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1996 Nissan Sentra Repair, Service & Tires


1996 Nissan Sentra Tires

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1996 Nissan Sentra Tires Sizes, Speed Ratings, and Inflation

Not sure about your 1996 Nissan Sentra 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
1996 Nissan Sentra GLE S 33 PSI/29 PSI P175/65R14
1996 Nissan Sentra GXE S 33 PSI/29 PSI P175/65R14
1996 Nissan Sentra XE S 33 PSI/29 PSI P175/70R13
1996 Nissan Sentra Base None 29 PSI/26 PSI P155/80R13

1996 Nissan Sentra GLE

P175/65R14

Speed Rating: S

Inflation F/R: 33 PSI/29 PSI

1996 Nissan Sentra GXE

P175/65R14

Speed Rating: S

Inflation F/R: 33 PSI/29 PSI

1996 Nissan Sentra XE

P175/70R13

Speed Rating: S

Inflation F/R: 33 PSI/29 PSI

1996 Nissan Sentra Base

P155/80R13

Speed Rating: None

Inflation F/R: 29 PSI/26 PSI

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

Recommended Tires for Your 1996 Nissan Sentra

What tires are best for a 1996 Nissan Sentra? Check out the following tire brands and types.

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

1996 Nissan Sentra Tire Information

Apart from finding the right tire size, you also want to consider a handful of other factors when buying new Nissan Sentra 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!) 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!

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. Browse Nissan Sentra tires online or come to your nearby Firestone Complete Auto Care for help selecting the tire that's right for you.

1996 Nissan Sentra Tire Installation & Rotation

Firestone Complete Auto Care installs more tires on more cars than most other companies. We're your one-stop shop for tire installation, rotation, and ongoing maintenance! Buy 1996 Nissan Sentra tires online and schedule your installation when it's convenient for you.

1996 Nissan Sentra Tire Questions

  • Is Nissan tire inflation important? 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.
  • Why are there numbers on the side of my Nissan Sentra tires? 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 Sentra 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 Sentra tires.

Get Repairs for Your 1996 Nissan Sentra

Car repairs: for many drivers, that phrase is a dreadful one. We’re here to change that, though. At Firestone Complete Auto Care, we want to make car repair painless and hassle-free. When you come to us for 1996 Nissan Sentra repair services, our skilled repair technicians will get your Sentra back on the road. We’ll start by assessing what repairs may be needed, and we’ll provide you with a detailed explanation of what we recommend. We’ll never recommend a repair we don’t think is necessary for your safety or the performance of your Nissan.

How Much Does Nissan Sentra Repair Cost?

The cost to repair your 1996 Nissan Sentra depends on the type of repair, prices of appropriate replacement parts, the amount of labor necessary to get the job done, and your locale. We update them regularly to keep our deals fresh!

A few different aspects can influence repair costs for your 1996 Nissan Sentra, like

Questions About 1996 Nissan Sentra Auto Repairs

  • Can scheduled maintenance help me avoid repairs? One of the best ways to prevent 1996 Nissan Sentra 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's wrong if something feels 'off' in my Nissan? 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 Sentra 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 1996 Nissan Sentra that we don't think is necessary for your safety.

1996 Nissan Sentra Brake Repair

Your Nissan Sentra may be powered by a strong engine. But if you can’t stop it, it’s as good as 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, ignoring your brake problems can result in more damage and higher brake repair bills. Visit Firestone Complete Auto Care for the right brake repair for your 1996 Nissan Sentra. We offer many affordable brake repairs like brake pad/shoe replacement, brake rotor/drum resurfacing, brake fluid exchange, and wheel cylinder and brake caliper installation.

Nissan Sentra Brakes Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can cause my Sentra to shake when I apply the brakes? Faulty brake calipers, worn brake pads or rotors, loose or worn suspension parts, and warped rotors can cause your Sentra to shake during braking. If you’re experiencing odd brake behavior, schedule a free brake inspection at a nearby Firestone Complete Auto Care.
  • How long should my Sentra brake pads last? You can usually get around 30,000 to 40,000 miles out of your brake pads, but how and where you drive your Sentra 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.
  • Can brake fluid leak when my Sentra is off? Because your Sentra 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.

When to Get Nissan Sentra Drivetrain Repairs

Drivetrains for front, rear, and all-wheel-drive and 4WD vehicles are quite different, so you don't want to go to just anyone for drivetrain repair. You want to go to Firestone Complete Auto Care. We can take care of most 1996 Nissan Sentra drivetrain components Your Nissan Sentra may need driveshaft attention if you feel vibration as your vehicle accelerates, clunks when shifting, heavy vibrations in your floorboards, or resistance when turning.

1996 Nissan Sentra Drivetrain Questions

  • What are signs my Nissan drivetrain is damaged? Hear noises toward the back of your Nissan Sentra? 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 causes a Sentra’s malfunction indicator light (MIL) to illuminate? If your Sentra has its malfunction warning light (more commonly called the check engine light) illuminated, it could indicate engine troubles, problems with the transmission, electrical issues, malfunctioning sensors, connector problems, or misfire issues.
  • How serious is a drivetrain malfunction in my Sentra? If you experience a drivetrain malfunction in your Sentra, 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.

1996 Nissan Sentra Alignment Services

With an alignment service, adjustments are made to your Nissan Sentra’s suspension system, which connects the wheels with the rest of the vehicle. In an alignment service, calculated changes are made to the angles of your tires. This is so that your tires hit the road at an optimal angle for your vehicle’s performance — just as Nissan intended. When you bring in your 1996 Nissan Sentra, we’ll perform an alignment check first. If needed, we'll adjust your wheel alignment angles to match Nissan recommendations.

Answers to Nissan Sentra Alignment Questions

  • Are there road conditions that can hurt my Nissan Sentra alignment? Hitting a pothole or curb can alter your wheel alignment. So can general wear and tear over time.
  • How frequently should you get a wheel alignment for your Sentra? It’s usually suggested you check your alignment about every 6,000 miles or 6 months (whichever occurs first). Still, you should reference your Sentra owner’s manual for Nissan's recommended interval.
  • Do you need an alignment with new Sentra tires? While you don’t necessarily need to get an alignment when putting new tires on your Sentra, 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 1996 Nissan Sentra

If your 1996 Nissan Sentra needs engine repair, our expert techs will let you know what needs to be done and why before they get started. We don't start working until we have your approval. If a repair can wait, we'll let you know. If it's necessary for your safety, we'll make sure you understand that, too. We seek to give you all the info you need to make a smart decision about our services. Turn to Firestone Complete Auto Care for your 1996 Sentra engine repairs and you can feel confident knowing that we use Nissan-approved parts and components like the cambelt, motor oil seal, sensors, or another part.

Questions About 1996 Nissan Sentra Engines

  • Why does the check engine light in my Sentra turn on when I start my car? Generally, your check engine light turning on upon ignition is not a bad thing. It’s just your Sentra firing up its circuits. The light should turn off in a bit, but come see us if it doesn't.
  • Why is my Nissan Sentra making engine noise? Strange engine sounds can be a sign something’s off in your Nissan Sentra. 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 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.

1996 Nissan Sentra Tire Repair

Firestone Complete Auto Care is here for you when your 1996 Nissan Sentra needs flat tire repair or inspection. 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. 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 we determine that your 1996 Nissan Sentra tire can be safely repaired, we’ll get to work on the steps to fix it: (1) Take the tire off the wheel for easy inspection, (2) fill in the area that’s been punctured to prevent damage from moisture, and (3) seal the inner liner with a repair unit to prevent air loss.

Nissan Sentra Tire Repair Questions

  • Can I drive my Nissan on a flat tire? 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 Sentra until you can have the flat tire repaired or replaced.
  • Is temporary sealant bad for my Nissan's tires? Temporary sealants will solve your problem… for a little bit. If you’ve seen temporary or emergency tire sealant before (it usually comes in a can), it can be tempting to turn to this as a solution for your flat tire. Keep in mind that these fixes could buy you some time to get to Firestone Complete Auto Care for a proper repair, but they could also cause some harm in the process (for example, damage to your TPMS). Plus, using a product like this could void your tire warranty.
  • Why do my Sentra tires keep losing air?  If your Sentra tires are always losing air, you may have a puncture, damaged wheel, or leaking valve stem.

1996 Nissan Sentra Maintenance Information

Instead of waiting for an issue to arise with your Sentra, you can stay ahead of problems before they even begin. Rely on the recommended maintenance schedule that’s been created just for your 1996 Nissan Sentra! 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. Driving conditions, climate variations, and other variables can affect which scheduled maintenance services you’ll need; however, recommended maintenance usually includes services like oil changes, tire rotations, brake pad replacement, filter changes, and fluid checks and exchanges. Staying on track with routine service appointments can help your Sentra perform better, increase your vehicle safety, and prevent common 1996 Nissan Sentra problems.

Essential Maintenance to Keep Your 1996 Nissan Sentra Running Newer, Longer

Head to your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care in your 1996 Nissan Sentra for factory-recommended routine maintenance and our technicians will jump right in with a Courtesy Check. The Courtesy Check helps us see what we’re working with under the hood, and allows us to alert you to any potential problems before they worsen. Every Courtesy Check will include a visual inspection of your Sentra. 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 your one-stop shop for 1996 Nissan Sentra maintenance and repairs. We can help you keep your vehicle (and your life!) running smoothly. Many of our locations have weekend and evening hours for your convenience.

1996 Nissan Sentra Maintenance Questions

  • What should I do after hitting a pothole in my Nissan Sentra?  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 Sentra to high mileage oil?  If your Nissan Sentra 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? Because there might be a problem under the hood. Those warning lights are there for a reason! As soon as you notice that one’s illuminated, take your Nissan Sentra to Firestone Complete Auto Care so you can address any small problems long before they worsen.

Battery Size & Replacement for 1996 Nissan Sentra

Researching battery replacements for your Nissan Sentra?

Battery Engine Warranty Cold Cranking Amps
26R-3 L4/1.6L Replacement 24 months Performance months 575
24F-6 L4/1.6L Replacement 36 months Performance months 750
24F-RP L4/1.6L Replacement 48 months Performance months 750
26R-3 L4/2.0L Replacement 24 months Performance months 575
24F-6 L4/2.0L Replacement 36 months Performance months 750
24F-RP L4/2.0L Replacement 48 months Performance months 750

1996 Nissan Sentra Batteries

On average, auto batteries last anywhere from three to five years. Check your battery regularly and replace it as needed so it doesn’t leave you and your Nissan Sentra stranded. Watch for signs that your current battery is getting too old or too weak. A sluggish engine start, a blinking battery or check engine light, swollen battery case, corrosion-covered posts, or faded headlights can all signal that your battery is on its last leg.

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 1996 Nissan Sentra. Automotive batteries are just one of our many areas of expertise. Our expert technicians understand Nissan service recommendations for Sentra battery CCAs and reserve capacity. Get help choosing the battery size that matches your vehicle, and schedule a weekday or weekend battery replacement service for your car.

Answers to Your Nissan Sentra Car Battery Questions

  • Why won't my Nissan Sentra battery stay charged?  A battery that won't hold a charge is almost as good as dead. The battery might be old. Or, you may have a habit of leaving your car doors open and the lights on overnight. Stop by for a free battery test at your local Firestone Complete Auto Care to learn more about the state of your battery.
  • How long do car batteries last? 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 Sentra’s battery post?  If you notice white, crusty stuff around the battery terminals of your Sentra, 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 Sentra’s electrical system, potentially leading to poor performance, difficulty starting, and other issues.

1996 Nissan Sentra Oil Changes

Your 1996 Sentra’s oil should be changed according to Nissan’s recommended oil change intervals. Your Sentra may need an oil change right away if your check engine/oil change 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 terrain, adventure off-road, or drive at low speeds for long distances.

Whether you need high mileage oil, synthetic oil, or conventional oil, you'll find the right 1996 Nissan Sentra motor oil at Firestone Complete Auto Care. Check your owner's manual and talk with a technician to select the right Nissan Sentra oil, whether it's Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ conventional oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology, or Shell Rotella® heavy-duty engine oil. During your oil change service, an auto technician will change your Sentra’s oil, replace and recycle the old oil and filter, check all of your other filters, refill vital car fluids, and perform a free inspection on the rest of your vehicle. Make an appointment for an oil change service today and let the oil experts take care of your Sentra's engine.

1996 Nissan Sentra Oil Change Questions

  • Why is my Nissan Sentra oil light illuminated?  The oil change light in your Nissan Sentra 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 Sentra 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 Sentra exhaust smoke grayish or blue?  You could have an oil leak and have a case of burning oil. Looks like it’s time for a professional to take a look. The leak could be the result of worn valve seals, fried piston rings, or old cylinder walls.

1996 Nissan Sentra Engine Tune-Ups & Maintenance

Periodic tune-ups can bring more power back to your Sentra’s engine. Your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care location has several options to choose from when it comes to Nissan Sentra engine tune-up services. The standard Firestone Tune-Up is one service option. It includes a complete visual inspection of engine components, installation of new spark plugs, and a lifetime warranty on parts*. Another service option pays special attention to the filters in your Sentra. 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 Sentra’s fuel injectors, throttle body, and throttle plate. The result? Restored fuel system performance. Keep in mind that your Sentra'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.

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

Questions About 1996 Nissan Sentra Engine Tune-Ups

  • Will it hurt my Nissan Sentra to drive with old spark plugs?  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 do I do if I see a pool of liquid under my Nissan Sentra? Puddles could indicate an oil leak, coolant leak, or brake fluid leak– all of which can critically hurt your engine. Have your engine inspected as soon as you spot a pool of liquid in your usual parking spot.
  • How frequently do the fuel injectors in my Nissan Sentra need to be cleaned? Factors like fuel type and driving conditions can affect how frequently you need to clean your Sentra 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.

1996 Nissan Sentra Suspension Service & Repair

During the first few years you had your 1996 Nissan Sentra, you and your passengers probably enjoyed a ride that was smooth and balanced. But these days, things are starting to feel a bit rough. Maybe your Sentra jolts, pulls to one side, or makes a weird sound when you drive over a speed bump or turn. As soon as you notice that something’s “off” with your 1996 Nissan Sentra, bring it in for steering and suspension repairs. We’ll get to the source of your car problems and, if your Sentra suspension system needs repair, we’ll go over the services you need and how much they will cost before we do any work.

Questions About 1996 Nissan Sentra Steering & Suspension

  • Why is my Nissan Sentra bouncing excessively?  Excessive bouncing in your Nissan Sentra might be due to damaged struts or shocks that are unable to absorb road bumps effectively, causing your vehicle to feel more like a pogo stick than a smooth ride.
  • Why does my Sentra front end dip forward when I brake?  As you brake, the forward momentum of your Sentra 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 treadwear and tire pressure impact my Sentra's steering and suspension?  Proper tire care can reduce strain on the suspension system, and also alert you to the need for new tires. Uneven tire wear is one sign of steering and suspension system problems, but it can also contribute to more.

1996 Nissan Sentra A/C Service Near You

Our trained technicians will do what they can to solve your 1996 Nissan Sentra A/C problems. In this A/C performance inspection, we’ll check out the current condition of your 1996 Nissan Sentra A/C system to see if repair work is required. This check will include an examination of system pressure, a visual inspection, and a leak test.

While your 1996 Nissan Sentra’s air conditioner is being serviced, 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. Finally, we’ll recharge the A/C system with new refrigerant.

Frequently Asked Questions for 1996 Nissan Sentra A/C Systems

  • What’s making my Sentra 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 Sentra's A/C system.
  • Why does my vehicle have to be moving for my Sentra’s A/C to work?  If your A/C only works when the vehicle is moving, there could be a problem with part of your Sentra’s A/C or electrical system. Potential issues include low coolant or a faulty cooling fan.

1996 Nissan Sentra 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. Nissan Sentra transmission problems can present themselves as shifting delays, grinding or jumping during acceleration, the car shaking on the road, or whistling noises and a burning smell coming from under the hood. If you don’t pay attention to Nissan Sentra transmission trouble you might notice your fuel economy decrease or find that you can't drive your Sentra at all. Our expert techs are familiar with 1996 Sentra services and perform them according to Nissan-recommended specifications. Schedule an appointment at your local Firestone Complete Auto Care at the first sign of transmission problems to help keep your engine running at peak performance.

Questions About 1996 Nissan Sentra’s Transmission

  • When should I have my Sentra's transmission fluid checked or exchanged?  Maintaining your Nissan Sentra 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 Nissan Sentra transmission fluid leak?  Yes. Nissan Sentra transmission fluid can leak over time and potentially cause transmission issues. Worn or damaged seals, a loose or damaged transmission pan, a cracked transmission housing, faulty transmission cooler lines, or an overfilled transmission could cause transmission fluid leaks.
  • Is it okay to drive a Sentra with a transmission fluid leak?  Driving with a transmission fluid leak is not recommended. Transmission fluid is essential to the proper operation of the transmission system, and a leak can cause serious problems, including reduced performance, overheating, and potentially transmission failure.

1996 Nissan Sentra Inspections

Every service performed at Firestone Complete Auto Care includes a multi-point Courtesy Check. The technician will begin by testing your Nissan Sentra's battery to find out how much charge is remaining on it. After we’ve inspected your Nissan Sentra’s battery, we’ll visually inspect your lights, windshield wipers, filters, hoses, alignment, tires, fluid levels, and belts.

We perform a Courtesy Check any time you bring your car to a local Firestone Complete Auto Care for service, but we also offer an in-depth Complete Vehicle Inspection for your 1996 Nissan Sentra. During a Complete Vehicle Inspection, we’ll visually check everything that’s on the list for a Courtesy Check. Additionally, we’ll perform a hands-on examination of your steering, suspension, brakes, and exhaust system. 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 your location, you may be able to take care of your state inspection or safety test at your local Firestone Complete Auto Care. These inspections are governed by state automotive laws and may vary in different locations.

1996 Nissan Sentra Vehicle Inspection Q and A

  • How do I know if I should have an inspection on my Nissan Sentra? If you’ve noticed something that doesn’t feel quite right in your car lately, a Courtesy Check could give you peace of mind. We can help you get to the bottom of strange engine noises, a jerky steering wheel, or an engine that's hard to start.
  • Can you fix my 1996 Nissan Sentra so it will pass a state inspection test? Did your vehicle fail a recent state inspection test? We can help. Come in for a checkup and we’ll diagnose the issue.
  • When is the best time to get a complete vehicle inspection for my Nissan Sentra?  You should bring your Nissan Sentra 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.

Radiator Service & Repair for 1996 Nissan Sentra

Keeping up with regular radiator maintenance in your 1996 Nissan Sentra is essential for long-term engine health. To keep your radiator functioning, Nissan recommends replacing your antifreeze or coolant at scheduled intervals but it’s also wise to keep an eye out for signs of a failing radiator. 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 Sentra. 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 1996 Nissan Sentra the top-notch service it needs.

Questions About Nissan Sentra Radiators

  • What does an illuminated coolant temperature light mean for my Nissan?  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.
  • Why is my Sentra overheating?  Your Nissan Sentra engine could overheat due to low coolant, a clogged radiator, a damaged water pump, a malfunctioning cooling fan, or a faulty thermostat.
  • What can cause a Sentra radiator to make boiling or rumbling sounds? If your radiator sounds like it's boiling or rumbling, you could have air pockets in the cooling system of your Sentra. You might also have a damaged radiator cap (super easy to fix!) or a clogged radiator.