Nissan Maxima Owners Manual: Starting and driving

Nissan Maxima Owners Manual / Starting and driving

  • Precautions when starting and driving
  • WARNING Do not leave children or adults who would normally require the assistance of others alone in your vehicle. Pets should also not be left alone. They could accidentally injure themselves or others through inadvertent operation of the vehicle. Also, on hot, sunny days, temperatures in a closed vehicle could quickly become high enough to cause severe or possibly fatal injuries to people or animals. Closely supervise children when they are around cars to prevent them from playing and becoming locked in the trunk where they could be seriously injured. Keep the car locked, with the rear seatback and trunk lid securely latched when not in use, and prevent children's access to car keys.

    1. Exhaust gas (carbon monoxide)
    2. Three-way catalyst
    3. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
    4. Avoiding collision and rollover
    5. Off-road recovery
    6. Rapid air pressure loss
    7. Drinking alcohol/drugs and driving
  • Push-Button Ignition Switch
  • WARNING Do not operate the push-button ignition switch while driving the vehicle except in an emergency. (The engine will stop when the ignition switch is pushed three consecutive times in less than 1.5 seconds or the ignition switch is pushed and held for more than 2 seconds.) If the engine stops while the vehicle is being driven, this could lead to a crash and serious injury. When the ignition switch is pushed without depressing the brake pedal, the ignition switch will illuminate. If the ignition switch is in the LOCK or OFF position, push the ignition switch center: once to change to ACC. two times to change to ON. three times to change to OFF.

    1. Operating range
    2. Push-button ignition switch positions
    3. Emergency engine shut off
    4. NISSAN Intelligent Key battery discharge
    5. NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Before starting the engine
  • Make sure the area around the vehicle is clear. Check fluid levels such as engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and window washer fluid as frequently as possible, or at least whenever you refuel. Check that all windows and lights are clean. Visually inspect tires for their appearance and condition. Also check tires for proper inflation. Lock all doors. Position seat and adjust head restraints/headrests. Adjust inside and outside mirrors. Fasten seat belts and ask all passengers to do likewise. Check the operation of warning lights when the ignition switch is pushed to the ON position.

  • Starting the engine
  • 1. Apply the parking brake. 2. Move the shift lever to P (Park) or N (Neutral). P (Park) is recommended. The starter is designed not to operate if the shift lever is in any of the driving positions. 3. Push the ignition switch to the ON position. Depress the brake pedal and push the ignition switch to start the engine. To start the engine immediately, push and release the ignition switch while depressing the brake pedal with the ignition switch in any position. If the engine is very hard to start in extremely cold weather or when restarting, depress the accelerator pedal a little (approximately 1/3 to the floor) and while holding, crank the engine.

  • Driving the vehicle
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) WARNING Do not depress the accelerator pedal while shifting from P (Park) or N (Neutral) to R (Reverse), D (Drive), or M (Manual shift mode). Always depress the brake pedal until shifting is completed. Failure to do so could cause you to lose control and have an accident. It can also damage the vehicle. Cold engine idle speed is high, so use caution when shifting into a forward or reverse gear before the engine has warmed up. Do not downshift abruptly on slippery roads. This may cause a loss of control.

    1. Starting the vehicle
    2. Shifting
    3. Manual shift mode
    4. Shift lock release
  • Parking brake
  • WARNING Be sure the parking brake is fully released before driving. Failure to do so can cause brake failure and lead to an accident. Do not release the parking brake from outside the vehicle. Do not use the shift lever in place of the parking brake. When parking, be sure the parking brake is fully engaged. To help avoid risk of injury or death through unintended operation of the vehicle and /or its systems, do not leave children, people who require the assistance of others or pets unattended in your vehicle. Additionally, the temperature inside a closed vehicle on a warm day can quickly become high enough to cause a significant risk of injury or death to people and pets.

  • Drive mode selector
  • Drive mode selector switches Two driving modes can be selected by using the drive mode selector switches, NORMAL and SPORT. NOTE: When the drive mode select switch selects a mode, the mode may not switch quickly. This is not a malfunction. Select the NORMAL mode for normal driving. Normal mode NORMAL mode is recommended for normal driving. Press the NORMAL mode button to select this mode. Sport mode The SPORT mode adjusts the engine, transmission, and steering to enhance performance. Press the SPORT mode button to select this driving mode. NOTE: In the SPORT mode, fuel economy may be reduced.

  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW) (if so equipped)
  • WARNING Failure to follow the warnings and instructions for proper use of the BSW system could result in serious injury or death. The BSW system is not a replacement for proper driving procedures and is not designed to prevent contact with vehicles or objects. When changing lanes, always use the side and rear mirrors and turn and look in the direction your vehicle will move to ensure it is safe to change lanes. Never rely solely on the BSW system. The BSW system helps alert the driver of other vehicles in adjacent lanes when changing lanes. The BSW system uses radar sensors 1 installed near the rear bumper to detect other vehicles in an adjacent lane.

    1. BSW system operation
    2. How to enable/disable the BSW system
    3. BSW system limitations
    4. BSW driving situations
    5. System temporarily unavailable
    6. System maintenance
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) (if so equipped)
  • WARNING Failure to follow the warnings and instructions for proper use of the RCTA system could result in serious injury or death. The RCTA system is not a replacement for proper driving procedures and is not designed to prevent contact with vehicles or objects. When backing out of a parking space, always use the side and rear mirrors and turn and look in the direction your vehicle will move. Never rely solely on the RCTA system. The RCTA system will assist you when backing out from a parking space. When the vehicle is in reverse, the system is designed to detect other vehicles approaching from the right or left of the vehicle. If the system detects cross traffic, it will alert you.

    1. RCTA system operation
    2. How to enable/disable the RCTA system
    3. RCTA system limitations
    4. System temporarily unavailable
    5. System maintenance
  • Cruise control (if so equipped)
    1. Precautions on cruise control
    2. Cruise control operations
  • Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) (if so equipped)
  • WARNING Failure to follow the warnings and instructions for proper use of the ICC system could result in serious injury or death. The ICC system is only an aid to assist the driver and is not a collision warning or avoidance device. It is the driver's responsibility to stay alert, drive safely, and be in control of the vehicle at all times. Always observe posted speed limits and do not set the speed over them. Always drive carefully and attentively when using the ICC system. Read and understand the Owner's Manual thoroughly before using the ICC system. To avoid serious injury or death, do not rely on the system to prevent accidents or to control the vehicle's speed in emergency situations.

    1. ICC system operation
    2. The ICC switch
    3. ICC system limitations
    4. System temporarily unavailable
    5. System maintenance
  • Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) (if so equipped)
  • WARNING Failure to follow the warnings and instructions for proper use of the FEB system could result in serious injury or death. The FEB system is a supplemental aid to the driver. It is not a replacement for the driver's attention to traffic conditions or responsibility to drive safely. It cannot prevent accidents due to carelessness or dangerous driving techniques. The FEB system does not function in all driving, traffic, weather and road conditions. The FEB system can assist the driver when there is a risk of a forward collision with the vehicle ahead in the traveling lane.

    1. FEB system operation
    2. Turning the FEB system on/off
    3. FEB system limitations
    4. System temporarily unavailable
    5. System malfunction
    6. System maintenance
  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) (if so equipped)
  • WARNING Failure to follow the warnings and instructions for proper use of the PFCW system could result in serious injury or death. The PFCW system can help warn the driver before a collision occurs but will not avoid a collision. It is the driver's responsibility to stay alert, drive safely and be in control of the vehicle at all times. The PFCW system can help alert the driver when there is a sudden braking of a second vehicle traveling in front of the vehicle ahead in the same lane. The PFCW system uses a radar sensor A located behind the lower grille of the front bumper to measure the distance to the vehicle ahead in the same lane. 1. Vehicle ahead detection indicator 2.

    1. PFCW system operation
    2. Turning the PFCW system on/off
    3. PFCW system limitations
    4. System temporarily unavailable
    5. System malfunction
    6. System maintenance
  • Driver Attention Alert (if so equipped)
  • WARNING Failure to follow the warnings and instructions for proper use of the Driver Attention Alert system could result in serious injury or death. The Driver Attention Alert system is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It will not steer the vehicle or prevent loss of control. The Driver Attention Alert system does not detect and provide an alert of the driver's lack of attention or fatigue in every situation. It is the driver's responsibility to: stay alert, drive safely, keep the vehicle in the traveling lane, be in control of the vehicle at all times, avoid driving when tired, avoid distractions (texting, etc).

    1. Driver Attention Alert system operation
    2. How to enable/disable the Driver Attention Alert system
    3. Driver Attention Alert system limitations
  • Break-in schedule
  • CAUTION During the first 1,200 miles (2,000 km), follow these recommendations to obtain maximum engine performance and ensure the future reliability and economy of your new vehicle. Failure to follow these recommendations may result in shortened engine life and reduced engine performance. Avoid driving for long periods at constant speed, either fast or slow, and do not run the engine over 4,000 RPM. Do not accelerate at full throttle in any gear. Avoid quick starts. Avoid hard braking as much as possible. Do not tow a trailer for the first 500 mi (805 km). Your engine, axle or other parts could be damaged.

  • Fuel efficient driving tips
  • Follow these easy-to-use Fuel Efficient Driving Tips to help you achieve the most fuel economy from your vehicle. 1. Use Smooth Accelerator and Brake Pedal Application Avoid rapid starts and stops. Use smooth, gentle accelerator and brake application whenever possible. Maintain constant speed while commuting and coast whenever possible. 2. Maintain Constant Speed Look ahead to try and anticipate and minimize stops. Synchronizing your speed with traffic lights allows you to reduce your number of stops. Maintaining a steady speed can minimize red light stops and improve fuel efficiency. 3.

  • Increasing fuel economy
  • Keep your engine tuned up. Follow the recommended scheduled maintenance. Keep the tires inflated to the correct pressure. Low tire pressure increases tire wear and lowers fuel economy. Keep the wheels in correct alignment. Improper alignment increases tire wear and lowers fuel economy. Use the recommended viscosity engine oil. For additional information, refer to "Recommended fluids/lubricants and capacities" in the "Technical and consumer information" section of this manual.

  • Parking/parking on hills
  • WARNING Do not stop or park the vehicle over flammable materials such as dry grass, waste paper or rags. They may ignite and cause a fire. Safe parking procedures require that both the parking brake be set and the transmission placed into P (Park). Failure to do so could cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly or roll away and result in an accident. Make sure the shift lever has been pushed as far forward as it can go and cannot be moved without depressing the foot brake pedal. Never leave the engine running while the vehicle is unattended.

  • Power steering
  • WARNING If the engine is not running or is turned off while driving, the power assist for the steering will not work. Steering will be harder to operate. When the power steering warning light illuminates with the engine running, there will be no power assist for the steering. You will still have control of the vehicle but the steering will be harder to operate. Have the power steering system checked. It is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for this service. The power steering system is designed to provide power assist while driving to operate the steering wheel with light force.

  • Brake system
    1. Brake precautions
    2. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    3. Brake assist
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system
  • The VDC system uses various sensors to monitor driver inputs and vehicle motion. Under certain driving conditions, the VDC system helps to perform the following functions: Controls brake pressure to reduce wheel slip on one slipping drive wheel so power is transferred to a non slipping drive wheel on the same axle. Controls brake pressure and engine output to reduce drive wheel slip based on vehicle speed (traction control function).

  • Integrated Dynamics-control Module (if so equipped)
    1. Active trace control
    2. Active engine brake
    3. Active ride control
  • Front and Rear Sonar System (if so equipped)
  • The sonar (parking sensor) system sounds a tone to inform the driver of obstacles near the bumper. When the "DISPLAY" key is ON, the sonar view will automatically appear in the meter. WARNING The sonar (parking sensor) system is a convenience but it is not a substitute for proper parking. The driver is always responsible for safety during parking and other maneuvers. Always look around and check that it is safe to do so before parking. Read and understand the limitations of the sonar (parking sensor) system as contained in this section. The colors of the corner sonar indicator and the distance guide lines in the front/rear view indicate different distances to the object.

  • Cold weather driving
    1. Freeing a frozen door lock
    2. Tire equipment
    3. Special winter equipment
    4. Driving on snow or ice
    5. Engine block heater (if so equipped)
  • Active noise cancellation/Active sound control (if so equipped).
  • Active noise cancellation Front and rear microphones This system uses three microphones 1 located inside the vehicle to detect engine booming noises. The system then automatically generates a noise canceling sound through the speakers and woofer to reduce engine booming noise. NOTE: To operate the active noise cancellation system properly: Do not cover the speakers or woofer. Do not cover the microphones. Do not change or modify speakers including the woofer and any audio related components such as the amplifier. Do not make any modification including sound deadening or modifications around the microphones, speakers, or woofer.

Car phone or CB radio

Precautions when starting and driving