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Nissan cars are characterized by high build quality, fuel efficiency, and are capable of serving long without serious breakdowns. They have a relatively simple design, which makes their repair and maintenance easier. Here we look at which failures can be fixed at home with the help of step-by-step video tutorials on Nissan repair, and which of them require professional assistance.
The engines installed on the cars of this make serve long and generally do not require extra attention. However, it is important to replace motor oil and oil filter in due time, keep the cooling system in good working order. Because in case of overheating it may become necessary to replace the cylinder head. The spark plugs should also be changed on a regular basis. In some models, for instance, Nissan Tiida, you need to remove the intake manifold to access them. That is why popular among car owners is the recommendation to use iridium spark plugs with a long lifespan. To avoid mistakes while doing these jobs, download an illustrated Nissan repair manual in PDF for free.
In course of time, especially if oil consumption has severely increased, you will have to replace the piston rings and valve stem seals. These works should be performed at a car workshop. Sometimes, excessive consumption of the lubricant may be caused by malfunction of the PCV valve. You can replace it yourself following the Nissan repair and maintenance manual step by step.
Erratic operation of the engines, especially the QG15DE and QG18DE may be caused by breakdown of the idle air control valve and MAF sensor. Sometimes washing and cleaning of the control valve can solve the problem. After finishing the work, you will have to adjust the engine idle speed.
The gear position switch is the weak spot of the Nissan X-Trail and Nissan Qashqai transmissions. Due to faulty terminals of the switch, the gearbox selector gets locked in the Park mode. The clutch release cylinder of some models loses its tightness over time. See the DIY Nissan repair and servicing manual for what steps you can take yourself to solve the problem.
The most vulnerable elements of the running gear are stabilizer links and bushes, ball joints, shock absorbers, springs, hub bearings. Replacement of most of these parts can be performed by yourself. AUTODOC Club video guides will help you with this.