NISSAN GT-R 2013 R35 Owners Manual
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8-14Maintenance and do-it-yourself
When checking or replacement is required,
contact a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer for
.Use only Transmission Oil R35 Spe-
cial. Do not mix with other fluids.
. Using transmission oil other than
Transmission Oil R35 Special will
cause deterioration in driveability
and transmission durability, and
may damage the transmission. See
the 2013 NISSAN GT-R Warranty
Information Booklet for details in-
cluding applicable exclusions.
Check the fluid level in the reservoir. Remove the
cap that is attached with a gauge inside.
The fluid level should be checked using the front
side of the gauge marked “HOT” (
*2: HOT MAX.) at fluid temperatures of
122 to 1768F (50 to 808C) or using the reverse
side of the gauge marked “COLD” (
*4: COLD MAX.) at fluid temperatures of
32 to 868F(0to30 8C) .
If the fluid is below the MIN line, add Genuine
NISSAN PSF or equivalent. Remove the cap
and fill through the opening. NOTE:
For maximum steering system perfor-
mance, adjust the fluid level at the line
*5at the hot fluid temperature or*6at
the cold fluid temperature. Contact a GT-R
certified NISSAN dealer when precise fluid
level adjustment is required.
. Do not overfill.
. Use Genuine NISSAN PSF or
TRANSMISSION OIL POWER STEERING FLUID
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For further brake fluid information, see the
following section. (“Capacities and recom-
mended fuel/lubricants” page 9-2)
. Use only new fluid from a sealed
container. Old, inferior or contami-
nated fluid may damage the brake
system. The use of improper fluids
can damage the brake system and
affect the vehicle’s stopping ability.
. Clean the filler cap before removing.
. Brake fluid is poisonous and should
be stored carefully in marked con-
tainers out of the reach of children.
Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid R35 Spe-
cial II is the factory fill brake fluid. The
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) unit and
other related parts were specially de-
signed for this brake fluid and NISSAN
cannot ensure proper operation of the
vehicle if other brake fluid is used.
Do not spill the fluid on any painted
surfaces. This will damage the paint. If
fluid is spilled, wash the surface with
Check the fluid level in the reservoir. If the fluid is
below the MIN line
*1or the brake warning
light comes on, add Genuine NISSAN Brake
Fluid R35 Special II fluid up to the MAX line
If fluid must be added frequently, the system
should be checked by a GT-R certified NISSAN
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Antifreeze is poisonous and should be
stored carefully in marked containers
out of the reach of children.
Fill the window washer fluid reservoir periodi-
cally. Add window washer fluid when the low
washer fluid warning appears on the vehicle
information display. (
“Low washer fluid
warning” page 2-40)
To fill the window washer fluid reservoir, lift the
cap off the reservoir tank and pour the window washer fluid into the tank opening.
Add a washer solvent to the washer for better
cleaning. In the winter season, add a windshield
washer antifreeze. Follow the manufacturer’s
instructions for the mixture ratio.
Refill the reservoir more frequently when driving
conditions require an increased amount of
window washer fluid.
Do not substitute engine anti-freeze
coolant for window washer solution.
This may result in damage to the
. Do not fill the window washer
reservoir tank with washer fluid
concentrates at full strength. Some
methyl alcohol based washer fluid
concentrates may permanently stain
the grille if spilled while filling the
window washer reservoir tank.
Pre-mix washer fluid concentrates with
water to the manufacturer’s recommended
levels before pouring the fluid into the
window washer reservoir. Do not use the window washer reservoir to mix the
washer fluid concentrate and water.
WINDOW WASHER FLUID
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.Keep the battery surface clean and dry.
Clean the battery with a solution of baking
soda and water.
. Make certain the terminal connections are
clean and securely tightened.
. If the vehicle is not to be used for 30 days or
longer, disconnect the negative (−) battery
terminal cable to prevent discharging it.
When the battery cable is removed from
the battery terminal, do not close either
of the front doors. The automatic win-
dow adjusting function will not work,
and the side roof panel may be da-
To disconnect the negative (−) battery terminal,
perform the procedure in the following order.
Otherwise, the window and the side roof panel
may contact and be damaged.
1. Close the windows.
2. Open the hood.
3. Close and lock all the doors. 4. Disconnect the negative (−) battery terminal.
5. Securely close the hood.
To connect the negative (−) battery terminal,
perform the procedure in the following order.
Otherwise, the window and the side roof panel
may contact and be damaged.
1. Unlock and open the driver side door. Do
not close the door.
2. Open the hood.
3. Connect the negative (−) battery terminal. Then close the hood.
4. Fully open the driver side door window.
5. Close the driver side door and the window.
FLUID LEVEL CHECK
. Do not expose the battery to flames
or electrical sparks. Hydrogen gas
generated by the battery is explo-
sive. Do not allow battery fluid to
contact your skin, eyes, fabrics, or
painted surfaces. After touching a
battery or battery cap, do not touch
or rub your eyes. Thoroughly wash
your hands. If the acid contacts your
eyes, skin or clothing, immediately flush with water for at least 15
minutes and seek medical attention.
. Do not operate the vehicle if the
fluid in the battery is low. Low
battery fluid can cause a higher load
on the battery which can generate
heat, reduce battery life, and in
some cases lead to an explosion.
. When working on or near a battery,
always wear suitable eye protection
and remove all jewelry.
. Battery posts, terminals and related
accessories contain lead and lead
compounds. Wash hands after
. Keep the battery out of the reach of
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Check the fluid level in each cell (Remove the
battery cover if it is necessary) . It should be
between the UPPER LEVEL
If it is necessary to add fluid, add only distilled
water to bring the level to the indicator in each
filler opening. Do not overfill.
1. Remove the cell plugs*A.
2. Add distilled water up to the UPPER LEVEL
If the side of the battery is not clear, check
the distilled water level by looking directly
above the cell; the condition
OK and the conditions
*2needs more to
3. Tighten cell plugs
Vehicles operated in high temperatures or under
severe conditions require frequent checks of the
battery fluid level.
If jump starting is necessary, see the following
section. (“Jump starting” page 6-4)
If the engine does not start by jump starting, the
battery may have to be replaced. Contact a
GT-R certified NISSAN dealer.
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1. Power steering fluid pump
3. Crankshaft pulley
4. Air conditioner compressor
5. Drive belt auto-tensioner
Be sure the ignition switch is in the OFF
or LOCK position before servicing drive
belts. The engine could rotate unex-
1. Visually inspect each belt for signs of unusual wear, cuts, fraying or looseness. If the belt is in poor condition or loose, have it
replaced or adjusted by a GT-R certified
2. Have the belts checked regularly for condi- tion and tension in accordance with the
maintenance schedule in your NISSAN
Service and Maintenance Guide.
Be sure the engine and the ignition
switch are off and that the parking
brake is engaged securely.
Be sure to use the correct socket to
remove the spark plugs. An incorrect
socket can damage the spark plugs.
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DRIVE BELTS SPARK PLUGS
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REPLACING SPARK PLUGS
If replacement is required, see a GT-R certified
NISSAN dealer for servicing.
Iridium-tipped spark plugs
It is not necessary to replace the iridium-tipped
spark plugs as frequently as the conventional
type spark plugs since they will last much longer.
Follow the maintenance schedule in NISSAN
Service and Maintenance Guide, but do not
reuse them by cleaning or regapping.
Always replace spark plugs with recom-
mended or equivalent ones.
Remove the retainers*1as illustrated and pull
out the filter element
The filter element should not be cleaned and
reused. Replace it according to the maintenance
intervals. See NISSAN Service and Mainte-
nance Guide for maintenance intervals. When replacing the filter, wipe the inside of the air
cleaner housing and the cover with a damp
Operating the engine with the air
cleaner removed can cause you or
others to be burned. The air cleaner
not only cleans the air, it stops
flame if the engine backfires. If it
isn’t there, and the engine backfires,
you could be burned. Do not drive
with the air cleaner removed, and be
careful when working on the engine
with the air cleaner removed.
. Never pour fuel into the throttle
body or attempt to start the engine
with the air cleaner removed. Doing
so could result in serious injury.
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If your windshield is not clear after using the
windshield washer or if a wiper blade chatters
when running, wax or other material may be on
the blade or windshield.
Clean the outside of the windshield with a
washer solution or a mild detergent. Your
windshield is clean if beads do not form when
rinsing with clear water.
Clean each blade by wiping it with a cloth
soaked in a washer solution or a mild detergent.
Then rinse the blade with clear water. If your
windshield is still not clear after cleaning the
blades and using the wiper, replace the blades.
Worn windshield wiper blades can
damage the windshield and impair
REPLACING THE WIPER BLADES
Replace the wiper blades if they are worn.
1. Pull the wiper arm.
2. Push the release tab
*A, and then move the
wiper blade down the wiper arm
pushing the release tab to remove.
3. Insert the new wiper blade onto the wiper arm until a click sounds.
4. Rotate the wiper blade so the dimple is in the groove.
.After wiper blade replacement, re-
turn the wiper arm to its original
position; otherwise it may be da-
maged when the hood is opened.
. Make sure the wiper blades contact
the glass; otherwise the arm may be
damaged from wind pressure.
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WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES
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Be careful not to clog the washer nozzle*A.
This may cause improper windshield washer
operation. If the nozzle is clogged, remove any
objects with a needle or small pin
careful not to damage the nozzle.
If the brakes do not operate properly, have the
brakes checked by a GT-R certified NISSAN
Your vehicle is equipped with self-adjusting
The disc-type brakes self-adjust every time the
brake pedal is applied.
See a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer for
a brake system check if the brake pedal
height does not return to normal.
BRAKE PAD WEAR WARNING
The disc brake pads have audible wear warn-
ings. When a brake pad requires replacement, it
will make a high pitched scraping sound when
the vehicle is in motion. This scraping sound will
first occur only when the brake pedal is
depressed. After more wear of the brake pad,
the sound will always be heard even if the brake
pedal is not depressed. Have the brakes
checked as soon as possible if the wear warning
sound is heard.
Under some driving or climate conditions, occasional brake squeak, squeal or other noise
may be heard. Occasional brake noise during
light to moderate stops is normal and does not
affect the function or performance of the brake
Proper brake inspection intervals should
For additional information, see the
maintenance log section of your NISSAN
Service and Maintenance Guide for mainte-
HIGH PERFORMANCE BRAKE SYS-
This vehicle is equipped with high performance
brake pads that provide appropriate braking
force in a broad range of driving environments.
Due to the material used for the brake pads, the
road wheels may become more easily covered
by brake dust, however this does not indicate
that there is a malfunction.
The GT-R brake pads use material that contains
a lot of iron to maintain steady braking perfor-
mance even in high and low temperatures.
However, if the brake system is wet and the
parking brake is applied for a long time, the iron
in this material may get rusty and the brake pad
and disc rotor may be fixed together. This may
cause noise and vibration while driving. Before
parking the vehicle, dry the brake by driving on a
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dry road, especially after washing the vehicle or
driving in rain. Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN
dealer if the noise and vibration continue.
Frequent hard braking may cause scorching of
the brake pads. This will require the brake pads
to be replaced, even if the wear limit has not
been reached. Have the brake pads and disc
rotors inspected at the regular vehicle inspec-
For more details, contact a GT-R certified
REPLACING THE BRAKE PADS
NISSAN generally recommends to replace all
four sets of brake pads and disc rotors at the
same time to maintain maximum brake perfor-
However, replacing only the brake pads may be
allowed in some cases (four wheels or only front
wheels depending on the conditions). A GT-R
certified technician must inspect the vehicle and
determine that only the brake pads need to be
replaced. In this case, replacing all brake pads
and disc rotors as a set is not necessary.
Note that the replacement of brake pads and the
disc rotors as a set on all four wheels should be
performed when a GT-R certified technician
determines that this is the correct repair.If the inside of the disc rotors are cold during the
winter and the surface becomes hot due to a
heavy force being applied repeatedly to the
brakes, cracks may occur near the coolant hole
on the surface of the disc rotor. Cracks may also
occur due to a heavy force being repeatedly
applied to the brakes during high performance
driving. In these cases it may be necessary to
replace the disc rotors or brake pads depending
on the condition of the crack. Contact a GT-R
certified NISSAN dealer for replacement.
Never use a fuse of a higher or lower
amperage rating than that specified on
the fuse box cover. This could damage
the electrical system or cause a fire.
If any electrical equipment does not operate,
check for an open fuse.
1. Be sure the ignition switch is pushed to the OFF or LOCK position and the headlight
switch is turned to OFF.
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