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2004 Nissan Altima Repair, Service & Tires


2004 Nissan Altima Tires

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2004 Nissan Altima Tires Sizes, Speed Ratings, and Inflation

Not sure about your 2004 Nissan Altima tire size? Use the following chart to find information on tire size, speed rating, and inflation.

Trim Level Speed Rating Inflation in PSI F/R Tire Size
2004 Nissan Altima S T 29 PSI/29 PSI P205/65R16
2004 Nissan Altima SL T 29 PSI/29 PSI P205/65R16
2004 Nissan Altima Base T 29 PSI/29 PSI P205/65R16
2004 Nissan Altima SE V 33 PSI/30 PSI P215/55R17

2004 Nissan Altima S

P205/65R16

Speed Rating: T

Inflation F/R: 29 PSI/29 PSI

2004 Nissan Altima SL

P205/65R16

Speed Rating: T

Inflation F/R: 29 PSI/29 PSI

2004 Nissan Altima Base

P205/65R16

Speed Rating: T

Inflation F/R: 29 PSI/29 PSI

2004 Nissan Altima SE

P215/55R17

Speed Rating: V

Inflation F/R: 33 PSI/30 PSI

* Note: these models have different tire sizes depending on vehicle options.

Recommended Tires for Your 2004 Nissan Altima

What tires are best for a 2004 Nissan Altima? Check out the following tire brands and types.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS90
Blizzak WS90

  • No warranty
  • Winter
  • Winter
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus
Ecopia EP422 Plus

  • Platinum Pact Limited Warranty
  • All-Season
  • Performance
Bridgestone DriveGuard Plus
DriveGuard Plus

  • Platinum Pact Limited Warranty
  • All-Season
  • Performance
Bridgestone Turanza QUIETTRACK
Turanza QUIETTRACK

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Performance
Bridgestone Turanza T005
Turanza T005

  • No warranty
  • Summer
  • Performance
Bridgestone WEATHERPEAK
WEATHERPEAK

  • Platinum Pact Limited Warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
Bridgestone Potenza Sport AS
Potenza Sport AS

  • Platinum Pact Limited Warranty
  • All-Season
  • Performance
Bridgestone Turanza LS100
Turanza LS100

  • Platinum Pact Limited Warranty
  • All-Season
  • Performance
Bridgestone Turanza T005A
Turanza T005A

  • No warranty
  • Summer
  • Performance
Firestone Affinity Touring S4 FF
Affinity Touring S4 FF

  • Gold Pledge Limited Warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
Firestone ALL SEASON
ALL SEASON

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
Firestone FT140
FT140

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
Firestone WEATHERGRIP
WEATHERGRIP

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
Firestone Firehawk AS V2
Firehawk AS V2

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Performance
Firestone Firehawk Indy 500
Firehawk Indy 500

  • Gold Pledge Limited Warranty
  • Summer
  • Performance
Firestone Winterforce 2
Winterforce 2

  • No warranty
  • Winter
  • Winter
SUREDRIVE ALL-Season
ALL-Season

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
SUREDRIVE Touring A/S
Touring A/S

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
Toyo Extensa A/S II
Extensa A/S II

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires

About 2004 Nissan Altima Tires

Beyond the correct tire size, you also want to consider a handful of other factors when buying new Nissan Altima tires like where and how you drive, and what tire brand you trust most. When thinking about your driving conditions, consider where you live (mountains vs. city vs. countryside) and the kind of weather can catch you off-guard. (Watch out Tornado Alley!) Many drivers who live in states that experience all four seasons choose to purchase two sets of tires: one set for winter, one set for summer. Other drivers prefer to purchase one all-season set to limit trips to the tire shop and make sure their vehicle is prepared in the rain, sleet, snow, or sun!

Next, consider your driving style. If you're a diehard off-roader, you have very different tire needs than a highway commuter who doesn't leave the paved path. Talk to a tire technician at Firestone Complete Auto Care for help choosing the best tire for you, or start shopping for Nissan Altima tires online.

2004 Nissan Altima Tire Installation & Rotation

We sell tires, but we also service them and care for all the around-the-wheel components. We're a tire store that also offers professional tire installation, maintenance, and rotation, along with complete auto care. We make it easy to buy new 2004 Nissan Altima tires online and book an installation appointment at the same time.

2004 Nissan Altima Tire Questions

  • Is Nissan tire inflation important? Even a tiny decrease in tire pressure could impact your safety and fuel economy. Maintaining proper tire pressure can help increase fuel economy, improve braking time, and boost tire lifespan.
  • What do the tire sidewall numbers mean for my Nissan Altima? The numbers on your tire sidewall give you information about tire speed rating, traction, treadwear, tire size, and load carrying capacity. Chat with a tire technician to learn how to read the numbers on your Nissan tires!
  • Is there an easy way to check Nissan tire tread depth? Stay on top of your tire tread depth to help avoid a dangerous drive. You can check tread depth with a penny. Hold the penny so that Abraham Lincoln is facing you, then place your penny into a tread groove upside down. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, your tread is shallow and it might be time for new Nissan Altima tires. Grab a penny. Hold the so that Abe Lincon's head is facing you and his hair is pointing toward the ground. Then, place the penny into a tread groove. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, your tread is shallow and it might be time for new Nissan Altima tires.

Get Repairs for Your 2004 Nissan Altima

For most drivers, the words “car repair” don’t exactly spark excitement. But we work to provide you with a different experience at Firestone Complete Auto Care. Bring your 2004 Nissan Altima in for repair services and rest easy knowing that your Altima is in capable hands. We'll work to evaluate the scope of repairs needed and explain your options. If a repair isn't necessary, we won't recommend it.

How Much Does Nissan Altima Repair Cost?

The cost to repair your 2004 Nissan Altima depends on which repairs are needed, the cost of any replacement parts, the amount of labor necessary to get the job done, and where you live. But regardless of where you’re located, check out our website for repair coupons and offers that could save you some cash.

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2004 Nissan Altima Auto Repair Questions

  • Can scheduled maintenance help me avoid repairs? The cheapest 2004 Nissan Altima repair is the one that isn’t necessary in the first place! Staying up-to-date with your car’s scheduled maintenance services is a great way to keep future repair costs low.
  • What's wrong if something feels 'off' in my Nissan? No, we’re not talking about finding the best jams on the radio! You know your car best, and you’re the first person who will notice if something doesn’t feel right (like new smells, sights, or sounds coming from your car). If you sense that something is 'off,' stop in for a Courtesy Check to have these symptoms checked out ASAP. Early action could help you prevent Nissan Altima repairs.
  • Do I have to get the repairs you recommend for my Nissan? Talk to your technician. We'll never recommend a service or repair for your 2004 Nissan Altima that we don't think is necessary for your safety.

Brake Repair for Your 2004 Nissan Altima

Your Nissan Altima may be powered by a strong engine. But if you can’t brake, it might as well be scrap metal. If you notice your brakes are squeaking or not working well, don’t wait! Safe driving and responsive brakes go hand in hand. Plus, waiting can lead to more expensive parts wearing out and requiring replacement. Go to your local Firestone Complete Auto Care for 2004 Nissan Altima brake repairs. We offer a variety of brake services like brake pad/shoe removal and replacement, brake rotor/drum refinishing, brake fluid exchange/bleeding, and brake caliper and wheel cylinder installation.

Nissan Altima Brakes Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can cause my Altima to shake when I apply the brakes? Feeling shaking or vibrating in your Altima as you brake might indicate a few different problems, including worn brake pads or rotors, loose suspension components, damaged brake calipers, or warped rotors. Book an appointment for a free brake inspection as soon as you notice a problem with your brakes.
  • How long can I expect my Altima brake pads to last? You can usually get around 30,000 to 40,000 miles out of your brake pads, but how and where you drive your Altima can affect this. Hauling large loads or riding your brakes can shorten their lifespan, while smoothly braking and mostly sticking to highways can help your brake pads last longer.
  • Is it bad if my Altima is leaking brake fluid when off? Your Altima brake system is a closed hydraulic system, so a brake fluid leak likely means you have an issue in your brake system. Over time, brake components can wear out or get damaged, causing a brake fluid leak.

When to Get Nissan Altima Drivetrain Repairs

Drivetrains for front, rear, and all-wheel-drive and 4WD vehicles are not all the same. You don't want to go to any random shop for drivetrain repair. You want to come see the technicians at Firestone Complete Auto Care. We can help repair all of your 2004 Nissan Altima drivetrain components Your Nissan Altima may need driveshaft attention if you feel heavy vibrations in your floorboards, clunks when shifting, resistance when turning, or vibration as your vehicle accelerates.

2004 Nissan Altima Drivetrain Questions

  • How do I know if my Nissan drivetrain is damaged? Hear noises toward the back of your Nissan Altima? See fluid leaking? Having issues turning? These could all be signs of drivetrain damage you don't want to ignore. Take action quickly to catch repairs or replacements before something more severe happens.
  • What triggers the malfunction indicator light (MIL) in a Altima? A multitude of problems can activate your Altima’s malfunction indicator light (better known as the check engine light), including issues with the engine, transmission, sensors, electrical system, or connectors.
  • How serious is a drivetrain malfunction in my Altima? If your Altima has a drivetrain malfunction, don't wait. Get it checked out by a professional mechanic. Identifying the underlying cause and performing the appropriate repairs right away can help prevent further damage and avoid unsafe driving conditions.

2004 Nissan Altima Alignment Services

An alignment involves making adjustments to your Nissan Altima's suspension system, the connection between the vehicle and the wheels. When your car has an alignment service, the individual angles of your tires are adjusted so that they come into contact with the road in just the right way — the way Nissan intended them to. When you bring in your 2004 Nissan Altima, we’ll perform an alignment check first. Then, we’ll adjust the angles as needed until they match recommended measurements from Nissan.

Nissan Altima Alignment Questions

  • How can I avoid knocking my Nissan Altima out of alignment? Hitting a pothole or curb can alter your wheel alignment. So can general wear and tear over time.
  • How often should you get a wheel alignment for your Altima? Generally, it’s wise to have your alignment looked at around every 6,000 miles or 6 months, whichever happens first. You should check your Altima owner’s manual to verify Nissan’s suggested interval.
  • Do you need an alignment with new Altima tires? While you don’t necessarily need to get an alignment when putting new tires on your Altima, it’s still a good idea. Ensuring your wheels are properly aligned can help support optimal handling, tire wear, and fuel efficiency.

2004 Nissan Altima Engine Services

When your Nissan Altima engine needs repairs, our technicians will provide you with a thorough explanation beforehand. We never do any work without your sign-off. If a service can wait, we’ll make sure you know. We'll also tell you if it's necessary for your safety. We seek to give you all the info you need to make a smart decision about our services. Choose Firestone Complete Auto Care for Nissan Altima engine repairs and you can feel good knowing that we only use Nissan-compliant replacement parts such as the cambelt, valve guide seal, sensors, or other parts.

Questions About 2004 Nissan Altima Engines

  • Why does the check engine light come on when I start my Altima? It’s usually normal for your check engine light to turn on upon ignition. This is just your Altima testing its circuits. The dash light shouldn't stay on. If it does, you might want to bring your vehicle in for service.
  • Why is my Nissan Altima making engine noise? Strange engine sounds can be a sign something’s off in your Nissan Altima. Knocking or tapping could be a symptom of low oil. A high-pitched whistle could signal an intake leak or misaligned belt. Squealing can be traced back to a loose fan belt, and grinding might be a sign of brake problems rather than engine issues.
  • What could damage my Nissan Altima engine? Certain driving habits can damage your engine and should be avoided. These habits include 'running on fumes,' revving the engine while still in Park, or pushing 'the pedal to the metal' before the engine has warmed up. Help sustain your engine’s performance and efficiency by staying miles away from these bad driving practices.

Tire Repair for Your 2004 Nissan Altima

Firestone Complete Auto Care is here for you when your 2004 Nissan Altima needs flat tire repair or inspection. In some cases, a tire doesn’t have to be replaced – it can be plugged and patched with a simple repair. Depending on the damage, though, a repair might not be the right move. Our technicians can determine which option is best for your situation. To start, we’ll consider the location of tire damage, the type of issue, the size and scope of the damage, and the amount of wear on your tires.

If your 2004 Nissan Altima tire puncture can be repaired, the repair process is actually fairly simple: (1) Take the tire off the wheel for easy inspection, (2) fill the puncture to keep the moisture out, and (3) seal the inner liner with a repair unit to prevent air loss.

Your Questions About Nissan Altima Tire Repair, Answered

  • How soon should I have my flat tire repaired? Driving on a flat or underinflated tire can put extra stress on your wheels and alignment. While it’s sometimes necessary to drive a short distance on a flat tire to get to a safe place, don’t take any other trips in your Altima until you can have the flat tire repaired or replaced.
  • Is temporary sealant bad for my Nissan's tires? A temporary sealant may be able to help you get to a repair location safely. But temporary or emergency sealants could possibly damage TPMS sensors, and in some cases may even void the warranty on your Bridgestone or Firestone tires. If your tire needs extensive repair, sealant can add time and labor costs to the process.
  • What can cause Altima tires to keep losing air?  If your Altima tires are always losing air, you may have a puncture, damaged wheel, or leaking valve stem.

Guide to 2004 Nissan Altima Scheduled Maintenance

Instead of waiting for an issue to arise with your Altima, you can stay ahead of problems before they even begin. It’s as easy as following the recommended maintenance schedule that’s been written specifically for your 2004 Nissan Altima! Nissan knows your vehicle inside and out (they made it, after all!), so they’ve designed this schedule with your car’s unique needs in mind. Scheduled maintenance services can vary depending on driving conditions, climate, and other factors; in most cases, though, recommended maintenance will consist of services like fluid exchanges, filter changes, new brake pads, oil changes, and tire rotations. Scheduling routine service appointments is one of the best ways to help extend your Altima's life, keep you safer on the road, and prevent common 2004 Nissan Altima problems.

Overview of Essential Nissan Altima Maintenance Needs

Come to Firestone Complete Auto Care for manufacturer-recommended routine maintenance on your 2004 Nissan Altima and an expert technician will begin by performing a Courtesy Check. This Courtesy Check can establish a baseline of what may need to be addressed during your service appointment. During a Courtesy Check, we’ll always check your battery, then we’ll move on to inspect your Altima’s head and tail lights, tires, fluid levels, alignment, and windshield wipers.

Firestone Complete Auto Care is your spot for 2004 Nissan Altima maintenance. We can help you keep your vehicle (and your life!) running smoothly. Many of our locations have weekend and evening hours for your convenience.

2004 Nissan Altima Maintenance Q&A

  • What do I do if I hit a pothole in my Nissan Altima?  You know your Nissan Altima better than anyone else, so you’ll know if something doesn’t feel right while driving. Have your alignment checked (and adjusted if necessary) as soon as you notice a pulling steering wheel to prevent suspension damage or uneven tire wear.
  • When does my Nissan Altima need high mileage oil?  Do you have more than 75,000 miles on your Nissan Altima? If so, request to switch to high mileage oil at your next oil change. This type of oil is specially formulated to keep aging engine parts in the best possible condition.
  • Can I ignore dashboard lights on my Nissan?  Don't ignore dashboard warning lights! Bring your Nissan Altima in for a diagnostic code scan as soon as a dashboard warning light flashes on, whether it's your check engine or battery light. Dashboard lights alert you to trouble under the hood.

Battery Size & Replacement for 2004 Nissan Altima

Need more info about Nissan Altima batteries?

Battery Engine Warranty Cold Cranking Amps
26R-3 V6/3.5L Replacement 24 months Performance months 575
24F-6 V6/3.5L Replacement 36 months Performance months 750
24F-RP V6/3.5L Replacement 48 months Performance months 750
26R-3 L4/2.5L Replacement 24 months Performance months 575
24F-6 L4/2.5L Replacement 36 months Performance months 750
24F-RP L4/2.5L Replacement 48 months Performance months 750

Car Batteries for 2004 Nissan Altima

On average, auto batteries last anywhere from three to five years. Don’t get stranded by your Altima’s car battery. Replace it regularly instead! Pay attention to clues that your battery is on its way out. A slow engine crank, an illuminated check engine light or battery signal, bloated battery case, corrosion-covered posts, or faded headlights can all signal that your battery needs attention.

Plus, at Firestone Complete Auto Care, we’ll test your battery for free. Visit us for a complimentary battery check and, if necessary, a battery replacement to help keep your 2004 Nissan Altima running! Automotive batteries are just one of our many areas of expertise. Our technicians are familiar with Nissan-specific recommendations for Altima car batteries’ reserve capacities and cold cranking amps. Get help identifying the type and size of battery that matches your vehicle, and schedule a weekday or weekend battery replacement service for your car.

Commonly Asked Nissan Altima Battery Questions

  • Why doesn’t my Nissan Altima battery stay charged?  A car battery that needs to be jump-started every time is as good as dead. It may be getting old. Or, you’ve been leaving the doors slightly open and the dome lights on during the night. Stop in for a free battery check at your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care and learn more about your battery's charge.
  • What is the average lifespan of a car battery? The typical 12-volt car battery may last three to five years, depending on the type of battery, the driving conditions, and how well the battery is maintained.
  • Why is there white, crusty buildup on my Altima’s battery post?  The white, flaky stuff that can build up around your Altima’s battery terminals is known as corrosion. Acid leaking from your vehicle’s battery post can have a chemical reaction with the air, leading to an accumulation of the white, powdery substance over time. Corrosion can affect the flow of electricity between your battery and the electrical system in your Altima, possibly causing issues with electrical performance and starting. If left unaddressed for long enough, it may even cause your battery to prematurely fail.

Oil Changes for 2004 Nissan Altima

Your 2004 Altima’s oil should be changed according to Nissan’s recommended oil change intervals. No matter the mileage, your Altima may need its oil changed ASAP if your check engine light is on, you hear engine knocking, sense an oil smell in the cabin, or notice an unusual amount of exhaust. You may also need an oil change more frequently than Nissan recommends if you haul heavy loads, frequent dusty roads, enjoy off-roading, or go at low speeds on long distance trips.

Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right 2004 Nissan Altima motor oil: either synthetic or conventional. Talk with a teammate and consult your owner's manual before picking a motor oil. At Firestone Complete Auto Care, you can choose from the following oils: Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ conventional oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology, and Shell Rotella® heavy-duty engine oil. During an oil change, a technician will change your Altima's oil, replace and recycle your used oil and oil filter, inspect the rest of your car’s filters, top-off important fluids, and perform a free inspection on the rest of your vehicle. Let the experts take care of your Altima’s engine by making an oil change appointment today.

Oil Change Q&A for Your 2004 Nissan Altima

  • Why is the oil light on in my Nissan Altima?  The oil change light in your Nissan Altima could be triggered by an overdue oil change. However, if the oil pressure light is on, you may be dealing with low engine oil, a failing oil pump, a clogged oil filter, or a malfunctioning oil pressure sensor.
  • How hard is it to change Nissan Altima oil at home?  First off, changing your own oil isn’t as easy as you’d think. You’ll have to buy special tools and figure out a way to recycle the old oil properly. Getting a professional oil change reduces the risk of something going wrong during the service, but also helps your car perform down the road.
  • Why is my Nissan Altima exhaust smoke grayish or blue?  There could be an oil leak and your engine is burning oil. Time to have a qualified technician check things out. The leak could be caused by several issues like leaking valve seals, damaged piston rings, or worn cylinder walls.

2004 Nissan Altima Engine Tune-Ups & Maintenance

Regular engine tune-ups can optimize your Altima’s power on the road. The Firestone Complete Auto Care location in your community offers several Nissan Altima engine tune-up services. The first is the standard Firestone Tune-Up. The standard Firestone Tune-Up includes new spark plugs (and installation!), a thorough inspection of engine components, and a lifetime parts warranty*. Another service option pays special attention to the filters in your Altima. Specifically, we replace the fuel filter and air filter. Our third service is a thorough cleaning of the fuel system. During this type of tune-up, we use a three-step process to get rid of harmful varnish, dirt, and carbon deposit buildup in your Altima’s fuel injectors, throttle body, and throttle plate. This goes a long way in boosting your fuel system’s overall performance. Keep in mind that your Altima's mileage and maintenance history can uniquely impact its tune-up needs. Chat with a Firestone technician before you jump into a specific service to ensure your engine tune-up money is well-spent.

*Talk to a Firestone Complete Auto Care teammate for full terms and conditions on warranties.

Questions About 2004 Nissan Altima Engine Tune-Ups

  • What happens if my Nissan Altima spark plugs fail?  Replace spark plugs on time or about every 30,000 miles or so. Spark plugs are small but mighty. The spark of electricity that the plug emits across a small gap creates the ignition for the combustion needed to start your car. Without that spark, your car won't start.
  • What does a puddle underneath my Nissan Altima mean? Puddles could indicate that your vehicle is leaking coolant, oil, or brake fluid. Ignoring these leaks can lead to permanent engine damage, so address these symptoms ASAP with a tune-up service.
  • How frequently do the fuel injectors in my Nissan Altima need to be cleaned? Factors like fuel type and driving conditions can affect how frequently you need to clean your Altima fuel injectors. Some manufacturers recommend a fuel system cleaning as part of routine maintenance, or as needed if your vehicle is showing signs of poor fuel system performance.

2004 Altima Nissan Steering & Suspension Services

During the first few years you had your 2004 Nissan Altima, you probably enjoyed a smooth and steady ride. But these days, things are starting to feel a bit rough. Maybe your Altima jolts, pulls to one side, or makes an unusual noise when going over a speed bump. The first sign of problems is a good time to bring your 2004 Nissan Altima in for suspension and steering service. We'll get to the root of the problem and, if steering and suspension service is needed, we’ll go over the services you need and how much they will cost before we do any work.

2004 Altima Steering & Suspension Q&A

  • What can cause my Nissan Altima to have a bouncy ride?  If it feels like you’re on a trampoline every time your Altima goes over a bump or dip, you may have a problem with your struts or shocks. Faulty shocks and struts can’t properly absorb road bumps, leading to a bouncy ride.
  • Why does my Altima tilt forward when I hit the brakes?  As you brake, the forward momentum of your Altima combined with its weight sends a ton of force to its front end. A damaged or worn suspension system can cause the front end to compress and dip even further.
  • What role do tire pressure and tread depth play in my Nissan's suspension?  Maintaining your tires can help reduce strain on the suspension, nd also let you know when it's time to replace your tires. A faltering steering and suspension system could lead to uneven tire wear.

Convenient & Local 2004 Nissan Altima A/C Service

Our trained technicians will do what they can to solve your 2004 Nissan Altima A/C problems. During this initial A/C performance check, we’ll look at the state of your 2004 Nissan Altima’s A/C system to evaluate what repairs are necessary (if any). This check will include an examination of system pressure, a visual inspection, and a leak test.

When we perform an A/C repair on your 2004 Nissan Altima, we’ll also do an A/C evacuation and recharge. To start this process, a technician will flush out the old refrigerant from your vehicle’s A/C system. Then, they’ll use Nissan’s specifications to evacuate the system. The A/C system is recharged with new refrigerant.

2004 Nissan Altima A/C System FAQs

  • What’s making my Altima A/C put out warm air? Maybe your A/C starts cool but then gets warm. Or maybe it never gets cold in the first place. Either way, your A/C troubles could be traced back to a clogged expansion valve, faulty compressor clutch, blown fuse, or leak.
  • What can cause an A/C system leak?  A/C system leaks are often due to a combination of age and moisture. Rubber seals and gaskets naturally degrade over time, allowing refrigerant to exit and moisture to enter your Altima's A/C system.
  • Why won’t my Altima’s A/C cool the vehicle when the car is stopped?  Damaged or worn components in your Altima’s electrical or air conditioning system can cause the A/C to only work when the car is moving. You may be dealing with low coolant or a faulty cooling fan.

Transmission Services for 2004 Nissan Altima

Your transmission carries power from the engine to the wheels so that you can drive at the speed you desire. Since the transmission has to translate the precise amount of power for your desired amount of speed, a small transmission issue can put a big dent in your Altima’s performance. 2004 Nissan Altima transmission issues could include shifting delays, grinding or jumping during acceleration, the car shaking at any speed, or whistling noises and a burning smell coming from under the hood. If you don’t pay attention to Nissan Altima transmission trouble you could see your fuel economy decrease or find that your Altima isn’t working at all. Our technicians are trained to service 2004  Nissan Altima transmission systems according to vehicle manufacturer recommendations. As soon as you suspect something’s wrong with your Altima’s transmission, book an appointment at your local Firestone Complete Auto Care to help keep your engine running at peak performance.

Questions About 2004 Nissan Altima’s Transmission

  • How often does my Altima transmission fluid need to be checked?  Maintaining your Nissan Altima transmission fluid is one of the best ways to maintain your transmission's health. A general rule of thumb is to have your transmission fluid checked and changed about every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, but that timeline can change if you're hard on your Nissan. Leaks or low transmission fluid are easy to spot and affordable to repair.
  • Can my Nissan Altima leak transmission fluid? Yes, your Nissan Altima can develop a transmission fluid leak. As your Altima ages, parts of the transmission system might wear out or break down, leading to a leak and possible transmission issues. Common causes of transmission fluid leaks include worn seals, a damaged transmission housing, a loose or cracked transmission pan, an overfilled transmission, or faulty transmission lines.
  • Can I still drive my Nissan Altima if it has a transmission fluid leak?  You should avoid driving with a transmission fluid leak. Your transmission system relies on transmission fluid to operate properly, and a leak may decrease performance, cause your Altima to overheat, or even lead to transmission failure.

Vehicle Inspection for 2004 Nissan Altima

When you bring your vehicle to Firestone Complete Auto Care for any service, we’ll automatically do a multi-point Courtesy Check. To start, one of our technicians will check the battery in your Nissan Altima to see how much charge it has left – and determine if it may fail in the near future. The check will continue with a visual inspection of your Nissan Altima's windshield wiper blades, lights, filters, alignment, tires, hoses, belts and fluid levels.

While every visit to your local Firestone Complete Auto Care includes a Courtesy Check, you can also request a Complete Vehicle Inspection for your 2004 Nissan Altima if you suspect there may be a bigger problem. A Complete Vehicle Inspection includes everything in a Courtesy Check, plus an examination (by hand!) of your exhaust system, steering and suspension, and brakes. With this inspection, we want to help you stay on top of any issues that may need immediate attention in order to prevent further damage.

Depending on where you live, your local Firestone Complete Auto Care may be able to perform state-mandated inspections or safety tests on your vehicle. These inspections are governed by state automotive laws and may vary in different locations.

FAQs for 2004 Nissan Altima Vehicle Inspections

  • When does my Nissan Altima need an inspection? It needs a check-up if something feels 'off' to you, the driver. Your Nissan Altima could benefit from a Courtesy Check if it has any illuminated dashboard lights, you hear weird noises coming from any part, the engine doesn't start sometimes, or your vehicle pulls to one side.
  • My 2004 Nissan Altima failed the state inspection test. Can you fix it? There's a good chance we can. Stop by for a full system inspection and we'll get to the root of the issue.
  • When should I get a complete vehicle inspection for my Nissan Altima?  You should bring your Nissan Altima in for a full vehicle inspection if something weird happens and you can’t find the problem. A new dashboard light might come on, you may hear strange sounds under the hood, or your steering might feel off. A complete inspection is also a great idea before a road trip for added peace of mind.

2004 Nissan Altima Radiator Service

Keeping up with regular radiator maintenance in your 2004 Nissan Altima is essential for long-term engine health. Nissan recommends that you replace coolant (also called antifreeze) at certain intervals, but you can also take note of any signs your radiator is going bad. You could be on the verge of a radiator-induced engine breakdown if you notice a low coolant light or higher-than-normal engine temperatures on your dashboard, or if you spot coolant leaks coming from your car.

At Firestone Complete Auto Care, we start by performing a thorough inspection of your Nissan Altima cooling system. We then do a machine-powered radiator exchange, replenish flushed chemicals, sealants, and lubricants, and then pressure check for leaks. When it comes to radiator service and repair, we’re here to give your 2004 Nissan Altima the top-notch service it needs.

2004 Nissan Altima Radiator Q&A

  • What does the coolant light on my Nissan dashboard mean?  Pay attention to the temperature gauge and lights on your dashboard. If a low coolant warning light comes on or your dashboard temperature gauge keeps rising, it’s likely that your engine is about to overheat (and could leave you stranded on the road). Wait for the engine to cool down, then have your coolant system checked immediately at your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care.
  • My Altima overheated! What can cause that?  Low coolant, a damaged cooling fan, a faulty water pump, a malfunctioning thermostat, or a clogged radiator could all cause your Nissan Altima engine to overheat.
  • My Altima radiator sounds like it's rumbling or boiling! What's up?  Air pockets in your Altima’s cooling system may cause a rumbling or boiling noise. You could also have a clogged radiator or simply need to replace the radiator cap.