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SPEEDOMETER AND ODOMETER
The speedometer indicates vehicle speed.
Odometer/Twin trip odometer
The odometer1and the twin trip odometer2
are displayed below the Vehicle Information Dis-
play when the ignition switch is placed in the ON
The odometer records the total distance the ve-
hicle has been driven.
The twin trip odometer records the distance of
individual trips.Changing the display:
Pushing the TRIP RESET
3switch on the left of
the instrument panel to change the display as
Resetting the trip odometer:
Pushing the TRIP RESET switch
than 1 second resets the currently displayed trip
odometer to zero.
Average fuel economy and distance to empty
information is also available. See “Vehicle Infor-
mation Display” in this section.
The tachometer indicates engine speed in revo-
lutions per minute (rpm) . Do not rev engine into
the red zone
When engine speed approaches the red
zone, shift to a higher gear or reduce en-
gine speed. Operating the engine in the
red zone may cause serious engine
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ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE
The gauge indicates the engine coolant tempera-
ture. The engine coolant temperature is within the
1when the gauge needle points
within the zone shown in the illustration.
The engine coolant temperature varies with the
outside air temperature and driving conditions.
If the gauge indicates coolant tempera-
ture near the hot (H) end of the normal
range, reduce vehicle speed to decrease
temperature. If the gauge is over the nor-
mal range, stop the vehicle as soon as
safely possible. If the engine is over-
heated, continued operation of the vehicle
may seriously damage the engine. See “If
your vehicle overheats” in the “In case of
emergency” section for immediate action
The gauge indicates the approximatefuel level
in the tank.
The gauge may move slightly during braking,
turning, acceleration, or going up or down hills.
The gauge needle returns to 0 (Empty) after the
ignition switch is placed in the OFF position.
The low fuel warning light comes on when the
amount of fuel in the tank is getting low.
Refill the fuel tank before the gauge regis-
ters 0 (Empty) .
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Theindicates that the fuel-filler door is
located on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
● If the vehicle runs out of fuel, theMalfunction Indicator Light (MIL) may
come on. Refuel as soon as possible.
After a few driving trips. the
should turn off. If the light remains on
after a few driving trips, have the vehicle
inspected by a NISSAN dealer.
● For additional information, see “Mal-
function Indicator Light (MIL)” later in
this section. This unit measures terrestrial magnetism and in-
dicates the direction of the vehicle’s heading.
With the ignition switch placed in the ON posi-
tion, press the
button as described in the
chart below to activate various features of the
automatic anti-glare rearview mirror.
Push and hold
button for about: Feature:
(Push button again for about 1 sec-
ond to change settings)
1 second Compass display toggles on/off
5 seconds Compass zone can be changed to
correct false compass readings
9 seconds Compass enters calibration mode
For information about the automatic anti-glare
feature, refer to “Automatic anti-glare rearview
mirror” in the “Pre-driving checks and adjust-
ments” section. Press thebutton for about 1 second when
the ignition switch is placed in the ON position to
toggle the compass display
1on or off. The
display will indicate the direction of the vehicle’s
If the display reads “C”, calibrate the compass by
driving the vehicle in three complete circles at
less than 5 MPH (8 km/h).
COMPASS DISPLAY (if so equipped)
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You can also calibrate the compass by driving
your vehicle on your everyday route. The com-
pass will be calibrated once it has tracked three
Press thebutton when the ignition switch
is placed in the ON position. The direction will be
Zone variation change procedure
The difference between magnetic north and geo-
graphical north is known as variance. In some
areas, this difference can sometimes be great
enough to cause false compass readings. Follow
these instructions to set the variance for your
particular location if this happens:
1. Establish your location on the zone map. Refer to the illustration. Record your zone
2. Place the ignition switch in the ON position.
3. Press the
button in for 5 seconds until
the current zone entry number is displayed.
4. Press the
button repeatedly until the
desired zone entry number is displayed. Once the desired zone number is displayed, stop
button and the display will
show compass direction within a few seconds.
Use zone number 5 for Hawaii.
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●If a magnet is located near the com-
pass or the vehicle is driven where the
terrestrial magnetism is disturbed, the
compass display may not indicate the
● In places where the terrestrial magne-
tism is disturbed, the correction of the
direction starts automatically.
Inaccurate compass direction:
The compass display is equipped with automatic
correction function. If the correct direction is not
shown, follow this procedure. 1. With the display turned on, press and hold the
switch for about 9 seconds. The
display will read “C.”
2. Calibrate the compass by driving the vehicle in three complete circles at a maximum
speed of 5 MPH (8 km/h).
3. After completing the circles the display should return to normal.
● If the compass deviates from the correct
indication soon after repeated adjustment,
have the compass checked at an authorized
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●The compass may not indicate the correct
compass point in tunnels or while driving up
or down a steep hill. (The compass returns
to the correct compass point when the ve-
hicle moves to an area where the geomag-
netism is stabilized.)
● Do not install a ski rack, antenna, etc.,
which are attached to the vehicle by
means of a magnet. They affect the op-
eration of the compass.
● When cleaning the mirror, use a paper
towel or similar material dampened
with glass cleaner. Do not spray glass
cleaner directly on the mirror as it may
cause the liquid cleaner to enter the
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Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) warning lightSupplemental air bag warning lightSide light and headlight indicator light (green)
orBrake warning lightFog light indicator light (if so equipped)Slip indicator light
Charge warning lightFront passenger air bag status lightSPORT mode indicator light (if so equipped)
Low tire pressure warning lightHigh beam indicator light (blue)Turn signal/hazard indicator lights
Master warning lightMalfunction Indicator Light (MIL)Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) off indicator
Power steering warning lightOverdrive off indicator light (if so equipped)
Seat belt warning light and chimeSecurity indicator light
With all doors closed, apply the parking brake
and place the ignition switch to the ON position
without starting the engine. The following lights
will come on:
The following lights (if equipped) come on briefly
and then go off:
If any light fails to come on, it may indicate
a burned-out bulb or an open circuit in the
electrical system. Have the system repaired
For additional information on warnings and indi-
cators, see “Vehicle information display” later in
WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS AND
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Anti-lock Braking System(ABS) warning light
When the ignition switch is placed in the ON
position, the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
warning light illuminates and then turns off. This
indicates the ABS is operational.
If the ABS light comes on while the engine is
running, it may indicate the anti-lock braking sys-
tem is not functioning properly. Have the system
checked by a NISSAN dealer.
If an ABS malfunction occurs, the anti-lock func-
tion is turned off. The brake system then operates
normally, but without anti-lock assistance. See
“Brake system” in the “Starting and driving” sec-
orBrake warning light
This light functions for both the parking brake and
the foot brake systems.
Parking brake indicator
When the ignition switch is placed in the ON
position, the light comes on when the parking
brake is applied. Low brake fluid warning light
When the ignition switch is placed in the ON
position, the light warns of a low brake fluid level.
If the light comes on while the engine is running
with the parking brake not applied, stop the ve-
hicle and perform the following:
1. Check the brake fluid level. Add brake fluid as necessary. See “Brake fluid” in the “Main-
tenance and do-it-yourself” section of this
2. If the brake fluid level is correct, have the warning system checked by a NISSAN
●Your brake system may not be working
properly if the warning light is on. Driv-
ing could be dangerous. If you judge it
to be safe, drive carefully to the nearest
service station for repairs. Otherwise,
have your vehicle towed because driv-
ing it could be dangerous.
● Pressing the brake pedal with the en-
gine stopped and/or a low brake fluid
level may increase your stopping dis-
tance and braking will require greater
pedal effort as well as pedal travel. ●
If the brake fluid level is below the
MINIMUM or MIN mark on the brake
fluid reservoir, do not drive until the
brake system has been checked at a
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) warning
When the parking brake is released and the
brake fluid level is sufficient, if both the brake
warning light and the Anti-lock Braking System
(ABS) warning light illuminate, it may indicate the
ABS is not functioning properly. Have the brake
system checked, and if necessary, repaired by a
NISSAN dealer promptly. Avoid high-speed driv-
ing and abrupt braking. See “Anti-lock Braking
System (ABS) warning light” in this section.
Charge warning light
If this light comes on while the engine is running,
it may indicate the charging system is not func-
tioning properly. Turn the engine off and check
the generator belt. If the belt is loose, broken,
missing, or if the light remains on, see a NISSAN
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●Do not ground electrical accessories di-
rectly to the battery terminal. Doing so
will bypass the variable control system
and the vehicle battery may not charge
completely. Refer to “Variable voltage
control system (if so equipped) ” in the
“Maintenance and do-it-yourself” sec-
tion later in this manual.
● Do not continue driving if the generator
belt is loose, broken or missing.
Low tire pressure warning light
Your vehicle is equipped with a Tire Pressure
Monitoring System (TPMS) that monitors the tire
pressure of all tires except the spare.
The low tire pressure warning light warns of low
tire pressure or indicates that the TPMS is not
After the ignition switch is placed in the ON
position, this light illuminates for about 1 second
and turns off.
Low tire pressure warning:
If the vehicle is being driven with low tire
pressure, the warning light will illuminate. A “Tire Pressure Low - Add Air” warning
also appears in the vehicle information dis-
When the low tire pressure warning light
illuminates, you should stop and adjust the
tire pressure of all 4 tires to the recom-
mended COLD tire pressure shown on the
Tire Load and Information label located in
the driver’s door opening. The low tire pres-
sure warning light does not automatically
turn off when the tire pressure is adjusted.
After the tire is inflated to the recom-
mended pressure, the vehicle must be
driven at speeds above 16 MPH (25 km/h)
to activate the TPMS and turn off the low
tire pressure warning light. Use a tire pres-
sure gauge to check the tire pressure.
The “Tire Pressure Low - Add Air” warning is
active as long as the low tire pressure warning
light remains illuminated.
For additional information, see “Vehicle informa-
tion display” in this section and “Tire Pressure
Monitoring System (TPMS)” in the “Starting and
driving” section and in the “In case of emergency”
If the TPMS is not functioning properly, the low
tire pressure warning light will flash for approxi-
mately 1 minute when the ignition switch is
placed in the ON position. The light will remain on
after the 1 minute. Have the system checked by a
NISSAN dealer. The “Tire Pressure Low - Add
Air” warning does not appear if the low tire pres-
sure warning light illuminates to indicate a TPMS
For additional information, see “Tire Pressure
Monitoring System (TPMS)” in the “Starting and
driving” section and “Tire pressure” in the “Start-
ing and driving” section.
Radio waves could adversely affect
electric medical equipment. Those who
use a pacemaker should contact the
electric medical equipment manufac-
turer for the possible influences before
● If the light does not illuminate with the
ignition switch in the ON position, have
the vehicle checked by a NISSAN dealer
as soon as possible.
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●If the light illuminates while driving,
avoid sudden steering maneuvers or
abrupt braking, reduce vehicle speed,
pull off the road to a safe location and
stop the vehicle as soon as possible.
Driving with under-inflated tires may
permanently damage the tires and in-
crease the likelihood of tire failure. Se-
rious vehicle damage could occur and
may lead to an accident and could result
in serious personal injury. Check the
tire pressure for all four tires. Adjust the
tire pressure to the recommended
COLD tire pressure shown on the Tire
placard located in the driver’s door
opening to turn the low tire pressure
warning light OFF. If the light still
comes on while driving after adjusting
the tire pressure, a tire may be flat. If
you have a flat tire, replace it with a
spare tire as soon as possible.
● When a spare tire is mounted or a wheel
is replaced, tire pressure will not be
indicated, the TPMS will not function
and the low tire pressure warning light
will flash for approximately 1 minute.
The light will remain on after 1 minute.
Contact your NISSAN dealer as soon as
possible for tire replacement and/or
system resetting. ●
Replacing tires with those not originally
specified by NISSAN could affect the
proper operation of the TPMS.
● The TPMS is not a substitute for the
regular tire pressure check. Be sure to
check the tire pressure regularly.
● If the vehicle is being driven at speeds
of less than 16 MPH (25 km/h), the
TPMS may not operate correctly.
● Be sure to install the specified size of
tires to the 4 wheels correctly.
Master warning light
When the ignition is in the ON position, the master
warning light illuminates if any of the following are
displayed on the vehicle information display.
● No key warning
● Low fuel warning
● Low windshield-washer fluid warning
● Parking brake release warning
● Door/trunk open warning
● Loose fuel cap
● Check tire pressure warning
Power steering warning light
●If the engine is not running or is turned
off while driving, the power assist for
the steering will not work. Steering will
be harder to operate.
● When the power steering warning light
illuminates with the engine running,
there will be no power assist for the
steering. You will still have control of
the vehicle, but the steering will be
much harder to operate. Have the power
steering system checked by a NISSAN
When the ignition switch is in the ON position,
the power steering warning light illuminates. After
starting the engine, the power steering warning
light turns off. This indicates that the electric
power steering system is operational. If the
power steering warning light illuminates while the
engine is running, it may indicate the power
steering system is not functioning properly and
may need servicing. Have the hydraulic pump
electric power steering system checked by a
NISSAN dealer. See “Power steering system” in
the “Starting and driving” section.
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