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What’s new for 2016?2016-nissan-altima-nh

The first, most noticeable differences between the 2016 Altima and the 2015 model are with the exterior. The 2016 Altima’s front end is all-new, featuring a V-shaped, chrome-trimmed grille and V-shaped headlights matching the new Murano and Maxima. The 2016 Altima also has several new wheel types, new fog lights andtaillights, and a new color called Deep Blue Pearl, which wasn’t available on last year’s Altima.

The 2016 Altima also gets some advanced active safety features that weren’t available last year, including forward emergency braking and Intelligent Cruise Control. The Zero Gravity front seats have been reshaped to be even more comfortable than before, and the center console has been redesigned as well. The Altima’s 5-inch color audio display is now standard, and Siri Eyes Free is available for the first time.


 This is shaping up to be one of the worst years ever for potholes in New England. And that means a lot of vehicles are going to need an alignment.DEA13 0225 Pothole 5895

Luckily, Nissan of Keene has a Springtime Alignment Special right now. (Click HERE for details.)
When you hit a pothole it can cause your vehicle’s wheels to go out of alignment, meaning they are no longer pointing in a parallel direction, which can cause all sorts of problems with your vehicle’s tires and suspension system. The more potholes you hit, the greater the likelihood that your wheels may go out of alignment.

At this point, what you need is called an “alignment”, meaning simply they need to be brought back to pointing in the exact correct direction. Simple as that.

nh+pothole-Potholes can also cause damage to tires, steering, and suspension parts, shocks and struts. If a pothole is large enough for the tire to drop into- you can expect damage to occur. Your only defense against the damage caused by potholes is avoid as many as possible and slow down for the ones you can not avoid. If you do hit a pothole with a jolt that jars your teeth it is best to have your vehicle looked at by your servicing mechanic. Even though there may not be visible damage there is the potential for problems.

If you notice that your Nissan is pulling left or right, or that your tire’s tread is wearing off on the inside or outside edge you should have us check it out.

A proper wheel alignment should always start and end with a test drive. The front end and steering linkage will be checked for wear before performing an alignment. The tires should all be in good shape with even wear patterns from proper tire rotation, deep tread and sufficient tire pressure. A Nissan technician will determine, through a series of test and measurements how each tire needs to be balanced and aligned.










We will put your Nissan on our computerized alignment machine, and check what is known as the “toe, caster and camber measurements.”

What these terms mean:

Toe measures the difference between the front of the tires and the back of the tires. This is determined by checking if the front of the tires are closer together than the rear of the tires your tires are toed in. This means your vehicle is going down road slightly sideways. If the toe isn’t corrected you can expect the tires to wear quickly.

Camber is the measurement that looks at how much a tire is leaning in or out. A camber problem will cause wear to the inside or outside edge of the tire.

Caster measures the relationship of the wheels to one another. Most vehicles today require a four wheel alignment. To have your vehicle properly aligned you need to find a shop that has the proper equipment and a qualified technician to perform the service.


A little advice:

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.

Click HERE for details of our Springtime Alignment Special


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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