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2005 ALTIMA OWNER'S MANUAL

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  • 1. FOREWORD READ FIRST—THEN DRIVE SAFELYWelcome to the growing family of new NISSAN Before driving your vehicle please read this Own- MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLEowners. This vehicle is delivered to you with er’s Manual carefully. This will ensure familiarityconfidence. It was produced using the latest with controls and maintenance requirements, as- This vehicle should not be modified.techniques and strict quality control. sisting you in the safe operation of your vehicle. Modification could affect its performance, safety or durability, andThis manual was prepared to help you under- WARNING may even violate governmentalstand the operation and maintenance of yourvehicle so that you may enjoy many miles (kilome- regulations. In addition, damage or per- IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION RE-ters) of driving pleasure. Please read through this MINDERS FOR SAFETY! formance problems resulting frommanual before operating your vehicle. modifications may not be covered under Follow these important driving rules to NISSAN warranties.A separate Warranty Information Booklet help ensure a safe and complete trip forexplains details about the warranties cov- you and your passengers!ering your vehicle. The “NISSAN Service ● NEVER drive under the influence of al-and Maintenance Guide” explains details cohol or drugs.about maintaining and servicing your ve-hicle. Additionally, a separate Customer ● ALWAYS observe posted speed limitsCare/Lemon Law Booklet (U.S. only) will and never drive too fast for conditions.explain how to resolve any concerns you ● ALWAYS use your seat belts and appro-may have with your vehicle, as well as priate child restraint systems. Preteenclarify your rights under your state’s lemon children should be seated in the rearlaw. seat.Your NISSAN dealership knows your vehicle ● ALWAYS provide information about thebest. When you require any service or have any proper use of vehicle safety features toquestions, they will be glad to assist you with the all occupants of the vehicle.extensive resources available to them. ● ALWAYS review this owner’s manual for important safety information. ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 2. WHEN READING THE MANUALThis manual includes information for all options CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65available on this model. Therefore, you may find WARNINGsome information that does not apply to yourvehicle. WARNINGAll information, specifications and illustrations in Engine exhaust, some of its constituents,this manual are those in effect at the time of and certain vehicle components containprinting. NISSAN reserves the right to change or emit chemicals known to the State ofspecifications or design without notice and with- California to cause cancer and birth de-out obligation. fects or other reproductive harm. In addi-IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT tion, certain fluids contained in vehiclesTHIS MANUAL and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals known to theYou will see various symbols in this manual. They State of California to cause cancer andare used in the following ways: APD1005 birth defects or other reproductive harm. If you see this symbol, it means “Do not do this” WARNING or “Do not let this happen.”This is used to indicate the presence of ahazard that could cause death or seriouspersonal injury. To avoid or reduce the If you see a symbol similar to these in an illustra-risk, the procedures must be followed tion, it means the arrow points to the front of theprecisely. © 2004 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. vehicle. GARDENA, CALIFORNIA CAUTION All rights reserved. No part of this Owner’sThis is used to indicate the presence of a Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these Manual may be reproduced or stored in a retrievalhazard that could cause minor or moder- indicate movement or action. system, or transmitted in any form, or by anyate personal injury or damage to your ve- means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,hicle. To avoid or reduce the risk, the pro- recording or otherwise, without the prior writtencedures must be followed carefully. Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these permission of Nissan North America, Inc., Gar- call attention to an item in the illustration. dena, California. ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—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 been established by NISSAN.produce the finest in safe, reliable and economical San Diego, California, and engineering at NISSANtransportation. Your vehicle is the product of a suc- Technical 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 more than know, seat belts are an integral part of the safetyand trucks in over 17 countries and distributes them 21,000 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 sup- with a vehicle that is built with quality and craftsman-trucks, NISSAN also makes forklift trucks, marine pliers 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—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—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 You can write to NISSAN with the information at:dealer cannot assist you with or you would like to the following information: For U.S. customersprovide NISSAN directly with comments or – Your name, address, and telephone number Nissan North America, Inc.questions, please contact the NISSAN Con- – Vehicle identification number (attached to the Consumer Affairs Departmentsumer Affairs Department using our toll-free top of the instrument panel on the driver’s P.O. Box 191number: side) Gardena, California 90248-0191For U.S. customers – Date of purchase For Canadian customers 1-800-NISSAN-1 Nissan Canada Inc. (1-800-647-7261) – Current odometer reading 5290 Orbitor DriveFor Canadian customers – Your NISSAN dealer’s name Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4Z5 1-800-387-0122 – Your comments or questions OR We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle. ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 5. Table of Illustrated table of contents 0Contents Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1 Instruments and controls 2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3 Display screen, 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 check locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-8Exterior rear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-4 Warning/indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-10Passenger compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 8. AIRBAGS, SEAT BELTS AND CHILDRESTRAINTS 1. Supplemental front impact air bags (P. 1-33) 2. Supplemental curtain side-impact air bag (if so equipped) (P. 1-33) 3. Supplemental side impact air bag (if so equipped) (P. 1-33) 4. Seat belt pretensioners (P. 1-47) 5. Front seat belts (P. 1-9) 6. Rear seat belts (P. 1-9) 7. Top tether anchor point (P. 1-25) 8. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) (P. 1-24) 9. Seats (P. 1-2) 10. Front head restraint (P. 1-7) 11. Rear head restraint (P. 1-7) 12. Occupant classification sensor (weight sensor) (P.1-41) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. WII00460-2 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 9. EXTERIOR FRONT 1. Engine hood (P. 3-9) 2. Headlight and turn signal switch (P. 2-21) 3. Replacing bulbs (P. 8-30) 4. Windshield wiper and washer switch (P. 2-19) 5. Windshield (P. 8-24) 6. Power windows (P. 2-37) 7. Door locks, keyfob, keys (P. 3-3, 3-5, 3-2) 8. Mirrors (P. 3-15) 9. Tire pressure (P. 8-39) 10. Flat tire (P. 6-2) 11. Tire chains (P. 8-46) 12. Fog light switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-25) 13. Tie down/towing hooks (P. 6-11) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII0044 Illustrated table of contents 0-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 10. EXTERIOR REAR 1. Rear window defroster switch (P. 2-20) 2. Trunk lid (P. 3-10) 3. Vehicle loading (P.9-13) 4. Interior trunk lid release (P. 3-11) 5. Replacing bulbs (P. 8-30) 6. Fuel filler cap, fuel recommendation (P. 3-12, P. 9-3) 7. Fuel filler lid (P. 3-12) 8. Child safety locks (P. 3-5) LII00230-4 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/05/05—arosenma ੭
  • 11. PASSENGER COMPARTMENT 1. Glove box (P. 2-32) 2. Automatic anti-glare inside mirror (if so equipped) (P. 3-15) 3. Sun visors (P. 3-14) 4. Interior lights, illuminated entry (P. 2-40) 5. Front seat (P. 1-2) 6. Sunroof (if so equipped) (P. 2-39) 7. Interior trunk access (P. 1-6) 8. Rear seat (P. 1-6) 9. Front console (P. 2-33) 10. Front cup holders (P. 2-31) 11. Park brake, parking on hills (P. 5-14, P. 5-18) 12. HomeLinkா (if so equipped) (P. 2-42) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII0026 Illustrated table of contents 0-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 12. INSTRUMENT PANEL 1. Driver, center and passenger ventila- tors (P. 4-11) 2. Headlight/fog light (if so equipped)/turn signal switch (P. 2-21) 3. Steering wheel switch for audio control (if so equipped) (P. 4-41) 4. Driver supplemental air bag/horn (P. 1-33, 2-26) 5. Meters and gauges (P. 2-3) 6. Cruise control main/set switch (if so equipped) (P. 5-15) 7. Windshield wiper/washer switch (P. 2-19) 8. Storage (if so equipped) (P. 2-30) 9. Glove box (P. 2-32) 10. Front passenger supplemental air bag (P. 1-33) 11. Heater and air conditioner (manual or automatic) (P. 4-11, P. 4-20) 12. Power outlet or cigarette lighter (if so equipped) (P. 2-28, P. 2-29) 13. Heated seat switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-26) 14. Shift selector lever (P. 5-7) 15. Hazard warning flasher switch (P. 2-25) 16. Storage or ashtray (if so equipped) WIC0745 (P. 2-30, P. 2-29)0-6 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 13. 17 Front passenger air bag status light (P. 1-43)18. Audio system controls (if so equipped) (P. 4-23)19. Ignition switch (P. 5-4)20. Tilt/telescopic steering wheel controls (P. 3-13)21. Traction control system (TCS) off switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-27)22. Instrument brightness control (P. 2-24)23. Trunk opener (P. 3-10)24. Meters and guages (if so equipped) (P. 2-3)25. Navigation system* (if so equipped) (P. 4-2)26. Navigation system* controls (if so equipped) (P. 4-2)*: Refer to the separate Navigation System Own-er’s Manual.See the page number indicated in paren-theses for operating details. Illustrated table of contents 0-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 14. ENGINE COMPARTMENT CHECKLOCATIONS QR25DE engine 1. Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-15) 2. Spark plug caps (P. 8-20) 3. Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) 4. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) (P. 8-16) 5. Air cleaner (P. 8-21) 6. Battery (P. 8-17) 7. Fuse/fusible link box (P. 8-26) 8. Transmission dipstick (A/T models) (P. 8-13) 9. Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-9) 10. Radiator cap (P. 8-8) 11. Fuse block (P. 8-26) 12. Windshield washer fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) 13. Engine coolant reservoir (P. 8-8) 14. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-9) NOTE: Engine cover removed for clarity. See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LDI04180-8 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 15. VQ35DE engine 1. Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-15) 2. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-9) 3. Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) 4. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) (P. 8-16) 5. Air cleaner (P. 8-21) 6. Battery (P. 8-17) 7. Fuse/fusible link box (P. 8-26) 8. Transmission dipstick (A/T models) (P. 8-15) 9. Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-9) 10. Radiator cap (P. 8-8) 11. Fuse block (P. 8-26) 12. Windshield washer fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) 13. Engine coolant reservoir (P. 8-8) NOTE: Engine cover removed for clarity. See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LDI0417 Illustrated table of contents 0-9੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30)Owners Manual—USA_English (nna)01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 16. WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS Warning Name Page Warning Name Page Indicator Name Page light light light Engine oil pres- 2-12 Automatic 5-4 Anti-lock brake 2-11 sure warning transmission or warning light light position indica- (if so equipped) tor light (A/T Low fuel warn- 2-13 models) or ing light Automatic 2-12 CRUISE main 5-15 transmission switch indicator check warning light (if so light (if so Low windshield 2-13 equipped) equipped) washer fluid warning light Cruise SET 5-15 Brake warning 2-12 switch indicator light Seat belt warn- 2-13 or light (if so ing light and equipped) chime Front passenger 2-14 Charge warning 2-12 Supplemental 1-49 or air bag status light air bag warning light Door open 2-12 light warning light Trunk lid open 2-13 warning light0-10 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 17. Indicator Name Page light High beam in- 2-14 dicator light (blue) Malfunction 2-14 indicator lamp (MIL) Slip indicator 2-15 light (if so equipped) Traction control 2-15 system off indi- cator light (if so equipped) Turn 2-15 signal/hazard indicator lights Illustrated table of contents 0-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 18. MEMO0-12 Illustrated table of contents
  • 19. 1 Safety—Seats, seat belts andsupplemental restraint systemSeats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Child restraint installation on rear seat center Front manual seat adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 or outboard positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18 Front power seat adjustment LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for (if so equipped for driver’s seat) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4 CHildren) system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24 Folding rear seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 Top tether strap child restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25 Head restraint adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7 Child restraint installation on front passenger seat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-26 Active head restraint (front seats). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8 Booster seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9 Precautions on booster seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29 Precautions on seat belt usage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9 Booster seat installation on rear seat center Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11 or outboard positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-31 Pregnant women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13 Booster seat installation on front passenger Injured persons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13 seat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-32 Three-point type seat belt with retractor . . . . . . . . . . 1-13 Supplemental restraint system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-33 Seat belt extenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 Precautions on supplemental restraint Seat belt maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-33Child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 Supplemental air bag warning labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-48 Precautions on child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 Supplemental air bag warning light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-49 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—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 restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—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 for added comfort and 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 restraint system 1-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 22. WRS0131 WRS0163Seat lifter (if so equipped for driver’s FRONT POWER SEAT ● Do not leave children unattended insideseat) ADJUSTMENT (if so equipped for the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- driver’s seat) tivate switches or controls. UnattendedTurn either dial to adjust the angle and height of children could become involved in seri-the seat cushion to the desired position. ous accidents. WARNING ● Do not adjust the driver’s seat while Operating tips driving so full attention may be given to ● The power seat motor has an auto-reset vehicle operation. The seat may move suddenly and could cause loss of con- overload protection circuit. If the motor trol of the vehicle. stops during operation, wait 30 seconds, then reactivate the switch. ● Do not operate the power seat switch for a long period of time when the engine is off. This will discharge the battery.1-4 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 23. Forward and backwardMoving the switch forward or backward will slidethe seat forward or backward to the desiredposition.RecliningMove the recline switch backward until the de-sired angle is obtained. To bring the seatbackforward again, move the switch forward andmove your body forward. The seatback will moveforward.The reclining feature allows adjustment of theseatback for occupants of different sizes foradded comfort and to help obtain proper seat WRS0164 WRS0389belt fit (see “Precautions on seat belt usage” later Seat lifter (if so equipped for driver’s Lumbar support (if so equipped forin this section). Also, the seatback can be re- seat) driver’s seat)clined to allow occupants to rest when the ve-hicle is stopped. Push the front or rear end of the switch up or The lumbar support feature provides lower back down to adjust the angle and height of the seat support to the driver. Move the lever forward or cushion. backward to adjust the seat lumbar area. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 24. ᭺ 1 Push down on the button on the rear parcel ● Closely supervise children when they shelf. are around cars to prevent them from ᭺ 2 Fold down the passenger side seatback. playing and becoming locked in the trunk where they could be seriously in- WARNING jured. Keep the car locked, with the rear seatback and trunk lid securely latched ● Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo when not in use, and prevent children’s area or on the rear seat when it is in the access to car keys. fold-down position. Use of these areas by passengers without proper restraints could result in serious injury in an acci- dent or sudden stop. ● 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. ● When returning the seatbacks to the upright position, be certain they are completely secured in the latched posi- tion. If they are not completely secured, WRS0166 passengers may be injured in an acci- dent or sudden stop.FOLDING REAR SEATInterior trunk accessThe trunk can be accessed from the passengerside of the rear seat for loading and unloading, asshown.1-6 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 25. LRS0225 WRS0167 WRS0133To fold down the driver side of the rear seat, reach Center armrest HEAD RESTRAINT ADJUSTMENTthrough the opening and pull on the strap ᭺ 1located behind the seat. Pull the armrest forward until it is horizontal. To raise the head restraint, pull it up. To lower, push and hold the lock knob and push the headThe rear seats can be locked using the master restraint down.key to prevent unauthorized access. The valet keycannot be used to lock or unlock the release WARNINGbutton. For more information on keys, refer to“Keys” in the “Pre-driving checks and adjust- Head restraints should be adjusted prop-ments” section of this manual. erly as they may provide significant pro- tection against injury in an accident. Do not remove them. Check the adjustment after someone else uses the seat. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 26. ● Do not attach anything to the head re- straint stalks. Doing so could impair active head restraint function. The head restraint moves forward utilizing the force that the seatback receives from the occu- pant in a rear-end collision. The movement of the head restraint helps support the occupant’s head by reducing its backward movement and helping absorb some of the forces that may lead to whip- lash type injuries. Active head restraints are effective for collisions at low to medium speeds in which it is said that whiplash injury occurs most. WRS0134 SPA1025Adjust the head restraint so the center is level Active head restraints operate only in certain ACTIVE HEAD RESTRAINT (front rear-end collisions. After the collision, the headwith the center of your ears. seats) restraints return to their original positions. Properly adjust the active head restraints as de- WARNING scribed earlier in this section. ● Always adjust the head restraints prop- erly as specified in the previous section. Failure to do so can reduce the effec- tiveness of the active head restraint. ● Active head restraints are designed to supplement other safety systems. Al- ways wear seat belts. No system can prevent all injuries in any accident.1-8 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 27. SEAT BELTS SSS0136PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELTUSAGEIf you are wearing your seat belt properly ad-justed and you are sitting upright and well back inyour seat, your chances of being injured or killedin an accident and/or the severity of injury may begreatly reduced. NISSAN strongly encouragesyou and all of your passengers to buckle up everytime you drive, even if your seating position in-cludes 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 restraint system 1-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 28. SSS0134 SSS0016 WARNING WARNING● Every person who drives or rides in this ● The seat belt should be properly ad- vehicle should use a seat belt at all justed to a snug fit. Failure to do so may times. Children should be properly re- reduce the effectiveness of the entire strained in the rear seat and, if appro- restraint system and increase the priate, in a child restraint. chance or severity of injury in an acci- dent. Serious injury or death can occur if the seat belt is not worn properly.1-10 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 29. ● Be sure the seat belt tongue is securely ● All seat belt assemblies, including re- fastened to the proper buckle. tractors and attaching hardware, should be inspected after any collision ● Do not wear the seat belt inside out or by a NISSAN dealer. NISSAN recom- twisted. Doing so may reduce its mends that all seat belt assemblies in effectiveness. use during a collision be replaced un- ● Do not allow more than one person to less the collision was minor and the use the same seat belt. belts show no damage and continue to ● Never carry more people in the vehicle operate properly. Seat belt assemblies than there are seat belts. not in use during a collision should also be inspected and replaced if either ● If the seat belt warning light glows con- damage or improper operation is noted. tinuously while the ignition is turned ON with all doors closed and all seat ● All child restraints and attaching hard- SSS0014 belts fastened, it may indicate a mal- ware should be inspected after any col- function in the system. Have the system lision. Always follow the restraint WARNING checked by a NISSAN dealer. manufacturer’s inspection instructions and replacement recommendations.● Always route the shoulder belt over ● Once the pre-tensioner seat belt has The child restraints should be replaced your shoulder and across your chest. activated, it cannot be reused and must if they are damaged. Never run the belt behind your back, be replaced together with the retractor. under your arm or across your neck. The See your NISSAN dealer. CHILD SAFETY belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. ● Removal and installation of the pre- Children need adults to help protect them. tensioner seat belt system components They need to be properly restrained.● Position the lap belt as low and snug as should be done by a NISSAN dealer. possible AROUND THE HIPS, NOT THE In addition to the general information in this WAIST. A lap belt worn too high could manual, child safety information is available from increase the risk of internal injuries in many other sources, including doctors, teachers, an accident. government traffic safety offices, and community organizations. Every child is different, so be sure to learn the best way to transport your child. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 30. There are three basic types of child restraint for infants and small children. See “Child Re- placed in a forward facing child restraint. Refer tosystems: straints” later in this section. the manufacturer’s instructions for minimum and maximum weight and height recommendations. ● Rear facing child restraint Also, there are other types of child restraints NISSAN recommends that small children be available for larger children for additional protec- ● Front facing child restraint placed in child restraints that comply with Federal tion. Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Mo- ● Booster seat NISSAN recommends that all pre-teens tor Vehicle Safety Standards. You should chooseThe proper restraint depends on the child’s size. and children be restrained in the rear seat. a child restraint that fits your vehicle and alwaysGenerally, infants up to about 1 year and less According to accident statistics, children follow the manufacturer’s instructions for instal-than 20 pounds (9 kg) should be placed in rear are safer when properly restrained in the lation and use.facing child restraints. Front facing child re- rear seat than in the front seat.straints are available for children who outgrow Larger children This is especially important because yourrear facing child restraints and are at least 1 year vehicle has a supplemental restraint sys- Children who are too large for child restraintsold. Booster seats are used to help position a tem (Air bag system) for the front passen- should be seated and restrained by the seat beltsvehicle lap/shoulder belt on a child who can no ger. See “Supplemental restraint system” which are provided. The seat belt may not fitlonger use a front facing child restraint. later in this section. properly if the child is less than 4 feet 9 inches (142.5 cm) tall and weighs between 40 lbs (18 WARNING Infants kg) and 80 lbs (36 kg). A booster seat should be Infants up to at least 1 year old should be placed used to obtain proper seat belt fit.Infants and children need special protec-tion. The vehicle’s seat belts may not fit in a rear facing child restraint. NISSAN recom- NISSAN recommends that a child be placed in athem properly. The shoulder belt may mends that infants be placed in child restraints commercially available booster seat if the shoul-come too close to the face or neck. The that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety der belt in the child’s seating position fits close tolap belt may not fit over their small hip Standards or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety the face or neck or if the lap portion of the seatbones. In an accident, an improperly fit- Standards. You should choose a child restraint belt goes across the abdomen. The booster seatting seat belt could cause serious or fatal that fits your vehicle and always follow the manu- should raise the child so that the shoulder belt isinjury. Always use appropriate child facturer’s instructions for installation and use. properly positioned across the top, middle por-restraints. tion of the shoulder and the lap belt is low on the Small Children hips. A booster seat can only be used in seatingAll U.S. states and Canadian provinces or terri- Children that are over one year old and weigh positions that have a three-point type seat belt.tories require the use of approved child restraints between 20 lbs (9 kg) and 40 lbs (18 kgs) can be The booster seat should fit the vehicle seat and1-12 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 31. have a label certifying that it complies with Fed- THREE-POINT TYPE SEAT BELTeral Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian WITH RETRACTORMotor Vehicle Safety Standards. Once the childhas grown so the shoulder belt is no longer on or WARNINGnear the face and neck, use the shoulder beltwithout the booster seat. ● Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should use a seat belt at all WARNING times.Never let a child stand or kneel on any ● Do not ride in a moving vehicle whenseat and do not allow a child in the cargo the seatback is reclined. This can beareas while the vehicle is moving. The dangerous. The shoulder belt will notchild could be seriously injured or killed in be against your body. In an accident,an accident or sudden stop. you could be thrown into it and receive neck or other serious injuries. YouPREGNANT WOMEN could also slide under the lap belt and WRS0174 receive serious internal injuries. Manual front seat shownNISSAN recommends that pregnant women useseat belts. The seat belt should be worn snug, ● For the most effective protection when Fastening the seat beltsand always position the lap belt as low as pos- the vehicle is in motion, the seat shouldsible around the hips, not the waist. Place the be upright. Always sit well back in the ᭺ 1 Adjust the seat. See “Seats” earlier in this section.shoulder belt over your shoulder and across your seat and adjust the seat belt properly.chest. Never run the lap/shoulder belt over yourabdominal area. Contact your doctor for specificrecommendations.INJURED PERSONSNISSAN recommends that injured persons useseat belts. Check with your doctor for specificrecommendations. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 32. When automatic locking mechanism is activated the seat belt cannot be extended 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 re- straints” 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. It can also change the operation of the front passen- ger air bag. See “Front passenger air bag WRS0137 WRS0138 and status light” later in this section.᭺2 Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retractor ᭺ 3 Position the lap belt portion low and snug and insert the tongue into the buckle until on the hips as shown. WARNING you hear and feel the latch engage. ᭺ 4 Pull the shoulder belt portion toward the When fastening the seat belts, be certain ● The retractor is designed to lock during retractor to take up extra slack. Be sure the that the seatbacks are completely se- a sudden stop or on impact. A slow shoulder belt is routed over your shoulder cured in the latched position. If they are pulling motion permits the seat belt to and across your chest. not completely secured, passengers may move, and allows you some freedom of be injured in an accident or sudden stop. The front passenger seat and the rear seating movement in the seat. positions three-point seat belts have a locking ● If the seat belt cannot be pulled from mechanism for child restraint installation. It is its fully retracted position, firmly pull referred to as the automatic locking mode or child the belt and release it. Then smoothly restraint mode. pull the belt out of the retractor.1-14 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 33. To increase your confidence in the seat belts, check the operation as follows. ● Grasp the shoulder belt and pull forward quickly. The retractor should lock and re- strict further belt movement. If the retractor does not lock during this check or if you have any questions about seat belt opera- tion, see a NISSAN dealer. WRS0139 WRS0171Unfastening the seat belts Shoulder belt height adjustment (Front᭺1 To unfasten the seat belt, press the button on seats) the buckle. The seat belt automatically re- The shoulder belt anchor height should be ad- tracts. justed to the position best for you. (See “Precau- tions on seat belt usage” earlier in this section.)Checking seat belt operation The belt should be away from your face and neck,Seat belt retractors are designed to lock seat belt but not falling off your shoulder.movement by two separate methods: To adjust the shoulder belt anchor height: ● When the seat belt is pulled quickly from the retractor. ᭺ 1 Push in the adjustment button. ● When the vehicle slows down rapidly. ᭺ 2 Move the shoulder belt anchor to the desired position so the belt passes over the center of the shoulder. Release the adjustment button to lock the shoulder belt anchor into position. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 34. CHILD RESTRAINTS WARNING ● Adults and children who can use the standard seat belt should not use an● After adjustment, release the adjust- extender. Such unnecessary use could ment button and try to move the shoul- result in serious personal injury in the der belt anchor up and down to make event of an accident. sure it is securely fixed in position. ● Never use seat belt extenders to install● The shoulder belt anchor height should child restraints. If the child restraint is be adjusted to the position best for you. not secured properly, the child could be Failure to do so may reduce the effec- seriously injured in a collision or a sud- tiveness of the entire restraint system den stop. and increase the chance or severity of injury in an accident. SEAT BELT MAINTENANCESEAT BELT EXTENDERS ● To clean the seat belt webbing, apply a mild soap solution or any solution recom- ARS1098If, because of body size or driving position, it is mended for cleaning upholstery or carpet.not possible to properly fit the lap-shoulder belt PRECAUTIONS ON CHILD Then wipe with a cloth and allow the seatand fasten it, an extender is available which is belts to dry in the shade. Do not allow the seat RESTRAINTScompatible with the installed seat belts. The ex- belts to retract until they are completely dry.tender adds approximately 8 inches (200 mm) of WARNINGlength and may be used for either the driver or ● If dirt builds up in the shoulder belt guide of the seat belt anchors, the seat ● Infants and small children should al-front passenger seating position. See a NISSAN ways be placed in an appropriate childdealer for assistance if an extender is required. belts may retract slowly. Wipe the shoulder belt guide with a clean, dry cloth. restraint while riding in the vehicle. Failure to use a child restraint can re- WARNING ● Periodically check to see that the seat sult in serious injury or death.● Only NISSAN seat belt extenders, made belt and the metal components, such as by the same company which made the buckles, tongues, retractors, flexible wires original equipment seat belts, should and anchors, work properly. If loose parts, be used with NISSAN seat belts. deterioration, cuts or other damage on the webbing is found, the entire seat belt as- sembly should be replaced.1-16 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 35. ● Even with the NISSAN Advanced Air ers. When selecting any child restraint, keep the Bag System, never install a rear-facing following points in mind: child restraint in the front seat. An in- ● Choose only a restraint with a label certifying flating supplemental front air bag could that it complies with Federal Motor Vehicle seriously injure or kill your child. A rear- Safety Standard 213 or Canadian Motor facing child restraint must only be used Vehicle Safety Standard 213. in the rear seat. ● Check the child restraint in your vehicle to be ● NISSAN recommends that the child re- straint be installed in the rear seat. Ac- sure it is compatible with the vehicle’s seat cording to accident statistics, children and seat belt system. are safer when properly restrained in ● If the child restraint is compatible with your the rear seat than in the front seat. vehicle, place your child in the child restraint ● An improperly installed child restraint and check the various adjustments to be WRS0256 could lead to serious injury or death in sure the child restraint is compatible with an accident. your child. Choose a child restraint that is WARNING designed for your child’s height and weight.● Infants and small children should never In general, child restraints are designed to be Always follow all recommended procedures. be carried on your lap. It is not possible installed with the lap portion of a lap/shoulder seat belt. In addition, this vehicle is equipped with All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or for even the strongest adult to resist the forces of a severe accident. The child a universal child restraint lower anchor system, territories require that infants and small could be crushed between the adult and referred to as the LATCH (Lower Anchors and children be restrained in an approved child parts of the vehicle. Also, do not put the Tethers for CHildren) system. Some child re- restraint at all times while the vehicle is same seat belt around both your child straints include two rigid or webbing-mounted being operated. and yourself. attachments that can be connected to these lower anchors. For details, see the “LATCH WARNING (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) sys- ● Improper use of a child restraint can tem” later in this section. increase the risk or severity of injury for Child restraints for infants and small children of both the child and other occupants of the vehicle. various sizes are offered by several manufactur- Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 36. ● Follow all of the child restraint manu- ● If you must install a front facing child ● Failure to use the retractor’s locking facturer’s instructions for installation restraint in the front seat, see “Child mode will result in the child restraint and use. When purchasing a child re- restraint installation on front passenger not being properly secured. The re- straint, be sure to select one which will seat” later in this section. straint could tip over or otherwise be fit your child and vehicle. It may not be unsecured and cause injury to the child ● When your child restraint is not in use, possible to properly install some types in a sudden stop or collision. keep it secured with a seat belt to pre- of child restraints in your vehicle. vent it from being thrown around in ● When installing a child restraint system● If the child restraint is not anchored case of a sudden stop or accident. in the rear center position, both the properly, the risk of a child being in- center seat belt connector tongue and jured in a collision or a sudden stop CAUTION buckle tongue must be secured. 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. Push it from side to side. Try to tug it forward CHILD RESTRAINT INSTALLATION and check to see if the belt holds the ON REAR SEAT CENTER OR restraint in place. The child restraint OUTBOARD POSITIONS should not move more than 1 inch (25 mm). If the restraint is not secure, WARNING tighten the belt as necessary, or put the restraint in another seat and test it ● The three-point seat belt in your vehicle again. You may need to try a different is equipped with an automatic locking child restraint. Not all child restraints fit mode retractor which must be used in all types of vehicles. when installing a child restraint.1-18 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 37. ᭺ 1 Position the child restraint on the seat. Al- ways follow the restraint manufacturer’s in- structions. The back of the child restraint should be secured against the vehicle seat back. If necessary, adjust or remove the head restraint to obtain the correct child restraint fit. See “Head restraint adjustment” earlier in this section. If the head restraint is removed, store it in a secure place. Be sure to install the head restraint when the child restraint is removed. If the seating position does not have an adjustable head restraint and it is interfering with the proper child restraint fit, try another seating position or a different LRS0412 child restraint. LRS0413 Front Facing (outboard) — step 1 Front Facing (center) — step 1Front facingWhen you install a child restraint in the rear seat,follow these steps: Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 38. WRS0250 LRS0458 LRS0457 Front Facing — step 2 Front Facing — step 3 Front Facing — step 4᭺2 Route the seat belt tongue through the child ᭺ 3 Pull on the shoulder belt until all of the belt is ᭺ 4 Allow the seat belt to retract. Pull up on the restraint and insert it into the buckle until you fully extended. At this time, the seat belt shoulder belt to remove any slack in the belt. hear and feel the latch engage. retractor is in the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode). It reverts back to Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- emergency locking mode when the seat belt facturer’s instructions for belt routing. is fully retracted.1-20 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 39. 6. Check that the retractor is in the automatic locking mode by trying to pull more seat belt out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any more belt webbing out of the retractor, the retractor is in the automatic locking mode. 7. Check to make sure that the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the 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. WRS0252 LRS0406 Front Facing — step 5 Rear Facing (outboard) — step 1᭺5 Before placing the child in the child restraint, Rear facing use force to push the child restraint from side to side, and tug it forward to make sure When you install a child restraint in the rear seat, follow these steps: that it is securely held in place. It should not move more than 1 inch (25 mm). If it does ᭺ 1 Position the child restraint on the seat. Al- move more than 1 inch (25 mm), pull again ways follow the restraint manufacturer’s in- on the shoulder belt to further tighten the structions. child restraint. If unable to properly secure the restraint move the restraint to another rear seating position and try again , or try a different child restraint. Not all child re- straints fit in all types of vehicles. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 40. LRS0407 LRS0408 LRS0409 Rear Facing (center) — step 1 Rear Facing — step 2 Rear Facing — step 3 ᭺ 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 seat belt hear and feel the latch engage. retractor is in the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode). It reverts to emer- Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- gency locking mode when the seat belt is facturer’s instructions for belt routing. fully retracted.1-22 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 41. 6. Check that the retractor is in the automatic locking mode by trying to pull more seat belt out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any more seat belt webbing out of the retractor, the retractor is in the automatic locking mode. 7. Check to make sure that the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the belt is not locked, repeat steps 3 through 6. After the child restraint is removed and the seat belt fully retracted, the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode) is canceled. LRS0410 LRS0411 Rear Facing — step 4 Rear Facing — step 5᭺4 Allow the seat 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 push 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 (25 mm). If it does move more than 1 inch (25 mm), pull again on the shoulder belt to further tighten the child restraint. If unable to properly secure the restraint move the restraint to another rear seating position and try again , or try a different child restraint. Not all child re- straints fit in all types of vehicles. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 42. ● 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. WRS0440 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.1-24 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 43. 2. After attaching the child restraint and before WARNING placing the child in it, use force to push the child restraint from side to side and tug it Child restraint anchor points are designed forward to make sure that the child restraint to withstand only those loads imposed by is securely held in place. It should not move correctly fitted child restraints. Under no more than 1 inch (25 mm). circumstances are they to be used for adult seat belts or harnesses.3. Check to make sure that the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. Anchor point locations Anchor points are located on the rear parcel shelf finisher. If you have any questions when installing a top strap child restraint on the rear seat, WRS0435 consult your NISSAN dealer for details. TOP TETHER STRAP CHILD RESTRAINT If your child restraint has a top tether strap, it must be secured to the provided anchor point. First, secure the child restraint with the rear seat belt. Flip up the anchor cover from the anchor point which is located directly behind the child seat. Position the top tether strap over the top of the seat back ᭺ and secure it to the tether anchor 1 bracket that provides the straightest installation. Tighten the strap according to the manufactur- er’s instructions to remove any slack. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 44. ● 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. Also, it can change the operation of the front pas- senger air bag. See “Front passenger air bag and status light” later in this WRS0256 WRS0378 section.CHILD RESTRAINT INSTALLATION ● NISSAN recommends that child re-ON FRONT PASSENGER SEAT straints be installed in the rear seat. However, if you must install a forward WARNING facing child restraint in the front pas- senger seat, move the passenger seat● Even with the NISSAN Advanced Air to the rearmost position. Also, be sure Bag System, never install a rear-facing the front passenger air bag status light child restraint in the front passenger is illuminated to indicate the passenger seat. Supplemental front air bags in- air bag is OFF. See “Front passenger air flate with great force. A rear-facing bag and status light” later in this sec- child restraint could be struck by the tion for details. supplemental front air bag in a crash and could seriously injure or kill your ● A child restraint with a top tether strap child. should not be used in the front passen- ger seat.1-26 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 45. The back of the child restraint should be secured against the vehicle seat back. If necessary, adjust or remove the head re- straint to obtain the correct child restraint fit. See “Head restraint adjustment” earlier in this section. If the head restraint is removed, store it in a secure place. Be sure to install the head restraint when the child restraint is removed. If the seating position does not have an adjustable head restraint and it is interfering with the proper child restraint fit, try another seating position or a different child restraint. WRS0379 WRS0159 Front Facing — step 1 Front Facing — step 2If you must install a child restraint in the front seat,follow these steps: ᭺ 2 Route the seat belt tongue through the child restraint and insert it into the buckle until you᭺1 Position the child restraint on the front pas- hear and feel the latch engage. senger seat. It should be placed in a Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- front-facing direction only. Move the facturer’s instructions for belt routing. seat to the rearmost position. Adjust the head restraint to its highest position. Always follow the child restraint manufacturer’s in- structions. Child restraints for infants must be used in the rear-facing direc- tion and therefore must not be used in the front seat. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 46. WRS0160 LRS0457 WRS0380 Front Facing — step 3 Front Facing — step 4 Front Facing — step 5᭺3 Pull on the shoulder belt until all of the belt is ᭺ 4 Allow the seat belt to retract slightly. Pull up ᭺ 5 Before placing the child in the child restraint, fully extended. At this time, the seat belt on the shoulder belt to remove any slack in use force to push the child restraint from retractor is in the automatic locking mode the belt. side to side, and tug it forward to make sure (child restraint mode). It reverts to emer- that it is securely held in place. It should not gency locking mode when the seat belt is move more than 1 inch (25 mm). If it does fully retracted. move more than 1 inch (25 mm), pull again on the shoulder belt to further tighten the child restraint. If unable to properly secure the restraint move the restraint to another seating position and try again , or try a differ- ent child restraint. Not all child restraints fit in all types of vehicles.1-28 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 47. BOOSTER SEATS 6. Check that the retractor is in the automatic PRECAUTIONS ON BOOSTER ● A booster seat must only be installed in locking mode by trying to pull more seat belt SEATS a seating position that has a out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any lap/shoulder belt. Failure to use a more belt webbing out of the retractor, the three-point type seat belt with a retractor is in the automatic locking mode. WARNING booster seat can result in a serious in- ● Infants and small children should al- jury in sudden stop or collision. 7. Check to make sure the child restraint is ways be placed in an appropriate child properly secured prior to each use. If the ● An improperly installed booster seat restraint while riding in the vehicle. seat belt is not locked, repeat steps 3 could lead to serious injury or death in Failure to use a child restraint or through 6. an accident. booster seat can result in serious injury 8. Turn the ignition to the ON position. The or death. passenger air bag status light should say ● Infants and small children should never “OFF” or . If this light is not be carried on your lap. It is not possible illuminated it may indicate a malfunction. for even the strongest adult to resist the Move the child restraint to another forces of a severe accident. The child seating position. Have the system could be crushed between the adult and checked by a NISSAN dealer. parts of the vehicle. Also, do not put theAfter the child restraint is removed and the seat same seat belt around both your childbelt is fully retracted, the automatic locking mode and yourself.(child restraint mode) is canceled. ● NISSAN recommends that the booster seat be installed in the rear seat. Ac- cording to accident statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seat than in the front seat. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 48. LRS0455 LRS0453 LRS0464 Booster seats of various sizes are offered by low back booster seat ᭺ is chosen, the 1 WARNING several manufacturers. When selecting any vehicle seat back must be at or above the● Do not use towels, books, pillows or booster seat, keep the following points in mind: center of the child’s ears. If the seat back is other items in place of a booster seat. lower than the center of the child’s ears, a ● Choose only a booster seat with a label Items such as these may move during high back booster seat ᭺ should be used. 2 normal driving or a collision and result certifying that it complies with Federal Motor in serious injury or death. Booster seats Vehicle Safety Standard 213 or Canadian ● If the booster seat is compatible with your are designed to be used with a Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. vehicle, place your child in the booster seat lap/shoulder belt. Booster seats are de- and check the various adjustments to be ● Check the booster seat in your vehicle to be signed to properly route the lap and sure the booster seat is compatible with your sure it is compatible with the vehicle’s seat shoulder portions of the seat belt over child. Always follow all recommended pro- and seat belt system. the strongest portions of a child’s body cedures. to provide the maximum protection dur- ● Make sure the child’s head will be properly ing a collision. supported by the booster seat or vehicle All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or seat. The seat back must be at or above the territories require that infants and small center of the child’s ears. For example, if a1-30 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 49. children be restrained in an approved child ● After placing the child in the boosterrestraint at all times while the vehicle is seat and fastening the seat belt, makebeing operated. sure the shoulder portion of the belt is away from the child’s face and neck and WARNING the lap portion of the belt does not● Improper use of a booster seat can in- cross the abdomen. crease the risk or severity of injury for ● Do not put the shoulder belt behind the both the child and other occupants of child or under the child’s arm. If you the vehicle. must install a booster seat in the front● Follow all of the booster seat manufac- seat, see “Booster seat installation on turer’s instructions for installation and front passenger seat” later in this use. When purchasing a booster seat, section. be sure to select one which will fit your ● When your booster seat is not in use, child and vehicle. It may not be possible keep it secured with a seat belt to pre- LRS0452 to properly install some types of vent it from being thrown around in Outboard position booster seats in your vehicle. case of a sudden stop or accident. BOOSTER SEAT INSTALLATION ON● If the booster seat and seat belt is not REAR SEAT CENTER OR used properly, the risk of a child being CAUTION injured in a collision or a sudden stop OUTBOARD POSITIONS Remember that a booster seat left in a greatly increases. closed vehicle can become very hot. CAUTION● Adjustable seatbacks should be posi- Check the seating surface and buckles tioned to fit the booster seat, but as before placing your child in the booster Do not use a lap/shoulder belt automatic upright as possible. seat. locking mode when using a booster seat with the seat belts. When you install a booster seat in the rear seat follow these steps: Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-31 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 50. 2. The booster seat should be positioned on the vehicle seat so that it is stable. If neces- sary, adjust or remove the head restraint to obtain the correct booster seat fit. See “Head restraint adjustment” earlier in this section. If the head restraint is removed, store it in a secure place. Be sure to install the head restraint when the booster seat is removed. If the seating position does not have an adjustable head restraint and it is interfering with the proper booster seat fit, try another seating position or a different booster seat. 3. Position the lap portion of the seat belt low LRS0451 LRS0454 and snug on the child’s hips. Be sure to Center position follow the booster seat manufacturer’s in- BOOSTER SEAT INSTALLATION ON 1. Position the booster seat on the seat. Only structions for adjusting the belt routing. FRONT PASSENGER SEAT place it in a front facing direction. Always 4. Pull the shoulder belt portion of the seat belt follow the booster seat manufacturer’s in- toward the retractor to take up extra slack. WARNING structions. Be sure the shoulder belt is positioned NISSAN recommends that child restraints across the top, middle portion of the child’s be installed in the rear seat. However, if shoulder. Be sure to follow the booster seat you must install a booster seat in the front manufacturer’s instructions for adjusting the passenger seat, move the passenger’s belt routing. seat to the rearmost position. 5. Follow the warnings, cautions and instruc- tions for properly fastening a seat belt If you must install a booster seat in the front seat, shown in the “Three-point seat belt with follow these steps: retractor” earlier in this section. 1. Move the seat to the rear-most position.1-32 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 51. SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM2. Position the booster seat on the seat. Only 6. Follow the warnings, cautions and instruc- PRECAUTIONS ON place it in a front facing direction. Always tions for properly fastening a seat belt SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT follow the booster seat manufacturer’s in- shown in the “Three-point seat belt with structions. retractor” earlier in this section. SYSTEM3. The booster seat should be positioned on 7. When the ignition is turned to the ON posi- This Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) sec- the vehicle seat so that it is stable. If neces- tion, the passenger air bag status light may tion contains important information concerning sary, adjust or remove the head restraint to or may not be illuminated, depending on the the driver and passenger supplemental front air obtain the correct booster seat fit. See size of the child and the type of booster seat bags (NISSAN Advanced Air Bag System), “Head restraint adjustment” earlier in this being used. See “NISSAN advanced air bag supplemental side air bags, curtain side-impact system” later in this section. air bags and pre-tensioner seat belts. section. If the head restraint is removed, store it in a secure place. Be sure to install Supplemental front impact air bag system: the head restraint when the booster seat is The NISSAN advanced air bag system can help removed. If the seating position does not cushion the impact force to the head and chest of have an adjustable head restraint and it is the driver and front passenger in certain frontal interfering with the proper booster seat fit, collisions. try another seating position or a different Supplemental side-impact air bag system booster seat. (if so equipped): This system can help cushion4. Position the lap portion of the seat belt low the impact force to the chest and pelvic area of and snug on the child’s hips. Be sure to the driver and front passenger in certain side follow the booster seat manufacturer’s in- impact collisions. The supplemental side air bag structions for adjusting the belt routing. is designed to inflate on the side where the vehicle is impacted.5. Pull the shoulder belt portion of the seat belt toward the retractor to take up extra slack. Supplemental curtain side-impact air bag Be sure the shoulder belt is positioned system (if so equipped): This system can help across the top, middle portion of the child’s cushion the impact force to the head of occu- pants in front and rear outboard seating positions shoulder. Be sure to follow the booster seat in certain side impact collisions. The curtain side- manufacturer’s instructions for adjusting the impact air bags are designed to inflate on the side belt routing. where the vehicle is impacted. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-33 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 52. These supplemental restraint systems are de-signed to supplement the crash protection pro-vided by the driver and front passenger seat beltsand are not a substitute for them. Seat beltsshould always be correctly worn and the occu-pant seated a suitable distance away from thesteering wheel, instrument panel and door finish-ers. (See “Seat belts” earlier in this section forinstructions and precautions on seat belt usage.)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 warning WRS0031light illuminates. The supplemental air bagwarning light will turn off after about 7 WARNINGseconds if the system is operational. ● The supplemental front air bags ordi- narily will not inflate in the event of a side impact, rear impact, rollover, or lower severity frontal collision. Also, the front passenger air bag will not in- flate if the passenger air bag status light is lit. See “Front passenger air bag and status light” later in this section. Always wear your seat belts to help reduce the risk or severity of injury in various kinds of accidents.1-34 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 53. ● The seat belts and the supplemental ● The front passenger seat is equipped front air bags are most effective when with an occupant classification sensor you are sitting well back and upright in (weight sensor) that turns the front pas- the seat. The front air bags inflate with senger air bag OFF under some condi- great force. Even with the NISSAN Ad- tions. This sensor is only used in this vanced Air Bag System, if you are unre- seat. Failure to be properly seated and strained, leaning forward, sitting side- wearing the seat belt can increase the ways or out of position in any way, you risk or severity of injury in an accident. are at greater risk of injury or death in a See “Front Passenger air bag and sta- crash. You may also receive serious or tus light” later in this section. fatal injuries from the supplemental ● Keep hands on the outside of the steer- front air bag if you are up against it ing wheel. Placing them inside the when it inflates. Always sit back against steering wheel rim could increase the the seatback and as far away as practi- risk that they are injured when the cal from the steering wheel or instru- supplemental front air bag inflates. ment panel. Always use the seat belts.● The driver and front passenger seat belt buckles are equipped with sensors that detect if the seat belts are fastened. The advanced air bag system monitors the severity of a collision and seat belt us- age then inflates the air bags. Failure to properly wear seat belts can increase the risk or severity of injury in an accident. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 54. ARS1133 ARS1041 WARNING ● Never let children ride unrestrained or extend their hands or face out of the window. Do not attempt to hold them in your lap or arms. Some examples of dangerous riding positions are shown in the illustrations.1-36 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 55. ARS1042 ARS1043 ARS1044 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-37 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 56. ● Even with the NISSAN Advanced Air Bag System, never install a rear-facing child restraint in the front seat. An in- flating supplemental front air bag could seriously injure or kill your child. See “Child restraints” earlier in this section for details. ARS1045 ARS1046 WARNING ● Children may be severely injured or killed when the supplemental front air bags, side air bags or curtain side- impact air bags inflate if they are not properly restrained. Pre-teens and chil- dren should be properly restrained in the rear seat, if possible.1-38 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 57. WARNING ● The seat belts, the supplemental side air bags and curtain side-impact air bags are most effective when you are sitting well back and upright in the seat. The side air bag and curtain side-impact air bag inflate with great force. Do not allow anyone to place their hand, leg or face near the side air bag on the side of the seatback of the front seat or near the side roof rails. Do not allow anyone sitting in the front seats or rear out- board seats to extend their hand out of SSS0101 SSS0188 the window or lean against the door. Some examples of dangerous riding Do not lean against the door. Do not lean against the door. positions are shown in the previous illustrations. WARNINGSupplemental side air bag and curtainside-impact air bag (if so equipped):● The supplemental side air bag and cur- tain side-impact air bag ordinarily will not inflate in the event of a frontal im- pact, rear impact, rollover or lower se- verity side collision. Always wear your seat belts to help reduce the risk or severity of injury in various kinds of accidents. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-39 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 58. WRS0032 SSS0159 SSS0162 WARNING● When sitting in the rear seat, do not hold onto the seatback of the front seat. If the side air bag inflates, you may be seriously injured. Be especially careful with children, who should always be properly restrained. Some examples of dangerous riding positions are shown in the illustrations.● Do not use seat covers on the front seatbacks. They may interfere with supplemental side air bag inflation.1-40 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 59. 8. Seat belt buckle switches on driver’s and passenger’s side 9. Occupant classification sensor 10. Seat belt pre-tensioner retractor 11. Side satellite sensor NISSAN Advanced Air Bag System (front seats) This vehicle is equipped with the NISSAN ad- vanced air bag system for the driver and front passenger seats. This system is designed to meet certification requirements under U.S. regu- lations. It is also permitted in Canada. However, all of the information, cautions and warn- ings in this manual still apply and must be followed. The driver supplemental front air bag is located in the center of the steering wheel. The passenger supplemental front air bag is mounted in the dashboard above the glove box. The supplemen- tal front air bags are designed to inflate in higher WRS0466 severity frontal collisions, although they may in-1. SRS curtain side-impact air bag mod- 4. Diagnosis sensor unit flate if the forces in another type of collision are 5. Supplemental front air bag modules similar to those of a higher severity frontal impact. ules (if so equipped) They may not inflate in certain frontal collisions.2. SRS curtain side-impact air bags 6. Crash zone sensor Vehicle damage (or lack of it) is not always an (if so equipped) 7. Occupant classification system control indication of proper supplemental front air bag3. Supplemental side air bag modules unit system operation. (if so equipped) Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-41 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 60. The NISSAN advanced air bag system has dual When a supplemental front air bag inflates, a After turning the ignition key to the ONstage inflators. It also monitors information from fairly loud noise may be heard, followed by the position, the supplemental air bag warningthe crash zone sensor, the diagnosis sensor unit, release of smoke. This smoke is not harmful and light illuminates. The supplemental air bagseat belt buckle sensors, occupant classification does not indicate a fire. Care should be taken to warning light will turn off after about 7sensor (weight sensor) and passenger seat belt not inhale it, as it may cause irritation and chok- seconds if the system is operational.tension sensor. Inflator operation is based on the ing. Those with a history of a breathing conditionseverity of a collision and seat belt usage for the should get fresh air promptly.driver. For the front passenger, it additionally Supplemental front air bags, along with the use ofmonitors the weight of an occupant or object on seat belts, help to cushion the impact force onthe seat and seat belt tension. Based on informa- the face and chest of the front occupants. Theytion from the sensors, only one front air bag may can help save lives and reduce serious injuries.inflate in a crash, depending on the crash severity However, an inflating front air bag may causeand whether the front occupants are belted or facial abrasions or other injuries. Front air bagsunbelted. Additionally, the front passenger air do not provide restraint to the lower body.bag may be automatically turned OFF undersome conditions, depending on the weight de- Even with NISSAN advanced air bags, seat beltstected on the passenger seat and how the seat should be correctly worn and the driver and pas-belt is used. If the front passenger air bag is OFF, senger seated upright as far as practical awaythe passenger air bag status light will be illumi- from the steering wheel or instrument panel. Thenated. See “Front passenger air bag and status supplemental front air bags inflate quickly in orderlight” later in this section for further details. One to help protect the front occupants. Because offront air bag inflating does not indicate improper this, the force of the front air bag inflating canperformance of the system. increase the risk of injury if the occupant is too close to, or is against, the front air bag moduleIf you have any questions about your air bag during inflation.system, please contact NISSAN or your NISSANdealer. If you are considering modification of your The front air bags deflate quickly after a collision.vehicle due to a disability, you may also contact The supplemental front air bags operateNISSAN. Contact information is contained in the only when the ignition switch is in the ONfront of this Owner’s Manual. or START position.1-42 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 61. Front passenger air bag The front passenger air bag is designed to auto- matically turn OFF when the vehicle is operated under some conditions as described below in accordance with U.S. regulations. If the front passenger air bag is OFF, it will not inflate in a crash. The driver air bag and other air bags in your vehicle are not part of this system. The purpose of the regulation is to help reduce the risk of injury or death from an inflating air bag to certain front passenger seat occupants, such as children, by requiring the air bag to be auto- matically turned OFF. Certain sensors are used LRS0351 LRS0316 to meet the requirements.Front passenger air bag and status light Status light One sensor used is the occupant classification The front passenger air bag status light sensor (weight sensor). It is in the bottom of the WARNING or is located under the climate controls. front passenger seat cushion and is designed toThe front passenger air bag is designed to The light operates as follows: detect an occupant and objects on the seat byautomatically turn OFF under some con- weight. It works together with seat belt sensorsditions. Read this section carefully to ● Unoccupied passenger seat or when other conditions are met as outlined in this sec- described later. For example, if a child is in thelearn how it operates. Proper use of the front passenger seat, the advanced air bag sys-seat, seat belt and child restraints is nec- tion: The or illuminates to indi- tem is designed to turn the passenger air bagessary for most effective protection. Fail- cate that the front passenger air bag is OFF OFF in accordance with the regulations. Also, if aure to follow all instructions in this and will not inflate in a crash. child restraint of the type specified in the regula-manual concerning the use of seats, seat ● Occupied passenger seat and the passen- tions is on the seat, its weight and the child’sbelts and child restraints can increase the ger meets the conditions outlined in this weight can be detected and cause the air bag torisk or severity of injury in an accident. section: The light or is OFF to turn OFF. Weight sensor operation can vary de- indicate that the front passenger air bag is pending on the front passenger seat belt sen- operational. sors. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-43 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 62. The front passenger seat belt sensors are de- in a rear seat. If this is not possible, the weight If an adult occupant is in the seat and the pas-signed to detect if the seat belt is buckled and the sensor and seat belt sensors are designed to senger air bag status light is illuminated (indicat-amount of tension on the seat belt, such as when operate as described above to turn the front ing that the air bag is OFF), it could be that theit is in the automatic locking mode (child restraint passenger air bag OFF for specified child re- person is a small adult, or is not sitting on the seatmode). Based on the weight on the seat detected straints as required by the regulations. Failing to or not using the seat belt properly. If a childby the weight sensor and the belt tension de- properly secure child restraints and to use the restraint must be used in the front seat, but thetected on the seat belt, the advanced air bag automatic locking mode (child restraint mode) status light is not lit (indicating that the air bagsystem determines whether the front passenger may allow the restraint to tip or move in an acci- might inflate in a crash), it could be that the childair bag should be automatically turned OFF as dent or sudden stop. This can also result in the restraint or seat belt is not being used properly. Ifrequired by the regulations. passenger air bag inflating in a crash instead of such situations happen, properly position andFront passenger seat adult occupants who are being OFF. See “Child restraints” earlier in this restrain the occupant or child restraint. Other-properly seated and using the seat belt as out- section for proper use and installation. wise reposition the occupant or child restraint inlined in this manual should not cause the passen- a rear seat. If the front passenger seat is not occupied andger air bag to be automatically turned OFF. For the seat belt is not buckled, the passenger air bag If a malfunction occurs in the front passenger airsmall adults it may be turned OFF. Also, if the is designed not to inflate in a crash. However, bag system, the supplemental air bag warningoccupant takes his/her weight off the seat cush- heavy objects placed on the seat could result in light , located in the meter and gauges areaion (for example, by not sitting upright, by sitting air bag inflation, because of the object’s weight in the center of the instrument panel, will blink.on an edge of the seat, or by otherwise being out detected by the weight sensor. Other conditions Have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer.of position), this could cause the sensor to turnthe air bag OFF. In addition, if the occupant could also result in air bag inflation, such as if a Other supplemental front air bag precau-improperly uses the seat belt in the automatic child is standing on the seat, or if two children are tionslocking mode (child restraint mode), this could on the seat, contrary to the instructions in thiscause the air bag to be turned OFF. Always be manual. Always be sure that you and all vehiclesure to be seated and wearing the seat belt occupants are seated and restrained properly.properly for the most effective protection by the Using the passenger air bag status light, you canseat belt and supplemental air bag. monitor when the front passenger air bag is au-NISSAN recommends that pre-teens and chil- tomatically turned OFF. The light will illuminatedren be properly restrained in a rear seat. (indicating the air bag is OFF and will not inflate)NISSAN also recommends that appropriate child when the front passenger seat is not occupied.restraints and booster seats be properly installed1-44 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 63. WARNING ● Tampering with the supplemental front ● Work on and around the supplemental air bag system may result in serious front air bag system should be done by● Do not place any objects on the steer- personal injury. Tampering includes a NISSAN dealer. Installation of electri- ing wheel pad or on the instrument changes to the steering wheel and the cal equipment should also be done by a panel. Also, do not place any objects instrument panel assembly by placing NISSAN dealer. The Supplemental Re- between any occupant and the steering material over the steering wheel pad straint System (SRS) wiring should not wheel or instrument panel. Such ob- and above the instrument panel or by be modified or disconnected. Unautho- jects may become dangerous projec- installing additional trim material rized electrical test equipment and tiles and cause injury if the supplemen- around the air bag system. probing devices should not be used on tal front air bag inflates. the air bag system. ● Modifying or tampering with the front● Immediately after inflation, several passenger seat may result in serious ● A cracked windshield should be re- front air bag system components will be personal injury. For example, do not placed immediately by a qualified re- hot. Do not touch them; you may se- change the front seats by placing mate- pair facility. A cracked windshield could verely burn yourself. rial on the seat cushion or by installing affect the function of the supplemental● No unauthorized changes should be additional trim material, such as seat air bag system. made to any components or wiring of covers, on the seat that are not specifi- ● The SRS wiring harness connectors are the supplemental air bag system. This is cally designed to assure proper air bag yellow and orange for easy to prevent accidental inflation of the operation. Additionally, do not stow any identification. supplemental air bag or damage to the objects under the front passenger seat supplemental air bag system. or the seat cushion and seatback. Such When selling your vehicle, we request that you objects may interfere with the proper inform the buyer about the supplemental front air● Do not make unauthorized changes to operation of the occupant classifica- bag system and guide the buyer to the appropri- your vehicle’s electrical system, sus- tion system (weight sensor). ate sections in this Owner’s Manual. pension system or front end structure. This could affect proper operation of ● No unauthorized changes should be the supplemental front air bag system. made to any components or wiring of the seat belt system. This may affect the supplemental front air bag system. Tampering with the seat belt system may result in serious personal injury. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-45 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 64. severity side collisions, although they may inflate The seat belts should be correctly worn and the if the forces in another type of collision are similar driver and passenger seated upright as far as to those of a higher severity side impact. They are practical away from the supplemental side air designed to inflate on the side where the vehicle bag. Rear seat passengers should be seated as is impacted. They may not inflate in certain side far away as practical from the door finishers and collisions. side roof rails. The side air bags and curtain side-impact air bag inflate quickly in order to help Vehicle damage (or lack of it) is not always an protect the front occupants. Because of this, the indication of proper supplemental side air bag force of the side air bag and curtain side-impact and curtain side-impact air bag operation. air bag inflating can increase the risk of injury if When the supplemental side air bag and curtain the occupant is too close to, or is against, these side-impact air bag inflate, a fairly loud noise may air bag modules during inflation. The side air bag be heard, followed by release of smoke. This and curtain side-impact air bag will deflate smoke is not harmful and does not indicate a fire. quickly after the collision is over. LRS0259 Care should be taken not to inhale it, as it maySupplemental side-impact air bag and The supplemental side air bags and curtain cause irritation and choking. Those with a history side-impact air bags operate only when thecurtain side-impact air bags system (if of a breathing condition should get fresh air ignition switch is in the ON or START posi-so equipped) promptly. tions.The supplemental side-impact air bags are lo- Supplemental side air bags, along with the use of seat belts, help to cushion the impact force on After turning the ignition key to the ONcated in the outside of the seatback of the front position, the supplemental air bag warning the chest and pelvic area of the front occupants.seats. The supplemental curtain side-impact air light illuminates. The supplemental air bag Curtain side-impact air bags help to cushion thebags are located in the side roof rails. These impact force to the head of occupants in the front warning light will turn off after about 7systems are designed to meet voluntary guide- and rear outboard seating positions. They can seconds if the system is operational.lines to help reduce the risk of injury to out-of- help save lives and reduce serious injuries. How-position occupants. However, all of the infor- ever, an inflating side air bag and curtain side-mation, cautions and warnings in this impact air bag may cause abrasions or othermanual still apply and must be followed. injuries. Supplemental side air bags and curtainThe supplemental side air bags and curtain side- side-impact air bags do not provide restraint toimpact air bags are designed to inflate in higher the lower body.1-46 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 65. WARNING ● Tampering with the supplemental side Pre-tensioner seat belt system (Front● Do not place any objects near the seat- air bag system may result in serious seats) personal injury. For example, do not back of the front seats. Also, do not change the front seats by placing mate- place any objects (an umbrella, bag, WARNING rial near the seatbacks or by installing etc.) between the front door finisher additional trim material, such as seat ● The pre-tensioner seat belt cannot be and the front seat. Such objects may covers, around the side air bag. reused after activation. It must be re- become dangerous projectiles and placed together with the retractor and cause injury if the supplemental side air ● Work around and on the curtain air bag buckle as a unit. bag inflates. system should be done by a NISSAN dealer. Installation of electrical equip- ● If the vehicle becomes involved in a● Right after inflation, several side air bag ment should also be done by a NISSAN frontal collision but the pre-tensioner is and curtain side-impact air bag system dealer. The SRS wiring harnesses* not activated, be sure to have the pre- components will be hot. Do not touch should not be modified or discon- tensioner system checked and, if nec- them; you may severely burn yourself. nected. Unauthorized electrical test essary, replaced by your NISSAN● No unauthorized changes should be equipment and probing devices should dealer. made to any components or wiring of not be used on the side air bag or cur- ● No unauthorized changes should be the side air bag and curtain side-impact tain air bag system. made to any components or wiring of air bag system. This is to prevent acci- the pre-tensioner seat belt system. This dental inflation of the side air bag and * The SRS wiring harness connectors are is to prevent accidental activation of curtain side-impact air bag or damage yellow and orange for easy identification. the pre-tensioner seat belt or damage to the side air bag and curtain side- When selling your vehicle, we request that you to the pre-tensioner seat belt operation. impact air bag system. inform the buyer about the supplemental side air Tampering with the pre-tensioner seat● Do not make unauthorized changes to bag and curtain side-impact air bag system and belt system may result in serious per- your vehicle’s electrical system, sus- guide the buyer to the appropriate sections in this sonal injury. pension system or side panel. This Owner’s Manual. could affect proper operation of the supplemental side air bag and curtain side-impact air bag system. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-47 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 66. ● Work around and on the pre-tensioner cause irritation and choking. Those with a history system should be done by a NISSAN of a breathing condition should get fresh air dealer. Installation of electrical equip- promptly. ment should also be done by a NISSAN After the pre-tensioner seat belts have activated, dealer. Unauthorized electrical test load limiters allow the seat belt to release web- equipment and probing devices should bing (if necessary) to reduce forces against the not be used on the pre-tensioner seat chest. belt system. If any abnormality occurs in the pre-tensioner● If you need to dispose of the pre- system, the supplemental air bag warning tensioner or scrap the vehicle, contact a light will not come on, will flash intermit- NISSAN dealer. Correct pre-tensioner tently or will turn on for 7 seconds and remain on disposal procedures are set forth in the after the ignition key has been turned to the ON or appropriate NISSAN Service Manual. START position. In this case, the pre-tensioner Incorrect disposal procedures could seat belt may not function properly. They must be WRS0169 cause personal injury. checked and repaired. Take your vehicle to the 1. SRS air bag warning labels nearest NISSAN dealer.The front seat pre-tensioner seat belt system 2. SRS side air bag warning labelactivates in conjunction with the supplemental air When selling your vehicle, we request that you (if so equipped)bag systems. Working with the seat belt retrac- inform the buyer about the pre-tensioner seat belt system and guide the buyer to the appropriate SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAGtor, it helps tighten the seat belt when the vehiclebecomes involved in certain types of collisions, sections in this Owner’s Manual. WARNING LABELShelping to restrain front seat occupants. Warning labels about the supplemental front air bag systems are placed in the vehicle as shownThe pre-tensioner is encased with the seat belt’s in the illustration.retractor. These seat belts are used the same asconventional seat belts.When the pre-tensioner seat belt activates,smoke is released and a loud noise may be heard.This smoke is not harmful and does not indicate afire. Care should be taken not to inhale it, as it may1-48 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 67. When the ignition key is in the ON or START WARNING position, the supplemental air bag warning light illuminates for about 7 seconds and then turns If the supplemental air bag warning light off. This means the system is operational. is on, it could mean that the supplemental front air bag, supplemental side air bag, If any of the following conditions occur, the curtain side-impact air bag systems (if so supplemental front air bag, supplemental side air equipped) and/or pre-tensioner seat belt bag and curtain side-impact air bag (if so systems will not operate in an accident. To equipped) and pre-tensioner seat belt systems help avoid injury to yourself or others, need servicing: have your vehicle checked by a NISSAN dealer as soon as possible. ● The supplemental air bag warning light re- mains on after approximately 7 seconds. Repair and replacement procedure ● The supplemental air bag warning light The supplemental front air bags, supplemental LRS0100 flashes intermittently. side air bags, curtain side-impact air bags (if soSUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG ● The supplemental air bag warning light does equipped) and pre-tensioner seat belts are de-WARNING LIGHT not come on at all. signed to inflate on a one-time-only basis. As a reminder, unless it is damaged, the supplementalThe supplemental air bag warning light, Under these conditions, the supplemental front air bag warning light remains illuminated afterdisplaying in the instrument panel, moni- air bag, supplemental side air bags and curtain inflation has occurred. Repair and replacement oftors the circuits of the supplemental front air bag, side-impact air bag (if so equipped) or pre- these supplemental air bag systems should besupplemental side air bag and curtain side- tensioner seat belt systems may not operate done only by a NISSAN dealer.impact air bag (if so equipped) and pre-tensioner properly. It must be checked and repaired. Take your vehicle to the nearest NISSAN dealer. When maintenance work is required on the ve-seat belt systems. The circuits monitored by the hicle, the supplemental front air bags, supple-supplemental air bag warning light are the diag- mental side air bags, curtain side-impact air bagsnosis sensor unit, crash zone sensor, satellite (if so equipped), pre-tensioner seat belts andsensors, front air bag modules, side air bag mod- related parts should be pointed out to the personules, curtain side-impact air bag modules, pre- performing the maintenance. The ignition keytensioner seat belts and all related wiring. should always be in the LOCK position when working under the hood or inside the vehicle. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-49 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 68. WARNING● Once a supplemental front air bag, supplemental side air bag or curtain side-impact air bag has inflated, the air bag module will not function again and must be replaced. Additionally, if any of the supplemental front air bags inflate, the activated pre-tensioner seat belts must also be replaced. The air bag mod- ule and pre-tensioner seat belt system should be replaced by a NISSAN dealer. The air bag module and pre-tensioner seat belt system cannot be repaired.● The supplemental front air bag, side air bag and curtain side-impact air bag sys- tems, and the pre-tensioner seat belt system should be inspected by a NISSAN dealer if there is any damage to the front end or side portion of the vehicle.● If you need to dispose of the supple- mental air bag, pre-tensioner seat belt system or scrap the vehicle, contact a NISSAN dealer. Correct supplemental air bag and pre-tensioner seat belt sys- tem disposal procedures are set forth in the appropriate NISSAN Service Manual. Incorrect disposal procedures could cause personal injury.1-50 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 69. MEMO Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-51
  • 70. 2 Instruments and controlsInstrument panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Xenon headlights (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21Meters and gauges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Headlight control switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21 Speedometer and odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 Daytime running light system (Canada only) . . . . . . 2-24 Trip computer (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5 Instrument brightness control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-24 Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Turn signal switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25 Engine coolant temperature gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Fog light switch (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25 Fuel gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Hazard warning flasher switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25 Engine oil pressure gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9 Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26 Voltmeter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10 Heated seat (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26 Fuel consumption gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10 Traction control system (TCS) off switchWarning/indicator lights and audible reminders . . . . . . 2-11 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-27 Checking bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11 Power outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-28 Warning lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11 Cigarette lighter and ashtray (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . 2-29 Indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-30 Audible reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15 Map pockets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-30Security systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16 Seatback pockets (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-30 Vehicle security system (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . 2-16 Sunglasses holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-31 Nissan vehicle immobilizer system (NVIS) . . . . . . . . 2-17 Cup holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-31Windshield wiper and washer switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19 Glove box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-32 Switch operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19 Console box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-33Rear window and outside mirror (if so equipped) Instrument panel storage (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . 2-34defroster switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20 Covered storage box (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-35Headlight and turn signal switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21 Grocery hooks (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 71. Cargo net (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-36 Programming HomeLinkா for CanadianWindows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-37 customers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-43 Power windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-37 Operating the HomeLinkா universalSunroof (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-39 transceiver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-43 Automatic sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-39 Programming trouble-diagnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-44Interior light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-40 Clearing the programmed information . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-44Map lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-41 Rolling code programming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-44Trunk light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-42 Reprogramming a single HomeLinkா button . . . . . . 2-45HomeLinkா universal transceiver (if so equipped). . . . . 2-42 If your vehicle is stolen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-45 Programming HomeLinkா. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-43 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 72. INSTRUMENT PANEL 1. Driver, center and passenger ventila- tors (P. 4-11) 2. Headlight/fog light (if so equipped)/turn signal switch (P. 2-21) 3. Steering wheel switch for audio control (if so equipped) (P. 4-41) 4. Driver supplemental air bag/horn (P. 1-33, 2-26) 5. Meters and gauges (P. 2-3) 6. Cruise control main/set switch (if so equipped) (P. 5-15) 7. Windshield wiper/washer switch (P. 2-19) 8. Storage (if so equipped) (P. 2-30) 9. Glove box (P. 2-32) 10. Front passenger supplemental air bag (P. 1-33) 11. Heater and air conditioner (manual or automatic) (P. 4-11, P. 4-20) 12. Power outlet or cigarette lighter (if so equipped) (P. 2-28, P. 2-29) 13. Heated seat switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-26) 14. Shift selector lever (P. 5-7) 15. Hazard warning flasher switch (P. 2-25) 16. Storage or ashtray (if so equipped) WIC0745 (P. 2-30, P .2-29)2-2 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 73. METERS AND GAUGES17. Front passenger air bag status light (P. 1-43)18. Audio system controls (if so equipped) (P. 4-23)19. Ignition switch (P. 5-4)20. Tilt/telescopic steering wheel controls (P. 3-13)21. Traction control system (TCS) off switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-27)22. Instrument brightness control (P. 2-24)23. Trunk opener (P. 3-10)24. Meters and gauges (if so equipped) (P. 2-3)25. Navigation system* (if so equipped) (P. 4-2)26. Navigation system* controls (if so equipped) (P. 4-2)*: Refer to the separate Navigation System Own-er’s Manual.See the page number indicated in paren-theses for operating details. LIC0681 1. Tachometer 6. Odometer/twin trip odometer/trip com- 2. Warning/indicator lights puter (if so equipped) 3. Speedometer 4. Engine coolant temperature gauge 5. Fuel gauge Instruments and controls 2-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 74. Odometer/Twin trip odometer (if so equipped) The odometer/twin trip odometer (if so equipped) is displayed when the ignition key is in the ON position. The odometer records the total distance the ve- hicle has been driven. The twin trip odometer (if so equipped) records the distance of individual trips. LIC0746 LIC0682Triple meter (if so equipped): 1. Speedometer1. Fuel consumption gauge 2. Odometer/twin trip display2. Engine oil pressure gauge 3. Change button3. Voltmeter SPEEDOMETER AND ODOMETER Speedometer The speedometer indicates vehicle speed in miles per hour (MPH) and kilometers per hour (km/h).2-4 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 75. Resetting the trip odometer: Pushing the change button for more than 1 sec- ond resets the trip odometer to zero. TRIP COMPUTER (if so equipped) The display of the trip computer is situated in the speedometer display. When the ignition is turned to ON, the display scrolls all the modes of the trip computer and then shows the mode chosen be- fore the ignition switch is turned OFF. WIC0601 LIC0719 Display without navigation system Display with navigation systemChanging the display: For vehicles equipped with trip computer and navigation system, pushing the change buttonFor vehicles equipped with trip computer and changes the display as follows:without navigation system, pushing the changebutton changes the display as follows: Trip → Trip → Outside temperature → TripTrip → Trip → Outside temperature→ Distance to Empty → Average economy → For vehicles with navigation system, refer toAverage speed → Elapsed time → Trip “How to use the ’trip’ button” in the “Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio sys-For additional information, refer to “Trip com- tems” section later in this manual.puter” later in this section. Instruments and controls 2-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 76. button to toggle to the next mode, if desired. The NOTE: ICY indicator will remain illuminated as long as ● If the amount of fuel added while the the temperature remains below 39°F (4°C). ignition switch is OFF is small, the dis- The ambient temperature sensor is located in play just before the ignition switch is front of the radiator. The sensor may be affected turned OFF may continue to be dis- by road or engine heat, wind directions and other played. driving conditions. The display may differ from the ● When driving uphill or rounding curves, actual ambient temperature or the temperature the fuel in the tank shifts, which may displayed on various signs or billboards. momentarily change the display. Distance to empty (dte—mile or km) Average fuel consumption (mpg or The distance to empty (dte) mode provides you l/100km) with an estimation of the distance that can be LIC0683 driven before refueling. The dte is constantly be- The average fuel consumption mode shows theWhen the ignition switch is turned to ON, modes ing calculated, based on the amount of fuel in the average fuel consumption since the last reset.of the trip computer can be selected by pushing fuel tank and the actual fuel consumption. Resetting is done by pressing the trip or changethe trip button on the steering wheel switch for button for more than approximately 1 second. The display is updated every 30 seconds. The display is updated every 30 seconds. Ataudio controls or by the trip computer changebutton located near the speedometer. The fol- The dte mode includes a low range warning about the first 1/3 miles (500 m) after a reset, thelowing modes can be selected: feature: when the fuel level is low, the dte mode is display shows (----). automatically selected and the digits blink in or- Average speed (mph or km/h)Outside air temperature (ICY-°F or °C) der to draw the driver’s attention. Press the trip orThe outside air temperature is displayed in °F or change button if you wish to return to the mode The average speed mode shows the average°C. that was selected before the warning occurred. vehicle speed since last reset. Resetting is done The dte mark (dte) will remain blinking until the by pressing the trip or change button for moreThe outside air temperature mode includes a low vehicle is refueled. than approximately 1 second. The display is up-temperature warning feature: below 37°F (3°C),the outside air temperature mode is automatically dated every 30 seconds. The first 30 seconds When the fuel level drops even lower, the dte after a reset, the display shows (----).selected and ICY will illuminate in order to draw display will change to (----).the driver’s attention. Press the trip or change2-6 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 77. Journey timeThe journey time mode shows the time since thelast reset. The displayed time can be reset bypressing the trip or change button for more thanapproximately 1 second.NOTE:If a low temperature warning and low rangewarning occur simultaneously, other dis-play modes switch automatically to theoutside temperature display. LIC0684 LIC0715 Type A Type B TACHOMETER The tachometer indicates engine speed in revo- lutions per minute (rpm). Do not rev engine into the red zone ᭺. 1 CAUTION When engine speed approaches the red zone, shift to a higher gear. Operating the engine in the red zone may cause serious engine damage. Instruments and controls 2-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 78. CAUTION If the gauge indicates coolant tempera- ture near the hot (H) end of the normal range, reduce vehicle speed to decrease temperature. If the gauge is over the nor- mal range, stop the vehicle as soon as safely possible. If the engine is over- heated, continued operation of the ve- hicle may seriously damage the engine. See “If your vehicle overheats” in the “In case of emergency” section for immediate action required. LIC0685 LIC0686ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE FUEL GAUGEGAUGE The gauge indicates the approximate fuel levelThe gauge indicates the engine coolant tempera- in the tank.ture. The engine coolant temperature is within the The gauge may move slightly during braking,normal range ᭺ when the gauge needle points 1 turning, acceleration, or going up or down hills.within the zone shown in the illustration. The gauge needle returns to E (Empty) after theThe engine coolant temperature varies with the ignition key is turned to OFF.outside air temperature and driving conditions. The low fuel warning light comes on when the amount of fuel in the tank is getting low. Refill the fuel tank before the gauge regis- ters E (Empty).2-8 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 79. The indicates that the fuel filler lid islocated on the driver’s side of the vehicle. CAUTION● If the vehicle runs out of fuel, the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) may come on. Refuel as soon as possible. After a few driving trips, the lamp should turn off. If the lamp remains on after a few driving trips, have the vehicle inspected by a NISSAN dealer.● For additional information, see “Mal- LIC0749 LIC0752 function indicator lamp (MIL)” later in Type A Type B this section. ENGINE OIL PRESSURE GAUGE ● If the gauge needle does not move with the proper amount of engine oil, have The gauge indicates the engine lubrication sys- the vehicle checked by a NISSAN tem oil pressure while the engine is running. dealer. Continued vehicle operation in When the engine speed is high, the engine oil such a condition could cause serious pressure is also high. When it is low, the gauge damage to the engine. indicates the low oil pressure. CAUTION ● This gauge is not designed to indicate low engine oil level. Use the dipstick to check the oil level. (See “Engine oil” in the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section.) Instruments and controls 2-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 80. LIC0750 LIC0751 LIC0803VOLTMETER Type A Type B FUEL CONSUMPTION GAUGEWhen the ignition key is turned to the ON posi-tion, the voltmeter indicates the battery voltage. This gauge shows the APPROXIMATE fuel con-When the engine is running, it indicates the gen- sumption while you are driving.erator voltage. The vehicle speed must be 7 mph (11.2 km/h) orWhile cranking the engine, the volts drop below greater for the gauge to give a reading.the normal range. If the needle is not in the normalrange (12 - 14.5 volts) ᭺ while the engine is 1running, it may indicate that the charging systemis not functioning properly. Have the systemchecked by a NISSAN dealer.2-10 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 81. WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS ANDAUDIBLE REMINDERS or Anti-lock brake warning light Low windshield washer fluid warning light or Front passenger air bag (if so equipped) status light Automatic transmission check warning light Seat belt warning light and chime High beam indicator light (Blue) (if so equipped) or Brake warning light Supplemental air bag warning light Malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) Charge warning light Trunk lid open warning light Slip indicator light (if so equipped) Door open warning light Automatic transmission position indicator light Traction control system off indicator light (A/T models) (if so equipped) Engine oil pressure warning light CRUISE main switch indicator light Turn signal/hazard indicator lights (if so equipped) or Low fuel warning light Cruise SET switch indicator light (if so equipped)CHECKING BULBS The following lights come on briefly and then go WARNING LIGHTS off: or Anti-lock brakeWith all doors closed, apply the parking brakeand turn the ignition key to the ON position or , , , , warning light (if sowithout starting the engine. The following lights If any light fails to come on, it may indicate equipped)will come on: a burned-out bulb or an open circuit in the If the light comes on while the engine is running, electrical system. Have the system repaired it may indicate the anti-lock brake system is not , or , , , promptly. functioning properly. Have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer. Instruments and controls 2-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 82. If an abnormality occurs in the system, the anti- 2. If the brake fluid level is correct, have the CAUTIONlock function ceases, but the regular braking brake system checked by a NISSAN dealer.system continues to operate. Do not continue driving if the generator WARNING belt is loose, broken or missing.If the light comes on while you are driving,contact a NISSAN dealer for repair. ● Your brake system may not be working Door open warning light properly if the warning light is on. Driv- Automatic transmission check ing could be dangerous. If you judge it This light comes on when any of the doors are not warning light (if so equipped) to be safe, drive carefully to the nearest closed securely while the ignition key is in the ON service station for repairs. Otherwise, position.When the ignition switch is turned ON, the light have your vehicle towed because driv-comes on for about 2 seconds. If the light comes ing it could be dangerous. Engine oil pressure warningon at any other time, it may indicate the automatic lighttransmission system is not functioning properly. ● Pressing the brake pedal with the en- gine stopped and/or a low brake fluid This light warns of low engine oil pressure. If theHave the system checked by a NISSAN dealer. level may increase your stopping dis- light flickers or comes on during normal driving, or Brake warning light tance and braking will require greater pull off the road in a safe area, stop the engine pedal effort as well as pedal travel.This light functions for both the parking brake and immediately and call a NISSAN dealer or otherthe foot brake systems. ● If the brake fluid level is below the authorized repair shop. MINIMUM or MIN mark on the brakeWhen the ignition key is in the ON position, the fluid reservoir, do not drive until the The engine oil pressure warning light is notlight comes on when the parking brake is applied, brake system has been checked at a designed to indicate a low oil level. Use theand also warns of a low brake fluid level. If the NISSAN dealer. dipstick to check the oil level. See “Engine oil” inlight comes on while the engine is running with the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section ofthe parking brake not applied, stop the vehicle Charge warning light this manual.and perform the following: If this light comes on while the engine is running, 1. Check the brake fluid level. Add brake fluid it may indicate the charging system is not func- as necessary. See “Brake and clutch fluid” in tioning properly. Turn the engine off and check the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” sec- the generator belt. If the belt is loose, broken, tion of this manual. missing, or if the light remains on, see a NISSAN dealer immediately.2-12 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 83. ignition key is turned to the ON or START position Unless checked and repaired, the supplemental CAUTION and remains illuminated until the driver’s seat belt restraint system (air bag system) and/or the pre-Running the engine with the engine oil is fastened. At the same time, the chime sounds tensioner seat belts may not function properly.pressure warning light on could cause se- for about 6 seconds unless the driver’s seat belt For additional details see “Supplemental restraintrious damage to the engine almost imme- is securely fastened. system” in the “Safety—Seats, seat belts anddiately. Such damage is not covered by supplemental restraint system” section of thiswarranty. Turn off the engine as soon as it Refer to “Seat belts” in the “Safety—Seats, seat manual.is safe to do so. belts and supplemental restraint system” section for precautions on seat belt usage. WARNING or Low fuel warning light Supplemental air bag warning If the supplemental air bag warning light light is on, it could mean that the supplementalThis light comes on when the fuel level in the fuel front air bag, supplemental side air bag (iftank is getting low. Refuel as soon as it is conve- When the ignition key is in the ON or START so equipped), curtain side-impact air bagnient, preferably before the fuel gauge reaches E position, the supplemental air bag warning light systems (if so equipped) and/or pre-(Empty). There will be a small reserve of fuel illuminates for about 7 seconds and then turns tensioner seat belt systems will not oper-in the tank when the fuel gauge needle off. This means the system is operational. ate in an accident. To help avoid injury toreaches E (Empty). yourself or others, have your vehicle If any of the following conditions occur, the checked by a NISSAN dealer as soon as Low windshield washer fluid supplemental front air bag, supplemental side air possible. warning light bag (if so equipped), curtain side-impact air bags (if so equipped), and pre-tensioner seat belt sys- Trunk lid open warning lightThis light comes on when the windshield washer tems need servicing and your vehicle must befluid is at a low level. Add windshield washer fluid This light comes on when the trunk lid is not taken to a NISSAN dealer:as necessary. See “Window washer fluid” in the securely closed while the ignition key is in the ON“Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section of this ● The supplemental air bag warning light re- position.manual. mains on after approximately 7 seconds. Seat belt warning light and ● The supplemental air bag warning light chime flashes intermittently.The light and chime remind you to fasten your ● The supplemental air bag warning light doesseat belts. The light illuminates whenever the not come on at all. Instruments and controls 2-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 84. INDICATOR LIGHTS or Front passenger and that the vehicle has at least 3 gallons (11.4 Automatic transmission air bag status light liters) of fuel in the fuel tank. position indicator light (A/T The front passenger air bag status light ( After a few driving trips, the lamp should models) or ) will be lit and the passenger front air turn off if no other potential emission control bag will be OFF depending on how the front system malfunction exists.When the ignition key is turned to the ON posi- passenger seat is being used.tion, this indicator light shows the automatic If this indicator lamp comes on steady for 20transmission selector lever position. See “Driving For front passenger air bag status light operation, seconds and then blinks for 10 seconds whenthe vehicle” in the “Starting and driving” section see “Front passenger air bag and status light” in the engine is not running, it indicates that theof this manual. the “Safety — Seats, seat belts and supplemental vehicle is not ready for an emission control sys- restraint system” section of this manual. tem inspection/maintenance test. See “Readi- Cruise main switch indicator ness for inspection/maintenance (I/M) test” in the High beam indicator light light (if so equipped) “Technical and consumer information” section of (Blue) this manual.The light comes on when the cruise control main This blue light comes on when the headlight high Operationswitch is pushed. The light goes out when the beams are on and goes out when the low beamsmain switch is pushed again. When the cruise are selected. The malfunction indicator lamp will come on inmain switch indicator light comes on, the cruise one of two ways:control system is operational. The high beam indicator light also comes on when the passing signal is activated. ● Malfunction indicator lamp on steady — An Cruise set switch indicator emission control system malfunction has light (if so equipped) Malfunction indicator lamp been detected. Check the fuel filler cap. If (MIL) the fuel filler cap is loose or missing, tightenThe light comes on while the vehicle speed is or install the cap and continue to drive thecontrolled by the cruise control system. If the light If this indicator lamp comes on steady or blinks while the engine is running, it may indicate a vehicle. The lamp should turn off afterblinks while the engine is running, it may indicate a few driving trips. If the lamp does potential emission control malfunction.the cruise control system is not functioning prop- not turn off after a few driving trips, have theerly. Have the system checked by a NISSAN The malfunction indicator lamp may also come on vehicle inspected by a NISSAN dealer. Youdealer. steady if the fuel filler cap is loose or missing, or if do not need to have your vehicle towed to the vehicle runs out of fuel. Check to make sure the dealer. the fuel filler cap is installed and closed tightly,2-14 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 85. ● Malfunction indicator lamp blinking — An Slip indicator light (if so tor light while you are driving, have the traction engine misfire has been detected which may equipped) control system checked by a NISSAN dealer. damage the emission control system. To re- duce or avoid emission control system dam- This indicator light will blink when the traction While the traction control system is operating, age: control system is limiting wheel spin. Slippery you might feel slight vibration or hear the system road conditions may exist if the slip indicator working when starting the vehicle or accelerat- – do not drive at speeds above 45 MPH ing, but this is normal. (72 km/h). blinks on. If this happens, adjust your driving accordingly. Turn signal/hazard indicator – avoid hard acceleration or deceleration. The slip indicator light also comes on when you lights – avoid steep uphill grades. turn the ignition key to the ON position. The light The appropriate light flashes when the turn signal – if possible, reduce the amount of cargo will turn off after about 2 seconds if the system is operational. If the light does not come on or does switch is activated. being hauled or towed. not go off, have the traction control system Both lights flash when the hazard switch is turnedThe malfunction indicator lamp may stop blinking checked by a NISSAN dealer. on.and come on steady. Have the vehicle inspectedby a NISSAN dealer. You do not need to have Traction control system off AUDIBLE REMINDERSyour vehicle towed to the dealer. indicator light (if so equipped) Brake pad wear warning CAUTION This indicator light comes on when the traction control off switch is pushed to OFF. This indi- The disc brake pads have audible wear warnings.Continued vehicle operation without hav- cates the traction control system is not operating. When a brake pad requires replacement, iting the emission control system checked makes a high pitched scraping sound when theand repaired as necessary could lead to Push the traction control off switch again or re- vehicle is in motion, whether or not the brakepoor driveability, reduced fuel economy, start the engine and the system will operate nor- pedal is depressed. Have the brakes checked asand possible damage to the emission con- mally. See “Traction control system (TCS)” in the soon as possible if the warning sound is heard.trol system. “Starting and driving” section of this manual. Key reminder chime The traction control light also comes on when you turn the ignition key to the ON position. The light A chime sounds if the driver’s door is opened will turn off after about 2 seconds if the traction while the key is left in the ignition switch. Remove control system (TCS) is operational. If the light the key and take it with you when leaving the stays on or comes on along with the SLIP indica- vehicle. Instruments and controls 2-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 86. SECURITY SYSTEMSLight reminder chime The system helps deter vehicle theft but cannot prevent it, nor can it prevent the theft of interior orWith the ignition switch in the OFF position, a exterior vehicle components in all situations. Al-chime sounds when the driver’s door is opened if ways secure your vehicle even if parking for athe headlights or parking lights are on. brief period. Never leave your keys in the ignition,Turn the headlight control switch off before leav- and always lock the vehicle when unattended. Being the vehicle. aware of your surroundings, and park in secure, well-lit areas whenever possible. Many devices offering additional protection, such as component locks, identification markers, and tracking systems, are available at auto supply stores and specialty shops. Your NISSAN dealer may also offer such equipment. Check with your insurance company to see if you may be eligible LIC0301 for discounts for various theft protection features. Your vehicle may have two types of security sys- tems: How to arm the vehicle security system ● Vehicle security system (if so equipped) 1. Close all windows. (The system can be ● NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System—NVIS armed even if the windows are open.) VEHICLE SECURITY SYSTEM (if so 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch. equipped) 3. Close the trunk lid and all doors. Lock all The vehicle security system provides visual and doors. The doors can be locked with the key, audible alarm signals if someone opens the doors power door lock switch (if the door is or trunk lid when the system is armed. It is not, opened, locked, and then closed) or with the keyfob. however, a motion detection type system that activates when a vehicle is moved or when a vibration occurs.2-16 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 87. Keyfob operation: ● If the key is turned slowly when locking The alarm is activated by: the door, the system may not arm. Fur- ● Push the button on the keyfob. thermore, if the key is turned beyond ● opening the door or trunk lid without using All doors lock. The hazard lights flash the vertical position toward the unlock the key or keyfob (even if the door is un- twice and the horn beeps once to indicate position to remove the key, the system locked by releasing the door inside lock all doors are locked. may be disarmed when the key is re- switch). ● When the button is pushed with moved. If the indicator light fails to How to stop an activated alarm all doors locked, the hazard lights flash glow for 30 seconds, unlock the door once and lock it again. The alarm stops only by unlocking a door or the twice and the horn beeps once as a re- trunk lid with the key, or by pressing the minder that the doors are already locked. ● Even when the driver and/or passen- button on the keyfob. gers are in the vehicle, the system will For vehicles with navigation system, see arm with all doors and trunk lid closed NISSAN VEHICLE IMMOBILIZER ЉVehicle electronic systemsЉ in the ЉDisplay and locked with the ignition key in the screen, heater, air conditioner and audio SYSTEM (NVIS) OFF position. systemsЉ section later in this manual. For The NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System (NVIS) vehicles without navigation system, see ЉSi- Vehicle security system activation will not allow the engine to start without the use of lencing the horn beep featureЉ in the ЉPre- a registered NVIS key. The vehicle security system will give the following driving checks and adjustmentsЉ section alarm: If the engine fails to start using a registered NVIS later in this manual. key (for example, when interference is caused by ● The headlights blink and the horn sounds4. Confirm that the security indicator light another NVIS key, an automated toll road device intermittently. comes on. The security light stays on for or automatic payment device on the key ring), about 30 seconds. The vehicle security sys- ● The alarm automatically turns off after ap- restart the engine using the following proce- tem is now pre-armed. After about 30 sec- proximately 50 seconds. However, the alarm dures: onds the vehicle security system automati- reactivates if the vehicle is tampered with 1. Leave the ignition switch in the ON position cally shifts into the armed phase. The again. The alarm can be shut off by unlocking for approximately 5 seconds. a door or trunk lid with the key, or by pressing security light begins to flash once every 3 the button on the keyfob. 2. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF or LOCK seconds. If, during the 30-second pre-arm position, and wait approximately 10 sec- time period, the door is unlocked by the key onds. or the keyfob, or the ignition key is turned to ACC or ON, the system will not arm. 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2. Instruments and controls 2-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 88. 4. Restart the engine while holding the device If the light still remains on and/or the en- (which may have caused the interference) gine will not start, see a NISSAN dealer for separate from the registered NVIS key. NVIS service as soon as possible. Please bring all NVIS keys that you have whenIf the no start condition re-occurs, NISSAN rec- visiting your NISSAN dealer for service.ommends placing the registered NVIS key on aseparate key ring to avoid interference from otherdevices.Statement related to Section 15 of FCCRules for NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer Sys-tem (CONT ASSY — IMMOBILIZER, ANTASSY — IMMOBILIZER)This device complies with part 15 of theFCC Rules and RSS-210 of Industry WIC0270Canada. Operation is subject to the follow-ing two conditions; Security indicator light (NISSAN(1) This device may not cause harmful in- Vehicle Immobilizer System)terference, and (2) this device must accept The security indicator light ᭺ is located on the 1any interference received, including inter- instrument panel near the windshield.ference that may cause undesired opera-tion of the device. The security indicator light blinks every 3 sec- onds whenever the ignition switch is in theCHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS NOT EX- LOCK, OFF or ACC position. This function indi-PRESSLY APPROVED BY THE MANUFAC- cates the NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer SystemTURER FOR COMPLIANCE COULD VOID (NVIS) is operational.THE USER’S AUTHORITY TO OPERATETHE EQUIPMENT. If the NVIS is malfunctioning, the light will remain on while the ignition key is in the ON position.2-18 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 89. WINDSHIELD WIPER AND WASHERSWITCH NOTE: ● Do not fill the window washer reservoir You can turn on or turn off the speed de- tank with washer fluid concentrates at pendent wiper function (if so equipped). full strength. Some methyl alcohol Refer to “Vehicle electronic systems” (ve- based washer fluid concentrates may hicles with navigation system) in the “Dis- permanently stain the grille if spilled play screen, heater, air conditioner and au- while filling the window washer reser- voir tank. dio systems” section later in this manual. ● Pre-mix washer fluid concentrates with ᭺ 2 Low — continuous low speed operation water to the manufacturer’s recom- ᭺ 3 High — continuous high speed operation mended levels before pouring the fluid into the window washer reservoir tank. Push the lever up ᭺ to have one sweep opera- 4 Do not use the window washer reservoir tion of the wiper. tank to mix the washer fluid concen- WIC0854 Pull the lever toward you ᭺ to operate the 5 trate and water.SWITCH OPERATION washer. The wiper will also operate several times.The windshield wiper and washer switch oper- WARNINGates when the ignition key is in the ON position. In freezing temperatures the washer solu-Push the lever down to operate the wiper at the tion may freeze on the windshield andfollowing speed: obscure your vision which may lead to an accident. Warm the windshield with the᭺1 Intermittent — intermittent operation can be defroster before you wash the windshield. adjusted by turning the knob toward ᭺ A (Slower) or ᭺ (Faster). Also, for vehicles B CAUTION equipped with speed dependent wipers, the intermittent operation speed varies in accor- ● Do not operate the washer continu- dance with the vehicle speed. (For example, ously for more than 30 seconds. when the vehicle speed is high, the intermit- ● Do not operate the washer if the reser- tent operation speed will be faster.) voir tank is empty. Instruments and controls 2-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 90. REAR WINDOW AND OUTSIDEMIRROR (if so equipped)DEFROSTER SWITCH LIC0720 LIC0689 WIC0725 Type A Type B Type CTo defrost the rear window glass and outside NOTE:mirrors (if so equipped), start the engine andpush the rear window defroster switch on. The The top few rows of wires on the rear win-rear window defroster indicator light on the dow are not part of the rear window de-switch comes on. Push the switch again to turn froster system. These wires make up the antenna for the audio system.the defroster off.The rear window defroster automatically turns offafter approximately 15 minutes. CAUTIONWhen cleaning the inner side of the rearwindow, be careful not to scratch or dam-age the rear window defroster.2-20 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 91. HEADLIGHT AND TURN SIGNALSWITCHXENON HEADLIGHTS (if so (for example, when the vehicle stops atequipped) a traffic signal). Even when the daytime running lights are active (Canada only), the xenon headlights do not turn on. WARNING This way the life of the xenon head- ᏘHIGH VOLTAGE lights is not reduced.● When xenon headlights are on, they ● If the xenon headlight bulb is close to produce a high voltage. To prevent an burning out, the brightness will drasti- electric shock, never attempt to modify cally decrease, the light will start blink- or disassemble. Always have your xe- ing, or the color of the light will be- non headlights replaced at a NISSAN come reddish. If one or more of the dealer. above signs appear, contact a NISSAN dealer.● Xenon headlights provide considerably more light than conventional head- LIC0560 lights. If they are not correctly aimed, Type A they might temporarily blind an oncom- HEADLIGHT CONTROL SWITCH ing driver or the driver ahead of you and cause a serious accident. If headlights Lighting are not aimed correctly, immediately take your vehicle to a NISSAN dealer ᭺ 1 When turning the switch to the posi- and have the headlights adjusted tion, the front parking, tail, license plate and correctly. instrument panel lights come on.When the xenon headlight is initially turned on, its ᭺ 2 When turning the switch to the posi-brightness or color varies slightly. However, the tion, the headlights come on and all the othercolor and brightness will soon stabilize. lights remain on. ● The life of xenon headlights will be shortened by frequent on-off opera- tion. It is generally desirable not to turn off the headlights for short intervals Instruments and controls 2-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 92. LIC0687 LIC0688 LIC0561 Type B Type C Autolight system (if so equipped) CAUTION The autolight system allows the headlights to beUse the headlights with the engine run- set so they turn on and off automatically. Thening to avoid discharging the vehicle autolight system can:battery. ● Turn on the headlights, front parking, tail, license plate and instrument panel lights au- tomatically when it is dark. ● Turn off all the lights when it is light. ● Keep all the lights on for 45 seconds after you turn the key to OFF and all doors are closed.2-22 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 93. NOTE:Autolight activation sensitivity and thetime delay for autolight shutoff is adjust-able for vehicles with navigation system.See “Vehicle electronic systems” in the“Display screen, heater, air conditioner andaudio systems” section later in this manual.To turn on the autolight system: 1. Turn the headlight switch to the AUTO posi- tion ᭺. 1 2. Turn the ignition key to ON. 3. The autolight system automatically turns the WIC0274 LIC0562 headlights on and off. Be sure you do not put anything on top of Headlight beam selectInitially, if the ignition switch is turned OFF and a the autolight sensor ᭺ located on the top 1door is opened and left open, the headlights side of the instrument panel. The autolight ᭺ 1 To select the high beam function, push theremain ON for 5 minutes. If another door is sensor controls the autolight; if it is cov- lever forward. The high beam lights come onopened during the 5 minutes, then the 5 minute ered, the autolight sensor reacts as if it is and the light illuminates.timer is reset. dark out and the headlights will illuminate.To turn the autolight system off, turn the switch to If this occurs while parked with the engine ᭺ 2 Pull the lever back to select the low beam.the OFF, , or position. off and the key in the ON position, your ᭺ 3 Pulling and releasing the lever flashes the vehicle’s battery could become discharged. headlight high beams on and off. Battery saver system If the ignition switch is turned OFF while the headlight switch is in the or posi- tion, the headlights will turn off after 5 minutes. Instruments and controls 2-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 94. CAUTION WARNINGEven though the battery saver feature au- When the daytime running light system istomatically turns off the headlights after a active, tail lights on your vehicle are notperiod of time, you should turn the head- on. It is necessary at dusk to turn on yourlight switch to the OFF position when the headlights. Failure to do so could causeengine is not running to avoid discharging an accident injuring yourself and others.the vehicle battery.DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT SYSTEM(Canada only)The headlights automatically illuminate at a re-duced intensity when the engine is started withthe parking brake released. The daytime running LIC0392lights operate with the headlight switch in theOFF position or in the position. Turn the INSTRUMENT BRIGHTNESSheadlight switch to the position for full CONTROLillumination when driving at night. The instrument cluster illuminates when the igni-If the parking brake is applied before the engine is tion switch is in ON position.started, the daytime running lights do not illumi- The instrument brightness control operates whennate. The daytime running lights illuminate when the headlight control switch is in thethe parking brake is released. The daytime run- AUTO, or position.ning lights will remain on until the ignition switchis turned off. Turn the control to adjust the brightness of instru- ment panel lights when driving at night. The instrument brightness control will not adjust the brightness when the headlights or parking lights are off.2-24 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 95. HAZARD WARNING FLASHER SWITCH LIC0563 LIC0564 LIC0394TURN SIGNAL SWITCH FOG LIGHT SWITCH (if so equipped) Push the switch on to warn other drivers whenTurn signal To turn the fog lights on, turn the headlight switch you must stop or park under emergency condi- to the position, then turn the fog light tions. All turn signal lights flash.᭺1 Move the lever up or down to signal the switch to the position. To turn them off, turning direction. When the turn is com- turn the fog light switch to the OFF position. WARNING pleted, the turn signals cancel automatically. The headlights must be on and the low beams ● If stopping for an emergency, be sure toLane change signal selected for the fog lights to operate. The fog move the vehicle well off the road. lights automatically turn off when the high beam᭺2 To signal a lane change, move the lever up or headlights are selected. ● Do not use the hazard warning flashers down to the point where the indicator light while moving on the highway unless begins to flash, but the lever does not latch. unusual circumstances force you to drive so slowly that your vehicle might become a hazard to other traffic. Instruments and controls 2-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 96. HORN HEATED SEAT (if so equipped)● Turn signals do not work when the haz- ard warning flasher lights are on.The flashers will operate with the ignition switchin any position.Some state laws may prohibit the use ofthe hazard warning flasher switch whiledriving. LIC0395 LIC0690 To sound the horn, push the center pad area of The front seats are warmed by built-in heaters (if the steering wheel. so equipped). The switches are located on the center console. WARNING 1. Start the engine. Do not disassemble the horn. Doing so could affect proper operation of the 2. Push the low or high position of the switch, supplemental front air bag system. Tam- as desired, depending on the temperature. pering with the supplemental front air bag The indicator light in the switch will illumi- system may result in serious personal nate. injury. The heater is controlled by a thermostat, automatically turning the heater on and off. The indicator light will remain on as long as the switch is on.2-26 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 97. TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM (TCS) OFF SWITCH (if so equipped)3. When the seat is warmed or before you ● The battery could run down if the seat leave the vehicle, be sure to turn the switch heater is operated while the engine is off. not running. CAUTION● Do not use the seat heater for extended periods or when no one is using the seat.● Do not put anything on the seat which insulates heat, such as a blanket, cush- ion, seat cover, etc. Otherwise, the seat may become overheated.● Do not place anything hard or heavy on LIC0451 the seat or pierce it with a pin or similar object. This may result in damage to the The vehicle should be driven with the Traction heater. Control System (TCS) on for most driving condi- tions.● Any liquid spilled on the heated seat should be removed immediately with a If the vehicle is stuck in mud or snow, the TCS dry cloth. reduces the engine output to reduce wheel spin. The engine speed will be reduced even if the● When cleaning the seat, never use accelerator is depressed to the floor. If maximum gasoline, benzine, thinner, or any simi- engine power is needed to free a stuck vehicle, lar materials. turn the TCS off.● If any abnormalities are found or the To turn off the TCS, push the TCS OFF switch. heated seat does not operate, turn the The indicator will come on. switch off and have the system checked by your NISSAN dealer. Push the “TCS OFF” switch again or restart the engine to turn ON the system. See “Traction control system (TCS)” in the “Starting and driv- ing” section. Instruments and controls 2-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 98. POWER OUTLET ● 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 open. ● When not in use, be sure to close the cap. Do not allow water to contact the outlet. LIC0714 WIC0699 Instrument panel (if so equipped) ConsoleThe power outlets are for powering electrical ● Do not use with accessories that ex- ceed a 12 volt, 120W (10A) power draw.accessories such as cellular telephones. They Do not use double adapters or moreare rated at 12 volt, 120W (10A) maximum. than one electrical accessory. CAUTION ● Use power outlets with the engine run- ning to avoid discharging the vehicle● The outlet and plug may be hot during battery. or immediately after use. ● Avoid using power outlets when the air● Only certain power outlets are designed conditioner, headlights or rear window for use with a cigarette lighter unit. Do defroster is on. not use any other power outlet for an accessory lighter. See your NISSAN dealer for additional information.2-28 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 99. CIGARETTE LIGHTER AND ASHTRAY(if so equipped) CAUTION ● When not in use, be sure to close the cap. Do not allow water to contact the ● The cigarette lighter should not be used outlet. while driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation. ● The outlet and plug may be hot during or immediately after use. ● Do not use any other power outlet for an accessory lighter. ● Do not use with accessories that ex- ceed a 12 volt, 120W (10A) power draw. Do not use double adapters or more than one electrical accessory. LIC0692 ● Use power outlets with the engine run-The cigarette lighter operates when the ignition ning to avoid discharging the vehicleswitch is in the ACC or ON position. battery.Lift the lid ᭺ to open. A ● Avoid using power outlets when the airPush the lighter ᭺ in all the way. When the B conditioner, headlights or rear window defroster is on.lighter is heated, it will spring out. Return thelighter to its original position after use. ● Before inserting or disconnecting a plug, be sure the electrical accessoryPull out the ashtray ᭺ to remove it. C being used is turned OFF.This power outlet can also be used for powering ● Push the plug in as far as it will go. Ifelectrical accessories such as cellular tele- good contact is not made, the plug mayphones. overheat or the internal temperature fuse may open. Instruments and controls 2-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 100. STORAGE WIC0700 LIC0016 WIC0747MAP POCKETS Type A Type B SEATBACK POCKETS (if so equipped) The seatback pockets are located on the back of the driver’s and passenger’s seats. The pockets can be used to store maps.2-30 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 101. ● Do not leave sunglasses in the sun- glasses holder while parking in direct sunlight. The heat may damage the sunglasses. WIC0609 WIC0691SUNGLASSES HOLDER Front CUP HOLDERSTo open the sunglasses holder, push and release. To open the front cup holders, push the cup WARNING holder lid. To close, lower the cup holder lid and push down until it clicks in place.● The sunglasses holder should not be used while driving so full attention may The plastic insert may be removed for cleaning. be given to vehicle operation. The rear cup holders are located in the fold-down● Keep the sunglasses holder closed armrest in the rear seat back. while driving to prevent an accident. The rubber insert may be removed for cleaning. CAUTION● Do not use for anything other than sunglasses. Instruments and controls 2-31 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 102. ● Use only soft cups in the cup holder. Hard objects can injure you in an accident. WRS0167 WIC0374 Rear GLOVE BOX WARNING Open the glove box by pulling the handle. Use theThe cup holder should not be used while master key when locking ᭺ or unlocking ᭺ the 1 2driving so full attention may be given to glove box. The valet key cannot be used to lock orvehicle operation. unlock the glove box. CAUTION WARNING● Avoid abrupt starting and braking when Keep glove box lid closed while driving to the cup holder is being used to prevent help prevent injury in an accident or a spilling the drink. If the liquid is hot, it sudden stop. can scald you or your passenger.2-32 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 103. CONSOLE BOX 3. Remove the access hole cover. 4. Install the felt mat. WARNING 5. Route the phone cord through the accessThe center console box should not be hole and plug into the power outlet.used while driving so full attention may begiven to vehicle operation. LIC0701 Upper half Pull up on the driver’s side latch to open the upper half of the console box. The felt mat may be removed for cleaning. The upper half of the console box may be used for storage of cellular phones. An access hole is provided at the rear of the upper half of the console box for phone cord routing to the power outlet. To route a phone cord to the power outlet: 1. Open the upper half of the console box. 2. Remove the felt mat, and then remove the cutout area from the mat. Instruments and controls 2-33 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 104. ● The inside of the storage tray can get hot. Do not place objects inside which can melt or be easily deformed. WARNING ● The storage tray should not be used while driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation. ● Keep the tray lid closed while driving to help prevent contents from becoming projectiles causing injury in an accident or during a sudden stop. LIC0702Lower halfPull up on the passenger’s side latch to open thelower half of the console box. A power outlet islocated inside the console box and there is stor-age for compact discs. LIC0703 INSTRUMENT PANEL STORAGE (if so equipped) To open the storage tray, push upward and re- lease. The storage tray will automatically move to the open position.2-34 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 105. LIC0721 LIC0694 LIC0748If so equipped COVERED STORAGE BOX (if so GROCERY HOOKS (if so equipped) equipped) The grocery hooks are located in the trunk and Push the bottom center of the lid to open. can be used to hang a standard size plastic grocery bag. CAUTION Do not apply a total load of more than 20 lbs (9 kg) to a single grocery hook. Instruments and controls 2-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 106. CARGO NET (if so equipped) WARNING ● 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. ● Be sure to secure all four hooks into the retainers. The cargo restrained in the net must not exceed 30 lbs. (13.6 kg) or the net may not stay secured. CAUTION Do not strike the navigation system map DVD-ROM player (if so equipped) while loading the trunk and do not place heavy objects on the player. Doing so could cause improper operation or damage the system. The cargo net helps keep packages in the cargo area from moving around while the vehicle is in motion. WIC07332-36 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 107. WINDOWS POWER WINDOWS WARNING ● Make sure that all passengers have their hands, etc. inside the vehicle while it is in motion and before closing the 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- LIC0802 dren could become involved in serious LIC0705To install the cargo net, attach the net to the accidents. 1. Power door lock switchretainers. The power windows operate when the ignition 2. Window lock buttonTo remove the cargo net, detach the net from the switch is in the ON position, or for about 45 3. Front passenger side (automatic switch,cargo net retainers. seconds after the ignition switch is turned to the if so equipped) OFF position. If the driver’s or passenger’s door 4. Right rear passenger side is opened during this period of about 45 sec- 5. Left rear passenger side onds, power to the windows is canceled. 6. Driver side automatic switch Driver’s side power window switch The driver’s side control panel is equipped with switches to open or close all of the windows. 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. Instruments and controls 2-37 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 108. LIC0695 LIC0718 LIC0717Front passenger power window switch Rear power window switch Automatic operationThe passenger window switch operates only the The rear passenger window switches open or To fully open a window equipped with automaticcorresponding passenger window. To open the close only the corresponding passenger window. operation, press the window switch down (onlywindow, push the switch and hold it down ᭺. To 1 To open the window, push the switch and hold it driver’s side shown) to the second detent andclose the window, pull the switch up ᭺. 2 down ᭺. To close the window, pull the switch up 1 release it; it need not be held. The window auto- ᭺. 2 matically opens all the way. To stop the window, Locking passengers’ windows lift the switch up while the window is opening. When the window lock button is depressed, only To fully close a window equipped with automatic the driver side window can be opened or closed. operation, pull the switch up to the second detent Push it again to cancel the window lock function. and release it; it need not be held.2-38 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 109. SUNROOF (if so equipped)Auto-reverse function To open the sunroof part way, push the switch in any direction while the sunroof is sliding open toIf the control unit detects something caught in the stop it in the desired position.window as it is closing, the window will be imme-diately lowered. To close the sunroof part way, push and hold the switch until the sunroof is in the desired position.The auto-reverse function can be activated whenthe window is closed by automatic operation Tilting the sunroofwhen the ignition key is in the ON position or for45 seconds after the ignition key is turned to the To tilt the sunroof up, push the tilt switch toOFF position. the position ᭺. 3Depending on the environment or driving To tilt the sunroof down, push and hold the tiltconditions, the auto-reverse function may switch to the position ᭺. 4be activated if an impact or load similar tosomething being caught in the window oc- Restarting the sunroof sliding switch LIC0679curs. The sliding switch will become inoperable after AUTOMATIC SUNROOF the battery terminal is disconnected, the electri- WARNING The sunroof will only operate when the ignition cal supply interrupted and/or some abnormalityThere are some small distances immedi- key is in the ON position. The automatic sunroof detected. Use the following reset procedure toately before the closed position which is operational for about 45 seconds, even if the return sunroof operation to normal.cannot be detected. Make sure that all ignition key is turned to the ACC or OFF position.passengers have their hands, etc., inside 1. From any sunroof position (fully open, par- If the driver’s door or the front passenger’s doorthe vehicle before closing the window. tially open, closed, partially vented or is opened during this period of about 45 sec- vented), push and hold the tilt switch toward onds, power to the sunroof is canceled. the position ᭺ until the sunroof vents 3 Sliding the sunroof in the full-up position. To fully open the sunroof, push the switch toward The sunroof should now operate normally. the position ᭺. 1 To fully close the sunroof, push and hold the switch toward the position ᭺. 2 Instruments and controls 2-39 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 110. INTERIOR LIGHT When the switch is in the center O position, the WARNING interior lights will stay on for about 30 seconds● In an accident you could be thrown from when: the vehicle through an open sunroof. Always use seat belts and child ● The doors are unlocked by the keyfob (if so restraints. equipped), a key or the power door lock switch while all doors are closed and the● Do not allow anyone to stand up or ignition switch is in the OFF position. extend any portion of their body out of the sunroof opening while the vehicle is ● The driver’s door is opened and then closed in motion or while the sunroof is while the key is removed from the ignition closing. switch. ● The key is removed from the ignition switch CAUTION while all doors are closed.● Remove water drops, snow, ice or sand WIC0264 from the sunroof before opening. The lights will turn off while the 30 second timer is The interior light has a three-position switch and activated when:● Do not place heavy objects on the sun- roof or surrounding area. operates regardless of ignition switch position. ● The driver’s door is locked by the keyfob (if When the switch is in the ON position ᭺, the 1 so equipped), a key, or the power door lockSunshade interior lights illuminate, regardless of door posi- switch.Open and close the sunshade by sliding it for- tion. The lights will go off after about 30 minutes ● The ignition switch is turned ON.ward or backward. unless the ignition key is in the ACC or ON position. When the switch is in the OFF position ᭺, the 2If the sunroof does not close interior lights do not illuminate, regardless of doorHave your NISSAN dealer check and repair the position.sunroof. The lights will turn off automatically after 30 min- utes while doors are open to prevent the battery from becoming discharged.2-40 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 111. MAP LIGHTSNOTE:The door step lights illuminate when thedriver and passenger doors are open re-gardless of the interior light switch posi-tion. These lights will turn off automaticallyafter about 30 minutes while doors areopen to prevent the battery from becomingdischarged. CAUTIONDo not use for extended periods of timewith the engine stopped. This could resultin a discharged battery. WIC0289 LIC0696 Models without sunroof Models with sunroof 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—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 112. TRUNK LIGHT HOMELINKா UNIVERSAL TRANSCEIVER (if so equipped)The light illuminates when the trunk lid is opened. The HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver provides a WARNINGWhen the trunk lid is closed, the light goes off. convenient way to consolidate the functions of up to three individual hand-held transmitters into ● Do not use the HomeLinkா UniversalThe light will go off after about 30 minutes if the Transceiver with any garage doortrunk lid is left open, unless the ignition key is in one built-in device. opener that lacks safety stop and re-the ACC or ON position. HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver: verse features as required by federalFor bulb replacement procedures, refer to “Exte- ● Will operate most Radio Frequency (RF) safety standards. (These standards be-rior and interior lights” in the “Maintenance and devices such as garage doors, gates, home came effective for opener modelsdo-it-yourself” section of this manual. manufactured after April 1, 1982). A ga- and office lighting, entry door locks and se- rage door opener which cannot detect curity systems. an object in the path of a closing garage ● Is powered by your vehicle’s battery. No door and then automatically stop and separate batteries are required. If the vehi- reverse, does not meet current federal cle’s battery is discharged or is discon- safety standards. Using a garage door nected, HomeLinkா will retain all program- opener without these features in- ming. creases the risk of serious injury or death. Once the HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver ● During the programming procedure is programmed, retain the original trans- your garage door or security gate will mitter for future programming procedures open and close (if the transmitter is (Example: new vehicle purchases). Upon within range). Make sure that people or sale of the vehicle, the programmed objects are clear of the garage door, HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver buttons gate, etc. that you are programming. should be erased for security purposes. For additional information refer to “Program- ● Your vehicle’s engine should be turned ming HomeLinkா” later in this section. off while programming the HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver.2-42 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 113. 3. Using both hands, simultaneously push the PROGRAMMING HOMELINKா FOR hand-held transmitter button and the de- CANADIAN CUSTOMERS sired HomeLinkா button. Do not release the buttons until step 4 has been completed. Prior to 1992, D.O.C. regulations required hand- held transmitters to stop transmitting after 2 sec- NOTE: onds. To program your hand-held transmitter to HomeLinkா, continue to press and hold the Some garage door openers may require the HomeLinkா button (note steps 2 - 4 under “Pro- procedures noted under “Canadian Pro- gramming HomeLinkா”) while you press and re- gramming.” press (“cycle”) your hand-held transmitters every 4. The HomeLinkா indicator will flash, first 2 seconds until the indicator light flashes rapidly slowly and then rapidly. When the indicator (indicating successful programming). light flashes rapidly, both buttons may be released. The rapid flashing light indicates NOTE: WIC0291 the HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver has When programming a garage door opener, been successfully programmed. etc., it is advised to unplug the device dur-PROGRAMMING HOMELINKா To program the remaining two buttons, follow ing the “cycling” process to prevent pos-1. With the ignition key in the OFF position, steps 2 through 4. sible damage to the garage door opener press and hold the two outside buttons, and components. release when the indicator light begins to If , after repeated attempts, you do not success- flash (after 20 seconds). This procedure fully program the HomeLinkா Universal Trans- OPERATING THE HOMELINKா ceiver to learn the signal of the hand-held trans- UNIVERSAL TRANSCEIVER erases the factory set default codes and mitter, refer to “Rolling Code Programming” later does not have to be followed when program- The HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver (once pro- in this section. ming additional hand-held transmitters. grammed) may now be used to activate the ga- If you have any questions or are having difficulty rage door, etc. To operate, simply press the ap-2. Hold the end of the hand-held transmitter programming your HomeLinkா buttons, refer to (from the device you wish to train) approxi- propriate programmed HomeLinkா Universal the HomeLinkா web site at: www.homelink.com Transceiver button. The red indicator light will mately 1 - 3 inches (26 - 76 mm) away from or call 1-800-355-3515. illuminate while the signal is being transmitted. the surface of HomeLinkா keeping the indi- cator light in view. Instruments and controls 2-43 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 114. PROGRAMMING TROUBLE- CLEARING THE PROGRAMMED 1. Locate the training button on the garageDIAGNOSIS INFORMATION door opener motor unit. Exact location and color of the button may vary by garage doorIf the HomeLinkா does not quickly learn the hand- Individual buttons cannot be cleared. However, opener brand. If there is difficulty locatingheld transmitter information: to clear all programming, press and hold the two the training button, reference the garage outside buttons and release when the indicator door opener Owner’s Manual. ● replace the hand-held transmitter batteries with new batteries. light begins to flash (approximately 20 seconds). 2. Press the training button on the garage door ROLLING CODE PROGRAMMING opener motor unit (which may activate a ● position the hand-held transmitter with its training light). battery area facing away from the Rolling code garage door openers (or other roll- HomeLinkா surface. ing code devices) which are “code protected” NOTE: ● press and hold both the HomeLinkா and and manufactured after 1996, may be deter- mined by the following: Following step 2, there are 30 seconds in hand-held transmitter buttons without inter- which to initiate step 3. ruption. ● Reference the garage door opener Owner’s Manual for verification. 3. Firmly press and release the programmed ● position the hand-held transmitter 1 - 3 HomeLinkா button a second time to com- inches (26 - 76 mm) away from the ● The hand-held transmitter appears to pro- plete the training process. (Some garage HomeLinkா surface. Hold the transmitter in gram the HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver door openers may require you to do this that position for up to 15 seconds. If but does not activate the garage door. procedure a third time to complete the train- HomeLinkா is not programmed within that ● Press and hold the trained HomeLinkா but- ing.) time, try holding the transmitter in another position – keeping the indicator light in view ton. If the garage door opener has the rolling The garage door opener should now recognize at all times. code feature, the HomeLinkா indicator light the HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver and acti- will flash rapidly, then remains on after 2 vate when the HomeLinkா button is pressed. TheIf you continue to have programming difficulties, seconds. remaining two buttons may now be programmedplease contact the NISSAN Consumer Affairs To program the HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver (if not yet programmed, follow steps 2 through 4Department. The phone numbers are located in to a garage door opener with the rolling code in the “Programming HomeLinkா” proceduresthe Foreword of this manual. feature, follow these instructions after completing earlier in this section). the “Programming HomeLink” (the aid of a sec- ond person may make the following procedures quicker and easier).2-44 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 115. REPROGRAMMING A SINGLE IF YOUR VEHICLE IS STOLENHOMELINKா BUTTON If your vehicle is stolen, you should change theTo reprogram a HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver codes of any non-rolling code device that hasbutton, complete the following. been programmed into HomeLinkா. Consult the Owner’s Manual of each device or call the manu- 1. Press and hold the desired HomeLinkா but- facturer or dealer of those devices for additional ton. Do not release the button until step 4 information. has been completed. When your vehicle is recovered, you will 2. When the indicator light begins to flash need to reprogram the HomeLinkா Univer- slowly (after 20 seconds), position the sal Transceiver with your new transmitter hand-held transmitter 1 - 3 inches (26 - 76 information. mm) away from the HomeLinkா surface. FCC Notice: 3. Press and hold the hand-held transmitter button. This device complies with FCC rules part 15. Operation is subject to the following 4. The HomeLinkா indicator light will flash, first two conditions: (1) This device may not slowly and then rapidly. When the indicator cause harmful interference and (2) This de- light begins to flash rapidly, release both vice must accept any interference that may buttons. be received, including interference thatThe HomeLinkா Universal Transceiver button has may cause undesired operation.now been reprogrammed. The new device can This transmitter has been tested and com-be activated by pushing the HomeLinkா button plies with FCC and DOC/MDC rules.that was just programmed. This procedure will Changes or modifications not expressly ap-not affect any other programmed HomeLinkா proved by the party responsible for compli-buttons. ance could void the user’s authority to op- erate the device. DOC: ISTC 1763K1313 FCC I.D. CV2V67690 Instruments and controls 2-45 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
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  • 117. 3 Pre-driving checks and adjustmentsKeys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Interior trunk lid release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 Nissan vehicle immobilizer system (NVIS) Fuel filler lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12 keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Opener operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Fuel filler cap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12 Locking with key. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Tilting telescopic steering column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13 Locking with inside lock knob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 Tilt operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13 Locking with power door lock switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 Telescopic operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14 Child safety rear door lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5 Sun visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14Remote keyless entry system (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . 3-5 Vanity mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14 How to use remote keyless entry system . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9 Inside mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15Trunk lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10 Automatic anti-glare inside mirror Opener operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15 Key operation (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 Outside mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 118. KEYS A key number is only necessary when you have previously registered into the NISSAN Vehicle lost all keys and do not have one to duplicate Immobilizer System. After the registration pro- from. If you still have a key, your NISSAN dealer cess, these components will only recognize keys can duplicate it. coded into the NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer Sys- tem (NVIS) during registration. Any key that is not NISSAN VEHICLE IMMOBILIZER given to your dealer at the time of registration will SYSTEM (NVIS) KEYS no longer be able to start your vehicle. You can only drive your vehicle using the master Do not allow the immobilizer system key, which or valet keys which are registered to the NISSAN contains an electrical transponder, to come into Vehicle Immobilizer System components in your contact with salt water. This could affect system vehicle. These keys have a transponder chip in function. the key head. The master key can be used for all the locks. WPD01281. Two master keys (black) with transpon- The valet key cannot be used for the trunk lid, glove box lock or rear seatback lock. der chip and chrome NISSAN brand symbol on one side To protect belongings when you leave a key with2. Valet key (black) with transponder chip someone, give them the valet key only. (if so equipped) Never leave these keys in the vehicle.3. Key number plate Additional or replacement keys:4. Transponder chipA key number plate is supplied with your keys. If you still have a key, the key number is notRecord the key number and keep it in a safe place necessary when you need extra NISSAN Vehicle(such as your wallet), not in the vehicle. If you lose Immobilizer System keys. Your dealer can dupli-your keys, see a NISSAN dealer for duplicates by cate your existing key. As many as five NVIS keys can be used with one vehicle. You should bring allusing the key number. NISSAN does not record NVIS keys that you have to your NISSAN dealerkey numbers so it is very important to keep track for registration. This is because the registrationof your key number plate. process will erase the memory of all key codes3-2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 119. DOORS WARNING Opening and closing windows (if so equipped)● Always have the doors locked while driving. Along with the use of seat belts, The driver’s door key operation allows you to this provides greater safety in the event open and close windows equipped with auto- of an accident by helping to prevent matic operation at the same time. persons from being thrown from the ● To open the windows, turn the driver’s door vehicle. This also helps keep children key toward the rear of the vehicle for longer and others from unintentionally open- than 1 second after the door is unlocked. ing the doors, and will help keep out intruders. ● To close the windows, turn the driver’s door● Before opening any door, always look key toward the front of the vehicle for longer for and avoid oncoming traffic. than 1 second after the door is locked.● Do not leave children unattended inside WPD0129 the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- Driver’s side tivate switches or controls. Unattended children could become involved in seri- LOCKING WITH KEY ous accidents. The power door lock system allows you to lock or unlock all doors at the same time. Turning the key toward the front ᭺ of the vehicle 1 locks all doors. Turning the key one time toward the rear ᭺ of the 2 vehicle unlocks that door. From that position, returning the key to neutral ᭺ (where the key can 3 only be removed and inserted) and turning it toward the rear again within 5 seconds unlocks all doors ᭺. 4 Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 120. Lockout protection When the power door lock switch (driver’s or front passenger’s side) is moved to the lock position with the key in the ignition and any door open, all doors will lock and unlock automatically. This helps to prevent the keys from being acci- dently locked inside the vehicle. WPD0291 LPD0292 Inside lock Door lock switchLOCKING WITH INSIDE LOCK LOCKING WITH POWER DOORKNOB LOCK SWITCHTo lock the door without the key, move the inside To lock all the doors without a key, push the doorlock to the lock position ᭺, then close the door. 1 lock switch (driver or front passenger side), to the lock position ᭺. When locking the door this way, 1To unlock the door without the key, move the be certain not to leave the key inside the vehicle.inside lock knob to the unlock position ᭺. 2 To unlock all the doors without a key, push the door lock switch (driver or front passenger side) to the unlock position ᭺. 23-4 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 121. REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM (if so equipped) It is possible to lock/unlock all doors, turn the CAUTION interior light on, and activate the panic alarm by using the keyfob from outside the vehicle. Listed below are conditions or occur- rences which will damage the keyfob: Some settings for the keyfob, such as horn beep, can be adjusted. For vehicles without navigation ● Do not allow the keyfob to become wet. system, refer to “Silencing the horn beep feature” ● Do not drop the keyfob. later in this section. For vehicles with navigation ● Do not strike the keyfob sharply against system, refer to “Vehicle electronic systems” in another object. the “Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems” section later in this manual. ● Do not place the keyfob for an extended period in an area where temperatures Be sure to remove the key from the vehicle exceed 140°F (60°C). before locking the doors. If a keyfob is lost or stolen, NISSAN rec- APD1010 The keyfob can operate at a distance of approxi- ommends erasing the ID code of that key-CHILD SAFETY REAR DOOR LOCK mately 33 ft (10 m) from the vehicle. The effective fob. This will prevent the keyfob from un- distance depends upon the conditions around authorized use to unlock the vehicle. ForChild safety locks help prevent the rear doors the vehicle. information regarding the erasing proce-from being opened accidentally, especially when dure, please contact a NISSAN dealer.small children are in the vehicle. As many as 5 keyfobs can be used with one vehicle. For information concerning the purchaseThe child safety lock levers are located on the and use of additional keyfobs, contact a NISSANedge of the rear doors. dealer.When the lever is in the lock position, the The keyfob will not function when:door can be opened only from the outside. ● the battery is discharged ● the distance between the vehicle and the keyfob is over 33 ft (10 m) The panic alarm will not activate when the key is in the ignition switch. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 122. ● When the button is pushed with all doors locked, the hazard lights flash twice and the horn beeps once as a reminder that the doors are already locked. ● If a door is open and you push the button, the doors will lock but the horn will not beep and the hazard lights will not flash. The horn may or may not beep once. Refer to “Silencing the horn beep feature” later in this section for details. LPD0209 LPD0210HOW TO USE REMOTE KEYLESS Unlocking doorsENTRY SYSTEM Push the button on the keyfob once.Locking doors ● Only the driver’s door unlocks. 1. Close all windows. ● The hazard indicator flashes once if all doors 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch. are completely closed with the ignition key in any position except the ON position. 3. Close the hood, trunk lid, and all doors. ● The interior light turns on and the light timer 4. Push the button on the keyfob. All activates for 30 seconds when the switch is the doors lock. The hazard lights flash twice in the center O position with the ignition key and the horn beeps once to indicate all doors are locked. in any position except the ON position. Push the button on the keyfob again within 5 seconds.3-6 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 123. ● All doors unlock. ● The hazard indicator flashes once if all doors are completely closed.The interior lights can be turned off without wait-ing 30 seconds by inserting the key into theignition and turning to the ON or START position,locking the doors with the keyfob or pushing theinterior light switch to the OFF position.Auto relockWhen the button on the keyfob is pushed,all doors will lock automatically within 1 minuteunless one of the following operations is per-formed: WPD0319 LPD0211 ● Any door is opened. Releasing the trunk lid Using the panic alarm ● A key is inserted into the ignition switch and Push the button on the keyfob for longer If you are near your vehicle and feel threatened, the key is turned from OFF to ON. than 0.5 second to open the trunk lid. The trunk you may activate the panic alarm to call attention release button on the keyfob will not operate by pushing and holding the button on the when the ignition switch is in the ON position. keyfob for longer than 0.5 second. The trunk lid will open when using the key- The panic alarm and headlights will stay on for 25 fob even if the trunk lid release cancel seconds. switch is turned to OFF. See “Trunk lid” The panic alarm stops when: later in this section for cancel switch infor- mation. ● it has run for 25 seconds, or ● any button is pushed on the keyfob. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 124. To deactivate: Press and hold the The door windows will open while pressing and buttons for at least 2 seconds. the button on the keyfob. The hazard warning lights will flash three times to The door windows cannot be closed by confirm that the horn beep feature has been using the keyfob. deactivated. To activate: Press and hold the and buttons for at least 2 seconds once more. The hazard warning 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- LPD0262 lence the horn if the alarm is triggered.Silencing the horn beep feature Using the interior lightsIf desired, the horn beep feature can be deacti-vated using the keyfob. Push the button on the keyfob once to turn on the interior lights.NOTE: For additional information, refer to “Interior lights”If you change the horn beep and lamp flash in the “Instruments and controls” section earlier infeature with the keyfob, the display screen this manual.(if so equipped) will not show the currentmode and cannot be used to change the Opening windows (if so equipped)mode. Use the keyfob to return to the pre- The keyfob allows you to open the front windowsvious mode and re-enable the display simultaneously.screen control. ● To open the front windows, press the button on the keyfob for longer than 3 seconds after all doors are unlocked.3-8 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 125. 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. WARNING ● Make sure the hood is completely closed and latched before driving. Fail- ure to do so could cause the hood to fly open and result in an accident. ● If you see steam or smoke coming from the engine compartment, to avoid injury do not open the hood. WPD0288᭺1 Pull the hood lock release handle located ᭺ 3 Remove the support rod from the clamp. below the driver side instrument panel; the hood springs up slightly. ᭺ 4 Insert the support rod into the slot on the passenger side fender ledge.᭺2 Lift the lever at the front of the hood with your fingertips and raise the hood. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 126. TRUNK LID ● Closely supervise children when they are around cars to prevent them from playing and becoming locked in the trunk where they could be seriously in- jured. Keep the car locked, with the rear seatback and trunk lid securely latched when not in use, and prevent children’s access to car keys. To open the trunk lid, push the opener lever down. To close the trunk lid, lower and push the trunk lid down securely. NOTE: LPD0287 LPD0085 You cannot open the trunk lid with theOPENER OPERATION trunk lid opener lever if the vehicle security Cancel switch (if so equipped) system (if so equipped) is armed. When the cancel switch located inside the glove WARNING box is OFF, the trunk lid cannot be opened with● Do not drive with the trunk lid open. This the trunk lid release switch. It can be opened with could allow dangerous exhaust gases the master key or keyfob. to be drawn into the vehicle. See “Ex- haust gas” in the “Starting and driving” section of this manual.3-10 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 127. To open the trunk from the inside, pull the illumi- nated release handle until the lock releases and push up on the trunk lid. The release handle is made of a material that glows in the dark after a brief exposure to ambient light. The handle is located inside the trunk compart- ment on the interior of the trunk lid. WPD0138 LPD0289KEY OPERATION (if so equipped) INTERIOR TRUNK LID RELEASETo open the trunk lid, turn the key clockwise. Toclose the trunk lid, lower and push the trunk lid WARNINGdown securely. Closely supervise children when they are around cars to prevent them from playing and becoming locked in the trunk where they could be seriously injured. Keep the car locked, with the rear seatback and trunk lid securely latched when not in use, and prevent children’s access to car keys. The interior trunk lid release mechanism provides a means of escape for children and adults in the event they become locked inside the trunk. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 128. FUEL FILLER LID WARNING ● Gasoline is extremely flammable and highly explosive under certain condi- tions. You could be burned or seriously injured if it is misused or mishandled. Always stop the engine and do not smoke or allow open flames or sparks near the vehicle when refueling. ● Fuel may be under pressure. Turn the cap a third of a turn, and wait for any “hissing” sound to stop to prevent fuel from spraying out and possibly causing personal injury. Then remove the cap. WPD0290 LPD0189 ● Do not attempt to top off the fuel tankOPENER OPERATION FUEL FILLER CAP after the fuel pump nozzle shuts offThe fuel filler opener lever is located on the out- The fuel filler cap is a ratcheting type. Turn the automatically. Continued refueling mayside of the driver’s seat ᭺. To open the fuel filler 1 cause fuel overflow, resulting in fuel cap counterclockwise to remove. To tighten, turnlid, pull the opener lever up. To lock, close the fuel spray and possibly a fire. the cap clockwise until ratcheting clicks arefiller lid securely. heard. ● Use only an original equipment type fuel filler cap as a replacement. It has a Put the fuel filler cap on the cap holder ᭺ while 1 built-in safety valve needed for proper refueling. operation of the fuel system and emis- sion control system. An incorrect cap can result in a serious malfunction and possible injury. It could also cause the malfunction indicator lamp to come on. ● Never pour fuel into the throttle body to attempt to start your vehicle.3-12 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 129. TILTING TELESCOPIC STEERING COLUMN● Do not fill a portable fuel container in ● Tighten until the fuel filler cap clicks. the vehicle or trailer. Static electricity Failure to tighten the fuel filler cap can cause an explosion of flammable properly may cause the mal- liquid, vapor or gas in any vehicle or trailer. To reduce the risk of serious function indicator lamp (MIL) to illumi- injury or death when filling portable fuel nate. If the lamp illuminates be- containers: cause the fuel filler cap is loose or – Always place the container on the missing, tighten or install the cap and ground when filling. continue to drive the vehicle. – Do not use electronic devices when The lamp should turn off after a filling. few driving trips. If the lamp – Keep the pump nozzle in contact does not turn off after a few driving with the container while you are fill- trips, have the vehicle inspected by a WPD0234 ing it. NISSAN dealer. TILT OPERATION – Use only approved portable fuel con- ● For additional information, see the tainers for flammable liquid. “Malfunction indicator lamp (MIL)” in Pull the lock lever ᭺ forward and adjust the 1 the “Instruments and Controls” section steering wheel up or down ᭺ to the desired 2 CAUTION earlier in this manual. position.● If fuel is spilled on the vehicle body, Release the lock lever to lock the steering wheel flush it away with water to avoid paint in place. damage. WARNING Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving. You could lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 130. SUN VISORSTELESCOPIC OPERATIONPush the lock lever ᭺ down and adjust the 3steering wheel forward or backward ᭺ to the 4desired position.Pull the lock lever up firmly to lock the steeringwheel in place. WARNINGDo not adjust the steering wheel anycloser to you than is necessary for propersteering operation and comfort. The driv-er’s air bag inflates with great force. If youare unrestrained, leaning forward, sitting WPD0140 WPD0141sideways or out of position in any way, youare at greater risk of injury or death in a VANITY MIRRORS Slide the sun visor extension (if so equipped) in orcrash. You may also receive serious or out as needed. To access the vanity mirror, pull the sun visorfatal injuries from the air bag if you are up down and flip open the mirror cover. Some vanityagainst it when it inflates. Always sit back mirrors are illuminated and turn on when the CAUTIONagainst the seatback and as far away as mirror cover is open.practical from the steering wheel. Always Do not store the sun visor before returninguse the seat belts. the extension to its original position.3-14 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 131. MIRRORS AUTO indicator light will be on. When the switch on the inside mirror is in the OFF position, the inside mirror will operate normally. Do not hang any object on the sensor or apply glass cleaner. Doing so will reduce the sensitivity of the sensor, resulting in improper operation. OUTSIDE MIRRORS WARNING ● Objects viewed in the outside mirror on the passenger side are closer than they WPD0126 WPD0142 appear. Be careful when moving to the right. Using only this mirror could causeINSIDE MIRROR 1. AUTO position an accident. Use the inside mirror or 2. OFF position glance over your shoulder to properlyThe night position ᭺ reduces glare from the 1headlights of vehicles behind you at night. 3. AUTO indicator light judge distances to other objects. 4. Sensor (on back of mirror) ● Do not adjust the mirrors while driving.Use the day position ᭺ when driving in daylight 2 5. Sensorhours. You could lose control of your vehicle AUTOMATIC ANTI-GLARE INSIDE and cause an accident. WARNING MIRROR (if so equipped)Use the night position only when neces- The inside mirror is designed so that it automati-sary, because it reduces rear view clarity. cally changes reflection according to the intensity of the headlights of the vehicle following you. When the inside mirror switch is in the AUTO position, excessive glare from the headlights of the vehicle behind you will be reduced. The Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 132. WPD0274 LPD0296Electric control type (if so equipped) Manual control typeThe outside mirror remote control only operates The outside mirror can be moved in any directionwhen the ignition switch is in the ACC or ON for a better rear view.position. Heated mirrors (if so equipped)Rotate the control lever to select the right or leftmirror. Adjust the mirror to the desired position by Some outside mirrors can be heated to defrost,moving the control lever. defog, or de-ice for improved visibility. For addi- tional information, see “Rear window and outside mirror (if so equipped) defroster switch” in the “Instrument and controls” section of this manual.3-16 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 133. 4 Display screen, heater, air conditionerand audio systemsControl panel buttons — with navigation system. . . . . . . 4-2 Operating tips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-22 Names of the components. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3 Servicing air conditioner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-22 How to use joystick and “ENTER” button . . . . . . . . . . 4-3 Audio system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-23 How to use “PREV” button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3 Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-23 Setting up the start-up screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3 FM radio reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-23 How to use the “TRIP” button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4 AM radio reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-23 How to use the “SETTING” button. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 Satellite radio reception (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . 4-23 button. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 Audio operation precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-24Ventilators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11 FM-AM radio with compact disc (CD) player (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26Heater and air conditioner (manual). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11 FM-AM SAT radio with compact disc (CD) Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-13 changer (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-30 Heater operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14 FM-AM-SAT radio with compact disc (CD) Air conditioner operation (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . 4-15 changer (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-36 Air flow charts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16 CD care and cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-41Heater and air conditioner (automatic) Steering wheel switch for audio control(if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-41 Automatic operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20 Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-42 Manual operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-21 Car phone or CB radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-43 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 134. CONTROL PANEL BUTTONS — WITH NAVIGATION SYSTEM WARNING● Positioning of the heating or air condi- tioning controls and display controls should not be done while driving in or- der that full attention may be given to the driving operation.● Do not disassemble or modify this sys- tem. If you do, it may result in accidents, fire, or electrical shock.● Do not use this system if you notice any abnormality, such as a frozen screen or lack of sound. Continued use of the system may result in accident, fire or electric shock.● In case you notice any foreign object in the system hardware, spill liquid on it, or notice smoke or smell coming from it, stop using the system immediately and contact your nearest NISSAN dealer. Ignoring such conditions may lead to accidents, fire or electrical shock. LHA0458 When you use this system, make sure the engine Reference symbols: is running. “ENTER” button — This is a button on the con- If you use the system with the engine not trol panel. running (ignition ON or ACC) for a long time, it will use up all the battery power, and the engine will not start.4-2 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 135. “Display” key — This is a select key on the HOW TO USE JOYSTICK AND If you do not touch the button or screen key forscreen. By selecting this key you can proceed to “ENTER” BUTTON more than 1 minute on the TRIP, SETTING orthe next function. START-UP screen, the screen will change to Choose an item on the display using the joystick TRIP screen automatically.NAMES OF THE COMPONENTS and push the “ENTER” button for operation. To proceed to the next step, refer to the separate 1. brightness control button (P. 4-10) Navigation System Owner’s Manual. HOW TO USE “PREV” BUTTON 2. PREV (previous) button (P. 4-3) This button has two functions. 3. Joystick and ENTER push button (P. 4-3) ● Go back to the previous display (cancel). 4. SETTING button (P. 4-6) If you touch “PREV” button during setup, the 5. TRIP drive computer button (P. 4-4) setup will be canceled and/or the display will return to the previous screen. 6. DEST button* ● Finish setup. 7. ROUTE button* If you touch this button after the setup is com- 8. MAP button* pleted, the setup will start over, and the display 9. GUIDE VOICE button* will return to the climate control or audio mode and Navigation screen.10. zoom out button*11. zoom in button* SETTING UP THE START-UP SCREEN*For Navigation system control buttons, refer tothe separate Navigation System Owner’s When you turn the ignition key to ACC or ON, theManual. SYSTEM START-UP warning is displayed on the screen. Read the warning and select the “I AGREE” (English) or “ENTER” (Français) key then push the “ENTER” button. If you do not push the “ENTER” button, the Navigation system will not proceed to the next step display. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 136. LHA0459 LHA0460 LHA0461HOW TO USE THE “TRIP” BUTTON Trip 1, trip 2 and fuel economy items Maintenance itemsWhen the “TRIP” button is pushed, the following To reset the TRIP 1, TRIP 2 and FUEL You can set the engine oil and the tire rotationmodes will display on the screen. ECONOMY, select the “RESET” key using the interval. joystick and push the “ENTER” button or pushWarning message (if there are any) → TRIP 1 To display the setting of the maintenance interval, the “TRIP” button for more than approximately(Elapsed Time, Driving Distance, Average select the “Engine Oil” or “Tire Rotation” key 1.5 seconds.Speed) → TRIP 2 → FUEL ECONOMY (Average using the joystick and push the “ENTER” button.Fuel Economy, Distance to Empty) → MAINTE-NANCE (Engine Oil, Tire Rotation and Tire Pres-sure — if so equipped) → OFF.4-4 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 137. LHA0462 LHA0463 LHA0483To set the maintenance interval, select the The “MAINTENANCE NOTICE” screen (“EN-“Maintenance Schedule” key by using the joy- GINE OIL” and “TIRE ROTATION”) will be auto-stick and push the joystick to right or left. matically displayed as shown when both of theTo reset the maintenance interval, select the “Re- following conditions are met:set” key using the joystick and push the “EN- ● the vehicle is driven the set distance and theTER” button. ignition key is turned OFF.To display the MAINTENANCE INFORMATION ● the ignition key is turned ON the next timeautomatically when set trip distance is reached, the vehicle will be driving.select the “Display Maintenance Notifica-tion” key and push the “ENTER” button. To return to the previous display after the “MAIN- TENANCE NOTICE” screen is displayed, press the PREV button. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 138. The “MAINTENANCE NOTICE” screen displays Brightness/Contrast/Map Background:each time the key is turned ON until one of the To adjust the brightness and contrast of thefollowing conditions are met: screen, select the “Brightness/contrast” key ● “RESET” is selected. and push the “ENTER” button. You can then use the joystick to adjust the brightness to Darker or ● “Display Maintenance and Notification” is Brighter and the contrast to Lower or Higher. For set OFF. information on Map Background, please refer to ● the maintenance interval is set again. the separate Navigation System Owner’s Manual. Display Off: To turn off the screen, push the “SETTING” button and select the “Display” key and “Dis- play Off” key. The indicator of the “Display LHA0268 Off” will turn to amber. When any mode button is HOW TO USE THE “SETTING” pushed with the screen off, the screen turns on BUTTON for further operation. The screen will turn off automatically 5 seconds after the operation is To adjust the various settings within the display finished on the map display in the Audio, HVAC screen press the“SETTING” button. (Heater and air conditioner), SETTING or VE- HICLE INFO modes. After pressing the SETTING button a menu will be shown on the display screen which will allow To turn on the screen, push the “SETTING” you to program several functions such as the button and select the “Display” key and “Dis- display screen appearance, programmable fea- play Off” key, then set the screen to on by tures for your vehicles electronics system and pushing the “ENTER” button. other system settings such as your clock. To make a selection from this mode use the joystick and press the “ENTER” button.4-6 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 139. Remote unlock driver’s door first: This option allows you to select which doors will unlock first during an unlocking operation: Only the driver’s door ←→ All the doors Keyless remote response — horn: This key allows you to change the horn chirp mode that occurs when pressing the LOCK or UNLOCK button on the keyfob. NOTE: If you change the horn beep or the lamp flash feature with the keyfob, the display LHA0464 WRS0443 screen will not show the current mode. UseVehicle electronic systems the keyfob to return to the previous mode and re-enable the display screen control.The VEHICLE ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS screenwill appear when selecting the “Vehicle Elec- Keyless remote response — lights:tronic Systems” key with the joystick and push- This key allows you to change the hazard indica-ing the “ENTER” button. tor flash mode that occurs when pressing theTo set the various electronic systems operating LOCK or UNLOCK button on the keyfob.conditions, select the applicable item using thejoystick, and push the “ENTER” button. The NOTE:indicator light, box at left of selected item, alter- If you change the horn beep or the lampnately turns on and off each time the “ENTER” flash feature with the keyfob, the mode willbutton is pressed. not be changed with the display. Use theIndicator light is illuminated — ON keyfob to return to the previous mode andIndicator light is not illuminated — OFF re-enable the display control. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 140. Auto re-lock time:This key allows you to set the length of timebefore doors auto re-lock.Sensitivity of automatic headlights:This key allows you to set the sensitivity of theautomatic headlights: ● Lower- less sensitive, automatic headlights will take longer to come on when the head- light sensor senses less ambient light. ● Higher- more sensitive, automatic head- lights will come on quicker when the head- light sensor senses less ambient light. LHA0262 LHA0270Automatic headlights off delay: System settings ClockThis key allows you to set the length of time Adjusting the time: Language/Unitbefore the automatic headlights turn off afterexiting the vehicle. The LANGUAGE/UNIT screen will appear when Select the “Hours” or “Minutes” key and move selecting the “Language/Unit” key and push- the joystick to the right or left to adjust the time.Speed dependent wiper: ing the “ENTER” button. The time will change step by step.This key allows you to turn on or turn off the Language: English or French After completion of the setting, press thedriving speed dependent intermittent wiper func-tion. Unit: US — mile, °F, MPG “PREV” button. Metric — km, °C, L/100 kmReturn all settings to default: You can select the language and unit using theWhen this key is selected and turned on using joystick and “ENTER” button.the “ENTER” button, all settings made by VE-HICLE ELECTRONICS will return to the defaultsettings.4-8 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 141. LHA0271 LHA0272 LHA0273Setting daylight savings time: Adjusting the time to the GPS: Selecting the time zone:Use the “Daylight Saving Time” key to adjust Select the “Auto Adjust” key. 1. Select the “Select Time Zone” key.the clock to daylight savings time. The time will be reset to the GPS time. The [TIME ZONE] screen will appear.ON: The displayed time advances by 1 hour.OFF: The current time is displayed. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 142. The GPS time (manual time) corresponding to the selected zone will be displayed. Pacific zone has been set as the initial (default) setting. Beep setting With this option ON, a beep will sound if any audio button is pushed. BUTTON To change the display brightness, push the button. Pushing the button again will change the display to DAY or NIGHT display. Then, adjust the brightness moving the joystick right or left. LHA0274 If no operation is done within 10 seconds, or if the 2. Select one of the following zones depending “PREV” button is pushed, the display will return on the current location. to the previous display. ● Pacific zone ● Mountain zone ● Central zone ● Eastern zone ● Atlantic zone ● Newfoundland zoneAfter selection, the [CLOCK SETTINGS] screenwill appear.4-10 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 143. VENTILATORS HEATER AND AIR CONDITIONER (manual) WARNING ● The air conditioner cooling function op- erates only when the engine is running. ● Do not leave children or adults who would normally require the assistance of others alone in your vehicle. Pets should also not be left alone. They could accidentally injure themselves or others 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 LHA0439 people or animals.Adjust air flow direction for the driver side ᭺, 1 ● Do not use the recirculation mode forcenter ᭺, and passenger side ᭺ ventilators by 2 3 long periods as it may cause the interiormoving the ventilator slide and/or ventilator as- air to become stale and the windows tosemblies. fog up. ● Positioning of the heater and/or air conditioner controls should not be done while driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 144. WHA0470 Type A1. Fan control dial2. Air recirculation button3. Temperature control dial4. Air flow control dial5. Rear window defroster4-12 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 145. — Air flows from defroster outlets and foot outlets. — Air flows mainly from defroster outlets. Temperature control dial The temperature control dial allows you to adjust the temperature of the outlet air. To lower the temperature, turn the dial to the left. To increase the temperature, turn the dial to the right. Air recirculation button NOTE: LHA0440 Type B The air recirculation feature is available only on those vehicles equipped with air1. Fan control dial Air flow control dial conditioning.2. Air recirculation button The air flow control dial allows you to select the3. Temperature control dial ON position (Indicator light on): air flow outlets.4. Air conditioner button (if so equipped) Interior air is recirculated inside the vehicle.5. Air flow control dial MAX — Air flows from center and side Push the button to the on position when:6. Rear window defroster A/C vents with maximum cooling (air conditioning if so equipped). ● driving on a dusty road.CONTROLS — Air flows from center and side ● to prevent traffic fumes from entering pas-Fan control dial ventilators. senger compartment. — Air flows from center and sideThe fan control dial turns the fan on and off, and ● for maximum cooling when using the air con- ventilators and foot outlets.controls fan speed. ditioner. — Air flows mainly from foot outlets. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 146. OFF position (Indicator light off): HEATER OPERATION 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de-Outside air is drawn into the passenger compart- Heating sired position.ment and distributed through the selected outlet. This mode is used to direct heated air to the foot Defrosting or defoggingUse the off position for normal heater or air con-ditioner operation. outlets. Some air also flows from the defrost This mode directs the air to the defrost outlets to outlets. defrost/defog the windows. Air conditioner button (if so 1. Push the button to the off position for equipped) 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the normal heating. position.The button is provided only on vehicles equipped 2. Turn the air flow control dial to thewith an air conditioner. 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- position. tion.Start the engine, turn the fan control dial to the 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- 3. Turn the temperature control dial to the de-desired position and push the button to tion. sired position between the middle and theturn on the air conditioner. The indicator lightcomes on when the air conditioner is operating. 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- hot position.To turn off the air conditioner, push the sired position between the middle and the ● To quickly remove ice or fog from the win-button again. hot position. dows, turn the fan control dial to HI and theThe air conditioner cooling function oper- temperature control lever to the full HOT Ventilation position.ates only when the engine is running. This mode directs outside air to the side and ● When the position is selected, the airRear window defroster switch center ventilators. conditioner automatically turns on (however,For more information about the rear window de- 1. Push the button to the off position. the indicator light will not illuminate) if thefroster switch, see “Rear window and outside outside temperature is more than 36°Fmirror (if so equipped) defroster switch” in the 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the (2°C). The air conditioning system will con-“Instruments and controls” section of this manual. position. tinue to operate until the vehicle is restarted, even 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. This tion. dehumidifies the air which helps defog the windshield. The mode automatically turns off, allowing outside air to be drawn4-14 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 147. into the passenger compartment to further the indicator light will not illuminate) if the Cooling improve the defogging performance. outside temperature is more than 36°F (2°C). The air conditioning system will con- This mode is used to cool and dehumidify the air.Bi-level heating tinue to operate until the vehicle is restarted, 1. Push the button to the off position.This mode directs air from the side, center and even if the air flow control dial is turned to a position other than the position. This 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the MAX A/Cthe foot outlets. dehumidifies the air which helps defog the or position. 1. Push the button to the off position. windshield. The mode automatically 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the turns off, allowing outside air to be drawn tion. position. into the passenger compartment to further improve the defogging performance. 4. Push the button. The indicator light 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- comes on. tion. Operating tips 5. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- Clear snow and ice from the wiper blades sired position. sired position. and air inlet in front of the windshield. This ● For quick cooling when the outside tem- improves heater operation.Heating and defogging perature is high, push the button to AIR CONDITIONER OPERATION (if the on position (indicator light on). Be sureThis mode heats the interior and defogs the wind- to return the button to the off positionshield. so equipped) for normal cooling. MAX A/C may be used 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the Start the engine, turn the fan control dial to the for quick cooling. position. desired position, and push in the button to activate the air conditioner. When the air condi- Dehumidified heating 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- tioner is on, cooling and dehumidifying functions This mode is used to heat and dehumidify the air. tion. are added to the heater operation. 1. Push the button to the off position. 3. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- The air conditioner cooling function oper- sired position between the middle and the 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the hot position. ates only when the engine is running. position. ● When the position is selected, the air 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- conditioner automatically turns on (however, tion. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 148. 4. Push the button. The indicator light 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- AIR FLOW CHARTS comes on. sired position. The following charts show the button and dial 5. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- Operating tips positions for MAXIMUM AND QUICK heating, sired position. cooling or defrosting. The air recirculation ● Keep the windows and sunroof closed while button should always be in the OFF posi-Dehumidified defogging the air conditioner is in operation. tion for heating and defrosting.This mode is used to defog the windows and ● After parking in the sun, drive for 2 or 3dehumidify the air. minutes with the windows open to vent hot air from the passenger compartment. Then, 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the close the windows. This allows the air con- position. ditioner to cool the interior more quickly. 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- ● The air conditioning system should be tion. operated for approximately 10 minutes at least once a month. This helps pre- 3. Push the button. The indicator light vent damage to the system due to lack comes on. of lubrication.When the , or positions in between ● If the engine coolant temperatureare selected, the air conditioner automatically gauge indicates engine coolant tem-turns on (however, the indicator light will not perature over the normal range, turnilluminate) if the outside temperature is more than the air conditioner off. See “If your36°F (2°C). The air conditioning system will con- vehicle overheats” in the “In case oftinue to operate until the vehicle is restarted, even emergency” section of this manual.if the air flow control dial is turned to a positionother than the position. This dehumidifiesthe air which helps defog the windshield.The mode automatically turns off, allow-ing outside air to be drawn into the passengercompartment to further improve the defoggingperformance.4-16 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 149. LHA0442 LHA0443 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
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  • 152. HEATER AND AIR CONDITIONER(automatic) (if so equipped) ● Do not use the recirculation mode for long periods as it may cause the interior air to become stale and the windows to fog up. ● Positioning of the heater and/or air conditioner controls should not be done while driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation. Start the engine and operate the controls to activate the air conditioner. AUTOMATIC OPERATION LHA0480 Cooling and/or dehumidified heating1. Fan control dial ● Do not leave children or adults who (auto)2. Air recirculation button would normally require the assistance This mode may be normally used all year round as3. Temperature dial of others alone in your vehicle. Pets the system automatically works to keep a con- A. 60° F (18° C) should also not be left alone. They stant temperature. Air flow distribution and fan B. 75° F (25° C) could accidentally injure themselves or speed are also controlled automatically. C. 90° F (32° C) others through inadvertent operation of the vehicle. Also, on hot, sunny days, 1. Turn the fan control dial to the AUTO posi-4. A/C ON/OFF button tion. temperatures in a closed vehicle could5. Air flow control dial quickly become high enough to cause6. Rear defrost button severe or possibly fatal injuries to 2. Turn the temperature dial to the left or right people or animals. to set the desired temperature. WARNING ● Adjust the temperature dial to about 75°F● The air conditioner cooling function op- (25°C) for normal operation. erates only when the engine is running. 3. Turn the air flow control dial to AUTO.4-20 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 153. ● The temperature of the passenger compart- Dehumidified defogging MANUAL OPERATION ment will be maintained automatically. Fan speed control 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the DEF ● Air flow distribution and fan speed are also position to turn it on. The indicator Turn the fan control dial left or right to controlled automatically. light on the button will come on. manually control the fan speed.Heating (A/C OFF) 2. Turn the temperature dial to the left or right Turn the control dial to the AUTO position to to set the desired temperature.The air conditioner does not activate. When you return to automatic control of the fan speed.need to heat only, use this mode. ● To quickly remove ice from the outside of the windows, turn the manual fan control dial to Air recirculation᭺1 Turn the fan control dial to the AUTO posi- HI. Push the air recirculation button to recir- tion. culate interior air inside the vehicle. The indicator ● As soon as possible after the windshield is᭺2 Push the A/C button to turn off the air con- clean, turn the air flow control dial to the light on the switch will come on. ditioner. The light will not be illuminated in AUTO position to return to the auto mode. The air recirculation button will not be activated the dial. ● When the control dial is turned to the when the air conditioner is in DEF mode.᭺3 Turn the temperature dial to the left or right to DEF position, the air conditioner will Air flow control set the desired temperature. automatically be turned on at outside tem- peratures above 36°F (2°C). The air condi- Turning the air flow control dial away from AUTO ● The temperature of the passenger compart- tioning system will continue to operate until ment will be maintained automatically. Air selects the air outlet to: the vehicle is restarted, even if the air flow flow distribution and fan speed are also con- control dial is turned to a position other than — Air flows from center and side trolled automatically. the position. This dehumidifies the air ventilators. which helps defog the windshield. The air — Air flows from center and side ● Do not set the temperature lower than the recirculate mode automatically turns off, al- ventilators and foot outlets. outside air temperature. Otherwise the sys- lowing outside air to be drawn into the pas- tem may not work properly. — Air flows mainly from foot outlets. senger compartment to further improve the — Air flows from defroster and foot ● Not recommended if windows fog up. defogging performance. outlets. — Air flows mainly from defroster outlets. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 154. SERVICING AIR CONDITIONERTo turn system off The air conditioner system in your NISSAN ve- hicle is charged with a refrigerant designed withTurn the fan control dial to the OFF position. the environment in mind.OPERATING TIPS This refrigerant does not harm the earth’s ozone layer. ● When the engine coolant temperature and outside air temperature are low, the air flow Special charging equipment and lubricant is re- from the foot outlets may not operate for a quired when servicing your NISSAN air condi- maximum of 150 seconds. However, this is tioner. Using improper refrigerants or lubricants not a malfunction. After the coolant tempera- will cause severe damage to your air conditioner ture warms up, air flow from the foot outlets system. See “Air conditioner system refrigerant will operate normally. and lubricant recommendations” in the “Techni- cal and consumer information” section of this manual. LHA0457 A NISSAN dealer is able to service your “environ- The sunload sensor, located on the top driver’s mentally friendly” air conditioning system. side of the instrument panel, helps the system maintain a constant temperature. Do not put any- WARNING thing on or around this sensor. 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.4-22 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 155. 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 (power)/VOL (volume) knob hicles can work against ideal reception. De- signals may cancel each other, resulting in mo-to turn the radio on. If you listen to the radio with scribed below are some of the factors that can mentary flutter or loss of sound.the engine not running, the key should be turned affect your radio reception.to the ACC position. AM RADIO RECEPTION FM RADIO RECEPTIONRadio reception is affected by station signal AM signals, because of their low frequency, canstrength, distance from radio transmitter, build- Range: FM range is normally limited to 25 – 30 bend around objects and skip along the ground.ings, bridges, mountains and other external influ- miles (40 – 48 km), with monaural (single chan- In addition, the signals can be bounced off theences. Intermittent changes in reception quality nel) FM having slightly more range than stereo ionosphere and bent back to earth. Because ofnormally are caused by these external influences. FM. External influences may sometimes interfere these characteristics, AM signals are also sub- with FM station reception even if the FM station is ject to interference as they travel from transmitterUsing a cellular phone in or near the ve- within 25 miles (40 km). The strength of the FM to receiver.hicle may influence radio reception quality. signal is directly related to the distance between Fading: Occurs while the vehicle is passingRadio reception the transmitter and receiver. FM signals follow a through freeway underpasses or in areas with line-of-sight path, exhibiting many of the sameYour NISSAN radio system is equipped with many tall buildings. It can also occur for several characteristics as light. For example they willstate-of-the-art electronic circuits to enhance ra- seconds during ionospheric turbulence even in reflect off objects.dio reception. These circuits are designed to areas where no obstacles exist.extend reception range, and to enhance the qual- Fade and drift: As your vehicle moves away from Static: Caused by thunderstorms, electricality of that reception. a station transmitter, the signals will tend to fade power lines, electric signs and even traffic lights. and/or drift.However there are some general characteristics Static and flutter: During signal interference from SATELLITE RADIO RECEPTION (if soof both FM and AM radio signals that can affectradio reception quality in a moving vehicle, even buildings, large hills or due to antenna position equipped)when the finest equipment is used. These char- (usually in conjunction with increased distance When the satellite radio is first installed or theacteristics are completely normal in a given re- from the station transmitter) static or flutter can battery has been replaced, the satellite radio mayception area, and do not indicate any malfunction be heard. This can be reduced by adjusting the not work properly. This is not a malfunction. Waitin your NISSAN radio system. treble control to reduce treble response. more than 10 minutes with satellite radio ON and Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 156. the vehicle outside of any metal or large building ● During cold weather or rainy days, thefor satellite radio to receive all of the necessary player may malfunction due to the hu-data. midity. If this occurs, remove the CD and dehumidify or ventilate the playerNo satellite radio reception is available and “NO completely.SAT” is displayed when the SAT band option isselected unless optional satellite receiver and ● The player may skip while driving onantenna are installed and an XMா or SIRIUS™ rough roads.satellite radio service subscription is active. ● The CD player sometimes cannot func-Satellite radio performance may be affected if tion when the compartment tempera-cargo carried on the roof blocks the satellite radio ture is extremely high. Decrease thesignal. temperature before use.If possible, do not put cargo over the satellite ● Do not expose the CD to direct sunlight.antenna. ● 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 properly: ● Copy control compact discs (CCCD) ● Recordable compact discs (CD-R) ● Rewritable compact discs (CD-RW) LHA0099 ● Do not use the following CDs as they may cause the CD player to malfunction: AUDIO OPERATION PRECAUTIONS ● 3.1 in (8 cm) discs with an adapter Compact disc (CD) player ● CDs that are not round ● Only use high quality 4.7 inches (12 cm) round discs that have the “COMPACT ● CDs with a paper label disc DIGITAL AUDIO” logo on the disc ● CDs that are warped, scratched, or or packaging. have abnormal edges4-24 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 157. Type A 1. PRESET ABC button 2. MIX button 3. Display 4. CD select button 5. FM band select button 6. AM band select button 7. CD eject button 8. PAUSE/MUTE button 9. TUNE/FF-REV button 10. CLOCK button 11. Preset scan (P-SCAN) button 12. AUDIO button 13. SCAN button 14. Station preset buttons 15. CD insert slot 16. PWR/VOL control knob 17. SEEK/TRACK button LHA0447Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 158. Type B 1. PRESET ABC button 2. MIX button 3. Display 4. CD select button 5. FM band select button 6. AM band select button 7. CD eject button 8. PAUSE/MUTE button 9. TUNE/FF-REV button 10. MENU/CLOCK button for radios with SSV 11. Preset scan (P-SCAN) button 12. AUDIO button 13. SCAN button 14. Station preset buttons 15. CD insert slot 16. PWR/VOL control knob 17. SEEK/TRACK 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, LHA0467 turn the key to the ACC position. The mode (radio4-26 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 159. or CD) that was playing immediately before the 2. The hours will start flashing. Press TUNE/FF—REVsystem was turned off resumes playing. TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) or SEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust WARNINGWhen no CD is loaded, the radio comes on. the hours. The radio should not be tuned while driv-Pushing the PWR/VOL control knob again turnsthe system off. 3. Press the MENU or CLOCK button to ing so full attention may be given to ve- switch to the minute adjustment. hicle operation.Turn the PWR/VOL control knob to the right toincrease volume or to the left to decrease volume. 4. Press TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) or Use the and buttons for manual SEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust tuning. To move quickly through the channels,Adjusting tone quality and speaker balance the minutes. hold the tuning buttons down.Press the AUDIO button to enter the audio adjust 5. Press the MENU or CLOCK button again to SEEK tuningmode: exit the clock set mode.Bass→Mid→Treb→Fade→Bal Push SEEK/TRACK ( or ). SEEK The display will return to the regular clock display tuning begins from low to high frequencies orPress the TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) or after 10 seconds, or you may press the MENU or high to low frequencies, depending on whichSEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust to the CLOCK button again to return to the regular button is pressed, and stops at the next broad-desired levels. The display will return to the regu- clock display. casting station. If using the up button, once thelar radio display after 10 seconds, or you may highest broadcasting station is reached, the ra-press the AUDIO button again to return to the FM-AM radio operation dio continues in the SEEK mode at the lowestregular radio display. FM-AM band select broadcasting station. If using the down button,Clock operation Push the AM or the FM button to change from AM once the lowest broadcasting station is reached, the radio continues in the SEEK mode at thePressing the MENU or CLOCK button displays to FM reception. highest broadcasting station.the clock with the radio on or off. Press the MENU The FM stereo indicator, ST, illuminates duringor CLOCK button again to turn off the clock SCAN tuning FM stereo reception. When the stereo broadcastdisplay. signal is weak, the radio automatically changes Push the SCAN button. SCAN illuminates in the from stereo to monaural reception. display window. SCAN tuning begins from low toClock set high frequencies. SCAN tuning stops for 5 sec- 1. Press and hold the MENU or CLOCK button onds at each broadcasting station that has suffi- until it beeps (longer than 2 seconds). cient signal strength. When scanning, SCAN Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 160. blinks in the display. Pushing the SCAN button If the battery cable is disconnected, or if the radio Compact disc (CD) player operationagain during this 5 second period stops SCAN fuse opens, the radio memory is canceled. In thattuning and the radio remains tuned to that station. case, reset the desired stations. Turn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position.Station memory operation Preset Scan CAUTIONEach preset mode (A, B or C) has 6 presets, Pressing the Preset Scan button (<1.5 seconds) ● Do not force a compact disc into the CDcapable of storing any combination of AM, FM, scans the permanent preset memory that is se- insert slot. This could damage the CDSAT (if so equipped ) and FM RDS stations. lected (A, B or C) from 1 - 6 for 5 seconds. and/or CD changer/player.Press the PRESET ABC button to change be- All Preset Scan ● Trying to load a CD with the CD doortween the presets: Pressing the Preset Scan button (>1.5 seconds) closed could damage the CD and/or CD scans all the permanent preset memory banks (A, changer.A→B→C B or C) from 1 - 6 for 5 seconds. CD buttonThe radio displays icon A, B or C to indicatewhich set of presets is active. Canceling Preset Scan mode When the CD button is pressed with a compact Pressing the Preset Scan (P.SCAN) button again disc loaded and the radio playing, the radio turnsTo store a radio station in a preset: will cancel the Preset Scan mode. off and the last used compact disc starts to play. 1. Select the desired preset by pressing PRE- Speed Sensitive Control Volume (SSV) (if FF (Fast Forward), REW SET ABC. so equipped) (Rewind) buttons 2. Select the desired AM, FM or SAT (if so Your vehicle has Speed Sensitive Control Vol- equipped) station band. When the TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) but- ume (SSV) for audio. The audio volume changes ton is pressed while the compact disc is playing, 3. Tune to the desired station. as the driving speed changes. the compact disc plays at an increased speed 4. Press the desired station select button Press and hold the MENU button (>2 seconds) while fast forwarding or rewinding. When the (>1.5 seconds). until the radio beeps to start the editing mode. button is released, the compact disc returns to Press the MENU button until the display shows normal play speed. 5. A beep will sound indicating memorization is “SSV”. This display will last 2 seconds and then complete. change to “OFF” . Press TUNE/FF-REV ( SEEK/TRACK buttons or ) to change between: 6. Other station select buttons can be set in When is pressed while the compact disc the same manner. Off→Low→Mid→High is playing, the selection following the present one4-28 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 161. starts to play from the beginning. Press Normal playseveral times to skip several selections. Each Press the MIX button (<1.5 seconds) again totime the button is pressed, the CD advances 1 return to normal play mode. The “MIX” icon isadditional selection. The track number appears in turned off.the display window. (When the last selection onthe compact disc is skipped, the first selection is CD scanplayed.) Press the SCAN button (<1.5 seconds) to scanWhen is pressed, the selection being all tracks of the current disc for 10 seconds perplayed returns to the beginning. Press track. The SCAN icon is flashed during Scanseveral times to skip back several selections. mode.Each time the button is pressed the CD moves The Scan mode is canceled once it scansback 1 selection. If the play pattern is in MIX through all tracks on the disc, or if the SCANmode when the button is pressed, the next ran- button is pressed during Scan mode.dom selection will be played. Eject CDMIX button 1. Press the button.Press the MIX button to change CD play pat-terns: 2. The disc ejects. Remove the disc. (If the disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the discRepeat→Mix→Normal Play will reload.)Repeat 3. The indicator and symbol for the disc are turned off.Press the MIX button (<1.5 seconds) once torepeat the current track. The “1” icon is turned on.MixPress the MIX button (<1.5 seconds) again tostart shuffle play of the current disc. The “MIX”icon is turned on. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 162. 1. PRESET ABC button 2. LOAD button 3. Display 4. CD select button 5. FM/AM band select button 6. SAT (satellite) radio select button* 7. CD eject button 8. PAUSE/MUTE button 9. TUNE FF-REV button 10. MENU/CLOCK button 11. CAT/RPT button 12. AUDIO button 13. SCAN button 14. Station preset buttons 15. CD insert slot 16. POWER/VOL control knob 17. SEEK/TRACK button FM-AM SAT 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 LHA0448 system was turned off resumes playing.4-30 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 163. When no CD is loaded, the radio comes on. 3. Press the CLOCK button to switch to the antenna are installed and an XMா or SIRIUS™Pushing the PWR/VOL control knob again turns minute adjustment. satellite radio service subscription is active.the system off. 4. Press TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) or If a compact disc is playing when the FM, AM orTurn the PWR/VOL control knob to the right to SEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust SAT radio select button is pushed, the compactincrease volume or to the left to decrease volume. the minutes. disc will automatically be turned off and the last radio station played will come on.Adjusting tone quality and speaker balance 5. Press the CLOCK button again to exit the clock set mode. The FM stereo indicator ST will glow during FMPress the AUDIO button to enter the audio adjust stereo reception. When the stereo broadcastmode: The display will return to the regular clock display signal is weak, the radio will automatically changeBass→Treb→Fade→Bal after 7 seconds, or you may press the CLOCK from stereo to monaural reception. button again to return to the regular clock display.Press the TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) or TUNE/FF—REVSEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust to the FM/AM/SAT radio operationdesired levels. The display will return to the regu- WARNINGlar radio display after 10 seconds, or you may FM/AM/SAT band select: The radio should not be tuned while driv-press the AUDIO button again to return to the Pushing the FM, AM or SAT radio select button ing so full attention may be given to ve-regular radio display. will change the band to either FM, AM or SAT hicle operation.Clock operation (satellite-if so equipped) radio stations. Use the and buttons for manualPressing the CLOCK button displays the clock When the FM, AM or SAT radio select button is tuning. To move quickly through the channels,with the radio on or off. Press the CLOCK button pushed while the ignition switch is in the ACC or hold the tuning buttons down.again to turn off the clock display. ON, the radio will come on at the station last played. SEEK tuningClock set The last station played will also come on when Push SEEK/TRACK ( or ). SEEK 1. Press and hold the CLOCK button until it the Power/Volume control knob is depressed to tuning begins from low to high frequencies or beeps (>1.5 seconds). ON. high to low frequencies, depending on which 2. The hours will start flashing. Press button is pressed, and stops at the next broad- TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) or No satellite radio reception is available and “NO casting station. If using the up button, once the SEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust SAT” is displayed when the SAT button is highest broadcasting station is reached, the ra- the hours. pressed unless optional satellite receiver and dio continues in the SEEK mode at the lowest Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-31 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 164. broadcasting station. If using the down button, 2. Select the desired AM, FM or SAT (if so ● Traffic reports about delays or construction.once the lowest broadcasting station is reached, equipped) station band. If the station broadcasts RDS information, thethe radio continues in the SEEK mode at the RDS icon is displayed. 3. Tune to the desired station.highest broadcasting station. 4. Press the desired station select button Program type (PTY):SCAN tuning (>1.5 seconds). PTY can be used to search for a certain programPush the SCAN button. SCAN illuminates in the type. Certain areas have a limited number of 5. A beep will sound indicating memorization isdisplay window. SCAN tuning begins from low to stations that transmit RDS. Many stations trans- complete.high frequencies. SCAN tuning stops for 5 sec- mit call letters and frequencies only.onds at each broadcasting station that has suffi- 6. Other station select buttons can be set incient signal strength. When scanning, SCAN the same manner. Searching or scanning by program type may yield a limited number of selections.blinks in the display. Pushing the SCAN button If the battery cable is disconnected, or if the radioagain during this 5 second period stops SCAN fuse opens, the radio memory is canceled. In that When CAT/RPT button is pressed for more thantuning and the radio remains tuned to that station. case, reset the desired stations. 1.5 seconds during FM or SAT (if so equipped) mode, the PTY name of the current tuned stationStation memory operation Radio data system (RDS): is displayed. During this time if the PTY data codeEach preset mode (A, B or C) has 6 presets, is zero or the data is unreadable, the display will RDS stands for Radio Data System, and is a data show NONE.capable of storing any combination of AM, FM, information service transmitted by some radioSAT (if so equipped ) and FM RDS stations. stations on the FM band (not AM band) and/or To change the PTY:Press the PRESET ABC button to change be- SAT radio encoded within a regular radio broad- 1. Press the CAT/RPT button.tween the presets: cast. Currently, most RDS stations are in large cities, but many stations are now considering 2. Press the TUNE/FF-REV ( or )A→B→C broadcasting RDS data. up/down button to chose a specific program type.The radio displays icon A, B or C to indicate RDS can display:which set of presets is active. ROCK, CLASSIC ROCK, SOFT ROCK, ● Station call sign, such as “WHFR 98.3”. TOP 40, COUNTRY, JAZZ, CLASSICAL,To store a radio station in a preset: OLDIES, NEWS, SPORTS, TALK, ANY ● Station name, such as “The Groove”. 1. Select the desired preset by pressing PRE- ● Music or programming type such as “Clas- SET ABC. sical”, “Country”, or “Rock”.4-32 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 165. SEEK tuning: Compact disc (CD) player operation 3. During the 15 second interval, insert the disc. The display changes to “Loading 3. After selecting a program type, push the Turn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position. Disc” . SEEK/TRACK button ( or ) for less than 1.5 seconds within 10 seconds. CAUTION 4. The CD will play after the disc is set to a play Tuning to the PTY station will start. If you do position. not push the SEEK button within the 10 sec- ● Do not force a compact disc into the CD insert slot. This could damage the CD 5. The indicator changes from blinking disc ond period, the PTY mode will be canceled. and/or CD changer/player. number indicator to solid disc numberSCAN tuning: ● Trying to load a CD with the CD door indicator and the display changes to show closed could damage the CD and/or CD the Disc number icon, Disc number, Track 4. Push the SCAN button for more than 1.5 changer. number and Elapsed time. seconds to scan the PTY name stations and stop at each broadcasting station for 5 sec- All disc loading CD6 button onds. Pushing the button again during this 5 1. Press and hold the LOAD button until the second period will stop SCAN tuning and the When the CD6 button is pressed with a compact radio beeps (>1.5 seconds). radio will remain tuned to that station. If the disc loaded and the radio playing, the radio turns SCAN button is not pushed within 5 sec- off and the last used compact disc starts to play. 2. The numbered disc indicator on the lowest onds, SCAN tuning moves to the next station. available disc select button will start blink- CD loadingSpeed Sensitive Control Volume (SSV) (if ing. The display shows “All Loading”.so equipped) Press the LOAD button to start CD loading 3. The display changes to “Insert Disc” for a mode.Your vehicle has Speed Sensitive Control Vol- maximum of 15 seconds.ume (SSV) for audio. The audio volume changes The following sequence will occur: 4. During the 15 second interval, insert theas the driving speed changes. 1. If other discs are already loaded, the disc disc. The display changes to “LoadingPress and hold the AUDIO button until the radio number indicator on the lowest available Disc”.beeps to start the editing mode. Press the AU- disc select button will start blinking. The 5. The indicator changes from blinking num-DIO button until the display shows “SSV OFF”. display shows “Select Disc” . bered disc to solid numbered disc.Press TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) to 2. The display changes to “Insert Disc” for achange between: 6. The disc number icon is turned on. maximum of 15 seconds.Off→Low→Mid→High Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-33 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 166. 7. Repeat steps 2–5 until all discs are loaded, Selected disc play FF (fast forward) REW then the last loaded disc will begin to play. (rewind) buttons 1. Press the disc select button whose disc icon The display shows the Disc number, Track When the TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) but- is displayed. number and Elapsed Time. ton is pressed while the compact disc is playing, 2. The indicator blinks during the change. the compact disc plays at an increased speedSelected disc loading 3. The CD plays after the disc is set to a play while fast forwarding or rewinding. When the 1. Press an available disc select button whose button is released, the CD returns to normal play position. indicator is off. The display shows “Please speed. Wait”. 4. The indicator changes from blinking num- bered disc to solid numbered disc and SEEK/TRACK buttons 2. The numbered disc indicator starts blink- the display shows the Disc number, Track When is pressed while the compact disc ing and the display shows “Insert Disc” for number and Elapsed Time. is playing, the selection following the present one 15 seconds. CAT/RPT : starts to play from the beginning. Press 3. Insert the CD. The display shows “Loading several times to skip several selections. Each Disc”. When the CAT/RPT button is pushed while the time the button is pressed, the CD advances 1 compact disc is being played, the play pattern additional selection. The track number appears in 4. The CD will play after the disc is set to a play can be changed as follows: the display window. (When the last selection on position. the compact disc is skipped, the first selection is 5. The indicator changes from blinking num- ALL DISC RPT → 1 DISC RPT → 1 TRACK RPT played.) bered disc to solid numbered disc and → ALL DISC RDM → 1 DISC RDM → ALL DISC RPT When is pressed, the selection being the display shows the Disc icon, Disc num- played returns to the beginning. Press ber, Track number and Elapsed Time. ALL DISC RPT: All discs loaded will be repeated. several times to skip back several selections.If a disc is not inserted within 15 seconds or if the 1 DISC RPT: The disc that is currently playing will Each time the button is pressed, the CD movesload button is pressed during load sequence, the be repeated. back 1 selection. If the play pattern is in CAT/RPTentire disc load sequence will be canceled. 1 TRACK RPT: The current track will be repeated mode when the button is pressed the next ran- ALL DISC RDM: Tracks from all discs will be dom selection will be played.Disc play played randomly.Press the CD6 button. If a CD is loaded and the 1 DISC RDM: Tracks from the disc that is cur-radio is playing, the radio turns off and the last rently playing will be played randomly.loaded disc starts to play.4-34 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 167. CD scan Eject CD All discs1 Disc All Tracks 1. Press and hold the button until it Current disc beeps (>1.5 seconds).Press the SCAN button (<1.5 seconds) to scanall tracks of the current disc for 10 seconds per 1. Press the button. 2. The display then shows “All Disc Eject” .track. The display shows the track number and 2. The numbered disc indicator starts to blink 3. When a disc is removed, the indicator andelapsed time as normal. The disc track number is and the display shows “Select Disc” for 2 disc icon will be turned off, and then the nextflashed during Scan mode. seconds. The display then changes to “Disc disc will emerge, and so on.The Scan mode is canceled once it scans Eject” . 4. The display will be turned off after all discsthrough all tracks on the disc, or if the SCAN 3. The disc ejects. Remove the disc. (If the disc are ejected and removed.button is pressed during Scan mode. is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc will reload.) If a disc is not removed within 15 seconds, or ifAll Discs, 1 Track the button is pressed again during thePress and hold the SCAN button (>1.5 seconds) 4. The indicator and symbol for the disc are Eject sequence, the entire disc Eject sequenceto scan the first track of all the loaded discs for 10 turned off. will be canceled.seconds per track. The display shows the track Select a discnumber and elapsed time as normal. The disctrack number is flashed during Scan mode. 1. Press the desired disc, then press the button.The Scan mode is canceled once it scansthrough all the loaded discs, or if the SCAN 2. The numbered disc indicator starts blinkingbutton is pressed during Scan mode. and the display shows “Select Disc” for 2 seconds. The display then changes to “Disc Eject” . 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. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 168. 13. CD eject button 14. POWER/VOLUME control knob 15. Station and CD select buttons (1 - 6) 16. Tuning and AUDIO control knob (BASS, MID, TREBLE, FADE and BAL- ANCE) *No satellite radio reception is available and “NO SAT” is displayed when the SAT button is pressed unless optional satellite receiver and antenna are in- stalled and an XMா or SIRIUS™ satellite radio service subscription is active. FM-AM-SAT RADIO WITH COMPACT DISC (CD) CHANGER (if so equipped) No satellite radio reception is available and “NO SAT” is displayed when the SAT button is pressed to select satellite radio stations unless optional satellite receiver and antenna are in- LHA0468 stalled and an XMா or SIRIUS™ satellite radio1. SEEK/TRACK change button 7. FM band select button service subscription is active.2. TUNE/REW/FF button 8. AM band select button3. PAUSE/MUTE button 9. SAT (satellite) radio select button* Audio main operation4. CAT/RPT button 10. SCAN button POWER/VOLUME control:5. PRESET A-B-C select button 11. LOAD button Turn the ignition key to ACC or ON, and then6. CD play button 12. CD insert slot push the POWER/VOLUME control knob while4-36 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 169. the system is off to call up the mode (radio or CD) Once you have adjusted the sound quality to the Pause/mute button:which was playing immediately before the system desired level, press the AUDIO knob repeatedly To mute or pause the audio sound, push thewas turned off. until the radio or CD display reappears. Other- PAUSE/MUTE button. Radio mute will flash in the wise, the radio or CD display will automaticallyTo turn the system off, press the display screen. reappear after about 10 seconds.POWER/VOLUME control knob. To release the mute or pause, push the button Clock setTurn the POWER/VOLUME control knob to ad- again.just the volume. For setting the clock see “Adjusting the time” on page 4-8. FM/AM/SAT radio operationThis vehicle has speed sensitive control volume(SSV) for audio. The audio volume changes as Display CD text: FM/AM/SAT band select:the driving speed changes. To change the text displayed while playing a CD, Pushing the FM, AM or SAT radio select buttonAUDIO knob (BASS, MIDRANGE, TREBLE, press the AUDIO knob until “Display Mode” ap- will change the band to either FM, AM or SATFADE, BALANCE and SSV if so equipped): pears. (satellite-if so equipped) radio stations.Press the AUDIO knob to change the mode as Turn the Audio knob within 2 seconds. The text When the FM, AM or SAT radio select button isfollows: pushed while the ignition switch is in the ACC or will change as follows:BASS → MID → TREBLE → FADE → BALANCE ON, the radio will come on at the station last Track number ←→ Track title ←→ Disc title ←→ played.→ SSV (if so equipped) Track numberTo adjust Bass, Mid (Midrange), Treble, Fade and The last station played will also come on whenBalance, press the AUDIO knob until the desired Display satellite radio text (if so equipped): the Power/Volume control knob is depressed tomode appears in the display. Turn the Tuning To change the text displayed while listening to ON.knob to adjust Bass and Treble to the desired satellite radio, press the AUDIO knob until “Dis- No satellite radio reception is available and “NOlevel. You can also use the Tuning knob to adjust play Mode” appears. SAT” is displayed when the SAT button isFader and Balance modes. Fader adjusts thesound level between the front and rear speakers Turn the Tuning knob within 2 seconds. The text pressed unless optional satellite receiver andand Balance adjusts the sound between the right will change as follows: antenna are installed and an XMா or SIRIUS™and left speakers. satellite radio service subscription is active. Channel number ←→ Channel name ←→ ArtistTo change the SSV mode to OFF, LOW, MID or ←→ Title ←→ Channel number If a compact disc is playing when the FM, AM orHIGH, turn the Tuning knob to the right or left. SAT radio select button is pushed, the compact Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-37 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 170. disc will automatically be turned off and the last SCAN tuning If the battery cable is disconnected, or if the fuseradio station played will come on. blows, the radio memory will be canceled. In that Push the SCAN button. SCAN illuminates in the case, reset the desired stations.The FM stereo indicator ST will glow during FM display window. SCAN tuning begins from low tostereo reception. When the stereo broadcast high frequencies. SCAN tuning stops for 5 sec- Radio data system (RDS):signal is weak, the radio will automatically change onds at each broadcasting station that has suffi- RDS stands for Radio Data System, and is a datafrom stereo to monaural reception. cient signal strength. When scanning, SCAN blinks in the display. Pushing the SCAN button information service transmitted by some radio TUNE (Tuning): again during this 5 second period stops SCAN stations on the FM band (not AM band) and/or tuning and the radio remains tuned to that station. SAT radio encoded within a regular radio broad- WARNING cast. Currently, most RDS stations are in large Station memory operations: cities, but many stations are now consideringThe radio should not be tuned while driv- 18 stations can be set for the FM, AM and SAT broadcasting RDS data.ing so full attention may be given to ve- (Satellite-if so equipped) radio to the A, B and Chicle operation. RDS can display: preset button in any combination of FM, AM orTo manually tune the radio, push the TUNE button SAT stations. ● Station call sign, such as “WHFR 98.3”.( or ) or turn the tuning knob to right 1. Choose preset channel A, B or C using the ● Station name, such as “The Groove”.or left. preset select button. ● Music or programming type such as “Clas-To move quickly through the channels, hold either 2. Select the desired FM, AM or SAT station sical”, “Country”, or “Rock”.the or button down for more than band.1.5 seconds. ● Traffic reports about delays or construction. 3. Tune to the desired station using manual, SEEK tuning: SEEK or SCAN tuning. Push and hold any of If the station broadcasts RDS information, the the desired station memory buttons (1 – 6) RDS icon is displayed.Push the SEEK/TRACK button ( or ) until a beep sound is heard. Program type (PTY):for less than 1.5 seconds to tune from high to low 4. The channel indicator will then come on andor low to high frequencies and stop at the next PTY can be used to search for a certain program the sound will resume. Memorizing is nowbroadcasting station. type. Certain areas have a limited number of complete. stations that transmit RDS. Many stations trans- 5. Other buttons can be set in the same man- mit call letters and frequencies only. ner.4-38 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 171. Searching or scanning by program type may yield SCAN tuning: If the radio is already operating, it will automati-a limited number of selections. cally turn off and the compact disc will play. 4. Push the SCAN button for more than 1.5When CAT/RPT button is pressed for more than seconds to scan the PTY name stations and If the system has been turned off while the com-1.5 seconds during FM or SAT (if so equipped) stop at each broadcasting station for 5 sec- pact disc was playing, pushing themode, the PTY name of the current tuned station onds. Pushing the button again during this 5 POWER/VOLUME control knob will start theis displayed. During this time if the PTY data code second period will stop SCAN tuning and compact disc.is zero or the data is unreadable, the display will the radio will remain tuned to that station. If LOAD button:show NONE. the SCAN button is not pushed within 5 seconds, SCAN tuning moves to the next To insert a CD in the CD changer, push the LOADTo change the PTY: station. button for less than 1.5 seconds. Select the 1. Press the CAT/RPT button. loading slot by pushing the CD insert select Compact disc (CD) changer operation button (1 – 6), then insert the CD. 2. Press the TUNE/FF-REV ( or ) up/down button to chose a specific program CAUTION To insert 6 CDs to the CD changer, push the type. LOAD button for more than 1.5 seconds. ● Do not force a compact disc into the CD ROCK, CLASSIC ROCK, SOFT ROCK, insert slot. This could damage the CD The slot numbers (1 – 6) will illuminate on the TOP 40, COUNTRY, JAZZ, CLASSICAL, and/or CD changer/player. display when CDs are loaded into the changer. OLDIES, NEWS, SPORTS, TALK, ANY ● Trying to load a CD with the CD door CD button:SEEK tuning: closed could damage the CD and/or CD When the CD button is pushed with the system 3. After selecting a program type, push the changer. off and the compact disc loaded, the system will SEEK/TRACK button ( or ) for Turn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position turn on and the compact disc will start to play. less than 1.5 seconds within 10 seconds. and insert the compact disc into the slot with the When the CD button is pushed with the compact Tuning to the PTY station will start. If you do label side facing up. The compact disc will be disc loaded with the radio playing, the radio will not push the SEEK button within the 10 guided automatically into the slot and start play- automatically be turned off and the compact disc second period, the PTY mode will be can- ing. To insert the disc, first push the LOAD button. will start to play. celed. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-39 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 172. REW (Rewind), FF (Fast the button is pushed. (When the last track on the CD EJECT: Forward): compact disc is skipped through, the first track will be played.) Current disc:When the (rewind) or (fast forward)button is pushed while a compact disc is playing, When pushing the or button for more ● Press the slot number (1 – 6) for the desiredthe compact disc will play while rewinding or fast than 1.5 seconds, each track will play for about disc, then press the button. The com-forwarding . When the button is released, the 10 seconds. To stop playing, push pact disc will be ejected. If the disc is notcompact disc will return to normal play speed. the button again. removed within 15 seconds, the disc will reload (except 3.1 in [8 cm] diameter com-When the CD button is pushed with the system CD select buttons: pact discs).off and the compact disc loaded, the system will To play another CD that has been loaded, push a All discs:turn on and the compact disc will start to play. CD select button (1 – 6). ● Press and hold the button for moreWhen the CD button is pushed with the compact than 1.5 seconds. The compact discs will be CAT/RPT:disc loaded with the tape or the radio playing, the ejected one by one. If a disc is not removedtape or radio will automatically be turned off and When the CAT/RPT play button is pushed while within 15 seconds, or the button isthe compact disc will start to play. the compact disc is played, the play pattern can pressed again during the eject sequence, be changed as follows: the entire disc eject sequence will be can- SEEK/TRACK: ALL DISC RPT → 1 DISC RPT→ 1 TRACK RPT celed.When the button is pushed for less than 1.5 → ALL DISC RDM → 1 DISC RDM → ALL DISC When this button is pushed while the compactseconds while a compact disc is playing, the RPT disc is being played, the compact disc will ejecttrack being played returns to its beginning. Push and the last source will be played.several times to skip back through tracks. The ALL DISC RPT: All discs loaded will be repeated. 1 DISC RPT: The disc that is currently playing will CD IN indicator:compact disc will go back the number of timesthe button is pushed. be repeated. The slot numbers (1 – 6) will illuminate if CDs 1 TRACK RPT: The track that is currently playing have been loaded into the changer.When the button is pushed for less than 1.5 will be repeatedseconds while the compact disc is playing, the ALL DISC RDM: Tracks from all discs will benext track will start to play from its beginning. played randomlyPush several times to skip through tracks. The 1 DISC RDM: Tracks from the disc that is cur-compact disc will advance the number of times rently playing will be played randomly4-40 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 173. ● 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. LHA0049 WHA0471CD CARE AND CLEANING Type A 1. Volume control switch● Handle a CD by its edges. Do not bend the 2. Mode select switch disc. Never touch the surface of the disc. 3. Audio power on/off switch● Always place the discs in the storage case 4. Audio tuning Up/Down when they are not being used. STEERING WHEEL SWITCH FOR● To clean a disc, wipe the surface from the AUDIO CONTROL (if so equipped) center to the outer edge using a clean, soft cloth. Do not wipe the disc using a circular motion.● Do not use a conventional record cleaner or alcohol intended for industrial use. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-41 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 174. “MODE” select switch 1 program or there is no interval between pro- grams, the system may not stop in the desired or Push the mode select switch to change the expected location. modes: Change disc (CD) (if so equipped): PRESET A → PRESET B → PRESET C → CD→ SAT (if so equipped) Push the tuning switch or for more than 1.5 seconds to change the playing disc up Volume control switch or down. Push the volume control switch up or down to ANTENNA increase or decrease the volume. Window antenna Tuning The antenna pattern is printed inside the rear Memory change (radio): window. LHA0450 Push the tuning switch or for less CAUTION Type B than 1.5 seconds to change to the next preset1. Volume control switch station in memory. ● Do not place metalized film near the2. Mode select switch rear window glass or attach any metal Seek tuning (radio): parts to it. This may cause poor recep-3. Trip4. Audio tuning Up/Down Push the tuning switch or for more tion or noise. than 1.5 seconds to seek the next or previous ● When cleaning the inside of the rearPOWER on/off switch (Type A) radio station. window, be careful not to scratch orWith the ignition key turned to the ACC or ON Next/Previous track (CD): damage the rear window antenna.position, push the POWER switch to turn the Lightly wipe along the antenna with aaudio system on or off. Push the tuning switch or for less dampened soft cloth. than 1.5 seconds to return to the beginning of theTrip set (Type B) present track or skip to the next track. Push several times to skip back or skip through tracks.For information on using the trip computer see“Trip computer” in the “Instrument and controls” This system searches for the blank intervals be-section of this owner’s manual. tween selections. If there is a blank interval within4-42 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 175. CAR PHONE OR CB RADIOWhen installing a CB, ham radio or car phone in ● Keep the antenna wire more than 8 inyour NISSAN, be sure to observe the following (20 cm) away from the electronic con-cautions, otherwise the new equipment may ad- trol system harnesses. Do not route theversely affect the engine control system and antenna wire next to any harness.other electronic parts. ● Adjust the antenna standing-wave ratio as recommended by the manufacturer. WARNING ● Connect the ground wire from the CB● A cellular telephone should not be used radio chassis to the body. while driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation. Some juris- ● For details, consult a NISSAN dealer. dictions prohibit the use of cellular tele- phones while driving.● If you must make a call while your ve- hicle is in motion, the hands free cellu- lar phone operational mode (if so 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. CAUTION● Keep the antenna as far away as pos- sible from the electronic control modules. Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-43 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
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  • 177. 5 Starting and drivingPrecautions when starting and driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Break-in schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17 Exhaust gas (carbon monoxide) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Increasing fuel economy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17 Three-way catalyst. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Parking/parking on hills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18 Avoiding collision and rollover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Power steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19 Drinking alcohol/drugs and driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Brake system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19Ignition switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 Brake precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19 Automatic transmission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 Anti-lock brake system (ABS) Manual transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20 Key positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 Traction control system (TCS) (if so equipped) . . . . . . . 5-21 Nissan vehicle immobilizer system (NVIS) . . . . . . . . . 5-5 Cold weather driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22Before starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Freeing a frozen door lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22Starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Anti-freeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22Driving the vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22 Automatic transmission (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Draining of coolant water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22 Manual transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12 Tire equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22Parking brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14Cruise control (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-15 Special winter equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-23 Precautions on cruise control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-15 Driving on snow or ice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-23 Cruise control operations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16 Engine block heater (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-24 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 178. PRECAUTIONS WHEN STARTINGAND DRIVING WARNING ● If you suspect that exhaust fumes are a. The vehicle is raised for service. entering the vehicle, drive with all win-● Do not leave children or adults who b. You suspect that exhaust fumes are dows fully open, and have the vehicle would normally require the assistance entering into the passenger inspected immediately. of others alone in your vehicle. Pets compartment. should also not be left alone. They ● Do not run the engine in closed spaces c. You notice a change in the sound of could accidentally injure themselves or such as a garage. the exhaust system. others through inadvertent operation of ● Do not park the vehicle with the engine the vehicle. Also, on hot, sunny days, d. You have had an accident involving running for any extended length of time. temperatures in a closed vehicle could damage to the exhaust system, un- quickly become high enough to cause ● Keep the trunk lid closed while driving, derbody, or rear of the vehicle. severe or possibly fatal injuries to otherwise exhaust gases could be people or animals. drawn into the passenger compart- THREE-WAY CATALYST ment. If you must drive with the trunk lid● Closely supervise children when they The three-way catalyst is an emission control open, follow these precautions: are around cars to prevent them from device installed in the exhaust system. Exhaust playing and becoming locked in the 1. Open all the windows. gases in the three-way catalyst are burned at trunk where they could be seriously in- 2. Set the air recirculation but- high temperatures to help reduce pollutants. jured. Keep the car locked, with the rear ton to off and the fan control dial to seatback and trunk lid securely latched high to circulate the air. WARNING when not in use, and prevent children’s access to car keys. ● If electrical wiring or other cable con- ● The exhaust gas and the exhaust sys- nections must pass to a trailer through tem are very hot. Keep people, animalsEXHAUST GAS (carbon monoxide) the seal on the trunk lid or the body, or flammable materials away from the follow the manufacturer’s recommen- exhaust system components. WARNING dation to prevent carbon monoxide en- ● Do not stop or park the vehicle over try into the vehicle. flammable materials such as dry grass,● Do not breathe exhaust gases; they contain colorless and odorless carbon ● The exhaust system and body should be waste paper or rags. They may ignite monoxide. Carbon monoxide is danger- inspected by a qualified mechanic and cause a fire. ous. It can cause unconsciousness or whenever: death.5-2 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 179. CAUTION AVOIDING COLLISION AND DRINKING ALCOHOL/DRUGS AND ROLLOVER DRIVING● Do not use leaded gasoline. Deposits from leaded gasoline will seriously re- duce the three-way catalyst’s ability to WARNING WARNING help reduce exhaust pollutants. Failure to operate this vehicle in a safe Never drive under the influence of alcohol● Keep your engine tuned up. Malfunc- and prudent manner may result in loss of or drugs. Alcohol in the bloodstream re- tions in the ignition, fuel injection, or control or an accident. duces coordination, delays reaction time electrical systems can cause overrich and impairs judgement. Driving after Be alert and drive defensively at all times. Obey all drinking alcohol increases the likelihood fuel flow into the three-way catalyst, traffic regulations. Avoid excessive speed, high causing it to overheat. Do not keep driv- of being involved in an accident injuring speed cornering, or sudden steering maneuvers, yourself and others. Additionally, if you ing if the engine misfires, or if notice- because these driving practices could cause you are injured in an accident, alcohol can able loss of performance or other un- to lose control of your vehicle. As with any ve- increase the severity of the injury. usual operating conditions are hicle, loss of control could result in a colli- detected. Have the vehicle inspected NISSAN is committed to safe driving. However, sion with other vehicles or objects, or cause promptly by a NISSAN dealer. you must choose not to drive under the influence the vehicle to roll over, particularly if the● Avoid driving with an extremely low fuel loss of control causes the vehicle to slide of alcohol. Every year thousands of people are level. Running out of fuel could cause sideways. Be attentive at all times, and avoid injured or killed in alcohol-related accidents. Al- the engine to misfire, damaging the driving when tired. Never drive when under the though the local laws vary on what is considered three-way catalyst. influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescrip- to be legally intoxicated, the fact is that alcohol tion or over-the-counter drugs which may cause affects all people differently and most people● Do not race the engine while warming it underestimate the effects of alcohol. drowsiness). Always wear your seat belt as out- up. lined in the “Safety – Seats, seat belts and supple- Remember, drinking and driving don’t mix! And● Do not push or tow your vehicle to start mental restraint system” section of this manual, and that is true for drugs, too (over-the-counter, pre- the engine. also instruct your passengers to do so. scription, and illegal drugs). Don’t drive if your Seat belts help reduce the risk of injury in collisions ability to operate your vehicle is impaired by alco- and rollovers. In a rollover crash, an unbelted hol, drugs, or some other physical condition. or improperly belted person is significantly more likely to be injured or killed than a person properly wearing a seat belt. Starting and driving 5-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 180. IGNITION SWITCH To remove the key from the ignition switch: There is an OFF position between the LOCK and ACC positions. The OFF position 1. Shift the selector lever to the P (Park) posi- is indicated by a “1” on the key cylinder. tion with the key in the ON position. When the ignition is in the OFF position, 2. Turn the key to the LOCK position. the steering wheel is not locked. 3. Remove the key from the ignition. In order for the steering wheel to be locked, it must be turned about 1/8 of a turn clockwise If the selector lever is shifted to the P (Park) from the straight up position. position after the key is turned to the OFF posi- tion or when the key cannot be turned to the To lock the steering wheel, turn the key to LOCK position, proceed as follows to remove the the LOCK position. Remove the key. To key. unlock the steering wheel, insert the key and turn it gently while rotating the steer- 1. Move the shift selector lever into the P (Park) ing wheel slightly right and left. position. WSD0057 If the key will not turn from the LOCK posi- 2. Turn the ignition key slightly toward the ONAUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION position. tion, turn the steering wheel to the left or right while turning the key to unlock theThe ignition lock is designed so the key cannot be key cylinder. 3. Turn the key to the LOCK position.turned to the LOCK position and removed untilthe shift selector lever is moved to the P (Park) 4. Remove the key. WARNINGposition. The shift selector lever is designed so it cannot Never remove or turn the key to the LOCKWhen removing the key from the ignition, make moved out of P (Park) and into any of the other position while driving. The steering wheelsure the shift selector lever is in the P (Park) gear positions if the ignition key is turned to OFF will lock. This may cause the driver to loseposition. position or if the key is removed from the switch. control of the vehicle and could result inIf the selector lever is not returned to P (Park) The shift selector lever can be moved if the serious vehicle damage or personal injury.position, the key cannot be moved to the LOCK ignition switch is in the ON position and theposition. foot brake pedal is depressed.5-4 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 181. To lock the steering wheel, turn the key to This position starts the engine. As soon as the the LOCK position. Remove the key. To engine has started, release the key. It automati- unlock the steering wheel, insert the key cally returns to the ON position. and turn it gently while rotating the steer- ing wheel slightly right and left. NISSAN VEHICLE IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM (NVIS) WARNING The NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System (NVIS) Never remove or turn the key to the LOCK will not allow the engine to start without the use of position while driving. The steering wheel the registered NVIS key. will lock. This may cause the driver to lose If the engine fails to start using the registered control of the vehicle and could result in NVIS key, it may be due to interference caused by serious vehicle damage or personal injury. another NVIS key, an automated toll road device or automated payment device on the key ring. WSD0058 KEY POSITIONS Restart the engine using the following proce- LOCK: Normal parking position (0) dures:MANUAL TRANSMISSION OFF: (Manual transmission model) (1) 1. Leave the ignition switch in the ON positionThe ignition switch includes a device that helps for approximately 5 seconds.prevent accidental removal of the key while driv- The engine can be turned off without locking theing. 2. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF or LOCK steering wheel. position and wait approximately 10 seconds.The key can only be removed when the ignition ACC: (Accessories) (2) 3. Repeat step 1 and 2 again.switch is in the LOCK position. This position activates electrical accessories 4. Restart the engine while holding the deviceOn manual transmission models, to turn the igni- such as the radio when the engine is not running. (which may have caused the interference)tion key to LOCK position from ACC or ON separate from the registered NVIS key. ON: Normal operating position (3)position, turn the key to OFF, push the key in, thenturn the key to LOCK. This position turns on the ignition system and the If this procedure allows the engine to start, electrical accessories. NISSAN recommends placing the registeredIn order for the steering wheel to be locked, it NVIS key on a separate key ring to avoid interfer-must be turned about 1/8 of a turn clockwise START: (4) ence from other devices.from the straight up position. Starting and driving 5-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 182. BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE STARTING THE ENGINE ● Make sure the area around the vehicle is 1. Apply the parking brake. ● If the engine is very hard to start in ex- clear. tremely cold weather or when restarting, 2. Automatic transmission: ● Check fluid levels such as engine oil, cool- depress the accelerator pedal a little (ap- ant, brake and clutch fluid, and window Move the shift selector lever to P (Park) or N proximately 1/3 to the floor) and hold it washer fluid as frequently as possible, or at (Neutral). P (Park) is recommended. and then crank the engine. Release the least whenever you refuel. key and the accelerator pedal when the The shift selector lever cannot be engine starts. ● Check that all windows and lights are clean. moved out of P (Park) and into any of the other gear positions if the ignition ● If the engine is very hard to start because ● Visually inspect tires for their appearance key is turned to the OFF position or if it is flooded, depress the accelerator and condition. Also check tires for proper the key is removed from the ignition pedal all the way to the floor and hold it. inflation. switch. Crank the engine for 5-6 seconds. After ● Lock all doors. cranking the engine, release the accel- The starter is designed not to operate if erator pedal. Crank the engine with your ● Position seat and adjust head restraints. the shift selector lever is in any of the foot off the accelerator pedal by turn- ● Adjust inside and outside mirrors. driving positions. ing the ignition key to START. Release the ● Fasten seat belts and ask all passengers to Manual transmission: key when the engine starts. If the engine do likewise. starts, but fails to run, repeat the above Move the shift lever to N (Neutral). Depress procedure. ● Check the operation of warning lights when the clutch pedal to the floor while cranking the key is turned to the ON (3) position. See the engine. CAUTION “Warning/indicator lights and audible re- The starter is designed not to operate minders” in the “Instruments and controls” Do not operate the starter for more than unless the clutch pedal is fully de- 15 seconds at a time. If the engine does section of this manual. pressed. not start, turn the key off and wait 10 3. Crank the engine with your foot off the seconds before cranking again, otherwise accelerator pedal by turning the ignition the starter could be damaged. key to START. Release the key when the engine starts. If the engine starts, but fails to run, repeat the above procedure.5-6 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 183. DRIVING THE VEHICLE4. Allow the engine to idle for at least 30 sec- AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (if so The automatic transmission in your vehicle is onds after starting. Do not race the engine electronically controlled to produce maximum while warming it up. Drive at moderate equipped) power and smooth operation. speed for a short distance first, especially in WARNING The recommended operating procedures for this cold weather. transmission are shown on the following pages. ● Do not depress the accelerator pedal Follow these procedures for maximum vehicle while shifting from P (Park) or N (Neu- performance and driving enjoyment. tral) to R (Reverse), D (Drive) or manual shift mode. Always depress the brake pedal until shifting is completed. Fail- ure to do so could cause you to lose control and have an accident. ● Cold engine idle speed is high, so use caution when shifting into a forward or reverse gear before the engine has warmed up. ● Never shift to P (Park) or R (Reverse) while the vehicle is moving. This could cause an accident. CAUTION ● When stopping the vehicle on an uphill grade, do not hold the vehicle by de- pressing the accelerator pedal. The foot brake should be used for this purpose. ● Do not downshift abruptly on slippery roads. This may cause a loss of control. Starting and driving 5-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 184. 2. Keep the foot brake pedal depressed and move the shift selector lever into a driving gear. 3. Release the foot brake, then gradually start the vehicle in motion. The automatic transmission is designed so the foot brake pedal MUST be depressed before shifting from P (Park) to any drive position while the ignition switch is in the ON position. The shift selector lever cannot be moved out of P (Park) and into any of the other gear positions if the ignition key is turned LSD0023 LSD0022 to the LOCK, OFF or ACC position or if theGate type shift key is removed. ShiftingThe automatic transmission in your vehicle is After starting the engine, fully depress the brakeelectronically controlled to produce maximum pedal and move the shift selector lever out of thepower and smooth operation. P (Park) position.The recommended operating procedures for this WARNINGtransmission are shown on the following pages.Follow these procedures for maximum vehicle Apply the parking brake if the selectorperformance and driving enjoyment. lever is in any position while the engine is not running. Failure to do so could causeStarting the vehicle the vehicle to move unexpectedly or roll away and result in serious personal injury 1. After starting the engine, fully depress the or property damage. foot brake pedal before attempting to move the shift selector lever out of the P (Park) position.5-8 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 185. If the key is turned to the OFF or ACC position for R (Reverse): Do not shift into the 2 position at speeds aboveany reason while the vehicle is in N (Neutral), or 62 MPH (100 km/h). Do not exceed 62 MPHany D (Drive) position, the shift selector lever CAUTION (100 km/h) in the 2 position.cannot be moved to P (Park). Additionally, the key Use this position only when the vehicle is 1 (Low gear):cannot be turned to the LOCK position and be completely stopped.removed from the ignition switch. If this occurs, Use this position when climbing steep hills slowlyperform the following steps: Use this position to back up. Make sure the or slow driving through deep snow, sand or mud, vehicle is completely stopped before selecting or for maximum engine braking on steep downhill 1. Apply the parking brake when the vehicle is grades. the R (Reverse) position. The brake pedal stopped. must be depressed to move the selector Do not shift into the 1 position at speeds above 2. Turn the key to the ON position. lever from P (Park), N (Neutral) or any drive 34 MPH (55 km/h). Do not exceed 34 MPH (55 position to R (Reverse). km/h) in the 1 position. 3. Depress the foot brake pedal. N (Neutral): 4. Move the shift selector lever to P (Park) or N (Neutral) to restart the vehicle (P is pre- Neither forward nor reverse gear is engaged. The ferred). Move the shift selector lever to P engine can be started in this position. You may (Park) to park the vehicle and turn the igni- shift to N (Neutral) and restart a stalled engine tion key to the LOCK position to remove the while the vehicle is moving. key. D (Drive):P (Park): Use this position for all normal forward driving.Use this selector position when the vehicle is 3 (Third gear):parked or when starting the engine. Make surethe vehicle is completely stopped. The brake Use this position for driving up and down longpedal must be depressed to move the se- slopes where engine braking would be advanta-lector lever from N (Neutral) or any drive geous.position to P (Park). Apply the parking brake. 2 (Second gear):When parking on a hill, apply the parking brakefirst, then move the shift selector lever into the P Use this position for hill climbing or engine brak-(Park) position. ing on downhill grades. Starting and driving 5-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 186. 5 (Fifth): ● The transmission will automatically down- shift the gears. (For example, if you select the Use this position for all normal forward driving at 3rd range, the transmission will shift down highway speeds. between the 3rd and 1st gears.) 4 (Fourth): ● Moving the selector lever rapidly to the same For driving up or down long slopes where engine side twice will shift the ranges in succession. braking would be advantageous. When canceling the manual shift mode: 3 (Third) and 2 (Second): Return the selector lever to the D position to Use for hill climbing or engine braking on downhill return the transmission to the normal driving mode. grades. ● In the manual shift mode, the transmis- M1 (First): sion may not shift to the selected gear. LSD0126 Use this position when climbing steep hills slowly This helps maintain driving perfor- or driving slowly through deep snow, sand or mance and reduces the chance of ve-Manual shift mode hicle damage or loss of control. mud, or for maximum engine braking on steepWhen the selector lever is shifted from D to the downhill grades. ● In the manual shift mode, the transmis-manual shift gate with the vehicle stopped or sion may shift up automatically to a ● Remember not to drive at high speeds forwhile driving, the transmission enters the manual higher range than selected if the en- extended periods of time in lower than 4shift mode. Shift ranges can be selected manu- gine speed is too high. When the ve- range. This reduces fuel economy.ally. hicle speed decreases, the transmis- When shifting up: sion automatically shifts down andIn the manual shift mode, the shift range is dis- shifts to 1st gear before the vehicleplayed on the position indicator in the meter. Move the selector lever to the + (up) side. (Shifts comes to a stop.When shifting the shift lever to the manual shift to higher range.)gate, the position indicator displays 1 (first) up to When shifting down:5 (fifth) depending on vehicle speed. Move the selector lever to the Ϫ (down) side.Shift ranges up or down one by one as follows: (Shifts to lower range.)1⇔ 2 ⇔ 3 ⇔ 4 ⇔ 55-10 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 187. 6. Turn the key to the ON position to unlock the steering wheel. Now the vehicle may be moved to the desired location. If the shift selector lever cannot be moved out of P (Park), have a NISSAN dealer check the auto- matic transmission system as soon as possible. WARNING If the selector lever cannot be moved from the P (Park) position while the engine is running and the brake pedal is depressed, the stop lights may not work. Malfunction- ing stop lights could cause an accident LSD0024 LSD0127 injuring yourself and others. Type A Type BShift lock release 1. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK position and remove the keyIf the battery is discharged, the shift selector levermay not be moved from the P (Park) position even 2. Apply the parking brake.with the brake pedal depressed. 3. Remove the shift lock release cover asTo move the shift selector lever, release the shift shown.lock. The shift selector lever can be moved to N 4. Insert a small screwdriver in the shift lock(Neutral). However, the steering wheel will be release slot and push down.locked unless the ignition switch is turned to theON position. This allows the vehicle to be moved 5. Move the shift selector lever to the N (Neu-if the battery is discharged. tral) position while holding down the shift lock release.To push the shift lock release, complete the fol-lowing procedure: Starting and driving 5-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 188. Accelerator downshift MANUAL TRANSMISSION— in D position — WARNINGFor passing or hill climbing, depress the accel-erator pedal to the floor. This shifts the transmis- ● Do not downshift abruptly on slipperysion down into a lower gear, depending on the roads. This may cause a loss of control.vehicle speed. ● Do not over-rev the engine when shift-Fail-safe ing to a lower gear. This may cause a loss of control or engine damage.When the fail-safe operation occurs, please notethat the transmission will be locked in any of the CAUTIONforward gears according to the condition. ● Do not rest your foot on the clutch pedalIf the vehicle is driven under extreme con- while driving. This may cause clutchditions, such as excessive wheel spinning damage. LSD0128and subsequent hard braking, the fail-safe ● Fully depress the clutch pedal before 5 - speedsystem may be activated. This will occureven if all electrical circuits are functioning shifting to help prevent transmission Shiftingproperly. In this case, turn the ignition key damage.OFF and wait for 3 seconds. Then turn the To change gears, or when upshifting or down- ● Stop your vehicle completely beforekey back to the ON position. The vehicle shifting, depress the clutch pedal fully, shift into shifting into R (Reverse).should return to its normal operating con- the appropriate gear, then release the clutchdition. If it does not return to its normal ● When the vehicle is stopped with the slowly and smoothly.operating condition, have a NISSAN dealer engine running (for example, at a stop To ensure smooth gear changes, fully depresscheck the transmission and repair it if nec- light), shift to N (Neutral) and release the clutch pedal before operating the shift lever. Ifessary. the clutch pedal with the foot brake the clutch pedal is not fully depressed before the applied. transmission is shifted, a gear noise may be heard. Transmission damage could occur. On the 5-speed manual transmission, you cannot shift directly from 5th gear into R (Reverse). First shift into N (Neutral), then into R (Reverse).5-12 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 189. Suggested upshift speeds For VQ35DE SE-R: The following are suggested vehicle speeds for GEAR CHANGE ACCEL shift CRUISE shift point MPH point MPH shifting into a higher gear. These suggestions (km/h) (km/h) relate to fuel economy and vehicle performance. Actual upshift speeds will vary according to road 1st to 2nd 13 (21) 13 (21) conditions, the weather and individual driving 2nd to 3rd 23 (37) 16 (26) habits. 3rd to 4th 33 (53) 27 (44) For normal acceleration in low altitude areas (less 4th to 5th 39 (63) 36 (58) than 4,000 ft [1219 m]): 5th to 6th For QR25DE: For quick acceleration in low altitude areas and GEAR CHANGE ACCEL shift CRUISE shift high altitude areas (over 4,000 ft [1219 m]): LSD0133 point MPH point MPH Gear change MPH (km/h) (km/h) (km/h) 6 - speed 1st to 2nd 15 (24) 1st to 2nd 15 (24) 15 (24)On the 6–speed manual transmission to back up, 2nd to 3rd 25 (40)lift up on the collar just below the shift lever and 2nd to 3rd 25 (40) 18 (29) 3rd to 4th 40 (64)then move it to the R (Reverse) position after 3rd to 4th 36 (58) 30 (48)stopping the vehicle completely. 4th to 5th 45 (72) 4th to 5th 40 (64) 39 (62) 5th to 6th*If it is difficult to move the shift lever into R For VQ35DE:(Reverse) or 1 (1st), shift into N (Neutral), then *6 Speed available on SE-R models only.release the clutch pedal. Depress the clutch GEAR CHANGE ACCEL shift CRUISE shiftpedal again and shift into R (Reverse) or 1 (1st). point MPH point MPH Suggested maximum speed in each (km/h) (km/h) gear 1st to 2nd 13 (21) 13 (21) Downshift to a lower gear if the engine is not 2nd to 3rd 23 (37) 16 (26) running smoothly, or if you need to accelerate. 3rd to 4th 33 (53) 27 (44) Do not exceed the maximum suggested speed 4th to 5th 39 (63) 36 (58) (shown below) in any gear. For level road driving, Starting and driving 5-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 190. PARKING BRAKEuse the highest gear suggested for that speed. WARNINGAlways observe posted speed limits, and driveaccording to the road conditions, which will en- ● Be sure the parking brake is fully re-sure safe operation. Do not over-rev the engine leased before driving. Failure to do sowhen shifting to a lower gear as it may cause can cause brake failure and lead to anengine damage or loss of vehicle control. accident. GEAR QR25DE VQ35DE ● Do not release the parking brake from MPH (km/h) MPH (km/h) outside the vehicle. 1st 32 (51) 35 (56) ● Do not use the gear shift in place of the 2nd 56 (90) 60 (97) parking brake. When parking, be sure the parking brake is fully engaged. 3rd 87 (140) 88 (141) 4th — — ● Do not leave children unattended in a vehicle. They could release the parking 5th — — brake and cause an accident. LSD0131For VQ35DE SE-R: To engage: Pull the lever up ᭺. A GEAR VQ35DE To release: MPH (km/h) 1. Firmly apply the foot brake. 1st 34 (54) 2nd 56 (90) 2. Manual transmission models: 3rd 78 (125) Place the shift lever in the N (Neutral) posi- 4th — tion. 5th — Automatic transmission models: 6th — Move the shift selector lever to the P (Park) position. 3. While pulling up on the parking brake lever slightly, push the button and lower com- pletely ᭺. B5-14 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 191. CRUISE CONTROL (if so equipped)4. Before driving, be sure the brake warning ● The SET indicator light may blink when the light goes out. cruise control main switch is turned ON while pushing the ACCEL/RES, COAST/SET, or CANCEL switch (located on the steering wheel). To properly set the cruise control system, use the following pro- cedures. WARNING Do not use the cruise control when driving under the following conditions: ● When it is not possible to keep the vehicle at a set speed. LSD0075 ● In heavy traffic or in traffic that varies in 1. ACCEL/RES switch speed. 2. COAST/SET switch ● On winding or hilly roads. 3. ON/OFF switch 4. CANCEL switch ● On slippery roads (rain, snow, ice, etc.). PRECAUTIONS ON CRUISE ● In very windy areas. CONTROL Doing so could cause a loss of vehicle control and result in an accident. ● If the cruise control system malfunctions, it cancels automatically. The SET indicator light in the instrument panel then blinks to warn the driver. ● If the SET indicator light blinks, turn the cruise control main switch off and have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer. Starting and driving 5-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 192. ● The vehicle may not maintain the set speed ● Depress the accelerator pedal. When the CAUTION when going up or down steep hills. If this vehicle attains the desired speed, push andOn manual transmission models, do not happens, drive without the cruise control. release the COAST/SET switch.shift into N (Neutral) without depressingthe clutch pedal when the cruise control is To cancel the preset speed, use one of the ● Push and hold the ACCEL/RES switch.set. Should this occur, depress the clutch following three methods. When the vehicle attains the speed you de-pedal and turn the main switch off imme- sire, release the switch. ● Push the CANCEL button; the SET indicatordiately. Failure to do so may cause engine light in the instrument panel goes out. ● Push and release the ACCEL/RES switch.damage. Each time you do this, the set speed in- ● Tap the brake pedal; the SET indicator light creases by about 1 MPH (1.6 km/h).CRUISE CONTROL OPERATIONS goes out. To reset at a slower cruising speed, use oneThe cruise control allows driving at a speed be- ● Turn the main switch off. Both the CRUISE of the following three methods.tween 25 - 89 MPH (40 - 144 km/h) without indicator light and SET indicator light in thekeeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. ● Lightly tap the brake pedal. When the ve- instrument panel go out. hicle attains the desired speed, push theTo turn on the cruise control, push the main The cruise control is automatically canceled and COAST/SET switch and release it.switch. The CRUISE indicator light in the instru- the SET light in the instrument panel goes out if: ● Push and hold the COAST/SET switch. Re-ment panel comes on. ● you depress the brake or clutch pedal while lease the switch when the vehicle slows toTo set cruising speed, accelerate the vehicle to the desired speed.the desired speed, push the COAST/SET switch pushing the ACCEL/RES or SET/COASTand release it. The SET indicator light in the switch. The preset speed is deleted from ● Push and release the COAST/SET switch.instrument panel comes on. Take your foot off the memory. Each time you do this, the set speed de-accelerator pedal. Your vehicle maintains the set creases by about 1 MPH (1.6 km/h). ● the vehicle slows down more than 8 MPHspeed. (13 km/h) below the set speed. To resume the preset speed, push and re- ● To pass another vehicle, depress the ac- lease the ACCEL/RES switch. The vehicle re- ● you depress the clutch pedal (manual trans- turns to the last set cruising speed when the celerator pedal. When you release the mission), or move the shift selector lever to N pedal, the vehicle returns to the previously vehicle speed is over 25 MPH (40 km/h). (Neutral) (automatic transmission). set speed. To reset at a faster cruising speed, use one of the following three methods.5-16 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 193. BREAK-IN SCHEDULE INCREASING FUEL ECONOMY ● Accelerate slowly and smoothly. Maintain ● When cruising at highway speeds, it is more CAUTION cruising speeds with a constant accelerator economical to use the air conditioner andDuring the first 1,200 miles (2,000 km), position. leave the windows closed to reduce drag.follow these recommendations to obtainmaximum engine performance and en- ● Drive at moderate speeds on the highway. ● Use the recommended viscosity engine oil.sure the future reliability and economy of Driving at high speed lowers fuel economy. See “Engine oil and oil filter recommenda-your new vehicle. Failure to follow these tion” in “Technical and consumer informa- ● Avoid unnecessary stopping and braking.recommendations may result in short- tion” later in this manual. Maintain a safe distance behind other ve-ened engine life and reduced engine hicles.performance. ● Use a proper gear range which suits road● Avoid driving for long periods at constant conditions. On level roads, shift into high speed, either fast or slow, and do not run the gear as soon as possible. engine over 4,000 rpm. ● Avoid unnecessary engine idling.● Do not accelerate at full throttle in any gear. ● Keep your engine tuned up.● Avoid quick starts. ● Follow the recommended periodic mainte-● Avoid hard braking as much as possible. nance schedule.● Do not tow a trailer for the first 500 miles ● Keep the tires inflated to the correct pres- (800 km). Your engine, axle or other parts sure. Low tire pressure increases tire wear could be damaged. and lowers fuel economy. ● Keep the wheels in correct alignment. Im- proper alignment increases tire wear and lowers fuel economy. ● Air conditioner operation lowers fuel economy. Use the air conditioner only when necessary. Starting and driving 5-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 194. PARKING/PARKING ON HILLS Place the shift lever in the R (Reverse) posi- tion. When parking on an uphill grade, place the shift lever in 1st gear. Automatic transmission models: Move the shift selector lever to the P (Park) position. 3. To help prevent the vehicle from rolling into traffic when parked on an incline, it is a good practice to turn the wheels as illustrated. ● HEADED DOWNHILL WITH CURB: ᭺ A Turn the wheels into the curb and move the vehicle forward until the curb side wheel WSD0050 gently touches the curb. Make sure the shift lever has been ● HEADED UPHILL WITH CURB: ᭺ B WARNING pushed as far forward as it can go and cannot be moved without depressing Turn the wheels away from the curb and● Do not stop or park the vehicle over move the vehicle back until the curb side flammable materials such as dry grass, the foot brake pedal. wheel gently touches the curb. waste paper or rags. They may ignite ● Never leave the engine running while and cause a fire. the vehicle is unattended. ● HEADED UPHILL OR DOWNHILL, NO CURB: ᭺ C● Safe parking procedures require that ● Do not leave children unattended inside both the parking brake be set and the the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- Turn the wheels toward the side of the road transmission placed into P (Park) for tivate switches or controls. Unattended so the vehicle will move away from the cen- automatic transmission models or in an children could become involved in seri- ter of the road if it moves. appropriate gear for manual transmis- ous accidents. 4. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK position sion models. Failure to do so could 1. Firmly apply the parking brake. and remove the key. cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly or roll away and result in an accident. 2. Manual transmission models:5-18 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 195. POWER STEERING BRAKE SYSTEMThe power assisted steering uses a hydraulic The brake system has two separate hydraulic WARNINGpump, driven by the engine, to assist steering. circuits. If one circuit malfunctions, you will still have braking at two wheels. ● While driving on a slippery surface, beIf the engine stops or the drive belt breaks, you careful when braking, accelerating orwill still have control of the vehicle. However, BRAKE PRECAUTIONS downshifting. Abrupt braking or accel-much greater steering effort is needed, especially erating could cause the wheels to skidin sharp turns and at low speeds. Vacuum assisted brakes and result in an accident. WARNING The brake booster aids braking by using engine ● If the engine is not running or is turned vacuum. If the engine stops, you can stop the off while driving, the power assist forIf the engine is not running or is turned off vehicle by depressing the brake pedal. However, the brakes will not work. Braking will bewhile driving, the power assist for the greater foot pressure on the brake pedal will be harder.steering will not work. Steering will be required to stop the vehicle and stopping dis-much harder to operate. tance will be longer. Parking brake break-in Using the brakes Break-in the parking brake shoes whenever the stopping effect of the parking brake is weakened Avoid resting your foot on the brake pedal while or whenever the parking brake shoes and/or driving. This will overheat the brakes, wear out the drum/rotors are replaced, in order to assure the brakes and pads faster, and reduce gas mileage. best brake performance. To help reduce brake wear and to prevent the This procedure is described in the vehicle service brakes from overheating, reduce speed and manual and can be performed by a NISSAN downshift to a lower gear before going down a dealer. slope or long grade. Overheated brakes may reduce braking performance and could result in Wet brakes loss of vehicle control. When the vehicle is washed or driven through water, the brakes may get wet. As a result, your braking distance will be longer and the vehicle may pull to one side during braking. To dry the brakes, drive the vehicle at a safe speed while lightly pressing the brake pedal to Starting and driving 5-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 196. heat up the brakes. Do this until the brakes return When driving, the anti-lock brake system con- If the light comes on during the self-test or whileto normal. Avoid driving the vehicle at high trols the wheels so they will not lock when brak- driving, take the vehicle to a NISSAN dealer forspeeds until the brakes function correctly. ing abruptly or when braking on a slippery road. repair. Thus, difficult steering and swerving of the ve-ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) hicle due to locked wheels is minimized. The WARNING(if so equipped) system detects the wheel rotation rate and elec- ● The anti-lock brake system is a sophis- tronically controls the pressure applied to eachThe anti-lock brake system controls the brakes so ticated device, but it cannot prevent ac- brake. Slight vibration on the brake pedal accom-the wheels do not lock when braking abruptly or cidents resulting from careless or dan- panied by noise usually occurs while the ABSwhen braking on slippery surfaces. The system gerous driving techniques. It can help system is operating. Such vibration and noisedetects the rotation speed at each wheel and maintain vehicle control during braking encountered during abrupt braking is not a prob-varies the brake fluid pressure to prevent each on slippery surfaces, but remember that lem, but indicates that the system is functioningwheel from locking and sliding. By preventing the stopping distance on slippery sur- properly. However, the pulsation may indicatewheel lockup, the system helps the driver main- faces will be longer than on normal that road conditions are hazardous and extra caretain steering control and helps to minimize swerv- surfaces even with the anti-lock brake is required while driving. system. Stopping distances may alsoing and spinning on slippery surfaces. Self-test feature be longer on rough, gravel or snow cov-Using the system ered roads, or if you are using tire The anti-lock brake system consists of electronic chains. Tire type and condition may alsoDepress the brake pedal and hold it down. sensors and hydraulic solenoids controlled by a affect braking effectiveness. Always computer. The computer has a built-in diagnostic maintain a safe distance from the ve- WARNING feature that tests the system each time you start hicle in front of you. Ultimately, the re- the engine and move the vehicle at a low speed in sponsibility for safety of self and othersDo not pump the brake pedal. Doing so forward or reverse. When the self-test occurs,may result in increased stopping rests in the hands of the driver. you may hear a ‘‘clunk’’ noise and/or feel a pulsa-distances. tion in the brake pedal. This is normal and is not ● Tire type and condition of tires may also an indication of any malfunction. If the computer affect braking effectiveness.Normal operation senses any malfunction, it switches the anti-lock ● When replacing tires, install the speci-The anti-lock brake system does not operate at brake system off and turns on the ABS brake fied size of tires on all four wheels.speeds below 3 - 6 MPH (5 - 10 km/h). (The warning light on the instrument panel. The brakespeeds vary according to road conditions.) system then operates normally, but without anti- lock assistance.5-20 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 197. TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM (TCS) (if so equipped)● When installing a spare tire, make sure When accelerating on slippery surfaces the tire WARNING it is the proper size and type as speci- may spin or slip. With the vehicle traction control fied on the tire placard. For tire placard system (TCS), sensors detect these movements ● The traction control system is designed location information, refer to “Tire plac- and control the braking and engine output to help to help improve driving stability but ard” in the “Technical and consumer improve vehicle stability while accelerating. does not prevent accidents due to information” section of this manual. abrupt steering operation at high ● When the traction control system is operat- speeds or by careless or dangerous● Refer to “Wheels and tires” in the ing, the slip indicator in the instrument panel driving techniques. Reduce vehicle “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” sec- blinks. speed and be especially careful when tion of this manual. driving and cornering on slippery sur- ● If the slip indicator blinks, the vehicle is un- faces and always drive carefully. der slippery conditions. Be sure to drive carefully. See “Slip indicator light” and “Trac- ● If brake related parts such as brake tion control system (TCS) off indicator light” pads, rotors and calipers are not stan- in the “Instruments and controls” section of dard equipment or are extremely dete- this manual. riorated, the traction control system may not operate properly and the ● If a malfunction occurs in the system, indicator light may come on. the and indicator lights ● Do not modify the vehicle’s suspension. come on in the meter panel. If suspension parts such as shock ab- As long as these lights are on, the traction control sorbers, struts, springs and bushings function is canceled. The vehicle will behave like are not standard equipment or are ex- a vehicle without the system. tremely deteriorated, the traction con- trol system may not operate properly and the indicator light may come on. Starting and driving 5-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 198. COLD WEATHER DRIVING● When driving on extremely inclined sur- FREEING A FROZEN DOOR LOCK For details, see ‘‘Changing engine coolant’’ in the faces such as higher banked corners, ‘‘Maintenance and do-it-yourself’’ section of this To prevent a door lock from freezing, apply de- manual. the traction control system may not op- icer through the key hole. If the lock becomes erate properly and the indicator light may come on. Do not drive on frozen, heat the key before inserting it into the key TIRE EQUIPMENT these types of roads. hole. 1. SUMMER tires have a tread designed to● If wheels or tires other than the recom- ANTI-FREEZE provide superior performance on dry pave- mended ones are used, the traction ment. However, the performance of these In the winter when it is anticipated that the tem- tires will be substantially reduced in snowy control system may not operate prop- perature will drop below 32°F (0°C), check the and icy conditions. If you operate your ve- erly and the indicator light may come on. anti-freeze to assure proper winter protection. hicle on snowy or icy roads, NISSAN recom- For details, see ‘‘Engine cooling system’’ in the mends the use of MUD & SNOW or ALL● The traction control system is not a sub- ‘‘Maintenance and do-it-yourself’’ section of this SEASON TIRES on all four wheels. Please stitute for winter tires or tire chains on a manual. snow covered road. consult a NISSAN dealer for the tire type, BATTERY size, speed rating and availability informa- tion. If the battery is not fully charged during extremely cold weather conditions, the battery fluid may 2. For additional traction on icy roads, studded freeze and damage the battery. To maintain maxi- tires may be used. However, some U.S. mum efficiency, the battery should be checked states and Canadian provinces prohibit their regularly. For details, see ‘‘Battery’’ in the ‘‘Main- use. Check local, state and provincial laws tenance and do-it-yourself’’ section of this before installing studded tires. manual. Skid and traction capabilities of studded snow tires on wet or dry surfaces may be DRAINING OF COOLANT WATER poorer than that of non-studded snow tires. If the vehicle is to be left outside without anti- 3. Tire chains may be used. freeze, drain the cooling system, including the engine block. Refill before operating the vehicle.5-22 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 199. CAUTION secured or removed to prevent the possibil- DRIVING ON SNOW OR ICE ity of whipping action damage to the fendersTire chains/cables cannot be installed on or underbody. If possible, avoid fully loading WARNINGP225/45R18 size tires. Installation of the your vehicle when using tire chains. In addi-tire chains/cables on P225/45R18 size tion, drive at a reduced speed. Otherwise, ● Wet ice (32°F, 0°C and freezing rain),tires will cause damage to the vehicle. If your vehicle may be damaged and/or vehicle very cold snow or ice can be slick andyou plan to use tire chains/cables, you handling and performance may be adversely very hard to drive on. The vehicle willshould install P215/55R17 size tires on affected. have much less traction or “grip” underyour vehicle. these conditions. Try to avoid driving on Never install tire chains on spare tires. Do wet ice until the road is salted or Use of tire chains may be prohibited accord- not use tire chains on dry roads. sanded. ing to location. Check the local laws before SPECIAL WINTER EQUIPMENT ● Whatever the condition, drive with cau- installing tire chains. When installing tire tion. Accelerate and slow down with chains, make sure they are of proper size for It is recommended that the following items be care. If accelerating or downshifting too the tires on your vehicle and are installed carried in the vehicle during winter: fast, the drive wheels will lose even according to the chain manufacturer’s sug- ● A scraper and stiff-bristled brush to remove more traction. gestions. Use only SAE Class “S” ice and snow from the windows and wiper chains. Class “S” chains are used on ve- ● Allow more stopping distance under blades. these conditions. Braking should be hicles with restricted tire to vehicle clear- ance. Vehicles that can use Class “S” chains ● A sturdy, flat board to be placed under the started sooner than on dry pavement. are designed to meet the minimum clear- jack to give it firm support. ● Allow greater following distances on ances between the tire and the closest ve- ● A shovel to dig the vehicle out of snowdrifts. slippery roads. hicle suspension or body component re- ● Watch for slippery spots (glare ice). ● Extra window washer fluid to refill the reser- quired to accommodate the use of a winter These may appear on an otherwise voir tank. traction device (tire chains or cables). The clear road in shaded areas. If a patch of minimum clearances are determined using ice is seen ahead, brake before reach- the factory equipped tire size. Other types ing it. Try not to brake while on the ice, may damage your vehicle. Use chain ten- and avoid any sudden steering sioners when recommended by the tire maneuvers. chain manufacturer to ensure a tight fit. Loose end links of the tire chain must be Starting and driving 5-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 200. ● Do not use the cruise control on slip- pery roads.● Snow can trap dangerous exhaust gases under your vehicle. Keep snow clear of the exhaust pipe and from around your vehicle.ENGINE BLOCK HEATER (if soequipped)An engine block heater to assist in extreme coldtemperature starting is available through aNISSAN dealer. WARNINGDo not use your heater with an un-grounded electrical system or two-pronged (cheater) adapters. You can beinjured by an electrical shock if you use anungrounded connection.5-24 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 201. 6 In case of emergencyFlat tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 If your vehicle overheats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8 Changing a flat tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 Towing your vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9Jump starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 Towing recommended by NISSAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-10Push starting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8 Vehicle recovery (freeing a stuck vehicle) . . . . . . . . . 6-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 202. FLAT TIRECHANGING A FLAT TIRE ● Never change tires when the vehicle isIf you have a flat tire, follow the instructions be- on a slope, ice or slippery areas. This is hazardous.low. ● Never change tires if oncoming traffic isStopping the vehicle close to your vehicle. Wait for profes- 1. Safely move the vehicle off the road and sional road assistance. away from traffic. 2. Turn on the hazard warning flashers. 3. Park on a level surface and apply the parking brake. Shift the manual transmission into R (Reverse), or the automatic transmission into P (Park). WCE0044 4. Turn off the engine. Blocking wheels 5. Raise the hood to warn other traffic and to Place suitable blocks ᭺ at both the front and 1 signal professional road assistance person- back of the wheel diagonally opposite the flat tire nel that you need assistance. ᭺ to prevent the vehicle from moving when it is 2 6. Have all passengers get out of the vehicle jacked up. and stand in a safe place, away from traffic and clear of the vehicle. WARNING Be sure to block the wheel as the vehicle WARNING may move and result in personal injury.● Make sure the parking brake is securely applied and the manual transmission is shifted into R (Reverse), or the auto- matic transmission into P (Park).6-2 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 203. WCE0050 WCE0067 CE1089Getting the spare tire and tools Removing the bolt-on wheel cover (if Jacking up vehicle and removing theOpen the trunk. Lift the trunk floor carpeting and so equipped) damaged tirespare tire cover. Remove the jack ᭺ and wheel 1nut wrench ᭺ from the tool box. Remove the 2 CAUTION WARNINGspare tire. ● Never get under the vehicle while it is Do not use your hands to pry off wheel caps or wheel covers. Doing so could re- supported only by the jack. If it is nec- sult in personal injury. essary to work under the vehicle, sup- port it with safety stands. The wheel covers are held on by the wheel nuts. ● Use only the jack provided with your The wheel cover will be removed along with the vehicle to lift the vehicle. Do not use the wheel when the nuts are removed. jack provided with your vehicle on other vehicles. The jack is designed for lifting only your vehicle during a tire change. In case of emergency 6-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 204. ● 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 vehicle while it is on the jack. LCE0020● Never run the engine with a wheel(s) off Always refer to the proper illustrations for the 2. Place the jack directly under the jack-up the ground. It may cause the vehicle to correct placement and jack-up points for your point as illustrated so the top of the jack move. specific vehicle model and jack type. contacts the vehicle at the jack-up point. Align the jack head between the two Carefully read the caution label attached to notches in the front or the rear as shown. the jack body and the following instruc- Also fit the groove of the jack head between tions. the notches as shown. 1. Loosen each wheel nut one or two turns by The jack should be used on firm and turning counterclockwise with the wheel nut level ground. wrench. Do not remove the wheel nuts 3. To lift the vehicle, securely hold the jack lever until the tire is off the ground. and rod with both hands. Carefully raise the vehicle until the tire clears the ground. Re- move the wheel nuts, and then remove the tire.6-4 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 205. 4. Lower the vehicle slowly until the tire Adjust tire pressure to the COLD pressure. touches the ground. Then, with the wheel COLD pressure: After vehicle has been nut wrench, tighten the wheel nuts securely parked for three hours or more or driven in the sequence illustrated (᭺, ᭺, ᭺, ᭺, A B C D less than 1 mile (1.6 km). ᭺). Lower the vehicle completely. E COLD tire pressures are shown on the tire WARNING placard affixed to the center console. ● Incorrect wheel nuts or improperly 5. Securely store the flat tire and jacking equip- tightened wheel nuts can cause the ment in the vehicle. wheel to become loose or come off. 6. Place the spare tire cover and the trunk floor This could cause an accident. carpeting over the damaged tire. ● Do not use oil or grease on the wheel 7. Close the trunk. studs or nuts. This could cause the nuts WCE0056 to become loose. WARNINGInstalling the spare tire ● Retighten the wheel nuts when the ve- ● Always make sure that the spare tire hicle has been driven for 600 milesThe spare tire is designed for emergency and jacking equipment are properly se- (1,000 km) (also in cases of a flat tire,use. See specific instructions under the cured after use. Such items can become etc.).heading “Wheels and tires” in the “Mainte- dangerous projectiles in an accident ornance and do-it-yourself” section of this As soon as possible, tighten the wheel nuts sudden stop.manual. to the specified torque with a torque ● The spare tire is designed for emer- wrench. gency use. See specific instructions un- 1. Clean any mud or dirt from the surface be- der the heading “Wheels and tires” in tween the wheel and hub. Wheel nut tightening torque: the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” 2. Carefully put the spare tire on and tighten 80 ft-lb (108 N·m) section of this manual. the wheel nuts finger tight. The wheel nuts must be kept tightened to 3. With the wheel nut wrench, tighten wheel specification at all times. It is recom- nuts alternately and evenly as illustrated until mended that wheel nuts be tightened to they are tight. specifications at each lubrication interval. In case of emergency 6-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 206. JUMP STARTINGTo start your engine with a booster battery, the ● Whenever working on or near a battery,instructions and precautions below must be fol- always wear suitable eye protectors (forlowed. example, goggles or industrial safety spectacles) and remove rings, metal WARNING bands, or any other jewelry. Do not lean● If done incorrectly, jump starting can over the battery when jump starting. lead to a battery explosion, resulting in ● Do not attempt to jump start a frozen severe injury or death. It could also battery. It could explode and cause se- damage your vehicle. rious injury.● Explosive hydrogen gas is always ● Your vehicle has an automatic engine present in the vicinity of the battery. cooling fan. It could come on at any Keep all sparks and flames away from time. Keep hands and other objects the battery. away from it.● Do not allow battery fluid to come into contact with eyes, skin, clothing or painted surfaces. Battery fluid is a cor- rosive sulfuric acid solution which can cause severe burns. If the fluid should come into contact with anything, imme- diately flush the contacted area with water.● Keep battery out of the reach of children.● The booster battery must be rated at 12 volts. Use of an improperly rated battery can damage your vehicle.6-6 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 207. CAUTION ● Always connect positive (ϩ) to positive (ϩ) and negative (Ϫ) to body ground (for example, strut mounting bolt, engine lift bracket, etc.) — not to the battery. ● Make sure the jumper cables do not touch moving parts in the engine com- partment and that the cable clamps do not contact any other metal. 5. Start the engine of the booster vehicle and let it run for a few minutes. 6. Keep the engine speed of the booster ve- WCE0054 hicle at about 2,000 rpm, and start the en- 2. Apply the parking brake. Move the shift lever gine of the vehicle being jump started. WARNING to N (Neutral) (manual transmission) or to PAlways follow the instructions below. (Park) (automatic transmission). Switch off CAUTIONFailure to do so could result in damage to all unnecessary electrical systems (lights,the charging system and cause personal Do not keep the starter motor engaged for heater, air conditioner, etc.). more than 10 seconds. If the engine doesinjury. 3. Remove vent caps on the battery (if so not start right away, turn the key off and1. If the booster battery is in another vehicle, equipped). Cover the battery with an old wait 3 to 4 seconds before trying again. position the two vehicles to bring their bat- cloth to reduce explosion hazard. 7. After starting the engine, carefully disconnect teries near each other. 4. Connect jumper cables in the sequence il- the negative cable and then the positive cable. Do not allow the two vehicles to touch. lustrated (᭺, ᭺, ᭺, ᭺). A B C D 8. Replace the vent caps (if so equipped). Be sure to dispose of the cloth used to cover the vent holes as it may be contaminated with corrosive acid. In case of emergency 6-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 208. PUSH STARTING IF YOUR VEHICLE OVERHEATS If your vehicle is overheating (indicated by an 3. Get out of the vehicle. Look and listen for CAUTION extremely high temperature gauge reading), or if steam or coolant escaping from the radiator● Automatic transmission models cannot you feel a lack of engine power, detect abnormal before opening the hood. (If steam or cool- be push-started or tow-started. At- noise, etc. take the following steps. ant is escaping, turn off the engine.) Do not tempting to do so may cause transmis- open the hood further until no steam or sion damage. WARNING coolant can be seen.● Three-way catalyst equipped models ● Do not continue to drive if your vehicle 4. Open the engine hood. should not be started by pushing. The overheats. Doing so could cause engine three-way catalyst may be damaged. damage or a vehicle fire. WARNING● Never try to start the vehicle by towing ● To avoid the danger of being scalded, If steam or water is coming from the en- it. When the engine starts, the forward never remove the radiator cap while the gine, stand clear to prevent getting surge could cause the vehicle to collide engine is still hot. When the radiator burned. with the tow vehicle. cap is removed, pressurized hot water will spurt out, possibly causing serious 5. Visually check drive belts for damage or injury. looseness. Also check if the cooling fan is ● Do not open the hood if steam is com- running. The radiator hoses and radiator ing out. should not leak water. If coolant is leaking, the water pump belt is missing or loose, or 1. Move the vehicle safely off the road, apply the cooling fan does not run, stop the en- the parking brake and move the shift lever to gine. N (Neutral) (manual transmission) or to P (Park) (automatic transmission). WARNING Do not stop the engine. Be careful not to allow your hands, hair, jewelry or clothing to come into contact 2. Turn off the air conditioner (if so equipped). with, or get caught in, engine belts or the Open all the windows, move the heater or air engine cooling fan. The engine cooling conditioner temperature control to maximum fan can start at any time when the coolant hot and fan control to high speed. temperature is high.6-8 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  • 209. TOWING YOUR VEHICLE6. After the engine cools down, check the cool- When towing your vehicle, all State (Provincial in For information about towing your vehicle behind ant level in the engine coolant reservoir tank Canada) and local regulations for towing must be a recreational vehicle (RV), refer to “Flat towing” with the engine running. Add coolant to the followed. Incorrect towing equipment could dam- in the “Technical and consumer information” sec- engine coolant reservoir tank if necessary. age your vehicle. Towing instructions are avail- tion of this manual. Have your vehicle repaired at a NISSAN able from a NISSAN dealer. Local service opera- dealer. tors are generally familiar with the applicable laws and procedures for towing. To assure proper towing and to prevent accidental damage to your vehicle, NISSAN recommends having a service operator tow your vehicle. It is advisable to have the service operator carefully read the following precautions: WARNING ● Never ride in a vehicle that is being towed. ● Never get under your vehicle after it has been lifted by a tow truck. CAUTION ● When towing, make sure that the trans- mission, axles, steering system and