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Classic Cars Nissan offers you excellent sales and service on new or used Nissan vehicles. Stop in and test drive a Nissan 2006 XTERRA or any car or truck today! We're located Hainesport New Jersey ...

Classic Cars Nissan offers you excellent sales and service on new or used Nissan vehicles. Stop in and test drive a Nissan 2006 XTERRA or any car or truck today! We're located Hainesport New Jersey between Cherry Hill and Mount Holly. Only 20 minutes from Philadelphia. Classic Cars Nissan 1513 Route 38 Hainesport, NJ 08036 866-CLASSIC or 866-252-7742

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2006 XTERRA OWNER'S MANUAL 2006 XTERRA OWNER'S MANUAL Presentation Transcript

  • FOREWORD READ FIRST—THEN DRIVE SAFELYWelcome to the growing family of new NISSAN Before driving your vehicle please read this Own- As with other vehicles with features forowners. This vehicle is delivered to you with er’s Manual carefully. This will ensure familiarity off-road use, failure to operate four-wheelconfidence. It was produced using the latest with controls and maintenance requirements, as- drive models correctly may result in loss oftechniques and strict quality control. sisting you in the safe operation of your vehicle. control or an accident. Be sure to read “Driving safety precautions” in the “Start-This manual was prepared to help you under- ing and driving” section of this manual.stand the operation and maintenance of your WARNINGvehicle so that you may enjoy many miles (kilome- IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION RE- ON-PAVEMENT AND OFF-ROAD DRIVINGters) of driving pleasure. Please read through this MINDERS FOR SAFETY! This vehicle will handle and maneuvermanual before operating your vehicle. Follow these important driving rules to differently from an ordinary passengerA separate Warranty Information Booklet help ensure a safe and comfortable trip car because it has a higher center ofexplains details about the warranties cov- for you and your passengers! gravity for off-road use. As with otherering your vehicle. The “NISSAN Service vehicles with features of this type, fail- ● NEVER drive under the influence of al-and Maintenance Guide” explains details ure to operate this vehicle correctly may cohol or drugs.about maintaining and servicing your ve- result in loss of control or an accident.hicle. Additionally, a separate Customer ● ALWAYS observe posted speed limits Be sure to read “On-pavement and off-Care/Lemon Law Booklet (U.S. only) will and never drive too fast for conditions.explain how to resolve any concerns you road driving precautions”, and “Avoid- ● ALWAYS use your seat belts and appro- ing collision and rollover”, and “Drivingmay have with your vehicle, as well as priate child restraint systems. Pre-teen safety precautions”, in the “Starting andclarify your rights under your state’s lemon children should be seated in the rear driving” section of this manual.law. seat.Your NISSAN dealership knows your vehicle ● ALWAYS provide information about thebest. When you require any service or have any MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLE proper use of vehicle safety features to This vehicle should not be modified. Modi-questions, they will be glad to assist you with the all occupants of the vehicle.extensive resources available to them. fication could affect its performance, ● ALWAYS review this owner’s manual for safety or durability, and may even violate important safety information. governmental regulations. In addition, damage or performance problems result- For descriptions specified for four-wheel drive ing from modifications may not be covered models, a mark is placed at the begin- under NISSAN warranties. ning of the applicable sections/items. ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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. vehicle. © 2005 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. GARDENA, CALIFORNIA CAUTION All rights reserved. No part of this Owner’sThis is used to indicate the presence of a Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these Manual may be reproduced or stored in a retrievalhazard that could cause minor or moder- indicate movement or action. system, or transmitted in any form, or by anyate personal injury or damage to your ve- means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,hicle. To avoid or reduce the risk, the pro- recording or otherwise, without the prior writtencedures must be followed carefully. Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these permission of Nissan North America, Inc., Gar- call attention to an item in the illustration. dena, California. ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • NISSAN CUSTOMER CARE PROGRAMNISSAN CARES . . .Both NISSAN and your NISSAN dealer are dedicated to serving all your automotive needs. Your satisfaction with your vehicle and your NISSAN dealer areour primary concerns. Your NISSAN dealer is always available to assist you with all your automobile sales and service needs.However, if there is something that your NISSAN The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for the You can write to NISSAN with the information at:dealer cannot assist you with or you would like to following information: 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—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr)Owners Manual—USA_English (nna)07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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 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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  • 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-9Passenger compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • AIRBAGS, SEAT BELTS AND CHILDRESTRAINTS 1. 2nd row seat belts (P. 1-10) 2. Supplemental curtain side-impact and rollover air bags (if so equipped) (P. 1-39) 3. Front seat belts (P. 1-10) 4. Supplemental front impact air bags (P.1-39) 5. Seats (P. 1-2) 6. Occupant classification sensor (pressure sensor) (P.1-48) 7. Seat belt pretensioners (P. 1-52) 8. Supplemental side air bag modules (if so equipped) (P.1-51) 9. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) (P. 1-29) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. WII00550-2 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • EXTERIOR FRONT 1. Engine hood (P. 3-8) 2. Windshield wiper and washer switch (P. 2-21) 3. Windshield (P. 8-19) 4. Power windows (P. 2-42) 5. Door locks, keyfob, keys (P. 3-3, 3-5, 3-2) 6. Mirrors (P. 3-12) 7. Tire pressure (P. 8-31) 8. Flat tire (P. 6-2) 9. Tire chains (P. 5-33) 10. Replacing bulbs (P. 8-27) 11. Headlight and turn signal switch (P. 2-23) 12. Fog light switch (P. 2-25) 13. Tow hooks (P.6-11) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. WII0058 Illustrated table of contents 0-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • EXTERIOR REAR 1. Roof rack (P. 2-39) 2. Vehicle loading (P. 9-12) 3. Rear window defrost (P. 2-22) 4. Rear window washer (P.2-22) 5. Lift gate (P. 3-9) 6. Spare tire (P.6-2) 7. Replacing bulbs (P. 8-27) 8. Fuel-filler door (P.3-9) 9. Child safety rear door lock (P.3-5) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. WII00570-4 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—root ੭
  • PASSENGER COMPARTMENT 1. Map lights (P. 2-45) 2. Sun visors (P. 3-11) 3. Inside mirror (P.3-12) 4. Glove box (P. 2-32) 5. Console box (P. 2-32) 6. Front seats (P. 1-2) 7. Rear seats (P.1-7) 8. Storage (P. 2-31) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. WII0056 Illustrated table of contents 0-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—root ੭
  • INSTRUMENT PANEL 1. Ventilators (P. 4-2) 2. Headlight/fog light (if so equipped)/turn signal switch (P. 2-23) 3. Steering wheel switch for audio control (if so equipped) (P. 4-25) 4. Driver supplemental air bag/horn (P. 1-39, P. 2-26) 5. Meters, gauges and warning/indicator lights (P. 2-3, 2-9) 6. Cruise control main/set switches (if so equipped) (P. 5-17) 7. Windshield wiper/washer switch and rear window wiper/washer switch (P. 2-21, P. 2-22) 8. Storage (P. 2-31) 9. Audio system controls (P. 4-10) 10. Front passenger supplemental air bag (P. 1-39) 11. Upper and lower glove box (P. 2-32) 12. Passenger air bag status light (P. 1-48) 13. Power outlet (P. 2-29) 14. Electronic locking rear differential (E-Lock) system switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-28) Hill descent control switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-27) WIC09150-6 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) OFF switch (P. 2-26)15. Shift selector lever (P. 5-11)16. 4WD shift switch (if so equipped) (P. 5-20)17. Climate controls (P. 4-2)18. Hazard warning flasher switch (P. 2-25)19. Ignition switch (P. 5-7)20. Tilt steering wheel control (P. 3-11)21. Clutch interlock (clutch start) switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-29)22. Power outside mirror controls (if so equipped) (P. 3-13)See the page number indicated in paren-theses for operating details. Illustrated table of contents 0-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ENGINE COMPARTMENT CHECKLOCATIONS VQ40DE 1. Windshield washer fluid reservoir (P. 8-13) 2. Battery (P. 8-13) 3. Fuse/fusible link box (P. 8-23) 4. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-8) 5. Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-8) 6. Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-12) 7. Air cleaner (P. 8-17) 8. Drive belt location (P.8-16) 9. Radiator cap (P. 8-7) 10. Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-11) 11. Engine coolant reservoir (P. 8-7) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. WDI05070-8 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS Warning Name Page Warning Name Page Warning Name Page light light light Anti-lock brake 2-10 Charge warning 2-11 Low windshield 2-13 or warning light light washer fluid warning light Door open 2-11 warning light Seat belt warn- 2-14 Automatic 2-10 ing light and transmission oil Engine oil pres- 2-11 chime temperature sure warning warning light light Supplemental 2-14 (if so equipped) air bag warning 4WD warning 2-12 light Automatic 2-10 light ( transmission model) park warning Low fuel warn- 2-12 light ( ing light model) Low tire pres- 2-12 Brake warning 2-11 sure warning or light light Illustrated table of contents 0-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Indicator Name Page Indicator Name Page Indicator Name Page light light light Automatic 2-14 4WD shift indi- 2-15 Overdrive off 2-16 transmission cator light indicator light position indica- ( (automatic tor light model) transmission only) Cruise main 2-14 Front passenger 2-15 switch indicator air bag status Security indica- 2-16 light (if so light tor light (if so equipped) equipped) High beam in- 2-15 Cruise set 2-14 dicator light Slip indicator 2-16 switch indicator (Blue) light for models light (if so with ABLS (if equipped) Hill Descent 2-27 so equipped) Control (HDC) Electronic lock- 2-15 system on indi- Slip indicator 2-16 ing rear differ- cator light (if so light for models ential (E-Lock) equipped) with VDC (if system on indi- so equipped) Malfunction 2-15 cator light (if so indicator lamp equipped) (MIL)0-10 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Indicator Name Page light Transfer 4LO 2-17 position indica- tor light ( model) Turn 2-17 signal/hazard indicator lights Vehicle dy- 2-17 namic control off indicator light Illustrated table of contents 0-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • MEMO0-12 Illustrated table of contents
  • 1 Safety—Seats, seat belts andsupplemental restraint systemSeats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Front manual seat adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 CHildren) system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29 Head restraint adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4 Top tether strap child restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-30 Active head restraint (front seats). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5 Child restraint installation on front passenger Flexible seating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 seat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-31Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10 Booster seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-35 Precautions on seat belt usage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10 Precautions on booster seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-35 Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12 Booster seat installation on rear seat center Pregnant women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14 or outboard positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-37 Injured persons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14 Booster seat installation on front passenger Three-point type seat belt with retractor . . . . . . . . . . 1-14 seat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-38 Seat belt extenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 Supplemental restraint system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-39 Seat belt maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 Precautions on supplemental restraintChild restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22 system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-39 Precautions on child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22 Supplemental air bag warning labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-53 Child restraint installation on 2nd row bench Supplemental air bag warning light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-54 seats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • WRS0131 WRS0389 WRS0213Seat lifter (if so equipped for driver’s Lumbar support (if so equipped for HEAD RESTRAINT ADJUSTMENTseat) driver’s seat) To raise the head restraint, pull it up. To lower,Turn either dial to adjust the angle and height of The lumbar support feature provides lower back push and hold the lock knob and push the headthe seat cushion to the desired position. support to the driver. Move the lever forward or restraint down. backward to adjust the seat lumbar area. The head restraints on the rear seats are remov- able. WARNING Head restraints should be adjusted prop- erly as they may provide significant pro- tection against injury in an accident. Do not remove them. Check the adjustment after someone else uses the seat.1-4 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ● 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. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ● Do not fold down the rear seats when Folding the front passenger’s seatback occupants are in the rear seat area or (if so equipped) any luggage is on the rear seats. To fold the front passenger’s seatback flat for ● Head restraints should be adjusted extra storage length when transporting long properly as they may provide significant items: protection against injury in an accident. Always replace and adjust them prop- ᭺ 1 Slide the seat to the rear-most position. Lift erly if they have been removed for any up on the recline lever, located on the out- reason. side edge of the seat, and fold the seatback forward as far as it will go. Then lift up on the ● If the head restraints are removed for latch located on the upper corner of the any reason, they should be securely seatback to release the back of the seat. stored to prevent them from causing injury to passengers or damage to the LRS0608 vehicle in case of sudden braking or anFLEXIBLE SEATING accident. ● When returning the seatbacks to the WARNING upright position, be certain they are completely secured in the latched posi-● Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo tion. If they are not completely secured, area or on the rear seats when they are passengers may be injured in an acci- in the fold-down position. In a collision, dent or sudden stop. people riding in these areas without proper restraints are more likely to be ● Properly secure all cargo to help pre- seriously injured or killed. vent it from sliding or shifting. Do not place cargo higher than the seatbacks.● Do not allow people to ride in any area In a sudden stop or collision, unsecured of your vehicle that is not equipped with cargo could cause personal injury. seats and seat belts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a seat belt properly.1-6 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • WARNING ● If you fold the front passenger’s seat- back flat forward to carry longer ob- jects, be sure this cargo is properly se- cured and not near an air bag. In a crash, an inflating air bag might force that object toward a person. This could cause severe injury or even death. Se- cure objects away from the area in which an air bag would inflate. See “Precautions on supplemental restraint system” later in this section. ● Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo LRS0609 area or on the front passenger’s seat LRS0577᭺2 Once the seatback is released it will enable when it is in the fold-down position. Use Folding the 2nd row bench seat you to fold the front passenger seatback flat of these areas by passengers could re- over the seat cushion. sult in serious injury in an accident or To fold the 2nd row bench seat flat for maximum sudden stop. cargo hauling:3. To return the front passenger’s seat to a seating position lift up on the seatback and ᭺ 1 Disconnect and secure the center seat belt push it up to an upright position. Then pull up and tongues into the retractor base. See on the recline lever and lean the seatback to “Stowing the center seat belt” later in this a proper seating position. Release the lever section. Then properly stow the outboard seat to lock the seatback in position. belts in the seat belt hooks before folding down the rear seats. See “Seat belt hook” in this section for more information. Lower the head restraints to the full “down” position. Pull the strap forward, located in the center of each seat cushion, and fold each seat cushion to- ward the front of the vehicle. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • LRS0578 LRS0579 LRS0580᭺2 Then pull the straps located on the outside ᭺ 3 This provides a level cargo floor. ᭺ 4 To return the bench seats to a seating posi- edge of each seatback to fold the seatbacks tion reverse this process. Raise the seat- forward. backs to an upright position. Make sure to hold the seat belts above the seat cushion, then push the seat cush- ion down into place.1-8 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 3. Then lift up on the seat cushion to remove it ● Properly secure all cargo with ropes or from the seat base. Be sure to store it in a straps to help prevent it from sliding or secure place. shifting. In a sudden stop or collision, To return the rear seat back to a seating position: unsecured cargo could cause personal injury. 1. Push the anchor bars on the bottom of the ● When returning the seatbacks to the seat cushions down into the seat base. upright position, be certain they are 2. Rotate the seat cushion toward the rear of completely secured. If they are not com- the vehicle and push down until they are pletely secured in the latched position, folded flat to secure each seat cushion to the passengers may be injured in an acci- seat base. Make sure to hold the seat dent or sudden stop. belts above the seat cushion and prop- ● If the seat cushions are removed for any erly push the seat cushion down into reason, they should be securely stored LRS0585 place. to prevent them from causing injury toRemoving the 2nd row bench seat passengers or damage to the vehicle in WARNING case of sudden braking or an accident.cushions ● Never allow anyone to ride in the cargoThe rear seat cushion can be removed to provide area or on the rear seat when it is in theadditional space when folding the 2nd row seat- fold-down position. Use of these areasbacks flat. To remove the 2nd row bench seat by passengers without proper restraintscushions: could result in serious injury in an acci- dent or sudden stop. 1. Pull the straps forward, located in the center of each seat cushion to fold the seat cush- ● Do not allow people to ride in any area ions forward. of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts. Be sure everyone 2. Lift up and fold each of the red release in your vehicle is in a seat and using a handles on the seat base toward the front of seat belt properly. Never ride in the rear the vehicle. The will release the seat cushion seat unless the seat bottom cushions from the seat base. are in place and latched. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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.1-10 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • SSS0134 SSS0016 WARNING WARNING● Every person who drives or rides in this ● The seat belt should be properly ad- vehicle should use a seat belt at all justed to a snug fit. Failure to do so may times. Children should be properly re- reduce the effectiveness of the entire strained in the rear seat and, if appro- restraint system and increase the priate, in a child restraint. chance or severity of injury in an acci- dent. Serious injury or death can occur if the seat belt is not worn properly. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ● 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.1-12 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • There are three basic types of child restraint All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or terri- Small Childrensystems: tories require the use of approved child restraints for infants and small children. See “Child Re- Children that are over one year old and weigh ● Rear facing child restraint between 20 lbs (9 kg) and 40 lbs (18 kgs) can be straints” later in this section. ● Front facing child restraint placed in a forward facing child restraint. Refer to Also, there are other types of child restraints the manufacturer’s instructions for minimum and ● Booster seat available for larger children for additional protec- maximum weight and height recommendations.The proper restraint depends on the child’s size. tion. NISSAN recommends that small children beGenerally, infants up to about 1 year and less NISSAN recommends that all pre-teens placed in child restraints that comply with Federalthan 20 pounds (9 kg) should be placed in rear and children be restrained in the rear seat. Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Mo-facing child restraints. Front facing child re- According to accident statistics, children tor Vehicle Safety Standards. You should choosestraints are available for children who outgrow a child restraint that fits your vehicle and always are safer when properly restrained in therear facing child restraints and are at least 1 year follow the manufacturer’s instructions for instal- rear seat than in the front seat.old. Booster seats are used to help position a lation and use.vehicle lap/shoulder belt on a child who can no This is especially important because yourlonger use a front facing child restraint. vehicle has a supplemental restraint sys- Larger children tem (Air bag system) for the front passen- Children who are too large for child restraints WARNING ger. See “Supplemental restraint system” should be seated and restrained by the seat beltsInfants and children need special protec- later in this section. which are provided. The seat belt may not fittion. The vehicle’s seat belts may not fit properly if the child is less than 4 feet 9 inchesthem properly. The shoulder belt may Infants (142.5 cm) tall and weighs between 40 lbs (18come too close to the face or neck. The Infants up to at least 1 year old should be placed kg) and 80 lbs (36 kg). A booster seat should belap belt may not fit over their small hip in a rear facing child restraint. NISSAN recom- used to obtain proper seat belt fit.bones. In an accident, an improperly fit- mends that infants be placed in child restraintsting seat belt could cause serious or fatal NISSAN recommends that a child be placed in a that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safetyinjury. Always use appropriate child commercially available booster seat if the shoul- Standards or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety der belt in the child’s seating position fits close torestraints. Standards. You should choose a child restraint the face or neck or if the lap portion of the seat that fits your vehicle and always follow the manu- belt goes across the abdomen. The booster seat facturer’s instructions for installation and use. should raise the child so that the shoulder belt is properly positioned across the top, middle por- Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • tion of the shoulder and the lap belt is low on the INJURED PERSONShips. A booster seat can only be used in seatingpositions that have a three-point type seat belt. NISSAN recommends that injured persons useThe booster seat should fit the vehicle seat and seat belts. Check with your doctor for specifichave a label certifying that it complies with Fed- recommendations.eral Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian THREE-POINT TYPE SEAT BELTMotor Vehicle Safety Standards. Once the childhas grown so the shoulder belt is no longer on or WITH RETRACTORnear the face and neck, use the shoulder beltwithout the booster seat. WARNING ● Every person who drives or rides in this WARNING vehicle should use a seat belt at allNever let a child stand or kneel on any times.seat and do not allow a child in the cargo ● Do not ride in a moving vehicle when WRS0174areas while the vehicle is moving. The the seatback is reclined. This can bechild could be seriously injured or killed in dangerous. The shoulder belt will not Manual front seat shownan accident or sudden stop. be against your body. In an accident, Fastening the seat belts you could be thrown into it and receivePREGNANT WOMEN neck or other serious injuries. You ᭺ 1 Adjust the seat. See “Seats” earlier in this section.NISSAN recommends that pregnant women use could also slide under the lap belt andseat belts. The seat belt should be worn snug, receive serious internal injuries.and always position the lap belt as low as pos- ● For the most effective protection whensible around the hips, not the waist. Place the the vehicle is in motion, the seat shouldshoulder belt over your shoulder and across your be upright. Always sit well back in thechest. Never run the lap/shoulder belt over your seat and adjust the seat belt properly.abdominal area. Contact your doctor for specificrecommendations.1-14 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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 LRS0594 LRS0595 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. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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 SSS0240Unfastening the seat belts Center of the rear bench seat᭺1 To unfasten the seat belt, press the button on The center seat belt has a connector tongue᭺ 1 the buckle. The seat belt automatically re- and a seat belt tongue ᭺ . Both the connector 2 tracts. tongue and the seat belt tongue must be securely latched for proper seat belt operation.Checking seat belt operationSeat belt retractors are designed to lock seat beltmovement by two separate methods: ● When the seat belt is pulled quickly from the retractor. ● When the vehicle slows down rapidly.1-16 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Stowing the center seat belt When folding down the rear seat, the rear center seat belt can be retracted into a stowed position as follows: 1. Hold the connector tongue ᭺ so that the 1 seat belt does not retract suddenly when the tongue is released from the connector buckle. 2. Insert a suitable tool such as a key ᭺ into A the connector buckle and release the con- nector tongue ᭺. 1 3. Fold the connector as illustrated᭺. 2 SSS0241 4. Then secure the connector tongue into the WARNING retractor base᭺ in the ceiling. 3● Always fasten the connector tongue and the seat belt in the order shown. WARNING● Always make sure both the connector ● Do not unfasten the rear center seat tongue and the seat belt tongue are belt connector except when folding secured when using the seat belt. Do down the rear seat. not use it with only the seat belt tongue ● When attaching the rear center seat attached. This could result in serious belt connector, be certain that the seat- personal injury in case of an accident or backs are completely secured in the a sudden stop. latched position and the rear center seat belt connector is completely secured. LRS0601 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ● If the rear center seat belt connector Attaching the center seat belt and the seatbacks are not secured in Always be sure the center seat belt connector the correct position, serious personal tongue and connector buckle are attached. Dis- injury may result in an accident or sud- connect only when folding down the rear seat. den stop. To connect the buckle: ᭺ 1 Pull out the seat belt tongue from the retrac- tor base. ᭺ 2 Pull out the connector tongue from the molded retractor base. ᭺ 3 Pull the seat belt and secure the receiver buckle until it clicks. The center seat belt connector tongue and re- ceiver buckle are indicated by the > and < mark. The center seat belt connector tongue can be attached only into the rear center seat belt con- nector buckle. To fasten the seat belt, see “Fastening the seat belt” earlier in this section. WARNING ● Do not unfasten the rear center seat belt connector except when folding down the rear seat. LRS06021-18 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ● When attaching the rear center seat belt connector, be certain that the seat- backs are completely secured in the latched position and the rear center seat belt connector is completely secured.● If the rear center seat belt connector and the seatbacks are not secured in the correct position, serious personal injury may result in an accident or sud- den stop. LRS0611 LRS0610 2nd row center seat belt comfort 2. Insert the shoulder belt into the back of the guide comfort guide so that the seat belt lays flat in the guide. Be sure that the comfort guide When using the 2nd row center seat belt it may routes the seat belt properly over the center be necessary to use the comfort guide to adjust of your shoulder and across your chest. The the shoulder belt height for occupants of different belt should be away from your face and sizes for added comfort and to help obtain proper neck, but not falling off of your shoulder. seat belt fit. 1. Raise the head restraint on the 2nd row driver’s side seating position. Remove the comfort guide from the stowed position by pulling the cord from the channel. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • WARNING ● After adjustment, release the adjust- ment button and try to move the shoul- der belt anchor up and down to make sure it is securely fixed in position. ● The shoulder belt anchor height should be adjusted to the position best for you. Failure to do so may reduce the effec- tiveness of the entire restraint system and increase the chance or severity of injury in an accident. LRS0612 LRS0242 3. To return the seat belt comfort guide to the Front and 2nd row outboard seats stowed position, route the comfort guide Shoulder belt height adjustment (front strap in the channel under the 2nd row driv- er’s side seating position head restraint and and 2nd row outboard seats) attach the guide in the clip. The shoulder belt anchor height should be ad- justed to the position best for you. (See “Precau- tions on seat belt usage” earlier in this section.) To adjust, pull out ᭺ the adjustment button and 1 move the shoulder belt anchor ᭺ to the desired 2 position, so the belt passes over the center of the shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. Re- lease the adjustment button to lock the shoulder belt anchor into position.1-20 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ● Periodically check to see that the seat WARNING belt and the metal components, such as ● Only NISSAN seat belt extenders, made buckles, tongues, retractors, flexible wires by the same company which made the and anchors, work properly. If loose parts, original equipment seat belts, should deterioration, cuts or other damage on the be used with NISSAN seat belts. webbing is found, the entire seat belt as- ● Adults and children who can use the sembly should be replaced. standard seat belt should not use an extender. Such unnecessary use could result in serious personal injury in the event of an accident. ● Never use seat belt extenders to install child restraints. If the child restraint is LRS0583 not secured properly, the child could be seriously injured in a collision or a sud-Seat belt hook den stop.When the seat belt is not in use and when folding SEAT BELT MAINTENANCEdown the rear seats, hook the rear seat belts onthe seat belt hooks. ● To clean the seat belt webbing, apply a mild soap solution or any solution recom-SEAT BELT EXTENDERS mended for cleaning upholstery or carpet.If, because of body size or driving position, it is Then wipe with a cloth and allow the seatnot possible to properly fit the lap-shoulder belt belts to dry in the shade. Do not allow theand fasten it, an extender is available which is seat belts to retract until they are completelycompatible with the installed seat belts. The ex- dry.tender adds approximately 8 inches (200 mm) of ● If dirt builds up in the shoulder beltlength and may be used for either the driver or guide of the seat belt anchors, the seatfront passenger seating position. See a NISSAN belts may retract slowly. Wipe the shoulderdealer for assistance if an extender is required. belt guide with a clean, dry cloth. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • CHILD RESTRAINTS ● 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. A rear- facing child restraint must only be used in the rear seat. ● NISSAN recommends that the child re- straint 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. ● An improperly installed child restraint ARS1098 WRS0256 could lead to serious injury or death inPRECAUTIONS ON CHILD an accident. WARNINGRESTRAINTS In general, child restraints are designed to be ● Infants and small children should never installed with the lap portion of a lap/shoulder be carried on your lap. It is not possible WARNING for even the strongest adult to resist the seat belt. In addition, this vehicle is equipped with a universal child restraint lower anchor system,● Infants and small children should al- forces of a severe accident. The child referred to as the LATCH (Lower Anchors and ways be placed in an appropriate child could be crushed between the adult and Tethers for CHildren) system. Some child re- restraint while riding in the vehicle. parts of the vehicle. Also, do not put the straints include two rigid or webbing-mounted Failure to use a child restraint can re- same seat belt around both your child attachments that can be connected to these sult in serious injury or death. and yourself. lower anchors. For details, see the “LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) sys- tem” later in this section.1-22 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Child restraints for infants and small children of ● After attaching the child restraint, test it WARNINGvarious sizes are offered by several manufactur- before you place the child in it. Push iters. When selecting any child restraint, keep the ● Improper use of a child restraint can from side to side. Try to tug it forwardfollowing points in mind: increase the risk or severity of injury for and check to see if the belt holds the both the child and other occupants of restraint in place. The child restraint ● Choose only a restraint with a label certifying the vehicle. that it complies with Federal Motor Vehicle should not move more than 1 inch (25 Safety Standard 213 or Canadian Motor ● Follow all of the child restraint manu- mm). If the restraint is not secure, facturer’s instructions for installation tighten the belt as necessary, or put the Vehicle Safety Standard 213. and use. When purchasing a child re- restraint in another seat and test it ● Check the child restraint in your vehicle to be straint, be sure to select one which will again. You may need to try a different sure it is compatible with the vehicle’s seat fit your child and vehicle. It may not be child restraint. Not all child restraints fit and seat belt system. possible to properly install some types in all types of vehicles. of child restraints in your vehicle. ● If you must install a front facing child ● If the child restraint is compatible with your vehicle, place your child in the child restraint ● If the child restraint is not anchored restraint in the front seat, see “Child and check the various adjustments to be properly, the risk of a child being in- restraint installation on front passenger jured in a collision or a sudden stop seat” later in this section. sure the child restraint is compatible with greatly increases. ● When your child restraint is not in use, your child. Choose a child restraint that is designed for your child’s height and weight. ● Adjustable seatbacks should be posi- keep it secured with a seat belt to pre- Always follow all recommended procedures. tioned to fit the child restraint, but as vent it from being thrown around in upright as possible. case of a sudden stop or accident.All U.S. states and Canadian provinces orterritories require that infants and small CAUTIONchildren be restrained in an approved childrestraint at all times while the vehicle is Remember that a child restraint left in abeing operated. closed vehicle can become very hot. Check the seating surface and buckles before placing your child in the child restraint. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • CHILD RESTRAINT INSTALLATIONON 2ND ROW BENCH SEATS WARNING● The three-point seat belt in your vehicle is equipped with an automatic locking mode retractor which must be used when installing a child restraint.● Failure to use the retractor’s locking mode will result in the child restraint not being properly secured. The re- straint could tip over or otherwise be unsecured and cause injury to the child LRS0581 LRS0582 in a sudden stop or collision. Front facing (center) — step 1 Front facing (outboard) — step 1● When installing a child restraint system in the 2nd row center position both the Front facing ᭺ 1 Position the child restraint on the seat. Al- ways follow the restraint manufacturer’s in- center seat belt connector tongue and When you install a child restraint on the 2nd row structions. The back of the child restraint buckle tongue must be secured. See bench seat, follow these steps: should be secured against the vehicle seat “Attaching the center seat belt” earlier back. If necessary, adjust or remove the head in this section. 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 child restraint.1-24 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 6. Check that the retractor is in the automatic locking mode by trying to pull more seat belt out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any more belt webbing out of the retractor, the retractor is in the automatic locking mode. 7. Check to make sure that the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the belt is not locked, repeat steps 3 through 6. After the child restraint is removed and the seat belt is fully retracted, the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode) is canceled. WRS0252 LRS0590 Front Facing — step 5 Rear facing (center) — step 1᭺5 Before placing the child in the child restraint, 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.1-26 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • LRS0584 WRS0480 WRS0481 Rear facing (outboard) — step 1 Rear Facing — step 2 Rear Facing — step 3Rear facing ᭺ 2 Route the seat belt tongue through the child ᭺ 3 Pull on the shoulder belt until all of the belt is restraint and insert it into the buckle until you fully extended. At this time, the seat beltWhen you install a child restraint on the 2nd row hear and feel the latch engage. retractor is in the automatic locking modebench seat, follow these steps: (child restraint mode). It reverts to emer- Be sure to follow the child restraint manu-᭺1 Position the child restraint on the seat. Al- facturer’s instructions for belt routing. gency locking mode when the seat belt is fully retracted. ways follow the restraint manufacturer’s in- structions. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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. WRS0482 WRS0483 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.1-28 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ● The LATCH system anchors are de- signed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child re- straints. Under no circumstance are they to be used for adult seat belts or harnesses. Some child restraints include two rigid or webbing-mounted attachments that can be con- nected to two anchors located at certain seating positions in your vehicle. This system is known as the LATCH system. This system may also be referred to as the ISOFIX or ISOFIX compatible system. With this system, you do not have to use WRS0438 LRS0589 a vehicle seat belt to secure the child restraint. LATCH system anchor point locations LATCH anchor point labels Your vehicle is equipped with special anchorLATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers WARNING points that are used with LATCH system compat-for CHildren) SYSTEM ible child restraints. Check your child restraint for ● Attach LATCH system compatible child a label stating that it is compatible with theThe LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for restraints only at the locations shown. If LATCH system. This information may also be inCHildren) anchor points are located in the seat a child restraint is not secured properly, the child restraint owner’s manual. If you havecushions of the rear outboard seating positions your child could be seriously injured or such a child restraint, refer to the illustration foronly. Do not attempt to install a child restraint in killed in an accident. the seating positions equipped with LATCH sys-the center position using LATCH anchors. ● Do not secure a child restraint in the tem anchors which can be used to secure the center rear seating position using the child restraint. LATCH system anchors. The child re- straint will not be secured properly. The LATCH system anchors are located at the rear of the seat cushion near the seatback. A label is attached to the seatback to help you locate the LATCH system anchors. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • LATCH child restraints generally require the use 2. After attaching the child restraint and before TOP TETHER STRAP CHILDof a top tether strap. See “Top tether strap child placing the child in it, use force to push the RESTRAINTrestraint” later in this section for installation in- child restraint from side to side and tug itstructions. forward to make sure that the child restraint If your child restraint has a top tether strap, it must is securely held in place. It should not move be secured to the anchor point provided behindWhen installing a child restraint, carefully read more than 1 inch (25 mm) . its position.and follow the instructions in this manual andthose supplied with the child restraint. 3. Check to make sure that the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. WARNINGWhen you install a LATCH system compatible Child restraint anchor points are designedchild restraint to the lower anchor attachments, to withstand only those loads imposed byfollow these steps: correctly fitted child restraints. Under no circumstances are they to be used for WARNING adult seat belts or harnesses.Inspect the lower anchors by inserting First, secure the child restraint with the seat beltyour fingers into the lower anchor area or the LATCH system (2nd row outboard seatand feeling to make sure there are no positions only), as applicable.obstructions over the LATCH system an-chors, such as seat belt webbing or seat For the 2nd row bench seat, position the tethercushion material. The child restraint will over the top of the head restraint, with the headnot be secured properly if the LATCH sys- restraint in the full “down” position. Secure thetem anchors are obstructed. tether strap to the tether anchor point located on the back of the seatback of the same seat that the 1. To install the LATCH system compatible child restraint is in. child restraint, insert the child restraint LATCH system anchor attachments into the For best child restraint fit, see the child restraint anchor points on the seat. If the child re- installation instructions in this section and the straint is equipped with a top tether, see child restraint manufacturer’s instructions. “Top tether strap child restraint” later in this section for installation instructions.1-30 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Anchor point locationsAnchor points are located on the back of eachseatback for all three seating positions of the 2ndrow bench seat as shown.If you have any questions when installing atop strap child restraint on the rear seat,consult your NISSAN dealer for details. LRS0588 WRS0256 2nd row bench seat CHILD RESTRAINT INSTALLATION 1. Top tether strap ON FRONT PASSENGER SEAT 2. Anchor point WARNING ● Even with the NISSAN Advanced Air Bag System, never install a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat. Supplemental front air bags in- flate with great force. A rear-facing child restraint could be struck by the supplemental front air bag in a crash and could seriously injure or kill your child. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-31 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ● 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 WRS0378 section. WRS0379 Front Facing — step 1● NISSAN recommends that child re- If you must install a child restraint in the front seat, straints be installed in the rear seat. follow these steps: However, if you must install a forward facing child restraint in the front pas- ᭺ 1 Position the child restraint on the front pas- senger seat, move the passenger seat senger seat. It should be placed in a to the rearmost position. Also, be sure front-facing direction only. Move the the front passenger air bag status light seat to the rearmost position. Adjust the is illuminated to indicate the passenger head restraint to its highest position. Always air bag is OFF. See “Front passenger air follow the child restraint manufacturer’s in- bag and status light” later in this sec- structions. Child restraints for infants tion for details. must be used in the rear-facing direc- tion and therefore must not be used in● A child restraint with a top tether strap the front seat. should not be used in the front passen- ger seat.1-32 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • The back of the child restraint should besecured against the vehicle seat back. Ifnecessary, adjust or remove the head re-straint to obtain the correct child restraint fit.See “Head restraint adjustment” earlier inthis section. If the head restraint is removed,store it in a secure place. Be sure to installthe head restraint when the child restraint isremoved. If the seating position does nothave an adjustable head restraint and it isinterfering with the proper child restraint fit,try another seating position or a differentchild restraint. WRS0159 WRS0160 Front Facing — step 2 Front 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. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-33 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 6. Check that the retractor is in the automatic locking mode by trying to pull more seat belt out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any more belt webbing out of the retractor, the retractor is in the automatic locking mode. 7. Check to make sure the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the seat belt is not locked, repeat steps 3 through 6. 8. Turn the ignition to the ON position. The passenger air bag status light should illuminate. If this light is not illuminated see “Front passenger air bag and status light” in LRS0457 WRS0380 this section. Move the child restraint to Front Facing — step 4 Front Facing — step 5 another seating position. Have the sys- tem checked by a NISSAN dealer.᭺4 Allow the seat belt to retract slightly. Pull up ᭺ 5 Before placing the child in the child restraint, on the shoulder belt to remove any slack in use force to push the child restraint from After the child restraint is removed and the seat the belt. side to side, and tug it forward to make sure belt is fully retracted, the automatic locking mode that it is securely held in place. It should not (child restraint mode) is canceled. 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.1-34 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • BOOSTER SEATSPRECAUTIONS ON BOOSTER ● A booster seat must only be installed inSEATS a seating position that has a lap/shoulder belt. Failure to use a WARNING three-point type seat belt with a booster seat can result in a serious in-● Infants and small children should al- jury in sudden stop or collision. ways be placed in an appropriate child restraint while riding in the vehicle. ● An improperly installed booster seat Failure to use a child restraint or could lead to serious injury or death in booster seat can result in serious injury an accident. or death.● Infants and small children should never be carried on your lap. It is not possible for even the strongest adult to resist the forces of a severe accident. The child LRS0455 could be crushed between the adult and WARNING parts of the vehicle. Also, do not put the same seat belt around both your child ● Do not use towels, books, pillows or and yourself. other items in place of a booster seat. Items such as these may move during● NISSAN recommends that the booster normal driving or a collision and result seat be installed in the rear seat. Ac- in serious injury or death. Booster seats cording to accident statistics, children are designed to be used with a are safer when properly restrained in lap/shoulder belt. Booster seats are de- the rear seat than in the front seat. signed to properly route the lap and shoulder portions of the seat belt over the strongest portions of a child’s body to provide the maximum protection dur- ing a collision. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • children be restrained in an approved child restraint at all times while the vehicle is being operated. WARNING ● Improper use of a booster seat can in- crease the risk or severity of injury for both the child and other occupants of the vehicle. ● Follow all of the booster seat manufac- turer’s instructions for installation and use. When purchasing a booster seat, be sure to select one which will fit your LRS0587 LRS0586 child and vehicle. It may not be possibleBooster seats of various sizes are offered by low back booster seat ᭺ is chosen, the 1 to properly install some types ofseveral manufacturers. When selecting any vehicle seat back must be at or above the booster seats in your vehicle.booster seat, keep the following points in mind: center of the child’s ears. If the seat back is ● If the booster seat and seat belt is not lower than the center of the child’s ears, a used properly, the risk of a child being ● Choose only a booster seat with a label high back booster seat ᭺ should be used. 2 injured in a collision or a sudden stop certifying that it complies with Federal Motor greatly increases. Vehicle Safety Standard 213 or Canadian ● If the booster seat is compatible with your Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. vehicle, place your child in the booster seat ● Adjustable seatbacks should be posi- and check the various adjustments to be tioned to fit the booster seat, but as ● Check the booster seat in your vehicle to be upright as possible. sure the booster seat is compatible with your sure it is compatible with the vehicle’s seat and seat belt system. child. Always follow all recommended pro- cedures. ● Make sure the child’s head will be properly 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 a1-36 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ● After placing the child in the booster seat and fastening the seat belt, make sure the shoulder portion of the belt is away from the child’s face and neck and the lap portion of the belt does not cross the abdomen.● Do not put the shoulder belt behind the child or under the child’s arm. If you must install a booster seat in the front seat, see “Booster seat installation on front passenger seat” later in this section.● When your booster seat is not in use, keep it secured with a seat belt to pre- LRS0586 LRS0591 vent it from being thrown around in Outboard position Center position case of a sudden stop or accident. BOOSTER SEAT INSTALLATION ON 1. Position the booster seat on the seat. Only REAR SEAT CENTER OR place it in a front facing direction. Always CAUTION follow the booster seat manufacturer’s in- OUTBOARD POSITIONS structions.Remember that a booster seat left in aclosed vehicle can become very hot. CAUTIONCheck the seating surface and bucklesbefore placing your child in the booster Do not use a lap/shoulder belt automaticseat. 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 1-37 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 2. The booster seat should be positioned on 2. Position the booster seat on the seat. Only the vehicle seat so that it is stable. If neces- place it in a front facing direction. Always sary, adjust or remove the head restraint to follow the booster seat manufacturer’s in- obtain the correct booster seat fit. See structions. “Head restraint adjustment” earlier in this section. If the head restraint is removed, 3. The booster seat should be positioned on store it in a secure place. Be sure to install the vehicle seat so that it is stable. If neces- the head restraint when the booster seat is sary, adjust or remove the head restraint to removed. If the seating position does not obtain the correct booster seat fit. See have an adjustable head restraint and it is “Head restraint adjustment” earlier in this interfering with the proper booster seat fit, section. If the head restraint is removed, try another seating position or a different store it in a secure place. Be sure to install booster seat. the head restraint when the booster seat is 3. Position the lap portion of the seat belt low removed. If the seating position does not and snug on the child’s hips. Be sure to LRS0454 have an adjustable head restraint and it is follow the booster seat manufacturer’s in- BOOSTER SEAT INSTALLATION ON interfering with the proper booster seat fit, structions for adjusting the belt routing. try another seating position or a different FRONT PASSENGER SEAT booster seat. 4. Pull the shoulder belt portion of the seat belt toward the retractor to take up extra slack. WARNING 4. Position the lap portion of the seat belt low Be sure the shoulder belt is positioned and snug on the child’s hips. Be sure to NISSAN recommends that child restraints across the top, middle portion of the child’s follow the booster seat manufacturer’s in- be installed in the rear seat. However, if shoulder. Be sure to follow the booster seat structions for adjusting the belt routing. you must install a booster seat in the front manufacturer’s instructions for adjusting the passenger seat, move the passenger’s 5. Pull the shoulder belt portion of the seat belt belt routing. seat to the rearmost position. toward the retractor to take up extra slack. 5. Follow the warnings, cautions and instruc- Be sure the shoulder belt is positioned tions for properly fastening a seat belt If you must install a booster seat in the front seat, across the top, middle portion of the child’s shown in the “Three-point seat belt with follow these steps: shoulder. Be sure to follow the booster seat retractor” earlier in this section. 1. Move the seat to the rear-most position. manufacturer’s instructions for adjusting the belt routing.1-38 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM6. Follow the warnings, cautions and instruc- PRECAUTIONS ON vehicle is impacted. In a rollover both curtain air tions for properly fastening a seat belt SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT bags are designed to inflate and remain inflated shown in the “Three-point seat belt with for a short time. retractor” earlier in this section. SYSTEM These supplemental restraint systems are de-7. When the ignition is turned to the ON posi- This Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) sec- signed to supplement the crash protection pro- tion, the passenger air bag status light may tion contains important information concerning vided by the seat belts and are not a substitute or may not be illuminated, depending on the the driver and passenger supplemental front air for them. Seat belts should always be correctly size of the child and the type of booster seat bags (NISSAN Advanced Air Bag System), worn and the occupant seated a suitable dis- being used. See “NISSAN advanced air bag supplemental side air bags, curtain side-impact tance away from the steering wheel, instrument system” later in this section. and rollover air bags and pre-tensioner seat belts. panel and door finishers. See “Seat belts” earlier in this section for instructions and precautions on Supplemental front impact air bag system: seat belt usage. The NISSAN advanced air bag system can help cushion the impact force to the head and chest of The supplemental air bags operate only the driver and front passenger in certain frontal when the ignition switch is in the ON or collisions. START position. Supplemental side-impact air bag system After turning the ignition key to the ON (if so equipped): This system can help cushion position, the supplemental air bag warning the impact force to the chest area of the driver light illuminates. The supplemental air bag and front passenger in certain side impact colli- warning light will turn off after about 7 sions. The supplemental side air bag is designed seconds if the system is operational. to inflate on the side where the vehicle is im- pacted. Supplemental curtain side-impact and roll- over air bag system (if so equipped): This system can help cushion the impact force to the head of occupants in front and rear outboard seating positions in certain side impact or rollover collisions. In a side impact, the curtain air bags are designed to inflate on the side where the Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-39 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • the seatback and as far away as practi- cal from the steering wheel or instru- 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. ● The front passenger seat is equipped WRS0031 with an occupant classification sensor (pressure sensor) that turns the front WARNING ● The seat belts and the supplemental passenger air bag OFF under some front air bags are most effective when● The supplemental front air bags ordi- conditions. This sensor is only used in you are sitting well back and upright in narily will not inflate in the event of a this seat. Failure to be properly seated the seat. The front air bags inflate with side impact, rear impact, rollover, or and wearing the seat belt can increase great force. Even with the NISSAN Ad- lower severity frontal collision. Also, the risk or severity of injury in an acci- vanced Air Bag System, if you are unre- the front passenger air bag will not in- dent. See “Front Passenger air bag and strained, leaning forward, sitting side- flate if the passenger air bag status status light” later in this section. ways or out of position in any way, you light is lit or if the front passenger’s seat are at greater risk of injury or death in a ● Keep hands on the outside of the steer- is unoccupied. See “Front passenger air crash. You may also receive serious or ing wheel. Placing them inside the bag and status light” later in this sec- fatal injuries from the supplemental steering wheel rim could increase the tion. Always wear your seat belts to front air bag if you are up against it risk that they are injured when the help reduce the risk or severity of injury when it inflates. Always sit back against supplemental front air bag inflates. in various kinds of accidents.1-40 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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.Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-41 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ARS1042 ARS1043 ARS1044 WARNING● Children may be severely injured or killed when the supplemental front air bags, side air bags or curtain side- impact and rollover air bags inflate if they are not properly restrained. Pre- teens and children should be properly restrained in the rear seat, if possible.1-42 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ARS1045 WRS0256 WRS0431 Do not lean against the door. WARNING WARNING ● Even with the NISSAN Advanced Air Bag System, never install a rear-facing Supplemental side air bag (if so equipped) child restraint in the front seat. An in- and curtain side-impact and rollover air flating supplemental front air bag could bag (if so equipped): seriously injure or kill your child. See ● The supplemental side air bag and cur- “Child restraints” earlier in this section tain side-impact and rollover air bag for details. ordinarily will not inflate in the event of a frontal impact, rear impact, or lower severity 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 1-43 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • WARNING ● The seat belts, the supplemental side air bags and curtain side-impact and rollover air bags are most effective when you are sitting well back and up- right in the seat. The side air bag and curtain 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 outboard seats to extend their WRS0365 SSS0162 hand out of the window or lean against Do not lean against doors or windows. Do not lean against doors or windows. the door. Some examples of dangerous riding positions are shown in the previ- ous illustrations.1-44 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • WRS0363 SSS0159 WARNING● When sitting in the 2nd row 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 care- ful with children, who should always be properly restrained. Some examples of dangerous riding positions are shown in the illustrations.● Do not use seat covers on the front seatbacks. They may interfere with supplemental side air bag inflation. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-45 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 1. SRS curtain side-impact and rollover air bag modules (if so equipped) 2. SRS curtain side-impact and rollover air bags (if so equipped) 3. Diagnosis sensor unit 4. Supplemental front air bag modules 5. Crash zone sensor 6. Occupant classification system control unit 7. Occupant classification sensor (pressure sensor) 8. Satellite sensors 9. Seat belt buckle switches 10. Pre-tensioner retractor 11. Supplemental side air bag modules (if so equipped) 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. LRS05931-46 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • The driver supplemental front air bag is located in the passenger air bag status light will be illumi- senger seated upright as far as practical awaythe center of the steering wheel. The passenger nated (if the seat is unoccupied, the light will not from the steering wheel or instrument panel. Thesupplemental front air bag is mounted in the be illuminated, but the air bag will be off). See supplemental front air bags inflate quickly in orderdashboard above the glove box. The supplemen- “Front passenger air bag and status light” later in to help protect the front occupants. Because oftal front air bags are designed to inflate in higher this section for further details. One front air bag this, the force of the front air bag inflating canseverity frontal collisions, although they may in- inflating does not indicate improper performance increase the risk of injury if the occupant is tooflate if the forces in another type of collision are of the system. close to, or is against, the front air bag modulesimilar to those of a higher severity frontal impact. during inflation. If you have any questions about your air bagThey may not inflate in certain frontal collisions. system, please contact NISSAN or your NISSAN The front air bags deflate quickly after a collision.Vehicle damage (or lack of it) is not always an dealer. If you are considering modification of your The supplemental front air bags operateindication of proper supplemental front air bag vehicle due to a disability, you may also contact only when the ignition switch is in the ONsystem operation. NISSAN. Contact information is contained in the or START position.The NISSAN advanced air bag system has dual front of this Owner’s Manual. After turning the ignition key to the ONstage inflators. It also monitors information from When a supplemental front air bag inflates, a position, the supplemental air bag warningthe crash zone sensor, the diagnosis sensor unit, fairly loud noise may be heard, followed by the light illuminates. The supplemental air bagseat belt buckle sensors, occupant classification release of smoke. This smoke is not harmful and warning light will turn off after about 7sensor (pressure sensor) and passenger seat does not indicate a fire. Care should be taken to seconds if the system is operational.belt tension sensor. Inflator operation is based on not inhale it, as it may cause irritation and chok-the severity of a collision and seat belt usage for ing. Those with a history of a breathing conditionthe driver. For the front passenger, it additionally should get fresh air promptly.monitors the weight of an occupant or object on Supplemental front air bags, along with the use ofthe seat and seat belt tension. Based on informa- seat belts, help to cushion the impact force ontion from the sensors, only one front air bag may the face and chest of the front occupants. Theyinflate in a crash, depending on the crash severity can help save lives and reduce serious injuries.and whether the front occupants are belted or However, an inflating front air bag may causeunbelted. Additionally, the front passenger air facial abrasions or other injuries. Front air bagsbag may be automatically turned OFF under do not provide restraint to the lower body.some conditions, depending on the weight de-tected on the passenger seat and how the seat Even with NISSAN advanced air bags, seat beltsbelt is used. If the front passenger air bag is OFF, should be correctly worn and the driver and pas- Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-47 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Status light as children, by requiring the air bag to be auto- matically turned OFF. Certain sensors are used The front passenger air bag status light is to meet the requirements. located under the climate controls. The light op- erates as follows: One sensor used is the occupant classification sensor (pressure sensor). It is in the bottom of the ● Unoccupied passenger’s seat: The is front passenger seat cushion and is designed to OFF and the front passenger air bag is OFF detect an occupant and objects on the seat by and will not inflate in a crash. weight. It works together with seat belt sensors ● Passenger’s seat occupied by a small adult, described later. For example, if a child is in the child or child restraint as outlined in this front passenger seat, the advanced air bag sys- section: The illuminates to indicate tem is designed to turn the passenger air bag that the front passenger air bag is OFF and OFF in accordance with the regulations. Also, if a will not inflate in a crash. child restraint of the type specified in the regula- WRS0475 tions is on the seat, its weight and the child’s ● Occupied passenger seat and the passen-Front passenger air bag and status light weight can be detected and cause the air bag to ger meet the conditions outlined in this sec- turn OFF. Occupant classification sensor opera- tion: The light is OFF to indicate that WARNING tion can vary depending on the front passenger the front passenger air bag is operational. seat belt sensors.The front passenger air bag is designed to Front passenger air bagautomatically turn OFF under some con- The front passenger seat belt sensors are de-ditions. Read this section carefully to The front passenger air bag is designed to auto- signed to detect if the seat belt is buckled and thelearn how it operates. Proper use of the matically turn OFF when the vehicle is operated amount of tension on the seat belt, such as whenseat, seat belt and child restraints is nec- under some conditions as described below in it is in the automatic locking mode (child restraintessary for most effective protection. Fail- accordance with U.S. regulations. If the front mode). Based on the weight on the seat detectedure to follow all instructions in this passenger air bag is OFF, it will not inflate in a by the occupant classification sensor and the beltmanual concerning the use of seats, seat crash. The driver air bag and other air bags in your tension detected on the seat belt, the advancedbelts and child restraints can increase the vehicle are not part of this system. air bag system determines whether the front pas-risk or severity of injury in an accident. The purpose of the regulation is to help reduce senger air bag should be automatically turned the risk of injury or death from an inflating air bag OFF as required by the regulations. to certain front passenger seat occupants, such1-48 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Front passenger seat adult occupants who are of being OFF. See “Child restraints” earlier in this restraint or seat belt is not being used properly. Inproperly seated and using the seat belt as out- section for proper use and installation. rare cases, the passenger air bag status light willlined in this manual should not cause the passen- not illuminate even though the air bag is OFF. If the front passenger seat is not occupied theger air bag to be automatically turned OFF. For If such situations happen, properly position and passenger air bag is designed not to inflate in asmall adults it may be turned OFF; however if the restrain the occupant or child restraint. Other- crash. However, heavy objects placed on theoccupant takes his/her weight off the seat cush- wise reposition the occupant or child restraint in seat could result in air bag inflation, because ofion (for example, by not sitting upright, by sitting a rear seat. If you have any questions about the object’s weight detected by the occupanton an edge of the seat, or by otherwise being out whether your passenger air bag is working as classification sensor. Other conditions could alsoof position), this could cause the sensor to turn result in air bag inflation, such as if a child is designed, your dealer can use a special tool tothe air bag OFF. In addition, if the occupant standing on the seat, or if two children are on the confirm that it is working properly.improperly uses the seat belt in the automatic seat, contrary to the instructions in this manual. The air bag system and passenger air bag statuslocking mode (child restraint mode), this could Always be sure that you and all vehicle occupants light will take a few seconds to register a changecause the air bag to be turned OFF. Always be are seated and restrained properly. in the passenger seat status. For example, if asure to be seated and wearing the seat belt large adult who is sitting in the front passengerproperly for the most effective protection by the Using the passenger air bag status light, you can monitor when the front passenger air bag is au- seat exits the vehicle, the passenger air bagseat belt and supplemental air bag. status light will go from OFF to ON for a few tomatically turned OFF with the seat occupied.NISSAN recommends that pre-teens and chil- The light will not illuminate when the front pas- seconds and then to OFF. This is normal systemdren be properly restrained in a rear seat. senger seat is unoccupied. operation and does not indicate a malfunction.NISSAN also recommends that appropriate child If a malfunction occurs in the front passenger air If an adult occupant is in the seat and the pas-restraints and booster seats be properly installed bag system, the supplemental air bag warning senger air bag status light is illuminated (indicat-in a rear seat. If this is not possible, the occupant light , located in the meter and gauges area ing that the air bag is OFF), it could be that theclassification sensor and seat belt sensors are in the center of the instrument panel, will blink. person is a small adult, or is not sitting on the seatdesigned to operate as described above to turn Have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer. properly or not using the seat belt properly.the front passenger air bag OFF for specifiedchild restraints as required by the regulations. If a child restraint must be used in the front seat,Failing to properly secure child restraints and to the passenger air bag status light may or may notuse the automatic locking mode (child restraint be illuminated, depending on the size of the childmode) may allow the restraint to tip or move in an and the type of child restraint being used. If theaccident or sudden stop. This can also result in status light is not lit (indicating that the air bagthe passenger air bag inflating in a crash instead might inflate in a crash), it could be that the child Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-49 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Other supplemental front air bag precau- ● Tampering with the supplemental front ● Work on and around the supplementaltions air bag system may result in serious front air bag system should be done by personal injury. Tampering includes a NISSAN dealer. Installation of electri- WARNING changes to the steering wheel and the cal equipment should also be done by a● Do not place any objects on the steer- instrument panel assembly by placing NISSAN dealer. The Supplemental Re- ing wheel pad or on the instrument material over the steering wheel pad straint System (SRS) wiring should not panel. Also, do not place any objects and above the instrument panel or by be modified or disconnected. Unautho- between any occupant and the steering installing additional trim material rized electrical test equipment and wheel or instrument panel. Such ob- around the air bag system. probing devices should not be used on jects may become dangerous projec- the air bag system. ● Modifying or tampering with the front tiles and cause injury if the supplemen- passenger seat may result in serious ● A cracked windshield should be re- tal front air bag inflates. personal injury. For example, do not placed immediately by a qualified re-● Immediately after inflation, several change the front seats by placing mate- pair facility. A cracked windshield could front air bag system components will be rial on the seat cushion or by installing affect the function of the supplemental hot. Do not touch them; you may se- additional trim material, such as seat air bag system. verely burn yourself. covers, on the seat that are not specifi- ● The SRS wiring harness connectors are cally designed to assure proper air bag● No unauthorized changes should be yellow and orange for easy operation. Additionally, do not stow any made to any components or wiring of identification. objects under the front passenger seat the supplemental air bag system. This is or the seat cushion and seatback. Such When selling your vehicle, we request that you to prevent accidental inflation of the objects may interfere with the proper inform the buyer about the supplemental front air supplemental air bag or damage to the operation of the occupant classifica- bag system and guide the buyer to the appropri- supplemental air bag system. tion system (pressure sensor). ate sections in this Owner’s Manual.● Do not make unauthorized changes to ● No unauthorized changes should be your vehicle’s electrical system, sus- made to any components or wiring of pension system or front end structure. the seat belt system. This may affect the This could affect proper operation of supplemental front air bag system. the supplemental front air bag system. Tampering with the seat belt system may result in serious personal injury.1-50 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • curtain side-impact and rollover air bags are de- curtain air bag may cause abrasions or other signed to inflate in higher severity side collisions, injuries. Supplemental side air bags and curtain although they may inflate if the forces in another side-impact and rollover air bags do not provide type of collision are similar to those of a higher restraint to the lower body. severity side impact. They are designed to inflate The seat belts should be correctly worn and the on the side where the vehicle is impacted. They driver and passenger seated upright as far as may not inflate in certain side collisions. practical away from the supplemental side air Curtain side-impact and rollover air bags are also bag. Rear seat passengers should be seated as designed to inflate in certain types of rollover far away as practical from the door finishers and collisions or near rollovers. side roof rails. The side air bags and curtain air Vehicle damage (or lack of it) is not always an bag inflate quickly in order to help protect the indication of proper supplemental side air bag occupants. Because of this, the force of the side and curtain side-impact and rollover air bag op- air bag and curtain air bag inflating can increase LRS0592 eration. the risk of injury if the occupant is too close to, orSupplemental side-impact air bag (if is against, these air bag modules during inflation. When the supplemental side air bag and curtain The side air bag will deflate quickly after theso equipped) and curtain side-impact air bags inflate, a fairly loud noise may be heard, collision is over.and rollover air bags (if so equipped) followed by release of smoke. This smoke is not harmful and does not indicate a fire. Care should The curtain side-impact and rollover air bag willsystem be taken not to inhale it, as it may cause irritation remain inflated for a short time.The supplemental side-impact air bags are lo- and choking. Those with a history of a breathing condition should get fresh air promptly. The supplemental side air bags and curtaincated in the outside of the seatback of the front side-impact and rollover air bags operateseats. The supplemental curtain side-impact and Supplemental side air bags, along with the use of only when the ignition switch is in the ONrollover air bags are located in the side roof rails seat belts, help to cushion the impact force on or START positions.in all 3 rows. These systems are designed to meet the chest of the front occupants. Curtain side-voluntary guidelines to help reduce the risk of impact and rollover air bags help to cushion the After turning the ignition key to the ONinjury to out-of-position occupants. However, impact force to the head of occupants in the front position, the supplemental air bag warningall of the information, cautions and warn- and rear outboard seating positions in all rows. light illuminates. The supplemental air bagings in this manual still apply and must be They can help save lives and reduce serious warning light will turn off after about 7followed. The supplemental side air bags and injuries. However, an inflating side air bag, or seconds if the system is operational. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-51 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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 and rollover air dealer. The SRS wiring harnesses* not activated, be sure to have the pre- bag system components will be hot. Do should not be modified or discon- tensioner system checked and, if nec- not touch them; you may severely burn nected. Unauthorized electrical test essary, replaced by your NISSAN yourself. equipment and probing devices should dealer.● No unauthorized changes should be not be used on the side air bag or cur- ● No unauthorized changes should be made to any components or wiring of tain air bag system. made to any components or wiring of the side air bag and curtain air bag the pre-tensioner seat belt system. This system. This is to prevent accidental * The SRS wiring harness or connectors are is to prevent accidental activation of inflation of the side air bag and curtain yellow or orange for easy identification. the pre-tensioner seat belt or damage air bag or damage to the side air bag When selling your vehicle, we request that you to the pre-tensioner seat belt operation. and curtain 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 air bag system and guide the belt system may result in serious per- your vehicle’s electrical system, sus- buyer to the appropriate sections in this Owner’s sonal injury. pension system or side panel. This Manual. could affect proper operation of the supplemental curtain air bag system.1-52 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • ● Work around and on the pre-tensioner fire. Care should be taken not to inhale it, as it may system should be done by a NISSAN cause irritation and choking. Those with a history dealer. Installation of electrical equip- of a breathing condition should get fresh air ment should also be done by a NISSAN promptly. dealer. Unauthorized electrical test After the pre-tensioner seat belts have activated, equipment and probing devices should load limiters allow the seat belt to release web- not be used on the pre-tensioner seat bing (if necessary) to reduce forces against the belt system. chest.● If you need to dispose of the pre- If any abnormality occurs in the pre-tensioner tensioner or scrap the vehicle, contact a system, the supplemental air bag warning NISSAN dealer. Correct pre-tensioner light will not come on, will flash intermit- disposal procedures are set forth in the tently or will turn on for 7 seconds and remain on appropriate NISSAN Service Manual. after the ignition key has been turned to the ON or Incorrect disposal procedures could START position. In this case, the pre-tensioner LRS0397 cause personal injury. seat belt may not function properly. They must be 1. SRS Air bag warning labels checked and repaired. Take your vehicle to theThe front seat pre-tensioner seat belt system The warning labels are located on the sur- nearest NISSAN dealer.activates in conjunction with the front supple- face of the sun visor.mental air bag systems. Working with the seat When selling your vehicle, we request that youbelt retractor, it helps tighten the seat belt when inform the buyer about the pre-tensioner seat belt 2. SRS Side air bag warning label (if so equipped)the vehicle becomes involved in certain types of system and guide the buyer to the appropriate The warning label is located on the side ofcollisions, helping to restrain front seat occu- sections in this Owner’s Manual. the passenger’s side center pillar.pants. SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAGThe pre-tensioner is encased with the seat belt’s WARNING LABELSretractor. These seat belts are used the same asconventional seat belts. Warning labels about the supplemental front air bags and supplemental side-impact and rolloverWhen the pre-tensioner seat belt activates, air bag systems are placed in the vehicle assmoke is released and a loud noise may be heard. shown in the illustration.This smoke is not harmful and does not indicate a Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-53 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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 air bag systems and/or pre- supplemental front air bag, supplemental side air tensioner seat belt systems will not oper- bag, curtain air bag and pre-tensioner seat belt ate in an accident. To help avoid injury to systems need servicing: yourself or others, have your vehicle checked by a NISSAN dealer as soon as ● The supplemental air bag warning light re- possible. mains on after approximately 7 seconds. ● The supplemental air bag warning light Repair and replacement procedure flashes intermittently. The supplemental front air bags, supplemental LRS0100 side air bags, curtain air bags and pre-tensioner ● The supplemental air bag warning light doesSUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG not come on at all. seat belts are designed to inflate on a one-time-WARNING LIGHT only basis. As a reminder, unless it is damaged, Under these conditions, the supplemental front the supplemental air bag warning light remainsThe supplemental air bag warning light, air bag, supplemental side air bags and curtain air illuminated after inflation has occurred. Repairdisplaying in the instrument panel, moni- bag or pre-tensioner seat belt systems may not and replacement of these supplemental air bagtors the circuits of the supplemental front air bag, operate properly. It must be checked and re- systems should be done only by a NISSANsupplemental side-impact air bag and curtain paired. Take your vehicle to the nearest NISSAN dealer.side-impact and rollover air bag and pre- dealer. When maintenance work is required on the ve-tensioner seat belt systems. The circuits moni- hicle, the supplemental front air bags, supple-tored by the supplemental air bag warning light mental side air bags, curtain air bags, pre-are the diagnosis sensor unit, crash zone sensor, tensioner seat belts and related parts should besatellite sensors, rollover sensor, front air bag pointed out to the person performing the mainte-modules, side air bag modules, curtain air bag nance. The ignition key should always be in themodules, pre-tensioner seat belts and all related LOCK position when working under the hood orwiring. inside the vehicle.1-54 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • WARNING● Once a supplemental front air bag, supplemental side air bag or curtain air bag has inflated, the air bag module will not function again and must be re- placed. Additionally, if any of the supplemental front air bags inflate, the activated pre-tensioner seat belts must also be replaced. The air bag module 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 air bag systems, 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. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-55 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 2 Instruments and controlsInstrument panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Headlight and turn signal switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23Meters and gauges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Headlight control switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6 Turn signal switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25 Engine coolant temperature gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6 Fog light switch (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25 Fuel gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Hazard warning flasher switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25 Engine oil pressure gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26 Voltmeter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) off switch. . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26Warning/indicator lights and audible reminders . . . . . . . 2-9 Hill descent control (HDC) switch (if so equipped) . . . 2-27 Checking bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10 Electronic locking rear differential (E-Lock) system Warning lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10 switch (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-28 Indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Clutch interlock (clutch start) switch Audible reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-29Security systems (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Power outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-29 Vehicle security system (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-31 NISSAN vehicle immobilizer system Storage trays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-31 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20 Console box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-32Windshield wiper and washer switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21 Glove box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-32 Switch operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21 Sunglasses holder (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-32Rear window wiper and washer switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22 Map pockets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-33Rear window and outside mirror (if so equipped) Seat pockets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-33defroster switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22 Cup holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-34 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Cargo area storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-36 Power windows (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-42 Luggage hooks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-36 Manual windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-44 Cargo nets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-38 Interior lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-44 Roof rack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-39 Map lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-45Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-42 Cargo light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-45 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • INSTRUMENT PANEL 1. Ventilators (P. 4-2) 2. Headlight/fog light (if so equipped)/turn signal switch (P. 2-23) 3. Steering wheel switch for audio control (if so equipped) (P. 4-25) 4. Driver supplemental air bag/horn (P. 1-39, P. 2-26) 5. Meters, gauges and warning/indicator lights (P. 2-3, 2-9) 6. Cruise control main/set switches (if so equipped) (P. 5-17) 7. Windshield wiper/washer switch and rear window wiper/washer switch (P. 2-21, P. 2-22) 8. Storage (P. 2-31) 9. Audio system controls (P. 4-10) 10. Front passenger supplemental air bag (P. 1-39) 11. Upper and lower glove box (P. 2-32) 12. Passenger air bag status light (P. 1-48) 13. Power outlet (P. 2-29) 14. Electronic locking rear differential (E-Lock) system switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-28) Hill descent control switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-27) WIC09152-2 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • METERS AND GAUGES Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) OFF switch (P. 2-26)15. Shift selector lever (P. 5-11)16. 4WD shift switch (if so equipped) (P. 5-20)17. Climate controls (P. 4-2)18. Hazard warning flasher switch (P. 2-25)19. Ignition switch (P. 5-7)20. Tilt steering wheel control (P. 3-11)21. Clutch interlock (clutch start) switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-29)22. Power outside mirror controls (if so equipped) (P. 3-13)See the page number indicated in paren-theses for operating details. WIC0911 1. Warning/indicator lights 6. Odometer/Twin trip odometer/Trip com- 2. Tachometer puter (if so equipped) 3. Speedometer 7. Engine oil pressure gauge 4. Fuel gauge 8. Engine coolant temperature gauge 5. Voltmeter Instruments and controls 2-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Odometer/Twin trip odometer The odometer/twin trip odometer 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 records the distance of individual trips. WIC0912 LIC07801. Speedometer With twin trip odometer2. Odometer/twin trip display Changing the display:3. Change button For vehicles equipped with twin trip odometer,SPEEDOMETER AND ODOMETER pushing the change button changes the display as follows:Speedometer Trip → Trip → TripThe speedometer indicates vehicle speed inmiles per hour (MPH) and kilometers per hour(km/h).2-4 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • TRIP COMPUTER (if so equipped) NOTE: The display of the trip computer is situated in the ● If the amount of fuel added while the speedometer display. When the ignition is turned ignition switch is OFF is small, the dis- to ON, the display scrolls all the modes of the trip play just before the ignition switch is computer and then shows the mode chosen be- turned OFF may continue to be dis- fore the ignition switch was turned OFF. played. When the ignition switch is turned to ON, modes ● When driving uphill or rounding curves, of the trip computer can be selected by pushing the fuel in the tank shifts, which may the trip computer change button. The following momentarily change the display. modes can be selected: Average speed (MPH or km/h) Distance to empty (dte—mile or km) The average speed mode shows the average LIC0781 The distance to empty (dte) mode provides you vehicle speed since last reset. Resetting is done With trip computer with an estimation of the distance that can be by pressing the change button for more than driven before refueling. The dte is constantly be- approximately 1 second. The display is updatedFor vehicles equipped with trip computer, push- ing calculated, based on the amount of fuel in theing the change button changes the display as every 30 seconds. The first 30 seconds after a fuel tank and the actual fuel consumption. reset, the display shows (----).follows: The display is updated every 30 seconds.Trip → Trip → Distance to Empty → Average fuel consumption (Mpg orAverage speed → Average fuel consumption → The dte mode includes a low range warning l/100km)Journey time → Trip feature: when the fuel level is low, the dte mode is automatically selected and the digits blink in or- The average fuel consumption mode shows theFor additional information, refer to “Trip com- der to draw the driver’s attention. Press the average fuel consumption since the last reset.puter” later in this section. change button if you wish to return to the mode Resetting is done by pressing the change buttonResetting the trip odometer: that was selected before the warning occurred. for more than approximately 1 second. The dis- The dte mark (dte) will remain blinking until the play is updated every 30 seconds. At about thePushing the change button for more than 1 sec- vehicle is refueled. first 1/3 miles (500 m) after a reset, the displayond resets the trip odometer to zero. When the fuel level drops even lower, the dte shows (----). display will change to (----). Instruments and controls 2-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Journey timeThe journey time mode shows the time since thelast reset. The displayed time can be reset bypressing the change button for more than ap-proximately 1 second.Trip computer resetPushing the change button for more than 3 sec-onds will reset all modes except Trip A and dis-tance to empty (dte). LIC0738 LIC0739 TACHOMETER ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE The tachometer indicates engine speed in revo- GAUGE lutions per minute (rpm). Do not rev engine into The gauge indicates the engine coolant tempera- the red zone ᭺. 1 ture. The engine coolant temperature is within the normal range ᭺ when the gauge needle points 1 CAUTION within the zone shown in the illustration. When engine speed approaches the red The engine coolant temperature varies with the zone, shift to a higher gear. Operating the engine in the red zone may cause serious outside air temperature and driving conditions. engine damage.2-6 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • The indicates that the fuel-filler door is CAUTION located on the driver’s side of the vehicle.If the gauge indicates coolant tempera-ture near the hot (H) end of the normal CAUTIONrange, reduce vehicle speed to decreasetemperature. If the gauge is over the nor- ● If the vehicle runs out of fuel,mal range, stop the vehicle as soon as the malfunction indicator lightsafely possible. If the engine is over- (MIL) may come on. Refuel as soon asheated, continued operation of the ve- possible. After a few driving trips,hicle may seriously damage the engine.See “If your vehicle overheats” in the “In the light should turn off. If thecase of emergency” section for immediate light remains on after a few drivingaction required. trips, have the vehicle inspected by a NISSAN dealer. LIC0740 ● For additional information, see “Mal- FUEL GAUGE function indicator light (MIL)” later in this section. The gauge indicates the approximate fuel level in the tank. The gauge may move slightly during braking, turning, acceleration, or going up or down hills. The gauge needle returns to E (Empty) after the ignition key is turned to OFF. The low fuel warning light comes on when the amount of fuel in the tank is getting low. Refill the fuel tank before the gauge regis- ters E (Empty). Instruments and controls 2-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • 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.) ● If the gauge needle does not move with the proper amount of engine oil, have the vehicle checked by a NISSAN dealer. Continued vehicle operation in such a condition could cause serious damage to the engine. LIC0741 WIC0913ENGINE OIL PRESSURE GAUGE VOLTMETERThe gauge indicates the engine lubrication sys- When the ignition key is turned to the ON posi-tem oil pressure while the engine is running. tion, the voltmeter indicates the battery voltage.When the engine speed is high, the engine oil When the engine is running, it indicates the gen-pressure is also high. When it is low, the gauge erator voltage.indicates the low oil pressure. While cranking the engine, the volts drop below the normal range. If the needle is not in the normal range (11 – 15 volts) ᭺ while the engine is 1 running, it may indicate that the charging system is not functioning properly. Have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer.2-8 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS ANDAUDIBLE REMINDERS or Anti-lock brake warning light Low windshield washer fluid warning light Hill descent control (HDC) system on indica- tor light (if so equipped) Automatic transmission oil temperature warn- Seat belt warning light and chime Malfunction indicator light (MIL) ing light (if so equipped) Automatic transmission park warning light Supplemental air bag warning light Overdrive off indicator light (automatic trans- ( model) mission models only) or Brake warning light Automatic transmission position indicator light Security indicator light (if so equipped) Charge warning light Cruise main switch indicator light (if so Slip indicator light for models with ABLS (if so equipped) equipped) Door open warning light Cruise set switch indicator light (if so Slip indicator light for models with VDC (if so equipped) equipped) Engine oil pressure warning light Electronic locking rear differential (E-Lock) Transfer 4LO position indicator light system on indicator light (if so equipped) ( model) 4WD warning light ( model) 4WD shift indicator light ( model) Turn signal/hazard indicator lights Low fuel warning light Front passenger air bag status light Vehicle dynamic control off indicator light Low tire pressure warning light High beam indicator light (Blue) Instruments and controls 2-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Automatic transmission parkCHECKING BULBS If the light comes on while you are driving, contact a NISSAN dealer for repair. warning light ( model)With all doors closed, apply the parking brakeand turn the ignition key to the ON position The ABS system will be disabled and the ABS WARNINGwithout starting the engine. The following lights light will illuminate when the electronic locking rear differential (E-Lock) system switch (if so ● If the ATP light is ON, this indicates thatwill come on: equipped) is turned on and the E-Lock system is the automatic transmission P (Park) po- , or , , , , engaged. If the E-Lock system disengages or the sition will not function and the transfer case is in neutral.The following lights come on briefly and then go switch is turned off, the ABS system will beoff: enabled and the ABS light will turn off. ● When parking, always make sure that the 4WD shift indicator light illuminates or , , , , , , Automatic transmission oil and the parking brake is set. Failure to , temperature warning light (if engage the transfer position in 2WD, 4H so equipped) or 4LO could result in the vehicle mov-If any light fails to come on, it may indicate ing unexpectedly, resulting in seriousa burned-out bulb or an open circuit in the This light comes on when the automatic transmis- personal injury or property damage.electrical system. Have the system repaired sion oil temperature is too high. If the light comespromptly. ● Shift the 4WD switch into the 2WD, 4H on while driving, reduce the vehicle speed as or 4LO position again to turn off the ATPWARNING LIGHTS soon as safely possible until the light turns off. warning light when the automatic trans- mission selector lever is in the P posi- or Anti-lock brake CAUTION tion and the ATP warning light is ON. warning light Continued vehicle operation when the A/T (Before shifting the 4WD switch into the oil temperature warning light is on may 4LO position, move the automaticIf the light comes on while the engine is running, transmission selector lever into the Nit may indicate the anti-lock brake system is not damage the automatic transmission. position once, shift the selector leverfunctioning properly. Have the system checked into P again and make sure the ATPby a NISSAN dealer. warning light is OFF.)If an abnormality occurs in the system, the anti-lock function ceases, but the regular brakingsystem continues to operate.2-10 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • This light indicates that the automatic transmis- WARNING CAUTIONsion parking function is not engaged. If the trans-fer control is not secured in any drive position ● Your brake system may not be working ● Do not ground electrical accessorieswhile the automatic transmission selector lever is properly if the warning light is on. Driv- directly to the battery terminal. Doingin the P (Park) position, the transmission will ing could be dangerous. If you judge it so will bypass the variable control sys-disengage and the drive wheels will not lock. to be safe, drive carefully to the nearest tem and the vehicle battery may not service station for repairs. Otherwise, charge completely. Refer to “Variable or Brake warning light have your vehicle towed because driv- voltage control system” in the “Mainte- ing it could be dangerous. nance and do-it-yourself” section laterThis light functions for both the parking brake and in this manual. ● Pressing the brake pedal with the en-the foot brake systems. gine stopped and/or a low brake fluid ● Do not continue driving if the generator level may increase your stopping dis- belt is loose, broken or missing.Parking brake indicator tance and braking will require greaterWhen the ignition key is in the ON position, the pedal effort as well as pedal travel. Door open warning lightlight comes on when the parking brake is applied. ● If the brake fluid level is below the This light comes on when any of the doors are notLow brake fluid warning light MINIMUM or MIN mark on the brake closed securely while the ignition key is in the ON fluid reservoir, do not drive until theWhen the ignition key is in the ON position, the position. brake system has been checked at alight warns of a low brake fluid level. If the light NISSAN dealer. Engine oil pressure warningcomes on while the engine is running with theparking brake not applied, stop the vehicle and Charge warning light lightperform the following: This light warns of low engine oil pressure. If the If this light comes on while the engine is running, light flickers or comes on during normal driving, 1. Check the brake fluid level. Add brake fluid pull off the road in a safe area, stop the engine as necessary. See “Brake fluid” in the “Main- it may indicate the charging system is not func- tioning properly. Turn the engine off and check immediately and call a NISSAN dealer or other tenance and do-it-yourself” section of this authorized repair shop. manual. the generator belt. If the belt is loose, broken, missing, or if the light remains on, see a NISSAN 2. If the brake fluid level is correct, have the dealer immediately. warning system checked by a NISSAN dealer. Instruments and controls 2-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • The engine oil pressure warning light is not Low fuel warning light CAUTIONdesigned to indicate a low oil level. Use thedipstick to check the oil level. See “Engine oil” in ● If the warning light comes on or blinks This light comes on when the fuel level in the fuelthe “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section of during operation, have your vehicle tank is getting low. Refuel as soon as it is conve-this manual. checked by a NISSAN dealer as soon as nient, preferably before the fuel gauge reaches E possible. (Empty). There will be a small reserve of fuel CAUTION ● Do not drive on dry hard surface roads in the tank when the fuel gauge needle in the 4H or 4LO position. If the 4WD reaches E (Empty).Running the engine with the engine oil warning light turns on when you arepressure warning light on could cause se- driving on dry hard surface roads: Low tire pressure warningrious damage to the engine almost imme- lightdiately. Such damage is not covered by – in the 4H position, shift the 4WD shiftwarranty. Turn off the engine as soon as it switch to 2WD. Your vehicle is equipped with a tire pressureis safe to do so. monitoring system (TPMS) that monitors the tire – in the 4LO position for automatic pressure of all tires except the spare. 4WD warning light ( transmission models, stop the ve- hicle and shift the transmission se- The low tire pressure warning light warns of low model) lector lever to the N position with the tire pressure or indicates that the TPMS is notThe 4WD warning light comes on when the key brake pedal depressed and shift the functioning properly.switch is turned to ON. It turns off soon after the 4WD shift switch to 2WD. After the ignition switch is turned ON, this lightengine is started. – in the 4LO position for manual trans- illuminates for about 1 second and turns off.If the engine or vehicle is not functioning properly, mission models, stop the vehicle and shift the transmission shift lever to Low tire pressure warning:the warning light will either remain illuminated or the N position with the clutch pedalblink. See “4WD warning light” in the “Starting If the vehicle is being driven with low tire pres- depressed and shift the 4WD shiftand driving” section. switch to 2WD. sure, the warning light will illuminate. ● If the warning light is still on after the When the low tire pressure warning light illumi- above operation, have your vehicle nates, you should stop and adjust the tire pres- checked by a NISSAN dealer as soon as sure to the recommended COLD tire pressure possible. shown on the Tire and Loading Information label to turn the light OFF.2-12 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • For additional information, see “Tire pressure ● If the light illuminates while driving, CAUTIONmonitoring system” in the “Starting and driving” avoid sudden steering maneuvers orsection and “Tire pressure monitoring system” in abrupt braking, reduce vehicle speed, ● The tire pressure monitoring system isthe “In case of emergency” section. pull off the road to a safe location and not a substitute for the regular tire pres- stop the vehicle as soon as possible. sure check. Be sure to check the tireTire pressure monitoring system malfunc- pressure regularly.tion: Serious vehicle damage could occur and may lead to an accident and could ● If the vehicle is being driven at speedsIf the tire pressure monitoring system is not func- result in serious personal injury. Check of less than 16 MPH (26 km/h), the tiretioning properly, the low tire pressure warning the tire pressure for all four tires. Adjust pressure monitoring system may notlight will flash for approximately 1 minute when the tire pressure to the recommended operate correctly.the ignition switch is turned on. The light will COLD tire pressure shown on the Tire ● Be sure to install the specified size ofremain on after the 1 minute. Have the system and Loading Information label to turn tires to the 4 wheels correctly.checked by a NISSAN dealer. the low tire pressure warning light OFF. If the light still illuminates while driving Low windshield washer fluidFor additional information, see “Tire pressure after adjusting the tire pressure, a tiremonitoring system” in the “Starting and driving” may be flat. If you have a flat tire, re- warning lightsection. place it with a spare tire as soon as This light comes on when the windshield washer possible. fluid is at a low level. Add windshield washer fluid WARNING ● When a spare tire is mounted or a wheel as necessary. See “Window washer fluid” in the● If the light does not illuminate with the is replaced, tire pressure will not be “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section of this ignition switch turned ON, have the ve- indicated and the tire pressure monitor- manual. hicle checked by a NISSAN dealer as ing system will not function. Contact soon as possible. your NISSAN dealer as soon as pos- sible for tire replacement and/or sys- tem resetting. Instruments and controls 2-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Seat belt warning light and rollover air bags (if so equipped), and pre- INDICATOR LIGHTS chime tensioner seat belt systems need servicing and Automatic transmission your vehicle must be taken to a NISSAN dealer:The light and chime remind you to fasten your position indicator lightseat belts. The light illuminates whenever the ● The supplemental air bag warning light re- mains on after approximately 7 seconds. When the ignition key is turned to the ON posi-ignition key is turned to the ON or START position tion, this indicator light shows the automaticand remains illuminated until the driver’s seat belt ● The supplemental air bag warning light transmission selector lever position. See “Drivingis fastened. At the same time, the chime sounds flashes intermittently. the vehicle” in the “Starting and driving” sectionfor about 6 seconds unless the driver’s seat belt of this manual. ● The supplemental air bag warning light doesis securely fastened. not come on at all. Cruise main switch indicatorThe seat belt warning light may also illuminate ifthe front passenger’s seat belt is not fastened Unless checked and repaired, the supplemental light (if so equipped) restraint system (air bag system) and/or the pre-when the front passenger’s seat is occupied (if The light comes on when the cruise control main tensioner seat belts may not function properly.so equipped). For 5 seconds after the ignition switch is pushed. The light goes out when the For additional details see “Supplemental restraintswitch is in the ON position, the system does not main switch is pushed again. When the cruise system” in the “Safety—Seats, seat belts andactivate the warning light for the front passenger. main switch indicator light comes on, the cruise supplemental restraint system” section of thisRefer to “Seat belts” in the “Safety—Seats, seat manual. control system is operational.belts and supplemental restraint system” sectionfor precautions on seat belt usage. WARNING Cruise set switch indicator light (if so equipped) Supplemental air bag warning If the supplemental air bag warning light light is on, it could mean that the supplemental The light comes on while the vehicle speed is front air bag, supplemental side air bag (if controlled by the cruise control system. If the lightWhen the ignition key is in the ON or START so equipped), curtain side-impact and blinks while the engine is running, it may indicateposition, the supplemental air bag warning light rollover air bag systems (if so equipped) the cruise control system is not functioning prop-illuminates for about 7 seconds and then turns and/or pre-tensioner seat belt systems erly. Have the system checked by a NISSANoff. This means the system is operational. will not operate in an accident. To help dealer.If any of the following conditions occur, the avoid injury to yourself or others, havesupplemental front air bags, supplemental side your vehicle checked by a NISSAN dealerair bags (if so equipped), curtain side-impact and as soon as possible.2-14 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 07/29/05—debbie ੭
  • Electronic locking rear The 4WD shift indicator light may blink The light comes on when the hill descent control differential (E-Lock) system while shifting from one drive mode to the system is activated. other. on indicator light (if so If the HDC switch is on and the indicator light equipped) Front passenger air bag blinks, the system is not engaged.This light comes on when the electronic locking status light If the indicator light does not come on or blinkrear differential (E-Lock) system clutch is fully The front passenger air bag status light ( ) when the hill descent switch is on, the systemengaged. will be lit and the passenger front air bag will be may not be functioning properly. Have the system OFF depending on how the front passenger seat checked by a NISSAN dealer.The indicator light flashes when the system is firstturned on. When the system fully engages, the is being used. For additional information, see “Hill descent con-light remains on. If the switch is on and the For front passenger air bag status light operation, trol (HDC) switch” later in this section and “Hillindicator light continues to flash, the system is see “Front passenger air bag and status light” in descent control (HDC) system” in the “Startingnot engaged. the “Safety — Seats, seat belts and supplemental and driving” section of this manual.For additional information, see “Electronic lock- restraint system” section of this manual. Malfunction indicator lighting rear differential (E-Lock) system switch” later High beam indicator light (MIL)in this section and “Electronic locking rear differ- (Blue) If this indicator light comes on steady or blinksential (E-Lock) system” in the “Starting and driv-ing” section of this manual. This blue light comes on when the headlight high while the engine is running, it may indicate a beams are on and goes out when the low beams potential emission control malfunction. 4WD shift indicator light are selected. The malfunction indicator light may also come on ( model) The high beam indicator light also comes on steady if the fuel-filler cap is loose or missing, or ifThe light should turn off within 1 second after when the passing signal is activated. the vehicle runs out of fuel. Check to make sureturning the ignition switch to ON. the fuel-filler cap is installed and closed tightly, Hill descent control (HDC) and that the vehicle has at least 3 gallons (11.4While the engine is running, the 4WD shift indi- system on indicator light (if so liters) of fuel in the fuel tank.cator light will illuminate the position selected by equipped)the 4WD shift switch. After a few driving trips, the light should When the ignition switch is turned ON, this light turn off if no other potential emission control comes on briefly and then turns off. system malfunction exists. Instruments and controls 2-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • If this indicator light comes on steady for 20 – do not drive at speeds above 45 MPH See “Driving the vehicle” in the “Starting andseconds and then blinks for 10 seconds when (72 km/h). driving” section of this manual.the engine is not running, it indicates that thevehicle is not ready for an emission control sys- – avoid hard acceleration or deceleration. Security indicator lighttem inspection/maintenance test. See “Readi- – avoid steep uphill grades.ness for inspection/maintenance (I/M) test” in the This light blinks whenever the ignition switch is in – if possible, reduce the amount of cargo the LOCK, OFF or ACC position. This function“Technical and consumer information” section of being hauled or towed. indicates the security system equipped on thethis manual. The malfunction indicator light may stop blinking vehicle is operational.Operation and come on steady. Have the vehicle inspected For additional information, see “Security sys-The malfunction indicator light will come on in by a NISSAN dealer. You do not need to have tems” later in this section.one of two ways: your vehicle towed to the dealer. Slip indicator light for models ● Malfunction indicator light on steady — An CAUTION with ABLS (if so equipped) emission control system malfunction has been detected. Check the fuel-filler cap. If Continued vehicle operation without hav- This indicator light comes on if the active brake the fuel-filler cap is loose or missing, tighten ing the emission control system checked limited slip is activated. If activated, the system or install the cap and continue to drive the and repaired as necessary could lead to will apply braking to the slipping drive wheel(s), vehicle. The light should turn off after poor driveability, reduced fuel economy, giving the non-slipping wheel(s) more traction. a few driving trips. If the light does not and possible damage to the emission con- turn off after a few driving trips, have the trol system. Slip indicator light for models vehicle inspected by a NISSAN dealer. You with VDC (if so equipped) Overdrive off indicator light do not need to have your vehicle towed to This indicator light will blink when the traction the dealer. (automatic transmission control system is limiting wheel spin. Slippery models only) road conditions may exist if the slip indicator ● Malfunction indicator light blinking — An en- gine misfire has been detected which may This light comes on when the overdrive function blinks on. If this happens, adjust your driving is OFF. accordingly. damage the emission control system. To re- duce or avoid emission control system dam- The automatic transmission overdrive function is The slip indicator light also comes on when you age: turn the ignition key to the ON position. The light controlled by the overdrive switch. will turn off after about 2 seconds if the system is2-16 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • operational. If the light does not come on or does The indicator light may blink while shifting Turn signal/hazard indicatornot go off, have the traction control system from one drive mode to the other. lightschecked by a NISSAN dealer. The 4LO indicator light must stop blinking and The appropriate light flashes when the turn signalIf the battery is removed or discharged, the trac- remain illuminated or turn off before shifting the switch is activated.tion control system is disabled and the slip indi- transmission into gear. If the transmission selec-cator light will not turn off after 2 seconds when tor lever is shifted from the N position to any other Both lights flash when the hazard switch is turnedthe ignition switch is turned to the ON position. gear when the 4LO indicator light is blinking, the on.To reset the system, you must perform the reset vehicle may move unexpectedly.procedure. Refer to “Vehicle dynamic control Vehicle dynamic control off When you shift between 4H and 4LO, follow the indicator light(VDC) system” in the “Starting and driving” sec- instructions below:tion of this manual. This indicator light comes on when the vehicle ● For automatic transmission models, stop the dynamic control off switch is pushed to OFF, theIf the light does not go off after performing the vehicle and shift the transmission selector transfer case is in the 4LO position (reset procedure, have the traction control system lever to the N position with the brake pedal model), or when the vehicle dynamic control sys-checked by a NISSAN dealer. depressed, then depress and turn the 4WD tem is not functioning properly. This indicates the Transfer 4LO position shift switch to 4LO or 4H. vehicle dynamic control system is not operating. indicator light ( model) ● For manual transmission models, stop the Push the vehicle dynamic control off switch againThe light should turn off within 1 second after vehicle and shift the transmission selector or restart the engine and the system will operateturning the ignition switch to ON. lever to the N position with the clutch pedal normally. See “Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) depressed, then depress and turn the 4WD system” in the “Starting and driving” section ofThis light comes on when the 4WD shift switch is shift switch to 4LO or 4H. this manual.set in the 4LO position with the ignition key in theON position. You cannot move the transfer 4WD shift switch The vehicle dynamic control light also comes on between 4H and 4LO unless you stop the vehicle when you turn the ignition key to the ON position.The transfer case may be damaged if you shift the and shift the transmission selector lever to the N The light will turn off after about 2 seconds if theswitch while driving. position with the brake pedal (AT models) or system is operational. If the light stays on orMake sure the transfer 4LO position indicator clutch pedal (MT models) depressed. comes on along with the SLIP indicator lightlight turns on when you shift the 4WD shift switch while you are driving, have the vehicle dynamicto 4LO. control system checked by a NISSAN dealer. Instruments and controls 2-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • SECURITY SYSTEMS (if so equipped)If the battery is removed or discharged, the ve- AUDIBLE REMINDERShicle dynamic control system is disabled and the Brake pad wear warningVDC indicator light will not turn off after 2 sec-onds when the ignition switch is turned to the ON The disc brake pads have audible wear warnings.position. To reset the system, you must perform When a disc brake pad requires replacement, itthe reset procedure. Refer to “Vehicle dynamic makes a high pitched scraping sound when thecontrol (VDC) system” in the “Starting and driv- vehicle is in motion, whether or not the brakeing” section of this manual. pedal is depressed. Have the brakes checked as soon as possible if the warning sound is heard.If the light does not go off after performing thereset procedure, have the traction control system Key reminder chimechecked by a NISSAN dealer. A chime sounds if the driver’s door is openedWhile the vehicle dynamic control system is op- while the key is left in the ignition switch. Removeerating, you might feel slight vibration or hear the the key and take it with you when leaving thesystem working when starting the vehicle or ac- vehicle. LIC0372celerating, but this is normal. Light reminder chime Your vehicle may have two types of security sys-The VDC system will be disabled and the VDC tems:light will illuminate when the electronic locking With the ignition switch in the OFF position, arear differential (E-lock) system switch (if so chime sounds when the driver’s door is opened if ● Vehicle security system (if so equipped)equipped) is turned on and the E-lock system is the headlights or parking lights are on. ● NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System (if soengaged. If the E-lock system disengages or the Turn the headlight control switch off before leav- equipped)switch is turned off, the VDC system will be ing the vehicle.enabled and the VDC light will turn off. VEHICLE SECURITY SYSTEM (if so equipped) The vehicle security system provides visual and audible alarm signals if someone opens the doors when the system is armed. It is not, however, a motion detection type system that activates when a vehicle is moved or when a vibration occurs.2-18 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • The system helps deter vehicle theft but cannot twice and the horn beeps once to indicate once and lock it again.prevent it, nor can it prevent the theft of interior or all doors are locked. ● Even when the driver and/or passen-exterior vehicle components in all situations. Al- ● When the button is pushed with gers are in the vehicle, the system willways secure your vehicle even if parking for a all doors locked, the hazard lights flash arm with all doors closed and lockedbrief period. Never leave your keys in the ignition, twice and the horn beeps once as a re- with the ignition key in the OFF posi-and always lock the vehicle when unattended. Be minder that the doors are already locked. tion.aware of your surroundings, and park in secure,well-lit areas whenever possible. The horn may or may not beep. Refer to Vehicle security system activation “Silencing the horn beep feature” in theMany devices offering additional protection, such The vehicle security system will give the following “Pre-driving checks and adjustments” sec-as component locks, identification markers, and alarm: tion later in this manual.tracking systems, are available at auto supplystores and specialty shops. Your NISSAN dealer 4. Confirm that the indicator light comes ● The headlights blink and the horn soundsmay also offer such equipment. Check with your on. The light stays on for about 30 intermittently.insurance company to see if you may be eligible seconds. The vehicle security system is now ● The alarm automatically turns off after ap-for discounts for various theft protection features. pre-armed. After about 30 seconds the ve- proximately 50 seconds. However, the alarm hicle security system automatically shifts reactivates if the vehicle is tampered withHow to arm the vehicle security into the armed phase. The light begins again. The alarm can be shut off by unlockingsystem to flash once every 3 seconds. If, during the a door with the key, or by pressing the 1. Close all windows. (The system can be 30-second pre-arm time period, the door is button on the keyfob. armed even if the windows are open.) unlocked by the key or the keyfob, or the ignition key is turned to ACC or ON, the The alarm is activated by: 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch. system will not arm. ● opening a door without using the key or 3. Close all doors. Lock all doors. The doors ● If the key is turned slowly when locking keyfob (even if the door is unlocked by using can be locked with the key, power door lock the door, the system may not arm. Fur- the inside lock knob or the power door lock switch (if the door is opened, locked and thermore, if the key is turned beyond switch). then closed), or with the keyfob. the vertical position toward the unlock How to stop an activated alarm position to remove the key, the system Keyfob operation: may be disarmed when the key is re- The alarm stops only by unlocking a door with the ● Push the button on the keyfob. moved. If the indicator light fails to key, or by pressing the button on the key- All doors lock. The hazard lights flash glow for 30 seconds, unlock the door fob. Instruments and controls 2-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • NISSAN VEHICLE IMMOBILIZER Statement related to Section 15 of FCCSYSTEM (if so equipped) Rules for NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer Sys- tem (CONT ASSY — IMMOBILIZER, ANTThe NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System will not ASSY — IMMOBILIZER)allow the engine to start without the use of aregistered key. This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules and RSS-210 of IndustryIf the engine fails to start using a registered key Canada. Operation is subject to the follow-(for example, when interference is caused by ing two conditions;another registered key, an automated toll roaddevice or automatic payment device on the key (1) This device may not cause harmful in-ring), restart the engine using the following pro- terference, and (2) this device must acceptcedures: any interference received, including inter- ference that may cause undesired opera- 1. Leave the ignition switch in the ON position tion of the device. for approximately 5 seconds. LIC0474 CHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS NOT EX- 2. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF or LOCK PRESSLY APPROVED BY THE PARTY RE- Security indicator light position, and wait approximately 10 sec- SPONSIBLE FOR COMPLIANCE COULD onds. VOID THE USER’S AUTHORITY TO OPER- The security indicator light blinks whenever the ATE THE EQUIPMENT. ignition switch is in the LOCK, OFF or ACC 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2. position. This function indicates the NISSAN Ve- 4. Restart the engine while holding the device hicle Immobilizer System is operational. (which may have caused the interference) If the NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System is mal- separate from the registered key. functioning, the light will remain on while theIf the no start condition re-occurs, NISSAN rec- ignition key is in the ON position.ommends placing the registered key on a sepa- If the light still remains on and/or the en-rate key ring to avoid interference from other gine will not start, see a NISSAN dealer fordevices. NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System ser- vice as soon as possible. Please bring all registered keys that you have when visiting your NISSAN dealer for service.2-20 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WINDSHIELD WIPER AND WASHERSWITCH Push the lever up ᭺ to have one sweep opera- 4 ● Pre-mix washer fluid concentrates with tion (MIST) of the wiper. water to the manufacturer’s recom- Pull the lever toward you ᭺ to operate the 5 mended levels before pouring the fluid washer. The wiper will also operate several times. into the window washer reservoir tank. Do not use the window washer reservoir WARNING tank to mix the washer fluid concen- trate and water. In freezing temperatures the washer solu- tion may freeze on the windshield and obscure your vision which may lead to an accident. Warm the windshield with the defroster before you wash the windshield. CAUTION WIC0843 ● Do not operate the washer continu-SWITCH OPERATION ously for more than 30 seconds.The windshield wiper and washer operates when ● Do not operate the washer if the reser-the ignition switch is in the ON position. voir tank is empty.Push the lever down to operate the wiper at the ● Do not fill the window washer reservoirfollowing speed: tank with washer fluid concentrates at full strength. Some methyl alcohol᭺1 Intermittent (INT) — intermittent operation based washer fluid concentrates may can be adjusted by turning the knob toward permanently stain the grille if spilled ᭺ (Slower) or ᭺ (Faster). A B while filling the window washer reser- voir tank.᭺2 Low (LO) — continuous low speed operation᭺3 High (HI) — continuous high speed opera- tion Instruments and controls 2-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • REAR WINDOW WIPER AND REAR WINDOW AND OUTSIDEWASHER SWITCH MIRROR (if so equipped) DEFROSTER SWITCH WARNING In freezing temperatures the washer solu- tion may freeze on the window and ob- scure your vision. Warm the rear window with the defroster before you wash the rear window. CAUTION ● Do not operate the washer continu- ously for more than 30 seconds. ● Do not operate the washer if the reser- voir tank is empty. WIC0844 ● Do not fill the window washer reservoir LIC0783The rear window wiper and washer operate when tank with washer fluid concentrates at To defrost the rear window glass and outsidethe ignition switch is in the ON position. full strength. Some methyl alcohol mirrors (if so equipped), start the engine and based washer fluid concentrates may push the rear window defroster switch on. TheTurn the switch clockwise from the OFF position permanently stain the grille if spilled rear window defroster indicator light on theto operate the wiper. while filling the window washer reser- switch comes on. Push the switch again to turn the defroster off.᭺1 Intermittent (INT) – intermittent operation voir tank. (not adjustable) ● Pre-mix washer fluid concentrates with The rear window defroster automatically turns off water to the manufacturer’s recom- after approximately 15 minutes.᭺2 ON – continuous low speed operation mended levels before pouring the fluidPush the switch forward ᭺ to operate the 3 into the window washer reservoir tank. CAUTIONwasher. The wiper will also operate several times. Do not use the window washer reservoir tank to mix the washer fluid concen- When cleaning the inner side of the rear trate and water. window, be careful not to scratch or dam- age the rear window defroster.2-22 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • HEADLIGHT AND TURN SIGNALSWITCH LIC0706 LIC0688 WIC0859 Type A Type B Headlight beam selectHEADLIGHT CONTROL SWITCH CAUTION ᭺ 1 To select the high beam function, push theLighting Use the headlights with the engine run- lever forward. The high beam lights come on ning to avoid discharging the vehicle and the light illuminates.᭺1 When turning the switch to the posi- battery. ᭺ 2 Pull the lever back to select the low beam. tion, the front parking, tail, license plate and instrument panel lights come on. ᭺ 3 Pulling and releasing the lever flashes the headlight high beams on and off.᭺2 When turning the switch to the posi- tion, the headlights come on and all the other lights remain on. Instruments and controls 2-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Battery saver system If the parking brake is applied before the engine is started, the daytime running lights do not illumi-If the ignition switch is turned OFF while the nate. The daytime running lights illuminate whenheadlight switch is in the or posi- the parking brake is released. The daytime run-tion, the headlights will turn off after 5 minutes. ning lights will remain on until the ignition switch is turned off.After the headlights automatically turn off with theheadlight switch in the or position, WARNINGthe headlights will illuminate again for 5 minutes ifthe headlight switch is moved to the OFF position When the daytime running light system isand then turned to the or position. active, tail lights on your vehicle are not on. It is necessary at dusk to turn on your CAUTION headlights. Failure to do so could cause an accident injuring yourself and others.Even though the battery saver feature au-tomatically turns off the headlights after a WIC0917period of time, you should turn the head- INSTRUMENT BRIGHTNESSlight switch to the OFF position when theengine is not running to avoid discharging CONTROLthe vehicle battery. The instrument brightness control operates when the headlight control switch is in the ,DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT SYSTEM or position.(Canada only) Turn the control ᭺ to adjust the brightness of AThe headlights automatically illuminate at a re- instrument panel lights when driving at night.duced intensity when the engine is started withthe parking brake released. The daytime runninglights operate with the headlight switch in theOFF position or in the position. Turn theheadlight switch to the position for fullillumination when driving at night.2-24 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • HAZARD WARNING FLASHER SWITCH WIC0860 WIC0861 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. turning direction. When the turn is com- pleted, the turn signals cancel automatically. To turn the fog lights off, turn the fog light switch to the OFF position.Lane change signal The headlights must be on and the low beams᭺2 To signal a lane change, move the lever up or selected for the fog lights to operate. The fog down to the point where the indicator light lights automatically turn off when the high beam begins to flash, but the lever does not latch. headlights are selected. Instruments and controls 2-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • HORN VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL (VDC) OFF SWITCH WARNING● If stopping for an emergency, be sure to move the vehicle well off the road.● Do not use the hazard warning flashers while moving on the highway unless unusual circumstances force you to drive so slowly that your vehicle might become a hazard to other traffic.● Turn signals do not work when the haz- ard warning flasher lights are on.The flashers will operate with the ignition switchin any position. LIC0604 WIC0534Some state laws may prohibit the use of The vehicle should be driven with the Vehiclethe hazard warning flasher switch while To sound the horn, push the center pad area of Dynamic Control (VDC) system on for most driv-driving. the steering wheel. ing conditions. If the vehicle is stuck in mud or snow, the VDC WARNING system reduces the engine output to reduce Do not disassemble the horn. Doing so wheel spin. The engine speed will be reduced could affect proper operation of the even if the accelerator is depressed to the floor. If supplemental front air bag system. Tam- maximum engine power is needed to free a stuck pering with the supplemental front air bag vehicle, turn the VDC system off. system may result in serious personal To turn off the VDC system, push the VDC OFF injury. switch. The indicator will come on. Push the VDC OFF switch again or restart the engine to turn ON the system. See “Vehicle dy- namic control (VDC) system” in the “Starting and driving” section.2-26 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • HILL DESCENT CONTROL (HDC)SWITCH (if so equipped) ● The hill descent control may not control ● the 4WD switch must be in the 4H position the vehicle speed on a hill under all load and the vehicle speed must be under 21 or road conditions. Always be prepared mph (35 km/h), and to depress the brake pedal to control ● the HDC system switch must be ON. vehicle speed. Failure to do so may re- sult in a collision or serious personal The HDC indicator light will come on when the injury. system is activated. Also, the stop/tail lights illu- minate while the HDC system applies the brakes to control vehicle speed. CAUTION If the accelerator or brake pedal is depressed When the hill descent control system op- while the HDC system is on, the system will stop erates continuously for a long time, the operating temporarily. As soon as the accelerator temperature of the brake pads may in- or brake pedal is released, the HDC system crease and the hill descent control system begins to function again if the HDC operating LIC0743 may be temporarily disabled (the indicator conditions are fulfilled. light will blink). If the indicator light does WARNING not come on continuously after blinking, The HDC indicator light blinks if the switch is on● Never rely solely on the hill descent stop using the system. and all conditions for system activation are not control system to control vehicle speed met or if the system becomes disengaged for any The hill descent control system is designed to reason. when driving on steep downhill grades. reduce driver workload when going down steep Always drive carefully when using the hills. The HDC system helps to control vehicle To turn off the HDC system, push the switch to hill descent control system and decel- speed so the driver can concentrate on steering the OFF position. erate the vehicle speed by depressing the vehicle. the brake pedal if necessary. Be espe- For additional information, see “Hill descent con- cially careful when driving on frozen, To activate the HDC system: trol (HDC) system on indicator light” earlier in this muddy or extremely steep downhill section and “Hill descent control (HDC) system” ● the automatic transmission selector lever in the “Starting and driving” section of this roads. Failure to control vehicle speed must be in forward or reverse gear, manual. may result in a loss of control of the vehicle and possible serious injury or ● the 4WD switch must be in the 4L position death. and the vehicle speed must be under 15 mph (25 km/h) or Instruments and controls 2-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ELECTRONIC LOCKING REARDIFFERENTIAL (E-Lock) SYSTEMSWITCH (if so equipped) When the E-Lock switch is turned ON, the indi- ● Use the E-Lock system only when free- cator light will flash until the system engages. ing a stuck vehicle. Try the 4LO position However, if all operation conditions listed above before using the E-Lock system. Never are not met or the system becomes disengaged, use the E-Lock system on a slippery the indicator light will continue to flash. road surface such as snow or ice sur- The Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) system is disabled face. Using the E-Lock system when driving in these road conditions may and the ABS light illuminates when the E-Lock cause unexpected movement of the ve- system is ON. Also, the Vehicle Dynamic Control hicle during engine braking, accelerat- (VDC) system is disabled and the VDC light ing or turning, which may result in an illuminates when the E-Lock system is ON. accident and serious personal injury. See “Electronic locking rear differential (E-Lock) system” in the “Starting and Driving” section for CAUTION further explanation and system limitations. ● After using the E-Lock system, turn the LIC0729The Electronic Locking Rear Differential (E-Lock) switch OFF to prevent possible damage WARNING to driveline components from extendedsystem can help provide added traction if thevehicle is stuck or becoming stuck. ● Never leave the E-Lock system ON use. when driving on paved or hard-surfaced ● Do not drive over 12 MPH (20 km/h)To activate the E-Lock system: roads. Turning the vehicle may result in when the system is engaged. Doing so ● the 4WD switch must be in the 4LO position the rear wheels slipping and result in an could result in possible damage to the (4-wheel drive vehicles), accident and personal injury. After us- driveline. ing the E-Lock system to free the ve- ● the vehicle must be stopped or moving at 4 hicle, turn the system OFF. ● Do not turn on the E-lock system while mph (7 km/h) or less, and the tires are spinning. Doing so could damage drivetrain components. ● the E-Lock system switch must be turned ON.2-28 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • CLUTCH INTERLOCK (clutch start) POWER OUTLETSWITCH (if so equipped) To use the clutch interlock switch: 1. Set the parking brake. 2. Depress the brake pedal with your right foot. 3. Place the gear shift lever in the 1 position to move forward, or R to move backward. 4. Place your left foot on the brake pedal and release the parking brake. 5. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position. 6. Press and release the clutch interlock switch. The CANCEL light on the switch will illuminate. WIC0817 LIC0880 7. Turn the ignition to the START position to start the engine and, at the same time, de- Front row WARNING press the accelerator pedal with your right The power outlets are for powering electricalPay special attention to your surround- foot. As the vehicle begins to move, take accessories such as cellular telephones.ings when using the clutch interlock your left foot off the brake. Once the engineswitch. The vehicle will move forward or The bottom power outlet located on instrument has started, the clutch interlock switchbackward according to the gear selected. panel and the power outlet located in the cargo CANCEL light shuts off. Do not use the interlock switch to start the engine under area are powered directly by the vehicle’s battery.The clutch interlock (clutch start) switch allowsfor starting the engine without depressing the normal driving conditions. The top power outlet located on the instrumentclutch pedal. This feature helps you restart the panel and the power outlet located inside theengine if it stops under difficult conditions. (For center console are powered only when the igni-example, the engine stops on a steep hill and a tion key is in the ACC or ON position.slight movement forward or backward might be Open the cap to use a power outlet.dangerous.) Instruments and controls 2-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● 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. LIC0761 LIC0862 Center console Luggage area 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 ● Before inserting or disconnecting a dealer for additional information. plug, be sure the electrical accessory being used is turned OFF.● 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.2-30 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • STORAGE LIC0764 LIC0818 LIC0819 Top center tray AT model MT model (if so equipped)STORAGE TRAYS WARNINGDo not place sharp objects in the trays tohelp prevent injury in an accident or sud-den stop. Instruments and controls 2-31 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LIC0766 LIC0768 WIC0609CONSOLE BOX GLOVE BOX SUNGLASSES HOLDER (if so To open the top portion of the glove box, push the equipped) WARNING latch ᭺ up and raise the lid. A To open the sunglasses holder, push and release.The center console box should not be To open the lower portion of the glove box, pullused while driving so full attention may be the handle ᭺ down and lower the lid. B WARNINGgiven to vehicle operation. Use the master key to lock or unlock the glove ● The sunglasses holder should not bePull up on the lever ᭺ to open the console box lid 1 box. The valet key cannot be used to lock or used while driving so full attention may᭺. 2 unlock the glove box. be given to vehicle operation. ● Keep the sunglasses holder closed WARNING while driving to prevent an accident. Keep glove box lid closed while driving to help prevent injury in an accident or a sudden stop.2-32 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • CAUTION● Do not use for anything other than sunglasses.● Do not leave sunglasses in the sun- glasses holder while parking in direct sunlight. The heat may damage the sunglasses. LIC0863 LIC0575 MAP POCKETS SEAT POCKETS A pocket is located on the back of the driver’s seat (if so equipped). A small pocket is also located on the inboard side of the passenger’s seat. Instruments and controls 2-33 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • CAUTION ● Avoid abrupt starting and braking when the cup holder is being used to prevent spilling the drink. If the liquid is hot, it can scald you or your passenger. ● Use only soft cups in the cup holder. Hard objects can injure you in an accident. LIC0769 WIC0827 Front CUP HOLDERS The front cup holders have adapters that can be removed to accommodate larger cups. WARNING The cup holder should not be used while driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation.2-34 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WIC0771 LIC0864 2nd row (rear of front console) Bottle holderTo open the 2nd row cup holders (rear of the front CAUTIONconsole), lower the lid. To close, raise the lid. ● Do not use bottle holder for any other objects that could be thrown about in the vehicle and possibly injure people during sudden braking or an accident. ● Do not use bottle holder for open liquid containers. Instruments and controls 2-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● Never allow anyone to ride in the lug- gage area. It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area inside of a vehicle. In a collision, people riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. ● Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts. ● Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a seat belt properly. LIC0865CARGO AREA STORAGE LUGGAGE HOOKSTo access the floor storage area, push down ᭺ 1 The luggage hooks can be used to secure cargoto raise the handle, then pull up on the handle ᭺ 2 with ropes or other types of straps.to lift the luggage board. WARNINGAttach the tether located on the inside of theluggage board to a ceiling hook to hold the lug- ● Properly secure all cargo with ropes orgage board up while accessing the storage area. straps to help prevent it from sliding or shifting. Do not place cargo higher than WARNING the seatbacks. In a sudden stop or col- lision, unsecured cargo could causeDo not drive with the luggage board teth- personal injury.ered to a ceiling hook. In a sudden stop orcollision, the luggage board could come ● Use suitable ropes and hooks to secureloose and cause personal injury. cargo.2-36 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LTI0140 LTI0141Side finisher Floor hooksDo not apply a load of more than 110 lb (490 N) Do not apply a load of more than 110 lb (490 N)to a single hook. to a single hook. Instruments and controls 2-37 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LIC0876 LIC0866 Cargo net (if so equipped) Right-hand luggage side netCARGO NETS The cargo nets help keep packages in the cargo The right-hand luggage side net is not removable. area from moving around while the vehicle is in WARNING motion. WARNING● Properly secure all cargo to help pre- To install the large cargo net (if so equipped), ● The cargo restrained in the luggage vent it from sliding or shifting. Do not attach the hooks to the retainers. side nets must not exceed 8.5 lb (3.9 kg) place cargo higher than the seatbacks. for each net or the net may not stay To remove the large cargo net, detach the hooks In a sudden stop or collision, unsecured secured. from the cargo net retainers. cargo could cause personal injury. ● Do not place sharp objects in the lug-● Be sure to secure all four hooks into the gage side nets. Such objects may be- retainers. The cargo restrained in the come dangerous projectiles and cause net must not exceed 30 lbs. (13.6 kg) or injury when the vehicle is moving or if the net may not stay secured. the vehicle is involved in a collision.2-38 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LIC0867 Left-hand luggage side netsTo install the removable left-hand luggage sidenet ᭺, attach the net to the retainers. To remove, Adetach the net from the retainers.The smaller left-hand luggage side net is notremovable. WIC0868 ROOF RACK careful that your vehicle does not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or the Always evenly distribute the cargo on the roof Gross Axle Weight Ratings (GAWR front and rack. The maximum total load including the rear). The GVWR and GAWR are located on the gear basket is 150 lb (68 kg) evenly distrib- F.M.V.S.S. label (located on the driver’s side door uted. The maximum total load for the gear jamb pillar). For more information regarding basket is 30 lb (13 kg) evenly distributed. Be GVWR and GAWR, refer to “Vehicle loading Instruments and controls 2-39 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • information” in the “Technical and consumer in- 5. Always check the tightness of the crossbarformation” section later in this manual. adjusting screws.The crossbars can be adjusted or removed. Use WARNINGthe Torxdriver provided in the tool kit to loosenboth crossbar adjusting screws. Properly secure all cargo with ropes or straps to help prevent it from sliding orTo adjust: shifting. In a sudden stop or collision, un- 1. Loosen the adjusting screws with the secured cargo could cause personal Torxdriver ᭺ by turning counterclockwise 1 injury. ᭺. A CAUTION 2. When the clamp is loosened, move the crossbar so the cargo can be positioned on ● Use care when placing or removing items from the roof rack. If you cannot the crossbar ᭺. B comfortably lift the items onto the roof 3. Tighten the crossbar adjusting screws with rack from the ground, use a ladder or the Torxdriver by turning clockwise. stool. 4. Secure the cargo with rope. ● Do not place items on top of the gear basket lid. Doing so could damage the 5. Always check the tightness of the crossbar lid. adjusting screws.To remove: 1. Loosen the adjusting screws with the Torxdriver ᭺ by turning counterclockwise 1 ᭺. A 2. Rotate the clamps ᭺. C 3. Remove the crossbar. 4. Reverse to install.2-40 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LIC0869 LIC0870To open the gear basket lid: To remove the gear basket assembly:᭺1 Turn the handle counterclockwise. 1. Open the lid.᭺2 Raise the lid. 2. Loosen the 4 Torxா head fasteners with a Torxdriver by turning counterclockwise ᭺. ANOTE: 3. Lift the gear basket to remove it ᭺. BCargo in the gear basket must fit with thelid closed. The maximum total load for the 4. Reverse to reinstall.gear basket is 30 lb (13 kg) evenly distrib- 5. Always check the tightness of the gear bas-uted. Do not force the lid closed. ket fasteners. WARNINGThe lid should be closed and locked whendriving. Instruments and controls 2-41 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WINDOWSPOWER WINDOWS (if so equipped) To open a window, push the switch and hold it down. To close a window, pull the switch and WARNING hold it up. To stop the opening or closing function at any time, simply release the switch.● 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- dren could become involved in serious WIC0872 accidents. 1. Window lock buttonThe power windows operate when the ignition 2. Power door lock switchswitch is in the ON position, or for about 45 3. Front passenger side window switchseconds after the ignition switch is turned to the 4. Right rear passenger window switchOFF position. If the driver’s or passenger’s door 5. Left rear passenger window switchis opened during this period of about 45 sec- 6. Driver’s side automatic switchonds, power to the windows is canceled. Driver’s side power window switch The driver’s side control panel is equipped with switches to open or close the front and rear passenger windows.2-42 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WIC0873 WIC0874 LIC0410Front 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 to thewindow, push the switch and hold it down ᭺. To 1 To open the window, push the switch and hold it second detent and release it; it need not be held.close the window, pull the switch up ᭺. 2 down ᭺. To close the window, pull the switch up 1 The window automatically opens all the way. To ᭺. 2 stop the window, lift the switch up while the window is opening. Locking passengers’ windows When the window lock button is depressed, only the driver side window can be opened or closed. Push it again to cancel the window lock function. Instruments and controls 2-43 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • INTERIOR LIGHTS WIC0263 LIC0792 WIC0879MANUAL WINDOWS Type A Type B ● The doors are unlocked by the keyfob, a keyThe side windows can be opened or closed by The interior lights have a three-position switch or the power door lock switch while all doorsturning the hand crank on each door. and operate regardless of ignition switch posi- are closed and the ignition switch is in the tion. OFF position. When the switch is in the ON position ᭺, the 1 ● The driver’s door is opened and then closed interior lights illuminate, regardless of door posi- while the key is removed from the ignition tion. The lights will go off after about 30 minutes switch. unless the ignition key is in the ACC or ON position. ● The key is removed from the ignition switch while all doors are closed. When the switch is in the O position ᭺, the 2 interior lights will stay on for about 30 seconds The lights will turn off while the 30 second timer is when: activated when:2-44 Instruments and controls ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • MAP LIGHTS CARGO LIGHT ● The driver’s door is locked by the keyfob, a key, or the power door lock switch. ● The ignition switch is turned ON.The lights will turn off automatically after 30 min-utes while doors are open to prevent the batteryfrom becoming discharged.When the switch is in the OFF position ᭺, the 3interior lights do not illuminate, regardless of doorposition. CAUTIONDo not use for extended periods of timewith the engine stopped. This could result LIC0790 LIC0590in a discharged battery. To turn the map lights on, press the switches. To The cargo light on the overhead trim has a three- turn them off, press the switches again. position switch. To operate, push the switch to the desired position. CAUTION ON: The light is illuminated. Do not use for extended periods of time Normal (center) position: The light illuminates with the engine stopped. This could result when the lift gate is opened. The light turns off in a discharged battery. when the lift gate is closed. OFF: The light does not illuminate regardless of door position or lock status. Instruments and controls 2-45 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
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  • 3 Pre-driving checks and adjustmentsKeys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Lift gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9 NISSAN vehicle immobilizer system keys Fuel-filler door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Opening the fuel-filler lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Fuel-filler cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10 Locking with key. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Steering wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 Locking with inside lock knob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 Tilt operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 Locking with power door lock switch Sun visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 Vanity mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12 Child safety rear door lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12Remote keyless entry system (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . 3-5 How to use remote keyless entry system . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 Rearview mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8 Outside mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • KEYS A key number is only necessary when you have After the registration process, these components lost all keys and do not have one to duplicate will only recognize keys coded into the NISSAN from. If you still have a key, your NISSAN dealer Vehicle Immobilizer System during registration. can duplicate it. Any key that is not given to your dealer at the time of registration will no longer be able to start your NISSAN VEHICLE IMMOBILIZER vehicle. SYSTEM KEYS (if so equipped) Do not allow the immobilizer system key, which You can only drive your vehicle using the master contains an electrical transponder, to come into or valet keys which are registered to the NISSAN contact with salt water. This could affect system Vehicle Immobilizer System components in your function. vehicle. These keys have a transponder chip in the key head. The master key can be used for all the locks. WPD0128 To protect belongings when you leave a key with1. Two master keys (black) with transpon- someone, give them the valet key only. der chip and chrome NISSAN brand Never leave these keys in the vehicle. symbol on one side2. Valet key (black) with transponder chip Additional or replacement keys:3. Key number plate If you still have a key, the key number is not4. Transponder chip necessary when you need extra NISSAN VehicleA key number plate is supplied with your keys. Immobilizer System keys. Your dealer can dupli-Record the key number and keep it in a safe place cate your existing key. As many as five NISSAN(such as your wallet), not in the vehicle. If you lose Vehicle Immobilizer System keys can be usedyour keys, see a NISSAN dealer for duplicates by with one vehicle. You should bring all NISSANusing the key number. NISSAN does not record Vehicle Immobilizer System keys that you have tokey numbers so it is very important to keep track your NISSAN dealer for registration. This is be-of your key number plate. cause the registration process will erase the memory of all key codes previously registered into the NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System.3-2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • DOORS WARNING● Always have the doors locked while driving. Along with the use of seat belts, this provides greater safety in the event of an accident by helping to prevent persons from being thrown from the vehicle. This also helps keep children and others from unintentionally open- ing the doors, and will help keep out intruders.● Before opening any door, always look for and avoid oncoming traffic.● Do not leave children unattended inside WPD0311 LPD0240 the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- Driver’s side tivate switches or controls. Unattended Power (if so equipped) children could become involved in seri- LOCKING WITH KEY The power door lock system allows you to lock or ous accidents. Manual unlock all doors at the same time. To lock a door, turn the key toward the front of the Turning the key toward the front ᭺ of the vehicle 1 vehicle ᭺. To unlock, turn the key toward the rear 1 locks all doors. ᭺. 2 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—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 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. LPD0320 LPD0183 Inside lock Door lock switchLOCKING WITH INSIDE LOCK LOCKING WITH POWER DOORKNOB LOCK SWITCH (if so equipped)To lock the door without the key, move the inside To lock all the doors without a key, push the doorlock knob to the lock position ᭺, then close the 1 lock switch (driver’s or front passenger’s side) todoor. the lock position ᭺. When locking the door this 1To unlock the door without the key, move the way, be certain not to leave the key inside theinside lock knob to the unlock position ᭺. 2 vehicle. To unlock all the doors without a key, push the door lock switch (driver’s or front passenger’s side) to the unlock position ᭺. 23-4 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM (if so equipped) It is possible to lock/unlock all doors, turn the CAUTION interior lights 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: Be sure to remove the key from the vehicle before locking the doors. ● Do not allow the keyfob to become wet. The keyfob can operate at a distance of approxi- ● Do not drop the keyfob. mately 33 ft (10 m) from the vehicle. The effective ● Do not strike the keyfob sharply against distance depends on the conditions around the another object. vehicle. ● Do not place the keyfob for an extended As many as 5 keyfobs can be used with one period in an area where temperatures vehicle. For information concerning the purchase exceed 140°F (60°C). and use of additional keyfobs, contact a NISSAN dealer. If a keyfob is lost or stolen, NISSAN rec- WPD0321 ommends erasing the ID code of that key- The keyfob will not function when: fob. This will prevent the keyfob from un-CHILD SAFETY REAR DOOR LOCK ● the battery is discharged authorized use to unlock the vehicle. ForChild safety locks help prevent the rear doors information regarding the erasing proce-from being opened accidentally, especially when ● the distance between the vehicle and the dure, please contact a NISSAN dealer.small children are in the vehicle. keyfob is over 33 ft (10 m)The child safety lock levers are located on the The panic alarm will not activate when theedge of the rear doors. key is in the ignition switch.When the lever is in the lock position, thedoor can be opened only from the outside. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● When the button is pushed with all doors locked, the hazard warning 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. Refer to “Silenc- ing 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 warning lights flash once if all 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch. doors are completely closed with the ignition key in any position except the ON position. 3. Close the hood and all doors. ● The interior lights illuminate for 30 seconds 4. Push the button on the keyfob. All when the interior light switch is in the normal the doors lock. The hazard warning lights operation position. flash twice and the horn beeps once to indicate all doors are locked.3-6 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Push the button on the keyfob again within5 seconds. ● All doors unlock. ● The hazard warning lights flash 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, LPD0211 LPD0262all doors will lock automatically within 1 minuteunless one of the following operations is per- Using the panic alarm Silencing the horn beep featureformed: If you are near your vehicle and feel threatened, If desired, the horn beep feature can be deacti- ● Any door is opened. you may activate the panic alarm to call attention vated using the keyfob. by pushing and holding the button on the ● A key is inserted into the ignition switch and keyfob for longer than 0.5 second. To deactivate: Press and hold the the key is turned from OFF to ON. and buttons for at least 2 seconds. The panic alarm and headlights will stay on for 25 seconds. The hazard warning lights will flash three times to confirm that the horn beep feature has been The panic alarm stops when: deactivated. ● it has run for 25 seconds, or To activate: Press and hold the ● any button is pushed on the keyfob. and buttons for at least 2 seconds once more. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • HOODThe hazard warning lights will flash once and the WARNINGhorn will sound once to confirm that the hornbeep feature has been reactivated. ● Make sure the hood is completely closed and latched before driving. Fail-Deactivating the horn beep feature does not si- ure to do so could cause the hood to flylence the horn if the alarm is triggered. open and result in an accident.Using the interior lights ● If you see steam or smoke coming fromPush the button on the keyfob once to turn the engine compartment, to avoid injuryon the interior lights. do not open the hood.For additional information, refer to “Interior lights”in the “Instruments and controls” section earlier inthis manual. LPD0302 ᭺ 1 Pull the hood lock release handle located below the driver side instrument panel. The hood will spring up slightly. ᭺ 2 Push the lever at the front of the hood to the side as illustrated with your fingertips and raise the hood. ᭺ 3 Insert the support rod into the slot on the underside of the hood. When closing the hood, lower it slowly and make sure it locks into place.3-8 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LIFT GATE FUEL-FILLER DOOR WARNING● Always be sure the lift gate has been closed securely to prevent it from open- ing while driving.● Do not drive with the lift gate open. This could allow dangerous exhaust gases to be drawn into the vehicle. See “Ex- haust gas” in the “Starting and driving” section of this manual.● Make sure that all passengers have their hands, etc., inside the vehicle be- fore closing the lift gate. LPD0322 LPD0303 The power door lock system allows you to lock or OPENING THE FUEL-FILLER LID unlock all doors including the lift gate simulta- neously. Push the lid to open. To open the lift gate, pull up on the handle. To close, lower and push the lift gate down se- curely. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WARNING ● Do not fill a portable fuel container in the vehicle or trailer. Static electricity ● Gasoline is extremely flammable and can cause an explosion of flammable highly explosive under certain condi- liquid, vapor or gas in any vehicle or tions. You could be burned or seriously trailer. To reduce the risk of serious injured if it is misused or mishandled. injury or death when filling portable fuel Always stop the engine and do not containers: smoke or allow open flames or sparks near the vehicle when refueling. – Always place the container on the ground when filling. ● Fuel may be under pressure. Turn the cap a third of a turn, and wait for any – Do not use electronic devices when “hissing” sound to stop to prevent fuel filling. from spraying out and possibly causing – Keep the pump nozzle in contact personal injury. Then remove the cap. with the container while you are fill- LPD0323 ● Do not attempt to top off the fuel tank ing it.FUEL-FILLER CAP after the fuel pump nozzle shuts off – Use only approved portable fuel con-The fuel-filler cap is a ratcheting type. Turn the automatically. Continued refueling may tainers for flammable liquid. cause fuel overflow, resulting in fuelcap counterclockwise to remove. To tighten, turn spray and possibly a fire.the cap clockwise until ratcheting clicks areheard. ● Use only an original equipment type fuel-filler cap as a replacement. It has aPut the fuel-filler cap on the cap holder ᭺ while 1 built-in safety valve needed for properrefueling. 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 light to come on. ● Never pour fuel into the throttle body to attempt to start your vehicle.3-10 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • STEERING WHEEL SUN VISORS CAUTION● If fuel is spilled on the vehicle body, flush it away with water to avoid paint damage.● Tighten until the fuel-filler cap clicks. Failure to tighten the fuel-filler cap properly may cause the mal- function indicator light (MIL) to illumi- nate. If the light illuminates be- cause the fuel-filler cap is loose or missing, tighten or install the cap and continue to drive the vehicle. LPD0304 The light should turn off after a TILT OPERATION few driving trips. If the light Pull the lock lever forward and hold it to adjust the does not turn off after a few driving steering wheel up or down to the desired posi- trips, have the vehicle inspected by a tion. NISSAN dealer. Release the lock lever to lock the steering wheel● For additional information, see the in place. “Malfunction indicator light (MIL)” in the “Instruments and Controls” section WARNING WPD0315 earlier in this manual. Do not adjust the steering wheel while ᭺1 To block glare from the front, swing down the main sun visor. driving. You could lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident. ᭺ 2 To block glare from the side, remove the main sun visor from the center mount and swing the visor to the side. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • MIRRORS᭺3 Slide the extension sun visor (if so equipped) in or out as needed. CAUTION● Do not store the sun visor before return- ing the extension to its original position.● Do not pull the extension sun visor forc- edly downward. WPD0307 WPD0126 VANITY MIRRORS REARVIEW MIRROR To access the vanity mirror, pull the sun visor The night position ᭺ reduces glare from the 1 down and flip open the mirror cover. Some vanity headlights of vehicles behind you at night. mirrors are illuminated and turn on when the Use the day position ᭺ when driving in daylight 2 mirror cover is open. hours. WARNING Use the night position only when neces- sary, because it reduces rear view clarity.3-12 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • OUTSIDE MIRRORS WARNING● Objects viewed in the outside mirror on the passenger side are closer than they appear. Be careful when moving to the right. Using only this mirror could cause an accident. Use the inside mirror or glance over your shoulder to properly judge distances to other objects.● Do not adjust the mirrors while driving. You could lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident. LPD0237 WPD0170 Electric control type (if so equipped) Manual control type The outside mirror remote control will operate The outside mirror can be moved in any direction only when the ignition switch is in the ACC or ON for a better rear view. position. Heated mirrors (if so equipped) Move the small switch ᭺ to select the right or left 1 mirror. Adjust each mirror to the desired position Some outside mirrors can be heated to defrost, using the large switch ᭺.2 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. Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LPD0259Foldable outside mirrorsPull the outside mirror toward the door to fold it.3-14 Pre-driving checks and adjustments ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 4 Heater, air conditioner and audiosystemsVentilators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2 Satellite radio reception (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . 4-10Heater and air conditioner (manual). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2 Audio operation precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11 Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3 FM-AM radio with compact disc (CD) player Heater operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16 Air conditioner operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 FM-AM-SAT radio with compact disc (CD) Air flow charts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20Servicing air conditioner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-9 CD care and cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-25Audio system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 Steering wheel switch for audio control Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-25 FM radio reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26 AM radio reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10 Car phone or CB radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 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 WHA0223 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.4-2 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • — Air flows from defroster outlets and the front and rear floor outlets. — Air flows mainly from defroster outlets. The air flow control dial also has intermediate positions which allow the air flow to be distrib- uted between 2 of the icon positions on the air flow control dial. Temperature control dial The temperature control dial allows you to adjust the temperature of the outlet air. To lower the LHA0489 temperature, turn the dial to the left. To increase the temperature, turn the dial to the right.1. Fan control dial Air flow control dial2. Temperature control dial The air flow control dial allows you to select the Air recirculation button3. Air flow control dial air flow outlets.4. Air conditioner button NOTE:5. Rear window defrost button MAX — Air flows from center and side The air recirculation feature is available6. Air recirculation button A/C vents with maximum cooling (air only on those vehicles equipped with air conditioning). conditioning.CONTROLS — Air flows from center and side ventilators. ON position (Indicator light on):Fan control dial Interior air is recirculated inside the vehicle. — Air flows from center and sideThe fan control dial turns the fan on and off, and Push the button to the on position when: ventilators and the front and rearcontrols fan speed. floor outlets. ● driving on a dusty road. — Air flows mainly from the front and ● to prevent traffic fumes from entering pas- rear floor outlets. senger compartment. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● for maximum cooling when using the air con- HEATER OPERATION 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- ditioner. Heating sired position.OFF position (Indicator light off): Defrosting or defogging This mode is used to direct heated air to the footOutside air is drawn into the passenger compart-ment and distributed through the selected outlet. outlets. Some air also flows from the defrost This mode directs the air to the defrost outlets to outlets. defrost/defog the windows.Use the off position for normal heater or air con-ditioner operation. 1. Push the button to the OFF position 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the for normal heating. The indicator light on position. Air conditioner button the button will go off. 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the tion.Start the engine, turn the fan control dial to the position.desired (1 to 4) position and push the 3. Turn the temperature control dial to the de-button to turn on the air conditioner. The indicator 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- sired position between the middle and thelight on the button will come on. Push tion. hot position.the button again to turn off the air condi-tioner. The indicator light on the button will 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- ● To quickly remove ice or fog from the win-go off. sired position between the middle and the dows, turn the fan control dial to 4 and the hot position. temperature control lever to the full HOTThe air conditioner cooling function oper- position.ates only when the engine is running. Ventilation This mode directs outside air to the side and ● When the position is selected, the airRear window defroster switch conditioner automatically turns on (however, center ventilators.For more information about the rear window de- the indicator light will not illuminate) if thefroster switch, see “Rear window and outside 1. Push the button to the OFF position. outside temperature is more than 36°Fmirror (if so equipped) defroster switch” in the The indicator light on the button will (2°C). The air conditioning system will con-“Instruments and controls” section of this manual. go off. tinue to operate until the fan control dial is turned to OFF or the vehicle is shut off, even 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the if the air flow control dial is turned to a position. position other than the position. This 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- dehumidifies the air which helps defog the tion. windshield. The mode automatically4-4 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • turns off, allowing outside air to be drawn 3. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- AIR CONDITIONER OPERATION into the passenger compartment to further sired position between the middle and the improve the defogging performance. hot position. Start the engine, turn the fan control dial to the desired position, and push in the button toBi-level heating ● When the position is selected, the air activate the air conditioner. When the air condi- conditioner automatically turns on (however, tioner is on, cooling and dehumidifying functionsThe bi-level mode directs warmed air to the side the indicator light on the button will are added to the heater operation.and center vents and to the front and rear floor not come on) if the outside temperature isoutlets. more than 36°F (2°C). If in defrost mode for The air conditioner cooling function oper- more than one minute, the air conditioning ates only when the engine is running. 1. Push the button to the OFF position. system will continue to operate until the fan The indicator light on the button will control dial is turned to OFF or the vehicle is Cooling go off. shut off, even if the air flow control dial is This mode is used to cool and dehumidify the air. 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the turned to a position other than the position. position. This dehumidifies the air which 1. Push the button to the off position. helps defog the windshield. The 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- mode automatically turns off, allowing out- 2. Turn the air flow control dial to the tion. side air to be drawn into the passenger position. compartment to further improve the defog- 3. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- ging performance. sired position. tion. Operating tips 4. Push the button. The indicator lightHeating and defogging Clear snow and ice from the wiper blades comes on.This mode heats the interior and defogs the wind- and air inlet in front of the windshield. This 5. Turn the temperature control dial to the de-shield. improves heater operation. sired position. 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the ● For quick cooling when the outside tem- position. perature is high, push the button to 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- the on position (indicator light on). Be sure tion. to return the button to the off position for normal cooling. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Dehumidified defogging 4. Turn the temperature control dial to the de- AIR FLOW CHARTS sired position.This mode is used to defog the windows and The following charts show the button and dialdehumidify the air. Operating tips positions for MAXIMUM AND QUICK heating, cooling or defrosting. For additional information 1. Turn the air flow control dial to the ● Keep the windows closed while the air con- on heating and cooling see “Heater and air con- position. ditioner is in operation. ditioner” in this section”. The air recirculation 2. Turn the fan control dial to the desired posi- ● After parking in the sun, drive for 2 or 3 ( ) button should always be in the OFF tion. minutes with the windows open to vent hot position for heating and defrosting. air from the passenger compartment. Then, 3. Push the button. The indicator light close the windows. This allows the air con- comes on. ditioner to cool the interior more quickly.When the , or positions in between ● The air conditioning system should beare selected, the air conditioner automatically operated for approximately 10 minutesturns on (however, the indicator light will not at least once a month. This helps pre-illuminate) if the outside temperature is more than vent damage to the system due to lack36°F (2°C). The air conditioning system will con- of lubrication.tinue to operate until the fan control dial is turned ● If the engine coolant temperatureto OFF or the vehicle is shut off, even if the air flow gauge indicates engine coolant tem-control dial is turned to a position other than perature over the normal range, turnthe position. This dehumidifies the air the air conditioner off. See “If yourwhich helps defog the windshield. The vehicle overheats” in the “In case ofmode automatically turns off, allowing outside air emergency” section of this manual.to be drawn into the passenger compartment tofurther improve the defogging performance.4-6 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LHA0529 LHA0530 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
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  • SERVICING AIR CONDITIONER The air conditioner system in your NISSAN ve- hicle is charged with a refrigerant designed with the environment in mind. This refrigerant does not harm the earth’s ozone layer. Special charging equipment and lubricant is re- quired when servicing your NISSAN air condi- tioner. Using improper refrigerants or lubricants will cause severe damage to your air conditioner system. See “Air conditioner system refrigerant and lubricant recommendations” in the “Techni- cal and consumer information” section of this manual. A NISSAN dealer is able to service your “environ- mentally friendly” air conditioning system. WARNING The air conditioner system contains re- frigerant under high pressure. To avoid personal injury, any air conditioner ser- vice should be done only by an experi- enced technician with proper equipment.LHA0533 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 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 and4-10 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • the vehicle outside of any metal or large building disc DIGITAL AUDIO” logo on the discfor satellite radio to receive all of the necessary or packaging.data. ● During cold weather or rainy days, theNo satellite radio reception is available and “NO player may malfunction due to the hu-SAT” is displayed when the SAT band option is midity. If this occurs, remove the CDselected unless optional satellite receiver and and dehumidify or ventilate the playerantenna are installed and an XMா or SIRIUS™ completely.satellite radio service subscription is active. Sat-ellite radio can only be installed in vehicles that ● The player may skip while driving onwere factory pre-wired for satellite radio. Satellite rough roads.radio is not available in Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. ● 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 or low.signal. Decrease/increase the temperatureIf possible, do not put cargo over the satellite before use.antenna. ● Do not expose the CD to direct sun- light. ● CDs that are in poor condition or are dirty, scratched or covered with finger- prints may not work properly. LHA0099 ● The following CDs may not work prop- erly: AUDIO OPERATION PRECAUTIONS ● Copy control compact discs (CCCD) Compact disc (CD) player ● Recordable compact discs (CD-R) ● Only use high quality 4.7 inches (12 cm) round discs that have the “COMPACT ● Rewritable compact discs (CD-RW) Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● Do not use the following CDs as they PUSH EJECT: ● Bit rate — Bit rate denotes the number of may cause the CD player to malfunc- bits per second used by a digital music file. This is an error due to excessive tem- tion: The size and quality of a compressed digital perature inside the player. Remove the audio file is determined by the bit rate used ● 3.1 in (8 cm) discs with an adapter CD by pushing the EJECT button. After when encoding the file. a short time, reinsert the CD. The CD ● CDs that are not round can be played when the temperature of ● Sampling frequency — Sampling frequency ● CDs with a paper label the player returns to normal. is the rate at which the samples of a signal are converted from analog to digital (A/D ● CDs that are warped, scratched, or UNPLAYABLE: conversion) per second. have abnormal edges The file is unplayable in this audio sys- ● ID3 tag — The ID3 tag is the part of the ● This audio system can only play pre- tem (only MP3 CD). encoded MP3 file that contains information recorded CDs. It has no capability to about the digital music file such as song title, record or burn CDs. Compact Disc with MP3 artist, album title, encoding bit rate, track ● If the CD cannot be played, one of the Terms: time duration, etc. ID3 tag information is following messages will be displayed. ● MP3 — MP3 is short for Moving Pictures displayed on the Album/Artist/Track title line Experts Group Audio Layer 3. MP3 is the on the display. CHECK DISC: most well-known compressed digital audio ● Confirm that the CD is inserted cor- file format. This format allows for near “CD rectly (the label side is facing up, quality” sound, but at a fraction of the size of etc.). normal audio files. MP3 conversion of an ● Confirm that the CD is not bent or audio track from CD-ROM can reduce the warped and it is free of scratches. file size by approximately a 10:1 ratio with virtually no perceptible loss in quality. MP3 compression removes the redundant and irrelevant parts of a sound signal that the human ear doesn’t hear.4-12 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● If there is a file in the top level of the disc, “ROOT” is displayed. ● The playback order is the order in which the files were written by the writing software. Therefore, the files might not play in the desired order. WHA0543Playback order:Playback order of the CD with compressed files(MP3) is as illustrated above. ● The names of folders not containing MP3 files are not shown in the display. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Specification chart: Supported media CD, CD-R, CD-RW Supported file systems ISO9660 LEVEL1, ISO9660 LEVEL2, Romeo, Joliet * ISO9660 Level 3 (packet writing) is not supported. Version MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG2.5 Supported MP3 Sampling frequency 8 kHz - 48 kHz versions* Bit rate 8 kbps - 320 kbps, VBR Tag information ID3 tag VER1.0, VER1.1, VER2.2, VER2.3 (MP3 only) Folder levels Folder levels: 8, Max folders: 255 (including root folder), Files: 512 Text character number limitation 31 characters 01: ASCII, 02: ISO-8859-1, 03: UNICODE (UTF-16 BOM Big Endian), 04: UNICODE (UTF-16 Non-BOM Big Endian), 05: Displayable character codes (UTF-8), 06: UNICODE (Non-UTF-16 BOM Little Endian)*Files created with a combination of 48 kHz sampling frequency and 64 kbps bit rate cannot be played.4-14 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Troubleshooting guide:Symptom Cause and Countermeasure Check if the disc was inserted correctly. Check if the disc is scratched or dirty. Check if there is condensation inside the player. If there is, wait until the condensation is gone (about 1 hour) before using the player.Cannot play If there is a temperature increase error, the CD player will play correctly after it returns to the normal temperature. Files with extensions other than “.MP3”, “.mp3” or “.wma” cannot be played. In addition, the character codes and number of characters for folder names and file names should be in compliance with the specifications. Check if the disc is scratched or dirty.Poor sound quality Bit rate may be too low.It takes a relatively long time If there are many folders or file levels on the MP3 disc, or if it is a multisession disc, some time may be required before the music starts playing.before the music startsplaying. The writing software and hardware combination might not match, or the writing speed, writing depth, writing width, etc., might not match theMusic cuts off or skips specifications. Try using the slowest writing speed.Skipping with high bit rate Skipping may occur with large quantities of data, such as for high bit rate data.filesMoves immediately to the When a non-MP3 file has been given an extension of “.MP3” or “.mp3”, or when play is prohibited by copyright protection, there will be approximately 5next song when playing seconds of no sound and then the player will skip to the next song.Songs do not play back in The playback order is the order in which the files were written by the writing software. Therefore, the files might not play in the desired order.the desired order Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • FM-AM RADIO WITH COMPACT DISC (CD) PLAYER (if so equipped) PWR/VOL control knob Turn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position, then push the PWR/VOL control knob. If you listen to the radio with the engine not running, turn the key to the ACC position. The mode (radio or CD) that was playing immediately before the system was turned off resumes playing. When no CD is loaded, the radio comes on. Pushing the PWR/VOL control knob again turns the system off. Turn the PWR/VOL control knob to the right to increase volume or to the left to decrease volume. WHA05861. PRESET ABC button 7. AUDIO button2. Display 8. Station select buttons3. CD button 9. SEEK/TRACK button4. CD eject button 10. PWR/VOL control knob5. CD insert slot 11. BAND select button6. MENU button4-16 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • times for BAL (balance). Once the audio level is FM-AM radio operation set the display will return back to radio or CD display mode after 7 seconds or the AUDIO FM-AM band select button can be pressed again within 7 seconds to set the next audio level. Pressing the AUDIO Push the button to change from AM to FM button a fifth time will return the display back to reception. radio or CD display mode. The FM stereo indicator, ST, illuminates during Fader adjusts the sound level between the front FM stereo reception. When the stereo broadcast and rear speakers, balance adjusts the sound signal is weak, the radio automatically changes level between the right and left speakers. from stereo to monaural reception. SEEK/manual/SCAN Clock set tuning 1. Press and hold the MENU button until it When the button is pushed while the radio beeps (longer than 2 seconds). is playing, tuning mode is cycled between: 2. The hours will start flashing. Press SEEK tuning → manual tuning → SCAN mode SEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust the hours. “TUNE” and “SCAN” are shown in the display for each mode. No icon is displayed for SEEK mode. 3. Press the MENU button until the radio beeps to switch to the minute adjustment. WARNING 4. The minutes will start flashing. Press The radio should not be tuned while driv- LHA0118 SEEK/TRACK ( or ) to adjust the min- ing so full attention may be given to ve-Adjusting tone quality and speaker balance utes. hicle operation.To adjust the audio levels for bass, treble, fader, 5. Press the MENU button again to exit the SEEK tuningand balance, push the AUDIO button and adjust clock set mode. Push the SEEK/TRACK tuning button (the level with the SEEK/TRACK button. Press the The display will return to the regular clock display or ) for less than 1.5 seconds. SEEK tuningAUDIO button once for BASS (bass), twice for after 7 seconds, or you may press the MENU begins from low to high frequencies or high toTREB (treble), 3 times for FAD (fader) and 4 button again to return to the regular clock display. low frequencies, depending on which button is Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • pressed, and stops at the next broadcasting sta- Press the PRESET ABC button to change be-tion. If using the button, once the highest tween the presets:broadcasting station is reached, the radio contin- A→B→Cues in the SEEK mode at the lowest broadcastingstation. If using the button, once the lowest The radio displays icon A, B or C to indicatebroadcasting station is reached, the radio contin- which set of presets is active.ues in the SEEK mode at the highest broadcast-ing station. To store a radio station in a preset:Manual tuning 1. Select the desired preset by pressing PRE- SET ABC.Use the and buttons for manualtuning. To move quickly through the channels, 2. Tune to the desired station.hold either of the tuning buttons down. 3. Press the desired station select button forSCAN tuning more than 3 seconds. For example, in the illustrations, ch2 is to be memorized. ThePush and hold the SEEK/TRACK tuning button radio mutes when the select button is( or ) for more than 1.5 seconds. pushed.SCAN illuminates in the display window, and the 4. When the indicator illuminates in the displayradio station blinks. SCAN tuning begins from and the sound resumes, memorizing is com-low to high frequencies or high to low frequen- plete.cies, depending on which button is pressed.SCAN tuning stops at each broadcasting station 5. Other station select buttons can be set infor 5 seconds. When scanning, SCAN is solid the same manner. LHA0119and the radio station blinks. When temporarily If the battery cable is disconnected, or if the radiostopped on a station, SCAN blinks and the sta- Station memory operations fuse opens, the radio memory is canceled. In thattion display is solid. Pushing the button again case, reset the desired stations. Each preset mode (A, B or C) has 6 presets,during this 5 second period stops SCAN tuning capable of storing any combination of AM and FMand the radio remains tuned to that station. stations.4-18 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Compact disc (CD) player operation The number appears in the display window. MIX: Selections are played at random, not fol- (When the last selection on the compact disc is lowing the sequence on the compact disc. TheTurn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position, skipped, the first selection is played.) same program may be repeated twice. If theand carefully insert the compact disc into the slot button is pushed in the MIX mode, selections willwith the label side up. The compact disc is auto- When the button is pushed and released, the be chosen at random.matically pulled into the slot and starts to play. selection being played returns to the beginning. Push the button several times to skip back Blank (no symbol): All selections are playedIf the radio is already operating, it automatically several selections. Each time the button is repeatedly in sequence.turns off and the compact disc begins to play. pushed, the CD moves back 1 selection. When a new compact disc is inserted, the If the play pattern is in MIX mode when the play pattern automatically changes to ALL. CAUTION or button is pushed the next selection will be CD EJECT buttonDo not force a compact disc into the CD chosen at random.insert slot. This could damage the CD FF (Fast Forward)/REV (Reverse)and/or CD changer/player. When the button is pushed with a com- When the or button is pushed and held pact disc loaded, the compact disc ejects. CD button while the compact disc is playing, the compact When the button is pushed while the com- disc plays at an increased speed while fast for- pact disc is playing, the compact disc ejects and warding or rewinding. When the button is re- the system turns off.When the CD button is pushed with a compact leased, the compact disc returns to normal playdisc loaded and the radio playing, the radio turns speed. DISC indicator lightoff and the compact disc starts to play. MENU This light comes on when a compact disc Track up/down, FF/REV (rewind) buttons is loaded into the player. When the button is pushed while the com-Track up/down pact disc is playing, the play pattern changes as follows:When the button is pushed and releasedwhile the compact disc is playing, the selection RPT: The current selection is repeated.following the present one starts to play from thebeginning. Push the button several times toskip several selections. Each time the button ispushed, the CD advances 1 additional selection. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 13. PWR/VOL control knob 14. Station preset buttons 15. TUNE button *No satellite radio reception is available when the RADIO button is pressed to access satellite radio stations unless optional satellite receiver and antenna are installed and an XMா or SIRIUS™ satellite radio service subscription is active. Satellite radio can only be in- stalled in vehicles that were factory pre- wired for satellite radio. Satellite radio is not available in Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. FM-AM-SAT RADIO WITH COMPACT DISC (CD) CHANGER No satellite radio reception is available when the RADIO button is pressed to access satellite radio stations unless optional satellite receiver and an- LHA0535 tenna are installed and an XMா or SIRIUS™ sat-1. PRESET ABC button 7. SCAN RPT ellite radio service subscription is active. Satellite2. Display screen 8. DISP button radio can only be installed in vehicles that were3. CLOCK button 9. CAT FOLDER factory pre-wired for satellite radio. Satellite radio4. SEEK/TRACK button 10. CD Load button is not available in Alaska, Hawaii and Guam.5. CD 11. CD insert slot6. RADIO button* 12. CD eject button4-20 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Audio main operation sound level between the front and rear speakers DISP (display) button: and Balance adjusts the sound between the rightPOWER/VOLUME control: This DISP (display) button will show text about and left speakers. MP3, SAT or CD information in the audio display.Turn the ignition key to ACC or ON, and then To change the SSV mode to OFF, LOW, MID orpush the POWER/VOLUME control knob while CD display mode HIGH, turn the Tuning knob to the right or left.the system is off to call up the mode (radio or CD) To change the text displayed while playing a CDwhich was playing immediately before the system Once you have adjusted the sound quality to the with text, press the DISP button. The DISP buttonwas turned off. desired level, press the AUDIO knob repeatedly will allow you to scroll through CD text as follows: until the radio or CD display reappears. Other-To turn the system off, press the Disc title ←→ Track title. wise, the radio or CD display will automaticallyPOWER/VOLUME control knob. reappear after about 10 seconds. To change the default display mode press theTurn the POWER/VOLUME control knob to ad- AUDIO knob repeatedly until DISPLAY MODE Clock setjust the volume. appears on the display, then rotate the knob to 1. Press the CLOCK button until it beeps select the following display modes: Disc title ←→This vehicle may be equipped with speed sensi- (>1.5 seconds). Track title ←→ Track number.tive control volume (SSV) for audio. The audiovolume changes as the driving speed changes. 2. The hours will start flashing. Press CAT Once the display mode is selected press the FOLDER ( or ) or SEEK TRACK AUDIO knob again to store the setting. If theAUDIO knob (BASS, MIDRANGE, TREBLE, ( or ) to adjust the hours. AUDIO knob is not pressed within 8 seconds theFADE, BALANCE and SSV if so equipped): 3. Press the CLOCK button again to switch to display will refresh with the last selected displayPress the AUDIO knob to change the mode as mode setting. the minute adjustment.follows: 4. Press CAT FOLDER ( or ) or ● Track title mode displays the title of the se-BASS → MID → TREBLE → FADE → BALANCE lected CD track. SEEK-TRACK ( or ) to adjust→ SSV (if so equipped) the minutes. ● Disk title mode displays the title of the CDTo adjust Bass, Mid (Midrange), Treble, Fade and being played. 5. Press the CLOCK button again to exit theBalance, press the AUDIO knob until the desired clock set mode.mode appears in the display. Turn the Tuning ● Track number mode displays the numberknob to adjust Bass and Treble to the desired The display will return to the regular clock display selected disc and the track that is currentlylevel. You can also use the Tuning knob to adjust after 7 seconds, or you may press the CLOCK being played on the disk.Fader and Balance modes. Fader adjusts the button again to return to the regular clock display. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • MP3 display mode Display satellite radio display mode (if so FM/AM/SAT radio operation equipped)To change the text displayed when listening to an FM/AM/SAT band select:MP3 with MP3 text (when CD with text is being To change the text displayed when listening toused), press the DISP button. The DISP button satellite radio (if so equipped) press the DISP Pushing the RADIO button will change the bandwill scroll through the CD text as follows: Disc button. The DISP button will scroll through the as follows:title ←→ Track title ←→ Folder title. broadcasted information as follows: Name ←→ AM ←→ FM or SAT (Satellite, if so equipped) Title ←→ Current display mode.To change the default display mode press the When the RADIO button is pushed while theAUDIO knob repeatedly until DISPLAY MODE To change the default display mode push the ignition switch is in the ACC or ON position, theappears on the display, then rotate the knob to tune knob to display mode and rotate the knob to radio will come on at the station last played.select the following display modes: Folder num- select the following display modes: Channelber ←→ Track title ←→ Folder title ←→ Disc title number ←→ Channel name ←→ Name ←→ The last station played will also come on when←→ Disc number. Title. Once the display mode is selected press the POWER/VOLUME control knob is de- the tune knob again to store the setting. If the pressed to ON.Once a display mode is selected press the AU- tuning knob is not pressed after 8 seconds the No satellite radio reception is available when theDIO knob again to store the setting. display will refresh with the last selected display RADIO button is pressed to access satellite radio ● Folder number mode displays the folder mode setting. stations unless optional satellite receiver and an- number and the file number of the folder tenna are installed and an XMா or SIRIUS™ sat- ● Channel number mode displays the channel currently being played. ellite radio service subscription is active. Satellite number of the selected satellite radio sta- ● Disc number mode displays the number se- tion. radio can only be installed in vehicles that were lected disc and the track that is currently factory pre-wired for satellite radio. Satellite radio ● Channel name mode displays the channel is not available in Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. If being played. name of the selected satellite radio station. satellite radio is not operational then the RADIO ● Track title mode displays the ID3 track title of button is used to toggle between AM and FM ● Name mode displays the name of the artist, the MP3 file. bands. host or weather condition of the selected ● Disc title mode displays the ID3 disc title of satellite radio station. If a compact disc is playing when the RADIO the MP3 file. button is pushed, the compact disc will automati- ● Title mode displays the song title, show ● Folder title mode displays the folder name name, or temperature of the selected satel- cally be turned off and the last radio station given to the MP3 folder. lite radio station. played will come on.4-22 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • The FM stereo indicator ST will glow during FM SCAN RPT tuning: 4. The channel indicator will then come on andstereo reception. When the stereo broadcast the sound will resume. Memorizing is now Push the SCAN RPT button to stop at eachsignal is weak, the radio will automatically change broadcasting station (AM, FM or SAT if so complete.from stereo to monaural reception. equipped) for 5 seconds. Pushing the button 5. Other buttons can be set in the same man- CAT FOLDER (Tuning): again during this 5 second period will stop SCAN ner. tuning and the radio will remain tuned to that station. If the SCAN RPT button is not pushed If the battery cable is disconnected, or if the fuse WARNING within 5 seconds, SCAN tuning moves to the opens, the radio memory will be canceled. In thatThe radio should not be tuned while driv- next station. case, reset the desired stations.ing so full attention may be given to ve-hicle operation. PRESET A-B-C (Station memory opera- Radio data system (RDS): tions): RDS stands for Radio Data System, and is a dataTo manually tune the radio, push the CAT 18 stations can be set for the FM, AM and SAT information service transmitted by some radioFOLDER tune button ( or ) or turn (Satellite-if so equipped) radio to the A, B and C stations on the FM band (not AM band). Cur-the tuning knob to right or left. preset button in any combination of FM, AM or rently, most RDS stations are in large cities, butTo move quickly through the channels, hold either SAT stations. many stations are now considering broadcastingthe or button down for more than 1. Choose preset channel A, B or C using the RDS data.1.5 seconds. preset select button. RDS can display: SEEK tuning: 2. Select the desired FM, AM or SAT station ● Station call sign, such as “WHFR 98.3”. band.Push the SEEK/TRACK button ( or ) ● Station name, such as “The Groove”. 3. Tune to the desired station using manual,for less than 1.5 seconds to tune from high to low SEEK or SCAN tuning. Push and hold any of If the station broadcasts RDS information, theor low to high frequencies and stop at the next the desired station memory buttons (1 – 6) RDS icon is displayed.broadcasting station. until a beep sound is heard.To seek quickly through the channels, press andhold the SEEK/TRACK button for more than 1.5seconds. When the button is released the radiowill seek to the next broadcasting station. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Compact disc (CD) changer operation To insert 6 CDs to the CD changer, push the load When the or button is pushed for button for more than 1.5 seconds. more than 1.5 seconds while a CD is playing, the CAUTION CD plays at an increased speed while fast for- The slot numbers (1 – 6) will illuminate on the warding or rewinding through the existing track● Do not force a compact disc into the CD display when CDs are loaded into the changer. being played. When the button is released the insert slot. This could damage the CD CD button: CD returns to normal play speed. and/or CD changer/player. When the CD button is pushed with the system CAT FOLDER:● Trying to load a CD with the CD door off and the compact disc loaded, the system will closed could damage the CD and/or CD turn on and the compact disc will start to play. While playing an MP3, push the CAT FOLDER changer. button ( or ) to scan backward or When the CD button is pushed with the compact forward through available folders.Turn the ignition key to the ACC or ON position disc loaded with the radio playing, the radio willand insert the compact disc into the slot with the automatically be turned off and the compact disc CD select buttons:label side facing up. The compact disc will be will start to play. To play another CD that has been loaded, push aguided automatically into the slot and start play- CD select button (1 – 6). SEEK/TRACK:ing. To insert the disc, first push the LOAD button. SCAN/RPT:If the radio is already operating, it will automati- When the button is pushed for less than 1.5 When the SCAN/RPT play button is pushedcally turn off and the compact disc will play. seconds while a compact disc is playing, the while the compact disc is played, the play pattern track being played returns to its beginning. PushIf the system has been turned off while the compact can be changed as follows: several times to skip back through tracks. Thedisc was playing, pushing the POWER/VOLUME compact disc will go back the number of times ALL DISC RPT → 1 DISC RPT→ 1 TRACK RPTcontrol knob will start the compact disc. the button is pushed. → ALL DISC RDM → 1 DISC RDM → ALL DISCDo not use 3.1 in (8 cm) diameter compact discs RPT When the button is pushed for less than 1.5in the CD changer. seconds while the compact disc is playing, the ALL DISC RPT: All discs loaded will be repeated.LOAD button: next track will start to play from its beginning. 1 DISC RPT: The disc that is currently playing will Push several times to skip through tracks. The be repeated.To insert a CD in the CD changer, push the load compact disc will advance the number of times 1 TRACK RPT: The track that is currently playingbutton for less than 1.5 seconds. Select the button is pushed. (When the last track on the will be repeatedthe loading slot by pushing the CD insert select compact disc is skipped through, the first track ALL DISC RDM: Tracks from all discs will bebutton (1 – 6), then insert the CD. will be played.) played randomly4-24 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 1 DISC RDM: Tracks from the disc that is cur-rently playing will be played randomly CD EJECT:Current disc: ● Press the slot number (1 – 6) for the desired disc, then press the button. The com- pact disc will be ejected. If the disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc will reload.All discs: ● Press and hold the button for more than 1.5 seconds. The compact discs will be LHA0049 LHA0269 ejected one by one. If a disc is not removed CD CARE AND CLEANING 1. Volume control switch within 15 seconds, or the button is 2. MODE select switch pressed again during the eject sequence, ● Handle a CD by its edges. Do not bend the the entire disc eject sequence will be can- disc. Never touch the surface of the disc. 3. POWER on/off switch celed. 4. Tuning switch ● Always place the discs in the storage caseWhen this button is pushed while the compact when they are not being used. STEERING WHEEL SWITCH FORdisc is being played, the compact disc will eject ● To clean a disc, wipe the surface from the center AUDIO CONTROL (if so equipped)and the last source will be played. to the outer edge using a clean, soft cloth. Do The audio system can be operated using the not wipe the disc using a circular motion.CD IN indicator: controls on the steering wheel. ● Do not use a conventional record cleaner orThe slot numbers (1 – 6) will illuminate if CDs alcohol intended for industrial use. POWER on/off switchhave been loaded into the changer in CD modeonly. ● A new disc may be rough on the inner and With the ignition key turned to the ACC or ON outer edges. Remove the rough edges by position, push the POWER switch to turn the rubbing the inner and outer edges with the audio system on or off. side of a pen or pencil as illustrated. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • CAR PHONE OR CB RADIO“MODE” select switch Change disc (CD) (if so equipped): When installing a CB, ham radio or car phone in your NISSAN, be sure to observe the followingPush the mode select switch to change the Push the tuning switch or for more cautions, otherwise the new equipment may ad-modes: than 1.5 seconds to change the playing disc up versely affect the engine control system and or down.PRESET A → PRESET B → PRESET C → CD→ other electronic parts.PRESET A ANTENNA WARNINGVolume control switch The antenna cannot be shortened, but can be removed. When you need to remove the antenna, ● A cellular telephone should not be usedPush the volume control switch up or down to turn the antenna rod counterclockwise. while driving so full attention may beincrease or decrease the volume. given to vehicle operation. Some juris- To install the antenna rod, turn the antenna clock- dictions prohibit the use of cellular tele- Tuning wise. Tighten the antenna rod to specification phones while driving. using a suitable tool such as an open-end wrench. The antenna rod tightening specification ● If you must make a call while your ve-Memory change (radio): is 2.0 – 2.6 N·m (18 – 23 in-lb). Do not use pliers hicle is in motion, the hands free cellu-Push the tuning switch ( or ) for less to tighten the antenna as they can leave marks on lar phone operational mode (if so the antenna surface. The antenna rod cannot be equipped) is highly recommended. Ex-than 1.5 seconds to change presets. hand tightened to the proper specification. ercise extreme caution at all times soSeek tuning (radio): full attention may be given to vehicle CAUTION operation.Push the tuning switch ( or ) formore than 1.5 seconds to seek the next or previ- Always properly tighten the antenna rod ● If a conversation in a moving vehicleous radio station. during installation or the antenna rod may requires you to take notes, pull off the break during vehicle operation. road to a safe location and stop yourNext/Previous track (CD): vehicle before doing so.Push the tuning switch or for lessthan 1.5 seconds to return to the beginning of thepresent track or skip to the next track. Pushseveral times to skip back or skip through tracks.4-26 Heater, air conditioner and audio systems ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • CAUTION● Keep the antenna as far away as pos- sible from the electronic control modules.● Keep the antenna wire more than 8 in (20 cm) away from the electronic con- trol system harnesses. Do not route the antenna wire next to any harness.● Adjust the antenna standing-wave ratio as recommended by the manufacturer.● Connect the ground wire from the CB radio chassis to the body.● For details, consult a NISSAN dealer.● Do not ground electrical accessories directly to the battery terminal. Doing so, will bypass the variable voltage con- trol system and the vehicle battery may not charge completely. Refer to “Vari- able voltage control system” in the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” sec- tion later in this manual.● Use electrical accessories with the en- gine running to avoid discharging the vehicle battery. Heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 5 Starting and drivingPrecautions when starting and driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Cruise control operations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18 Exhaust gas (carbon monoxide) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Break-in schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19 Three-way catalyst. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Increasing fuel economy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19 Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Using four wheel drive (4WD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20 On-pavement and off-road driving Transfer case shifting procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20 precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 Electronic locking rear differential (E-Lock) system Avoiding collision and rollover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-25 Drinking alcohol/drugs and driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 Parking/parking on hills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-27 Driving safety precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Power steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-28Ignition switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Brake system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-28 Automatic transmission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Brake precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-28 Manual transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8 Anti-lock brake system (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-29 Key positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9 Active brake limited slip (ABLS) system Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-30 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9 Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) systemBefore starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9 (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-30Starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10 Hill descent control (HDC) system (if so equipped). . . 5-32Driving the vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11 Hill start assist (HSA) system (if so equipped) . . . . . . . 5-32 Automatic transmission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11 Cold weather driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-33 Manual transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 Freeing a frozen door lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-33Parking brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16 Anti-freeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-33Cruise control (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-33 Precautions on cruise control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17 Draining of coolant water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-33 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Tire equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-33 Driving on snow or ice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-34Special winter equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-34 Engine block heater (if so equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • PRECAUTIONS WHEN STARTINGAND DRIVING WARNING ● If you suspect that exhaust fumes are ● The exhaust system and body should be entering the vehicle, drive with all win- inspected by a qualified mechanic● Do not leave children or adults who dows fully open, and have the vehicle whenever: would normally require the assistance inspected immediately. of others alone in your vehicle. Pets a. The vehicle is raised for service. should also not be left alone. They ● Do not run the engine in closed spaces b. You suspect that exhaust fumes are could accidentally injure themselves or such as a garage. entering into the passenger others through inadvertent operation of ● Do not park the vehicle with the engine compartment. the vehicle. Also, on hot, sunny days, running for any extended length of time. c. You notice a change in the sound of temperatures in a closed vehicle could the exhaust system. quickly become high enough to cause ● Keep the lift gate and rear windows closed while driving, otherwise exhaust d. You have had an accident involving severe or possibly fatal injuries to gases could be drawn into the passen- damage to the exhaust system, un- people or animals. ger compartment. If you must drive with derbody, or rear of the vehicle.● Properly secure all cargo with ropes or the lift gate or rear windows open, fol- straps to help prevent it from sliding or low these precautions: THREE-WAY CATALYST shifting. Do not place cargo higher than 1. Open all the windows. The three-way catalyst is an emission control the seatbacks. In a sudden stop or col- device installed in the exhaust system. Exhaust lision, unsecured cargo could cause 2. Set the air recirculation but- gases in the three-way catalyst are burned at personal injury. ton (if so equipped) to off and the fan high temperatures to help reduce pollutants. control dial to 4 (high) to circulateEXHAUST GAS (carbon monoxide) the air. WARNING WARNING ● 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, animals● Do not breathe exhaust gases; they the seal on the lift gate or the body, or flammable materials away from the contain colorless and odorless carbon follow the manufacturer’s recommen- exhaust system components. monoxide. Carbon monoxide is danger- dation to prevent carbon monoxide en- ous. It can cause unconsciousness or try into the vehicle. ● Do not stop or park the vehicle over death. flammable materials such as dry grass, waste paper or rags. They may ignite and cause a fire.5-2 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • CAUTION TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING Your vehicle has also been equipped with a SYSTEM (TPMS) TPMS malfunction indicator to indicate when the● Do not use leaded gasoline. Deposits system is not operating properly. The TPMS mal- from leaded gasoline will seriously re- Each tire, including the spare (if provided), function indicator is combined with the low tire duce the three-way catalyst’s ability to should be checked monthly when cold and in- pressure telltale. When the system detects a help reduce exhaust pollutants. flated to the inflation pressure recommended by malfunction, the telltale will flash for approxi-● Keep your engine tuned up. Malfunc- the vehicle manufacturer on the vehicle placard mately one minute and then remain continuously tions in the ignition, fuel injection, or or tire inflation pressure label. (If your vehicle has illuminated. This sequence will continue upon electrical systems can cause overrich tires of a different size than the size indicated on subsequent vehicle start-ups as long as the mal- fuel flow into the three-way catalyst, the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label, function exists. When the malfunction indicator is causing it to overheat. Do not keep driv- you should determine the proper tire inflation illuminated, the system may not be able to detect ing if the engine misfires, or if notice- pressure for those tires.) or signal low tire pressure as intended. TPMS able loss of performance or other un- malfunctions may occur for a variety of reasons, As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been usual operating conditions are including the installation of replacement or alter- equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system detected. Have the vehicle inspected nate tires or wheels on the vehicle that prevent (TPMS) that illuminates a low tire pressure telltale promptly by a NISSAN dealer. the TPMS from functioning properly. Always when one or more of your tires is significantly● Avoid driving with an extremely low fuel underinflated. Accordingly, when the low tire pres- check the TPMS malfunction telltale after replac- level. Running out of fuel could cause sure telltale illuminates, you should stop and check ing one or more tires or wheels on your vehicle to the engine to misfire, damaging the your tires as soon as possible, and inflate them to ensure that the replacement or alternate tires and three-way catalyst. the proper pressure. Driving on a significantly un- wheels allow the TPMS to continue to function derinflated tire causes the tire to overheat and can properly.● Do not race the engine while warming it lead to tire failure. Underinflation also reduces fuel up. Additional information: efficiency and tire tread life, and may affect the● Do not push or tow your vehicle to start vehicle’s handling and stopping ability. ● This system does not monitor the tire pres- the engine. sure of the spare tire. Please note that the TPMS is not a substitute for proper tire maintenance, and it is the driver’s ● The low tire pressure warning system will responsibility to maintain correct tire pressure, activate only when the vehicle is driven at even if underinflation has not reached the level to speeds above 16 MPH (26 km/h). Also, this trigger illumination of the TPMS low tire pressure system may not detect a sudden drop in tire telltale. pressure (for example a flat tire while driving). Starting and driving 5-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● Tire pressure rises and falls depending on ● Do not inject any tire liquid or aerosol WARNING the heat caused by the vehicle’s operation tire sealant into the tires, as this may and the outside temperature. Low outside ● If the low tire pressure warning light cause a malfunction of the tire pressure temperature can lower the temperature of flashes while driving, avoid sudden sensors. the air inside the tire which can cause a steering maneuvers or abrupt braking, lower tire inflation pressure. This may cause reduce vehicle speed, pull off the road to a safe location and stop the vehicle CAUTION the low tire pressure warning light to illumi- nate. If the warning light illuminates in low as soon as possible. Serious vehicle Do not place metalized film or any metal damage could occur and may lead to an parts (antenna, etc.) on the windows. This ambient temperature, check the tire pres- accident and could result in serious may cause poor reception of the signals sure for all four tires. personal injury. Check the tire pressure from the tire pressure sensors, and the ● You can also check the pressure of all tires for all four tires. Adjust the tire pressure low tire pressure warning system will not (except the spare tire) on the display screen. to the recommended COLD tire pres- function properly. The order of the tire pressure figures dis- sure shown on the Tire and Loading Information label to turn the low tire FCC Notice: played on the screen does not correspond with the actual order of the tire position. See pressure warning light OFF. If you have Changes or modifications not expressly ap- “Tire pressure information” in the “Display a flat tire, replace it with a spare tire as proved by the party responsible for compli- screen, heater, air conditioner and audio soon as possible. (See “Flat tire” in the ance could void the user’s authority to op- “In case of emergency” section for erate the equipment. systems” section. changing a flat tire.)For additional information, see “Low tire pressure This device complies with Part 15 of the ● When a spare tire is mounted or a wheel FCC Rules and RSS-210 of Industrywarning light” in the “Instruments and controls” is replaced, tire pressure will not besection, “Tire pressure monitoring system” in the Canada. indicated and the tire pressure monitor-“In case of emergency” section. ing system will not function. Contact Operation is subject to the following two your NISSAN dealer as soon as pos- conditions: (1) This device may not cause sible for tire replacement and/or sys- harmful interface, and (2) this device must tem resetting. accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired op- eration of the device.5-4 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ON-PAVEMENT AND OFF-ROAD AVOIDING COLLISION AND DRINKING ALCOHOL/DRUGS ANDDRIVING PRECAUTIONS ROLLOVER DRIVINGUtility vehicles have a significantly higherrollover rate than other types of vehicles. WARNING WARNING Failure to operate this vehicle in a safe Never drive under the influence of alcoholThey have higher ground clearance than passen- and prudent manner may result in loss of or drugs. Alcohol in the bloodstream re-ger cars to make them capable of performing in a control or an accident. duces coordination, delays reaction timevariety of on-pavement and off-road applications. and impairs judgement. Driving afterThis gives them a higher center of gravity than Be alert and drive defensively at all times. Obey all drinking alcohol increases the likelihoodordinary cars. An advantage of higher ground traffic regulations. Avoid excessive speed, high of being involved in an accident injuringclearance is a better view of the road, allowing speed cornering, or sudden steering maneuvers, yourself and others. Additionally, if youyou to anticipate problems. However, they are not because these driving practices could cause you are injured in an accident, alcohol candesigned for cornering at the same speeds as to lose control of your vehicle. As with any ve- increase the severity of the injury.conventional two-wheel drive vehicles any more hicle, loss of control could result in a colli-than low-slung sports cars are designed to per- sion with other vehicles or objects, or cause NISSAN is committed to safe driving. However,form satisfactorily under off-road conditions. If at the vehicle to roll over, particularly if the loss you must choose not to drive under the influenceall possible, avoid sharp turns at high speeds. As of control causes the vehicle to slide side- of alcohol. Every year thousands of people arewith other vehicles of this type, failure to operate ways. Be attentive at all times, and avoid driving injured or killed in alcohol-related accidents. Al-this vehicle correctly may result in loss of control when tired. Never drive when under the influence of though the local laws vary on what is consideredor vehicle rollover. In a rollover crash, an unbelted alcohol or drugs (including prescription or over- to be legally intoxicated, the fact is that alcoholperson is significantly more likely to die than a the-counter drugs which may cause drowsiness). affects all people differently and most peopleperson wearing a seat belt. Always wear your seat belt as outlined in the underestimate the effects of alcohol.Be sure to read the driving safety precautions “Safety – Seats, seat belts and supplemental re- Remember, drinking and driving don’t mix! Andlater in this section. straint system” section of this manual, and also that is true for drugs, too (over-the-counter, pre- 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 5-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • DRIVING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ● Many hills are too steep for any vehicle. ● Unsecured cargo can be thrown aroundYour NISSAN is designed for both normal and If you drive up them, you may stall. If when driving over rough terrain. Prop- you drive down them, you may not be erly secure all cargo so it will not beoff-road use. However, avoid driving in deep wa- able to control your speed. If you drive thrown forward and cause injury to youter or mud as your NISSAN is mainly designed for across them, you may roll over. or your passengers.leisure use, unlike a conventional off-road ve-hicle. ● Do not shift gears while driving on ● To avoid raising the center of gravity downhill grades as this could cause excessively, do not exceed the ratedRemember that two-wheel drive models are less loss of control of the vehicle. capactiy of the roof rack/gear bin (if socapable than four-wheel drive models for rough equipped) and evenly distribute theroad driving and extrication when stuck in deep ● Stay alert when driving to the top of a load. Secure heavy loads in the cargosnow or mud, or the like. hill. At the top there could be a drop-off area as far forward and as low as pos- or other hazard that could cause an sible. Do not equip the vehicle with tiresPlease observe the following precautions: accident. larger than specified in this manual. ● If your engine stalls or you cannot make This could cause your vehicle to roll WARNING it to the top of a steep hill, never at- over.● Drive carefully when off the road and tempt to turn around. Your vehicle ● Do not grip the inside or spokes of the avoid dangerous areas. Every person could tip or roll over. Always back steering wheel when driving off-road. who drives or rides in this vehicle straight down in R (Reverse) gear. Never The steering wheel could move sud- should be seated with their seat belt back down in N (Neutral) or with the denly and injure your hands. Instead fastened. This will keep you and your clutch depressed (manual transmission drive with your fingers and thumbs on passengers in position when driving vehicles), using only the brake, as this the outside of the rim. over rough terrain. could cause loss of control. ● Before operating the vehicle, ensure● Do not drive across steep slopes. In- ● Heavy braking going down a hill could that the driver and all passengers have stead drive either straight up or straight cause your brakes to overheat and fade, their seat belts fastened. down the slopes. Off-road vehicles can resulting in loss of control and an acci- tip over sideways much more easily dent. Apply brakes lightly and use a low ● Always drive with the floor mats in than they can forward or backward. gear to control your speed. Use the Hill place as the floor may become hot. Descent Control feature (if so equipped).5-6 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • IGNITION SWITCH● Lower your speed when encountering ● Be sure to check the brakes immedi- strong crosswinds. With a higher center ately after driving in mud or water. See of gravity, your NISSAN is more af- “Brake system” later in this section for fected by strong side winds. Slower “Wet brakes”. speeds ensure better vehicle control. ● Avoid parking your vehicle on steep● Do not drive beyond the performance hills. If you get out of the vehicle and it capablity of the tires, even with 4WD rolls forward, backward or sideways, engaged. you could be injured.● Accelerating quickly, sharp steering ● Whenever you drive off-road through maneuvers or sudden braking may sand, mud or water as deep as the cause loss of control. wheel hub, more frequent maintenance may be required. See “Periodic mainte-● If at all possible, avoid sharp turning nance” in the “NISSAN Service and maneuvers, particularly at high speeds. Maintenance Guide.” WSD0041 Your NISSAN four-wheel drive vehicle has a higher center of gravity than a AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION two-wheel drive vehicle. The vehicle is The ignition lock is designed so the key cannot be not designed for cornering at the same turned to the LOCK position and removed until speeds as conventional two-wheel the shift selector lever is moved to the P (Park) drive vehicles. Failure to operate this position. vehicle correctly could result in loss of control and/or a rollover accident. When removing the key from the ignition, make sure the shift selector lever is in the P (Park)● Always use tires of the same type, size, position. brand, construction (bias, bias-belted, or radial), and tread pattern on all four If the selector lever is not returned to P (Park) wheels. Install tire chains on the rear position, the key cannot be moved to the LOCK wheels when driving on slippery roads position. and drive carefully. Starting and driving 5-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 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 clockwiseIf 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 toLOCK position, proceed as follows to remove the the LOCK position. Remove the key. Tokey. 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. WSD0052 If the key will not turn from the LOCK posi- 2. Turn the ignition key slightly toward the ON position. tion, turn the steering wheel to the left or MANUAL TRANSMISSION right while turning the key to unlock the 3. Turn the key to the LOCK position. key cylinder. The ignition switch includes a device that helps prevent accidental removal of the key while driv- 4. Remove the key. ing. WARNINGThe shift selector lever is designed so it cannot Never remove or turn the key to the LOCK The key can only be removed when the ignitionmoved out of P (Park) and into any of the other position while driving. The steering wheel switch is in the LOCK position.gear positions if the ignition key is turned to OFF will lock. This may cause the driver to loseposition or if the key is removed from the switch. On manual transmission models, to turn the igni- control of the vehicle and could result in tion key to LOCK position from ACC or ONThe shift selector lever can be moved if the serious vehicle damage or personal injury. position, turn the key to OFF, push the key in, thenignition switch is in the ON position and the turn the key to LOCK.foot brake pedal is depressed. In order for the steering wheel to be locked, it must be turned about 1/8 of a turn clockwise from the straight up position.5-8 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINETo lock the steering wheel, turn the key to NISSAN VEHICLE IMMOBILIZER ● Make sure the area around the vehicle isthe LOCK position. Remove the key. To SYSTEM(if so equipped) clear.unlock the steering wheel, insert the key ● Check fluid levels such as engine oil, cool-and turn it gently while rotating the steer- The NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System will not allow the engine to start without the use of the ant, brake fluid, and window washer fluid asing wheel slightly right and left. frequently as possible, or at least whenever registered key. you refuel. WARNING If the engine fails to start using a registered key (for example, when interference is caused by ● Check that all windows and lights are clean.Never remove or turn the key to the LOCKposition while driving. The steering wheel another registered key, an automated toll road ● Visually inspect tires for their appearancewill lock. This may cause the driver to lose device or automatic payment device on the key and condition. Also check tires for propercontrol of the vehicle and could result in ring), restart the engine using the following pro- inflation.serious vehicle damage or personal injury. cedures: ● Lock all doors. 1. Leave the ignition switch in the ON positionKEY POSITIONS for approximately 5 seconds. ● Position seat and adjust head restraints.LOCK: Normal parking position (0) 2. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF or LOCK ● Adjust inside and outside mirrors.OFF: (Not used) (1) position, and wait approximately 10 sec- ● Fasten seat belts and ask all passengers to onds. do likewise.ACC: (Accessories) (2) 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2. ● Check the operation of warning lights whenThis position activates electrical accessories the key is turned to the ON (3) position. See 4. Restart the engine while holding the devicesuch as the radio when the engine is not running. “Warning/indicator lights and audible re- (which may have caused the interference) separate from the registered key. minders” in the “Instruments and controls”ON: Normal operating position (3) section of this manual.This position turns on the ignition system and the If the no start condition re-occurs, NISSAN rec-electrical accessories. ommends placing the registered key on a sepa- rate key ring to avoid interference from otherSTART: (4) devices.This position starts the engine. As soon as theengine has started, release the key. It automati-cally returns to the ON position. Starting and driving 5-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • STARTING THE ENGINE 1. Apply the parking brake. ● If the engine is very hard to start in ex- 4. Allow the engine to idle for at least 30 sec- tremely cold weather or when restarting, onds after starting. Do not race the engine 2. Automatic transmission: while warming it up. Drive at moderate depress the accelerator pedal a little (ap- Move the shift selector lever to P (Park) or N proximately 1/3 to the floor) and hold it speed for a short distance first, especially in (Neutral). P (Park) is recommended. and then crank the engine. Release the cold weather. key and the accelerator pedal when the The shift selector lever cannot be engine starts. 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 key is turned to the OFF position or if it is flooded, depress the accelerator the key is removed from the ignition pedal all the way to the floor and hold it. switch. Crank the engine for 5-6 seconds. After cranking the engine, release the accel- The starter is designed not to operate if erator pedal. Crank the engine with your the shift selector lever is in any of the foot off the accelerator pedal by turn- driving positions. ing the ignition key to START. Release the Manual transmission: key when the engine starts. If the engine starts, but fails to run, repeat the above Move the shift lever to N (Neutral). Depress procedure. the clutch pedal to the floor while cranking the engine. CAUTION The starter is designed not to operate Do not operate the starter for more than unless the clutch pedal is fully de- 15 seconds at a time. If the engine does 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.5-10 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • DRIVING THE VEHICLEAUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION The recommended operating procedures for this transmission are shown on the following pages. WARNING Follow these procedures for maximum vehicle performance and driving enjoyment.● Do not depress the accelerator pedal while shifting from P (Park) or N (Neu- Starting the vehicle tral) to R (Reverse), D (Drive), 3, 2 or 1. 1. After starting the engine, fully depress the Always depress the brake pedal until foot brake pedal before attempting to move shifting is completed. Failure to do so the shift selector lever out of the P (Park) could cause you to lose control and position. have an accident. 2. Keep the foot brake pedal depressed and● Cold engine idle speed is high, so use move the shift selector lever into a driving caution when shifting into a forward or gear. reverse gear before the engine has warmed up. 3. Release the foot brake, then gradually start LSD0151● Never shift to P (Park) or R (Reverse) the vehicle in motion. To move the selector lever: while the vehicle is moving. This could The automatic transmission is designed so : Push the button while depressing the cause an accident. the foot brake pedal MUST be depressed brake pedal before shifting from P (Park) to any drive CAUTION position while the ignition switch is in the : Push the button to shift ON position.● When stopping the vehicle on an uphill : Shift without depressing brake pedal grade, do not hold the vehicle by de- The shift selector lever cannot be moved pressing the accelerator pedal. The foot out of P (Park) and into any of the other Shifting brake should be used for this purpose. gear positions if the ignition key is turned After starting the engine, fully depress the brake to the LOCK, OFF or ACC position or if the pedal and move the shift selector lever out of the● Do not downshift abruptly on slippery key is removed. P (Park) position. roads. This may cause a loss of control.The automatic transmission in your vehicle iselectronically controlled to produce maximumpower and smooth operation. Starting and driving 5-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • R (Reverse): 62 MPH (100 km/h) WARNINGApply the parking brake if the selector 4H: CAUTIONlever is in any position while the engine is 62 MPH (100 km/h)not running. Failure to do so could cause Use this position only when the vehicle isthe vehicle to move unexpectedly or roll completely stopped. 4LO:away and result in serious personal injury Use this position to back up. Make sure the 31 MPH (50 km/h)or property damage. vehicle is completely stopped before selecting the R (Reverse) position. The brake pedal 2 (Second gear):If the key is turned to the OFF or ACC position for must be depressed to move the selector Use this position for hill climbing or engine brak-any reason while the vehicle is in N (Neutral), or lever from P (Park), N (Neutral) or any drive ing on downhill grades.any D (Drive) position, the key cannot be turned position to R (Reverse).to the LOCK position and be removed from the Do not downshift into the 2 position at speedsignition switch. Move the selector lever to the P N (Neutral): over the following and do not exceed the follow-(Park) position, then the key can be turned to Neither forward nor reverse gear is engaged. The ing speeds in the 2 position.LOCK. engine can be started in this position. You may 2WD:P (Park): shift to N (Neutral) and restart a stalled engine while the vehicle is moving. 71 MPH (115 km/h)Use this selector position when the vehicle isparked or when starting the engine. Make sure D (Drive): 4H:the vehicle is completely stopped. The brake Use this position for all normal forward driving. 62 MPH (100 km/h)pedal must be depressed to move the se- 3 (Third gear): 4LO:lector lever from N (Neutral) or any driveposition to P (Park). Apply the parking brake. Use this position for driving up and down long 31 MPH (50 km/h)When parking on a hill, apply the parking brake slopes where engine braking would be advanta-first, then move the shift selector lever into the P geous. 1 (Low gear):(Park) position. Do not downshift into the 3 position at speeds Use this position when climbing steep hills slowly over the following and do not exceed the follow- or slow driving through deep snow, sand or mud, ing speeds in the 3 position. or for maximum engine braking on steep downhill 2WD: grades.5-12 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Do not downshift into the 1 position at speeds To push the shift lock release, complete the fol-over the following and do not exceed the follow- lowing procedure:ing speeds in the 1 position. 1. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK position 2WD: and remove the key 43 MPH (70 km/h) 2. Apply the parking brake. 4H: 3. Remove the shift lock release cover as 43 MPH (70 km/h) shown. 4LO: 4. Insert a small screwdriver in the shift lock release slot and push down. 31 MPH (50 km/h) 5. Move the shift selector lever to the N (Neu- tral) position while holding down the shift LSD0141 lock release. Shift lock release 6. Turn the key to the ON position to unlock the If the battery is discharged, the shift selector lever steering wheel. Now the vehicle may be may not be moved from the P (Park) position even moved to the desired location. with the brake pedal depressed. If the shift selector lever cannot be moved out of To move the shift selector lever, release the shift P (Park), have a NISSAN dealer check the auto- lock. The shift selector lever can be moved to N matic transmission system as soon as possible. (Neutral). However, the steering wheel will be locked unless the ignition switch is turned to the WARNING ON position. This allows the vehicle to be moved If the selector lever cannot be moved from if the battery is discharged. 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 injuring yourself and others. Starting and driving 5-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Accelerator downshift OFF: For driving up and down long— in D position — slopes where engine braking is nec- essary push the Overdrive switchFor passing or hill climbing, depress the accel-erator pedal to the floor. This shifts the transmis- once. The O/D OFF indicator lightsion down into a lower gear, depending on the in the instrument panel comes on atvehicle speed. this time. When cruising at a low speed or climbing a gentle slope, you may feel uncomfortable shift shocks as the transmission shifts into and out of Overdrive repeatedly. In this case, depress the Overdrive switch to turn the Overdrive off. The O/D OFF indicator light in the instrument panel comes on at this time. LSD0142 When driving conditions change, depress the Overdrive switch Overdrive switch to turn the Overdrive on. Each time your vehicle is started, the transmis- Remember not to drive at high speeds for ex- sion is automatically “reset” to overdrive ON. tended periods of time with the Overdrive off. ON: With the engine running and the This reduces fuel economy. shift selector lever in the D (Drive) MANUAL TRANSMISSION position, the transmission upshifts into Overdrive as vehicle speed WARNING increases. ● Do not downshift abruptly on slippery Overdrive does not engage until the engine roads. This may cause a loss of control. has reached operating temperature. ● Do not over-rev the engine when shift- ing to a lower gear. This may cause a loss of control or engine damage.5-14 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • To back up depress the shift lever and then move CAUTION it to the R (Reverse) position after stopping the● Do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal vehicle completely. while driving. This may cause clutch damage. If it is difficult to move the shift lever into R (Reverse) or 1 (First), shift into N (Neutral), then● Fully depress the clutch pedal before release the clutch pedal. Fully depress the clutch shifting to help prevent transmission pedal again and shift into R (Reverse) or 1 (First). damage. If your vehicle is equipped with 4-wheel drive, see● Stop your vehicle completely before “Transfer case shifting procedures” later in this shifting into R (Reverse). section.● When the vehicle is stopped with the Suggested upshift speeds engine running (for example, at a stop light), shift to N (Neutral) and release The following are suggested vehicle speeds for the clutch pedal with the foot brake LSD0148 shifting into a higher gear. These suggestions applied. Shifting relate to fuel economy and vehicle performance. Actual upshift speeds will vary according to road To change gears, or when upshifting or down- conditions, the weather and individual driving shifting, depress the clutch pedal fully, shift into habits. the appropriate gear, then release the clutch ● Two-wheel drive models and four-wheel slowly and smoothly. drive models (2H and 4H position): To ensure smooth gear changes, fully depress GEAR CHANGE MPH (km/h) the clutch pedal before operating the shift lever. If 1st to 2nd 11 (18) the clutch pedal is not fully depressed before the transmission is shifted, a gear noise may be 2nd to 3rd 17 (27) heard. Transmission damage could occur. 3rd to 4th 25 (40) Start the vehicle in 1st gear and shift to 2nd, 3rd, 4th to 5th 32 (51) 4th, 5th and 6th gear in sequence according to 5th to 6th 45 (72) vehicle speed. Starting and driving 5-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • PARKING BRAKE ● 4–wheel drive model (4L position): GEAR MPH (km/h) WARNING GEAR CHANGE MPH (km/h) 3rd 87 (141) ● Be sure the parking brake is fully re- 1st to 2nd — 4th — leased before driving. Failure to do so 2nd to 3rd — 5th — can cause brake failure and lead to an accident. 3rd to 4th — 6th — 4th to 5th — ● Do not release the parking brake from 4–wheel drive models outside the vehicle. 5th to 6th — 2H/4H position ● Do not use the gear shift in place of theSuggested maximum speed in each parking brake. When parking, be sure GEAR MPH (km/h)gear the parking brake is fully engaged. 1st 34 (55)Downshift to a lower gear if the engine is not ● Do not leave children unattended in a 2nd 60 (97)running smoothly, or if you need to accelerate. vehicle. They could release the parking 3rd 87 (141) brake and cause an accident.Do not exceed the maximum suggested speed 4th —(shown below) in any gear. For level road driving, 5th —use the highest gear suggested for that speed.Always observe posted speed limits, and drive 6th —according to the road conditions, which will en- 4L positionsure safe operation. Do not over-rev the engine GEAR MPH (km/h)when shifting to a lower gear as it may causeengine damage or loss of vehicle control. 1st 13 (21) 2nd 23 (37)Allowable maximum speed in each gear: 3rd 33 (54)2–wheel drive models 4th 45 (73) GEAR MPH (km/h) 5th 57 (93) 1st 35 (56) 6th — 2nd 60 (97)5-16 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • CRUISE CONTROL (if so equipped) 3. While pulling up on the parking brake lever slightly, push the button and lower com- pletely ᭺. B 4. Before driving, be sure the brake warning light goes out. LSD0150 WSD0153To engage: Pull the lever up ᭺. A 1. ACCEL/RES switchTo release: 2. COAST/SET switch 3. ON/OFF switch 1. Firmly apply the foot brake. 4. CANCEL switch 2. Manual transmission models: PRECAUTIONS ON CRUISE Place the shift lever in the N (Neutral) posi- CONTROL tion. ● If the cruise control system malfunctions, it Automatic transmission models: cancels automatically. The SET indicator Move the shift selector lever to the P (Park) light in the instrument panel then blinks to position. 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 5-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● The SET indicator light may blink when the To cancel the preset speed, use one of the CAUTION cruise control main switch is turned ON following three methods. while pushing the ACCEL/RES, On manual transmission models, do not shift into N (Neutral) without depressing ● Push the CANCEL button; the SET indicator COAST/SET, or CANCEL switch (located the clutch pedal when the cruise control is light in the instrument panel goes out. on the steering wheel). To properly set the cruise control system, use the following pro- set. Should this occur, depress the clutch ● Tap the brake pedal; the SET indicator light cedures. pedal and turn the main switch off imme- goes out. diately. Failure to do so may cause engine damage. ● Turn the main switch off. Both the CRUISE WARNING indicator light and SET indicator light in theDo not use the cruise control when driving CRUISE CONTROL OPERATIONS instrument panel go out.under the following conditions: The cruise control allows driving at a speed be- The cruise control is automatically canceled and● When it is not possible to keep the tween 25 - 89 MPH (40 - 144 km/h) without the SET light in the instrument panel goes out if: vehicle at a set speed. keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. ● you depress the brake or clutch pedal while● In heavy traffic or in traffic that varies in To turn on the cruise control, push the main pushing the ACCEL/RES or COAST/SET speed. switch. The CRUISE indicator light in the instru- switch. The preset speed is deleted from ment panel comes on.● On winding or hilly roads. memory.● On slippery roads (rain, snow, ice, etc.). To set cruising speed, accelerate the vehicle to the desired speed, push the COAST/SET switch ● the vehicle slows down more than 8 MPH● In very windy areas. and release it. The SET indicator light in the instru- (13 km/h) below the set speed.Doing so could cause a loss of vehicle ment panel comes on. Take your foot off the accel- ● you depress the clutch pedal (manual trans-control and result in an accident. erator pedal. Your vehicle maintains the set speed. mission), or move the shift selector lever to N ● To pass another vehicle, depress the ac- (Neutral) (automatic transmission). celerator pedal. When you release the To reset at a faster cruising speed, use one pedal, the vehicle returns to the previously of the following three methods. set speed. ● Depress the accelerator pedal. When the ● The vehicle may not maintain the set speed vehicle attains the desired speed, push and when going up or down steep hills. If this happens, drive without the cruise control. release the COAST/SET switch.5-18 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • BREAK-IN SCHEDULE INCREASING FUEL ECONOMY ● Push and hold the ACCEL/RES switch. ● Accelerate slowly and smoothly. Maintain CAUTION When the vehicle attains the speed you de- cruising speeds with a constant accelerator sire, release the switch. During the first 1,200 miles (2,000 km), position. follow these recommendations to obtain ● Push and release the ACCEL/RES switch. maximum engine performance and en- ● Drive at moderate speeds on the highway. Each time you do this, the set speed in- sure the future reliability and economy of Driving at high speed lowers fuel economy. creases by about 1 MPH (1.6 km/h). your new vehicle. Failure to follow these ● Avoid unnecessary stopping and braking.To reset at a slower cruising speed, use one recommendations may result in short- Maintain a safe distance behind other ve-of the following three methods. ened engine life and reduced engine hicles. performance. ● Lightly tap the brake pedal. When the ve- ● Use a proper gear range which suits road hicle attains the desired speed, push the ● Avoid driving for long periods at constant conditions. On level roads, shift into high COAST/SET switch and release it. speed, either fast or slow, and do not run the gear as soon as possible. engine over 4,000 rpm. ● Push and hold the COAST/SET switch. Re- ● Avoid unnecessary engine idling. lease the switch when the vehicle slows to ● Do not accelerate at full throttle in any gear. ● Keep your engine tuned up. the desired speed. ● Avoid quick starts. ● Follow the recommended periodic mainte- ● Push and release the COAST/SET switch. ● Avoid hard braking as much as possible. nance schedule. Each time you do this, the set speed de- creases by about 1 MPH (1.6 km/h). ● 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 wearTo resume the preset speed, push and re- could be damaged. and lowers fuel economy.lease the ACCEL/RES switch. The vehicle re-turns to the last set cruising speed when the ● Keep the front wheels in correct alignment.vehicle speed is over 25 MPH (40 km/h). Improper alignment increases tire wear and lowers fuel economy. ● Air conditioner operation lowers fuel economy. Use the air conditioner only when necessary. Starting and driving 5-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • USING FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (4WD) ● When cruising at highway speeds, it is more – in the 4LO position for manual trans- CAUTION economical to use the air conditioner and mission vehicles, stop the vehicle leave the windows closed to reduce drag. ● Do not drive the vehicle in the 4H or 4LO and shift the transmission shift lever position on dry hard surface roads. Driv- to the N position with the clutch ● Use 4H or 4L position only when ing on dry, hard surfaces in 4H or 4LO necessary. Four-wheel drive operation low- pedal depressed and shift the 4WD may cause unnecessary noise, tire wear shift switch to 2WD. ers fuel economy. and increased fuel consumption. ● If the warning light is still on after the If the 4WD warning light turns on when above operation, have your vehicle you are driving on dry hard surface checked by a NISSAN dealer as soon as roads: possible. – in the 4H position, shift the 4WD shift TRANSFER CASE SHIFTING switch to 2WD. PROCEDURES – in the 4LO position for automatic transmission vehicles, stop the ve- The part time 4WD system provides 3 positions hicle and shift the transmission se- (2WD, 4H and 4LO), so you can select the lector to the N position with the desired drive mode according to the driving con- brake pedal depressed and shift the ditions. 4WD shift switch to 2WD. 2WD or 4WD shift procedure:5-20 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Indicator Light 4WD Shift Wheels 4WD shift Transfer 4LO Use Conditions 4WD Shift Procedure Switch Position Driven position Move the 4WD switch. For driving on dry, paved roads (Economy 2WD <—> 4H Rear wheels drive) or state dynamometer I/M testing 4WD shift indicator light will indicate transfer shift position engaged. 2WD For driving on rocky, sandy or snow- 4 wheels covered roads 4H Neutral Neutral disengages the automatic transmis- 1. Stop the vehicle. sion mechanical parking lock, which will 2. For automatic transmission vehicles: Shift the transmission selector to the (N) po- allow the vehicle to roll. Do not leave the sition with the brake pedal depressed. *1 transfer shift position in Neutral.*2 For manual transmission vehicles: Shift the transmission shift lever to the (N) posi- May blink tion with the clutch depressed. 3. For automatic transmission vehicles: Depress and turn the 4WD shift switch to 4LO or 4H with the brake pedal depressed. 4LO For manual transmission vehicles: Depress and turn the 4WD switch to 4LO or 4H with the clutch pedal depressed. 4 wheels For use when maximum power and traction THE TRANSFER CASE DOES NOT ENGAGE BETWEEN 4H AND 4LO (OR 4LO TO is required (for example: on steep grades or 4H) UNLESS YOU HAVE FIRST STOPPED THE VEHICLE, DEPRESSED THE BRAKE Illuminated rocky, sandy, muddy roads) PEDAL AND MOVED THE TRANSMISSION SELECTOR TO NEUTRAL FOR AUTO- MATIC TRANSMISSION VEHICLES. FOR MANUAL TRANSMISSION VEHICLES YOU MUST MOVE THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER TO NEUTRAL. *3*1: Before moving the transmission selector or shift lever from neutral, wait until the 4LO indicator light stays on steady. This indicates that the 4WD shift procedure is completed and the transfer gear is correctlyset in the 4LO position. If the vehicle is shifted into gear before the indicator is on steady, the transfer gear may grind, not engage correctly or stay in the neutral position.- If the 4WD warning light illuminates, perform the following procedure to return the transfer case to correct operating condition.1. Turn off the engine by turning the ignition switch ЉOFFЉ.2. Start the engine.- Check that the 4WD warning light turns off. If the 4WD warning light illuminates, have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer.3. Apply the parking brake, for automatic transmission vehicles, depress the brake pedal and move the transmission selector to Neutral position. For manual transmission vehicles, move the transmission shift leverto Neutral position.4. With the brake pedal depressed on automatic transmission vehicles or with the clutch pedal depressed on manual transmission vehicles, move the 4WD shift switch to desired mode.- Be sure to wait until the transfer gear change completes before shifting the transmission selector or transmission shift lever from Neutral position.*2: While changing in and out of 4LO, the ignition key must be ON and the vehicle’s engine must be running for a shift to take place and for the indicator lights (4WD shift and 4LO position indicator) to be operable.Otherwise, the shift will not take place and no indicator lights will be on or flashing.*3: Make sure the transfer 4LO position indicator light turns on when you shift the 4WD shift switch to 4LO. The indicator light (if so equipped) will also turn on when 4LO is selected. See “Vehicle dynamiccontrol system” later in this section. Starting and driving 5-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • The transfer case 4WD shift switch is used to ● The 4LO indicator light must stop blink- ● Do not shift the 4WD shift switch (be-select either 2WD or 4WD depending on the ing and remain illuminated or turn off tween 2WD and 4H) while driving ondriving conditions. There are three types of drive before shifting the transmission into steep downhill grades. Use the enginemodes available, 2WD, 4H and 4LO. gear. If the transmission selector or brake and low automatic transmissionThe 4WD shift switch electronically controls the transmission shift lever is shifted from gears (D1 or D2) or manual transmis-transfer case operation. Rotate the switch to the (N) position to any other gear when sion (1st gear or 2nd gear) for engine the 4LO indicator light is blinking, the braking.move between each mode, 2WD, 4H and 4LO. vehicle may move unexpectedly. ● Do not operate the 4WD shift switchTo change into or out of 4LO, the vehicle (between 2WD and 4H) with the rearMUST be stationary, shift the transmission CAUTION wheels spinning.selector or transmission shift lever to Neu- ● Never shift the 4WD shift switch be- ● Do not drive on dry hard surface roadstral (N), and for automatic transmission tween 4LO and 4H while driving. in the 4H or 4LO position. Driving on dryvehicles depress the brake pedal or formanual transmission vehicles depress the ● The 4H position provides greater trac- hard surfaces in 4H or 4LO may causeclutch pedal. The switch must be de- tion. Avoid excessive speed, as it will unnecessary noise and tire wear. cause increased fuel consumption and NISSAN recommends driving in thepressed and turned when changing into or higher oil temperatures, and could 2WD position under these conditions.out of 4LO. damage drivetrain components. ● The 4WD transfer case may not be WARNING Speeds over 62.5 MPH (100 km/h) in 4H shifted between 4H and 4LO at low am- is not recommended. bient temperatures and the transfer ● The 4LO position provides maximum 4LO position indicator light may blink● When parking, apply the parking brake power and traction. Avoid raising ve- even when the 4WD shift switch is before stopping the engine and make hicle speed excessively, as the maxi- shifted. After driving for a while you can sure that the 4WD shift indicator light is mum speed is approximately 31 MPH change the 4WD transfer case between on and the ATP warning light goes off. (50 km/h). 4H and 4LO. Otherwise, the vehicle could unexpect- ● When driving straight, shift the 4WD When driving on rough roads, edly move even if the automatic trans- mission is in the P position. shift switch to the 2WD or 4H position. ● Set the 4WD shift switch to 4H or 4LO. Do not move the 4WD shift switch when making a turn or reversing. ● Drive carefully according to the road surface conditions.5-22 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • When the vehicle is stuck, clutch is released and not because of a malfunction. ● Set the 4WD shift switch to 4H or 4LO. ● Use the Electronic Locking Rear Differential CAUTION (E-Lock) system (if so equipped). Turn the ● When driving straight, shift the 4WD switch ON while the vehicle is stationary and shift switch to the 2WD or 4H position. apply the throttle to try to free the vehicle. Do not move the 4WD shift switch when ● If it is difficult to free the vehicle, rock the making a turn or reversing. vehicle back and forth between reverse and ● Do not shift the 4WD shift switch while drive gears. driving on steep downhill grades. Use ● If the vehicle is stuck deep in mud, place the engine brake and low automatic stones or wooden blocks under the tires. transmission gears (D1 or D2) or Then try the recovery procedures above. Tire manual transmission (1st gear or 2nd chains may be effective. LSD0145 gear) for engine braking. 4WD shift switch operations ● Do not operate the 4WD shift switch CAUTION with the rear wheels spinning.● Do not spin the tires excessively. Tires ● Shift the 4WD shift switch to either the 2WD, 4H or 4LO position, depending on ● Before placing the 4WD shift switch in will sink deep into the mud, making it the 4H position from 2WD, ensure the difficult to free the vehicle. driving conditions. vehicle speed is less than 62.5 MPH● Avoid shifting gears with the engine ● If the 4WD shift switch is operated (100 km/h). Failure to do so can dam- running at high speeds as this may while making a turn, accelerating or age the 4WD system. cause malfunction. decelerating or if the key switch is turned off while in the 4H or 4LO posi- ● Never shift the 4WD shift switch be- tion, you may feel a jolt. This is not tween 4LO and 4H while driving. abnormal. 4WD shift indicator light ● When the vehicle is stopped after mak- ing a turn, you may feel a slight jolt after the selector lever is shifted to N or P. This occurs because the transfer Starting and driving 5-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● If the 4WD warning light comes on, the The 4WD warning light is located in the meter. 4WD indicator light goes out. The 4WD warning light comes on when the key switch is turned to ON. It turns off soon after the CAUTION engine is started. If the 4WD shift indicator light indication changes to 2WD when the 4WD shift If any malfunction occurs in the 4WD system switch is shifted to the 4H position at low when the key switch is ON, the warning light will ambient temperatures, the 2WD mode either remain illuminated or blink. may be being engaged due to malfunc- If the 4WD warning light comes on, the 4WD tioning drive system. If the indicator does shift indicator light goes out. not return to normal and the 4WD warning light comes on, have the system checked A large difference between the diameters of front by the nearest NISSAN dealer. and rear wheels will make the warning light blink slowly (about once per two seconds). Change LSD0147 4WD warning light the 4WD shift switch into 2WD and do not driveThe 4WD shift indicator light is located in the fast.odometer display.The light should turn off within 1 second after CAUTION Comes on or blinksturning the ignition switch to the ON position. Warning light ● If the warning light comes on or blinks when:While the engine is running, the 4WD shift indi- slowly during operation, have your ve- hicle checked by a NISSAN dealer ascator light will illuminate the position selected by There is a malfunc- soon as possible.the 4WD shift switch. Comes on tion in the 4–wheel ● Shifting between 4H and 4LO is not ● The 4WD shift indicator light may blink drive system recommended when the 4WD warning while shifting from one drive mode to light turns on. the other. When the shifting is com- The difference in pleted, the 4WD shift indicator light Blinks slowly wheel rotation is will come on. large5-24 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ELECTRONIC LOCKING REAR DIFFERENTIAL (E-Lock) SYSTEM (if so equipped)● When the warning light comes on, the – in the 4LO position for manual trans- The E-Lock system can provide additional trac- 2WD mode may be engaged even if the mission vehicles, stop the vehicle tion and should only be used when a vehicle has 4WD shift switch is in 4H. Be especially and shift the transmission shift lever become or is becoming stuck. This system oper- careful when driving. If corresponding to the N position with the clutch ates by electronically “locking” the two rear drive parts are malfunctioning, the 4WD pedal depressed and shift the 4WD wheels together, allowing them to turn at the mode will not be engaged even if the shift switch to 2WD. same speed. The system is used when it is not 4WD shift switch is shifted. possible to free a stuck vehicle even when using ● If the warning light is still on after the the 4LO position (4 wheel drive vehicles).● Do not drive the vehicle in the 4H or 4LO above operation, have your vehicle position on dry hard surface roads. Driv- checked by a NISSAN dealer as soon as When added traction is required, activate the ing on dry, hard surfaces in 4H or 4LO possible. E-Lock system by pushing the switch ON. See may cause unnecessary noise, tire wear “Electronic Locking Rear Differential (E-Lock) and increased fuel consumption. system switch” in the “Instruments and Controls” If the 4WD warning light turns on when section. Once the system fully engages, the indi- you are driving on dry hard surface cator light in the instrument panel will remain ON. roads: When the system is activated, both rear wheels will engage, providing added traction. – in the 4H position, shift the 4WD shift switch to 2WD. The rear wheels may momentarily slip or move to – in the 4LO position for automatic engage the system, and the system will only transmission vehicles, stop the ve- function up to approximately 4 MPH (7 km/h). hicle and shift the transmission se- Once the vehicle is free, the system should be lector to the N position with the turned OFF and driving resumed. brake pedal depressed and shift the The Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) system is disabled 4WD shift switch to 2WD. and the ABS light illuminates when the E-Lock system is ON. Also, the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system is disabled and the VDC light illuminates when the E-Lock system is ON. Starting and driving 5-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WARNING CAUTION● Never leave the E-Lock system ON ● After using the E-Lock system, turn the when driving on paved or hard-surfaced switch OFF to prevent possible damage roads. Turning the vehicle may result in to driveline components from extended the rear wheels slipping and result in an use. accident and personal injury. After us- ● Do not drive the vehicle at speeds faster ing the E-Lock system to free the ve- than 12 mph (20 km/h) when the system hicle, turn the system OFF. is engaged. Doing so could damage● Use the E-Lock system only when free- drivetrain components. ing a stuck vehicle. Try the 4LO position ● Do not turn on the E-lock system while before using the E-Lock system. Never the tires are spinning. Doing so could use the E-Lock system on a slippery damage drivetrain components. road surface such as snow or ice sur- face. Using the E-Lock system when driving in these road conditions may cause unexpected movement of the ve- hicle during engine braking, accelerat- ing or turning, which may result in an accident and serious personal injury.5-26 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 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. WARNING Make sure the shift lever has been ● HEADED UPHILL WITH CURB: ᭺ B pushed as far forward as it can go and● Do not stop or park the vehicle over cannot be moved without depressing Turn the wheels away from the curb and flammable materials such as dry grass, the foot brake pedal. move the vehicle back until the curb side waste paper or rags. They may ignite wheel gently touches the curb. and cause a fire. ● Never leave the engine running while the vehicle is unattended. ● HEADED UPHILL OR DOWNHILL, NO● Safe parking procedures require that CURB: ᭺ C both the parking brake be set and the ● Do not leave children unattended inside transmission placed into P (Park) for the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- Turn the wheels toward the side of the road automatic transmission models or in an tivate switches or controls. Unattended so the vehicle will move away from the cen- appropriate gear for manual transmis- children could become involved in seri- ter of the road if it moves. sion models. Failure to do so could ous accidents. 4. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK position cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly and remove the key. or roll away and result in an accident. 1. Firmly apply the parking brake. 2. Manual transmission models: Starting and driving 5-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 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. Wet brakes Using the brakes When the vehicle is washed or driven through water, the brakes may get wet. As a result, your Avoid resting your foot on the brake pedal while braking distance will be longer and the vehicle driving. This will overheat the brakes, wear out the may pull to one side during braking. brakes and pads faster, and reduce gas mileage. To dry the brakes, drive the vehicle at a safe To help reduce brake wear and to prevent the speed while lightly pressing the brake pedal to brakes from overheating, reduce speed and heat up the brakes. Do this until the brakes return downshift to a lower gear before going down a to normal. Avoid driving the vehicle at high slope or long grade. Overheated brakes may speeds until the brakes function correctly. reduce braking performance and could result in loss of vehicle control. Parking brake break-in Break-in the parking brake shoes whenever the stopping effect of the parking brake is weakened or whenever the parking brake shoes and/or drum/rotors are replaced, in order to assure the best brake performance.5-28 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • This procedure is described in the vehicle service ing abruptly or when braking on a slippery road. If the light comes on during the self-test or whilemanual and can be performed by a NISSAN Thus, difficult steering and swerving of the ve- driving, take the vehicle to a NISSAN dealer fordealer. hicle due to locked wheels is minimized. The repair. system detects the wheel rotation rate and elec-ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) tronically controls the pressure applied to each WARNINGThe anti-lock brake system controls the brakes so brake. Slight vibration on the brake pedal accom- ● The anti-lock brake system is a sophis-the wheels do not lock when braking abruptly or panied by noise usually occurs while the ABS ticated device, but it cannot prevent ac-when braking on slippery surfaces. The system system is operating. Such vibration and noise cidents resulting from careless or dan-detects the rotation speed at each wheel and encountered during abrupt braking is not a prob- gerous driving techniques. It can helpvaries the brake fluid pressure to prevent each lem, but indicates that the system is functioning maintain vehicle control during brakingwheel from locking and sliding. By preventing properly. However, the pulsation may indicate on slippery surfaces, but remember thatwheel lockup, the system helps the driver main- that road conditions are hazardous and extra care the stopping distance on slippery sur-tain steering control and helps to minimize swerv- is required while driving. faces will be longer than on normaling and spinning on slippery surfaces. surfaces even with the anti-lock brake Self-test feature system. Stopping distances may alsoUsing the system be longer on rough, gravel or snow cov- The anti-lock brake system consists of electronicDepress the brake pedal and hold it down. sensors and hydraulic solenoids controlled by a ered roads, or if you are using tire computer. The computer has a built-in diagnostic chains. Tire type and condition may also WARNING affect braking effectiveness. Always feature that tests the system each time you start maintain a safe distance from the ve-Do not pump the brake pedal. Doing so the engine and move the vehicle at a low speed in hicle in front of you. Ultimately, the re-may result in increased stopping forward or reverse. When the self-test occurs, sponsibility for safety of self and othersdistances. you may hear a “clunk” noise and/or feel a pulsa- rests in the hands of the driver. tion in the brake pedal. This is normal and is notNormal operation an indication of any malfunction. If the computer ● Tire type and condition of tires may also senses any malfunction, it switches the anti-lock affect braking effectiveness.The anti-lock brake system does not operate atspeeds below 3 - 6 MPH (5 - 10 km/h). (The brake system off and turns on the ABS brake ● When replacing tires, install the speci-speeds vary according to road conditions.) warning light on the instrument panel. The brake fied size of tires on all four wheels. system then operates normally, but without anti-When driving, the anti-lock brake system con- lock assistance.trols the wheels so they will not lock when brak- Starting and driving 5-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ACTIVE BRAKE LIMITED SLIP (ABLS) VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL (VDC) SYSTEM (if so equipped) SYSTEM (if so equipped)● When installing a spare tire, make sure ● ABLS is a form of traction control using When accelerating or driving on slippery sur- it is the proper size and type as speci- sensors from the Anti-lock Brake System faces, the tires may spin or slide. With the Vehicle fied on the tire placard. For tire placard (ABS) to transfer power from a slipping drive Dynamic Control (VDC) system, sensors detect location information, refer to “Tire plac- wheel to a wheel with more traction. The these movements and control the braking and ard” in the “Technical and consumer ABLS system applies braking to the slipping engine output to help improve vehicle stability. information” section of this manual. wheel, which helps redirect power to an- other wheel. ● When the vehicle dynamic control (VDC)● Refer to “Wheels and tires” in the system is operating, the SLIP indicator in the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” sec- ● On 4WD models the ABLS system operates instrument panel blinks. tion of this manual. in both 4H and 4LO modes. On 2WD ve- hicles, the ABLS system operates on the ● If the 4WD transfer case is shifted into 4LO drive axle only. the indicator light will come on and the VDC system will be turned off. See ● The ABLS system is always ON unless the system detects brake pad overheating. If “Transfer case shifting procedures” earlier in high brake pad temperature is detected, it this section. will turn OFF, but normal brake function will ● If the SLIP indicator blinks, the road condi- continue. ABLS will function even when the tions are slippery. Be sure to adjust your VDC system (if so equipped) is turned OFF. speed and driving to these conditions. See “Slip indicator light”, and “Vehicle dynamic WARNING control (VDC) off indicator light” in the “In- The ABLS system provides increased trac- struments and controls” section. tion, but will not prevent accidents due to If the battery is removed or discharged, the trac- abrupt steering operation or by careless tion control system may be disabled and the driving or dangerous driving practices. Reduce vehicle speed and be especially SLIP and indicator lights will not turn off careful when driving and cornering on after 2 seconds when the ignition switch is turned slippery surfaces, and always drive to the ON position. Perform the following proce- carefully. dure to reset the system: ● Start the engine and set the steering wheel in the straight forward position.5-30 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● Drive the vehicle at speeds above 10 mph at a slow speed. When the self-test occurs, you system may not operate properly. This (15 km/h) for at least 10 minutes. may hear a clunk noise and/or feel a pulsation in could adversely affect vehicle handling the brake pedal. This is normal and is not an performance, and the VDC OFF indica- ● The VDC OFF indicator light should go off indication of a malfunction. tor light may come on. indicating the traction control system is op- erational. ● When driving on extremely inclined sur- WARNING faces such as higher banked corners, ● If you interrupt the reset procedure by turn- ● The vehicle dynamic control system is the vehicle dynamic control system may ing the ignition off, you will need to restart designed to help improve driving stabil- not operate properly and the VDC OFF the reset procedure. ity but does not prevent accidents due indicator light may come on. Do notIf after driving the vehicle for more than 10 min- to abrupt steering operation at high drive on these types of roads.utes and the SLIP and lights remain illumi- speeds or by careless or dangerous driving techniques. Reduce vehicle ● When driving on an unstable surfacenated in the instrument panel, have the vehicle speed and be especially careful when such as a turntable, ferry, elevator ordynamic control system checked by a NISSAN driving and cornering on slippery sur- ramp, the vehicle dynamic control offdealer. faces and always drive carefully. indicator light may illuminate. This isIf the vehicle is operated with the vehicle dynamic not a malfunction. Restart the enginecontrol system off using the VDC OFF switch, ● If brake related parts such as brake after driving onto a stable surfacemost VDC functions will be turned off. The VDC pads, rotors and calipers are not stan- dard equipment or are extremely dete- ● If wheels or tires other than the recom-system will still try to transfer power from a slip- mended ones are used, the vehicle dy-ping drive wheel to one with more traction when riorated, the vehicle dynamic control system may not operate properly and namic control system may not operatethe VDC system switch is OFF. The Slip indicator properly and the vehicle dynamic con-will flash if wheel spin is detected. The ABS will the vehicle dynamic control off indica- tor light may come on. trol off indicator light may come on.still operate with the VDC system off. ● Do not modify the vehicle’s suspension. ● The vehicle dynamic control system isWhen the VDC system is operating, you may feel a not a substitute for winter tires or tirepulsation in the brake pedal and hear a noise or If suspension parts such as shock ab- sorbers, struts, springs, stabilizer bars chains on a snow covered road.vibration from under the hood. This is normal andindicates that the VDC system is working properly. and bushings are not NISSAN approved for your vehicle or are extremely dete-The computer has a built in diagnostic feature riorated the vehicle dynamic controlthat tests the system each time you start theengine and move the vehicle forward or in reverse Starting and driving 5-31 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • HILL DESCENT CONTROL (HDC) HILL START ASSIST (HSA) SYSTEMSYSTEM (if so equipped) (if so equipped) the driver to concentrate on steering while reduc- WARNING WARNING ing the burden of brake and accelerator opera-● Never rely solely on the hill descent tion. ● Never rely solely on the hill start assist control system to control vehicle speed system to prevent the vehicle from mov- when driving on steep down hill grades. ● When additional braking is required on ing backward on a hill. Always drive Always drive carefully and attentively steep downhill roads activate the HDC sys- carefully and attentively. Depress the when using the hill descent control sys- tem by pushing the switch ON, see “Hill brake pedal when the vehicle is tem and decelerate the vehicle speed descent control (HDC) switch” in the “In- stopped on a steep hill. Be especially by depressing the brake pedal if neces- struments and controls” section. careful when stopped on a hill on frozen sary. Be especially careful when driving ● Once the system is activated the indicator or muddy roads. Failure to prevent the on frozen, muddy or an extremely steep light will remain on in the instrument panel, vehicle from rolling backwards may re- downhill roads. Failure to control ve- see “Hill descent control (HDC) system on sult in a loss of control of the vehicle hicle speed may result in a loss of con- indicator light” in the “Instruments and con- and possible serious injury or death. trol of the vehicle and possible serious trols” section. ● The hill start assist system is not de- injury or death. If the accelerator or brake pedal is depressed signed to hold the vehicle at a standstill● The hill descent control may not control while the HDC system is on, the system will stop on a hill. Depress the brake pedal when the vehicle speed on a hill under all load operating temporarily. As soon as the accelerator the vehicle is stopped on a steep hill. or road conditions. Always be prepared or brake pedal is released, the HDC system Failure to do so may cause the vehicle to depress the brake pedal to control begins to function again if the HDC operating to roll backwards and may result in a vehicle speed. Failure to do so may re- conditions are fulfilled. collision or serious personal injury. sult in a collision or serious personal For the best results, when descending steep ● The hill start assist may not prevent the injury. downhill grades, the HDC switch should be ON vehicle from rolling backwards on a hillThe hill descent control system helps maintain and the selector lever in 2 (Second gear) or 1 under all load or road conditions. Al-vehicle speed when driving under 15-21 mph (Low gear) for engine braking. ways be prepared to depress the brake(25-35 km/h) on steeper downhill grades. HDC pedal to prevent the vehicle from rollingis useful when engine braking alone in 4H or 4L backwards. Failure to do so may result in a collision or serious personal injury.cannot control vehicle speed. HDC applies thevehicle brakes to control vehicle speed allowing5-32 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • COLD WEATHER DRIVINGThe hill start assist system automatically keeps FREEING A FROZEN DOOR LOCK DRAINING OF COOLANT WATERthe brakes applied to help prevent the vehiclefrom rolling backwards in the time it takes the To prevent a door lock from freezing, apply de- If the vehicle is to be left outside without anti-driver to release the brake pedal and apply the icer through the key hole. If the lock becomes freeze, drain the cooling system, including theaccelerator when the vehicle is stopped on a hill. frozen, heat the key before inserting it into the key engine block. Refill before operating the vehicle. hole or use the remote keyless entry keyfob (if so For details, see “Changing engine coolant” in theHill start assist will operate automatically under equipped). “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section of thisthe following conditions: ANTI-FREEZE manual. ● The selector lever is shifted to a forward or reverse gear. In the winter when it is anticipated that the tem- TIRE EQUIPMENT perature will drop below 32°F (0°C), check the 1. SUMMER tires have a tread designed to ● The vehicle is stopped completely on a hill anti-freeze to assure proper winter protection. by applying the brake. provide superior performance on dry pave- For details, see “Engine cooling system” in the ment. However, the performance of theseThe maximum holding time is 2 seconds. After 2 “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section of this manual. tires will be substantially reduced in snowyseconds the vehicle will begin to roll back and hill and icy conditions. If you operate your ve-start assist will stop operating completely. BATTERY hicle on snowy or icy roads, NISSAN recom-Hill start assist will not operate when the selector mends the use of MUD & SNOW or ALLlever is shifted to N or P or on a flat and level road. If the battery is not fully charged during extremely SEASON TIRES on all four wheels. Please cold weather conditions, the battery fluid may freeze and damage the battery. To maintain maxi- consult a NISSAN dealer for the tire type, mum efficiency, the battery should be checked size, speed rating and availability informa- regularly. For details, see “Battery” in the “Main- tion. tenance and do-it-yourself” section of this 2. For additional traction on icy roads, studded manual. tires may be used. However, some U.S. states and Canadian provinces prohibit their use. Check local, state and provincial laws before installing studded tires. Skid and traction capabilities of studded snow tires on wet or dry surfaces may be poorer than that of non-studded snow tires. Starting and driving 5-33 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 3. Tire chains may be used. Never install tire chains on spare tires. Do ● Whatever the condition, drive with cau- not use tire chains on dry roads. tion. Accelerate and slow down with Use of tire chains may be prohibited accord- ing to location. Check the local laws before SPECIAL WINTER EQUIPMENT care. If accelerating or downshifting too installing tire chains. When installing tire fast, the drive wheels will lose even chains, make sure they are the proper size It is recommended that the following items be more traction. for the tires on your vehicle and are installed carried in the vehicle during winter: ● Allow more stopping distance under according to the chain manufacturer’s sug- ● A scraper and stiff-bristled brush to remove these conditions. Braking should be gestions. Use only SAE Class “S” ice and snow from the windows and wiper started sooner than on dry pavement. chains. Class “S” chains are used on ve- blades. ● Allow greater following distances on hicles with restricted tire to vehicle clear- slippery roads. ance. Vehicles that can use Class “S” chains ● A sturdy, flat board to be placed under the are designed to meet the minimum clear- jack to give it firm support. ● Watch for slippery spots (glare ice). ances between the tire and the closest ve- These may appear on an otherwise ● A shovel to dig the vehicle out of snowdrifts. clear road in shaded areas. If a patch of hicle suspension or body component re- ● Extra window washer fluid to refill the reser- ice is seen ahead, brake before reach- quired to accommodate the use of a winter voir tank. ing it. Try not to brake while on the ice, traction device (tire chains or cables). The and avoid any sudden steering minimum clearances are determined using DRIVING ON SNOW OR ICE maneuvers. the factory equipped tire size. Other types may damage your vehicle. Use chain ten- ● Do not use the cruise control on slip- WARNING pery roads. sioners when recommended by the tire chain manufacturer to ensure a tight fit. ● Wet ice (32°F, 0°C and freezing rain), ● Snow can trap dangerous exhaust Loose end links of the tire chain must be very cold snow or ice can be slick and gases under your vehicle. Keep snow secured or removed to prevent the possibil- very hard to drive on. The vehicle will clear of the exhaust pipe and from ity of whipping action damage to the fenders have much less traction or “grip” under around your vehicle. or underbody. If possible, avoid fully loading these conditions. Try to avoid driving on your vehicle when using tire chains. In addi- wet ice until the road is salted or tion, drive at a reduced speed. Otherwise, sanded. your vehicle may be damaged and/or vehicle handling and performance may be adversely affected.5-34 Starting and driving ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 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. Starting and driving 5-35 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
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  • 6 In case of emergencyFirst aid kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 Push starting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-10Flat tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 If your vehicle overheats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-10 Tire pressure monitoring system. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 Towing your vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11 Changing a flat tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3 Towing recommended by NISSAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12Jump starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8 Vehicle recovery (freeing a stuck vehicle) . . . . . . . . . 6-14 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • FIRST AID KIT FLAT TIRE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM This vehicle is equipped with the tire pressure monitoring system. It monitors tire pressure of all tires except the spare. When the low tire pres- sure warning light is lit, one or more of your tires is significantly underinflated. If equipped, the sys- tem also displays pressure of all tires (except the spare tire) on the display screen by sending a signal from a sensor that is installed in each wheel. If the vehicle is being driven with low tire pressure, the tire pressure monitoring system will activate and warn you of it by the low tire pressure LCE0114 warning light. This system will activate only whenA first aid kit is located on the back door trim the vehicle is driven at speeds above 16 MPHpanel. To remove the first aid kit: (26 km/h). For more details, refer to᭺1 Squeeze the latch buttons. “Warning/indicator lights and audible reminders” in the “Instruments and controls” section, “Tire᭺2 Pull the two straps apart to unfasten. pressure information” in the “Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems” sec- tion and “Tire pressure monitoring system” in the “Starting and driving” section.6-2 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WARNING CHANGING A FLAT TIRE WARNING● If the low tire pressure warning light If you have a flat tire, follow the instructions be- ● Make sure the parking brake is securely illuminates while driving, avoid sudden low. applied and the manual transmission is steering maneuvers or abrupt braking, shifted into R (Reverse), or the auto- reduce vehicle speed, pull off the road Stopping the vehicle matic transmission into P (Park). to a safe location and stop the vehicle 1. Safely move the vehicle off the road and ● Never change tires when the vehicle is as soon as possible. Serious vehicle away from traffic. on a slope, ice or slippery areas. This is damage could occur and may lead to an 2. Turn on the hazard warning flashers. hazardous. accident and could result in serious personal injury. Check the tire pressure 3. Park on a level surface and apply the parking ● Never change tires if oncoming traffic is for all four tires. Adjust the tire pressure brake. Shift the manual transmission into R close to your vehicle. Wait for profes- to the recommended COLD tire pres- (Reverse), or the automatic transmission sional road assistance. sure shown on the Tire and Loading into P (Park). ● When a spare tire is mounted or a wheel Information label to turn the low tire is replaced, the low tire pressure warn- pressure warning light OFF. If you have 4. Turn off the engine. ing system will not function. Contact a flat tire, replace it with a spare tire as 5. Raise the hood to warn other traffic and to your NISSAN dealer as soon possible soon as possible. signal professional road assistance person- for tire replacement and/or system re-● When a spare tire is mounted or a wheel nel that you need assistance. setting. (For models with the low tire is replaced, tire pressure will not be 6. Have all passengers get out of the vehicle pressure warning system) indicated and the low tire pressure and stand in a safe place, away from traffic warning system will not function. Con- and clear of the vehicle. tact your NISSAN dealer as soon as possible for tire replacement and/or system resetting.● Do not inject any tire liquid or aerosol tire sealant into the tires, as this may cause a malfunction of the tire pressure sensors. In case of emergency 6-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WCE0044 LCE0115 LCE0117Blocking wheels Getting the spare tire and tools 3. Find the oval-shaped opening above the middle of the bumper. Pass the T-shapedPlace suitable blocks ᭺ at both the front and 1 1. Fold the rear bench seat cushion forward. end of the jack rod through the opening andback of the wheel diagonally opposite the flat tire Refer to “Folding the 2nd row bench seat” in direct it toward the spare tire winch, located᭺ to prevent the vehicle from moving when it is 2 the “Safety–Seats, seat belts and supple- directly above the spare tire.jacked up. mental restraint system” section earlier in this manual. CAUTION WARNING 2. Remove the jack and jacking tools. Do not insert the jack rod straight as it isBe sure to block the wheel as the vehicle designed to be inserted at an angle asmay move and result in personal injury. shown.6-4 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 5. Seat the T-shaped end of the jack rod into ● Use the correct jack-up points. Never the T-shaped opening of the tire winch. Ap- use any other part of the vehicle for jack ply pressure to keep the jack rod engaged in support. the spare tire winch and turn the jack rod counterclockwise to lower the spare tire. ● Never jack up the vehicle more than necessary. 6. Once the spare tire is completely lowered, ● Never use blocks on or under the jack. reach under the vehicle, remove the retainer chain, and carefully slide the tire from under ● Do not start or run the engine while the rear of the vehicle. vehicle is on the jack. It may cause the vehicle to move. This is especially true CAUTION for vehicles with limited slip differentials. Be sure to center the spare tire suspend- ing plate on the wheel and then lift the ● Do not allow passengers to stay in the spare tire. vehicle while it is on the jack. ● Never run the engine with a wheel(s) off Jacking up vehicle and removing the the ground. It may cause the vehicle to damaged tire move. WARNING Always refer to the illustration for the correct placement and jack-up points for your specific ● Never get under the vehicle while it is vehicle model and jack type. supported only by the jack. If it is nec- LCE0118 essary to work under the vehicle, sup- Carefully read the caution label attached to port it with safety stands. the jack body and the following instruc-4. Fit the square end of the jack rod into the tions. square hole of the wheel nut wrench to form ● Use only the jack provided with your a handle. vehicle to lift the vehicle. Do not use the 1. Loosen each wheel nut one or two turns by jack provided with your vehicle on other turning counterclockwise with the wheel nut vehicles. The jack is designed for lifting wrench. Do not remove the wheel nuts only your vehicle during a tire change. until the tire is off the ground. In case of emergency 6-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LCE0119 LCE0087 2. Place the jack directly under the jack-up The jack should be used on firm and 3. Install the assembled jack rod into the jack point as illustrated so the top of the jack level ground. as shown. contacts the vehicle at the jack-up point. The 4. To lift the vehicle, securely hold the jack lever front tire jack-up points are indicated by and rod. Carefully raise the vehicle until the stamped arrows on the side of the frame. tire clears the ground. 5. Remove the wheel nuts and then remove the tire.6-6 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 4. Lower the vehicle slowly until the tire COLD pressure: After vehicle has been touches the ground. Then, with the wheel parked for three hours or more or driven nut wrench, tighten the wheel nuts securely less than 1 mile (1.6 km). in the sequence illustrated. Lower the ve- COLD tire pressures are shown on the Tire hicle completely. and Loading Information label affixed to the driver side center pillar. WARNING 5. Securely store the flat tire and jacking equip- ● Incorrect wheel nuts or improperly ment in the vehicle. tightened wheel nuts can cause the wheel to become loose or come off. WARNING This could cause an accident. ● Always make sure that the spare tire ● Do not use oil or grease on the wheel and jacking equipment are properly se- studs or nuts. This could cause the nuts cured after use. Such items can become WCE0063 to become loose. dangerous projectiles in an accident orInstalling the spare tire Retighten the wheel nuts after the vehicle sudden stop.The spare tire is designed for emergency has been driven for 600 miles (1,000 km) ● The spare tire is designed for emer-use. See specific instructions under the (also in cases of a flat tire, etc.). As soon as gency use. See specific instructions un-heading “Wheels and tires” in the “Mainte- possible, tighten the wheel nuts to the der the heading “Wheels and tires” innance and do-it-yourself” section of this specified torque with a torque wrench. the “Maintenance and do-it-yourself”manual. section of this manual. Wheel nut tightening torque: 1. Clean any mud or dirt from the surface be- 98 ft-lb (133 N·m) tween the wheel and hub. The wheel nuts must be kept tightened to 2. Carefully put the spare tire on and tighten specification at all times. It is recom- the wheel nuts finger tight. mended that wheel nuts be tightened to 3. With the wheel nut wrench, tighten wheel specifications at each lubrication interval. nuts alternately and evenly as illustrated until Adjust tire pressure to the COLD pressure. they are tight. In case of emergency 6-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 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.6-8 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 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. WCE0066 6. Keep the engine speed of the booster ve- 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 offFailure to do so could result in damage to CAUTION all unnecessary electrical systems (lights,the charging system and cause personal heater, air conditioner, etc.). Do not keep the starter motor engaged forinjury. more than 10 seconds. If the engine does 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. teries near each other. 7. After starting the engine, carefully discon- 4. Connect jumper cables in the sequence il- nect the negative cable and then the positive Do not allow the two vehicles to touch. lustrated (᭺, ᭺, ᭺, ᭺). A B C D cable. In case of emergency 6-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • PUSH STARTING IF YOUR VEHICLE OVERHEATS 8. Replace the vent caps (if so equipped). Be CAUTION WARNING sure to dispose of the cloth used to cover the vent holes as it may be contaminated ● Automatic transmission models cannot ● Do not continue to drive if your vehicle with corrosive acid. be push-started or tow-started. At- overheats. Doing so could cause engine tempting to do so may cause transmis- damage or a vehicle fire. sion damage. ● To avoid the danger of being scalded, ● Three-way catalyst equipped models never remove the radiator or coolant should not be started by pushing. The reservoir cap while the engine is still three-way catalyst may be damaged. hot. When the radiator or coolant reser- voir cap is removed, pressurized hot ● Never try to start the vehicle by towing water will spurt out, possibly causing it. When the engine starts, the forward serious injury. surge could cause the vehicle to collide with the tow vehicle. ● Do not open the hood if steam is com- ing out. If your vehicle is overheating (indicated by an extremely high temperature gauge reading and the illumination of the engine oil pressure/engine coolant temperature high indicator light), or if you feel a lack of engine power, detect abnormal noise, etc. take the following steps. 1. Move the vehicle safely off the road, apply the parking brake and move the shift lever to P (Park). Do not stop the engine. 2. Turn off the air conditioner. Open all the windows, move the heater or air conditioner temperature control to maximum hot and fan control to high speed.6-10 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • TOWING YOUR VEHICLE3. Get out of the vehicle. Look and listen for 6. After the engine cools down, check the cool- When towing your vehicle, all State (Provincial in steam or coolant escaping from the radiator ant level in the engine coolant reservoir tank Canada) and local regulations for towing must be before opening the hood. (If steam or cool- with the engine running. Add coolant to the followed. Incorrect towing equipment could dam- ant is escaping, turn off the engine.) Do not engine coolant reservoir tank if necessary. age your vehicle. Towing instructions are avail- open the hood further until no steam or Have your vehicle repaired at a NISSAN able from a NISSAN dealer. Local service opera- coolant can be seen. dealer. tors are generally familiar with the applicable laws and procedures for towing. To assure proper4. Open the engine hood. towing and to prevent accidental damage to your vehicle, NISSAN recommends having a service WARNING operator tow your vehicle. It is advisable to haveIf steam or water is coming from the en- the service operator carefully read the followinggine, stand clear to prevent getting precautions:burned.5. Visually check drive belts for damage or WARNING looseness. Also check if the cooling fan is ● Never ride in a vehicle that is being running. The radiator hoses and radiator towed. should not leak water. If coolant is leaking, ● Never get under your vehicle after it has the water pump belt is missing or loose, or been lifted by a tow truck. the cooling fan does not run, stop the en- gine. CAUTION WARNING ● When towing, make sure that the trans- mission, axles, steering system andBe careful not to allow your hands, hair, powertrain are in working condition. Ifjewelry or clothing to come into contact any unit is damaged, dollies must bewith, or get caught in, engine belts or the used.engine cooling fan. The engine coolingfan can start at any time when the coolant ● Always attach safety chains beforetemperature is high. towing. In case of emergency 6-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • For information about towing your vehicle behind Two-wheel drive modelsa recreational vehicle (RV), refer to “Flat towing”in the “Technical and consumer information” sec- NISSAN recommends that your vehicle be towedtion of this manual. with the driving (rear) wheels off the ground or place the vehicle on a flat bed truck as illustrated. CAUTION ● Never tow automatic transmission models with the rear wheels on the ground or four wheels on the ground (forward or backward), as this may cause serious and expensive damage to the transmission. If it is necessary to tow the vehicle with the front wheels raised always use towing dollies under the rear wheels. ● When towing automatic or manual transmission models with the front wheels on the ground or on towing dollies: – Turn the ignition key to the OFF po- sition, and secure the steering wheel ACE1037 in a straight-ahead position with a TOWING RECOMMENDED BY rope or similar device. Never secure the steering wheel by turning the ig- NISSAN nition key to the LOCK position. This may damage the steering lock mechanism.6-12 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● If you have to tow manual transmission models with the rear wheels on the ground (if you do not use towing dol- lies) or four wheels on the ground: ● Always release the parking brake. ● Move the transmission shift lever to the N (Neutral) position. ● Observe the following restricted tow- ing speeds and distances for manual transmission models only: Speed: Below 60 MPH (97 km/h) Distance: Less than 500 miles (805 WSD0097 km) Four-wheel drive models ● When towing automatic or manualIf the speed or distance must necessarily be transmission models with the frontgreater, remove the propeller shaft before towing NISSAN recommends that towing dollies be wheels on the ground or on towingto prevent damage to the transmission. used when towing your vehicle or place the ve- dollies: hicle on a flat bed truck as illustrated. ● Move the 4WD shift switch to the 2H CAUTION position. ● Never tow automatic transmission ● Turn the ignition key to the OFF po- models with the rear wheels on the sition, and secure the steering wheel ground or four wheels on the ground, as in a straight-ahead position with a this may cause serious and expensive rope or similar device. Never secure damage to the transmission. If it is nec- the steering wheel by turning the ig- essary to tow the vehicle with the front nition key to the LOCK position. This wheels raised always use towing dollies may damage the steering lock under the rear wheels. mechanism. In case of emergency 6-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● If you have to tow manual transmission CAUTION models with the rear wheels on the ground (if you do not use towing dol- ● Tow chains or cables must be attached lies) or four wheels on the ground: only to the main structural members of the vehicle or the towing hooks (if so ● Move the 4WD shift switch to the 2H equipped). Otherwise, the vehicle body position. will be damaged. ● Move the transmission shift lever to ● Use the towing hook (if so equipped) the N (Neutral) position. only to free a vehicle stuck in sand, ● Always release the parking brake. snow, mud, etc. Never tow the vehicle for a long distance using only the tow- ● Observe the following restricted tow- ing hook. ing speeds and distances for manual transmission models only: ● The towing hook is under tremendous LCE0103 force when used to free a stuck vehicle. Speed: Below 60 MPH (97 km/h) Never pull the hook at an angle. VEHICLE RECOVERY (freeing a stuck Distance: Less than 500 miles (805 ● Always pull the cable straight out from km) vehicle) the front or rear of the vehicle.If the speed or distance must necessarily be WARNING ● Pulling devices should be routed sogreater, remove the propeller shaft before towing they do not touch any part of the sus-to prevent damage to the transmission. ● Stand clear of a stuck vehicle. pension, steering, brake or cooling ● Do not spin your tires at high speed. systems. This could cause them to explode and ● Pulling devices such as ropes or canvas result in serious injury. Parts of your straps are not recommended for use in vehicle could also overheat and be vehicle towing or recovery. damaged.6-14 In case of emergency ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • If your vehicle is stuck in sand, snow, mud, etc.,use the following procedure: 1. Turn off the Vehicle Dynamic Control System (if so equipped). 2. Make sure the area in front and behind the vehicle is clear of obstructions. 3. Turn the steering wheel right and left to clear an area around the front tires. 4. Slowly rock the vehicle forward and back- ward. ● Shift back and forth between R (Reverse) and D (Drive). ● Apply the accelerator as little as possible to maintain the rocking motion. ● Release the accelerator pedal before shifting between R and D. ● Do not spin the tires above 35 mph (55 km/h). 5. If the vehicle can not be freed after a few tries, contact a professional towing service to remove the vehicle. In case of emergency 6-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
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  • 7 Appearance and careCleaning exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 Cleaning interior. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4 Washing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 Floor mats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4 Waxing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 Removing spots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 Corrosion protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 Underbody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 Most common factors contributing to vehicle Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 Aluminum alloy wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 Environmental factors influence the rate of Chrome parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 Tire dressings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 To protect your vehicle from corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • CLEANING EXTERIORIn order to maintain the appearance of your ve- CAUTION WAXINGhicle, it is important to take proper care of it. ● Do not wash the vehicle with strong Regular waxing protects the paint surface andTo protect the paint surfaces, please wash your household soap, strong chemical deter- helps retain new vehicle appearance. Polishing isvehicle as soon as you can: gents, gasoline or solvents. recommended to remove built-up wax residue and to avoid a weathered appearance before ● after a rainfall to prevent possible damage ● Do not wash the vehicle in direct sun- re-applying wax. from acid rain. light or while the vehicle body is hot, as the surface may become water-spotted. A NISSAN dealer can assist you in choosing the ● after driving on coastal roads. proper product. ● Avoid using tight-napped or rough ● when contaminants such as soot, bird drop- cloths, such as washing mitts. Care ● Wax your vehicle only after a thorough wash- pings, tree sap, metal particles or bugs get must be taken when removing ing. Follow the instructions supplied with the on the paint surface. caked-on dirt or other foreign sub- wax. ● when dust or mud builds up on the surface. stances so the paint surface is not ● Do not use a wax containing any abrasives, scratched or damaged. cutting compounds or cleaners that mayWhenever possible, store or park your vehicle Rinse the vehicle thoroughly with plenty of clean damage the vehicle finish.inside a garage or in a covered area. water. Machine compounding or aggressive polishingWhen it is necessary to park outside, park in a Inside flanges, seams and folds on the doors, on a base coat/clear coat paint finish may dull theshady area or protect the vehicle with a body finish or leave swirl marks.cover. hatches and hood are particularly vulnerable to the effects of road salt. Therefore, these areasBe careful not to scratch the paint surface must be cleaned regularly. Take care that the REMOVING SPOTSwhen putting on or removing the body drain holes in the lower edge of the door are Remove tar and oil spots, industrial dust, insects,cover. open. Spray water under the body and in the and tree sap as quickly as possible from the wheel wells to loosen the dirt and wash away surface of the paint to avoid lasting damage orWASHING road salt. staining. Special cleaning products are availableWash dirt off with a wet sponge and plenty of at a NISSAN dealer or any automotive accessory A damp chamois can be used to dry the vehicle towater. Clean the vehicle thoroughly using a mild store. avoid water spots.soap, a special vehicle soap or general purposedishwashing liquid mixed with clean, lukewarm(never hot) water.7-2 Appearance and care ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • UNDERBODY ALUMINUM ALLOY WHEELS ● Wipe off excess tire dressing using a dry towel. Make sure the tire dressing is com-In areas where road salt is used in winter, it is Wash the wheels regularly, especially during win- pletely removed from the tire tread/grooves.necessary to clean the underbody regularly in ter months in areas where road salt is used. If notorder to prevent dirt and salt from building up and removed, road salt can discolor the wheels. ● Allow the tire dressing to dry as recom-causing the acceleration of corrosion on the un- mended by tire dressing manufacturer.derbody and suspension. Before the winter pe- CHROME PARTSriod and again in the spring, the underseal must Clean all chrome parts regularly with a non-be checked and, if necessary, retreated. abrasive chrome polish to maintain the finish.GLASS TIRE DRESSINGSUse glass cleaner to remove smoke and dust film NISSAN does not recommend the use of tirefrom the glass surfaces. It is normal for glass to dressings. Tire manufacturers apply a coating tobecome coated with a film after the vehicle is the tires to help reduce discoloration of the rub-parked in the hot sun. Glass cleaner and a soft ber. If a tire dressing is applied to the tires, it maycloth will easily remove this film. react with the coating and form a compound. This compound may come off the tire while driving and CAUTION stain the vehicle paint.When cleaning the inside of the windows, If you choose to use a tire dressing, take thedo not use sharp-edged tools, abrasive following precautions:cleaners or chlorine-based disinfectantcleaners. They could damage the electri- ● Use a water-based tire dressing. The coat-cal conductors, radio antenna elements or ing on the tire dissolves more easily with anrear window defroster elements. oil-based tire dressing. ● Apply a light coat of tire dressing to help prevent it from entering the tire tread/grooves (where it would be difficult to remove). Appearance and care 7-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • CLEANING INTERIOROccasionally remove loose dust from the interior FLOOR MATStrim, plastic parts and seats using a vacuumcleaner or soft brush. Wipe the vinyl and leather The use of genuine NISSAN floor mats can ex-surfaces with a clean, soft cloth dampened in tend the life of your vehicle carpet and make itmild soap solution, then wipe clean with a dry, easier to clean the interior. No matter whatsoft cloth. Before using any fabric protector, read mats are used, be sure they are fitted forthe manufacturer’s recommendations. Some fab- your vehicle and are properly positioned inric protectors contain chemicals that may stain or the footwell to prevent interference withbleach the seat material. pedal operation. Mats should be maintained with regular cleaning and replaced if they be-Use a cloth dampened only with water to clean come excessively worn.the meter and gauge lens. CAUTION● Never use benzine, thinner or any simi- WAI0006 lar material. Floor mat positioning aid (driver’s side● Small dirt particles can be abrasive and only) damaging to leather surfaces and should be removed promptly. Do not This vehicle includes a front floor mat bracket to use saddle soap, polishes, oils, clean- act as a floor mat positioning aid. NISSAN floor ing fluids, solvents, detergents or mats have been specially designed for your ve- ammonia-based cleaners as they may hicle model. The driver’s side floor mat has a damage the leather’s natural finish. grommet hole incorporated in it. Position the mat by placing the floor mat bracket hook through the● Never use fabric protectors unless rec- floor mat grommet hole while centering the mat in ommended by the manufacturer. the footwell.● Do not use glass or plastic cleaner on Periodically check to make certain the mats are meter or gauge lens covers. It may dam- properly positioned. age the lens cover.7-4 Appearance and care ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • CORROSION PROTECTIONSEAT BELTS MOST COMMON FACTORS TemperatureThe seat belts can be cleaned by wiping them CONTRIBUTING TO VEHICLE High temperatures accelerate the rate of corro-with a sponge dampened in a mild soap solution. CORROSION sion to those parts which are not well ventilated.Allow the belts to dry completely in the shadebefore using them. See “Seat belt maintenance” ● The accumulation of moisture-retaining dirt Air pollutionin the “Safety – Seats, seat belts and supplemen- and debris in body panel sections, cavities, and other areas. Industrial pollution, the presence of salt in the airtal restraint system” section of this manual. in coastal areas, or heavy road salt use acceler- ● Damage to paint and other protective coat- ates the corrosion process. Road salt also accel- WARNING ings caused by gravel and stone chips or erates the disintegration of paint surfaces.Do not allow wet seat belts to roll up in the minor traffic accidents. TO PROTECT YOUR VEHICLEretractor. NEVER use bleach, dye orchemical solvents to clean the seat belts, ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS FROM CORROSIONsince these materials may severely INFLUENCE THE RATE OF ● Wash and wax your vehicle often to keep theweaken the seat belt webbing. CORROSION vehicle clean. Moisture ● Always check for minor damage to the paint and repair it as soon as possible. Accumulation of sand, dirt and water on the ve- hicle body underside can accelerate corrosion. ● Keep drain holes at the bottom of the doors Wet floor coverings will not dry completely inside open to avoid water accumulation. the vehicle, and should be removed for drying to ● Check the underbody for accumulation of avoid floor panel corrosion. sand, dirt or salt. If present, wash with water as soon as possible. Relative humidity Corrosion will be accelerated in areas of high relative humidity, especially those areas where the temperatures stay above freezing and where atmospheric pollution exists and road salt is used. Appearance and care 7-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • CAUTION● NEVER remove dirt, sand or other de- bris from the passenger compartment by washing it out with a hose. Remove dirt with a vacuum cleaner or broom.● Never allow water or other liquids to come in contact with electronic compo- nents inside the vehicle as this may damage them.Chemicals used for road surface de-icing areextremely corrosive. They accelerate corrosionand deterioration of underbody componentssuch as the exhaust system, fuel and brake lines,brake cables, floor pan and fenders.In winter, the underbody must be cleanedperiodically.For additional protection against rust and corro-sion, which may be required in some areas, con-sult a NISSAN dealer.7-6 Appearance and care ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 8 Maintenance and do-it-yourselfMaintenance requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2 Spark plugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-16General maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2 Replacing spark plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-16 Explanation of general maintenance items . . . . . . . . . 8-2 Air cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-17Maintenance precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-5 In-cabin microfilter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-17Engine compartment check locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-6 Windshield wiper blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-19 Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-19Engine cooling system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-7 Replacing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-19 Checking engine coolant level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-7 Parking brake and brake pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-22 Changing engine coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-8 Checking parking brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-22Engine oil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-8 Checking brake pedal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-22 Checking engine oil level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-8 Brake booster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-23 Changing engine oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-23 Changing engine oil filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10 Engine compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-245-speed automatic transmission fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11 Passenger compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-25Power steering fluid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11 Keyfob battery replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-26Brake and clutch fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-12 Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-27 Brake fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-12 Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-27 Clutch fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-12 Exterior and interior lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-28Window washer fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-13 Wheels and tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-31 Window washer fluid reservoir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-13 Tire pressure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-31Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-13 Tire labeling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-35 Jump starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-15 Types of tires. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-37Variable Voltage Control System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-15 Tire chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-38Drive belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-16 Changing wheels and tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-38 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS GENERAL MAINTENANCEYour new NISSAN has been designed to have Performing general maintenance checks requires During the normal day-to-day operation of theminimum maintenance requirements with longer minimal mechanical skill and only a few general vehicle, general maintenance should be per-service intervals to save you both time and automotive tools. formed regularly as prescribed in this section. Ifmoney. However, some day-to-day and regular These checks or inspections can be done by you, you detect any unusual sounds, vibrations ormaintenance is essential to maintain your NIS- a qualified technician, or, if you prefer, a NISSAN smells, be sure to check for the cause or have aSAN’s good mechanical condition, as well as its dealer. NISSAN dealer do it promptly. In addition, youemission and engine performance. should notify a NISSAN dealer if you think that Where to go for service repairs are required.It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure thatthe scheduled maintenance, as well as general If maintenance service is required or your vehicle When performing any checks or maintenancemaintenance, is performed. appears to malfunction, have the systems work, closely observe the “Maintenance precau- checked and corrected by a NISSAN dealer. tions” later in this section.As the vehicle owner, you are the only one who NISSAN technicians are well-trained specialistscan ensure that your vehicle receives proper who are kept up-to-date with the latest service EXPLANATION OF GENERALmaintenance. You are a vital link in the mainte- information through technical bulletins, service MAINTENANCE ITEMSnance chain. tips, and in-dealership training programs. They are completely qualified to work on NISSAN ve- Additional information on the followingScheduled maintenance items with “*” is found later in this section. hicles before they work on your vehicle, ratherFor your convenience, both required and optional than after they have worked on it.scheduled maintenance items are described and Outside the vehiclelisted in your “NISSAN Service and Maintenance You can be confident that a NISSAN dealer’s The maintenance items listed here should beGuide.” You must refer to that guide to ensure service department performs the best job to meet performed from time to time, unless otherwise the maintenance requirements on your vehicle —that necessary maintenance is performed on your specified. in a reliable and economic way.NISSAN at regular intervals. Doors and engine hood Check that the doorsGeneral maintenance and engine hood operate properly. Also ensureGeneral maintenance includes those items which that all latches lock securely. Lubricate hinges,should be checked during normal day-to-day op- latches, latch pins, rollers and links as necessary.eration. They are essential for proper vehicle op- Make sure that the secondary latch keeps theeration. It is your responsibility to perform these hood from opening when the primary latch ismaintenance procedures regularly as prescribed. released.8-2 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • When driving in areas using road salt or other Windshield Clean the windshield on a regular the brake booster function. Be certain to keep thecorrosive materials, check lubrication frequently. basis. Check the windshield at least every six floor mat away from the pedal. months for cracks or other damage. Have a dam-Lights* Clean the headlights on a regular basis. Brakes Check that the brakes do not pull the aged windshield repaired by a qualified repairMake sure that the headlights, stop lights, tail vehicle to one side when applied. facility.lights, turn signal lights, and other lights are all Parking brake* Check that the lever/pedal hasoperating properly and installed securely. Also Windshield wiper blades* Check for cracks or the proper travel and confirm that your vehicle ischeck headlight aim. wear if they do not wipe properly. held securely on a fairly steep hill with only theRoad wheel nuts* When checking the tires, Inside the vehicle parking brake applied.make sure no wheel nuts are missing, and checkfor any loose wheel nuts. Tighten if necessary. The maintenance items listed here should be Seats Check seat position controls such as seat checked on a regular basis, such as when per- adjusters, seatback recliner, etc. to ensure theyTire rotation* Tires should be rotated every operate smoothly and all latches lock securely in forming periodic maintenance, cleaning the ve-7,500 miles (12,000 km). every position. Check that the head restraints hicle, etc.Tires* Check the pressure with a gauge often move up and down smoothly and the locks (if soand always prior to long distance trips. If neces- Additional information on the following equipped) hold securely in all latched positions.sary, adjust the pressure in all tires, including the items with an “*” is found later in this sec- tion. Seat belts Check that all parts of the seat beltspare, to the pressure specified. Check carefully system (for example, buckles, anchors, adjustersfor damage, cuts or excessive wear. Accelerator pedal Check the pedal for smooth and retractors) operate properly and smoothly,Wheel alignment and balance If the vehicle operation and make sure the pedal does not bind and are installed securely. Check the belt web-should pull to either side while driving on a or require uneven effort. Keep the floor mat away bing for cuts, fraying, wear or damage.straight and level road, or if you detect uneven or from the pedal. Steering wheel Check for changes in the steer-abnormal tire wear, there may be a need for wheel Automatic transmission P (Park) position ing system, such as excessive freeplay, hardalignment. If the steering wheel or seat vibrates at mechanism On a fairly steep hill check that your steering or strange noises.normal highway speeds, wheel balancing may beneeded. vehicle is held securely with the selector lever in Warning lights and chimes Make sure all the P (Park) position without applying any brakes. warning lights and chimes are operating properly. ● For additional information regarding tires, refer to “Important Tire Safety Information” Brake pedal and booster* Check the pedal for Windshield wiper and washer* Check that (US) or “Tire Safety Information” (Canada) in smooth operation and make sure it has the proper the wipers and washer operate properly and that the Warranty Information Booklet . distance under it when depressed fully. Check the wipers do not streak. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • Windshield defroster Check that the air exhaust fumes, immediately have the exhaust where mud and dirt may have accumulated. Seecomes out of the defroster outlets properly and in system inspected by a NISSAN dealer. See the the “Appearance and care” section of thissufficient quantity when operating the heater or carbon monoxide warning in the “Starting and manual.air conditioner. driving” section of this manual. Windshield washer fluid* Check that there isUnder the hood and vehicle Fluid leaks Check under the vehicle for fuel, oil, adequate fluid in the reservoir. water or other fluid leaks after the vehicle hasThe maintenance items listed here should bechecked periodically (for example, each time you been parked for a while. Water dripping from thecheck the engine oil or refuel). air conditioner after use is normal. If you should notice any leaks or if gasoline fumes are evident,Battery* Check the fluid level in each cell. It check for the cause and have it corrected imme-should be between the MAX and MIN lines. Ve- diately.hicles operated in high temperatures or undersevere conditions require frequent checks of the Power steering fluid level* and lines Checkbattery fluid level. the level when the fluid is cold, with the engine off. Check the lines for proper attachment, leaks,Brake fluid levels* Make sure that the brake cracks, etc.fluid level is between the MIN and MAX lines onthe reservoir. Radiator and hoses Check the front of theEngine coolant level* Check the coolant level radiator and clean off any dirt, insects, leaves,when the engine is cold. etc., that may have accumulated. Make sure the hoses have no cracks, deformation, rot or looseEngine drive belts* Make sure the drive belts connections.are not frayed, worn, cracked or oily. Underbody The underbody is frequently ex-Engine oil level* Check the level after parking posed to corrosive substances such as thosethe vehicle on a level surface with the engine off. used on icy roads or to control dust. It is veryWait more than 10 minutes for the oil to drain important to remove these substances from theback into the oil pan. underbody, otherwise rust may form on the floorExhaust system Make sure there are no loose pan, frame, fuel lines and exhaust system. At thesupports, cracks or holes. If the sound of the end of winter, the underbody should be thor-exhaust seems unusual or there is a smell of oughly flushed with plain water, in those areas8-4 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • MAINTENANCE PRECAUTIONSWhen performing any inspection or maintenance ● If you must work with the engine run- CAUTIONwork on your vehicle, always take care to prevent ning, keep your hands, clothing, hairserious accidental injury to yourself or damage to and tools away from moving fans, belts ● Do not work under the hood while thethe vehicle. The following are general precau- and any other moving parts. engine is hot. Turn the engine off andtions which should be closely observed. wait until it cools down. ● It is advisable to secure or remove any loose clothing and remove any jewelry, ● Avoid contact with used engine oil and WARNING coolant. Improperly disposed engine such as rings, watches, etc. before● Park the vehicle on a level surface, ap- working on your vehicle. oil, engine coolant and/or other vehicle ply the parking brake securely and fluids can damage the environment. Al- block the wheels to prevent the vehicle ● Always wear eye protection whenever ways conform to local regulations for from moving. Move the shift selector you work on your vehicle. disposal of vehicle fluid. lever to P (Park). ● If you must run the engine in an en- This “Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section● Be sure the ignition key is in the OFF or closed space such as a garage, be sure gives instructions regarding only those items LOCK position when performing any there is proper ventilation for exhaust which are relatively easy for an owner to perform. parts replacement or repairs. gases to escape. A genuine NISSAN service manual is also avail-● Never leave the engine or automatic ● Never get under the vehicle while it is able. See “Owner’s Manual/Service Manual or- transmission related component har- supported only by a jack. If it is neces- der information” in the “Technical and consumer nesses disconnected while the ignition sary to work under the vehicle, support information” section of this manual. switch is in the ON position. it with safety stands.● Never connect or disconnect the battery You should be aware that incomplete or improper ● Keep smoking materials, flame and servicing may result in operating difficulties or or any transistorized component while sparks away from the fuel tank and the ignition switch is in the ON position. excessive emissions, and could affect warranty battery. coverage. If in doubt about any servicing,● Your vehicle is equipped with an auto- ● On gasoline engine models with the have it done by a NISSAN dealer. matic engine cooling fan. It may come on multiport fuel injection (MFI) system, at any time without warning, even if the the fuel filter or fuel lines should be ignition key is in the OFF position and the serviced by a NISSAN dealer because engine is not running. To avoid injury, the fuel lines are under high pressure always disconnect the negative battery even when the engine is off. cable before working near the fan. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ENGINE COMPARTMENT CHECKLOCATIONS VQ40DE engine 1. Windshield washer fluid reservoir 2. Battery 3. Fuse/fusible link box 4. Engine oil filler cap 5. Engine oil dipstick 6. Brake fluid reservoir 7. Air cleaner 8. Drive belt location 9. Radiator cap 10. Power steering fluid reservoir 11. Engine coolant reservoir NOTE: Engine cover removed for clarity. WDI05078-6 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ENGINE COOLING SYSTEMThe engine cooling system is filled at the factory Outside temperature Genuine Demineral-with Genuine NISSAN Long Life down to NISSAN ized or dis-Antifreeze/Coolant to provide year-round anti- Long Life tilled waterfreeze and coolant protection.The anti-freeze so- Antifreeze/ °C °Flution contains rust and corrosion inhibitors. Ad- Coolant orditional engine cooling system additives are not equivalentnecessary. -35 -30 50% 50% WARNING CAUTION● Never remove the radiator or coolant When adding or replacing coolant, be sure reservoir cap when the engine is hot. to use only a Genuine NISSAN Long Life Wait until the engine and radiator cool Antifreeze/Coolant (green) or equivalent down. Serious burns could be caused with the proper mixture ratio of 50% anti- by high pressure fluid escaping from freeze and 50% demineralized or distilled LDI0436 the radiator. See precautions in “If your water. The use of other types of coolant vehicle overheats” found in the “In case solutions or coolant colors, such as or- CHECKING ENGINE COOLANT of emergency” section of this manual. ange, may damage the engine cooling LEVEL● The radiator is equipped with a pres- system. Check the coolant level in the reservoir when sure type radiator cap. To prevent en- the engine is cold. If the coolant level is below gine damage, use only a genuine the MIN level, add coolant to the MAX level. If the NISSAN radiator cap. reservoir is empty, check the coolant level in the radiator when the engine is cold. If there is insufficient coolant in the radiator, fill the radiator with coolant up to the filler opening and also add it to the reservoir up to the MAX level. The engine coolant reservoir is a pressur- ized tank. When installing the cap, tighten it until a clicking sound is heard. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ENGINE OILIf the cooling system frequently requirescoolant, have it checked by a NISSANdealer.CHANGING ENGINE COOLANTA NISSAN dealer can change the engine coolant.The service procedure can be found in theNISSAN Service Manual.Improper servicing can result in reducedheater performance and engine overheat-ing. WARNING● To avoid the danger of being scalded, LDI0437 LDI0371 never change the coolant when the en- CHECKING ENGINE OIL LEVEL 5. Remove the dipstick again and check the oil gine is hot. level. It should be between the H (High) and 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and apply L (Low) marks ᭺. This is the normal oper- B● Never remove the radiator cap when the the parking brake. engine is hot. Serious burns could be ating oil level range. If the oil level is below caused by high pressure fluid escaping 2. Start the engine and let it idle until it reaches the L (Low) mark ᭺, remove the oil filler cap A from the radiator. operating temperature. and pour recommended oil through the 3. Turn off the engine. Wait more than 10 opening. Do not overfill ᭺. C● Avoid direct skin contact with used coolant. If skin contact is made, wash minutes for the oil to drain back into 6. Recheck oil level with the dipstick. thoroughly with soap or hand cleaner the oil pan. as soon as possible. It is normal to add some oil between oil 4. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Re- maintenance intervals or during the● Keep coolant out of the reach of chil- insert it all the way. break-in period, depending on the severity dren and pets. of operating conditions.Engine coolant must be disposed of properly.Check your local regulations.8-8 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • If the oil filter is to be changed, remove and CAUTION replace it at this time. See “Changing engineOil level should be checked regularly. Op- oil filter” later in this section.erating the engine with an insufficientamount of oil can damage the engine, and WARNINGsuch damage is not covered by warranty. ● Prolonged and repeated contact with used engine oil may cause skin cancer. ● Try to avoid direct skin contact with used oil. If skin contact is made, wash thoroughly with soap or hand cleaner as soon as possible. ● Keep used engine oil out of reach of children. WDI0500 CHANGING ENGINE OIL CAUTION 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and apply Be careful not to burn yourself. The engine the parking brake. oil may be hot. 2. Start the engine and let it idle until it reaches ● Waste oil must be disposed of prop- operating temperature, then turn it off. erly. 3. Remove the oil filler cap ᭺ by turning it A ● Check your local regulations. counterclockwise. 6. Clean and reinstall the drain plug and a new 4. Place a large drain pan under the drain plug washer. Securely tighten the drain plug with ᭺. B a wrench. Do not use excessive force. 5. Remove the drain plug ᭺ with a wrench by B Drain plug tightening torque: turning it counterclockwise and completely 22 - 29 ft-lb (29 - 39 N·m) drain the oil. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 7. Refill engine with recommended oil through CAUTION the oil filler opening, then install the oil filler cap securely. Be careful not to burn yourself. The engine oil may be hot. See “Capacities and recommended fuel/lubricants” in the “Technical and con- 6. Wipe the engine oil filter sealing surface with sumer information” section of this manual for a clean rag. drain and refill capacity. Be sure to remove any old gasket material The drain and refill capacity depends on the remaining on the sealing surface of the en- oil temperature and drain time. Use these gine. specifications for reference only. Always use the dipstick to determine when the proper 7. Coat the gasket on the new filter with clean amount of oil is in the engine. engine oil. 8. Start the engine. Check for leakage around 8. Screw on the oil filter until a slight resistance the drain plug and oil filter. Correct as re- WDI0502 is felt, then tighten an additional 2/3 turn. quired. CHANGING ENGINE OIL FILTER 9. Start the engine and check for leakage 9. Turn the engine off and wait more than 10 around the oil filter. Correct as required. 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and apply minutes. Check the oil level with the dipstick. the parking brake. 10. Turn the engine off and wait more than 10 Add engine oil if necessary. minutes. Check the oil level. Add engine oil if 2. Turn the engine off. necessary. 3. Place a large drain pan under the oil filter. 4. Unscrew the plate covering the oil filter ex- posing the filter. 5. Loosen the oil filter ᭺ with an oil filter A wrench by turning it counterclockwise. Then remove the oil filter by turning it by hand.8-10 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 5-SPEED AUTOMATIC POWER STEERING FLUIDTRANSMISSION FLUIDWhen checking or replacement is required, we CAUTIONrecommend your NISSAN dealer for servicing. ● DO NOT OVERFILL. WARNING ● Recommended fluid is Genuine● Use only Genuine NISSAN Matic J ATF. NISSAN PSF or equivalent. Do not mix with other fluids.● Using automatic transmission fluid other than Genuine NISSAN Matic J ATF will cause deterioration in driveability and automatic transmission durability, and may damage the automatic trans- mission, which is not covered by the NISSAN new vehicle limited warranty. WDI0282The specified automatic transmission fluid is alsodescribed on caution labels located in the engine The fluid level should be checked using the HOTcompartment. MAX range on the power steering fluid reservoir at fluid temperatures of 122° - 176°F (50° - 80°C) or using the COLD MAX range on the power steering fluid reservoir at fluid tempera- tures of 32° - 86°F (0° - 30°C). If the fluid is below the MIN line, add Genuine NISSAN PSF. Remove the cap and fill through the opening. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • BRAKE AND CLUTCH FLUIDFor further brake and clutch fluid specificationinformation, refer to “Capacities and recom-mended fuel/lubricants” in the “Technical andconsumer information” section of this manual. WARNINGUse only new fluid from a sealed con-tainer. Old, inferior or contaminated fluidmay damage the brake and clutch sys-tems. The use of improper fluids can dam-age the brake system and affect the vehi-cle’s stopping ability. CAUTION LDI0463 LDI0463Do not spill the fluid on any painted sur- BRAKE FLUID CLUTCH FLUIDfaces. This will damage the paint. If fluid isspilled, immediately wash the surface Check the brake fluid level in the reservoir. If the Check the clutch fluid level in the reservoirwith water. fluid level is below the MIN line or the brake (manual transmissions only). If the fluid level is warning light comes on, add Genuine NISSAN below the MIN line, add Genuine NISSAN Super Super Heavy Duty Brake Fluid or equivalent DOT Heavy Duty Brake Fluid or equivalent DOT 3 fluid 3 fluid up to the MAX line. If fluid must be added up to the MAX line. If fluid must be added fre- frequently, the system should be checked by a quently, the system should be checked by a NISSAN dealer. NISSAN dealer. For further brake and clutch fluid specification information, refer to “Capacities and recom- mended fuel/lubricants” in the “Technical and consumer information” section of this manual.8-12 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WINDOW WASHER FLUID BATTERY Refill the reservoir more frequently when driving ● Keep the battery surface clean and dry. Any conditions require an increased amount of win- corrosion should be washed off with a solu- dow washer fluid. tion of baking soda and water. Recommended fluid is Genuine NISSAN Wind- ● Make certain the terminal connections are shield Washer Concentrate Cleaner & Anti- clean and securely tightened. freeze or equivalent. ● If the vehicle is not to be used for 30 days or CAUTION longer, disconnect the negative (-) battery terminal cable to prevent discharge. ● Do not substitute engine anti-freeze coolant for window washer solution. WARNING This may result in damage to the paint. ● Do not expose the battery to flames or ● Do not fill the window washer reservoir electrical sparks. Hydrogen gas gener- tank with washer fluid concentrates at ated by the battery is explosive. Do not LDI0441 full strength. Some methyl alcohol allow battery fluid to contact your skin,WINDOW WASHER FLUID based washer fluid concentrates may eyes, fabrics or painted surfaces. AfterRESERVOIR permanently stain the grille if spilled touching a battery or battery cap, do not while filling the window washer reser- touch or rub your eyes. ThoroughlyFill the window washer fluid reservoir periodically. voir tank. wash your hands. If the acid contactsAdd window washer fluid when the low window ● Pre-mix washer fluid concentrates with your eyes, skin or clothing, immediatelywasher fluid warning light comes on. water to the manufacturer’s recom- flush with water for at least 15 minutesTo fill the window washer fluid reservoir, lift the mended levels before pouring the fluid and seek medical attention.cap off the reservoir tank and pour the window into the window washer reservoir tank. ● Do not operate the vehicle if the fluid inwasher fluid into the tank opening. Do not use the window washer reservoir the battery is low. Low battery fluid can tank to mix the washer fluid concen- cause a higher load on the batteryAdd a washer solvent to the washer for better trate and water. which can generate heat, reduce bat-cleaning. In the winter season, add a windshield tery life, and in some cases lead to anwasher antifreeze. Follow the manufacturer’s in- explosion.structions for the mixture ratio. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● When working on or near a battery, al- ways wear suitable eye protection and remove all jewelry.● Battery posts, terminals and related ac- cessories contain lead and lead com- pounds. Wash hands after handling.● Keep battery out of the reach of children. WDI0224 1. Remove the battery caps with a screwdriver as shown. Use a cloth to protect the battery case. LDI0302 2. Check the fluid level in each cell If it is necessary to add fluid, add only distilled water to bring the level up to the bottom of the filler opening. Do not overfill.8-14 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • VARIABLE VOLTAGE CONTROL SYSTEMVehicles operated in high temperatures or under Your vehicle is equipped with a variable voltagesevere conditions require frequent checks of the control system. This system measures thebattery fluid level. amount of electrical discharge from the battery and controls voltage generated by the generator.JUMP STARTING If you add electrical accessories to your vehicleIf jump starting is necessary, see “Jump starting” ground it to the body ground ᭺ located near the Ain the “In case of emergency” section of this battery along the negative battery cable.manual. If the engine does not start by jumpstarting, the battery may have to be replaced.Contact a NISSAN dealer. LDI0454 CAUTION ● Do not ground accessories directly to the battery terminal. Doing so will by- pass the variable voltage control sys- tem and the vehicle battery may not charge completely. ● Use electrical accessories with the en- gine running to avoid discharging the vehicle battery. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • DRIVE BELTS SPARK PLUGS 1. Visually inspect the belt(s) for signs of un- usual wear, cuts, fraying or looseness. If the belt is in poor condition or is loose, have it replaced or adjusted by a NISSAN dealer. 2. Have the belts checked regularly for condi- tion and tension in accordance with the maintenance schedule found in the “NISSAN Service and Maintenance Guide”. LDI0449 WDI00051. Power steering fluid pump REPLACING SPARK PLUGS2. Cooling fan3. Air conditioner Platinum-tipped spark plugs4. Crankshaft It is not necessary to replace platinum-tipped5. Generator spark plugs as frequently as conventional type spark plugs because they last much longer. Fol- WARNING low the maintenance log shown in the “NISSANBe sure the ignition key is in the OFF or Service and Maintenance Guide”. Do not serviceLOCK position. The engine could rotate platinum-tipped spark plugs by cleaning or re-unexpectedly. gapping. ● Always replace spark plugs with rec- ommended or equivalent ones.8-16 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—marlene ੭
  • AIR CLEANER WARNING WARNINGBe sure the engine and ignition switch are ● Operating the engine with the airoff and that the parking brake is engaged cleaner removed can cause you or oth-securely. ers to be burned. The air cleaner not only cleans the air, it stops the flame if CAUTION the engine backfires. If it isn’t there, and the engine backfires, you could beBe sure to use the correct socket to re- burned. Do not drive with the air cleanermove the spark plugs. An incorrect socket removed, and be careful when workingcan damage the spark plugs. on the engine with the air cleanerIf replacement is required, see your NISSAN removed.dealer for assistance. ● Never pour fuel into the throttle body or attempt to start the engine with the air LDI0376 cleaner removed. Doing so could result The air cleaner filter should not be cleaned and in serious injury. reused. Replace it according to the maintenance log shown in the “NISSAN Service and Mainte- IN-CABIN MICROFILTER nance Guide.” When replacing the filter, wipe the The in-cabin microfilter restricts the entry of air- inside of the air cleaner filter housing and the borne dust and pollen particles and reduces cover with a damp cloth. some objectionable outside odors. The filter is located behind the glove box. Refer to the To remove the air cleaner filter: “NISSAN Service and Maintenance Guide” for ᭺ 1 Loosen the screw. change intervals. ᭺ 2 Disconnect the electrical connector. To replace the filter, perform the following proce- dure: ᭺ 3 Unlatch the clips and remove the air cleaner cover. Remove the air cleaner filter. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LDI0442 LDI0387 LDI0404 1. Open the glove box and press in on the 2. Remove the filter cover bolt and remove the NOTE: sides so that it will open completely allowing filter cover. The filters are marked with air flow arrows. it to hang by the cord. The end of the filter with the arrow should face the rear of the vehicle. The arrows should face downward. 3. Insert the first filter into the housing and slide it over to the right. Insert the second filter into the housing. 4. Replace the filter cover. 5. Install the glove box door. 6. Fill out the date information on the small replacement label and attach it to the glove box lid.8-18 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADESCLEANING CAUTIONIf your windshield is not clear after using the ● After wiper blade replacement, returnwindshield washer or if a wiper blade chatters the wiper arm to its original position;when running, wax or other material may be on otherwise it may be damaged when thethe blade or windshield. hood is opened.Clean the outside of the windshield with a washer ● Make sure the wiper blades contact thesolution or a mild detergent. Your windshield is glass; otherwise the arms may be dam-clean if beads do not form when rinsing with clear aged from wind pressure.water.Clean each blade by wiping it with a cloth soakedin a washer solution or a mild detergent. Thenrinse the blades with clear water. If your wind-shield is still not clear after cleaning the blades WDI0408and using the wiper, replace the blades. REPLACING CAUTION Replace the wiper blades if they are worn.Worn windshield wiper blades can dam- 1. Lift the wiper arm away from the windshield.age the windshield and impair drivervision. ᭺ 2 Push the release tab, then move the wiper blade down the wiper arm to remove. ᭺ 3 Remove the wiper blade. 4. Insert the new wiper blade onto the wiper arm until it clicks into place. 5. Rotate wiper blade so the dimple is in the groove. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LDI0443If you wax the surface of the hood, be careful notto let wax get into the washer nozzle ᭺. This may 1cause clogging or improper windshield washeroperation. If wax gets into the nozzle, remove itwith a needle or small pin ᭺. 28-20 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WDI0292Rear window wiper blade᭺1 Lift the wiper arm away from the rear win- dow.᭺2 Push the wiper blade in and pivot until the blade becomes free.᭺3 Insert a new blade onto the wiper arm and snap into place. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE PEDAL WARNING See a NISSAN dealer for a brake system check if the brake pedal height does not return to normal. Brake pad wear indicators The disc brake pads on your vehicle have audible wear indicators. When a brake pad requires re- placement, a high pitched scraping or screech- ing sound will be heard when the vehicle is in motion. The noise will be heard whether or not the brake pedal is depressed. Have the brakes checked as soon as possible if the wear indicator LDI0476 WDI0197 sound is heard.CHECKING PARKING BRAKE CHECKING BRAKE PEDAL Under some driving or climate conditions, occa-From the released position, pull the parking brake sional brake squeak, squeal or other noise may With the engine running, check the distance Alever up slowly and firmly. If the number of clicks is be heard. Occasional brake noise during light to between the upper surface of the pedal and the moderate stops is normal and does not affect theout of the range listed, see a NISSAN dealer. metal floor. If it is out of the range listed, see a function or performance of the brake system.Range: 6–8 clicks under pulling force of 44 lb NISSAN dealer.(196 N). Proper brake inspection intervals should Range: 4.1–4.8 in (103–123 mm) under a de- be followed. For more information regarding pressing force of 110 lb (490 N). brake inspections, see the appropriate mainte- nance schedule information in the “NISSAN Ser- Self-adjusting brakes vice and Maintenance Guide”. Your vehicle is equipped with self-adjusting brakes. The front and rear disc-type brakes self-adjust every time the brake pedal is applied.8-22 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • FUSESBRAKE BOOSTERCheck the brake booster function as follows: 1. With the engine off, press and release the brake pedal several times. When brake pedal movement (distance of travel) remains the same from one pedal application to the next, continue on to the next step. 2. While depressing the brake pedal, start the engine. The pedal height should drop a little. 3. With the brake pedal depressed, stop the engine. Keep the pedal depressed for about 30 seconds. The pedal height should not change. LDI0455 LDI0457 4. Run the engine for one minute without de- Two types of fuses are used. Type A is used in the If a type A fuse is used to replace a type B fuse, pressing the brake pedal, then turn it off. fuse boxes in the engine compartment. Type B is the type A fuse will not be level with the fuse Depress the brake pedal several times. The used in the passenger compartment fuse box. pocket as shown in the illustration. This will not pedal travel distance will decrease gradually affect the performance of the fuse. Make sure the Type A fuses are provided as spare fuses. They with each depression as the vacuum is re- fuse is installed in the fuse box securely. are stored in the passenger compartment fuse leased from the booster. box. Type B fuses cannot be installed in the under-If the brakes do not operate properly, have the hood fuse boxes. Only use type A fuses in the Type A fuses can be installed in the engine com-brakes checked by a NISSAN dealer. underhood fuse boxes. partment and passenger compartment fuse boxes. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 3. Remove the fuse box cover by pushing the tab and lifting the cover up. 4. Remove the fuse with the fuse puller. The fuse puller is located in the center of the fuse block in the passenger compartment. WDI0199 WDI0452ENGINE COMPARTMENT 5. If the fuse is open ᭺, replace it with a new A fuse ᭺.B CAUTION 6. If a new fuse also opens, have the electricalNever use a fuse of a higher or lower system checked and repaired by a NISSANamperage rating than specified on the dealer.fuse box cover. This could damage the Fusible linkselectrical system or cause a fire. If the electrical equipment does not operate andIf any electrical equipment does not come on, fuses are in good condition, check the fusiblecheck for an open fuse. links. If any of these fusible links are melted, 1. Be sure the ignition switch and the headlight replace with only genuine NISSAN parts. switch are OFF. 2. Open the engine hood.8-24 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LDI0445 WDI0452 LDI0456PASSENGER COMPARTMENT Type A Type B 4. If the fuse is open ᭺, replace it with a known A CAUTION good fuse ᭺. BNever use a fuse of a higher or lower 5. Push the fuse box cover to install.amperage rating than specified on the 6. If a new fuse also opens, have the electricalfuse box cover. This could damage the system checked and repaired by a NISSANelectrical system or cause a fire. dealer.If any electrical equipment does not operate,check for an open fuse. 1. Be sure the ignition switch and the headlight switch are OFF. 2. Pull the fuse box cover to remove. 3. Remove the fuse with the fuse puller. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • KEYFOB BATTERY REPLACEMENT If the battery is removed for any reason other than replacement, perform step 5. ● An improperly disposed battery can hurt the environment. Always confirm local regulations for battery disposal. ● The keyfob is water-resistant; how- ever, if it does get wet, immediately wipe completely dry. ● The operational range of the keyfob extends to approximately 33 ft (10 m) from the vehicle. This range may vary with conditions. FCC Notice: Changes or modifications not expressly ap- proved by the party responsible for compli- ance could void the user’s authority to op- erate the equipment. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules and RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two LDI0484 conditions: (1) This device may not causeReplace the battery in the keyfob as follows: Recommended battery: CR2025 or equivalent. harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, in-᭺1 Open the lid using a coin ᭺. A ᭺ 4 Close the lid securely. cluding interference that may cause undes- ired operation of the device.᭺2 Remove the battery ᭺. B 5. Press the button, then the button two or three times to check the key-᭺3 Install a new battery ᭺ with the “+” facing C fob operation. down.8-26 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LIGHTSHEADLIGHTS ● Aiming is not necessary after replacingThe headlight is a semi-sealed beam type which the bulb. When aiming adjustment is necessary, contact a NISSAN dealer.uses a replaceable headlight (halogen) bulb. Abulb can be replaced from inside the enginecompartment without removing the headlight as-sembly. CAUTION● High pressure halogen gas is sealed inside the halogen bulb. The bulb may break if the glass envelope is scratched or the bulb is dropped.● When handling the bulb, do not touch the glass envelope.● DO NOT TOUCH THE BULB● Use the same number and wattage as originally installed: Wattage 65/55Bulb No. HB5/9007* *: Always check with the Parts Depart- ment at a NISSAN dealer for the latest WDI0294 parts information. Removing the headlight bulb● Do not leave the bulb out of the head- light reflector for a long period of time 1. Open the hood. as dust, moisture and smoke may enter 2. Disconnect the negative (-) battery cable. the headlight body and affect the per- formance of the headlight. 3. Disconnect the electrical connector from the rear end of the bulb. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-27 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 4. Turn the bulb retaining ring counterclock- EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR LIGHTS wise until it is free form the headlight reflec- tor and then remove it ᭺. A Item Wattage (W) Bulb No.*1 5. Carefully remove the headlight bulb. Do not Headlight 65/55 9007 (HB5) shake or rotate the bulb when removing it Turn signal light/Parking light 29/8 3457AK ᭺. B Side marker 3.8 194Replacing the headlight bulb Rear combination light 1. Insert the bulb. Turn signal 27 3156AK Stop/Tail 27/8 3157K DO NOT TOUCH THE BULB. Back-up 18 921 2. Install and tighten the bulb retainer. License plate light 5 168 ● Be sure the lip of the bulb socket con- Fog light*2 55 H11 tacts the headlight body. Interior light 8 AL48 3. Push the electrical connector into the bulb Map lights 8 AL48 plastic base until it snaps and stops. Cargo light 8 AL48 4. Connect the negative (-) battery cable. High-mounted stop light*2 — — 5. Close the hood. *1Always check with the Parts Department at a NISSAN dealer for the latest parts information. *2The bulb is not serviceable in-vehicle. See a NISSAN dealer for assistance.8-28 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • 7. Headlight assembly 8. Fog light LDI0477 WDI02951. Map lights Replacement procedures2. Interior light All other lights are either type A, B, C or D. When3. Cargo light replacing a bulb, first remove the lens and/or cover.4. High-mount stoplight5. License plate light : Indicates bulb removal6. Rear combination light : Indicates bulb installation Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-29 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • LDI0478 WDI0206 Map lights Interior light/Cargo lightUse a cloth ᭺ to protect the housing. 1 Use a cloth ᭺ to protect the housing. 1 LDI0448 Rear combination light8-30 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • WHEELS AND TIRESIf you have a flat tire, see the “In case of VSS label or the Tire and Loading WARNINGemergency” section of this manual. Information label (if so equipped) under the ЉRecommended Cold Tire Inflation ● Improperly inflated tires can failTIRE PRESSURE suddenly and cause an accident. PressureЉ heading. The Tire and LoadingTire pressure monitoring system Information label is affixed to the driver ● The Gross Maximum Weight rat-This vehicle is equipped with the tire pressure side center pillar. Tire pressures should ing is located on the FMVSS la-monitoring system. It monitors tire pressure of all be checked regularly because: bel. The vehicle weight capacitytires except the spare. When the low tire pres- is indicated on the Tire and Load-sure warning light is lit, one or more of your tires is ● Most tires naturally lose air over time. ing Information label (if sosignificantly underinflated. equipped). Do not load your ve- ● Tires can lose air suddenly when hicle beyond this capacity. Over-The tire pressure monitoring system will activate driven over potholes or other objects loading your vehicle may result inonly when the vehicle is driven at speeds above or if the vehicle strikes a curb while reduced tire life, unsafe operat-16 MPH (26 km/h). Also, this system may not ing conditions due to prematuredetect a sudden drop in tire pressure (for ex- parking. tire failure, or unfavorable han-ample a flat tire while driving). The tire pressures should be checked dling characteristics and couldFor more details, refer to “Low tire pressure warn- when the tires are cold. The tires are also lead to a serious accident.ing light” in the “Instruments and controls” sec- considered COLD after the vehicle has Loading beyond the specified ca-tion, ”Tire pressure information” in the “Display been parked for 3 or more hours, or driven pacity may also result in failure ofscreen, heater, air conditioner and audio sys- less than 1 mile (1.6 km) at moderate other vehicle components.tems” section, “Tire pressure monitoring system”in the “Starting and driving” section, and “Flat speeds. ● Before taking a long trip, ortire” in the “In case of emergency” section. whenever you heavily load your Incorrect tire pressure, including un- vehicle, use a tire pressure gaugeTire inflation pressure der inflation, may adversely affect to ensure that the tire pressuresCheck the tire pressures (including the tire life and vehicle handling. are at the specified level.spare) often and always prior to long dis-tance trips. The recommended tire pres-sure specifications are shown on the FM- Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-31 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ● Do not drive your vehicle over 85 MPH (137 km/h) unless it is equipped with high speed rated tires. Driving faster than 85 MPH (137 km/h) may result in tire fail- ure, loss of control and possible injury.● For additional information re- garding tires, refer to “Important Tire Safety Information” (US) or “Tire Safety Information” (Canada) in the Warranty Infor- mation Booklet. LDI0392 Type A Tire and loading information label (if so 4᭺ Recommended cold tire inflation equipped) pressure: Inflate the tires to this pres- sure when the tires are cold. Tires are ᭺ 1 Seating capacity: The maximum num- considered COLD after the vehicle ber of occupants that should be has been parked for 3 or more hours, seated in the vehicle. or driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km) at ᭺ 2 Vehicle load limit: See loading infor- moderate speeds. The recom- mation in the “Technical and con- mended cold tire inflation is set by the sumer information” section. manufacturer to provide the best bal- ance of tire wear, vehicle handling, ᭺ 3 Original tire size: The size of the tires driveability, tire noise, etc., up to the originally installed on the vehicle at the factory. vehicles GVWR.8-32 Maintenance and do-it-yourself ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 08/01/05—debbie ੭
  • ᭺5 Tire size – refer to “Tire labeling” later in this section.᭺6 and ᭺ Spare tire size or compact 7 spare tire size (if so equipped). LDI0462 Type B Tire placard (if so equipped) ᭺ 2 Recommended cold tire inflation pressure: Inflate the tires to this pres- ᭺ 1 Original tire size: The size of the tires sure when the tires are cold. Tires are originally installed on the vehicle at considered COLD after the vehicle the factory. has been parked for 3 or more hours, or driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km) at moderate speeds. The recom- mended cold tire inflation is set by the manufacturer to provide the best bal- ance of tire wear, vehicle handling, driveability, tire noise, etc., up to the vehicles GVWR. Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8-33 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2006 Xterra (xtr) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna)