Here at BOATsmart! our off-roading adventure vehicle of choice is and always will be Nissan. Nissan has been our trusted and loyal choice to get us and our family to the cottage safely, with all our water toys in tow. No matter what vehicle you have, it’s always a good idea to educate yourself on the warning signs to ensure your vehicle remains in fine condition. The key is to understand your vehicle’s issues and know how to fix them because let’s face it, there are many common issues that can arise for any driver. Of course, there will be times a visit to your mechanic is necessary as they are the professionals however, with these below tips, you may be able to get away with one less trip.
Many issues with your vehicle will appear on the dashboard and there are universal symbols that we should all become acquainted with. Next time you’re heading to the cottage for a weekend of boating and fun and one of these lights come on, you’ll have a better idea of what they mean and the steps to take to remedy it.
ECU/Emission System/Check Engine Warning Light
If this light comes on, it could be for a number of different issues and your best bet will be to visit your mechanic. To give you an idea of what the problem might be, see below for the top reasons:
1. Oxygen Sensor – There may be an issue with the oxygen in your car’s exhaust system which means that your engine will be burning more fuel than it needs to. This will cause damage and eventually harm your spark plugs and catalytic converters.
2. Spark Plugs or Spark Wires – Spark plugs ignite the combustion chamber of your vehicle which allows it to run. If there are issues with either of these it’s important to replace them right away as long-term issues with other parts of your vehicle can consequently occur.
3. Catalytic Converter – These converters ensure harmful gasses are not being produced by your vehicle and emitted into the environment. They also help to keep your fuel economy and car temperature at a steady rate.
4. Gas Cap – This is a simple problem to fix yet often times it’s overlooked. If your gas cap is missing or damaged it can cause you to lose fuel and the pressure in your gas tank will be off.
Coolant Warning Light
If this light comes on it could simply mean that you need to check your coolant levels as they could be low. To do this, you can look at the gauge on the side of the coolant tank. If it is in fact low, simply add more coolant. However, if the coolant light goes on while your temperature gauge is rising simultaneously, this may be an indication that your engine is overheating. If you believe this is the case, you should turn your heat on all the way, open your windows and point the vents towards them. This will remove the excess heat from your engine and help to cool down the engine. Once the vehicle has cooled down, if your coolant level doesn’t seem to be the problem, a mechanic should take a look.
Battery Charge Warning Light
If this light becomes illuminated and stays on, you should check your vehicle’s battery terminals, battery conditions and alternator belt. There are a variety of different reasons that these issues are arising. It’s best to seek the professional help of a mechanic.
EPAS (Power Steering)
If your EPAS or power steering light goes on, this most likely is indicating an issue with your steering system. You will be able to tell if this system has failed because steering will become difficult and will require much more effort to turn and move your wheel. This can become very dangerous at high speeds (such as on the highway). If this persists you should seek a mechanic as soon as possible.
Hopefully these vehicle tips have given you a better idea of what to do next time you see a light flashing on your dash. For more specific instructions you should refer to your owner’s manual. You should always investigate all warning lights that appear on your dashboard, as well as any other concerns you’ve noticed with your vehicle. You may find that some vehicles are more reliable than others. Our trusted vehicle of choice has and always will be Nissan. The trucks have amazing towing capabilities, safety features and a wide range of to choose from. They are the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure and trusted for all family adventures. BOATsmart! cardholders receive dealer invoice pricing on Nissan vehicles plus any current dealer offers!