Engine coolant, also called antifreeze, helps the car radiator regulate safe temperatures so that it will not overheat. The engine heats this anti-freezing liquid, which then stimulates a cooling effect through the radiator. Low coolant levels cause radiator temperature to drop unexpectedly, which, in turn, will solidify the fluid. Driving a vehicle in this condition can result in overheating, or worst cause engine failure. Motorists can avoid these inconvenient car situations if they perform routine coolant level checks and do refills when necessary.

Checking Nissan Coolant Level

Have a Nissan vehicle? The temperature gauge or indicator will change to "hot" if the engine is overheating. Roadside emergencies happen when least expected, sometimes in the dead of night. Say, the car gauge is indicating an overheating situation. It helps when drivers know how to do coolant level checks and can safely refill the radiator.

What Is the Nissan Antifreeze Coolant?

Nissan carries a factory-grade, a blue mixture, which contains equal parts (50 percent) water and antifreeze solution. The manufacturer recommends using this grade of antifreeze coolant to lower the risk of engine corrosion.

Steps to Check Nissan Coolant Level

  1. Stop the vehicle when it is safe to do and allow the overactive engine to settle.

  2. Locate and pull the hood release lever found under the driver's dashboard. The hood of the car will pop open if done correctly. Then, unlatch the safety lock on the Nissan front cover and hoist the bonnet.

  3. Look for the radiator overflow tank that contains the coolant. The placement of coolant reservoir tanks varies depending on the Nissan model, so keep this in mind when searching for one.

  4. Remove the cap and examine the tank to determine if the coolant level is high or low.

  5. Add some Nissan coolant if the fluid is below the recommended level. One thing to note is that experts recommend the prescribed antifreeze coolant as encouraged by the automaker.

  6. Close the cap and bonnet when finished and continue driving.

Note: Never refill the radiator tank when the Nissan engine is still running. As a safety precaution, wait until the engine settles before adding any antifreeze coolant. Also, try to maintain a safe distance when opening the radiator cap to avoid safety hazards. Radiator coolant can cause skin burns, especially if the fluid still has a moderately high temperature.

If drivers exercise preemptive car maintenance checks, they can extend the life of Nissan model engines. Self-help guides provide practical ways to do routine car maintenance checks safely. Want to learn more DIY maintenance tips for Nissan model vehicles? Explore the Trophy Nissan blog.

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