1996 Nissan Frontier Owner’s Manual

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Foreword
The inside pages of this manual contain
a minimum of 50% recycled fibers,
including 10% post-consumer fibers.
Welcome to the growing family of new NISSAN owners. This vehicle has been delivered to you with confidence. It was produced using the
latest techniques and strict quality control.
This manual was prepared to help you understand the operation and maintenance of your vehicle so that you may enjoy many miles of
driving pleasure. Please read through this manual before operating your vehicle.
A separate ‘‘Warranty Information Booklet’’ explains details about the warranties covering your vehicle.
Your NISSAN dealer knows your vehicle best. When you require any service or have any questions, he will be glad to assist you with the
extensive resources available to him.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
NOTES ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN
REMINDERS FOR SAFETY!
THIS OWNER’S MANUAL
This owner’s manual contains descriptions and operating in-
Follow these five important driving rules to help ensure a safe and structions for all systems, features and optional equipment that
complete trip for you and your passengers
might appear in any model of this vehicle built for any destina-
NEVER drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
tion in North America, including the continental United States,
Canada and Hawaii. Therefore, you may very well find informa-

ALWAYS observe posted speed limits and never drive too tion in this manual that does not apply to your vehicle.
fast for conditions.
For descriptions specified for 4-wheel drive models, a
mark
ALWAYS use your seat belts and appropriate child restraint is placed at the beginning of the applicable sections/items.
systems.
As with other vehicles with features for off-road use, failure to
ALWAYS provide information about the proper use of vehicle operate 4-wheel drive models correctly may result in loss of
safety features to all occupants of the vehicle.
control or an accident. Be sure to read ‘‘Driving 4-Wheel Drive

Safely’’ in the ‘‘Starting and driving’’ section of this manual.
ALWAYS review this owner’s manual for important safety
information.


ON-PAVEMENT AND OFF-ROAD DRIVING
This vehicle will handle and maneuver differently from an ordinary
passenger car because it has a higher center of gravity for off-road
use. As with other vehicles with features of this type, failure to
operate this vehicle correctly may result in loss of control or an
accident.
Be sure to read “On-pavement and off-road driving precautions” and
‘‘Avoiding collision and rollover’’ in the “Starting and driving” section
of this manual.
MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLE
This vehicle should not be modified. Modification could affect its
performance, safety or durability, and may even violate govern-
mental regulations. In addition, damage or performance prob-
lems resulting from modification may not be covered under
NISSAN warranties.
All information, specifications and illustrations in this manual are
those in effect at the time of printing. NISSAN reserves the right to
change specifications or design without notice and without obligation.
© 1996 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
U.S.A.
All rights reserved. No part of this Owner’s Manual may be
reproduced or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any
form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,
recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of
Nissan North America, Inc.

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Welcome To The World Of NISSAN
a minimum of 50% recycled fibers,
including 10% post-consumer fibers.
Nissan pioneered the use of electronics and
computers in automobiles, and has led the indus-
try in improving both performance and fuel effi-
ciency through new engine designs and the use
of synthetic materials to reduce vehicle weight.
The company has also developed ways to build
quality into its vehicles at each stage of the
production process, both through extensive use
of automation and — most importantly —
through an awareness that people are the cen-
tral element in quality control.
From the time the parts arrived from our suppli-
ers until you took delivery of your new Nissan,
dozens of checks were made to ensure that only
the best job was being done in producing and
AFW0001
delivering your vehicle. Nissan also takes great
care to ensure that when you take your Nissan to
Your new Nissan is the result of our dedication to
modern manufacturing facilities, Nissan Motor
your dealer for maintenance, the service techni-
produce the finest in safe, reliable and economi-
Manufacturing Corporation U.S.A. in Smyrna,
cian will perform his work according to the quality
cal transportation. Your vehicle is the product of
Tennessee, vehicle styling at Nissan Design
standards that have been established by the
a successful worldwide company that manufac-
International in San Diego, California, and engi-
factory.
tures cars and trucks in over 17 countries and
neering at Nissan Research and Development in
distributes them in 170 nations.
Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Safety has also been built into your Nissan. As
you know, seat belts are an integral part of the
Nissan vehicles are designed and manufactured
Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. and its dealers
safety systems that will help protect you and your
by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. which was founded in
indirectly employ about 60,000 Americans.
passengers in the event of a sudden stop or an
Tokyo, Japan in 1933, and Nissan affiliates world
accident. We urge you to use the belts every time
wide, collectively growing to become the fifth
Nissan is also a substantial contributor to the
you drive the vehicle.
largest automaker in the world. In addition to cars
Canadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc., its sup-
and trucks, Nissan also makes textile machinery,
pliers and over 170 dealers employ approxi-
The Nissan story of growth and achievement
fork-lift trucks, marine engines, boats and other
mately 4,500 people. These include company
reflects our major goal: to provide you, our
products.
employees and the staffs of Nissan dealers all
customer, with a vehicle that is built with quality
across Canada. In addition, many Canadians
and craftsmanship — a product that we can be
Nissan has made a substantial and growing
work for companies that supply Nissan and Nis-
proud to build and you can be proud to own.
investment in North America, starting with the
san dealers with materials and services ranging
opening of Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. in
from operation of port facilities and transportation
1960, and continuing with the production of some
services to the supply of lubricants, parts and
cars and trucks at one of the world’s most
accessories.

NISSAN CUSTOMER CARE PROGRAM
NISSAN CARES ...
Both NISSAN and your NISSAN dealer are dedicated to serving all your automotive needs. Your satisfaction with
your vehicle and your NISSAN dealer are our primary concerns. Your NISSAN dealer is always available to assist
you with all your automobile sales and service needs.
However, if there is something that your NISSAN
OR
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You can write to NISSAN with the information on the left at:
provide NISSAN directly with comments or questions,
please contact our (NISSAN’s) Consumer Affairs De-
For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers
partment using our toll-free number:
Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A.
For U.S. mainland customers
Consumer Affairs Department
1-800-NISSAN-1 (1-800-647-7261)
P.O. Box 191
For Hawaii customers
Gardena, California 90248-0191
(808) 836-0888 (Oahu Number)
For Hawaii customers
For Canada customers
Nissan Motor Corporation in Hawaii
1-800-387-0122
2880 Kilihau St.
The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for the following infor-
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
mation:
For Canada customers
— Your name, address, and telephone number
— Vehicle identification number (on dashboard)
Nissan Canada Inc.
— Date of purchase
P.O. Box 1709, Station ‘‘B’’
— Current odometer reading
Mississauga, Ontario L4Y 4H6
— Your NISSAN dealer’s name
— Your comments or questions
We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle.

Contents
Instruments and controls
1
Pre-driving checks and adjustments
2
Heater, air conditioner and audio system
3
Starting and driving
4
In case of emergency
5
Appearance and interior care
6
Do-it-yourself operations
7
Maintenance schedule
8
Technical and consumer information
9
Index
10

1 Instruments and controls
Meters and gauges ............................................ 1-2
Speedometer and odometer .............................. 1-3
Tachometer (If so equipped) .............................. 1-3
Engine coolant temperature gauge .................... 1-4
Fuel gauge ......................................................... 1-4
Instrument cluster clock (If so equipped) ........... 1-5
Warning/indicator lights and chimes .................. 1-6
Headlight and turn signal switch ...................... 1-10
Windshield wiper and washer switch ............... 1-11
Instrument brightness control ........................... 1-12
Hazard warning flasher switch ......................... 1-12
Cigarette lighter (accessory) and ash tray ....... 1-13
Cup holder (If so equipped) ............................. 1-13
Interior light and cargo light ............................. 1-14
Map light (If so equipped) ................................ 1-14
Manual window ................................................. 1-15
Power window (If so equipped) ........................ 1-15
Rear sliding window (If so equipped) ............... 1-16
Opera window (If so equipped) ........................ 1-17
Sunroof (If so equipped) .................................. 1-17

METERS AND GAUGES
AIC0746
1-2

SPEEDOMETER AND
TACHOMETER
ODOMETER
(If so equipped)
AIC0736
AIC0744
Speedometer
Trip odometer
The tachometer indicates engine speed in
revolutions per minute (r/min).
The speedometer indicates vehicle speed.
The trip odometer records the distance of
individual trips. Before each trip, set the trip
CAUTION
Odometer
odometer to zero by pushing the RESET
When engine speed approaches the
The odometer records the total distance the
knob.
red zone, shift to a higher gear. Oper-
vehicle has been driven.
ating the engine in the red zone may
cause serious engine damage.

1-3

ENGINE COOLANT
FUEL GAUGE
TEMPERATURE GAUGE
CAUTION
If the gauge indicates over the normal
range, stop the vehicle as soon as
safely possible. If the engine is over-
heated, continued operation of the ve-
hicle may seriously damage the engine.
See the ‘‘In case of emergency’’ section
for immediate action required.

AIC0737
AIC0738
The gauge indicates the engine coolant
The gauge indicates the APPROXIMATE
temperature.
fuel level in the tank.
The engine coolant temperature varies with
The gauge may move slightly during brak-
the outside air temperature and driving con-
ing, turning, acceleration, or going up or
ditions.
downhill.
The gauge needle is designed to hold its
position when the ignition key is turned
OFF.
Refill the fuel tank before the gauge
registers E.

1-4

INSTRUMENT CLUSTER CLOCK
(If so equipped)
Resetting the time
To reset the time to the time signal, push the
adjust knob.
For example, if the adjust knob is depressed
while the time is between 8:00 and 8:29, the
display resets to 8:00. If depressed while it
is between 8:30 and 8:59, the display resets
to 9:00.
Once the power supply is disconnected, the
clock starts to operate from the time 1:00. It
may be necessary to adjust the time.
SIC0047A
The digital clock displays time regardless of
ignition switch position. When the ignition
key is in the ACC or ON position, the clock
illuminates.
Adjusting the time
Turn the adjust knob counterclockwise to
advance the hour display.
Turn the adjust knob clockwise to advance
the minute display.
1-5

Document Outline

  • 1996 Nissan Frontier
  • OM6E-0D21U2
  • Table of Contents