What’s the break-in period for a 2019 Nissan Titan?
2019 Nissan Titan Break-In Period
If you just bought a 2019 Nissan Titan, you may be wondering: how should I break it in? Though break-in periods on vehicles are not as extreme as they used to be, thanks to advances in engineering and technology, it’s still important to follow some guidelines to make sure you get your vehicle running optimally.
Those guidelines, however, differ from vehicle to vehicle. Let’s look at the break-in period recommendations for the 2019 Nissan Titan.
Owner’s Manual Recommendations
According to the owner’s manual of the 2019 Nissan Titan, practice the following items for the first 1,200 miles of operation:
- Avoid driving for long periods at constant speed, either fast or slow, and do not run the engine over 4,000 rpm
- Do not accelerate at full throttle in any gear
- Avoid quick starts
- Avoid hard braking as much as possible
- Do not tow a trailer for the first 500 miles- your engine, axle, or other parts could be damaged.
In addition, practice the following for the first 6,000 miles:
- Warm up the engine before operating is under load
- Do not operate the engine at idle for extended periods
- Prevent engine lugging by selecting the appropriate transmission gear
- Monitor the vehicle oil pressure and temperature gauges
- Check fluid levels frequently (Oil and Coolant)
- Vary the throttle position at highway speeds when carrying weight or towing.
Nissan emphasizes that extended light or no-load operation will extend the time before the vehicle reaches its full efficiency. Operating in this manner could result in reduced fuel economy and power. Engine run-in is improved by operating the vehicle under load.
Should I add extra oil to my Titan during the break-in period?
It is normal to add some oil to your engine during the break-in period depending on the severity of operating conditions.
Why is a break-in period important?
Follow the recommendations on this page to attain maximum engine performance and ensure future reliability and economy of the vehicle. If you don’t, you could get shortened engine life and reduced performance.
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The Reason Why Four Wheels Are Better Than Three
Why Do Cars Have Four Wheels Instead of Three?
Have you ever tried to teach someone a new way of doing something only to have them tell you, “but I’ve always done it this way instead.” Sometimes in life, we get so used to things being a certain way that we never take the time to wonder why they are that way in the first place.
Take your car for example. There are many aspects of your vehicle that have been that way for decades, without anyone questioning it, such as a wheel being used to steer, and pedals being used to control acceleration and braking. Why don’t we use switches or knobs to set our speed or activate braking? And then there are the tires on the car. Why do cars have four wheels instead of, say, three?
Are There Any Cars That Have Three Wheels?
Well, believe it or not, there are cars out there that have three wheels. A more recent example of this is the Polaris Slingshot, with two wheels in front and one in back. It’s meant for recreational driving primarily.
But, older examples include the Reliant Robin, produced on and off from 1973 – 2002 in the UK, and the Mazda K360, first built in 1959 as a sort of small work truck. In fact, the very first car ever made had three wheels (along with no steering wheel).
So, why don’t we have three wheels on a car instead of four? It’s a reasonable question to ask, considering there are some benefits to having three wheels. One less wheel would make the vehicle weigh less, at it would also open up the door to less boxy designs. But stability is more of a concern when you have only three wheels. Of course, this issue can be mitigated with smart engineering, but not entirely. At the end of the day, having that extra fourth wheel still is the smart option when it comes to safety. Consider AWD systems for example, where having one more wheel to dig into the road can make the different between moving along safely or slipping and sliding.
So, don’t worry. You aren’t missing much by your car having four wheels instead of three. At the end of the day, there is a reason for it, even if three wheels isn’t necessarily wrong. Be sure to check back to the Charlie Clark Nissan blog for more.
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The History of the Car Steering Wheel
Why Do Cars Use Circular Steering Wheels?
All of the equipment and features on your car may seem obvious now, but at some point, the decision had to be made to use that specific feature in that specific shape with that specific design. That’s exactly the case with the steering wheel. Why do cars use circular steering wheels instead of something else?
For example, why don’t we control our cars with a joystick or the yoke found in aircraft? Or, why don’t cars use a tiller, like many of the world’s first automobiles used to steer around, similar to what some boats use?
Why Don’t Cars Steer With Joysticks
Well, let’s start with joysticks. If you’ve ever used a joystick, you know that there are a range of movements. Not only can you move the stick left and right, but you can also move it up and down, as well as a combination of movements in between those four main directions.
This works great for aircraft because they need to be able to control pitch, which is the up and down movement we mentioned. They also need to be able to control roll, which is the left and right movement on the joystick. On a car, you don’t need to flip over to one side or the other and you don’t need to move up or down. You simply need to turn left or right on a flat surface. Therefore, a joystick is overcomplicated for a car.
Why Don’t Cars Steer With Tillers Anymore?
Now, the tiller is an interesting idea, and as we mentioned, many of the very first cars were operated using such a steering system. It was similar to how a boat might be steered, but even more common during the time, it was in line with how people would have been used to steering horses and horse-drawn carriages. The movement would have felt a lot like pulling the reigns on a horse to one side or another to turn.
The tiller worked OK on cars, but it still wasn’t ideal. Other steering methods that were being experimented with at the time included the steering wheel. When Alfred Vacheron used a steering wheel in the 1894 Paris-Rouen race, everyone saw its ease of use and effectiveness on display, and soon, the rest of the world was hooked on the steering wheel as the preferred method for steering a car.
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If you love automotive history, or really anything related to Nissan or cars in general, be sure to check back to the Charlie Clark Nissan El Paso blog.
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What Parents Need to Know About Child Car Seat Expirations
How Long Is a Child Car Seat Good For?
Did you know that child car seats expire? Well, they do, and if you’re a parent it’s important to keep this in mind as your child grows older. Many car seats these days are designed to fit children of multiple ages and sizes, as well as grow along with your child, but these car seats will still have an expiration date at some point.
So, how long is a child car seat good for? Well, that really depends on the manufacturer. An estimate of 5 – 6 years is generally a good bet, but you’ll want to be sure.
Where to Find a Car Seat’s Expiration Date
The location of the expiration date may depend on your individual car seat, but generally, it will be printed on the bottom of the car seat base.
If you are currently using a car seat that you acquired used, we recommend immediately checking the date on the underside. You never know how long it was in use prior to you getting it. If you purchased the car seat new, it’s still a good idea to check the expiration. Like we said, around 5 years is a good bet, but you don’t know for sure until you check.
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Why Do Child Car Seat’s Expire?
It seems a bit odd that a child’s car seat would have an expiration date, doesn’t it? It makes it feel like it’s built out of produce and other foods or something like that. While this obviously isn’t the case, car seats are made out of materials that do expire.
Plastic in particular breaks down over time, and as you’ve seen, car seats are made mostly of plastic. The structural integrity of the car seat relies on that plastic, and if it isn’t as strong as it can be, then that affects the safety capabilities of the seat.
The metal portions can also be susceptible to rust. Even though they aren’t exposed to the elements like the exterior of the vehicle is, there could still be moisture and salt that gets through to those parts, especially if you consider all the times your toddler has spilled juice, water or snacks in their car seat.
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So, make sure you check the expiration date on your car seats and be sure to check back to the Charlie Clark Nissan El Paso blog for more tips and tricks.
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Nissan Brand Name Origins
What Is the Meaning of the Nissan Name?
Have you ever heard a brand name and wondered where the name came from? In some cases, the name stems from the company’s founder, while in other cases the name is a completely made up word that just sounds cool. Yet, in other cases, there are some interesting origins behind the names of certain brands, and Nissan is one of them.
Searching for this online, you may have found that the name Nissan is actually a boy’s name in Hebrew, meaning “miracle.” That may be true, but5 Nissan is an automaker from Japan, so we know that’s not likely where the name comes from.
In fact, the meaning behind the Nissan name isn’t so much a “meaning” at all as much as it is an abbreviation. Actually, the name originates from the holding company Nihon Sangyo (or Nippon Sangyo), created in 1928. For stock market purposes, however, the name quickly took on the abbreviation Ni-San, or Nissan.
Nissan didn’t begin work in car manufacturing until the mid-1930s. Tobata Casting, a Nissan company, was merged with Datsun, another auto brand now owned by Nissan. In 1934, the auto parts portion of the Tobata Casting business was separated and officially named Nissan Motor, beginning production of Datsun cars in Yokohama by 1935. Nissan branded vehicles would follow.
Be sure to check back to the Charlie Clark Nissan El Paso blog for more interesting stories and Nissan news.
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How are tires made?
Where Tires Come From
Tires are pretty interesting things when you really think about them. The material is delightfully hard yet malleable, forming a pretty amazing solution for being able to roll your vehicle effectively and smoothly over a variety of surfaces. Have you ever wondered, “how exactly are tires made?”
The general tire-making process is as follows:
- Ingredients are blended into a liquid mix.
- The “gummy rubber dough” is cooled into rubber and cut into strips.
- The tire itself is constructed in a tire-building machine. Steel belts, beads, ply, tread and other components are assembled into their specific locations.
- Finally, the tire is “vulcanized” with hot moulds in a curing press. This compresses the various parts together into one seamless whole and gives the tire its final shape. This is also where the tread pattern is applied, and all the separately built layers are fused together. The tire is transformed from a weak and sticky substance to one that’s strong and elastic.
- A worker trims excess rubber, and final inspections are performed to confirm the tire-shape is geometrically correct and uniform.
What ingredients are in the rubber mix?
The exact ingredients and amount of each depends on what your tire will be optimized to do. But in general, up to 30 ingredients are used, including different types of rubber, fillers, and other ingredients. The whole mix is blended together in giant blenders known as Banbury mixers. Sounds satisfying, doesn’t it?
What does it mean when a tire is “vulcanized?”
Vulcanize means to harden the rubber by treating it with sulfur at a high temperature. The process was invented by Charles Goodyear, with the name being derived from Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
Get New Tires For Your Vehicle in El Paso, Tx
We’ve got a great selection of well-made tires right here at Charlie Clark Nissan, El Paso. As you can see, trying to make a tire yourself is pretty complicated, so if you need some, come on down to our Nissan Tire Center (or just check it out online). Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you soon!
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Is the 2019 Nissan Sentra a reliable car?
Reliability of the 2019 Nissan Sentra
When we buy a new car, it can be hard to know how well it’s going to work for us. No matter how shiny a vehicle might look on the dealership lot, and how well it may perform, buyers often hold a lingering fear that the whole thing will conk out and have to be towed to a maintenance shop the minute they get it on the road. That’s why it’s important to research the reliability of the vehicle you’re buying, so you know what you can trust.
Nissan is known for making reliable vehicles, and it’s 2019 Sentra has been drawing a lot of attention- in a good way. This vehicle stands out with its spacious seats, large trunk, intuitive infotainment, and more. But this isn’t worth much if the ride isn’t built to last. Is the 2019 Nissan Sentra reliable?
Yes, the 2019 Nissan Sentra is a reliable vehicle. It received a three-star “average reliability” rating from JD Power, which is a widely used assessor dependability in the automotive industry. This rating ensures that with proper care, the 2019 Nissan Sentra will serve drivers well.
Coupled with its excellent starting price, load of technology and wide capability, this reliability helps solidify the 2019 Nissan Sentra as a delightful (and dependable) value.
How can drivers get the most reliability out of their 2019 Nissan Sentra?
To maintain reliability and optimal functionality in a vehicle, follow these simple rules:
- Get the oil changed at the intervals recommended for your model
- Have the vehicle tuned up approximately every 10,000 to 15,000 miles
- Keep the brakes and tires in good order to reduce strain on other parts
By following these recommendations, a vehicle should be able to survive more than 100,000 miles in your tender loving care. Take care of your car, and it will take care of you. For any routine maintenance on your Nissan vehicle, contact our service department!
Warranty Coverage on the 2019 Nissan Sentra
For added peace of mind, the 2019 Nissan Sentra comes with a three-year/36,000 mile basic warranty and five-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty from Nissan. It’s also an IIHS Top Safety Pick when properly equipped.-->
What are the 2020 Nissan Versa color options?
Colors of the 2020 Nissan Versa
The 2020 Nissan Versa is slated to be released in late summer 2020. Our mouth is already watering- the newest iteration of the popular sedan is predicted to get the same great fuel economy as last year’s model (meaning up to 40 mpg on the highway) while packing even more punch- and we’re not talking about the fruit-based beverage.
If you’re considering a 2020 Nissan Versa (and why wouldn’t you be?) you’re probably wondering one key thing: what colors does the 2020 Nissan Versa come in?
The 2020 Nissan Versa boasts five different color options:
- Brilliant Silver Metallic
- Gun Metallic
- Super Black
- Scarlet Ember Tintcoat
- Fresh Powder
Brilliant Silver Metallic
Scarlet Ember Tintcoat
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What are the 2018 Nissan Kicks power ratings?
How much kick is in the all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks? How much power is its engine packing? What kind of driving experience can one expect while behind the wheel of a 2018 Nissan Kicks? We’ve heard many questions like these in recent months here at Charlie Clark Nissan El Paso. As much as Nissan has advertised the all-new Kicks, there are still several unanswered questions in the minds of many of our loyal customers. Today, we’ll be answering one of the most popular questions, “What are the 2018 Nissan Kicks power ratings?” We have everything you need to know, so keep on reading!
How strong is the engine in the 2018 Nissan Kicks?
Every model of the 2018 Nissan Kicks comes with a standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces up to 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. This hearty supply of power is commanded by an XTRONIC CVT® that sends all of the energy straight to the front wheels of the 2018 Nissan Kicks. With a full host of performance features—including Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist, Anti-Lock Braking System, and Electronic Brake Force Distribution—the humble but powerful engine of the 2018 Nissan Kicks is sure to serve its customers very well for a long time to come.
We hope this has thoroughly answered your question, “What are the 2018 Nissan Kicks power ratings?” If you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a Kicks, feel free to schedule a test drive here at Charlie Clark Nissan El Paso. Or, if you’d rather kick back and let our service team give your current car a check-up, you can schedule an appointment for that instead. Whatever you may need, we are always happy to help.
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Which 2018 Nissan SUV has the best fuel economy ratings?
Whenever our loyal customers look through our new car inventory, they are always in search of a vehicle with a few key characteristics. State-of-the-art features and a dynamic driving experience are consistently two of the most sought-after traits, but that’s not all. For many prospective shoppers, a car must also earn impressive fuel economy. Furthermore, Nissan vehicles typically earn good fuel economy estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but which model has done the best of them all? In other words, which 2018 Nissan SUV has the best fuel economy ratings? We have the answer, so keep on reading!
2018 Nissan Kicks city, highway, and combined mpg estimates
As estimated by the EPA, the 2018 Nissan Kicks earns up to 31 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg on combined roads.*1 While all of its 2018 Nissan crossover and SUV siblings do well in their own rights, none of them are able to match the next-level fuel economy estimates of the all-new Kicks.
To learn even more about the all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks, be sure to keep up with our blog! Our team at Charlie Clark Nissan El Paso is always happy to bring you the latest Nissan news, just like we were glad to answer your question, “Which 2018 Nissan SUV has the best fuel economy ratings?”
Ready to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks? We have several available models in our inventory, so schedule a test drive for one of them today! Don’t let any financial concerns hinder your momentum; our financing team has plenty of payment plans to choose from, so there’s sure to be one that works for you! If you have any other questions or concerns, just let us know.
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