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ImagePhoto:  Nissan USA Operations Manager, Paul Rogers, Nissan Master Tech, Jeremy Flood, Nissan of Keene Dealer Principal, Chuck Dupler.

Jeremy Flood joins our other Nissan Master Mechanic, James Ringland, as having received this title from Nissan USA. To archive the level of Nissan Master Technician, each individual is subject to intensive Nissan specialized technical training in order to achieve true mastery of maintenance and service for each vehicle within the entire Nissan 15-car product line. It takes a minimum of five years to achieve this status.

 To be recognized with this title, one must take all the required Nissan courses and yearly product Orientation classes.  Master Technicians must first archive certification as an ASE Master Technician. They then must attend hours and hours of classes in each individual Nissan model, as well as each automotive component, such as electrical, braking systems including engine, electrical, driveline, chassis, and much, much more.

  Because of all the time required at Nissan school and away from the dealership, becoming a Nissan Master Tech requires quite a commitment on the part of the individual as well as the Dealer.  It demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards of ethics and quality.

After taking the required classes, the candidate must pass a lengthy series of tests. So congratulations are in order to our newest Nissan Master Tech, Jeremy Flood!
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With extremely high temperatures predicted for New England over the next few days, (it could reach 100 degrees in New Hampshire today), we would like to remind drivers that extreme heat can really take a toll on automobiles. Days like today can push a vehicle well past its limits, and breakdowns sometimes do occur because of it.

Most drivers in New England know about the importance of readying their vehicles for cold weather. But don’t forget-  it’s also important to prepare for the hot summer days like these. A few preventative steps can help keep you out of trouble:

Pay special attention to your tires when the mercury climbs

Driving on under-inflated tires can affect both the handling and braking of a vehicle and also cause tires to overheat. This can increase the possibility of a blowout, which becomes even more of a concern when road temperatures are as high as they are likely to be over the next few days.

Tires should be checked when they haven’t been driven for a few hours. (For example- first thing in the morning, before you head out for the day.) They should be inflated to the pressure recommended by Nissan, which you can find in your owner’s manual or on the driver’s side doorjam. (Or call us, and we’ll be happy to look it up for you.)

While checking tire pressures, also inspect the  treads for enough tread depth and any signs of uneven wear- which might indicate a suspension or alignment problem. And don’t forget the spare.

Coolant is your engine’s best friend on days like this

Engines have to work super hard on days like today, and it’s the cooling system’s job to protect the engine from overheating. Also, additives in your coolant protect the radiator and internal engine components from wear and corrosion. Proper cooling system maintenance will lower the odds of a summertime problem or long-term damage.

Watch your vehicle’s other fluids too

Engine fluids are vital to keeping your vehicle running smoothly in extreme heat. Most fluids not only lubricate internal parts, but also help carry heat away from critical components. When fluid levels are low, this cooling effect is lowered and the possibility of overheating rises. Have all vehicle fluids- engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid checked to ensure they are filled to the correct levels.

Heat can sap the life from batteries

Many drivers think battery problems occur only in the winter, but summer heat can actually impact a car’s battery even more. Heat and vibration are a battery’s two worst enemies. They can lead to internal breakdown and eventual failure. While it’s true you can’t do a whole lot about the heat, you can make sure your battery is securely mounted to keep vibration to the minimum .

Summer heat also causes battery fluid to evaporate more rapidly, which can lead to corrosion on terminals and connections. Have your battery checked and any corrosive build-up from the battery terminals and cable clamps removed. Also ensure that clamps are tight enough that they won’t move.

If your vehicle’s battery is more than three years old, it’s a good idea to have it inspected by our trained Nissan technicians. If needed, we have genuine Nissan battery replacements in stock.

Make sure your A/C is up to the task

Maintaining a comfortable passenger compartment reduces fatigue. This plays an important role in driver awareness and vehicle safety. A properly operating air conditioning system can be more than just a pleasant convenience. If your car’s air conditioning doesn’t seem as cool as it used to, it could mean the refrigerant level is low or there is another problem, such as a leak. Have the air conditioning system checked by our certified Nissan technicians.

Many Nissans today come with an in-cabin air filter that prevents outside dust and pollution from entering your passenger compartment. If your Nissan has one, have the filter inspected and replaced as needed to ensure maximum airflow and cooling during the summer months. (You should see what an old, dirty in-cabin filter looks like. You wouldn’t believe it.)

While a lot of theese things are relatively simple and can be performed by the average driver, some are best left to our Nissan factory-trained technicians. If you would like to schedule Nissan service, click here.

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auto detailing keene nhNissan of Keene now offers auto detailing on all makes and models of cars and trucks.

Auto detailing is a process that goes beyond the ordinary wash-and-wax job. Detailing is just that– paying close attention to small details. Particular attention is paid to scrub, polish, wax, shampoo, and clean… item by item. The results can be nothing short of eye-popping.

Detailing makes your new car look newer and helps maintain the appearance and value. It can make an older car look, feel, and smell like new.

To learn more about our complete auto detailing services, (and print out a money-saving coupon to use on your next detailing), click here.

 

 

Nissan of Keene in Keene, NH offers full auto detailing in New Hampshire.

Mark Twain once said, “There are two seasons in New England: Winter and the Fourth of July”. But Mark Twain never drove a car. If he had, we suspect he might have added, “Pothole Season”.

Here in New England, the snow and ice of winter combined with torrential rains have left roads in bad shape. The repeated freezing and thawing of moisture seeps through road surfaces and causes potholes.

Keep these driving tips in mind this Spring as you travel:

Hitting potholes can throw your car’s front end out of alignment. If you feel your car “pulling” during driving, that’s a clue that you could have a problem. Check the tread on your tires: uneven tread wear can be a sign of misalignment. If you hit a severe pothole, have Nissan of Keene check your vehicle’s alignment and tire balance.

When you hit a pothole you can damage your tire and/or your vehicle’s wheel. Keeping your tires properly inflated will help reduce damage from potholes and other road hazards.

The impact of potholes on tires increases dramatically with speed and can cause hidden, internal damage that could lead to tire failure weeks, or even months, later. It’s best to avoid potholes entirely, but if that’s not possible, don’t brake during the pothole impact. Instead, apply brakes before hitting a pothole and release them just prior to impact. Braking during the impact sets up the tire and wheel assembly for a “solid hit” against the edge of the hole. Less severe damage occurs when a tire is rolling than when it is skidding over a hole during braking.

But there is a little bit of good news in all this: Right now Nissan of Keene has what we call “The Nissan of Keene Mud Season/ Pothole Special”. It’s a great deal and will put your mind at ease. (Heck, we’ll even clean the mud off your car and wash the windows as part of the deal.) Click here for details.

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