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2012 Nissan Frontier Repair, Service & Tires


2012 Nissan Frontier Tires

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2012 Nissan Frontier Tires Sizes, Speed Ratings, and Inflation

Not sure about your 2012 Nissan Frontier 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
2012 Nissan Frontier SL T 35 PSI/35 PSI P265/60R18
2012 Nissan Frontier SV T 35 PSI/35 PSI P265/70R16
2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X T 35 PSI/35 PSI P265/75R16
2012 Nissan Frontier S* T 35 PSI/35 PSI P265/70R16
2012 Nissan Frontier S* S 35 PSI/35 PSI P235/75R15

2012 Nissan Frontier SL

P265/60R18

Speed Rating: T

Inflation F/R: 35 PSI/35 PSI

2012 Nissan Frontier SV

P265/70R16

Speed Rating: T

Inflation F/R: 35 PSI/35 PSI

2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

P265/75R16

Speed Rating: T

Inflation F/R: 35 PSI/35 PSI

2012 Nissan Frontier S*

P265/70R16

Speed Rating: T

Inflation F/R: 35 PSI/35 PSI

2012 Nissan Frontier S*

P235/75R15

Speed Rating: S

Inflation F/R: 35 PSI/35 PSI

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

Recommended Tires for Your 2012 Nissan Frontier

What tires are best for a 2012 Nissan Frontier? Check out the following tire brands and types.

Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 3
Dueler A/T Revo 3

  • Platinum Pact Limited Warranty
  • All-Season
  • Light Truck Tires
Bridgestone ALENZA AS ULTRA
ALENZA AS ULTRA

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Light Truck Tires
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
Blizzak DM-V2

  • No warranty
  • Winter
  • Winter
Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport
Dueler H/P Sport

  • Platinum Pact Limited Warranty
  • Summer
  • Light Truck Tires
Bridgestone Dueler H/T 685
Dueler H/T 685

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Light Truck Tires
Bridgestone Dueler H/T 840
Dueler H/T 840

  • Platinum Pact Limited Warranty
  • All-Season
  • Light Truck Tires
Firestone Destination A/T2
Destination A/T2

  • Gold Pledge Limited Warranty
  • All-Season
  • Light Truck Tires
Firestone Destination LE3
Destination LE3

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Light Truck Tires
Firestone Winterforce 2 UV
Winterforce 2 UV

  • No warranty
  • Winter
  • Winter
Firestone ALL SEASON
ALL SEASON

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
SUREDRIVE ALL-TERRAIN
ALL-TERRAIN

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Light Truck Tires
SUREDRIVE HIGHWAY
HIGHWAY

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Light Truck Tires
SUREDRIVE ALL-Season
ALL-Season

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
Toyo OPEN COUNTRY A/T III
OPEN COUNTRY A/T III

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Light Truck Tires
Toyo OPEN COUNTRY HTII
OPEN COUNTRY HTII

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

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
Toyo PROXES ST III
PROXES ST III

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Light Truck Tires

About 2012 Nissan Frontier Tires

Beyond the correct tire size, you also want to consider a handful of other factors when buying new Nissan Frontier tires like which tire brands you like most and where you drive. When evaluating your driving conditions, think about where you live (countryside vs. city vs. mountains) and the kind of unexpected weather you're likely to experience. Many drivers who live in states that experience all four seasons choose to purchase two sets of tires: one for summer and one for winter. 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!

Your personal driving style is the next factor to consider. If you're a big off-roading fan who forges paths where others can't, you have very different needs than a long-distance commuter who sticks to the highway. Talk to a tire technician at Firestone Complete Auto Care for help choosing the best tire for you, or start shopping for Nissan Frontier tires online.

Nissan Frontier Installation and More

Firestone Complete Auto Care has been a leading tire provider for more than a century. We're your tire shop and a complete service center for tire installation, maintenance, repair, rotation, and alignment! Shop 2012 Nissan Frontier tires online and schedule an installation appointment.

2012 Nissan Frontier Tire Questions

  • Why check Nissan tire inflation? The right tire pressure can make all the difference. Proper tire inflation helps increase fuel economy, improve braking time, and boost tire lifespan! Even a small change in tire pressure can impact your driving.
  • What do the numbers on my Nissan Frontier tires mean? 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!
  • How do I check the tread depth on my Nissan tires? 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 Frontier 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 Frontier tires.

2012 Nissan Frontier Repair Information

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. When you come to us for 2012 Nissan Frontier repair services, our skilled repair technicians will get your Frontier back on the road. 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 Are Nissan Frontier Repairs?

Several factors can affect the cost to repair your 2012 Nissan Frontier, including what kind of repair you need, costs of replacement parts or repair supplies, the labor involved, and your locale. 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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Questions About 2012 Nissan Frontier Auto Repairs

  • Do I need to follow Nissan's maintenance schedule? The cheapest 2012 Nissan Frontier 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? You know your vehicle. You also know when something feels 'off' with your vehicle. Pay attention when things don't run like they used to and stop by for a Courtesy Check when you notice an unusual sign, smell, or sensation. We might be able to help you prevent Nissan Frontier repairs!
  • Why do you recommend certain repairs for my Nissan? Trust is more than just a saying on the wall. It’s a window underneath it. That’s why we won’t recommend services or repairs for your 2012 Nissan Frontier unless we think they’re vital to your safety on the road.

Get Your 2012 Nissan Frontier Brakes Fixed

Your Nissan Frontier engine may be strong and reliable. But if you can't stop it, then it's scrap metal. If you’re experiencing squeaky brakes or a loss of braking power, don’t wait! Safe driving and responsive brakes go hand in hand. Plus, ignoring your brake problems can result in more damage and higher brake repair bills. Go to your local Firestone Complete Auto Care for 2012 Nissan Frontier brake repairs. Our brake repair services include brake pad/shoe replacement, brake rotor/drum resurfacing, brake fluid exchange, and brake caliper and wheel cylinder service.

Nissan Frontier Brakes Questions

  • Why does my Frontier shake when I brake? Your Frontier could shake when you brake due to worn brake pads or rotors, warped rotors, loose or worn suspension components, or faulty brake calipers. You can always schedule a free brake inspection at the first sign of strange brake behavior.
  • What is the average lifespan of Frontier brake pads? In general, brake pads can last from 30,000 to 40,000 miles. Certain factors, like driving on highways mostly and braking smoothly, can help your brake pads last longer. Hauling heavy loads and riding your brakes can shorten brake pad lifespan.
  • Is it bad if my Frontier is leaking brake fluid when off? Your Frontier has a closed hydraulic brake system, meaning you should not have a brake fluid leak under normal conditions. However, parts of your brake system can wear out over time or become damaged, which can lead to a brake fluid leak.

2012 Nissan Frontier 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 2012 Nissan Frontier drivetrain components Your Frontier might need driveshaft repair if you notice vibration as your vehicle accelerates, clunks when shifting, heavy vibrations in your floorboards, or resistance when turning.

2012 Nissan Frontier Drivetrain Q&A

  • What are signs my Nissan drivetrain is damaged? Hear noises toward the back of your Nissan Frontier? 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 Frontier?  The malfunction indicator light — also known as the check engine light — on your Frontier can illuminate for a variety of reasons, including engine issues, electrical problems, damaged sensors, transmission problems, misfires, and faulty connections.
  • How concerning is a drivetrain malfunction in my Frontier? If you experience a drivetrain malfunction in your Frontier, it is important to have it inspected by a professional mechanic as soon as possible to identify the underlying cause and perform the necessary repairs. Driving with a malfunctioning drivetrain can be dangerous and cause further damage to your car.

2012 Nissan Frontier Alignment Services

Alignment services involve precise adjustments to your Nissan Frontier’s suspension system, which connects the wheels with the rest of the vehicle. 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. Bring your 2012 Nissan Frontier in for a wheel alignment and we'll start with an alignment check. Then, we’ll adjust the angles as needed until they match recommended measurements from Nissan.

Answers to Nissan Frontier Alignment Questions

  • What can knock my Nissan Frontier out of alignment? Potholes and uneven roads can knock your car out of alignment, so stay aware of the road ahead and adjust your speed (or avoid these obstacles whenever it’s safely possible).
  • When should you get a wheel alignment for your Frontier? It’s usually suggested you check your alignment about every 6,000 miles or 6 months (whichever occurs first). Still, you should reference your Frontier owner’s manual for Nissan's recommended interval.
  • Do you need an alignment with new Frontier tires? While you don’t necessarily need to get an alignment when putting new tires on your Frontier, it’s still a good idea. Ensuring your wheels are properly aligned can help support optimal handling, tire wear, and fuel efficiency.

Engine Repairs for Your 2012 Nissan Frontier

If your 2012 Frontier engine needs repairs, our expert techs will let you know what needs to be done and why before they get started. We never do any work without your sign-off. If a repair can wait, we'll let you know. We'll also tell you if it's necessary for your safety. We want to provide you with the information you need to make an informed engine repair decision. Turn to Firestone Complete Auto Care for your 2012 Frontier engine repairs and you can feel good knowing that we only use Nissan-compliant replacement parts such as the timing chain or belt, valve guide seal, fuses, or another part.

Engine Q&A 2012 Nissan Frontier

  • Why does my Frontier’s check engine light come on when I start it? Generally, your check engine light turning on upon ignition is not a bad thing. It’s just your Frontier firing up its circuits. The light should turn off in a bit, but come see us if it doesn't.
  • Why is my Nissan Frontier making engine noise?  Strange under-the-hood noises can point to problems within your Nissan Frontier engine. Tapping or knocking could mean you need an oil change. Whistling sounds could mean you have an intake leak or misaligned belt. Squealing may be caused by a loose fan belt, and grinding could be a sign that something is wrong with your brakes — not the engine.
  • What could damage a Nissan engine?  Some driving habits are not so great for your engine. These include driving on a near-empty gas tank, flooring the gas pedal while the car is in Park, or accelerating too quickly, too soon. Protect your engine’s performance and efficiency by distancing yourself from these habits.

Tire Repair for Your 2012 Nissan Frontier

Firestone Complete Auto Care is here for you when your 2012 Nissan Frontier 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. We’ll begin by taking a look at where the damage is, the type and extent of the tire damage, and how all of your tires are wearing.

If your 2012 Nissan Frontier tire puncture can be repaired, we'll follow three basic steps to repair it: (1) Remove the tire from the wheel for inspection and repair, (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 Frontier Tire Repair, Answered

  • What happens if I drive my Nissan on a flat tire? A flat tire that’s not addressed can take a terrible toll on the rest of your car. Until you have it repaired or replaced, drive your Frontier as little as possible to reduce your risk of damage to the wheels and alignment – or further damage to that already struggling tire!
  • Will a temporary sealant fix my Nissan's flat tire? 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.
  • Why do my Frontier tires keep losing air? Your Frontier tires might keep losing air due to a leaking valve stem, puncture or hole in the tire tread or sidewall, or damaged wheel.

2012 Nissan Frontier Maintenance Information

Instead of waiting for an issue to arise with your Frontier, 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 2012 Nissan Frontier! The recommended maintenance schedule is put together by Nissan, your vehicle manufacturer. Scheduled maintenance services can vary depending on driving conditions, climate, and other factors; in most cases, though, recommended maintenance will consist of services like oil changes, tire rotations, brake pad replacement, filter changes, and fluid checks and exchanges. Scheduling routine service appointments is one of the best ways to help extend your Frontier's life, increase your vehicle safety, and prevent common 2012 Nissan Frontier problems.

Overview of Essential Nissan Frontier Maintenance Needs

Bring your 2012 Nissan Frontier to Firestone Complete Auto Care for factory-recommended maintenance services and our technicians will jump right in with a Courtesy Check. A Courtesy Check helps "set the stage" for your service and catch any small problems before they turn into big repairs. During a Courtesy Check, we’ll always check your battery, then we’ll move on to inspect your Frontier’s head and tail lights, tires, fluid levels, alignment, and windshield wipers.

Firestone Complete Auto Care is your one-stop shop for 2012 Nissan Frontier maintenance and repairs. Don’t wait until something goes wrong with your car. Visit your nearest location for proactive maintenance today.

Questions About 2012 Nissan Frontier Maintenance

  • What do I do if I hit a pothole in my Nissan Frontier?  Check your car for pothole damage! If you’ve recently hit a pothole (or even if you don’t remember hitting one… they can be sneaky!) check your tire treads, tire sidewalls, and wheels for damage. Potholes can also knock your car out of alignment, so have your alignment checked if you suspect you’ve driven over a rough patch of road lately.
  • When should I switch my Nissan Frontier to high mileage oil?  If your Nissan Frontier has ticked past 75,000 miles, consider switching to high mileage oil at your next oil change to give your engine what it needs to go another 75,000 (or more!). High mileage oil: make it a high priority!
  • Can I ignore dashboard lights on my Nissan?  It's better to get them addressed as soon as possible. An illuminated dashboard light means something in your vehicle isn't functioning like it should. Letting problems linger can mean bad news for your Nissan Frontier, so be sure to take your car in for service as soon as you notice an illuminated dashboard light.

2012 Nissan Frontier Battery Replacement & Size

Not sure what battery to get for your Nissan Frontier?

Battery Engine Warranty Cold Cranking Amps
35-2 L4/2.4L Replacement 36 months Performance months 640
35-AGM L4/2.4L Replacement 36 months Performance months 650
26R-3 V6/4.0L Replacement 24 months Performance months 575
35-2 V6/4.0L Replacement 36 months Performance months 640
35-AGM V6/4.0L Replacement 36 months Performance months 650
26R-3 L4/2.5L Replacement 24 months Performance months 575
35-2 L4/2.5L Replacement 36 months Performance months 640
35-AGM L4/2.5L Replacement 36 months Performance months 650
26R-3 L4/2.4L Replacement 24 months Performance months 575

2012 Nissan Frontier Batteries

On average, auto batteries last anywhere from three to five years. You want to replace your 2012 Nissan Frontier battery before it fails and leaves you stranded. Watch for signs that your current battery is getting too old or too weak. A lagging starter, an illuminated battery or check engine light, bloated battery case, corroded battery terminals, and subpar electrical performance can all signal that your battery is waving goodbye.

Or, you can get a complimentary battery check at your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care. Visit us for a complimentary battery check and, if needed, a replacement battery for your 2012 Nissan Frontier. Car batteries are one of our many specialties! Our technicians are familiar with Nissan-specific recommendations for Frontier battery CCAs and reserve capacity. Get help figuring out the battery size that matches your vehicle, and schedule a weekday or weekend battery replacement service for your car.

Top Nissan FrontierCar Battery Questions

  • Why won’t my Nissan Frontier battery hold a charge? A battery is in its final hour when it will no longer hold a charge. The battery may be too old. Or, you may have been leaving your car doors ajar and the cabin light at night. Stop by for a complimentary battery check at your favorite Firestone Complete Auto Care and get a handle on your car battery’s health.
  • 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 Frontier’s battery post?  If you notice white, crusty stuff around the battery terminals of your Frontier, it's likely corrosion. A chemical reaction between battery acid and the air can create a white, powdery substance that builds up over time on the terminals. This buildup can interfere with the electrical connection between the battery and your Frontier’s electrical system, potentially leading to poor performance, difficulty starting, and other issues.

2012 Nissan Frontier Oil Changes

Nissan recommends changing your 2012 Frontier’s oil at regular intervals. No matter the mileage, your Frontier may need its oil changed ASAP if your check engine light is on, you hear knock knock knock coming from the engine, smell oil inside the car, or notice excess vehicle exhaust. You might need an oil change more frequently than what’s recommended by Nissan if you regularly haul heavy loads, drive in dusty terrain, enjoy off-roading, or go long distances at low speeds.

Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right 2012 Nissan Frontier 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 your oil change service, a technician will change your Frontier's oil, replace and recycle the old oil and filter, inspect all of your other filters, refill vital car fluids, and perform a free inspection on the rest of your vehicle. Get professional engine care by making an oil change appointment for your Frontier today.

2012 Nissan Frontier Oil Change Q&A

  • What does it mean if my Nissan Frontier oil light comes on?  If you’re overdue for an oil change, it might trigger your Nissan Frontier oil change reminder light. If the oil pressure light is illuminated, it could be due to low engine oil, a failing oil pump, a malfunctioning oil pressure sensor, or a clogged oil filter.
  • Can I change my Nissan Frontier 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 exhaust smoke gray 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.

2012 Nissan Frontier Tune-Up & Engine Service

Routine engine tune-ups can bring power back to your Frontier. Your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care location has several options to choose from when it comes to Nissan Frontier engine tune-up services. The standard Firestone Tune-Up is one service option. This includes the installation of new spark plugs and a visual inspection of your engine’s components, plus a lifetime warranty on parts*. A second service option replaces the air and fuel filter in your Frontier. The third tune-up option is a fuel system cleaning service, which is a three-step process that removes varnish, dirt, and carbon deposits on your Frontier'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 Frontier's mileage and maintenance history can uniquely impact its tune-up needs. Ask one of our technicians what your vehicle needs, based on your driving habits and your car’s current condition.

*Ask a Firestone Complete Auto Care teammate about full terms and conditions for warranties.

Questions About 2012 Nissan Frontier Engine Tune-Ups

  • When should Nissan Frontier spark plugs be replaced?  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 should I do if I see leaks under my Frontier? Don't ignore puddles of fluid under your Nissan Frontier. It could signal a coolant leak, brake fluid leak, or an oil leak. Let any one of these leaks linger and it could cause engine damage.
  • How often do Nissan Frontier fuel injectors need to be cleaned? The cleaning schedule for vehicle fuel injectors varies depending on your driving conditions and the type of fuel you use. Some manufacturers suggest cleaning your fuel system as part of routine maintenance, while others will recommend it on an as-needed basis if you’re experiencing poor performance. Reference your Nissan owner’s manual for exact guidelines.

Suspension Service & Repair for 2012 Nissan Frontier

During the first few years you had your 2012 Nissan Frontier, the ride was probably so smooth that you didn’t even think about it! Lately, though, your ride’s been feeling a little bumpy. Maybe your Frontier bounces, sways to one side, or makes an unusual noise when going over a speed bump. As soon as you notice that something’s “off” with your 2012 Nissan Frontier, bring it in for suspension and steering service. We’ll get to the root of the issue and, if your car needs steering and suspension repairs, we'll explain all of your options and the potential cost.

Questions About 2012 Nissan Frontier Steering & Suspension

  • What can cause my Nissan Frontier to have a bouncy ride?  If it feels like you’re on a trampoline every time your Frontier 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 Frontier front end dip forward when I brake?  As you brake, the forward momentum of your Frontier 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.

A/C Service for Your 2012 Nissan Frontier

Our technicians will work to solve your 2012 Nissan Frontier A/C problems to the best of their ability. During an A/C performance check, we'll determine the condition of your 2012 Nissan Frontier A/C system to determine whether repair work is needed. This check includes a visual inspection, performance test, and pressure and leak test.

When we perform an A/C repair on your 2012 Nissan Frontier, we’ll also do an A/C evacuation and recharge. During this process, a technician will remove the old refrigerant from the A/C system. Then, they’ll use Nissan’s specifications to evacuate the system. To finish, we’ll add new refrigerant to recharge the A/C system.

2012 Nissan Frontier A/C System FAQs

  • Why do I get hot air from my Frontier A/C? 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? To put it simply, age and moisture are some of the main causes of leaks in your A/C. Over time, rubber gaskets and seals can wear out, which pushes much-needed refrigerant out of your Frontier’s A/C system — and lets outside moisture get in, which can take a toll on internal A/C components.
  • Why does my vehicle have to be moving for my Frontier’s A/C to work? There could be issues with one or more components in the air conditioning or electrical system. Your Frontier may have a faulty cooling fan or low refrigerant.

Transmission Services for 2012 Nissan Frontier

The transmission delivers power from the motor to your wheels so that you can drive at your desired speed. Because of the transmission’s responsibility to translate the right dose of power into the right amount of speed, even the smallest transmission problems should be addressed right away. 2012 Nissan Frontier transmission problems can show up as shifting delays, grinding or jumping during acceleration, the car shaking at any speed, or a burning smell or whistling sounds coming from under the hood. Let Nissan Frontier transmission problems linger and you could see your fuel economy decrease or discover that your Frontier’s not even driveable. Our technicians know how to service your 2012 Frontier up to Nissan-recommended standards. If you think there’s something wrong with your Frontier’s transmission, schedule an appointment at your local Firestone Complete Auto Care to help keep your engine running at peak performance.

2012 Nissan Frontier Transmission Questions & Answers

  • When should I have my Frontier's transmission fluid checked or exchanged?  Maintaining your Nissan Frontier 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 Frontier leak transmission fluid?  Over time, transmission fluid can leak from your Nissan Frontier, potentially causing transmission problems. A transmission fluid leak may be caused by a damaged transmission pan, faulty transmission cooler lines, worn-out seals, a cracked transmission housing, or an overfilled transmission.
  • Should I avoid driving my Nissan Frontier if there is a transmission fluid leak?  It’s not advisable to drive your Frontier if it’s leaking transmission fluid. Your transmission system needs transmission fluid to function properly, and a leak can lead to significant problems, such as overheating or reduced performance. You might even experience transmission failure.

Vehicle Inspection for 2012 Nissan Frontier

When you bring your vehicle to Firestone Complete Auto Care for any service, we’ll automatically do a multi-point Courtesy Check. The technician will begin by testing your Nissan Frontier's battery to find out how much charge is remaining on it. We’ll follow the battery inspection with a visual check of your Nissan Frontier’s filters, lights, wiper blades, alignment, tires, hoses, belts and fluid levels.

Every service performed at your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care will include a Courtesy Check, but you can also request a Complete Vehicle Inspection for your 2012 Nissan Frontier if you suspect there may be a bigger problem. During a Complete Vehicle Inspection, we’ll visually check everything that’s on the list for a Courtesy Check. Additionally, we’ll perform a thorough manual inspection 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 require preventative maintenance.

In some cities or states, you may be able to complete your vehicle’s safety tests or state inspection at your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care. Inspections are performed on a state-by-state basis and requirements vary.

FAQs for 2012 Nissan Frontier Vehicle Inspections

  • How do I know if I should have an inspection on my Nissan Frontier? You drive your car, day in and day out, so you know it best. If you notice unusual engine noises or you can’t shake the feeling that something is 'off,' start with a Courtesy Check to stay ahead of potential issues.
  • My 2012 Nissan Frontier 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 is the best time to get a complete vehicle inspection for my Nissan Frontier?  The best time to get a complete vehicle inspection for your Nissan Frontier is before going on a road trip for the peace of mind. Another great time is when something abnormal occurs, and you can't pinpoint the issue. You might notice new dashboard lights, hear strange noises from under the hood, or your steering wheel doesn't feel like it once did.

2012 Nissan Frontier Radiator Repair & Service

Regular, proactive service on the radiator in your 2012 Nissan Frontier is a huge factor in the longevity of your engine. Nissan recommends that you replace coolant (also called antifreeze) at certain intervals, but it’s a good idea to keep your eyes open for any indication that your radiator is failing. 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.

When you come to Firestone Complete Auto Care, we’ll begin your radiator repair with an in-depth inspection of the cooling system in your Nissan Frontier. 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 2012 Nissan Frontier the top-notch service it needs.

2012 Nissan Frontier 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 Frontier overheated! What can cause that?  If your Nissan Frontier engine overheats, it could be because of a clogged radiator, a damaged thermostat, a faulty cooling fan, a malfunctioning water pump, or low coolant levels.
  • What is making my Frontier radiator sound like it’s boiling or rumbling? If your radiator sounds like it's boiling or rumbling, you could have air pockets in the cooling system of your Frontier. You might also have a damaged radiator cap (super easy to fix!) or a clogged radiator.