Checking Coolant Levels
- Park Safely and Cool Down: Park your Nissan safely and allow the engine to cool down.
- Locate Hood Release: Find the hood release underneath the dashboard on the driver’s side, then release the hood safety latch at the front.
- Locate Coolant Reservoir Tank: Identify the coolant overflow reservoir tank and check the low and high levels on its side.
Adding Engine Coolant
- Check Coolant Level: If the coolant level is below the minimum mark, add the recommended Nissan Antifreeze Coolant.
- Prevent Overheating: Do not continue driving if the engine is overheating or the high engine temperature light is on.
- Adding Coolant to the Radiator: It is possible to add engine coolant directly to the radiator when cool, but extreme caution is necessary to avoid burns.
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Emergency Radiator Cooling Measures
Can Water Substitute Coolant in an Emergency?
In emergencies where your engine is overheating or the coolant reservoir is low, you can use water as a temporary solution, but with certain precautions.
- Short-Distance Use Only: Only use water for a short drive and plan to flush and refill the radiator with the correct coolant mixture upon reaching your destination.
- Seek Professional Advice: Natrad can provide expert advice and engine coolant products to ensure optimal radiator performance.
Dealing with an Overheated Engine
If your engine is overheating:
- Immediate Action: Pull over and let the engine cool down.
- Check Coolant Level: Examine the coolant overflow reservoir level; if low or empty, decide between calling for roadside assistance or driving to the nearest Natrad store for a top-up.
Filling Radiator with Water in an Emergency
Follow these steps to safely top up your radiator’s coolant levels with water:
- Engine Off and Cool: Ensure the engine is off, cool, and the vehicle is in Park with the parking brake engaged.
- Remove Cap Carefully: Loosen the radiator cap carefully using a protective cloth, allowing pressure release before complete removal.
- Fill to ‘Full’ Line: Pour water into the radiator until it reaches the ‘Full’ line indicator.
- Replace Cap and Shut Hood: Tighten the cap, shut the bonnet, and proceed to the nearest Natrad store for further radiator maintenance.
Water Usage Considerations
- Water Quantity: The amount of water needed depends on your radiator’s capacity; consult your owner’s manual for specific details.
- Water Quality: Ideally, use distilled water; tap water may contain minerals that contribute to corrosion.
- Pros and Cons: While water can serve as a temporary coolant, it lacks the additives in proper radiator fluid, potentially impacting the cooling system’s efficiency.