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When you hit the brake pedal in your 2001 Nissan Frontier it pumps brake fluid down to your brakes which increases the pressure to make your car slow down. If you don't have enough brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir, air can get in your brake lines and your Frontier won't stop properly. The video above shows you how to add brake fluid to your Nissan Frontier. If you are adding brake fluid to your Frontier on a regular basis, you should check for leaks (we have a video for this too!) As with most fluids in your engine, brake fluid can cause serious harm if you get it in your eyes, so be sure to wear safety glasses and gloves. Brake fluid will also make your paint peel off if you spill it on your Frontier, so be careful not to spill it.
When adding fluid to your Frontier, it is important to check your owners manual for the correct type to add - it likely be either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5, also known as silicone brake fluid. Do not shake the fluid before pouring it in your vehicle - the air bubbles will foul up your brake lines. Be sure to discard bottles of brake fluid that are over a year old - brake fluid sucks the moisture out of the air and the water vapor in the fluid can rust out your brake lines quickly. Brake fluid breaks down with use and should be changed every 2 years in your Nissan Frontier or whenever it looks dark in color - this will make the internal brake components last longer.
Power steering fluid is easy to check and many people (mechanics included) often forget about - learn how here2001 Nissan Frontier SE 3.3L V6 Crew Cab Pickup (4 Door)
Stop! Checking your brake fluid from time to time is a great way to ensure safe stopping2001 Nissan Frontier SE 3.3L V6 Crew Cab Pickup (4 Door)
White light when you back up - yup, they burn out and you can replace them with bright LEDs2001 Nissan Frontier SE 3.3L V6 Crew Cab Pickup (4 Door)
Many cars will burn or leak a little bit of oil. Over time, this adds up and you might need to add some - learn how to here!2001 Nissan Frontier SE 3.3L V6 Crew Cab Pickup (4 Door)
Harsh downshifts? Slipping gears? You might be low on transmission fluid2001 Nissan Frontier SE 3.3L V6 Crew Cab Pickup (4 Door)
Because you have to start somewhere2001 Nissan Frontier SE 3.3L V6 Crew Cab Pickup (4 Door)