nor- jewelry or clothing to come into contact age your vehicle. Towing instructions are avail- mal. with, or get caught in, engine belts or the able from a NISSAN dealer. Local service opera- engine cooling fan. The engine cooling tors are generally familiar with the applicable laws 4. Get out of the vehicle. Look and listen for fan can start at any time when the coolant and procedures for towing. To assure proper steam or coolant escaping from the radiator temperature is high. towing and to prevent accidental damage to your before opening the hood. Do not open the vehicle, NISSAN recommends having a service hood further until no steam or coolant can be 7. After the engine cools down, check the cool- operator tow your vehicle. It is advisable to have seen. ant level in the reservoir tank with the engine the service operator carefully read the following running. Add coolant to the reservoir tank if precautions: 5. Open the engine hood. necessary. Have your vehicle repaired at a NISSAN dealer. WARNING WARNING ● Never ride in a vehicle that is beingIf steam or water is coming from the en- towed.gine, stand clear to prevent gettingburned. ● Never get under your vehicle after it has been lifted by a tow truck. 6. Visually check drive belts for damage or looseness. Also check if the cooling fan is running. The radiator hoses and radiator should not leak water. If coolant is leaking, the water pump belt is missing or loose, or the cooling fan does not run, stop the en- gine.6-12 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 195. CAUTION Two-wheel drive models● When towing, make sure that the trans- NISSAN recommends that your vehicle be towed mission, axles, steering system and with the driving (rear) wheels off the ground or powertrain are in working condition. If place the vehicle on a flat bed truck as illustrated. any unit is damaged, dollies must be used. CAUTION● Always attach safety chains before ● Never tow automatic transmission towing. models with the rear wheels on the ground or four wheels on the groundFor information about towing your vehicle behind (forward or backward), as this maya recreational vehicle (RV), refer to “Flat towing” cause serious and expensive damage toin the “Technical and consumer information” sec- the transmission. If it is necessary totion of this manual. tow the vehicle with the front wheels raised always use towing dollies under the rear wheels. ● When towing automatic or manual transmission models with the front wheels on the ground or on towing dollies: – Turn the ignition key to the OFF posi- tion, and secure the steering wheel in a ACE1037 straight-ahead position with a rope or TOWING RECOMMENDED BY similar device. Never secure the steer- ing wheel by turning the ignition key to NISSAN the LOCK position. This may damage the steering lock mechanism. In case of emergency 6-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 196. ● If you have to tow manual transmission CAUTION models with the rear wheels on the ground (if you do not use towing dol- ● Never tow automatic transmission lies) or four wheels on the ground: models with the rear wheels on the ground or four wheels on the ground, as ● Always release the parking brake. this may cause serious and expensive ● Move the transmission shift lever to damage to the transmission. If it is nec- the N (Neutral) position. essary to tow the vehicle with the front wheels raised always use towing dollies ● Observe the following restricted tow- under the rear wheels. ing speeds and distances for manual transmission models only: ● When towing automatic or manual transmission models with the front Speed: Below 60 MPH (97 km/h) wheels on the ground or on towing Distance: Less than 500 miles dollies: (805 km) ● To disengage auto-lock free- running hubs see the “Starting and driving”If the speed or distance must necessarily be section for details.greater, remove the propeller shaft before towingto prevent damage to the transmission. ● Move the transfer case shift lever to the 2H position. ● Turn the ignition key to the OFF po- sition, and secure the steering wheel ACE1038 in a straight-ahead position with a rope or similar device. Never secure Four-wheel drive models the steering wheel by turning the ig- nition key to the LOCK position. This NISSAN recommends that towing dollies be may damage the steering lock used when towing your vehicle or place the ve- mechanism. hicle on a flat bed truck as illustrated.6-14 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 197. ● If you have to tow manual transmission If the speed or distance must necessarily be CAUTION models with the rear wheels on the greater, remove the propeller shaft before towing ground (if you do not use towing dol- to prevent damage to the transmission. ● Tow chains or cables must be attached lies) or four wheels on the ground: only to the main structural members of VEHICLE RECOVERY (freeing a stuck the vehicle. ● To disengage auto-lock free- running vehicle) ● Pulling devices should be routed so hubs see the “Starting and driving” section for details. they do not touch any part of the sus- WARNING pension, steering, brake or cooling ● Move the transfer case shift lever to ● Stand clear of a stuck vehicle. systems. the 2H position. ● Do not spin your tires at high speed. ● Always pull the cable straight out from ● Move the transmission shift lever to This could cause them to explode and the front or rear of the vehicle. Never the N (Neutral) position. result in serious injury. Parts of your pull the vehicle at an angle. ● Always release the parking brake. vehicle could also overheat and be ● Pulling devices such as ropes or canvas damaged. straps are not recommended for use in ● Observe the following restricted tow- ing speeds and distances for manual vehicle towing or recovery. transmission models only: Speed: Below 60 MPH (97 km/h) Distance: Less than 500 miles (805 km) In case of emergency 6-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 198. MEMO6-16 In case of emergency
  • 199. 7 Appearance and careCleaning exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 Floor mats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4 Washing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 200. 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 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 201. CLEANING INTERIORUNDERBODY ALUMINUM ALLOY WHEELS Occasionally remove loose dust from the interior trim, plastic parts and seats using a vacuumIn areas where road salt is used in winter, it is Wash the wheels regularly, especially during win- cleaner or soft brush. Wipe the vinyl and leathernecessary to clean the underbody regularly in ter months in areas where road salt is used. If not surfaces with a clean, soft cloth dampened inorder to prevent dirt and salt from building up and removed, road salt could discolor the wheels. mild soap solution, then wipe clean with a dry,causing the acceleration of corrosion on the un- soft cloth. Before using any fabric protector, readderbody and suspension. Before the winter pe- CHROME PARTS the manufacturer’s recommendations. Some fab-riod and again in the spring, the underseal must Clean all chrome parts regularly with a non- ric protectors contain chemicals that may stain orbe checked and, if necessary, retreated. abrasive chrome polish to maintain the finish. bleach the seat material.GLASS Use a cloth dampened only with water to clean the meter and gauge lens.Use glass cleaner to remove smoke and dust filmfrom the glass surfaces. It is normal for glass tobecome coated with a film after the vehicle is CAUTIONparked in the hot sun. Glass cleaner and a soft ● Never use benzine, thinner or any simi-cloth will easily remove this film. lar material. ● Small dirt particles can be abrasive and CAUTION damaging to leather surfaces andWhen cleaning the inside of the windows, should be removed promptly. Do notdo not use sharp-edged tools, abrasive use saddle soap, polishes, oils, clean-cleaners or chlorine-based disinfectant ing fluids, solvents, detergents orcleaners. They could damage the electri- ammonia-based cleaners as they maycal conductors, radio antenna elements or damage the leather’s natural finish.rear window defroster elements. ● Never use fabric protectors unless rec- ommended by the manufacturer. ● Do not use glass or plastic cleaner on meter or gauge lens covers. It may dam- age the lens cover. Appearance and care 7-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 202. FLOOR MATS SEAT BELTSThe use of genuine NISSAN floor mats can ex- The seat belts can be cleaned by wiping themtend the life of your vehicle carpet and make it with a sponge dampened in a mild soap solution.easier to clean the interior. No matter what Allow the belts to dry completely in the shademats are used, be sure they are fitted for before using them. See “Seat belt maintenance”your vehicle and are properly positioned in in the “Safety – Seats, seat belts and supplemen-the footwell to prevent interference with tal air bags” section of this manual.pedal operation. Mats should be maintainedwith regular cleaning and replaced if they be- WARNINGcome excessively worn. Do not allow wet seat belts to roll up in the retractor. NEVER use bleach, dye or chemical solvents to clean the seat belts, since these materials may severely WAI0006 weaken the seat belt webbing. Floor mat positioning aid (driver’s side only) This vehicle includes a front floor mat bracket to act as a floor mat positioning aid. NISSAN floor mats have been specially designed for your ve- hicle model. The driver’s side floor mat has a grommet hole incorporated in it. Position the mat by placing the floor mat bracket hook through the floor mat grommet hole while centering the mat in the footwell. Periodically check to make certain the mats are properly positioned.7-4 Appearance and care ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 203. CORROSION PROTECTIONMOST COMMON FACTORS ● where road salt is used. CAUTIONCONTRIBUTING TO VEHICLE Temperature ● NEVER remove dirt, sand or other de-CORROSION High temperatures accelerate the rate of corro- bris from the passenger compartment 1. The accumulation of moisture-retaining dirt sion to those parts which are not well ventilated. by washing it out with a hose. Remove and debris in body panel sections, cavities, dirt with a vacuum cleaner or broom. Air pollution and other areas. ● Never allow water or other liquids to Industrial pollution, the presence of salt in the air come in contact with electronic compo- 2. Damage to paint and other protective coat- in coastal areas, or heavy road salt use acceler- nents inside the vehicle as this may ings caused by gravel and stone chips or ates the corrosion process. Road salt also accel- damage them. minor traffic accidents. erates the disintegration of paint surfaces. Chemicals used for road surface de-icing areENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS TO PROTECT YOUR VEHICLE extremely corrosive. They accelerate corrosionINFLUENCE THE RATE OF FROM CORROSION and deterioration of underbody componentsCORROSION such as the exhaust system, fuel and brake lines, ● Wash and wax your vehicle often to keep the brake cables, floor pan and fenders.Moisture vehicle clean. In winter, the underbody must be cleanedAccumulation of sand, dirt and water on the ve- ● Always check for minor damage to the paint periodically.hicle body underside can accelerate corrosion. and repair it as soon as possible. For additional protection against rust and corro-Wet floor coverings will not dry completely inside ● Keep drain holes at the bottom of the doors sion, which may be required in some areas, con-the vehicle, and should be removed for drying to and tailgate open to avoid water accumula- sult a NISSAN dealer.avoid floor panel corrosion. tion.Relative humidity ● Check the underbody for accumulation ofCorrosion will be accelerated: sand, dirt or salt. If present, wash with water ● in areas of high relative humidity. as soon as possible. ● in areas where the temperatures stay above freezing. ● where atmospheric pollution exists. Appearance and care 7-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 204. MEMO7-6 Appearance and care
  • 205. 8 Maintenance and do-it-yourselfMaintenance requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2 Spark plugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-21General maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2 Replacing spark plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-21 Explanation of general maintenance items . . . . . . . . . 8-2 Air cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-23Maintenance precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-5 In-cabin Microfilter (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-23Engine compartment check locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-6 Windshield wiper blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-26Engine cooling system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-26 Checking engine coolant level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Replacing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-26 Changing engine coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10 Parking brake and brake pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-29Engine oil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10 Checking parking brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-29 Checking engine oil level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10 Checking brake pedal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-29 Changing engine oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11 Brake booster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-30 Changing engine oil filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-13 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-31Automatic transmission fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-14 Passenger compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-31 Temperature conditions for checking. . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-14 Keyfob battery replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-32Power steering fluid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-15 Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-33Brake and clutch fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-16 Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-33 Brake fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-16 Fog lights (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-34 Clutch fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-17 Exterior and interior lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-36Window washer fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-17 Wheels and tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-40 Window washer fluid reservoir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-17 Tire pressure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-40Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-18 Types of tires. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-40 Jump starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-19 Tire chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-41Drive belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-20 Changing wheels and tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-42 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 206. 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, engine hood and tailgate Check thatGeneral maintenance the doors, engine hood and tailgate operateGeneral maintenance includes those items which properly. Also ensure that all latches lock se-should be checked during normal day-to-day op- curely. Lubricate hinges, latches, latch pins, roll-eration. They are essential for proper vehicle op- ers and links as necessary. Make sure that theeration. It is your responsibility to perform these secondary latch keeps the hood from openingmaintenance procedures regularly as prescribed. when the primary latch is released.8-2 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 207. When driving in areas using road salt or other Windshield Clean the windshield on a regular distance under it when depressed fully. Checkcorrosive materials, check lubrication frequently. basis. Check the windshield at least every six the brake booster function. Be certain to keep the months for cracks or other damage. Have a dam- floor mat away from the pedal.Lights* Clean the headlights on a regular basis. aged windshield repaired by a qualified repairMake sure that the headlights, stop lights, tail Brakes Check that the brakes do not pull the facility.lights, turn signal lights, and other lights are all vehicle to one side when applied.operating properly and installed securely. Also Windshield wiper blades* Check for cracks or Clutch pedal* Make sure the pedal operatescheck headlight aim. wear if they do not wipe properly. smoothly and check that it has the proper freeRoad wheel nuts* When checking the tires, Inside the vehicle travel.make sure no wheel nuts are missing, and checkfor any loose wheel nuts. Tighten if necessary. The maintenance items listed here should be Parking brake* Check that the pedal has the checked on a regular basis, such as when per- proper travel and confirm that your vehicle is heldTire rotation* Tires should be rotated every securely on a fairly steep hill with only the parking forming periodic maintenance, cleaning the ve-7,500 miles (12,000 km). brake applied. hicle, etc.Tires* Check the pressure with a gauge often Seats Check seat position controls such as seat Additional information on the followingand always prior to long distance trips. If neces- adjusters, seatback recliner, etc. to ensure they items with an “*” is found later in this sec-sary, adjust the pressure in all tires, including the tion. operate smoothly and all latches lock securely inspare, to the pressure specified. Check carefully every position. Check that the head restraintsfor damage, cuts or excessive wear. Accelerator pedal Check the pedal for smooth operation and make sure the pedal does not bind move up and down smoothly and the locks (if soWheel alignment and balance If the vehicle equipped) hold securely in all latched positions. or require uneven effort. Keep the floor mat awayshould pull to either side while driving on a from the pedal. Seat belts Check that all parts of the seat beltstraight and level road, or if you detect uneven orabnormal tire wear, there may be a need for wheel Automatic transmission P (Park) position system (for example, buckles, anchors, adjustersalignment. If the steering wheel or seat vibrates at mechanism Check that the lock release button and retractors) operate properly and smoothly,normal highway speeds, wheel balancing may be on the shift selector lever operates properly and and are installed securely. Check the belt web-needed. smoothly. On a fairly steep hill check that your bing for cuts, fraying, wear or damage. vehicle is held securely with the selector lever in ● For additional information regarding tires, Steering wheel Check for changes in the steer- the P position without applying any brakes. refer to “Important Tire Safety Information” ing system, such as excessive freeplay, hard (US) or “Tire Safety Information” (Canada) in Brake pedal and booster* Check the pedal for steering or strange noises. the Warranty Information Booklet . smooth operation and make sure it has the proper Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 208. Warning lights and chimes Make sure all Engine drive belts* Make sure the drive belts etc., that may have accumulated. Make sure thewarning lights and chimes are operating properly. are not frayed, worn, cracked or oily. hoses have no cracks, deformation, rot or loose connections.Windshield wiper and washer* Check that Engine oil level* Check the level after parkingthe wipers and washer operate properly and that the vehicle on a level surface with the engine off. Underbody The underbody is frequently ex-the wipers do not streak. Wait more than 10 minutes for the oil to drain posed to corrosive substances such as those back into the oil pan. used on icy roads or to control dust. It is veryWindshield defroster Check that the air important to remove these substances from thecomes out of the defroster outlets properly and in Exhaust system Make sure there are no loose underbody, otherwise rust may form on the floorsufficient quantity when operating the heater or supports, cracks or holes. If the sound of the pan, frame, fuel lines and exhaust system. At theair conditioner. exhaust seems unusual or there is a smell of end of winter, the underbody should be thor- exhaust fumes, immediately have the exhaust oughly flushed with plain water, in those areasUnder the hood and vehicle system inspected by a NISSAN dealer. See the where mud and dirt may have accumulated. SeeThe maintenance items listed here should be carbon monoxide warning in the “Starting and the “Appearance and care” section of thischecked periodically (for example, each time you driving” section of this manual. manual.check the engine oil or refuel). Fluid leaks Check under the vehicle for fuel, oil, Windshield washer fluid* Check that there is water or other fluid leaks after the vehicle has adequate fluid in the reservoir.Automatic transmission fluid level* Checkthe 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 levelwhen the engine is cold.8-4 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 209. MAINTENANCE PRECAUTIONSWhen performing any inspection or maintenance ● It is advisable to secure or remove any CAUTIONwork on your vehicle, always take care to prevent loose clothing and remove any jewelry,serious accidental injury to yourself or damage to such as rings, watches, etc. before ● Do not work under the hood while thethe vehicle. The following are general precau- working on your vehicle. engine is hot. Turn the engine off andtions which should be closely observed. wait until it cools down. ● Always wear eye protection whenever you work on your vehicle. ● Avoid contact with used engine oil and WARNING coolant. Improperly disposed engine ● If you must run the engine in an en- oil, engine coolant and/or other vehicle● Park the vehicle on a level surface, ap- closed space such as a garage, be sure fluids can damage the environment. Al- ply the parking brake securely and there is proper ventilation for exhaust ways conform to local regulations for block the wheels to prevent the vehicle gases to escape. disposal of vehicle fluid. from moving. For manual transmission models, move the shift lever to N (Neu- ● Never get under the vehicle while it is This “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section tral). For automatic transmission mod- supported only by a jack. If it is neces- gives instructions regarding only those items els, move the selector lever to P (Park). sary to work under the vehicle, support which are relatively easy for an owner to perform. it with safety stands.● Be sure the ignition key is in the OFF or A genuine NISSAN service manual is also avail- LOCK position when performing any ● Keep smoking materials, flame and able. See “Owner’s Manual/Service Manual or- parts replacement or repairs. sparks away from the fuel tank and der information” in the “Technical and consumer battery. information” section of this manual.● Never leave the engine or automatic transmission related component har- ● On gasoline engine models with the You should be aware that incomplete or improper nesses disconnected while the ignition multiport fuel injection (MFI) system, servicing may result in operating difficulties or switch is in the ON position. the fuel filter or fuel lines should be excessive emissions, and could affect warranty serviced by a NISSAN dealer because coverage. If in doubt about any servicing,● Never connect or disconnect the battery the fuel lines are under high pressure have it done by a NISSAN dealer. or any transistorized component while even when the engine is off. the ignition switch is in the ON position.● If you must work with the engine run- ning, keep your hands, clothing, hair and tools away from moving fans, belts and any other moving parts. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 210. ENGINE COMPARTMENT CHECKLOCATIONS KA24DE engine 1. Power steering fluid reservoir 2. Automatic transmission fluid dipstick (A/T model) 3. Air cleaner 4. Engine oil filler cap 5. Engine oil dipstick 6. Brake fluid reservoir 7. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) 8. Windshield washer fluid reservoir 9. Radiator cap 10. Coolant reservoir 11. Battery WDI00878-6 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 211. VG33E engine 1. Fuse/fusible link holder 2. Power steering fluid reservoir 3. Automatic transmission fluid dipstick (A/T model) 4. Brake fluid reservoir 5. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) 6. Air cleaner 7. Windshield washer fluid reservoir 8. Engine oil dipstick 9. Radiator cap 10. Engine oil filler cap 11. Coolant reservoir 12. Battery WDI0269 Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-7੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr)Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna)08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 212. VG33ER engine 1. Fuse/fusible link holder 2. Power steering fluid reservoir 3. Automatic transmission fluid dipstick (A/T model) 4. Supercharger 5. Brake fluid reservoir 6. Air cleaner 7. Windshield washer fluid reservoir 8. Engine oil dipstick 9. Radiator cap 10. Engine oil filler cap 11. Coolant reservoir 12. Battery WDI02708-8 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 213. ENGINE COOLING SYSTEMThe engine cooling system is filled at the factory Outside temperature Genuine Demineral-with a high-quality, year-round, anti-freeze cool- down to NISSAN ized or dis-ant solution. The anti-freeze solution contains Long Life tilled waterrust and corrosion inhibitors; therefore, additional Anti-freezeengine cooling system additives are not neces- °C °F coolant orsary. equivalent -35 -30 50% 50% WARNING● Never remove the radiator cap when the CAUTION engine is hot. Wait until the engine and radiator cool down. Serious burns When adding or replacing coolant, be sure could be caused by high pressure fluid to use only a Genuine NISSAN Long Life escaping from the radiator. See precau- Anti-freeze Coolant (green) or equivalent tions in “If your vehicle overheats” with the proper mixture ratio of 50% anti- found in the “In case of emergency” freeze and 50% demineralized or distilled WDI0271 section of this manual. water. The use of other types of coolant CHECKING ENGINE COOLANT solutions or coolant colors, such as or-● The radiator is equipped with a pres- ange, may damage the engine cooling LEVEL sure type radiator cap. To prevent en- system. Check the coolant level in the reservoir when gine damage, use only a genuine the engine is cold. If the coolant level is below NISSAN radiator cap. the MIN level, add coolant to the MAX level. If the reservoir is empty, check the coolant level in the radiator when the engine is cold. If there is insufficient coolant in the radiator, fill the radiator with coolant up to the filler opening and also add it to the reservoir up to the MAX level. If the cooling system frequently requires coolant, have it checked by a NISSAN dealer. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 214. ENGINE OILCHANGING ENGINE COOLANTA NISSAN dealer can change the engine coolant.The service procedure can be found in theNISSAN Service Manual.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.● Never remove the radiator cap when the WDI0272 WDI0273 engine is hot. Serious burns could be KA24DE engine VG33E/VG33ER engine caused by high pressure fluid escaping CHECKING ENGINE OIL LEVEL 3. Turn off the engine. Wait more than 10 from the radiator. minutes for the oil to drain back into 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and apply the oil pan.● Avoid direct skin contact with used the parking brake. coolant. If skin contact is made, wash 4. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Re- thoroughly with soap or hand cleaner 2. Start the engine and let it idle until it reaches insert it all the way. as soon as possible. operating temperature. 5. Remove the dipstick again and check the oil● Keep coolant out of the reach of chil- level. It should be between the H (High) and dren and pets. L (Low) marks. This is the normal operatingEngine coolant must be disposed of properly. oil level range. If the oil level is below the LCheck your local regulations. (Low) mark, remove the oil filler cap and pour recommended oil through the opening. Do not overfill.8-10 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 215. WDI0175 WDI0274 WDI0275 KA24DE engine VG33E/VG33ER engine KA24DE engine 6. Recheck oil level with the dipstick. CHANGING ENGINE OILIt is normal to add some oil between oil 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and applymaintenance intervals or during the the parking brake.break-in period, depending on the severityof operating conditions. 2. Start the engine and let it idle until it reaches operating temperature, then turn it off. CAUTION 3. Remove the oil filler cap by turning it coun-Oil level should be checked regularly. Op- terclockwise.erating the engine with an insufficient 4. Place a large drain pan under the drain plug.amount of oil can damage the engine, andsuch damage is not covered by warranty. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 216. ● 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 10 Be 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. WDI0276 VG33E/VG33ER engine ● Check your local regulations. 5. Remove the drain plug with a wrench by 6. Clean and reinstall the drain plug and a new turning it counterclockwise and completely washer. Securely tighten the drain plug with drain the oil. a wrench. Do not use excessive force. If the oil filter is to be changed, remove and Drain plug tightening torque: replace it at this time. See “Changing engine 22 - 29 ft-lb (29 - 39 N·m) oil filter” later in this section. 7. Refill engine with recommended oil through the oil filler opening, then install the oil filler WARNING cap securely.● Prolonged and repeated contact with used engine oil may cause skin cancer. See “Capacities and recommended fuel/lubricants” in the “Technical and con- sumer information” section of this manual for drain and refill capacity.8-12 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 217. 7. Coat the gasket on the new filter with clean engine oil. 8. Screw on the oil filter until a slight resistance is felt, then tighten an additional 2/3 turn. 9. Start the engine and check for leakage around the oil filter. Correct as required. 10. Turn the engine off and wait more than 10 minutes. Check the oil level. Add engine oil if necessary. 11. Install the splash shield. WDI0277 WDI0278 KA24DE engine VG33E/VG33ER engineCHANGING ENGINE OIL FILTER CAUTION1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and apply Be careful not to burn yourself. The engine the parking brake. oil may be hot.2. Turn the engine off. 5. Loosen the oil filter with an oil filter wrench.3. Remove the splash shield. Then remove the oil filter by turning it by hand. ● Remove the six push pins. 6. Wipe the engine oil filter mounting surface ● Remove the six bolts and the splash shield. with a clean rag.4. Place a large drain pan under the oil filter. Be sure to remove any old gasket material remaining on the mounting surface of the engine. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 218. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID WARNING● When the engine is running, keep hands, jewelry and clothing away from any moving parts such as the cooling fan and drive belts.● Automatic transmission fluid is poison- ous and should be stored carefully in marked containers out of the reach of children. WDI0279 WDI0280 KA24DE engine VG33E/VG33ER engine TEMPERATURE CONDITIONS FOR ● The fluid can be checked at fluid tempera- CHECKING tures of 86 - 122°F (30 - 50°C) using the 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).8-14 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 219. POWER STEERING FLUID CAUTION DO NOT OVERFILL. Use ONLY Genuine Nissan Matic D ATF (Continental U.S. and Alaska) or Canada NISSAN Automatic Transmission Fluid. Dexron™ III/Mercon™ or equivalent may also be used. Outside the continental United States and Alaska contact a NISSAN dealership for more in- formation regarding suitable fluids, in- cluding recommended brand(s) of Dexron™ III/Mercon™ automatic trans- mission fluid. WDI0281 NOTE: WDI02824. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with If the vehicle has been driven for a long The fluid level should be checked using the HOT lint-free paper. time at high speeds, or in city traffic in hot MAX range on the power steering fluid reservoir weather, or if it is being used to pull a at fluid temperatures of 122° - 176°F (50° -5. Reinsert the dipstick into the dipstick tube trailer, the fluid level cannot be read accu- 80°C) or using the COLD MAX range on the as far as it will go. rately. You should wait until the fluid has power steering fluid reservoir at fluid tempera-6. Remove the dipstick and note the reading. If cooled down (about 30 minutes) before tures of 32° - 86°F (0° - 30°C). the automatic transmission fluid level is checking fluid level. If the fluid is below the MIN line, add Genuine within the normal operating range ᭺, no B NISSAN PSF fluid. Remove the cap and fill additional fluid is required. If the fluid level is through the opening. low ᭺ add fluid through the dipstick tube. A Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 220. BRAKE AND CLUTCH FLUID For further brake and clutch fluid specification CAUTION information, refer to “Capacities and recom-● DO NOT OVERFILL. mended fuel/lubricants” in the “Technical and● Recommended fluid is Genuine consumer information” section of this manual. NISSAN PSF or equivalent. 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 WDI0283 Do not spill the fluid on any painted sur- BRAKE FLUID faces. This will damage the paint. If fluid is spilled, immediately wash the surface Check the brake fluid level in the reservoir. If the with water. fluid level is below the MIN line or the brake warning light comes on, add Genuine NISSAN Super Heavy Duty Brake Fluid or equivalent DOT 3 fluid up to the MAX line. If fluid must be added frequently, the system should be checked by a NISSAN dealer.8-16 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 221. WINDOW WASHER FLUID 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. WDI0284 WDI0285CLUTCH FLUID WINDOW WASHER FLUIDCheck the clutch fluid level in the reservoir RESERVOIR(manual transmissions only). If the fluid level is Fill the window washer fluid reservoir periodically.below the MIN line, add Genuine NISSAN Super Add window washer fluid when the light comesHeavy Duty Brake Fluid or equivalent DOT 3 fluid on (if so equipped).up to the MAX line. If fluid must be added fre-quently, the system should be checked by a To fill the window washer fluid reservoir, lift theNISSAN dealer. cap off the reservoir tank and pour the window washer fluid into the tank opening.For further brake and clutch fluid specificationinformation, refer to “Capacities and recom- Add a washer solvent to the washer for bettermended fuel/lubricants” in the “Technical and cleaning. In the winter season, add a windshieldconsumer information” section of this manual. washer antifreeze. Follow the manufacturer’s in- structions for the mixture ratio. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 222. BATTERYRefill the reservoir more frequently when driving ● Keep the battery surface clean and dry. Any ● When working on or near a battery, al-conditions require an increased amount of win- corrosion should be washed off with a solu- ways wear suitable eye protection anddow washer fluid. tion of baking soda and water. remove all jewelry.Recommended fluid is Genuine NISSAN Wind- ● Make certain the terminal connections are ● Battery posts, terminals and related ac-shield Washer Concentrate Cleaner & Anti- clean and securely tightened. cessories contain lead and lead com-freeze or equivalent. pounds. Wash hands after handling. ● If the vehicle is not to be used for 30 days or CAUTION longer, disconnect the negative (-) battery ● Keep battery out of the reach of terminal cable to prevent discharge. children.● 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 full strength. Some methyl alcohol allow battery fluid to contact your skin, based washer fluid concentrates may eyes, fabrics or painted surfaces. After 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. Thoroughly voir tank. wash your hands. If the acid contacts● Pre-mix washer fluid concentrates with your eyes, skin or clothing, immediately water to the manufacturer’s recom- flush with water for at least 15 minutes mended levels before pouring the fluid and seek medical attention. into the window washer reservoir tank. ● Do not operate the vehicle if the fluid in 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 battery trate and water. which can generate heat, reduce bat- tery life, and in some cases lead to an explosion.8-18 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 223. 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. WDI02241. Remove the battery caps with a screwdriver as shown. Use a cloth to protect the battery case. LDI0302 2. Check the fluid level in each cell If it is necessary to add fluid, add only distilled water to bring the level up to the bottom of the filler opening. Do not overfill. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 224. DRIVE BELTS 1. Visually inspect each belt for signs of un- usual wear, cuts, fraying or looseness. If the belt is in poor condition or is loose, have it replaced or adjusted by a NISSAN dealer. 2. Have the belts checked regularly for condi- tion and tension in accordance with the maintenance schedule found in the “NISSAN Service and Maintenance Guide”. WDI0286 WDI0287 KA24DE engine VG33E engine1 Crankshaft 1 Crankshaft2 Water pump 2 Water pump3 Generator 3 Alternator4 Air conditioner compressor 4 Air conditioner compressor5 Power steering fluid pump 5 Power steering fluid pump : Tension checking points : Tension checking points WARNINGBe sure the ignition key is in the OFF orLOCK position. The engine could rotateunexpectedly.8-20 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 225. SPARK PLUGS WARNING Be sure the engine and ignition switch are off and that the parking brake is engaged securely. CAUTION Be sure to use the correct socket to re- move the spark plugs. An incorrect socket can damage the spark plugs. WDI0288 WDI0005 VG33ER engine REPLACING SPARK PLUGS1 Crankshaft2 Water pump Platinum-tipped spark plugs3 Generator It is not necessary to replace platinum-tipped4 Air conditioner compressor spark plugs as frequently as conventional type5 Power steering pump spark plugs because they last much longer. Fol-6 Supercharger low the maintenance schedule, but do not reuse7 Idler the spark plugs by cleaning or regapping. : Tension checking points ● Always replace spark plugs with rec- ommended or equivalent ones. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 226. Spark plug tightening torque: 14 - 22 ft-lb (20 - 29 N·m) 4. Reconnect the spark plug cables to their original positions. With Supercharger If replacement is required, please see your NISSAN dealer for assistance. WDI0193 KA24DE engineExcept supercharger 1. Disconnect the spark plug cables. When disconnecting, always hold the boots — not the cables. Mark all cables to identify their original location. WDI0289 2. Remove the spark plugs with a spark plug VG33E/VG33ER engine socket. 3. Fit the new plugs, one at a time, into the The plug socket has a rubber seal that holds spark plug socket and install them. Use the spark plug so it does not fall when it is only the specified spark plugs. Turn pulled out. Make sure each spark plug is each plug several full turns by hand, then snugly fitted into the spark plug socket. tighten with the spark plug socket to the correct torque. Do not overtighten.8-22 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 227. AIR CLEANER ● Never pour fuel into the throttle body or attempt to start the engine with the air cleaner removed. Doing so could result in serious injury. IN-CABIN MICROFILTER (if so equipped) The in-cabin microfilter restricts the entry of air- borne dust and pollen particles and reduces some objectionable outside odors. The filter is located behind the glove box. Refer to the “NISSAN Service and Maintenance Guide” for change intervals. WDI0290 WDI0291 To change the filter, perform the following proce- dure:The air cleaner filter should not be cleaned and WARNINGreused. Replace it according to the maintenance ● Operating the engine with the airintervals shown in the “NISSAN Service and cleaner removed can cause you or oth-Maintenance Guide.” When replacing the filter, ers to be burned. The air cleaner notwipe the inside of the air cleaner filter housing only cleans the air, it stops the flame ifand the cover with a damp cloth. 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. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 228. WDI0315 WDI0316 WDI03171. Pivot pins 1. Reinforcement panel 1. Cooling unit2. Glove box 2. Cooling unit 2. Clip 1. Remove the two pivot pins from the glove 3. Screws 3. Remove the clip securing the filters in the box. Remove the glove box. 4. Clip intake unit. 2. Remove the 7 screws and 1 clip from the CAUTION glove box frame. Remove the glove boxDo not disturb the front of the air bag frame.module.8-24 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 229. WDI0318 WDI03191. Cooling unit 1. Glove box2. Filter 2. Label (small) 4. Remove the filters. 3. Label (large) 9. Fill out the date information on the smallNOTE: label. Attach the small and large labels to theThe filters must be aligned with the plastic glove box lid.hook at the bottom. 5. Insert the first filter in the bottom position. Slide it up to the top position and insert the second filter in the bottom position. 6. Secure the filter with the clip. 7. Install the glove box frame. 8. Install the glove box. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 230. WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES WDI0308CLEANING 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.8-26 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2004 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 08/08/03—arosenma ੭
  • 231. WDI0195If you wax the surface of the hood, be careful notto let wax get into the washer nozzle ᭺. This may 1cause clogging or improper windshield washeroperation. If wax gets into the nozzle, remove itwith a needle or small pin ᭺. 2 Maintenance an