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  • Brand: Nissan
  • Product: Car
  • Model/name: GT-R (2012)
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Table of Contents

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Welcome to the growing family of new NISSAN
owners. This vehicle is delivered to you with
confidence. It was produced using the latest
techniques and strict quality control.
This manual was prepared to help you under-
stand the operation and maintenance of your
vehicle so that you may enjoy many miles
(kilometers) of driving pleasure. Please read
through this manual before operating your
vehicle.
A separate Warranty Information Booklet
contains the warranties covering your
vehicle (whose terms have control over
this Owner’s Manual or any other docu-
ment or representation regarding warranty
coverage). The “NISSAN Service and Main-
tenance Guide” explains details about
maintaining and servicing your vehicle.
Additionally, a separate Customer Care/
Lemon Law Booklet (U.S. only) will explain
how to resolve any concerns you may have
with your vehicle, as well as clarify your
rights under your state’s lemon law.
In addition to factory installed options,
your vehicle may also be equipped with
additional accessories installed by
NISSAN or your authorized NISSAN dealer
prior to delivery. It is important that you
familiarize yourself with all disclosures,
warnings, cautions and instructions con-
cerning proper use of such accessories
prior to operating the vehicle and/or
accessory. Please see your dealer for de-
tails concerning the particular accessories
with which your vehicle is equipped.
Your NISSAN dealership knows your vehi-
cle best. When you require any service or
have any questions, they will be glad to
assist you with the extensive resources
available to them.
READ FIRST — THEN DRIVE SAFELY
Before driving your vehicle, please read this
Owner’s Manual carefully. This will ensure
familiarity with controls and maintenance re-
quirements, assisting you in the safe operation
of your vehicle.
WARNING
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
REMINDERS FOR SAFETY!
Follow these important driving rules to
help ensure a safe and comfortable trip
for you and your passengers!
. NEVER drive under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
. ALWAYS observe posted speed lim-
its and never drive too fast for
conditions.
. ALWAYS give your full attention to
driving and avoid using vehicle
features or taking other actions that
could distract you.
. ALWAYS use your seat belts and
appropriate child restraint systems.
Pre-teen children should be seated
in the rear seat.
. ALWAYS provide information about
the proper use of vehicle safety
features to all occupants of the
vehicle.
. ALWAYS review this Owner’s Man-
ual for important safety information.
MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLE
This vehicle should not be modified. Mod-
ification could affect its performance,
safety or durability, and may even violate
governmental regulations. See the 2012
NISSAN GT-R Warranty Information Book-
let for details including applicable exclu-
sions.
FOREWORD
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WHEN READING THE MANUAL
This manual includes information for all
options available on this model. Therefore,
you may find some information that does
not apply to your vehicle.
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 at any time without
notice.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
THIS MANUAL
You will see various symbols in this manual. They
are used in the following ways:
WARNING
This is used to indicate a hazard that
could cause death or serious personal
injury. To avoid or reduce the risk,
follow the information and instructions
exactly.
CAUTION
This is used to indicate a hazard that
could cause minor or moderate perso-
nal injury. To avoid or reduce the risk,
follow the information and instructions
carefully.
NOTICE
This is used to indicate a hazard that
could cause damage to property or your
vehicle. To avoid or reduce the risk,
follow the information and instructions. If you see the symbol above, it means “Do not
do this” or “Do not let this happen”.
If you see a symbol similar to those above in an
illustration, it means the arrow points to the front
of the vehicle.
Arrows in an illustration that are similar to those
above indicate movement or action.
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Arrows in an illustration that are similar to those
above call attention to an item in the illustration.
This indicates the title and reference page.
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65
WARNING
WARNING
Engine Exhaust, some of its constitu-
ents, and certain vehicle components
contain or emit chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive
harm. In addition, certain fluids con-
tained in vehicles and certain products
of component wear contain or emit
chemicals known to the State of Cali-
fornia to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm.
CALIFORNIA PERCHLORATE ADVI-
SORY
Some vehicle parts, such as lithium bat-
teries, may contain perchlorate material.
The following advisory is provided: “Per-
chlorate Material - special handling may
a p p l y , S e e w w w . d t s c . c a . g o v /
hazardouswaste/perchlorate.”
*
C 2010 NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
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, photo-
copying, recording or otherwise, without the
prior written permission of NISSAN Motor Co.,
Ltd.
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NISSAN CUSTOMER CARE PROGRAM
NISSAN CARES ...
Both NISSAN and your GT-R certified NISSAN dealer are dedicated to serving all your automotive needs. Your satisfaction with your vehicle and your
GT-R certified NISSAN dealer are our primary concerns. Your GT-R certified NISSAN dealer is always available to assist you with all your automobile sales
and service needs.
However, if there is something that your GT-R
certified NISSAN dealer cannot assist you with
or you would like to provide NISSAN directly
with comments or questions, please contact the
NISSAN Consumer Affairs Department using
our toll-free number:
For U.S. customers
1-866-668-1GTR
(1-866-668-1487)
For Canadian customers
1-800-387-0122
The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for
the following information:
. Your name, address, and telephone number
. Vehicle identification number (attached to
the top of the instrument panel on the
driver’s side)
. 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. customers
NISSAN North America, Inc.
Consumer Affairs Department
P.O. Box 685003
Franklin, TN 37068-5003
For Canadian customers
NISSAN Canada Inc.
5290 Orbitor Drive
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4Z5
We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and
thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle.
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GT-R Overview GTR
Illustrated table of contents 0
Safety — Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system
Instruments and controls
Pre-driving checks and adjustments
Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems
Starting and driving
In case of emergency
Appearance and care
Maintenance and do-it-yourself
Technical and consumer information
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GT-R Overview
GT-R specific information ............................................... GTR-3
Warranty information .................................................. GTR-3
Maintenance information ........................................... GTR-3
GT-R special specification parts ................................... GTR-3
Engine oil ....................................................................... GTR-3
Transmission oil ........................................................... GTR-4
Differential oil (front and rear) .................................. GTR-4
Brake fluid ..................................................................... GTR-4
Tires and road wheels ............................................... GTR-4
Suspension ................................................................... GTR-5
Brake pad and disc rotor .......................................... GTR-5
Exhaust muffler and trunk carpet ............................ GTR-6
Exterior parts (spoiler, etc.) ...................................... GTR-6
GT-R performance optimization services .................... GTR-7
Wheel alignment inspection and adjustment
(if necessary) (including tire
pressure adjustment) ................................................. GTR-7
Increase tightening of the drive shaft and center nut
on hub ............................................................................ GTR-7
Engine settings (balancing right and left
air flow) .......................................................................... GTR-8
Transmission settings ................................................. GTR-8
Checking the exhaust finisher and rear
bumper clearance ....................................................... GTR-8
Increase tightening of the strut support bar
attachment section with the shock absorber .... GTR-8
Break-in schedule ............................................................ GTR-8
Wheel alignment ....................................................... GTR-9
Precautions before driving ............................................. GTR-9
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) OFF mode ...... GTR-9
Summer tires ............................................................ GTR-10
All-season tires ........................................................ GTR-10
Avoiding body damage .......................................... GTR-10
Fuel ............................................................................. GTR-11
Body repair ............................................................... GTR-11
Additional maintenance items ..................................... GTR-11
Precautions on performance driving .................. GTR-12
Inspection and adjustments before driving ...... GTR-12
Inspection and adjustments after driving .......... GTR-17
GT-R specific vehicle characteristics ........................ GTR-22
Refueling precautions ............................................ GTR-22
Gasoline smell ......................................................... GTR-23
Outside temperature display indicates
higher temperature ................................................. GTR-23
Idle speed is not steady ........................................ GTR-23
Engine speed is restricted .................................... GTR-23
Engine output ........................................................... GTR-23
Distortion of rear wing ........................................... GTR-23
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Uneven wear of tires ................................................ GTR-23
Noises are heard while driving .............................. GTR-24
Brake system information ........................................ GTR-25
Dual clutch transmission .............................................. GTR-26
Transmission operation characteristics ............. GTR-28
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The GT-R is NISSAN’s first supercar category
vehicle. The GT-R is equipped with special
systems. These systems are different than those
used on conventional vehicles to allow for the
high performance driving characteristics of this
vehicle. Your vehicle should be maintained by a
GT-R certified NISSAN dealer. Special skills,
knowledge and equipment are necessary to
properly maintain your GT-R.
WARRANTY INFORMATION
Please read this Owner’s Manual carefully,
together with your Warranty Information Booklet
which describes a number of express limitations,
exclusions and ways to void your warranty for
failing to follow the instructions contained in this
Owner’s Manual, including, but not limited to:
. Failure to use proper parts, fuel and fluids,
. Driving with the VDC off,
. Racing,
. Any competitive driving of any sort whatso-
ever,
. Use on a track or driving on any airstrip,
. Modifications, including adding/replacing,
reprogramming, attempting to reprogram,
altering, disconnecting any computer, con-
trol unit or electronic modules,
. Deleting any or all stored information in any
computer, control unit or electronic module
including VSDR,
. Failure to have required Performance Opti-
mization Services performed.
In addition, see your Dunlop/Goodyear and
Bridgestone tire warranties for specific limita-
tions or exclusions for operating summer tires
below −208C (−48F).
MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
. Special skills, knowledge and equipment are
necessary to properly inspect and adjust the
GT-R engine, transmission, suspension and
brakes to maintain performance. A GT-R
certified NISSAN dealer has the GT-R
certified technical staff and the special
equipment to properly maintain your GT-R.
. NISSAN recommends maintenance items
that require the replacement of parts, engine
oil, oil filters and air filters should be
performed by a GT-R certified dealer. Make
sure the specified fluids and parts are used
when the maintenance is performed.
NISSAN also recommends the replacement
of parts such as brakes should be performed
by a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer.
NOTICE
Only use the following required fluids
and parts in the GT-R to avoid possible
vehicle damage.
ENGINE OIL
Mobil 1 (0W-40) (100% synthetic oil)
Mobil 1 (0W-40) (100% synthetic) is the factory
fill oil. The VR38 engine with its plasma-sprayed
bores was developed using this oil. NISSAN
cannot ensure proper engine operation and
durability if other 0W-40 synthetic oil is used.
If Mobil 1 (0W-40) is not available, Mobil 1
(10W-40) (100% synthetic) may be used;
however, some performance loss may be
noticed.
The use of additives, chemical materials or
abrasive compounds is prohibited.
The use of additives, chemical materials, abra-
sive compounds or other high performance
engine oils may cause internal engine damage.
Engine oil maintenance
. When the vehicle is delivered, the engine oil
level is 0.4 in (10 mm) below the H mark on
the engine oil dipstick for optimum high
GT-R Overview GTR-3
GT-R SPECIFIC INFORMATION
GT-R SPECIAL SPECIFICATION
PARTS
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performance driving. The engine oil can be
filled up to the H mark if performance driving
is not engaged.
. The engine oil load increases with high
power output. In order to maintain the
vehicle’s high level of performance, be sure
to perform oil level inspections and fill up at
least every 1,800 miles (3,000km). For the
oil replacement interval information, refer to
the 2012 NISSAN GT-R Service and Main-
tenance Guide section.
. For information about the oil replacement
intervals for performance driving, refer to the
interval for replacing oil after high perfor-
mance driving. ( “Additional mainte-
nance items” page GTR-11)
Make sure to replace the oil filter when the
engine oil is changed.
TRANSMISSION OIL
Genuine NISSAN Transmission Oil R35
Special (100% synthetic oil)
The GT-R uses a multiple-disc dual wet clutch
transmission. The specially developed transmis-
sion oil maximizes the friction characteristics of
the clutch and the lubrication of the gear
bearings.
The use of additives is prohibited.
The use of additives or other transmission oil
may cause internal transmission or clutch
damage.
DIFFERENTIAL OIL (front and rear)
Castrol SAF-XJ 75W-140 (100% synthetic
oil)
Always use the Differential Oil R35 Special
75W-140 (100% synthetic oil) or MOTUL
NISMO COMPETITION OIL type 2189E 75W
140 (if available) that can keep the oil tempera-
ture low in order to protect all parts of the
differential and maximize the performance of the
Limited Slip Differential (LSD). MOTUL NISMO
COMPETITION OIL type 2189E 75W 140 may
not be available at most NISSAN dealer or in all
markets.
The use of additives is prohibited.
Using additives or any other than the specified
differential oil may cause the oil temperature to
increase and the final drive to be damaged. Also
it may cause vibration and adversely the vehicle
handling characteristics.
BRAKE FLUID
Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid R35 Special
II
Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid R35 Special II is
the factory fill brake fluid. The Vehicle Dynamic
Control (VDC) unit and other related parts were
specially designed for this brake fluid. NISSAN
cannot ensure proper operation of the vehicle if
other brake fluid is used.
TIRES AND ROAD WHEELS
Genuine GT-R tires and road wheels
Use only genuine GT-R tires and road wheels.
Tires
The GT-R uses specially designed run-flat tires
and matching road wheels. Use of these
specially developed tires and wheels provides
the greatest potential for maximum performance.
. Using non-genuine GT-R tires may cause
powertrain system damage if the vehicle is
driven in a flat tire situation, even if run flat
tires are used. This may also prevent the
vehicle from being stopped safely.
. Using non-genuine GT-R tires may also
cause tire failure due to excessive heat
buildup caused by tire distortion while
driving.
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. Using non-genuine GT-R tires may affect the
operation of the VDC system.
Tire replacement:
. When tire replacement is required, replacing
tires as a set of four with new tires is
recommended. However, if a tire is punctu-
red or damaged, it may be possible to
replace only the damaged tire. Determining
whether one tire or a complete set of tires
should be replaced is based on a number of
factors including tire wear and condition.
Contact your GT-R certified NISSAN dealer.
They can recommend if an individual tire or a
complete set should be replaced.
. The GT-R uses specially designed run-flat
tires which have a rigid side wall. Special
equipment and procedures are required
when replacing these tires. NISSAN recom-
mends that tire replacement be performed at
a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer.
. Specific tire changing equipment must be
used to remove the GT-R tires from the
wheel and to install the GT-R tires onto the
wheel. It is only possible to reuse the tires
when they have no cracks and/or deforma-
tions on the bead portion of the tire. If the
incorrect equipment is used to remove the
GT-R tires from the wheel and to install the
GT-R tires onto the wheel, cracks and
deformation may occur on the bead portion
of the tires meaning that the tires cannot be
reused. Contact a GT-R certified dealer if
the tires need to be removed from the
wheels.
. When reusing tires, contact a GT-R certified
NISSAN dealer.
Road wheels
Using non-genuine GT-R wheels may cause the
following:
. vehicle vibration
. the tire coming loose from the wheel during
a flat tire
. reduced wheel lug nut tightness
SUSPENSION
Genuine GT-R special suspension
Use only genuine GT-R special suspension
components.
Using non-genuine GT-R suspension compo-
nents can affect vehicle performance and may
cause body damage when driving depending on
the road conditions.
BRAKE PAD AND DISC ROTOR
Genuine GT-R brake pads and disc rotors
Use only genuine GT-R brake pads and disc
rotors.
This vehicle is equipped with cross-drilled
floating rotors and radial-mounted six-piston
monoblock calipers. This helps to achieve
excellent stopping performance and fade-resis-
tance.
Using non-genuine GT-R Brake pads or rotors
can affect vehicle braking performance and the
operation of the ABS and VDC system.
Replacement of brake pads and disc
rotors
NISSAN generally recommends to replace all
four sets of brake pads and disc rotors at the
same time to maintain maximum brake perfor-
mance.
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
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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.
EXHAUST MUFFLER AND TRUNK
CARPET
Genuine GT-R special exhaust muffler and
trunk carpet.
Use only the genuine GT-R special exhaust
muffler and trunk carpet.
The GT-R exhaust system is designed to provide
the maximum vehicle performance and to
protect the vehicle from high exhaust gas
temperatures.
If non-genuine GT-R specification parts are
used it is possible that the muffler or other
exhaust system parts will deform and cause
damage to the underbody. Non-genuine GT-R
specification parts can also affect vehicle
performance and possibly lead to turbocharger,
engine or power train related parts including
transmission, damage.
Also, do not remove the trunk carpet from the
vehicle for any reason. The carpet insulates the
vehicle interior from the heat of the muffler and
from the noise of the transmission.
EXTERIOR PARTS (spoiler, etc.)
Do not modify exterior parts.
The GT-R was developed using a special wind
tunnel to help make sure the vehicle is
aerodynamically balanced. Additionally, the wind
tunnel was used to help make sure cool air flows
to the brakes, radiator and other components.
Additions of non-genuine GT-R specific acces-
sory exterior parts can change the air flow over
and around the body. This can affect vehicle
balance and cooling of various systems.
For example, if the front bumper is modified,
there is a possibility that brake cooling perfor-
mance may be reduced due to the decrease of
the air flow to the brake system.
Use only GT-R special specification parts.
Front bumper
The shape of the bumper helps pull air into the
engine compartment through the front wheel
housing to cool the radiator and brakes. Instal-
ling an aftermarket bumper may affect the air
flow in the engine compartment and decrease
the brake and engine cooling performance. An
aftermarket bumper may also change vehicle
balance by reducing front down force.
Rear wing
Installing an aftermarket rear wing may change
the down force balance between front and rear
of the vehicle. This can affect the handling
characteristics of the vehicle and affect the
operation of the ABS and VDC systems.
NOTICE
Modifications to exterior parts may
affect engine and transmission cooling
performance which can increase the
temperature in the engine compart-
ment. This can affect the operation or
damage parts located in the engine
compartment.
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In addition to the regular maintenance recom-
mended by NISSAN, the GT-R requires the
following special inspections:
. Wheel alignment inspection and adjustment
(if necessary) (including tire pressure ad-
justment)
. Increase tightening of the drive shaft and
center nut on hub
. Engine settings (balancing right and left air
flow)
. Transmission settings
. Checking the exhaust finisher and rear
bumper clearance
. Increase tightening of the strut support bar
attachment section with the shock absorber
These inspections are required at the following
intervals:
. 1,000 miles
. 12 months
. 24 months
. 36 months
NOTE:
. These inspections will be performed
free of charge for labor at a GT-R
certified NISSAN dealer only. Inspec-
tions thereafter are recommended
every 12 months or 12,000 miles
(whichever comes first) at the custo-
mer’s expense. See the 2012 NISSAN
GT-R Warranty Information Booklet for
details.
. Repairs and adjustments involving
parts replacement, etc. determined to
be necessary as a result of these
inspections are performed at the cus-
tomer’s expense.
. See the 2012 NISSAN GT-R Warranty
Information Booklet for significant lim-
itations, exclusions and possible void-
ing of your warranty resulting from
failure to have these necessary inspec-
tions, repairs and/or adjustments per-
formed.
. See the 2012 NISSAN GT-R Service and
Maintenance Guide for a detailed ex-
planation of the GT-R Performance
Optimization Services.
WHEEL ALIGNMENT INSPECTION
AND ADJUSTMENT (if necessary)
(including tire pressure adjustment)
This vehicle is equipped with a high perfor-
mance suspension. The vehicle’s wheel align-
ment needs to be measured and adjusted (if
necessary) by a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer
as necessary as the vehicle is driven and the
suspension parts break-in.
The wheel alignment can be adjusted by a GT-R
certified NISSAN dealer in accordance with
specifications for city driving to high perfor-
mance driving.
The tires on the GT-R may have different wear
rates and wear patterns in comparison to
conventional passenger vehicles. Contact a
GT-R certified NISSAN dealer to confirm that
the alignment is within specifications.
INCREASE TIGHTENING OF THE
DRIVE SHAFT AND CENTER NUT ON
HUB
During the first GT-R special inspection (after
driving 1,000 miles), the front and rear wheel
hub lock nuts (each one on the left and right
sides) must be tightened to the specified
tightening specification. The wheel lock nuts
should be properly tightened every time the
GT-R Overview GTR-7
GT-R PERFORMANCE
OPTIMIZATION SERVICES
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inspection is performed.
ENGINE SETTINGS (balancing right
and left air flow)
Each cylinder bank of this engine operates
independently due to the vehicle’s twin turbo-
charger design. Each side of the engine must
operate at the same level of performance. The air
flow of each bank must be checked and
adjusted as necessary by a GT-R certified
NISSAN dealer.
TRANSMISSION SETTINGS
The design of the clutch and transmission
requires inspection and adjustment of the clutch
and shift forks by a GT-R certified NISSAN
dealer at the recommended intervals. Depend-
ing on the driving conditions, more frequent
adjustments may be necessary to help maximize
vehicle performance.
CHECKING THE EXHAUST FIN-
ISHER AND REAR BUMPER
CLEARANCE
Clearance between the enlarged-diameter ex-
haust finisher and the rear bumper is realized by
using highly rigid exhaust mount rubber to
control rear muffler vibration. The clearance
between the exhaust finisher and the rear
bumper may alter as the exhaust mount rubber
changes shape due to vibration, passage of time
and high exhaust temperature during high
performance driving. Therefore, inspection of
the clearance is necessary during the GT-R
special inspection and when engaging in
performance driving.
INCREASE TIGHTENING OF THE
STRUT SUPPORT BAR ATTACH-
MENT SECTION WITH THE SHOCK
ABSORBER
During the first GT-R special inspection (after
1,000 miles), the strut support bar attachment
bracket and shock absorber (each one on the
left and right sides) must be tightened to the
specified tightening specification. The strut
support bar attachment bracket and shock
absorber (each one on the left and right sides)
must be tightened to the specified tightening
specification 300-600 miles (500-1000 km)
after the support bar or shock absorber have
been removed or installed.
( “Engine compartment check locations”
page 8-8)
NOTICE
Follow these recommendations to ob-
tain maximum engine performance and
ensure the future reliability and econo-
my of your new vehicle. Failure to
follow these recommendations may
result in shortened engine life and
reduced vehicle performance.
Please observe the following types of driving
until the mileage shown below has been
reached.
Until 300 miles (500 km):
. Do not depress the accelerator pedal more
than halfway and avoid rapid acceleration.
. Drive with the engine speed kept at less
than 3,500 RPM.
. Avoid unnecessary quick steering, abrupt
braking and driving on poor roads.
300 to 600 miles (500 to 1,000 km):
. Avoid rapid acceleration in a low gear (1st to
3rd gears) with the accelerator pedal fully
depressed. Depress the pedal slowly.
. Avoid unnecessary quick steering and
abrupt braking.
BREAK-IN SCHEDULE
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. Drive with the suspension setup switch in
the COMF mode to allow more suspension
stroke.
600 to 1,200 miles (1,000 to 2,000 km):
. Drive with the engine speed kept relatively
high with the shift lever in the &
M position.
Shifting is recommended between 1st and
4th gears.
. Avoid unnecessary quick steering and
abrupt braking.
. Drive with the suspension setup switch in
the COMF mode to allow more suspension
stroke.
Even though the mileage reaches over 1,200
miles (2,000 km), the clutch may take longer to
properly engage if the vehicle is mainly driven in
town at a low speed. NISSAN recommends
breaking in the clutch at a GT-R certified
NISSAN dealer.
WHEEL ALIGNMENT
Do not adjust the wheel alignment until the
mileage reaches 1,000 miles (1,600 km). Until
then, the suspension may not engage enough
and the height may be higher.
However, make sure to adjust the alignment
after 1,000 miles (1,600 km).
The wheel alignment can be adjusted by a GT-R
certified NISSAN dealer in accordance with
specifications for city driving to high perfor-
mance driving.
The tires on the GT-R may have different wear
rates and wear patterns in comparison to
conventional passenger vehicles. Contact a
GT-R certified NISSAN dealer to confirm that
the alignment is within specifications.
VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL (VDC)
OFF MODE
Always make sure the VDC is ON before driving
the vehicle by checking that the VDC OFF
indicator lights on the meter and the VDC set-up
switch are not illuminated. The GT-R is a high
performance vehicle and the VDC must be on/
activated to provide proper powertrain operation
and intended drivability.
WARNING
. The VDC OFF mode should ONLY be
used briefly to help free the vehicle
if stuck in snow or mud by tempora-
rily stopping operation of the VDC
to maintain wheel torque.
. Driving the GT-R with the VDC off
may lead to handling issues related
to steering maneuvers, acceleration,
or deceleration. Moreover, driving
with the VDC off can result in an
inoperative vehicle by causing ser-
ious damage to the powertrain,
including damage to the Transaxle
Assembly including Transfer, Clutch,
Gears, Transaxle case and all of its
components and other drivetrain
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PRECAUTIONS BEFORE DRIVING
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component(s) by overheating or ex-
cessive force.
. Damage to the powertrain or any
drivetrain component(s) that occurs
when there is a record in the Vehicle
Status Data Recorder (VSDR) that
the vehicle was driven with VDC off
during the period when the damage
was incurred is excluded from war-
ranty coverage.
See your 2012 Warranty Information Booklet for
important related information and warranty
coverage exclusions. See also section 2 (page
2-29) and section 5 (page 5-48) of this Owner’s
Manual, “Transmission Clutch Temperature
High” and “Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
System” for important additional related informa-
tion.
SUMMER TIRES
The GT-R summer tires are made from a
specially formulated rubber to maximize the
vehicle’s performance capabilities. Performance
of summer tires is substantially reduced when
temperatures are less than 328F (08C) so you
must drive carefully. NISSAN recommends the
use of winter or all-season tires on all four
wheels if you plan to operate your vehicle in
snowy or icy conditions when temperatures are
less than 328F (08C).
WARNING
Never use summer tires when the
temperature is below −48F (−208C) to
prevent permanent tread deformation
which may cause tire damage or tire
failure. This may cause a loss of vehicle
control which can result in serious
personal injury or death.
ALL-SEASON TIRES
Do not exceed the speed rating of the tire that is
installed on the vehicle.
AVOIDING BODY DAMAGE
The GT-R bumper, fascia, side sills and under-
carriage are close to the ground. Drive slowly on
rough or uneven roads to avoid damaging these
parts. Pay careful attention to wheel blocks and
curbs. If the front bumper contacts a wheel
block, curb, etc., the bumper and underlying
parts may be damaged or cracked. Be careful
not to damage the aerodynamic diffuser that is
installed below the engine room.
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FUEL
NISSAN recommends using fuels that contain
no alcohol. However, fuels containing up to 10%
alcohol may be used, if necessary. Do not use E-
85 in your vehicle. ( “Fuel recommendation”
page 9-4)
NOTICE
To avoid serious engine damage due to
increased cylinder temperatures, do not
use fuels that contain more alcohol
than indicated in “Gasoline con-
taining oxygenates” page 9-4. Also, do
not use fuel additives, fuel stabilizers or
fuel deicers that contain alcohol.
BODY REPAIR
The body of the GT-R has been manufactured
on special fixtures utilizing a hybrid structure
with aluminum die cast parts for the frame work.
Special skills, information and equipment are
required to correctly repair the body. Contact a
GT-R certified NISSAN dealer if the vehicle is
damaged, such as in a collision, and they will
recommend an appropriate body shop.
Only certified body shops using CELETTE®
advanced collision repair equipment are ap-
proved by NISSAN for repairing structural body
damage. Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN
dealer or NISSAN Consumer Affairs for a
referral or list of certified body shops.
The information and specifications in this
section apply only when engaging in
performance driving.
The following information applies only if you
engage in performance driving such as driving
your GT-R for extended periods under the
following conditions.
. Higher-RPM (approaching redline) opera-
tion
. Frequent high pedal force braking from
moderate and higher speeds
. Frequent throttle activation
. Fast revving throughout the RPM range
In such cases, the following additional main-
tenance guidelines apply.
However, you should also carefully read
your 2012 NISSAN GT-R Warranty Informa-
tion Booklet for important information
concerning warranty coverage, limitations
and exclusions.
We recommend that maintenance be performed
at a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer. NISSAN will
only pay for GT-R Performance Optimization
Services performed at a GT-R certified NISSAN
dealer.
GT-R Overview GTR-11
ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE ITEMS
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PRECAUTIONS ON PERFORMANCE
DRIVING
Checking the temperature of the
coolant and oils on the multi- func-
tion display
When the temperatures of the engine coolant
and oil, and the oil pressure exceed the normal
range, the color of the meter on the multi-
function display turns red to warn the driver.
When engaging in high performance driving,
switch the display to the function meter to
display the temperature of the engine coolant
and oil, and the oil pressure. When the color of
the meter display turns red, perform cool down
driving. When the values of the temperature and
pressure return to the normal range, the color of
the meter display will turn back to white.
Warning temperature:
. Engine coolant temperature: 2308F (1108C)
or higher
. Engine oil temperature: 2758F (1358C) or
higher
. Transmission oil temperature: 2848F
(1408C) or higher
Cool down
The information and specifications in this
section apply only when engaging in
performance driving.
Cool down the vehicle to help extend the life of
the vehicle if coolant temperatures are extremely
high. Drive the vehicle at 37 to 50 MPH (60 to
80 km/h), in 5th or 6th gear for 2 to 3 miles (3 to
5 km) and then stop the engine.
Refueling precautions
WARNING
Do not attempt to top off the fuel tank
after the fuel pump nozzle shuts off
automatically. Continued refueling may
cause fuel overflow, resulting in fuel
spray and possibly a fire. The fuel tank
is full at the first automatic shutoff.
To maximize vehicle performance, the fuel tank is
located as low as possible to lower the vehicle
center of gravity. The tank is also divided into
two parts. This fuel tank design causes higher
pressures inside the tank than other vehicles so
fuel spillage is possible by trying to top off the
fuel tank after automatic shutoff.
The fuel tank pressure is higher when the vehicle
is hot, especially if the tank is more than half full.
If the cap is opened when the vehicle is hot, it
may cause fuel spray and there may be a hissing
noise. Open the cap slowly, releasing the
pressure from the tank gradually. Also, if the
vehicle is refueled when the vehicle is hot, the
fuel pump may automatically shut off before the
tank is full. This does not indicate that there is a
malfunction. Refuel slowly or refuel after the
vehicle has cooled.
INSPECTION AND ADJUSTMENTS
BEFORE DRIVING
The information and specifications in this
section apply only when engaging in
performance driving.
Fluids
. Before driving, check the fluid levels and
adjust as necessary using the specified fluid
as described under the conditions listed in
ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE ITEMS. If you
do not drive under the conditions listed, refer
to the 2012 NISSAN Service and Main-
tenance Guide.
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. NISSAN recommends to adjust the engine
oil level *
1 to be 0.4 in (10 mm) (1/8 gal
(0.5L) *
2 below the H mark on the engine
oil dipstick. (*
3 range is 1.18 in (30 mm))
Before checking the oil level, run the engine
until it reaches operating temperature and
wait at least 5 minutes after turning off the
engine. Make sure the oil level always
remains above the L mark.
When the vehicle is delivered, the engine oil
is set to “H- 0.4 in (10 mm)” for optimal high
performance driving. The engine oil can be
filled up to the H mark if performance driving
is not engaged.
. Be sure to change the fluids with the
specified fluids after driving.
( “Recommended fluids and mainte-
nance interval” page GTR-18)
. Adjust the power steering fluid level to the R
mark *
5 on the power steering dipstick
when the fluid temperature is hot or *
6
when the fluid temperature is cold.
Fluid temperature:
Hot: 122 to 1768F (50 to 808C): between
*
1 and *
5
Cold: 32 to 868F (0 to 308C): between *
3
and *
6
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GTR-14 GT-R Overview
Coolant mixture ratio
The information and specifications in this
section apply only when engaging in
performance driving.
To maximize vehicle performance, the coolant
mixture ratio should be a combination of 30%
antifreeze and 70% demineralized or distilled
water for maximum cooling system performance
regardless of ambient temperatures.
If ambient temperatures are anticipated below
58F (−158C), make sure a proper mixture ratio of
50% antifreeze and 50% demineralized or
distilled water mix is used.
Inspection and adjustments of tires,
suspension, clutch and brakes
The information and specifications in this
section apply only when engaging in
performance driving.
. Check the engine, transmission, differential
and under the vehicle for oil and coolant
leaks.
. Before engaging in performance driving, the
clutch clearance may need to be adjusted.
See your GT-R certified NISSAN dealer for
information.
NOTICE
Failure to have the clutch properly
adjusted before performance driving
may cause the transmission oil tem-
perature to increase which may cause
transmission damage.
. Check the steering and suspension system
and other links for loose and/or damaged
parts before and after driving.
. Measure and adjust the wheel alignment.
( “Wheel alignment” page GTR-9)
. Check tire wear and cracking.
. Check the tire pressure and adjust the
pressure as necessary when the tires are
cold. ( “Wheels and tires” page 8-31)
*The chart above indicates an example of the
change in tire pressure (air) when measured and
adjusted with tire pressure at 778F (258C),
according to the change in outside air tempera-
ture of the modified tire inner pressure.
The tire pressure changes depending on the
outside temperature or altitude. Check the tire
pressure regularly and when the climate condi-
tions change.
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WARNING
Keep your tires inflated to the correct
tire pressure. Driving with low tire
pressure can damage some powertrain
systems and affect the operation of the
ABS and VDC systems. Low Tire pres-
sure may also cause tire failure and
result in serious personal injury or
death.
. Make sure the tire valve stem cap is installed
and that the valve stem is tight. When
installing the cap, make sure to tighten the
cap by hand. If a tool is used to tighten the
cap, the cap may be damaged.
. Make sure the wheel nuts are tight.
( “Wheels and tires” page 8-31)
. Make sure the drive shaft nuts are tight.
. Make sure to replace the rubber seal, the
valve core and the valve cap of the Tire
Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor
attached to the wheel every 3 years for
performance driving use. Replace the rubber
seal every 5 years even when not engaging
in performance driving. A dirty rubber seal
will cause the air leak from the tire.
. Make sure that the nuts and valves that are
attached to the TPMS sensor are tight and
there is no nitrogen leak.
. Use only a NISSAN genuine valve cap or
equivalent.
. Check wheel hub run out and that the wheel
rotates smoothly without any friction. Check
these with the tires removed whenever an
inspection is performed with the vehicle
jacked up.
. Secure road wheel balance weights with
aluminum tape.
. Check that the wheel nuts are not stripped.
. Make sure the tire has not slipped on the
wheel causing the assembly to be out of
balance. The reference marks on the tire and
wheel should be aligned. If the reference
marks are not aligned, the tire has slipped on
the wheel. Have the wheels/tires reba-
lanced. Make sure the old reference marks
are erased and new reference marks are
applied to the wheel and tire. When instal-
ling new tires on the wheels, make sure new
reference marks are applied to the wheels
and tires.
. Check for the heat deterioration of the
brakes and parts around the brakes.
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GTR-16 GT-R Overview
. NISSAN recommends that the brakes
should be bled before engaging in perfor-
mance driving and when replacing the brake
fluid. It is recommended that bleeding the
brake be performed when the brake calipers
are hot (about 2128F (1008C)).
. Inspect to see whether the clearance
between the exhaust finisher and rear
bumper is maintained at above 0.24 in (6
mm) (up/down) and above 0.20 in (5 mm)
(left/right).
Brake pad:
. When engaging in high performance driving
for the first time after purchasing a new
vehicle, after replacing the brake fluid, or
when engaging in high performance driving
for a sustained period of time, it is recom-
mended that you remove air from the brake
fluid.
. NISSAN recommends adding an additional
cross spring to the front calipers before
engaging in performance driving. The addi-
tional spring reduces brake pad movement
resulting from cornering forces and will
reduce the stroke of the brake pedal.
Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer to
purchase the spring and arrange installation.
If a cross spring is added, a clattering or
squeaking sound may be heard on rare
occasions.
Brake pad break-in procedure:
NISSAN recommends that a special brake pad
break in procedure be performed before enga-
ging in performance driving. Contact a GT-R
certified NISSAN dealer for details.
NOTICE
At the completion of performance driv-
ing, all fluid and other adjustments
should be returned to the normal fluid
specifications as shown in the “Main-
tenance and do-it-yourself” section of
this manual.
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Recommended adjustments for maximum performance
The information and specifications in this section apply only when engaging in
performance driving.
Tire pressure:
Condition Pressure PSI (kPa)
Starting to drive (Tires are cold) Front: 30.5 (210) - 31.9 (220), Rear: 29 (200)
Increasing tire pressure (Tires are hot) Front: 39.2 (270), Rear: Not exceeding 37.7 (260)
Replenishing coolant
The information and specifications in this
section apply only when engaging in
performance driving.
Check the coolant level in the pressurized
coolant reservoir. Adjust the level so that the
fluid is between the MAX and MIN markings. For
the coolant, use genuine NISSAN Long Life
coolant. (On delivery of new vehicle, the
reservoir is filled to the MIN level. Be sure to
replenish approximately 0.3 to 0.4 US quart (0.3
to 0.4 liter) of coolant.)
NOTICE
Do not overfill the coolant. This may
increase the pressure in the cooling
system and cause coolant leaks.
INSPECTION AND ADJUSTMENTS
AFTER DRIVING
The information and specifications in this
section apply only when engaging in
performance driving.
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GTR-18 GT-R Overview
Fluids
. Check the engine, transmission, differential
and under the vehicle for oil and coolant
leaks.
. Check the fluid levels and adjust as neces-
sary using the specified fluid as described
under the conditions listed in ADDITIONAL
MAINTENANCE ITEMS. If you do not drive
under the conditions listed, refer to the 2012
NISSAN Service and Maintenance Guide.
Recommended fluids and maintenance interval
The information and specifications in this section apply only when engaging in
performance driving.
ITEMS Engine Oil
GT-R SPECI-
FIED FLUIDS Mobil 1 (0W-40)*1
MAINTENANCE
INTERVAL
. When the oil temperature stays
below 2308F (1108C) while driving
Change engine oil and engine oil filter at the same
interval as Schedule 1 and 2 in the 2012 NISSAN
GT-R Service and Maintenance Guide section.
. When the oil temperature reaches
between 2308F (1108C) and
2668F (1308C) while driving
Change engine oil and engine oil filter every 3,000
miles (5,000 km).
. When the oil temperature exceeds
2668F (1308C) while driving
Change engine oil and engine oil filter immediately
after stopping.
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ITEMS Transmission Oil
GT-R SPECI-
FIED FLUIDS
Genuine NISSAN Transmission Oil R35 Special
MAINTENANCE
INTERVAL
. When the oil temperature stays
below 2488F (1208C) while driving
Change transmission oil at the same interval as
Schedule 1 and 2 in the 2012 NISSAN GT-R
Service and Maintenance Guide section.
. When the oil temperature reaches
between 2488F (1208C) and
2848F (1408C) while driving
Change transmission oil every 3,000 miles (5,000
km).
. When the oil temperature exceeds
2848F (1408C) while driving
Change both transmission oil and differential oil
immediately after stopping. Differential oil tem-
perature usually increases concurrently.
The information and specifications in this section apply only when engaging in
performance driving.
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GTR-20 GT-R Overview
ITEMS Differential Oil (front and rear)*2
GT-R SPECI-
FIED FLUIDS
Castrol SAF-XJ 75W-140*3
MAINTENANCE
INTERVAL
. When the oil temperature stays
below 2488F (1208C) while driving
Change differential oil at the same interval as
Schedule 1 and 2 in the 2012 NISSAN GT-R
Service and Maintenance Guide section.
. When the oil temperature reaches
between 2488F (1208C) and
2848F (1408C) while driving
Change transmission oil every 3,000 miles (5,000
km).
. When the oil temperature exceeds
2848F (1408C) while driving
Change both transmission oil and differential oil
immediately after stopping. Differential oil tem-
perature usually increases concurrently as the
transmission oil temperature.
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ITEMS Brake Fluid
GT-R SPECIFIED FLUIDS Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid R35 Special II*4
MAINTENANCE INTERVAL Change brake fluid every 3,000 miles (5,000 km).
*1: Mobil 1 (0W-40) (100% synthetic) is the factory fill oil. The VR38 engine with its plasma-sprayed bores was
developed using this oil. NISSAN cannot ensure proper engine operation and durability if other 0W-40
synthetic oil is used. If Mobil 1 (0W-40) is not available, Mobil 1 (10W-40) (100% synthetic) may be used;
however, some performance loss may be noticed.
*2: The differential oil temperature cannot be displayed on the multi function display. The differential oil
temperature can be checked with the transmission oil temperature since both usually increases or decrease
concurrently.
*3: MOTUL NISMO COMPETITION OIL type 2189E 75W 140 can also be used. MOTUL NISMO
COMPETITION OIL type 2189E 75W 140 may not be available at most NISSAN dealer or in all markets.
*4: Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid R35 Special II is the factory fill brake fluid. The Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
unit and other related parts were specially designed for this brake fluid and NISSAN cannot ensure the best
performance and proper operation of the vehicle if other brake fluid is used.
. When the transmission oil temperature
increases to over 2848F (1408C) the color
of the meter display turns to red. However,
the vehicle can be driven until the tempera-
ture reaches 2958F (1468C). When the
color of the meter display turns red, because
the oil is deteriorated, replace the transmis-
sion and differential oil after driving.
. When the engine coolant temperature in-
creases above 2308F (1108C), the color of
the meter display turns to red to warn and
output is controlled at a low level. When the
engine oil temperature is higher than 2758F
(1358C), the meter is displayed in red, the
engine output is controlled at 4000 rpm, and
the &
M position will automatically change to
the &
A position.
Inspection and adjustments of tires,
suspension and brakes
. Check the steering and suspension system
and other links for loose and/or damaged
parts.
. Measure and adjust the wheel alignment.
. Check tire wear and cracking.
. Check the tire pressure and adjust the
pressure as necessary when the tires are
cold. ( “Recommended adjustments for
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maximum performance” page GTR-17)
. Check that the wheel nuts are not stripped.
Check if there is no deformation on the
bearing.
. Make sure the wheel nuts are tight.
( “Wheels and tires” page 8-31)
. Make sure the drive shaft nuts are tight.
. Check wheel hub run out and that the wheel
rotates smoothly without any friction. Check
these with the tires removed whenever an
inspection is performed with the vehicle
jacked up.
. Make sure the tire has not slipped on the
wheel causing the assembly to be out of
balance. The reference marks on the tire and
wheel should be aligned. If the reference
marks are not aligned, the tire has slipped on
the wheel. Have the wheels/tires reba-
lanced. Make sure the old reference marks
are erased and new reference marks are
applied to the wheel and tire. When instal-
ling new tires on the wheels, make sure new
reference marks are applied to the wheels
and tires. ( “Inspection and adjustments
of tires, suspension, clutch and brakes”
page GTR-14)
. Make sure that the TPMS sensor installation
nuts and the sensor valve are tight and there
is no nitrogen leak.
. Check for the heat deterioration of the
brakes and parts around the brakes.
. Check the condition of the brake pads and
disc rotors and replace them as necessary.
. Inspect to see whether the clearance
between the exhaust finisher and rear
bumper is maintained at above 0.24 in (6
mm) (up/down) and above 0.20 in (5 mm)
(left/right).
REFUELING PRECAUTIONS
WARNING
Do not attempt to top off the fuel tank
after the fuel pump nozzle shuts off
automatically. Continued refueling may
cause fuel overflow, resulting in fuel
spray and possibly a fire. The fuel tank
is full at the first automatic shutoff.
To maximize vehicle performance, the fuel tank is
located as low as possible to lower the vehicle
center of gravity. The tank is also divided into
two parts. This fuel tank design causes higher
pressures inside the tank than other vehicles so
fuel spillage is possible by trying to top off the
fuel tank after automatic shutoff.
The fuel tank pressure is higher when the vehicle
is hot, especially if the tank is more than half full.
If the cap is opened when the vehicle is hot, it
may cause fuel spray and there may be a hissing
noise. Open the cap slowly, releasing the
pressure from the tank gradually. Also, if the
vehicle is refueled when the vehicle is hot, the
fuel pump may automatically shut off before the
tank is full. This does not indicate that there is a
malfunction. Refuel slowly or refuel after the
GT-R SPECIFIC VEHICLE
CHARACTERISTICS
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vehicle has cooled.
GASOLINE SMELL
The fuel temperature is higher when the vehicle
is hot. This may cause a gasoline smell from the
vehicle. This does not indicate that there is a
malfunction. The smell will go away when the
fuel temperature has cooled.
OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE DISPLAY
INDICATES HIGHER TEMPERATURE
Heat from the engine compartment, radiator and
intercoolers can affect the outside temperature
display. The outside temperature display may
indicate a higher than actual temperature while
driving or stopped. This is normal.
IDLE SPEED IS NOT STEADY
The idle speed may not be steady when the
engine compartment is extremely hot. This is
normal. The engine speed will be steady when
the engine cools down.
In this case, the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL)
may come on. After a few driving trips, the MIL
should turn off. If the light remains on after a few
driving trips, have the vehicle inspected by a
GT-R certified NISSAN dealer.
ENGINE SPEED IS RESTRICTED
To help protect the engine, the maximum engine
speed is automatically controlled in the following
conditions:
. Revving the engine with the shift lever in the
&
P or &
N position: The maximum engine
speed is 5,000 RPM
. Revving the engine when the engine oil is at
a low (below 328F (08C)) or extremely high
(over 2758F (1358C)) temperature: The
maximum engine speed is 4,000 RPM (The
&
M position will automatically change to the
&
A position.)
ENGINE OUTPUT
High altitude
To protect the engine, engine output is con-
trolled so that it does not increase at altitudes
4,922 ft (1,500 meters) or higher.
Engine output according to the
coolant temperature
The engine output is controlled at a low level
when the engine coolant temperature is lower
than approximately 1588F (708C) or higher than
2308F (1108C). This is not a malfunction.
If the temperature is lower than approximately
1588F (708C), drive the vehicle until it reaches
normal operating temperature. If the temperature
is higher than 2308F (1108C), perform cool-
down driving procedure. ( “Cool down”
page GTR-12) When the temperature of the
engine coolant is between 1588F (708C) and
2308F (1108C), the engine output returns to
normal.
DISTORTION OF REAR WING
When the vehicle is parked in direct sunlight on
a hot day, the center of the rear wing may
become distorted. This is normal. When the
surface temperature of the rear wing is reduced,
the shape of the wing should return to normal.
UNEVEN WEAR OF TIRES
The GT-R is equipped with high performance,
low profile, run-flat tires that are optimized for
performance and handling. The life of these tires
will be less than those of tires installed on a
typical vehicle, and you are likely to experience
uneven tire wear and tire noise regardless of the
type of tire used.
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GTR-24 GT-R Overview
NOISES ARE HEARD WHILE DRIV-
ING
. The GT-R brake pads use material that
provides a high amount of braking power
even in high temperatures. This material can
cause an intermittent screeching noise just
before the vehicle comes to a stop when the
brakes are gently applied. The noise de-
creases as the brake pads wear. However,
the additional brake pad break-in or repla-
cing the cross spring may decrease the
noise. Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN
dealer.
. A screeching noise may be heard when the
brake pedal is depressed:
— When driving the vehicle for the first time
in the morning,
— After leaving the vehicle parked for
extended periods of time, or
— When the vehicle is damp following rain
showers or washing the vehicle.
These sounds are normal. The noise is
caused when the brake pads absorb moist-
ure, and the noise stops after the brake is
applied several times.
. A screeching noise may also be heard when
the brake pedal is depressed:
— When repeatedly applying gentle brak-
ing, especially on a curve at a low speed,
or
— When the brake rotors have circular
scores with the brake temperature high.
WARNING
Follow the instructions below when
parking the vehicle to help prevent the
brake rotor and brake pads from rust-
ing together. Failure to follow the
instructions could cause the rotor and
pads to rust together. If the rotor and
pads rust together, there may be a
popping noise and some vibration
when the vehicle is driven, a wheel
may not roll correctly, or the brake pads
could be damaged. If the pads are
damaged, this may reduce the effec-
tiveness of the brake system which
could cause a collision, serious perso-
nal injury or death.
. The GT-R uses brake pad materials that
have high metallic content. The brake pad
material helps maintain braking performance
in a wide range of weather and driving
conditions.
For the first 3,000-6,000 miles (5,000-
10,000 km) of the vehicle’s service life,
and for the first 3,000-6,000 miles (5,000-
10,000 km) after a brake replacement, the
brake pad to brake rotor clearance is very
small. When parking, apply the parking
brake and move the shift lever to the &
P
position. Idle the engine for more than 20
seconds without depressing the brake
pedal. This allows the brake pads to move
away from the rotor so the pad does not
contact the rotor.
Additionally, the brakes must be dry before
parking the vehicle after driving on wet roads
or after washing the vehicle. If the roads are
wet, lightly apply the brakes for a short
distance before parking the vehicle to dry
the brakes. After washing the vehicle, dry the
brakes by driving on a dry road for a few
miles and apply the brakes normally based
on traffic and road conditions.
The metallic brake pads and brake disc rotor
may rust together when the brakes are not
applied:
— If the vehicle is not idled for 20 seconds
without the brakes applied, or if the
brakes are applied when the vehicle is
shut off, the rotor and pads can rust
together, even when the brake pads are
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dry.
— If the brakes are wet when the vehicle is
parked and the parking brake is applied
for a long time.
— The hill start assist system can apply the
brakes even if the brake pedal is not
depressed. The brake pads and rotors
can rust together if the parking proce-
dure previously described is not fol-
lowed.
Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer if
the brake pads and brake rotor have rusted
together.
NOTICE
To help reduce the possibility of the
rotors and brake pads rusting:
Have the brake pads and/or rotors
quenched when the brake pads are
replaced. For detailed information
about quenching, contact a GT-R certi-
fied NISSAN dealer.
After quenching the brake pads and/or
rotors, apply a brake of 0.5G to stop the
vehicle 6-7 times at leas once a week in
a safe location. G-force can be checked
on the multi function display. Refer to
the separate Multi Function Display
Owner’s Manual.
. To maintain steady braking performance in
both extremely high and low temperatures,
the gap between the brake pad and caliper
is larger than normal and large-size brake
pads are used. When driving over a bump, a
light rattling sound may be heard from the
brake pad. This does not indicate that there
is a malfunction.
. When the brake disc rotor undergoes
thermal expansion, a ticking noise may be
heard from the engaging portion of the
wheel and the brake disc rotor. This does
not indicate that there is a malfunction. The
noise will reduce when the temperature
decreases.
. In addition to noise resulting from uneven
tire wear discussed in the previous section,
the GT-R tires are more rigid than a typical
passenger car tire and are made from a
specially formulated rubber to maximize the
vehicle’s performance capabilities. These
characteristics cause the GT-R tires to have
more road noise than a typical passenger
car tire. This road noise is normal.
. Due to the performance capabilities and
requirements of the GT-R, the sequential 6-
speed dual clutch transmission is unlike a
typical automatic transmission. You will likely
hear mechanical sounds from the transmis-
sion, particularly at slow speeds and at idle.
This condition is normal.
BRAKE SYSTEM INFORMATION
Cracks on brake pad
The friction material of the GT-R disc brake pad
is bonded to the pad backing plate more
strongly than conventional brake pads to with-
stand the high brake temperatures. The friction
material and backing plate expand due to heat at
different rates. Some cracks may be on the
surface of the friction material due to the
differences in expansion rates and the strong
bond between the friction material and backing
plate. The cracks do not indicate the brake pads
need to be replaced. However, depending on
the condition of the cracks, the pads may need
to be replaced. Contact a GT-R certified
NISSAN dealer.
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GTR-26 GT-R Overview
Cracks on the disc rotors
When the brake is repeatedly applied at high
loads during the cold season, small cracks of
approximately 0.12 in (3 mm) long may appear
around the cross drilled holes *
A . This is due to
the temperature differential that occurs because
the surfaces of the disc rotors become hot while
the inside of the rotor is still cold. However, this
poses no problem in terms of brake perfor-
mance, and does not indicate a malfunction. The
brakes do not need to be replaced.
However, if the cracks extend to 0.16 in (4 mm)
or longer after repeated application of the
brakes at high loads during high performance
driving, or through the continued use of the
brakes, the disc rotors must be replaced.
Brake dust
This vehicle is equipped with high performance
brakes, and the characteristics of the brake pad
material may cause more brake dust than other
vehicles. NISSAN recommends a wheel coating
that helps prevent the brake dust from sticking
to the wheels. Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN
dealer for more details.
The GT-R dual clutch transmission is a newly-
developed system that uses an electronically
controlled multiple-disc wet clutch attached to
the highly efficient manual transmission. This
transmission has two driving modes.
. &
A position (Automatic gearshift):
allows automatic shifting of the manual
transmission.
. &
M position (Manual gearshift):
allows quick shifting of the manual transmis-
sion.
NOTE:
. When starting or driving on a steep
uphill grade, shift to the &
M position
and operate the paddle shifter to shift
down to 1st gear similar to a manual
transmission vehicle.
The GT-R dual clutch transmission was devel-
oped specifically to maximize vehicle perfor-
mance and driving enjoyment. The GT-R
transmission components were designed using
different engineering standards than typical
passenger car transmissions. Because of this,
the GT-R has different operating characteristics,
and various rattle noises may be heard during
some driving conditions because of the follow-
ing items:
DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION
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. Gear clearances
. Ultralight flywheel
. Dry sump lubrication
These noises do not indicate that there is a
malfunction.
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GTR-28 GT-R Overview
TRANSMISSION OPERATION CHARACTERISTICS
Mechanism Operation characteristics
Base Manual transmission
. The GT-R transmission design is different from transmissions used in conventional passenger cars. The GT-R uses a transmission gear
design, light flywheel and a dry sump lubrication system to provide maximum vehicle performance. Because the GT-R Transmission design
is different, noises may be louder. When the transmission temperature is high, rattling, shaking and jarring noises may be heard.
. Clattering noises may be heard while shifting.
. Appropriate gaps are provided between gears to achieve smooth gear rotation and steady tooth surface lubrication under the high-load
driving condition. However, this causes a rattling noise.
. If the shift lever is moved from &
R to &
A ↔&
M position, or &
A ↔&
M to &
R position before the vehicle stops, you may not be able to shift gear
or it may take longer to shift gear. Make sure to depress the brake pedal and check that the vehicle has stopped before shifting.
Multiple disc wet clutch
. When stopping the vehicle with the shift lever in the &
R or &
A ↔&
M position, be sure to firmly depress the brake pedal. The vehicle may
slowly move if the brake pedal is not depressed.
. Avoid depressing the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time. Depressing the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time could
cause the clutch to overheat and accelerate deterioration.
. When the vehicle is stopped on a hill, do not hold the vehicle in place by depressing the accelerator pedal. Doing so may cause the clutch
to overheat and result in transmission damage. Use the brakes to prevent the vehicle from moving.
Electronic oil pressure
control
The following conditions are caused due to changes in fluid viscosity as a result of temperature changes.
. When the transmission fluid is extremely cold or extremely hot, the transmission may feel like it is slipping during shifts or there may be hard
shifts. This is normal. Transmission shifting should return to normal when the transmission fluid returns to normal operating temperatures.
. When the transmission fluid temperature is extremely cold, the time required to run a system check may increase. During the system
check, the shift lever must stay in the &
P position. Move the shift lever after turning off the system check display. Also, it is normal to hear
clicking noises during the transmission systems check.
Changing modes
. The higher shift speeds in the &
M position may result in shift shock and jerkiness when starting or shifting.
. The quickest shifting in the R mode with the transmission in the &
M position is available when the engine speed is high. However, the
transmission may shift more slowly when the engine speed is low.
Mechanical Limited Slip
Differential (LSD)
If the vehicle accelerates from a stop with the steering wheel half a turn in cold temperatures, the inner wheel tire may slip and some noise or
vibration may be heard. This phenomenon occurs because the viscosity of the differential oil becomes thicker and the Limited Slip Differential
(LSD) operates with increasing load. When the steering wheel is returned to the straight ahead position or the differential oil warms up, the
noise and vibration decrease. If MOTUL NISMO COMPETITION OIL type 2189E 75W 140 is used, the noise and vibration decrease. MOTUL
NISMO COMPETITION OIL type 2189E 75W 140 may not be available at most NISSAN dealers or in all markets.
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Mechanism Operation characteristics
Electronically-controlled
All-wheel drive (AWD)
If the vehicle accelerates from a stop with the steering wheel half a turn in cold temperatures, it may be hard to move the vehicle when the
accelerator pedal is depressed. This phenomenon is unique to AWD vehicles and is caused by the speed difference between the front and rear
wheel. This is not a malfunction. This phenomenon can be avoided by returning the steering wheel to the straight ahead position. The
phenomenon can be reduced if the transmission setup switch is operated to switch to the 2WD mode only when turning the steering wheel
widely at low speed. ( “Tight corner braking phenomenon” page 5-42)
Ultralight flywheel
. An ultralight flywheel is provided to achieve rapid engine response to the accelerator pedal operation. The engine rotation fluctuations
become larger than conventional vehicles. Rattling, shaking or jarring noises may be heard when idling or driving at a low speed.
. Rattling noises may be heard when the engine is started or stopped.
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GTR-30 GT-R Overview
MEMO
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0 Illustrated table of contents
Seats, seat belts and Supplemental Restraint
System (SRS) ........................................................................... 0-2
Front ...................................................................................... 0-2
Rear ....................................................................................... 0-3
Exterior ........................................................................................ 0-4
Front ...................................................................................... 0-4
Rear ....................................................................................... 0-5
Passenger compartment ........................................................ 0-6
Cockpit ....................................................................................... 0-7
Instrument panel ...................................................................... 0-8
Meters and gauges ................................................................. 0-9
Engine compartment ........................................................... 0-10
Warning and indicator lights ............................................. 0-11
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0-2 Illustrated table of contents
FRONT
1. Seat belt (Page 1-6)
2. Rear seat walk-in lever (P.1-5)
3. Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental
air bag system (P.1-31)
4. Supplemental front-impact air bags (P.1-31)
5. Seat belt pretensioner (P.1-42)
6. Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air
bag system (P.1-31)
7. Occupant classification sensor (pattern sensor)
(P.1-37)
8. Front seats (P.1-3)
SEATS, SEAT BELTS AND
SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT
SYSTEM (SRS)
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REAR
1. Rear seats
— Child restraint installation (P.1-14)
2. Child restraint anchor points (for top tether strap
child restraint) (P.1-14)
3. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
system (P.1-16)
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0-4 Illustrated table of contents
FRONT
1. Hood (P.3-18)
2. Windshield wiper and washer (P.2-46, P.8-21)
3. Doors (P.3-2, P.3-4, P.3-8)
4. Outside mirrors (P.3-28)
5. Power windows (P.2-59)
6. Daytime running light (P.2-49)
7. Headlight and turn signal (P.2-48, P.8-28)
8. Tires and wheels (P.5-4, P.6-2, P.8-31, P.9-9)
ITEMS GT-R SPECIFIED PARTS
Road wheel
Genuine road wheel specific to
GT-R
Tire*1 Genuine tire specific to GT-R
Brake pad*2
Genuine brake pad specific to
GT-R
Brake disc rotor*2
Genuine brake disc rotor spe-
cific to GT-R
*1: When tire replacement is required, replacing tires
as a set of four with new tires is recommended.
However, if a tire is punctured or damaged, it may
be possible to replace only the damaged tire.
Determining whether one tire or a complete set of
tires should be replaced is based on a number of
factors including tire wear and condition. Contact
your GT-R certified NISSAN dealer. They can
recommend if an individual tire or a complete set
should be replaced.
*2: “Replacement of brake pads and disc
rotors” page GTR-5
Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid R35 Special II is the
factory fill brake fluid. The Vehicle Dynamic
Control (VDC) unit and other related parts were
specially designed for this brake fluid. NISSAN
cannot ensure proper operation of the vehicle if
other brake fluid is used.
EXTERIOR
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REAR
1. High-mounted stop light (P.8-28)
2. Trunk (P.3-8, P.3-20)
3. Rear window defroster (P.2-48)
4. Satellite antenna*
5. Rear combination light (P.8-28)
6. Fuel-filler door (P.3-23, P.9-4)
*: Refer to the separate Multi Function Display
Owner’s Manual.
ITEMS GT-R SPECIFIED FUEL
Fuel
Unleaded premium gasoline with an
octane rating of at least 93 AKI (Anti-
Knock Index) number (Research octane
number 98)*1
*1: Use unleaded premium gasoline with an octane
rating of at least 93 AKI (Anti- Knock Index)
number (Research octane number 98) to maximize
vehicle performance. If 93 AKI number (Research
octane number 98) premium gasoline is not
available, you may use unleaded premium gasoline
with an octane rating of at least 91 AKI number
(Research octane number 96), but you may notice
a decrease in performance.
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0-6 Illustrated table of contents
1. Coat hooks (P.2-58)
2. Inside lock knob (P.3-5)
3. Interior light control switch (P.2-61)
4. Map lights (P.2-61)
5. Sun visors (P.3-27)
6. Sunglasses holder (P.2-56)
7. Inside rearview mirror (P.2-63, P.3-27)
8. Center console box (P.2-58)
— USB memory operation*
— iPod®
player operation*
9. Cup holders (P.2-55)
10. Power window switches (P.2-59)
11. Window lock button (P.2-59)
12. Power door lock switch (P.3-5)
*: Refer to the separate Multi Function Display
Owner’s Manual.
PASSENGER COMPARTMENT
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1. Headlight and turn signal switch (P.2-48)
2. Paddle shifters (P.5-15)
3. Steering-wheel-mounted controls (left side)*
4. Meters and gauges (P.2-5)
5. Steering-wheel-mounted controls (right side)
— MRK (Mark) switch*
— Cruise control (P.5-34)
6. Windshield wiper and washer switch (P.2-46)
7. VDC, transmission and suspension set up
switches (P.5-24)
8. Trunk lid release switch (P.3-20)
9. Hood release handle (P.3-18)
10. Intelligent Key port (P.5-11)
11. Horn (P.2-52)
12. Tilting/telescopic steering wheel lever (P.3-26)
13. Push-button ignition switch (P.5-9)
14. Parking brake (P.5-33, P.5-44)
15. Shift lever (P.5-15)
*: Refer to the separate Multi Function Display
Owner’s Manual.
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COCKPIT
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0-8 Illustrated table of contents
1. Outside mirror control switch (P.3-28)
2. Center dial*
3. Audio system*
4. Heater and air conditioner*
5. Multi function display*
6. Hazard warning flasher switch (P.2-52)
7. Glove box (P.2-57)
8. Fuse box cover (P.8-23)
9. Power outlet (P.2-54)
10. Rear window defroster switch (P.2-48)
11. Front passenger air bag status light (P.1-38)
12. Compact Disc slot*
13. Trunk release power cancel switch (P.3-21)
*: Refer to the separate Multi Function Display
Owner’s Manual.
INSTRUMENT PANEL
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1. Trip A/B reset switch (P.2-6)
2. Speedometer (P.2-6)
3. Tachometer (P.2-7)/Upshift indicator (P.2-9)
4. Transmission position indicator (P.2-8)
5. Engine coolant temperature gauge (P.2-7)
6. ENTER switch (P.2-14)
7. Instrument brightness control switch (P.2-11)
8. Vehicle information display (P.2-11)
9. Odometer/twin trip odometer (P.2-6)
10. Fuel gauge (P.2-8)
11. NEXT switch (P.2-14)
NOTE:
. Meters and gauges will illuminate
when the ignition switch is pushed to
the ON position.
. The needle indicators may move
slightly after the ignition switch is
pushed to the OFF position. This does
not indicate that there is a malfunction.
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METERS AND GAUGES
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0-10 Illustrated table of contents
1. Fuse/fusible link holder (P.8-23)
2. Battery (P.8-16)
3. Engine oil filler cap (P.8-12)
4. Strut support bar (P.GTR-8)
5. Engine oil dipstick (P.8-12)
6. Brake fluid reservoir (P.8-14)
7. Air cleaner (P.8-20)
8. Power steering fluid reservoir (P.8-14)
9. Radiator filler cap (P.8-10)
10. Coolant reservoir cap (pressure type) (P.8-10)
11. Coolant reservoir (P.8-10)
12. Window washer fluid reservoir (P.8-15)
ITEMS GT-R SPECIFIED FLUIDS
Engine oil Mobil 1 (0W-40)*1
Transmission oil
Genuine NISSAN Transmission
Oil R35 Special
Differential oil
(front and rear)
Castrol SAF-XJ 75W-140
Brake fluid
Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid
R35 Special II*2
*1: Mobil 1 (0W-40) (100% synthetic) is the factory
fill oil. The VR38 engine with its plasma-sprayed
bores was developed using this oil. NISSAN
cannot ensure proper engine operation and
durability if other 0W-40 synthetic oil is used. If
Mobil 1 (0W-40) is not available, Mobil 1 (10W-
40) (100% synthetic) may be used; however,
some performance loss may be noticed.
*2: Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid R35 Special II is the
factory fill brake fluid. The Vehicle Dynamic
Control (VDC) unit and other related parts were
specially designed for this brake fluid and NISSAN
cannot ensure proper operation of the vehicle if
other brake fluid is used.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT
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Warning
light
Name Page
All-Wheel Drive (AWD) warning
light (AWD models)*
2-24
Anti-lock Braking System
(ABS) warning light
2-25
Brake warning light 2-25
Charge warning light 2-26
Engine oil pressure warning
light
2-26
Intelligent Key system warning
light
2-26
Low tire pressure warning light 2-26
Master warning light 2-28
Seat belt warning light 2-28
Supplemental air bag warning
light
2-28
Transmission warning light 2-29
Warning
light
Name Page
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
warning light
2-30
Indicator
light
Name Page
Cruise main switch indicator
light
2-30
Cruise set switch indicator light 2-30
Front passenger air bag status
light
2-30
High beam indicator light 2-30
Low beam light indicator light 2-30
Malfunction Indicator Light
(MIL)
2-30
Turn signal/hazard indicator
lights
2-31
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
off indicator light
2-31
*: if so equipped
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WARNING AND INDICATOR LIGHTS
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MEMO
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1 Safety — Seats, seat belts and supple-
mental restraint system
Seats ........................................................................................... 1-2
Front seats ........................................................................... 1-3
Head restraints ................................................................... 1-5
Seat belts ................................................................................... 1-6
Precautions on seat belt usage ...................................... 1-6
Pregnant women ................................................................ 1-8
Injured persons ................................................................... 1-8
Three-point type seat belt with retractor ..................... 1-8
Seat belt extenders ......................................................... 1-12
Seat belt maintenance ................................................... 1-12
Child safety ............................................................................. 1-12
Infants ................................................................................. 1-13
Small children ................................................................... 1-13
Larger children ................................................................. 1-13
Child restraints ....................................................................... 1-14
Precautions on child restraints .................................... 1-14
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren
System (LATCH) ............................................................. 1-16
Rear-facing child restraint installation
using LATCH .................................................................... 1-18
Rear-facing child restraint installation using the
seat belts ......................................................................... 1-20
Forward-facing child restraint installation
using LATCH .................................................................. 1-22
Forward-facing child restraint installation using the
seat belts ......................................................................... 1-24
Installing top tether strap ............................................ 1-27
Booster seats ................................................................. 1-28
Supplemental restraint system .......................................... 1-31
Precautions on supplemental restraint system ...... 1-31
NISSAN Advanced Air Bag System
(front seats) .................................................................... 1-37
Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental
air bag and roof-mounted curtain side-impact
supplemental air bag systems ................................... 1-41
Seat belts with pretensioners (front seats) ............ 1-42
Supplemental air bag warning labels ...................... 1-43
Supplemental air bag warning light ......................... 1-44
Repair and replacement procedure ......................... 1-44
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1-2 Safety — Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system
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
accident, you could be thrown into it
and receive neck or other serious
injuries. 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 with both feet
on the floor and adjust the seat
properly. ( “Precautions on seat
belt usage” page 1-6)
. After adjustment, gently rock in the
seat to make sure it is securely
locked.
. Do not leave children unattended
inside the vehicle. They could un-
knowingly activate switches or con-
trols. Unattended children could
become involved in serious acci-
dents.
. The seatback should not be reclined
any more than needed for comfort.
Seat belts are most effective when
the passenger sits with their back
straight up and contacting the seat.
If the seatback is reclined, the risk
of sliding under the lap belt and
being injured is increased.
CAUTION
When adjusting the seat positions, be
sure not to contact any moving parts to
avoid possible injuries or damage.
NOTICE
Make sure the front seatback does not
contact the rear seat when reclining the
seat. When the front seat is reclined to
the rearmost position, it may contact
the rear seat. This may cause an
indentation in the seatback.
SEATS

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