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1997 Nissan Maxima Tires, Repair & Service


1997 Nissan Maxima Tires

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1997 Nissan Maxima Tires Sizes, Speed Ratings, and Inflation

Not sure about your 1997 Nissan Maxima 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
1997 Nissan Maxima SE H 32 PSI/29 PSI P215/55R16
1997 Nissan Maxima GXE H 29 PSI/29 PSI P205/65R15
1997 Nissan Maxima GLE H 29 PSI/29 PSI P205/65R15

1997 Nissan Maxima SE

P215/55R16

Speed Rating: H

Inflation F/R: 32 PSI/29 PSI

1997 Nissan Maxima GXE

P205/65R15

Speed Rating: H

Inflation F/R: 29 PSI/29 PSI

1997 Nissan Maxima GLE

P205/65R15

Speed Rating: H

Inflation F/R: 29 PSI/29 PSI

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

Recommended Tires for Your 1997 Nissan Maxima

What tires are best for a 1997 Nissan Maxima? 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 Turanza QUIETTRACK
Turanza QUIETTRACK

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Performance
Bridgestone WEATHERPEAK
WEATHERPEAK

  • Platinum Pact Limited Warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
Firestone ALL SEASON
ALL SEASON

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

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

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Passenger Tires
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

1997 Nissan Maxima Tire Information

Apart from finding the right tire size, you also want to consider a handful of other factors when buying new Nissan Maxima tires like which tire brands you like most and where you drive. 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!) Drivers in states that fully experience all four seasons often buy two sets of tires: one set for winter, one set for summer. Other drivers prefer the convenience of all-season tires. They make one trip to the tire shop and they're pretty much ready for rain, light snow, or sun!

Driving style is next on the list to think about when buying tires. If you're an avid off-roader who yearns to pioneer new paths, you have very different tire needs than a highway commuter who doesn't hit the hills very often. Talk to a tire technician at Firestone Complete Auto Care for help choosing the best tire for you, or start shopping for Nissan Maxima tires online.

Nissan Maxima Installation and More

Firestone Complete Auto Care installs more tires on more cars than most other companies. We're your tire shop and a complete service center for tire installation, maintenance, repair, rotation, and alignment! Shop 1997 Nissan Maxima tires online and schedule an installation appointment.

Questions About 1997 Nissan Maxima Tires

  • Is Nissan tire inflation important? A small decrease in tire pressure can have a big impact on your driving. Maintaining proper tire pressure can help improve braking time, increase fuel economy, and boost tire lifespan.
  • What do the tire sidewall numbers mean for my Nissan Maxima? Your tire sidewall numbers tell you the recommended load carrying capacity, speed rating, treadwear, traction, and tire size. Talk to a tire technician to learn how to read Nissan tire numbers.
  • Can I check the tread depth on my Nissan tires at home? 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 Maxima 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 Maxima tires.

About 1997 Nissan Maxima Repairs

Car repairs: for many drivers, that phrase is a dreadful one. But at Firestone Complete Auto Care, we strive to give you the excellent repair experience you deserve. Bring your 1997 Nissan Maxima in for repair services and our skilled repair technicians will get your Maxima back on the road. We'll work to evaluate the scope of repairs needed and explain your options. We value your trust, so we recommend only the repairs we think are necessary for your safety on the road.

How Much Does Nissan Maxima Repair Cost?

The cost to repair your 1997 Nissan Maxima depends on which repairs are needed, the cost of any replacement parts, the labor involved, and the state you live in. 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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1997 Nissan Maxima Auto Repair Q&A

  • Do I still need scheduled maintenance even when nothing is wrong with my Nissan? One of the best ways to prevent 1997 Nissan Maxima repairs is by staying on top of your Nissan maintenance schedule. This schedule is written by the people who made your vehicle and they know best how to keep it running smoothly.
  • What does it mean to be 'in tune' with your car? You’re in your car, day in and day out. So, it’s only expected that you know your car better than anyone else! If you notice mysterious smells, strange engine noises, or other out-of-the-ordinary symptoms while driving, trust your instincts and stop into Firestone Complete Auto Care for a Courtesy Check. Catching a potential issue early could help prevent Nissan Maxima repairs.
  • Are the repairs you recommend for my Nissan actually needed? 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 1997 Nissan Maxima unless we think they’re vital to your safety on the road.

1997 Nissan Maxima Brake Repair

Your Nissan Maxima may be powered by a strong engine. But if you can’t brake, it might as well be scrap metal. Don't wait if you're experiencing brake squeaks or a loss of braking power. Safe driving and responsive brakes go hand in hand. Plus, waiting can lead to more expensive parts wearing out and requiring replacement. Get your 1997 Nissan Maxima brakes fixed at Firestone Complete Auto Care. We offer a variety of brake services like brake pad/shoe removal and replacement, brake rotor/drum refinishing, brake fluid exchange, and brake caliper and wheel cylinder installation.

Answers to Your Maxima Brakes Questions

  • Why is my Maxima shaking as I brake? Feeling shaking or vibrating in your Maxima 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.
  • What is the average lifespan of Maxima brake pads? Brake pads generally last between 30,000 and 40,000 miles. Your driving can affect how long your Maxima brake pads last, though. For example, mainly driving on highways and gradually braking can help increase the lifespan of your brake pads, and carrying hefty loads or riding your brakes can shorten it.
  • Is it bad if my Maxima is leaking brake fluid when off? Because your Maxima brake system is a closed hydraulic system, it should not leak brake fluid. However, if components in your brake system have worn out or been damaged, it might cause brake fluid to leak.

Repairing Your Nissan Maxima Drivetrain

You don't want to go to just anyone for drivetrain repair. Drivetrains for front, rear, and all-wheel-drive and 4WD vehicles are all different. You want to come see the technicians at Firestone Complete Auto Care. We can fix many 1997 Nissan Maxima drivetrain components Your Maxima might need driveshaft repair if you notice vibration as your vehicle accelerates, clunks when shifting, heavy vibrations in your floorboards, or resistance when turning.

Questions About 1997 Nissan Maxima

  • How do I know if my Nissan drivetrain is damaged? Noises toward the back of your Nissan Maxima, leaking fluid, trouble turning — these could all be signs of drivetrain damage you want to address. Take action before something more severe happens.
  • What triggers the malfunction indicator light (MIL) in a Maxima? A multitude of problems can activate your Maxima’s malfunction indicator light (better known as the check engine light), including issues with the engine, transmission, sensors, electrical system, or connectors.
  • How concerning is a drivetrain malfunction in my Maxima? Don't ignore a drivetrain malfunction in your Maxima. As soon as you notice a problem, have it checked by a professional mechanic to diagnose the issue and carry out any necessary repairs. Driving with a faulty drivetrain is risky and may further damage your Maxima.

1997 Nissan Maxima Wheel Alignment

Alignment services involve precise adjustments to your Nissan Maxima’s suspension system, which serves to attach your wheels to your vehicle. In 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. Before we adjust the alignment of your 1997 Nissan Maxima, we’ll start by checking the current alignment angles. If needed, we'll adjust your wheel alignment angles to match Nissan recommendations.

Answers to Nissan Maxima Alignment Questions

  • Are there road conditions that can hurt my Nissan Maxima alignment? Hitting a pothole or curb can alter your wheel alignment. So can general wear and tear over time.
  • How often does your Maxima need a wheel alignment? 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 Maxima owner’s manual to verify Nissan’s suggested interval.
  • Do you need to get your Maxima wheels aligned?  It’s not mandatory to get an alignment after installing new tires on your Maxima, but it can be a smart decision! Proper alignment from the jump can help improve handling, fuel efficiency, and tire wear.

1997 Nissan Maxima Engine Repair

If your 1997 Nissan Maxima needs engine repair, our technicians will make sure you understand what’s going on before they start working on your engine. We don't start working until we have your approval. If a repair isn’t urgent right now, we’ll let you know. But if immediate repairs are necessary for your safety, we’ll make sure that's clear, too. We seek to give you all the info you need to make a smart decision about our services. By choosing Firestone Complete Auto Care for Maxima engine repairs and you can drive easy knowing that we use Nissan-approved parts and fluids — cambelt, valve guide seal, ignition coil, or other parts.

Questions About 1997 Nissan Maxima Engines

  • Why does the check engine light come on when I start my Maxima? It's okay if your check engine light comes on when you first start your vehicle. This is a sign that your vehicle is testing its circuits. The light should go off shortly. Bring your vehicle in if it doesn't.
  • Are Nissan Maxima engine noises bad? Unusual noises can signal a problem with your Nissan Maxima engine. Tapping or knocking could mean you're low on oil. Whistling could mean a belt is misaligned or there's an intake leak. Squealing can indicate a loose fan belt, and grinding might be coming from the brakes, not the engine.
  • What could damage a Nissan 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.

1997 Nissan Maxima Tire Repair

If your 1997 Nissan Maxima is in need of a tire inspection or possible flat tire repair, Firestone Complete Auto Care has your back. There’s a chance your tire could be plugged and patched (rather than replaced). Our technicians can inspect your tire and let you know if it is safe to repair. We'll start by evaluating the state of wear, the location of damage, type of damage, and the size of the damage.

If we determine that your 1997 Nissan Maxima tire can be safely repaired, the repair process is actually fairly simple: (1) Remove the tire from the wheel for inspection and repair, (2) fill in the area that’s been punctured to prevent damage from moisture, and (3) re-seal the inside lining of your tire so that air won’t escape.

Your Questions About Nissan Maxima Tire Repair, Answered

  • How soon should I have my flat tire repaired? 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 Maxima 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.
  • What can cause Maxima tires to keep losing air? Possible reasons for your Maxima tires continuously losing air include a leaking valve steam, wheel damage, and a puncture or hole in the rubber.

About 1997 Nissan Maxima Scheduled Maintenance

There's no need to guess when it's time to get Maxima maintenance, and no need to wait until something goes wrong. It’s as easy as following the recommended maintenance schedule that’s been written specifically for your 1997 Nissan Maxima! This recommended maintenance schedule is written by the auto manufacturer, Nissan themselves. Scheduled maintenance services can vary depending on driving conditions, climate, and other factors; however, recommended maintenance usually includes 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 Maxima's life, increase your vehicle safety, and prevent common 1997 Nissan Maxima problems.

Essential Maintenance to Keep Your 1997 Nissan Maxima Running Newer, Longer

Bring your 1997 Nissan Maxima to Firestone Complete Auto Care for factory-recommended maintenance services and our technicians will jump right in with a Courtesy Check. This Courtesy Check can establish a baseline of what may need to be addressed during your service appointment. Every Courtesy Check will include a visual inspection of your Maxima. We’ll check your head and tail lights, fluid levels, filters, tires (and their alignment!), and windshield wiper blades. We’ll also perform a free battery check to determine your battery’s charge level.

Firestone Complete Auto Care is the place to go for 1997 Nissan Maxima maintenance. So visit us regularly, or visit us urgently. Many locations are open on weekends and in the evening.

1997 Nissan Maxima Maintenance Q&A

  • What do I do if I hit a pothole in my Nissan Maxima?  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 Maxima to high mileage oil?  Got 75,000+ miles on the odometer? Consider high mileage motor oil. High mileage oil is formulated to address the specific problems encountered by high mileage vehicles, or those with more than 75,000 miles. It can help reduce oil consumption, smoke, and emissions from older Nissan Maxima engines.
  • Can I ignore dashboard lights on my Nissan?  Don't ignore dashboard warning lights! Bring your Nissan Maxima 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.

The Right Battery Size for a 1997 Nissan Maxima

Not sure what battery to get for your Nissan Maxima?

Battery Engine Warranty Cold Cranking Amps
26R-3 V6/3.0L Replacement 24 months Performance months 575
24F-6 V6/3.0L Replacement 36 months Performance months 750
24F-RP V6/3.0L Replacement 48 months Performance months 750

Car Batteries for 1997 Nissan Maxima

The average car battery lasts three to five years. You want to replace your 1997 Nissan Maxima battery before it fails and leaves you stranded. Watch for signs that your current battery is getting too old or too weak. A slow engine crank, a blinking battery or check engine light, swollen 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. Stop by for a free battery test and, if needed, get your Nissan Maxima a replacement battery. Car batteries are only one of our many strong suits. Our expert technicians understand Nissan service recommendations for Maxima battery CCAs and reserve capacity. Get help choosing the battery size that's best for your Maxima, and schedule an appointment today for a quick car battery replacement.

Top Nissan MaximaCar Battery Questions

  • Why doesn’t my Nissan Maxima 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.
  • How long do car batteries last?  Car battery lifespan varies depending on a few factors, including driving conditions, accessories, how well it’s maintained, and the type of battery. On average, a car battery lasts about three to five years.
  • Why is there white, crusty buildup on my Maxima’s battery post?  The white, flaky stuff that can build up around your Maxima’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 Maxima, possibly causing issues with electrical performance and starting. If left unaddressed for long enough, it may even cause your battery to prematurely fail.

1997 Nissan Maxima Oil Changes

Nissan recommends changing your 1997 Maxima’s oil at regular intervals. No matter the mileage, your Maxima may need its oil changed ASAP if your check engine light is on, you hear knocking sounds coming from the engine, smell oil inside the vehicle, or notice an unusual amount of exhaust. You might need an oil change more frequently than what’s recommended by Nissan if you regularly haul heavy loads, drive in dusty areas, go off-roading a lot, or drive at low speeds for long distances.

Whether you need high mileage oil, synthetic oil, or conventional oil, you'll find the right 1997 Nissan Maxima motor oil at Firestone Complete Auto Care. 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, one of our techs will change your Maxima’s oil, replace and recycle your used oil and filter, inspect all of your other filters, top-off important fluids, and perform a courtesy inspection on your entire vehicle. Let the experts take care of your Maxima’s engine by making an oil change appointment today.

1997 Nissan Maxima Oil Change Q&A

  • Why is the oil light on in my Nissan Maxima?  If you’re overdue for an oil change, it might trigger your Nissan Maxima 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.
  • How hard is it to change Nissan Maxima oil at home?  Changing your own oil isn't as convenient as you might think. It requires special tools and old oil must be disposed of properly. Having your oil professionally changed reduces the chances of something going wrong with the oil change, but also with your vehicle down the road.
  • Why is my Nissan Maxima 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.

Engine Tune-Up Service for Your 1997 Nissan Maxima

Periodic tune-ups can bring more power back to your Maxima’s engine. The Firestone Complete Auto Care location in your community offers several Nissan Maxima 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*. The second service focuses on your Maxima's filters, specifically replacing the air filter and fuel filter. 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 Maxima's fuel injectors, throttle body, and throttle plate. This goes a long way in boosting your fuel system’s overall performance. Consider this when choosing a tune-up service for your Maxima: your vehicle’s maintenance record and mileage can determine which service is best. Ask one of our technicians what your vehicle needs, based on your driving habits and your car’s current condition.

*Check with a teammate at Firestone Complete Auto Care for complete terms and conditions regarding warranties.

Questions About 1997 Nissan Maxima Engine Tune-Ups

  • What happens if my Nissan Maxima spark plugs fail?  Replace spark plugs on time or about every 30,000 miles or so. Without the spark of electricity created by spark plugs, your engine doesn’t have the combustion it needs to start — which could leave you stranded on the road. Always replace your spark plugs on time based on Nissan’s recommendations.
  • What should I do if I see leaks under my Maxima? Don't ignore puddles of fluid under your Nissan Maxima. 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 Maxima 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.

1997 Maxima Nissan Steering & Suspension Services

When you first drove your 1997 Nissan Maxima, the ride was probably so smooth that you didn’t even think about it! Lately, though, your ride’s been feeling a little bumpy. Perhaps your Maxima feels bouncy, drifts to one side, or makes a weird sound when you drive over a speed bump or turn. The first sign of trouble is the best time to bring your 1997 Nissan Maxima in for steering and suspension repairs. We’ll get to the root of the issue and, if your Maxima suspension system needs repair, we’ll explain what your car needs and how much it’ll cost to get it done. We won't begin any work without your permission.

1997 Nissan Maxima Steering & Suspension Questions

  • Why does my Nissan Maxima bounce so much?  If it feels like you’re on a trampoline every time your Maxima 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 Maxima front end dip forward when I brake?  As you brake, the forward momentum of your Maxima 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.
  • Does tire pressure and tread depth impact 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 1997 Nissan Maxima

Our technicians will work to solve your 1997 Nissan Maxima A/C problems to the best of their ability. In this A/C performance inspection, we’ll check out the current condition of your 1997 Nissan Maxima 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 1997 Nissan Maxima, 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 perform an evacuation (also known as a discharge) on the entire system per Nissan guidelines. To finish, we’ll add new refrigerant to recharge the A/C system.

1997 Nissan Maxima A/C System FAQs

  • What’s making my Maxima A/C put out warm air? If your car’s air conditioning isn’t blowing cold air at all (or it tries, then turns warm), you could have a clogged expansion valve, a faulty compressor clutch, a leak, or a malfunctioning fuse in the system.
  • What causes A/C system leaks?  Over the years, the rubber seals and gaskets in your Maxima’s A/C system naturally degrade. Moisture can get into the system and cause a malfunction, or parts can simply wear out so that your system no longer seals properly.
  • Why does my Maxima’s A/C only work when the car is moving?  Damaged or worn components in your Maxima’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.

1997 Nissan Maxima Transmission Service & Repairs

The transmission delivers power from the engine to the wheels so that you can drive on your terms. Because your transmission is responsible for converting the right amount of power into the right amount of speed, even the smallest transmission problems should be addressed right away. 1997 Nissan Maxima transmission issues could include shifting delays, grinding or jumping during acceleration, the car shaking at any speed, or whistling noises or a burning smell coming from beneath the hood. Let Nissan Maxima transmission problems linger and you could see your fuel economy decrease or find that you can't drive your Maxima at all. Our expert techs are familiar with 1997 Maxima services and perform them according to Nissan-recommended specifications. If you think there’s something wrong with your Maxima’s transmission, schedule an appointment at your local Firestone Complete Auto Care to help keep your engine running at peak performance.

1997 Nissan Maxima Transmission Questions & Answers

  • How often does my Maxima transmission fluid need to be checked?  Regularly checking and exchanging your 1997 Maxima’s transmission fluid is one of the best ways to help the transmission system perform. Some technicians would say that between 30,000 and 60,000 miles is a good timeframe for having your Nissan's transmission fluid checked and replaced, but that timeline can vary depending on how your vehicle is used and your manufacturer’s recommendations. The good news is that transmission fluid leaks are affordable to repair and easy to spot.
  • Is it possible for transmission fluid to leak from my Nissan Maxima? Yes, your Nissan Maxima can develop a transmission fluid leak. As your Maxima 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 drive my Nissan Maxima with 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 Maxima to overheat, or even lead to transmission failure.

Get a 1997 Nissan Maxima Vehicle Inspection

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 Maxima to determine how much charge remains. After we’ve inspected your Nissan Maxima’s battery, we’ll visually inspect your lights, windshield wipers, filters, hoses, alignment, tires, fluid levels, and belts.

While every visit to your local Firestone Complete Auto Care includes a Courtesy Check, you can also request a Complete Vehicle Inspection for your 1997 Nissan Maxima if you suspect there may be a bigger problem. In addition to a visual check of everything that's included in a Courtesy Check, a Complete Vehicle Inspection also includes a hands-on examination of your exhaust system, steering and suspension, and brakes. The goal of this type of inspection is to unearth significant issues that might need immediate attention in order to prevent further damage.

Depending on where you live, you may be able to take care of your state inspection or safety test at your local Firestone Complete Auto Care. Inspections are performed on a state-by-state basis and requirements vary.

Common 1997 Nissan Maxima Vehicle Inspection Questions

  • When does my Nissan Maxima need an inspection? 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.
  • Help! My 1997 Nissan Maxima failed the state inspection test. Can you get it to pass? Did your vehicle fail a recent state inspection test? We can help. Come in for a checkup and we’ll diagnose the issue.
  • When should I get a complete vehicle inspection for my Nissan Maxima?  It’s generally a good idea to get a complete vehicle inspection for your Nissan Maxima before a road trip and/or when something strange occurs and you are unable to find the cause. Signs something is up include dashboard lights illuminating, odd noises coming from the engine, and your steering feeling loose or tight.

1997 Nissan Maxima Radiator Service

Regular, proactive service on the radiator in your 1997 Nissan Maxima is essential for long-term engine health. To keep your radiator functioning, Nissan recommends replacing your antifreeze or coolant at scheduled intervals but you can also take note of any signs your radiator is going bad. Your radiator could be close to causing an engine breakdown if you see coolant leaks under your car, high engine temperatures, or a dashboard light that indicates low coolant.

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 Maxima. We’ll do a machine-powered coolant exchange on the system, and then we’ll top off or replace the fluids that were removed (like chemicals, lubricants, and sealants). Lastly, we’ll perform a pressure check to look for leaks. If you’re about to lose your cool over a too-hot engine, rest assured that your 1997 Nissan Maxima is in good hands at Firestone Complete Auto Care.

Questions About Nissan Maxima Radiators

  • What does an illuminated coolant temperature light mean for my Nissan?  Your engine might be about to overheat. If your low coolant light is on, pull over in a safe area and wait for your engine temperature to go down. Once it’s safe to do so, bring your car to your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care to have the coolant system inspected.
  • Why is my Maxima overheating?  One of the main reasons your Nissan Maxima engine might overheat is because you don’t have enough coolant. Other causes include a clogged radiator, a damaged cooling fan, a malfunctioning thermostat, or a faulty water pump.
  • What is making my Maxima radiator sound like it’s boiling or rumbling?  Your Maxima’s cooling system could contain air pockets or your radiator might be clogged. Another possibility is a faulty radiator cap, which is an easy fix!