Nissan Frontier (1997) manual

View a manual of the Nissan Frontier (1997) below. All manuals on ManualsCat.com can be viewed completely free of charge. By using the 'Select a language' button, you can choose the language of the manual you want to view.

  • Brand: Nissan
  • Product: Car
  • Model/name: Frontier (1997)
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English

Table of Contents

Page: 0
Foreword
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 and Maintenance Log Booklet explains details about the warranties covering your vehicle and vehicle
maintenance schedules.
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.
WARNING
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
REMINDERS FOR SAFETY!
Follow these five important driving rules to help ensure a safe
and complete trip for you and your passengers
• NEVER drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• ALWAYS observe posted speed limits and never drive too
fast for conditions.
• ALWAYS use your seat belts and appropriate child restraint
systems.
• ALWAYS provide information about the proper use of
vehicle safety features to all occupants of the vehicle.
• ALWAYS review this owner’s manual for important safety
information.
NOTES ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN
THIS OWNER’S MANUAL
This owner’s manual contains descriptions and operating in-
structions for all systems, features and optional equipment that
might appear in any model of this vehicle built for any destina-
tion in North America, including the continental United States,
Canada and Hawaii. Therefore, you may very well find informa-
tion in this manual that does not apply to your vehicle.
For descriptions specified for 4-wheel drive models, a mark
is placed at the beginning of the applicable sections/items.
As with other vehicles with features for off-road use, failure to
operate 4-wheel drive models correctly may result in loss of
control or an accident. Be sure to read ‘‘Driving your 4-wheel
drive safely’’ in the ‘‘Starting and driving’’ section of this
manual.
The inside pages of this manual contain
a minimum of 50% recycled fibers,
including 10% post-consumer fibers.
Page: 1
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 precau-
tions” 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
governmental regulations. In addition, damage or perfor-
mance problems 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., Torrance, California.
Z X
Page: 2
Welcome To The World Of NISSAN
Your new Nissan is the result of our dedication to
produce the finest in safe, reliable and economi-
cal transportation. Your vehicle is the product of
a successful worldwide company that manufac-
tures cars and trucks in over 17 countries and
distributes them in 170 nations.
Nissan vehicles are designed and manufactured
by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. which was founded in
Tokyo, Japan in 1933, and Nissan affiliates world
wide, collectively growing to become the fifth
largest automaker in the world. In addition to cars
and trucks, Nissan also makes textile machinery,
fork-lift trucks, marine engines, boats and other
products.
Nissan has made a substantial and growing
investment in North America, starting with the
opening of Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. in
1960, and continuing with the production of some
cars and trucks at one of the world’s most
modern manufacturing facilities, Nissan Motor
Manufacturing Corporation U.S.A. in Smyrna,
Tennessee, vehicle styling at Nissan Design
International in San Diego, California, and engi-
neering at Nissan Research and Development in
Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. and its dealers
indirectly employ about 60,000 Americans.
Nissan is also a substantial contributor to the
Canadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc., its sup-
pliers and over 170 dealers employ approxi-
mately 4,500 people. These include company
employees and the staffs of Nissan dealers all
across Canada. In addition, many Canadians
work for companies that supply Nissan and Nis-
san dealers with materials and services ranging
from operation of port facilities and transportation
services to the supply of lubricants, parts and
accessories.
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
delivering your vehicle. Nissan also takes great
care to ensure that when you take your Nissan to
your dealer for maintenance, the service techni-
cian will perform his work according to the quality
standards that have been established by the
factory.
Safety has also been built into your Nissan. As
you know, seat belts are an integral part of the
safety systems that will help protect you and your
passengers in the event of a sudden stop or an
accident. We urge you to use the belts every time
you drive the vehicle.
The Nissan story of growth and achievement
reflects our major goal: to provide you, our
customer, with a vehicle that is built with quality
and craftsmanship — a product that we can be
proud to build and you can be proud to own.
AFW0001
The inside pages of this manual contain
a minimum of 50% recycled fibers,
including 10% post-consumer fibers.
Z X
Page: 3
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
dealer cannot assist you with or you would like to
provide NISSAN directly with comments or questions,
please contact our (NISSAN’s) Consumer Affairs De-
partment using our toll-free number:
For U.S. mainland customers
1-800-NISSAN-1 (1-800-647-7261)
For Hawaii customers
(808) 836-0888 (Oahu Number)
For Canada customers
1-800-387-0122
The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for the following infor-
mation:
— Your name, address, and telephone number
— Vehicle identification number (on dashboard)
— Date of purchase
— Current odometer reading
— Your NISSAN dealer’s name
— Your comments or questions
OR
You can write to NISSAN with the information on the left at:
For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers
Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A.
Consumer Affairs Department
P.O. Box 191
Gardena, California 90248-0191
For Hawaii customers
Nissan Motor Corporation in Hawaii
2880 Kilihau St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
For Canada customers
Nissan Canada Inc.
P.O. Box 1709, Station ‘‘B’’
Mississauga, Ontario L4Y 4H6
We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle.
Z X
Page: 4
You will see various symbols in this manual.
They are used in the following ways:
WARNING
This is used to indicate the presence of
a hazard that could cause death or
serious personal injury. To avoid or
reduce the risk, the procedures must
be followed precisely.
CAUTION
This is used to indicate the presence of
a hazard that could cause minor or
moderate personal injury or damage to
your vehicle. To avoid or reduce the
risk, the procedures must be followed
carefully.
If you see this symbol, it means ‘‘Do not do
this’’ or ‘‘Do not let this happen.’’
APD0649
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ABOUT THIS MANUAL
Z X
Page: 5
Contents Instruments and controls
Pre-driving checks and adjustments
Heater, air conditioner and audio system
Starting and driving
In case of emergency
Appearance and interior care
Do-it-yourself operations
Maintenance schedule
Technical and consumer information
Index
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Page: 7
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
Daytime running light system (Canada only).......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
Spotlights (if so equipped) ...................................1-14
Manual windows...................................................1-15
Power windows (if so equipped)..........................1-15
Automatic power window switch ..........................1-16
Rear sliding window (if so equipped)...................1-16
Opera window (if so equipped)............................1-17
Sunroof (if so equipped).......................................1-17
Z X
Page: 9
Speedometer
The speedometer indicates vehicle speed.
Odometer
The odometer records the total distance the
vehicle has been driven.
Trip odometer
The trip odometer records the distance of
individual trips. Before each trip, set the trip
odometer to zero by pushing the RESET
knob.
The tachometer indicates engine speed in
revolutions per minute (r/min).
CAUTION
When engine speed approaches the
red zone, shift to a higher gear. Oper-
ating the engine in the red zone may
cause serious engine damage.
AIC0736 AIC0744
SPEEDOMETER AND
ODOMETER
TACHOMETER
(if so equipped)
1-3
Z X
Page: 10
The gauge indicates the engine coolant
temperature.
The engine coolant temperature varies with
the outside air temperature and driving con-
ditions.
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.
The gauge indicates the APPROXIMATE
fuel level in the tank.
The gauge may move slightly during brak-
ing, turning, acceleration, or going up or
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.
AIC0737 AIC0738
ENGINE COOLANT
TEMPERATURE GAUGE
FUEL GAUGE
1-4
Z X
Page: 11
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.
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
INSTRUMENT CLUSTER CLOCK
(if so equipped)
1-5
Z X
Page: 12
Turn signal/hazard indicator lights Low washer fluid warning light
or Brake warning light 4-wheel drive indicator light
High beam indicator light Cruise indicator light
Seat belt reminder light and chime Overdrive off indicator light
Engine oil pressure warning light
or Malfunction indicator
light
Charge warning light or
Rear anti-lock brake
warning light
Low fuel warning light Supplemental air bag warning light
Checking bulbs
Apply the parking brake and turn the ignition
key to ON without starting the engine. The
following lights come on:
, , or , or ,
The following lights come on briefly and
then go off:
or ,
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
promptly.
Turn signal/hazard indicator
lights
These lights flash when the turn signal
switch or hazard switch is turned on.
WARNING/INDICATOR
LIGHTS AND CHIMES
1-6
Z X
Page: 13
or Brake warning
light
This light functions for both the parking
brake and the foot brake systems.
Parking brake indicator
The light comes on when the parking brake
is applied.
Low brake fluid warning
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 vehicle and perform the following:
1. Check the brake fluid level. Add brake fluid
as necessary. See ‘‘Brake and clutch fluid’’
in the ‘‘Do-it-yourself operations’’ section.
2. If the brake fluid level is correct, have the
warning system checked by a NISSAN
dealer.
WARNING
● Your brake system may not be work-
ing properly if the warning light is on.
Driving could be dangerous. If you
judge it to be safe, drive carefully to
the nearest service station for repairs.
Otherwise have your vehicle towed.
● Pressing the brake pedal with the en-
gine stopped and/or low brake fluid
level may increase your stopping dis-
tance and require greater pedal effort
as well as pedal travel.
● If the level is below the minimum mark
on the brake fluid reservoir, do not
drive until the brake system has been
checked at a NISSAN dealer.
High beam indicator light
This blue light comes on when the headlight
high beams are on and goes out when the
low beams are selected.
Seat belt warning light and
chime
The light and chime remind you to fasten
your seat belts. If the driver’s seat belt is
NOT securely fastened when the ignition
key is turned to ON or START, the chime
sounds five times and the light illuminates.
Supplemental air bag
warning light
When the ignition key is in the ON or START
position, the supplemental air bag light illu-
minates for about 7 seconds and then turns
off. This means the system is operational.
If any of the following conditions occur, the
supplemental air bag needs servicing and
your vehicle must be taken to your nearest
authorized NISSAN dealer:
1. The supplemental air bag light does not
come on and remain on for 7 seconds
and then go off as described above.
2. The supplemental air bag light flashes
intermittently or remains on.
3. The supplemental air bag light does not
come on at all.
Unless checked and repaired, the Supple-
mental Restraint System (Supplemental air
bag system) may not function properly. For
additional details on the Supplemental Re-
straint System (Supplemental air bag sys-
tem), see the ‘‘Pre-driving checks and ad-
justments’’ section.
WARNING
If the supplemental air bag warning
light is on, it could mean that the air
bag will not operate in an accident.
1-7
Z X
Page: 14
Engine oil pressure warning
light
This light warns of low engine oil pressure. If
the light flickers or comes on during normal
driving, pull off the road in a safe area, stop
the engine immediately and call a NISSAN
dealer or other authorized repair shop.
The oil pressure warning light is not
designed to indicate a low oil level. Use
the dipstick to check the oil level. See
‘‘Engine oil’’ in the ‘‘Do-it-yourself opera-
tions’’ section.
CAUTION
Running the engine with the oil pres-
sure warning light on could cause seri-
ous damage to the engine almost im-
mediately. Turn off the engine as soon
as it is safe to do so.
Charge warning light
If the light comes on while the engine is
running, it may indicate a potential problem
with the charging system. Turn the engine
off and check the alternator belt. If the belt is
loose, broken, missing or if the light remains
on, see your NISSAN dealer immediately.
CAUTION
Do not continue driving if the belt is
loose, broken or missing.
Low fuel warning light
(if so equipped)
This light comes on when the fuel in the tank
is low. Refuel as soon as it is convenient,
preferably before the fuel gauge reaches E.
There should be a small reserve of fuel
remaining in the tank when the fuel
gauge needle reaches E.
Low washer fluid warning
light (Canada only)
This light comes on when the washer tank
fluid is at a low level. Add washer fluid as
necessary. See ‘‘Window washer fluid’’ in
the ‘‘Do-it-yourself operations’’ section.
4-wheel drive indicator light
This light comes on when the transfer shift
control lever is in the 4H or 4L position.
WARNING
● When parking, always make sure the
transfer lever is in the 4H or 4L
position and the parking brake is
applied.
● Failure to engage the transfer lever
in 4H or 4L could result in the vehicle
moving unexpectedly, which in turn
could result in serious personal in-
jury or property damage.
Cruise indicator light (if so
equipped)
This light comes on while the vehicle speed
is controlled by the cruise control system. If
the CRUISE indicator blinks, have the sys-
tem checked by your NISSAN dealer.
1-8
Z X
Page: 15
or Rear anti-lock brake
warning light
If the light comes on while the engine is
running, it may indicate a potential problem
with the rear anti-lock brake system. Have the
system checked by your NISSAN dealer.
If an abnormality occurs in the system, the
rear anti-lock function ceases but the ordi-
nary brakes continue to operate normally.
If the light comes on while you are driving,
contact your NISSAN dealer for repair.
The rear anti-lock brake system may only
be effective when driving in the 2-wheel
drive mode.
When driving in the 4-wheel drive mode, if the
front wheels lock, the rear wheels also lock. If
this happens, the rear anti-lock brake system
may stop functioning, but the ordinary brakes
operate normally. The warning light then
comes on. The above condition is not a mal-
function, and the rear anti-lock brake system
recovers once the engine is turned off and
restarted. The warning light then goes off. For
further description of the rear anti-lock brake
system, refer to ‘‘Rear anti-lock brake system’’
in the ‘‘Starting and driving’’ section.
Overdrive off indicator light
(if so equipped)
This light comes on when the overdrive
switch is pushed to the OFF position.
Key reminder chime
The chime sounds when the driver’s door is
opened and the key is left in the ignition
switch. Take the ignition key when you
leave the vehicle.
Light reminder chime
A chime sounds if the driver’s door is opened
with the headlight switch on unless the ignition
key is in the ON position. Turn the headlight
switch off when you leave the vehicle.
Brake pad wear warning
The disc brake pads have audible wear
warnings. When a brake pad requires re-
placement, it makes a high pitched scraping
sound when the vehicle is in motion whether
or not the brake pedal is depressed. Have
the brakes checked as soon as possible if
the warning sound is heard.
or Malfunction indi-
cator light (MIL)
If the malfunction indicator light comes on
steady or blinks while the engine is running,
it may indicate a potential emission control
problem.
The malfunction indicator light will come on
in one of two ways:
● Malfunction indicator light on steady --
An emission control system malfunction
has been detected. Have the vehicle
inspected by an authorized NISSAN
dealer. You do not need to have your
vehicle towed to the dealer.
● Malfunction indicator light blinking -- An
engine misfire has been detected which
may damage the emission control sys-
tem. To reduce or avoid emission control
system damage:
● do not drive at speeds above 45 MPH
(72 km/h).
● avoid hard acceleration or deceleration.
● avoid steep uphill grades.
● if possible, reduce the amount of cargo
being hauled or towed.
The malfunction indicator light may stop
blinking and come on steady.
Have the vehicle inspected by an autho-
rized NISSAN dealer. You do not need to
have your vehicle towed to the dealer.
1-9
Z X
Page: 16
CAUTION
Continued vehicle operation without hav-
ing the emission control system checked
and repaired as necessary could lead to
poor driveability, reduced fuel economy,
and possible damage to the emission
control system, which may affect your
warranty coverage.
Some conditions may cause the malfunction
indicator light to come on steady or blink.
Examples are as follows:
● vehicle ran out of fuel, which caused the
engine to misfire.
● fuel filler cap was left off or improperly
installed, allowing fuel to evaporate into
the atmosphere.
If you suspect that you experienced one or
both of the above conditions, drive the ve-
hicle to an authorized NISSAN dealer and
have the vehicle inspected. Avoid any un-
necessary diagnosis during the service by
informing the dealer of the conditions listed
above that may have cccurred.
Lighting
Turn the switch to the position:
The side marker, tail, license plate and
instrument lights come on.
Turn the switch to the position:
The headlights come on and all the other
lights remain on.
To select the high beam function, push the
lever forward. The high beam lights come
on and the indicator light illuminates. Pull it
back to select the low beam.
DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT
SYSTEM (Canada only)
The headlights automatically illuminate at a
reduced intensity when the engine is started
with the parking brake released. The day-
time running lights operate with the head-
light switch in the OFF position or in the
position. Turn the headlight switch to
the position for full illumination when
driving at night. If the parking brake is
applied before the engine is started, the
daytime running lights do not illuminate. The
daytime running lights illuminate once the
parking brake is released. The daytime run-
AIC0739
HEADLIGHT AND TURN
SIGNAL SWITCH
1-10
Z X
Page: 17
ning lights will remain on until the ignition
switch is turned off.
WARNING
When the daytime running light system
is active, tail lights on your vehicle will
not be on. It is necessary at dusk to
turn on your headlights. Failure to do
so could cause an accident injuring
yourself and others.
Passing signal
Pulling the lever toward you turns on the
headlight high beam.
Turn signal
Move the lever up or down to signal the
turning direction. When the turn is com-
pleted, the turn signal cancels automati-
cally.
Lane change signal
To indicate a lane change, move the lever
up or down to the point where the indicator
light begins to flash, but the lever does not
latch.
The ignition switch must be in the ACC or ON
position for the wipers or washer to be acti-
vated. Push the lever down to operate the
wipers, and pull the lever toward you to
operate the washer. Operating the washer
automatically cycles the wipers several times.
Intermittent wiper operation can be adjusted
from 4 to 12 seconds by turning the time
control knob (Type 2 only).
CAUTION
● Do not operate the washer continu-
ously for more than 30 seconds.
● Do not operate the washer if the
reservoir tank is dry.
WARNING
In freezing temperatures the washer solu-
tion may freeze on the windshield and
obscure your vision which may lead to an
accident. Warm the windshield with the
defroster before you wash the windshield.
AIC0742
WINDSHIELD WIPER AND
WASHER SWITCH
1-11
Z X
Page: 18
The instrument brightness control operates
when the light switch is in the or
position.
Turn the control to adjust the brightness of
the instrument panel lights.
Push the switch on to warn other drivers
when you must stop or park under emer-
gency conditions. All turn signal lights flash.
WARNING
● When stalled or stopped on the road-
way under emergency conditions,
move the vehicle well off the road.
● Do not use the hazard warning flash-
ers while moving on the highway
unless unusual circumstances force
you to drive so slowly that your ve-
hicle might become a hazard to other
traffic.
● Turn signals do not work when the
hazard warning flasher lights are on.
The hazard warning flashers can be actu-
ated with the ignition switch in any position.
Some state laws may prohibit the use of
the hazard warning flasher switch while
driving.
SIC0052 SIC0050
INSTRUMENT BRIGHTNESS
CONTROL
HAZARD WARNING FLASHER
SWITCH
1-12
Z X
Page: 19
The cigarette lighter element is an acces-
sory. A genuine NISSAN cigarette lighter or
equivalent can be purchased from your lo-
cal NISSAN dealer.
The cigarette lighter operates when the
ignition switch is in the ACC or ON position.
Push the lighter in all the way. When the
lighter is heated, it springs out.
Return the lighter to its original position after
use.
WARNING
The cigarette lighter should not be
used while driving so that full attention
may be given to the driving operation.
CAUTION
The cigarette lighter socket is a power
source for the cigarette lighter element
only. The use of the cigarette lighter
socket as a power source for any other
accessory is not recommended.
WARNING
The cup holder should not be used
while driving so that full attention may
be given to the driving operation.
CAUTION
● Avoid abrupt starting and braking
when the cup holder is being used to
prevent spilling the drink. If the liquid is
hot, it can scald you or your passenger.
● Use only soft cups in the cup holder.
Hard objects can injure you in an acci-
dent.
AIC0700 AIC0743
CIGARETTE LIGHTER
(accessory) AND ASH TRAY
CUP HOLDER
(if so equipped)
1-13
Z X
Page: 20
The interior light has a three-position switch
and operates regardless of ignition key
position.
● When the switch is in the OFF position,
the interior light does not illuminate, re-
gardless of door position.
● When the switch is in the center j or
DOOR position, the interior light illumi-
nates by opening a door.
● When the switch is in the ON position,
the interior light illuminates whether ei-
ther door is opened or closed.
Cargo light operation
On King Cab models, the light can be used
as a cargo light by simply pulling the light
down. This light is convenient at night when
loading cargo.
For information regarding personal light
bulb replacement, refer to “Bulb replace-
ment” in the ‘‘Do-it-yourself operations’’ sec-
tion.
CAUTION
Leaving the interior light switch in the
ON position for extended periods of
time will result in a discharged battery.
IC0278M
AIC0704
INTERIOR LIGHT AND
CARGO LIGHT
SPOTLIGHTS
(if so equipped)
1-14
Z X
Page: 21
The side windows can be opened or closed
by turning the hand crank on each door.
WARNING
● Make sure that all passengers have
their hands, etc. inside the vehicle
before closing the windows. Use the
window lock switch to prevent unex-
pected use of the power windows.
● Do not leave children unattended in-
side the vehicle. They could un-
knowingly activate switches or con-
trols and become trapped in a
window. Unattended children could
become involved in a serious acci-
dent.
The power window operates when the igni-
tion key is ON.
To open or close the window, press the
switch and hold it down. The main switch
(driver’s switch) also opens or closes the
passenger side window.
Locking passenger’s window
When the lock button is pushed in, only the
driver side window can be opened or
closed. Push it in again to cancel.
AIC0648 AIC0741
MANUAL WINDOWS POWER WINDOWS
(if so equipped)
1-15
Z X
Page: 22
Passenger’s switch
The passenger’s switch opens or closes the
passenger’s window. To open or close the
window, hold the switch down.
AUTOMATIC POWER WINDOW
SWITCH
To fully open the driver’s side window, press
the switch down completely and release it; it
need not be held. The window automatically
opens all the way. To stop the window, just
press the opposite side of the switch.
Squeeze the handles of the lever, then slide
the window open.
AIC0718 AIC0719 AIC0745
REAR SLIDING WINDOW
(if so equipped)
1-16
Z X
Page: 23
Tilting up
Pull the handle down, then push the handle
up to the fully tilted position.
WARNING
● In an accident you could be thrown
from the vehicle through an open
sunroof. Always use seat belts and
child restraints.
● Do not allow anyone to stand up or
extend any portion of their body out
of the sunroof opening while the
vehicle is in motion or while the
sunroof is closing.
CAUTION
● Remove water drops, snow, ice or
sand from the sunroof before
opening.
● Do not place heavy objects on the
sunroof or surrounding area.
IC1300-A IC0197
OPERA WINDOW
(if so equipped)
SUNROOF
(if so equipped)
1-17
Z X
Page: 24
Closing
Pull the handle forward to unlock, then push
the handle up completely.
Removing the sun shade
1. Turn each knob counterclockwise while
lifting the sun shade upward.
2. Slide the shade backward to remove it.
Installing the sun shade
1. Insert the two hooks on the front edge of
sun shade into holders on the roof.
2. Align the two bolts on the rear edge of
sun shade with the lock nuts, then se-
curely tighten the lock nuts.
WARNING
Do not remove or install the sun shade
while driving so that full attention may
be given to the driving operation.
IC0198 AIC0706
1-18
Z X
Page: 25
Removing the sunroof
1. Remove the sun shade before removing
the sunroof.
2. Tilt the sunroof.
3. Push the knob located on each end of the
handle and push the sunroof upwards to
disengage the handle linkage.
4. Pull the sunroof up from outside of the
vehicle until it is perpendicular to the roof
panel.
5. Slide the sunroof to the left and remove
it.
WARNING
Do not remove the sunroof while driv-
ing so that full attention may be given
to the driving operation.
Installing the sunroof
1. While placing the sunroof perpendicular
to the roof panel, position the sunroof
and engage the retainer with the hinge.
2. Slide the sunroof to the right until the red
mark on the hinge disappears.
3. Carefully lower the sunroof, making sure
it is in line with the roof opening.
4. Engage the handle linkage.
Be sure the sunroof is securely installed.
SIC0072 SIC0073
1-19
Z X
Page: 27
2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments
Key .........................................................................2-2
Door locks ..............................................................2-2
Power door lock (if so equipped)...........................2-3
Hood release..........................................................2-4
Glove box lock (if so equipped) .............................2-4
Fuel filler cap..........................................................2-5
Tailgate latch..........................................................2-5
Tie down hooks......................................................2-7
Front separate seats ..............................................2-8
Seat adjustment .....................................................2-8
Head restraints.....................................................2-11
Tilting front separate seat ....................................2-11
Bench seat ...........................................................2-12
Seat adjustment ...................................................2-12
Tilting bench seat.................................................2-12
Jump seat.............................................................2-13
Supplemental restraint system (supplemental
air bag system).....................................................2-14
Supplemental air bag system...............................2-15
Warning labels......................................................2-17
Supplemental air bag warning light......................2-17
Seat belts .............................................................2-19
Precautions on seat belt usage ...........................2-19
Child safety...........................................................2-20
3-point type with retractor ....................................2-21
2-point type without retractor (center of bench
seat and jump seats)............................................2-23
Seat belt extenders ..............................................2-24
Seat belt maintenance .........................................2-24
Child restraints for infants and small children......2-24
Installation on front passenger seat (3-point
type with retractor) ...............................................2-26
Installation in center of bench seat (2-point
type without retractor) ..........................................2-27
Top strap child restraint .......................................2-28
Tilting steering wheel (if so equipped).................2-29
Outside mirror remote control
(if so equipped) ....................................................2-30
Outside mirrors.....................................................2-30
Inside mirror .........................................................2-31
Vanity mirror (if so equipped)...............................2-31
Z X
Page: 28
A key number plate is supplied with your key.
Record the key number found on the key
number plate and keep it in a safe place
(such as your wallet), NOT IN THE VEHICLE.
If you lose your keys, see your NISSAN
dealer for duplicates by using the key num-
ber. NISSAN does not record key numbers so
it is very important to keep track of your key
number plate.
A key number is only necessary when you
have lost all keys and do not have one to
duplicate from. If you still have a key, this
key can be duplicated by your NISSAN
dealer or locksmith.
Locking doors with key
To lock the door, turn the key towards the
back of the vehicle. To unlock, turn it to-
wards the front.
On power door lock equipped models, lock-
ing the driver’s door simultaneously locks
the passenger’s door.
Locking doors without key
To lock the doors from the outside without a
key, push the inside lock knob to the lock
position, then close the door.
When locking the door this way, be certain
not to leave the key inside the vehicle.
PD1296 IC1309M IC0184
KEY DOOR LOCKS
2-2
Z X
Page: 29
POWER DOOR LOCK
(if so equipped)
The power door lock system allows you to
lock or unlock both doors simultaneously.
● Pressing the door lock/unlock button to-
ward the rear of the vehicle locks both
doors. Pressing the same button toward
the front of the vehicle unlocks both
doors.
● Turning the driver’s door key toward the
front of the vehicle unlocks both doors.
Turning the key toward the back of the
vehicle locks both doors.
● Pushing the driver’s inside lock knob
down locks both doors. Pulling the lock
knob up unlocks both doors.
WARNING
● Always have the doors locked while
driving. Along with the use of seat
belts, this provides greater safety in
the event of an accident by helping
to prevent persons from being
thrown from the vehicle. This also
helps keep children and others from
unintentionally opening the doors,
and will help keep out intruders.
● Before opening the door, always
look for and avoid oncoming traffic.
● Do not leave children unattended in
a locked vehicle. They could un-
knowingly activate switches or con-
trols. Unattended children could be-
come involved in serious accidents.
APD0701
2-3
Z X
Page: 30
WARNING
● Make sure the hood is completely
closed and latched before driving.
Failure to do so could cause the
hood to fly open and result in an
accident.
● If you see steam or smoke coming
from the engine compartment, to
avoid injury do not open the hood.
1. Pull the hood lock release handle located
below the instrument panel; the hood
then springs up slightly.
2. Raise the lever at the front of the hood
with your fingertips and raise the hood.
3. Insert the assist bar into the slot in the
front edge of the hood.
4. When closing the hood, reset the assist
bar to its original position, then slowly
close the hood and make sure it locks
into place.
The glove box may be locked or unlocked
by turning the key as shown.
CAUTION
Keep the glove box lid closed while
driving to prevent injury in an accident
or during a sudden stop.
APD0702 SIC0055
HOOD RELEASE GLOVE BOX LOCK
(if so equipped)
2-4
Z X
Page: 31
The fuel filler cap is a screw-on ratcheting
type. Tighten the cap clockwise until ratch-
eting clicks are heard.
If the fuel filler cap is not tightened properly,
the malfunction indicator light (MIL) may
come on.
WARNING
● Gasoline is extremely flammable and
highly explosive under certain con-
ditions. You could be burned or se-
riously injured if it is misused or
mishandled. Always stop the engine
and do not smoke or allow open
flames or sparks near the vehicle
when refueling.
● Fuel may be under pressure. Turn
the cap one-half turn and wait for
any ‘‘hissing’’ sound to stop to pre-
vent fuel from spraying out and
causing possible personal injury.
Then remove the cap.
● Use only a genuine NISSAN fuel filler
cap as a replacement. It has a built-in
safety valve needed for proper op-
eration of the fuel system and emis-
sion control system. An incorrect
cap can result in a serious malfunc-
tion and possible injury.
CAUTION
If fuel is spilled on the vehicle body,
flush it away with water to avoid paint
damage.
Opening the tailgate
Pull the tailgate handle upward and lower
the tailgate. The support stays hold the
tailgate open.
When closing the tailgate, make sure the
latches are securely locked.
SIC0064A IC0189
FUEL FILLER CAP TAILGATE LATCH
2-5
Z X
Page: 32
To open the tailgate to the lowest position,
lift the tailgate to an angle of about 45
degrees, then release the stays.
Do not drive the vehicle with the tailgate
down.
WARNING
● It is extremely dangerous to ride in a
cargo area inside a vehicle. In a
collision, people riding in these ar-
eas are more likely to be seriously
injured or killed.
● Do not allow people to ride in any
area of your vehicle that is not
equipped with seats and seat belts
● Be sure everyone in your vehicle is
in a seat and using a seat belt
properly.
Removing the tailgate
1. Release the tailgate stays.
2. Hold the tailgate at an angle of about 45
degrees.
3. Pull the tailgate out from the left side
hinge.
4. Remove the tailgate from the right side
hinge.
CAUTION
The tailgate is heavy. Be careful not to
drop it during removal.
IC0279M IC0175
2-6
Z X
Page: 33
For your convenience, tie down hooks are
placed at each corner of the truck box.
These may be used to help secure cargo
loaded into the truck box.
● The weight of the cargo load must be
evenly distributed over both the front and
rear axles.
● All cargo should be securely fastened
with ropes or straps to prevent it from
shifting or sliding within the vehicle.
WARNING
● Properly secure all cargo with ropes
or straps to help prevent it from
sliding or shifting. In a sudden stop
or collision, unsecured cargo could
cause personal injury.
● Do not place cargo higher than the
seatbacks. In a sudden stop or colli-
sion, unsecured cargo could cause
personal injury.
STI0049
TIE DOWN HOOKS
2-7
Z X
Page: 34
SEAT ADJUSTMENT
WARNING
● Do not adjust the driver’s seat while
driving. The seat may move sud-
denly and could cause loss of con-
trol of the vehicle.
● After adjustment, gently rock in the
seat to make sure it is securely locked.
Forward and backward
Pull the lever up and hold it while you slide
the seat forward or backward to the desired
position. Release the lever to lock the seat
in position.
APD0712
FRONT SEPARATE SEATS
2-8
Z X
Page: 35
Reclining
To recline pull the lever up and lean back. To
bring the seat forward, pull the lever up and
lean your body forward. The seatback moves
forward. Release the lever to lock the seatback
in position.
WARNING
● Do not ride in a moving vehicle when
the seatback is reclined. This can be
dangerous. The shoulder belt will
not be against your body. In an acci-
dent you could be thrown into it and
receive neck or other serious inju-
ries. You could also slide under the
lap belt and receive serious internal
injuries.
● For the most effective protection
when the vehicle is in motion, the
seat should be upright. Always sit
well back in the seat and adjust the
seat belt properly. See ‘‘Precautions
on seat belt usage’’ later in this
chapter.
APD0713 APD0716
2-9
Z X
Page: 36
Seat lifter (driver’s side only)
Pull the lever up and adjust the angle of the
seat to the desired position. Release the
lever to lock the seat in position.
Lumbar support (driver’s side only)
Turn the lever forward or backward to adjust
the seat lumbar area.
APD0714 APD0715
2-10
Z X
Page: 37
HEAD RESTRAINTS
Adjust the top of the head restraint even
with the top of your ears.
To raise the head restraint, pull it up. To
lower, push the lock knob and move the
head restraint down.
WARNING
Head restraints should be adjusted
properly as they may provide significant
protection against injury in an accident.
Do not remove them. Check the adjust-
ment after someone else uses the seat.
NOTE:
The head restraints on the bench-type
seats are not adjustable.
TILTING FRONT SEPARATE SEAT
The front passenger’s seat can be tilted to
make it easier for jump seat passengers to
get in and out.
To tilt the seatback, pull the reclining lever
up or pull the tilt lever. The seat automati-
cally moves forward.
To return the seat, push the seatback up and
move the whole seat backward until it locks.
WARNING
After adjustment, gently rock in the
seat to make sure it is securely locked.
MPA0001 IC0204
2-11
Z X
Page: 38
SEAT ADJUSTMENT
WARNING
● Do not adjust the bench seat while
driving. The seat may move sud-
denly and could cause loss of con-
trol of the vehicle.
● After adjustment, gently rock in the
seat to make sure it is securely
locked.
Forward and Backward
Pull the lever up and hold it while you slide
the seat forward or backward to the desired
position. Release the lever to lock the seat
in position.
TILTING BENCH SEAT
The bench seat can be tilted to make it
easier to remove the jacking tools from the
storage area.
To tilt the seatback, push the tilting lever
AIC0720
APD0703
BENCH SEAT
2-12
Z X
Page: 39
downward, then pull the seatback forward.
WARNING
After adjustment, gently rock in the
seat to make sure it is securely locked.
Detach the strap and pull down the folded
jump seat.
WARNING
● Do not use a child restraint on the
jump seat (King Cab model). These
seats are not suitable for child re-
straint installation.
● When folding the jump seat, be care-
ful not to squeeze your finger be-
tween the seat cushion and the body
side.
IC1312M
JUMP SEAT
2-13
Z X
Page: 40
This Supplemental Restraint System sec-
tion contains important information concern-
ing the driver’s supplemental air bag. The
Supplemental Restraint System Air Bag can
help reduce impact force to the driver in
certain frontal collisions. The supplemental
air bag is designed to supplement the
crash protection provided by the seat belt
and is not a substitute for it. The seat belt
should always be correctly worn and the
driver seated a suitable distance from the
steering wheel. (See ‘‘Seat belts’’ later in
this section for instructions and precautions
on seat belt usage.)
The supplemental air bag operates only
when the ignition switch is in the ON or
START position.
WARNING
● The supplemental air bag ordinarily
will not inflate in the event of a side
impact, rear impact, roll over, or
lower severity frontal collision. Al-
ways wear your seat belts to help
reduce the risk or severity of injury
in various kinds of accidents.
● The seat belts and the supplemental
air bag are most effective when you
are sitting back and upright in the
seat. Supplemental air bags inflate
with great force. If you are unre-
strained, leaning forward, sitting
sideways or out of position in any
way, you are at greater risk of injury
or death in a crash and may also
receive serious or fatal injuries from
the supplemental air bag if you are
up against it when it inflates. Always
sit back against the seatback and as
far away as practical from the steer-
ing wheel. Always use the seatbelts.
● Keep hands on the outside of the
steering wheel. Placing them inside
the steering wheel rim could in-
crease the risk that they are injured
when the supplemental air bag in-
flates.
APD0717
SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT
SYSTEM (supplemental air bag
system)
2-14
Z X
Page: 41
The driver’s supplemental air bag is located in
the center of the steering wheel. There is no
supplemental air bag on the passenger side.
The supplemental air bag system is designed
to inflate in higher severity frontal collisions,
although it may inflate if the forces in another
type of collision are similar to those of a higher
severity frontal impact. It may not inflate in
certain frontal collisions. Vehicle damage (or
lack of it) is not always an indication of proper
supplemental air bag operation.
When the supplemental air bag inflates, a
fairly loud noise may be heard, followed by
the release of smoke. This smoke is not
harmful and does not indicate a fire, but
care should be taken not to unintentionally
inhale it, as it may cause irritation and
choking. Those with a history of breathing
trouble should get fresh air promptly.
The supplemental air bag, along with the
use of the seat belt, helps to cushion the
impact force on the face and chest of the
occupant. It can help save lives and reduce
serious injuries. However, an inflating
supplemental air bag may cause facial
abrasions or other injuries. A supplemental
air bag does not provide restraint to the
lower body.
The seat belt should be correctly worn and
the driver seated upright as far as practical
away from the steering wheel. Since the
supplemental air bag inflates quickly in or-
der to help protect the occupant, the force of
the supplemental air bag inflating can in-
crease the risk of injury if the occupant is too
close to or against the supplemental air bag
module during inflation.
The supplemental air bag deflates quickly
after a collision.
The supplemental air bag operates only
when the ignition switch is in the ON or
START position.
WARNING
● Do not attach any objects to the
steering wheel pad. Also, do not
place any objects between any occu-
pant and the steering wheel. Such
objects may become dangerous pro-
jectiles and cause injury if the
supplemental air bag inflates.
● Right after inflation, several supple-
mental air bag system components
will be hot. Do not touch them; you
may severely burn yourself.
APD0708
SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG
SYSTEM
2-15
Z X
Page: 42
● No unauthorized changes should be
made to any components or wiring
of the supplemental air bag system.
This is to prevent accidental inflation
of the supplemental air bag or dam-
age to the supplemental air bag
system.
● Do not make unauthorized changes
to your vehicle’s electrical system,
suspension system or front end
structure. This could affect proper
operation of the supplemental air
bag system.
● Tampering with the supplemental air
bag system may result in serious
personal injury. Tampering includes
changes to the steering wheel by
placing material over the steering
wheel pad or by installing additional
trim material around the supplemen-
tal air bag system.
● Work around and on the supplemen-
tal air bag system should be done by
an authorized NISSAN dealer. Instal-
lation of electrical equipment should
also be done by an authorized NIS-
SAN dealer. The yellow SRS wiring
should not be modified or discon-
nected. Unauthorized electrical test
equipment and probing devices
should not be used on the supple-
mental air bag system.
● SRS wiring harnesses are covered
with yellow insulation either just be-
fore the harness connectors or over
the complete harness for easy iden-
tification.
When selling your vehicle, we request that
you inform the buyer about the supplemen-
tal air bag system and guide the buyer to the
appropriate sections in this Owner’s
Manual.
2-16
Z X
Page: 43
Warning labels about the supplemental air
bag system are placed in the vehicle as
shown in the illustration.
The supplemental air bag warning light,
displaying AIR BAG in the instrument panel,
monitors the circuits of the supplemental air
bag. The circuits monitored by the supple-
mental air bag warning light are the diagno-
sis sensor unit, the supplemental air bag
module and all related wiring.
When the ignition key is in the ON or START
position, the supplemental air bag warning
light illuminates for about 7 seconds and
then turns off. This means the system is
operational.
If any of the following conditions occur, the
supplemental air bag needs servicing and
APD0705 APD0706
WARNING LABELS SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG
WARNING LIGHT
2-17
Z X
Page: 44
should be taken to your nearest authorized
NISSAN dealer:
1. The supplemental air bag warning light
does not come on and remain on for 7
seconds and then go off as described
above.
2. The supplemental air bag warning light
flashes intermittently or remains on.
3. The supplemental air bag warning light
does not come on at all.
Under these conditions, the Supplemental
Restraint System (supplemental air bag
system) may not function properly. It must
be checked and repaired.
WARNING
If the supplemental air bag warning
light is on, it could mean that the
supplemental air bag will not operate in
an accident.
Repair and replacement procedure
The supplemental air bag system is de-
signed to inflate on a one-time-only basis.
As a reminder, unless it is damaged, the
supplemental air bag warning light remains
illuminated after inflation has occurred.
Repair and replacement of the supplemen-
tal air bag system should be done only by
an authorized NISSAN dealer.
To ensure long-term functioning, the
system must be inspected 10 years after
the date of manufacture noted on the
certification label located on the driver
side front pillar.
When maintenance work is required on the
vehicle, the supplemental air bag system
and related parts should be pointed out to
the person conducting the maintenance.
The ignition key must always be in the LOCK
position when working under the hood or
inside the vehicle.
WARNING
● Once the supplemental air bag in-
flates, the supplemental air bag
module will not function again and
should be replaced by an authorized
NISSAN dealer. The supplemental air
bag module cannot be repaired.
● The supplemental air bag system
should be inspected by an autho-
rized NISSAN dealer if there is any
damage to the front end portion of
the vehicle.
● If you need to dispose of the supple-
mental air bag or scrap the vehicle,
contact an authorized NISSAN
dealer. Correct supplemental air bag
disposal procedures are set forth in
the appropriate NISSAN Service
Manual. Incorrect disposal proce-
dures could cause personal injury.
2-18
Z X
Page: 45
PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELT
USAGE
Your chances of being injured in an acci-
dent and/or the severity of injury may be
greatly reduced if you are wearing your seat
belt and it is properly adjusted. NISSAN
strongly encourages you and all of your
passengers to buckle up every time you
drive, even if your seating position includes
a supplemental air bag.
Some states and Canadian provinces or
territories may specify that seat belts be
worn at all times when a vehicle is being
driven.
WARNING
● Every person who drives or rides in
this vehicle should use a seat belt at
all times. Children should be prop-
erly restrained and, if appropriate, in
a child restraint.
● The belt should be properly adjusted
to a snug fit. Failure to do so may
reduce the effectiveness of the entire
restraint system and increase the
chance or severity of injury in an acci-
dent. Serious injury or death can occur
if the seat belt is not worn properly.
● Always route the shoulder belt over
your shoulder and across your chest.
Never run the belt behind your back,
under your arm or across your neck.
The belt should be away from your
face and neck, but not falling off your
shoulder.
● Position the lap belt as low as pos-
sible AROUND THE HIPS, NOT THE
WAIST. A lap belt worn too high could
increase the risk of internal injuries in
an accident.
● Be sure the seat belt tongue is se-
curely fastened to the proper buckle.
APD0658 APD0718 APD0533
SEAT BELTS
2-19
Z X
Page: 46
● Do not wear the belt inside out or
twisted. Doing so may reduce its
effectiveness.
● Do not allow more than one person
to use the same belt.
● Never carry more people in the ve-
hicle than there are seat belts.
● Never allow anyone to ride in the
cargo area or in a slide-in camper or
other type cargo area cover while the
vehicle is in motion. These areas do
not contain seat belts. It is not de-
signed for passengers. They could be
injured in sudden braking or collision.
● If the seat belt warning lamp glows
continuously while the ignition is
turned ON with all doors closed and
all seat belts fastened, it may indi-
cate a malfunction in the system.
Have the system checked by your
NISSAN dealer.
● All seat belt assemblies including
retractors and attaching hardware
should be inspected after any colli-
sion at your NISSAN dealer. NISSAN
recommends that all seat belt as-
semblies in use during a collision be
replaced unless the collision was
minor and the belts show no damage
and continue to operate properly.
Seat belt assemblies not in use dur-
ing a collision should also be in-
spected and replaced if either dam-
age or improper operation is noted.
CHILD SAFETY
Children need adults to help protect them.
WARNING
● Do not install a child restraint in the
jump seats (King Cab model). These
seats are not suitable for child re-
straint installation.
● Infants and children need special pro-
tection. The vehicle’s seat belts may
not fit them properly. The shoulder
belt may come too close to the face or
neck. The lap belt may not fit over
their small hip bones. In an accident
an improperly fitting seat belt could
cause serious or fatal injury. Always
use appropriate child restraints.
All U.S. states and provinces of Canada
require the use of approved child restraints
for infants and small children. (See ‘‘Child
restraints for infants and small children’’
later in this section for more information.)
In addition, there are many types of child
restraints available for larger children which
should be used for maximum protection.
Infant or small child
NISSAN recommends that infants or small
children be seated in child restraints that
comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards or Canadian Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards. You should choose a
child restraint which fits your vehicle and
always follow the manufacturer’s instruc-
tions for installation and use.
Children
Children who are too large for child re-
straints should be seated and restrained by
the seat belts which are provided.
If the child’s seating position has a shoulder
belt that fits close to the face or neck, the
use of a booster seat (commercially avail-
able) may help overcome this. The booster
seat should raise the child so the shoulder
belt is properly positioned across the top,
middle portion of the shoulder and the lap
belt is low on the hips. The booster seat
should fit the vehicle seat and have a label
2-20
Z X
Page: 47
certifying that it complies with Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Mo-
tor Vehicle Safety Standards. Once the
child has grown so the shoulder belt is no
longer on or near the face and neck, use the
shoulder belt without the booster seat.
WARNING
Never let a child stand or kneel on any
seat and do not allow a child in the
cargo areas while the vehicle is mov-
ing. The child could be seriously in-
jured or killed in an accident.
Pregnant women
NISSAN recommends that pregnant women
use seat belts. Contact your doctor for spe-
cific recommendations. The lap belt should
be worn snug and positioned as low as
possible around the hips, not the waist.
Injured persons
NISSAN recommends that injured persons
use seat belts, depending on the injury.
Check with your doctor for specific recom-
mendations.
3-POINT TYPE WITH RETRACTOR
WARNING
Every person who drives or rides in
this vehicle should wear a seat belt at
all times.
Fastening the belt
1. Adjust the seat.
WARNING
● Do not ride in a moving vehicle when
the seatback is reclined. This can be
dangerous. The shoulder belt will
not be against your body. In an acci-
dent you could be thrown into it and
receive neck or other serious inju-
ries. You could also slide under the
lap belt and receive serious internal
injuries.
● For most effective protection when
the vehicle is in motion, the seat
should be upright. Always sit well
back in the seat and adjust the seat
belt properly.
2. Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retrac-
tor and insert the tongue into the buckle
until it snaps.
APD0500
2-21
Z X
Page: 48
The retractor is designed to lock during
a sudden stop or on impact. A slow
pulling motion permits the belt to move,
and allows you some freedom of move-
ment in the seat.
3. Position the lap belt portion low on the
hips as shown.
4. Pull the shoulder belt portion toward the
retractor to take up extra slack.
The front passenger side seat belt has a
cinching mechanism for child seat installa-
tion. It is referred to as the automatic locking
mode.
When the cinching mechanism is activated
the seat belt cannot be extracted again until
the seat belt tongue is detached from the
buckle and the seat belt is fully retracted.
Refer to ‘‘Child restraints for infants and
small children’’ later in this section for more
information.
The automatic locking mode should be
used only for child seat installation. Dur-
ing normal seat belt use by a passenger,
the locking mode should not be acti-
vated. If it is activated it may cause
uncomfortable seat belt tension.
Unfastening the belt
To unfasten the belt, press the button on the
buckle. The seat belt automatically retracts.
Checking seat belt operation
Seat belt retractors are designed to lock belt
movement by two separate methods:
1) When the belt is pulled quickly from the
retractor.
2) When the vehicle slows down rapidly.
To increase your confidence in the belts,
check the operation as follows:
● Grasp the shoulder belt and pull quickly
forward. The retractor should lock and
restrict further belt movement.
If the retractor does not lock during this
check, or if you have any questions about
seat belt operation, see your NISSAN
dealer.
Replacing front seat belt (3-point
type only)
The front passenger seat belt is an energy
absorber type. Replace the belt when the
loop has been pulled out and ‘‘REPLACE
BELT’’ is visible. This indicator means the
seat belt has been loaded and must be
replaced.
PD1024M
2-22
Z X
Page: 49
2-POINT TYPE WITHOUT
RETRACTOR (Center of bench
seat and jump seats)
On bench seat equipped models, the center
seat belt buckle and tongue are identified by
the CENTER mark. The center seat belt
tongue can be fastened only into the center
seat belt buckle.
Fastening the belt
1. Insert the tongue into the buckle until it
snaps.
2. To lengthen, hold the tongue at a right
angle to the belt and pull on the belt. To
shorten, pull the free end of the belt away
from the tongue, then pull the belt clip to
take up the slack.
3. Position the lap belt low on the hips as
illustrated.
Unfastening the belt
To unfasten the belt, press the button on the
buckle.
APD0105 ICM021 APD0106
2-23
Z X
Page: 50
SEAT BELT EXTENDERS
If, because of body size or driving position,
it is not possible to properly fit the lap-
shoulder belt and fasten it, an extender is
available which is compatible with the in-
stalled seat belts. The extender adds ap-
proximately 8 inches (200 mm) of length
and may be used for either the driver or right
passenger seating position. See your
NISSAN dealer for assistance if the ex-
tender is required.
WARNING
● Only NISSAN belt extenders, made
by the same company which made
the original equipment belts, should
be used with NISSAN belts.
● Persons who can use the standard
seat belt should not use an extender.
Such unnecessary use could result
in serious personal injury in the
event of an accident.
SEAT BELT MAINTENANCE
● To clean the seat belt webbings, apply
a mild soap solution or any solution rec-
ommended for cleaning upholstery or
carpets. Then brush, wipe with a cloth
and allow it to dry in the shade. Do not
allow the seat belts to retract until they
are completely dry.
● If dirt builds up in the shoulder belt
guide of the seat belt anchors, the seat
belts may retract slowly. Wipe the shoul-
der belt guide with a clean, dry cloth.
● Periodically check to see that the seat
belt and the metal components, such
as buckles, tongues, retractors, flexible
wires and anchors, work properly. If
loose parts, deterioration, cuts or other
damage on the webbing is found, the
entire seat belt assembly should be re-
placed.
WARNING
● Infants and small children should
always be placed in an appropriate
child restraint while riding in the ve-
hicle. Failure to use a child restraint
can result in serious injury or death.
● Children and infants should never be
carried on your lap. It is not possible
for even the strongest adult to resist
the forces of a severe accident. The
child could be crushed between the
adult and parts of the vehicle. Also,
do not put the same seat belt around
both your child and yourself.
APD0660
CHILD RESTRAINTS FOR
INFANTS AND SMALL
CHILDREN
2-24
Z X
Page: 51
● An improperly installed child re-
straint could lead to serious injury or
death in an accident.
In general, child restraints are designed to
be installed with a lap belt or the lap portion
of a 3-point type seat belt. Child restraints
specially designed for infants and small
children are offered by several manufactur-
ers. When selecting any child restraint,
keep the following points in mind:
1) Choose only a restraint with a label cer-
tifying that it complies with Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standard 213 or Cana-
dian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.
2) Check the child restraint in your vehicle
to be sure it is compatible with the vehi-
cle’s seat and seat belt system. Choose
a child restraint that meets the guidelines
of the Society of Automotive Engineers
recommended practice J1819 for child
restraint installation.
3) If the child restraint is compatible with
your vehicle, place your child in the child
restraint and check the various adjust-
ments to be sure the child restraint is
compatible with your child. Always follow
all of the recommended procedures.
All U.S. states and provinces of Canada
require that infants and small children be
restrained in an approved child restraint
at all times while the vehicle is being
operated.
WARNING
● Do not install a child restraint in the
jump seats (King Cab model). These
seats are not suitable for child re-
straint installation.
● Improper use of a child restraint can
result in increased injuries for both
the infant or child and other occu-
pants in the vehicle.
● Follow all of the child restraint
manufacturer’s instructions for in-
stallation and use. When purchasing
a child restraint, be sure to select
one which will fit your child and
vehicle as it may not be possible to
properly install some types of child
restraints in your vehicle.
● If the child restraint is not anchored
properly, the risk of a child being
injured in a collision or a sudden
stop greatly increases.
● Adjustable seatbacks should be po-
sitioned to fit the child restraint, but
as upright as possible.
● After attaching the child restraint,
test it before you place the child in it.
Tilt it from side to side. Try to tug it
forward and check to see if the belt
holds the restraint in place. If the
restraint is not secure, tighten the
belt as necessary, or put the restraint
in another seat and test it again.
● For a front facing child restraint,
check to make sure the shoulder belt
does not go in front of the child’s
face or neck. If it does, put the shoul-
der belt behind the child restraint.
● When your child restraint is not in
use, keep it secured with a seat belt
to prevent it from being thrown
around in case of a sudden stop or
accident.
CAUTION
Remember that a child restraint left in a
closed vehicle can become very hot.
Check the seating surface and buckles
before placing your child in the child
restraint.
2-25
Z X
Page: 52
INSTALLATION ON FRONT
PASSENGER SEAT
(3-point type with retractor)
WARNING
● The 3-point belt in your vehicle is
equipped with a locking mode re-
tractor which must be used when
installing a child restraint.
● Failure to use the retractor’s locking
mode will result in the child restraint
not being properly secured. The re-
straint could tip over or otherwise be
unsecured and cause injury to the
child in a sudden stop or collision.
If you choose to install a child restraint,
follow these steps:
1. Position the child restraint on the front
passenger seat. It can be placed in a
forward facing or rear facing direction,
depending on the size of the child. Al-
ways follow the restraint manufacturer’s
instructions.
2. Route the seat belt tongue through the
child restraint and insert the belt tongue
into the buckle until you hear and feel the
latch engage. Be sure to follow the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions for
belt routing.
3. Pull upward on the lap belt until all of the
belt is fully extended and a click is heard.
At this time, the lap belt retractor is in the
automatic locking mode (child restraint
mode). It reverts back to emergency
locking mode when the belt is fully re-
tracted.
4. Allow the belt to retract. A clicking sound
is heard as the belt retracts. This indi-
cates that the retractor is in the automatic
locking mode. Pull up on the belt to
remove any slack in the belt.
PD1335 PD1336
2-26
Z X

Question & answers

There are no questions about the Nissan Frontier (1997) yet.

Ask a question about the Nissan Frontier (1997)

Have a question about the Nissan Frontier (1997) but cannot find the answer in the user manual? Perhaps the users of ManualsCat.com can help you answer your question. By filling in the form below, your question will appear below the manual of the Nissan Frontier (1997). Please make sure that you describe your difficulty with the Nissan Frontier (1997) as precisely as you can. The more precies your question is, the higher the chances of quickly receiving an answer from another user. You will automatically be sent an e-mail to inform you when someone has reacted to your question.