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How to Check the Fluids 09-14 Nissan Murano

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  1. step : Checking the Brake Fluid (0:18)
    • Check that the brake fluid is clear
    • Check the brake fluid level
    • Twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap
    • Add brake fluid as needed
    • Twist on the brake fluid cap
  2. step : Checking the Oil (0:40)
    • Remove the oil dipstick
    • Wipe off the dipstick
    • Reinsert the dipstick
    • Remove the oil dipstick
    • Check the oil level is between the L and H markings
    • Check that the oil is clean
    • If the oil is dirty, perform an oil change
    • Twist off the oil cap
    • Add oil as necessary
    • Twist on the oil cap
  3. step : Checking the Coolant (2:40)
    • Check the coolant level in the coolant reservoir
    • Do not open the radiator cap unless the engine is cool
    • Twist off the coolant reservoir cap
    • Add coolant as necessary
    • Twist on the coolant reservoir cap
  4. step : Checking the Windshield Washer Fluid (3:57)
    • Pop off the windshield washer fluid cap
    • Add washer fluid as needed
    • Close the washer fluid cap
  5. step : Checking the Power Steering Fluid (4:52)
    • Check that the power steering fluid is between the min cold and max cold lines
    • Pull off the power steering fluid cap
    • Add steering fluid as necessary
    • Snap on the power steering fluid cap

Hi. I'm Mike from 1AAuto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

Our brake fluid is over here in the reservoir. You can see it's nice and clean and clear and it's right at the max level, so this is perfect. You don't have to add any fluid and it doesn't need to be changed. If you needed to change it, you can just open this up, add your fluid at the appropriate level. Then when you're done just close it back up.

The engine oil dipstick is down here in the front, that yellow handle. Reach down, I'll pull it out. Take a paper towel, I'll wipe it off. Reinsert it into the engine. It's difficult to see where it goes in, but it's right down there. If you'll follow the dipstick down, it's just a small opening. Push it down. Also the engine's been sitting for a few minutes, the oil should be down in the pan.

So on the dipstick, we've got L for low, H for high, and then this little crosshatch pattern in here. It looks like the oil is right about here, so just a little bit below the high level mark, which is fine. It actually looks like it's a little bit dirty. I believe this car is due for an oil change. But you want to just make sure that your oil is right about here so you've got plenty of oil in the car. If it's down here, that's usually about a quart low, so you just want to add until it reaches here. So I'm going to put this back in. This dipstick has a bend to it, so when it sits inside here if it's pointed away from the engine it's easy to grab.

So we're going to add oil. I’m going to open up this cap. You can add your oil right in the engine. When you're done just close it up.

So, our coolant level in the overflow is showing maximum, but if you want to check the level that's in the radiator, when the engine is cool I'm just going to open up this radiator cap. The engine was a little bit warm, it had been sitting here for probably about an hour, so that's why there was a little bit of residual pressure that did come out. That's why you never want to open it when it's hot, because it will spray out with a lot of force and it'll be very hot and steam and could burn you. That's not too big a deal. It is nice and high though, that's perfect, there's plenty of coolant in here, we don't have to add any. So I'm going to put this cap back on and then clean up all the coolant that I spilled so it doesn't smell.

This is your coolant overflow bottle. It's fairly large, but the max fill line is way down here and the minimum fill line is just below that and it's translucent. You can see through it. If you needed to add coolant to it to bring it up to the max level you can just unscrew the cap and add coolant right to it. Just use the appropriate coolant. This looks like the blue extra long life coolant, but just check your owner's manual first.

We need to add windshield washer fluid. It's got this nifty cap to show you that this is the windshield washer fluid, which is also blue, don't get it confused. Take our funnel. So there's no dipstick tube, but the reservoir is translucent. Then I will add some windshield washer fluid. You can just look and you can actually see it, it will just fill up. You can just fill this right to the top, right till it goes up into the neck. Sometimes these hold a gallon. There it is. So that's perfect right there. I'm going to put our cap back on. Now the windshield washer fluid is topped off.

Here's your power steering reservoir. It's got a minimum cold, a max cold, and a max hot. So the cars been sitting, so it's at the max cold, which is perfect. If you needed to add you could just open it up. Yep. Basically you just have to line it up and then pull it right off. Add your power steering fluid. It has the correct type listed on the cap. So it's Dexron type ATF. When you're done just push the cap back on, it'll snap into place.

Transmission fluid dipstick is right here. It is locked in place so it can't come off. You have to use – this is a CVT car. There's special CVT fluid. It's actually marked on the dipstick tube, and it's marked here under the hood of the car. So you're supposed to use Nissan CVT NS2. Any other fluids might damage the transmission. According to the owner’s manual you need to bring this to a Nissan dealer to have the levels checked; that's what they recommend.

If you wanted to, there is a lock. You can take a small little pick like this and unlock it, and you can take the dipstick out. Aagain, there is markings on this, the vehicle has to be up to a certain operating temperature and you need a scan tool to determine what the operating temperature is of the transmission before you can check the level. So, it's unfortunately not something that's easy to check yourself, but it does have a dipstick tube for it.

Thanks for watching. Visit us at 1AAuto.com for quality auto parts, fast and free shipping, and the best customer service in the industry.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Cloth Rags
  • Engine Oil


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