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2008 Nissan Xterra Tires, Repair & Service


2008 Nissan Xterra Tires

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2008 Nissan Xterra Tires Sizes, Speed Ratings, and Inflation

Not sure about your 2008 Nissan Xterra 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
2008 Nissan Xterra SE T 35 PSI/35 PSI P265/65R17
2008 Nissan Xterra Off-Road T 35 PSI/35 PSI P265/75R16
2008 Nissan Xterra X S 35 PSI/35 PSI P265/70R16
2008 Nissan Xterra S T 35 PSI/35 PSI P265/70R16

2008 Nissan Xterra SE

P265/65R17

Speed Rating: T

Inflation F/R: 35 PSI/35 PSI

2008 Nissan Xterra Off-Road

P265/75R16

Speed Rating: T

Inflation F/R: 35 PSI/35 PSI

2008 Nissan Xterra X

P265/70R16

Speed Rating: S

Inflation F/R: 35 PSI/35 PSI

2008 Nissan Xterra S

P265/70R16

Speed Rating: T

Inflation F/R: 35 PSI/35 PSI

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

Recommended Tires for Your 2008 Nissan Xterra

What tires are best for a 2008 Nissan Xterra? 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
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
SUREDRIVE ALL-TERRAIN
ALL-TERRAIN

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

  • No warranty
  • All-Season
  • Light Truck 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

2008 Nissan Xterra Tire Information

Other than getting the proper tire size, you also want to think about a couple of other things when getting new Nissan Xterra tires like where and how you drive, and what tire brand you trust most. Think about where you live (countryside vs. city vs. mountains) and the kind of unexpected weather you're likely to experience when evaluating your driving conditions. 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 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!

Your personal driving style is the next factor to consider. 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 Xterra tires online.

2008 Nissan Xterra Tire Installation & Rotation

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 2008 Nissan Xterra tires online and schedule an installation appointment.

2008 Nissan Xterra Tire Questions

  • Is Nissan tire inflation important? Even a tiny decrease in tire pressure could impact your safety and fuel economy. Maintaining proper tire pressure can help increase fuel economy, improve braking time, and boost tire lifespan.
  • Why are there numbers on the side of my Nissan Xterra tires? 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.
  • 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 Xterra 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 Xterra tires.

2008 Nissan Xterra Repair Information

No driver looks forward to car repairs. But we work to provide you with a different experience at Firestone Complete Auto Care. When you come to us for 2008 Nissan Xterra repair services, our skilled repair technicians will get your Xterra back on the road. Before we begin any repair work, we’ll diagnose any issues and answer your questions about potential repair options. If a repair isn't necessary, we won't recommend it.

How Much Does Nissan Xterra Repair Cost?

Several factors can affect the cost to repair your 2008 Nissan Xterra, including the type of repair, costs of replacement parts or repair supplies, the amount of labor necessary to get the job done, 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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2008 Nissan Xterra Auto Repair Questions

  • Do I need to follow Nissan's maintenance schedule? The cheapest 2008 Nissan Xterra 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.
  • Should I bring my Nissan in even if I can't pinpoint the problem? 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 Xterra repairs!
  • Are the repairs you recommend for my Nissan actually needed? Talk to your technician. We'll never recommend a service or repair for your 2008 Nissan Xterra that we don't think is necessary for your safety.

Brake Repair for Your 2008 Nissan Xterra

Your Nissan Xterra engine may be strong and reliable. But if you can’t stop it, it’s as good as scrap metal. If you’re experiencing squeaky brakes or a loss of braking power, don’t wait! Unresponsive brakes make it tough to give the road your best. Plus, waiting can lead to more expensive parts wearing out and requiring replacement. Visit Firestone Complete Auto Care for the right brake repair for your 2008 Nissan Xterra. We offer many affordable brake repairs like pad/shoe replacement, brake rotor/drum machining, brake fluid exchange/bleeding, and wheel cylinder and brake caliper installation.

Nissan Xterra Brakes Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does my Xterra shake when I brake? If your Xterra shakes when you brake, you could be dealing with warped rotors, faulty brake calipers, worn brake pads or rotors, or loose or worn suspension parts. Schedule a free brake inspection at Firestone Complete Auto Care for help diagnosing your brake issue.
  • How long can I expect my Xterra brake pads to last? Brake pads generally last between 30,000 and 40,000 miles. Your driving can affect how long your Xterra 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 Xterra is leaking brake fluid when off? Your Xterra brake system is a closed hydraulic system, which means that the brake fluid should not leak out of the system under normal circumstances. However, over time, the various components of the brake system can wear out or become damaged, which can cause brake fluid to leak out of the system.

When to Get Nissan Xterra Drivetrain Repairs

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 help repair all of your 2008 Nissan Xterra drivetrain components Your Xterra might need driveshaft repair if you notice heavy vibrations in your floorboards, clunks when shifting, resistance when turning, or vibration as your vehicle accelerates.

2008 Nissan Xterra Drivetrain Q&A

  • What are signs my Nissan drivetrain is damaged? Noises toward the back of your Nissan Xterra, leaking fluid, trouble turning — these could all be signs of drivetrain damage you want to address. Take action before something more severe happens.
  • What causes a Xterra’s malfunction indicator light (MIL) to illuminate? A multitude of problems can activate your Xterra’s malfunction indicator light (better known as the check engine light), including issues with the engine, transmission, sensors, electrical system, or connectors.
  • Is a drivetrain malfunction in my Xterra serious? A drivetrain malfunction in your Xterra should never be taken lightly. Driving with a malfunctioning drivetrain can put you in danger and lead to further vehicle damage, so it's essential to have a qualified mechanic assess and repair the problem as soon as possible.

2008 Nissan Xterra Alignment Services

Alignment services involve precise adjustments to your Nissan Xterra’s suspension system, which connects the wheels with the rest of the vehicle. When your car has 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. Bring your 2008 Nissan Xterra in for a wheel alignment and we'll start with an alignment check. After that, we can adjust your wheel alignment angles until they match Nissan’s recommended measurements.

Answers to Nissan Xterra Alignment Questions

  • Are there road conditions that can hurt my Nissan Xterra alignment? Hitting a pothole or curb can alter your wheel alignment. So can general wear and tear over time.
  • How often should you get a wheel alignment for your Xterra?  Check your Xterra owner's manual for Nissan's recommended interval. It's generally a good idea to check your alignment every 6,000 miles or 6 months, depending on which comes first.
  • Do you need an alignment with new Xterra tires? It’s likely not a requirement to get an alignment when you install new tires on your Xterra, but it's a smart idea to do so anyway. An alignment can help ensure even tire wear, smooth handling, and better fuel efficiency.

2008 Nissan Xterra Engine Repair

If your 2008 Nissan Xterra 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 service can wait, we’ll make sure you know. But if immediate repairs are necessary for your safety, we’ll make sure that's clear, too. We want to provide you with the information you need to make an informed engine repair decision. Choose Firestone Complete Auto Care for Nissan Xterra 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, ignition coil, or other parts.

Engine Q&A 2008 Nissan Xterra

  • Why does my Xterra’s check engine light come on when I start it? It’s usually normal for your check engine light to turn on upon ignition. This is just your Xterra testing its circuits. The dash light shouldn't stay on. If it does, you might want to bring your vehicle in for service.
  • Why does my Nissan engine sound different?  Strange under-the-hood noises can point to problems within your Nissan Xterra 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? Certain driving habits can hurt your engine. These habits include driving on an empty fuel tank, revving your engine while the vehicle is in Park, or slamming the gas pedal while the engine is still cold. Steer clear of these habits to help protect engine performance and efficiency.

Tire Repair for Your 2008 Nissan Xterra

If your 2008 Nissan Xterra 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 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 2008 Nissan Xterra tire puncture can be repaired, the repair process is actually fairly simple: (1) Separate the tire from the vehicle wheel, (2) fill in the area that’s been punctured to prevent damage from moisture, and (3) secure and seal the inner tire liner to ensure the tire is airtight.

Nissan Xterra Tire Repair Questions

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

About 2008 Nissan Xterra Scheduled Maintenance

It can be overwhelming, but fortunately, there’s a resource that takes the guesswork out of routine Xterra maintenance. It’s as easy as following the recommended maintenance schedule that’s been written specifically for your 2008 Nissan Xterra! This recommended maintenance schedule is written by the auto manufacturer, Nissan themselves. Driving conditions, climate variations, and other variables can affect which scheduled maintenance services you’ll need; however, recommended maintenance usually includes services like fluid exchanges, filter changes, new brake pads, oil changes, and tire rotations. Keeping up with routine service appointments is a great way to keep your Xterra running for longer, decrease your risk of dangerous malfunctions on the road, and prevent common 2008 Nissan Xterra problems.

Overview of Essential Nissan Xterra Maintenance Needs

Head to your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care in your 2008 Nissan Xterra for factory-recommended routine maintenance and a skilled technician will start the appointment 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. Every Courtesy Check will include a visual inspection of your Xterra. 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 2008 Nissan Xterra maintenance and repairs. Don’t wait until something goes wrong with your car. Visit your nearest location for proactive maintenance today.

Questions About 2008 Nissan Xterra Maintenance

  • What should I do after hitting a pothole in my Nissan Xterra? Watch out for pothole damage. If your 2008 Xterra is pulling to one side or the other, your tires or suspension system could be calling out for help.
  • When should I use high mileage oil in my Nissan Xterra?  Do you have more than 75,000 miles on your Nissan Xterra? If so, request to switch to high mileage oil at your next oil change. This type of oil is specially formulated to keep aging engine parts in the best possible condition.
  • Can Nissan dashboard warning lights wait?  Don't ignore dashboard warning lights! Bring your Nissan Xterra 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 2008 Nissan Xterra

Not sure what battery to get for your Nissan Xterra?

Battery Engine Warranty Cold Cranking Amps
24F-3 V6/4.0L Replacement 24 months Performance months 650
35-2 V6/4.0L Replacement 36 months Performance months 640
24F-RP V6/4.0L Replacement 48 months Performance months 750

2008 Nissan Xterra Batteries

The average car battery lasts three to five years. Check your battery regularly and replace it as needed so it doesn’t leave you and your Nissan Xterra stranded. Pay attention to clues that your battery is on its way out. A slow engine crank, a blinking battery or check engine light, swollen battery case, corrosion-covered posts, or dim headlights can all signal that your battery needs attention.

Plus, at Firestone Complete Auto Care, we’ll test your battery for free. Stop by for a free battery test and, if necessary, a battery replacement to help keep your 2008 Nissan Xterra running! Car batteries are one of our many specialties! Our expert technicians understand Nissan service recommendations for Xterra car batteries’ reserve capacities and cold cranking amps. Get help figuring out the battery size that's best for your Xterra, and schedule a fast car battery replacement at your earliest convenience.

Top Nissan XterraCar Battery Questions

  • Why won’t my Nissan Xterra 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.
  • How long can I expect my car battery to last?  A car battery normally lasts three to five years, but this number can vary based on battery type, your driving habits, and battery maintenance.
  • What is the white, crusty substance accumulating on my Xterra’s battery post?  The white, crusty stuff that can accumulate around Xterra car battery terminals is called corrosion. It is caused by a chemical reaction between the battery acid and the air, which creates a white, powdery substance that can build up on the terminals over time. Corrosion can interfere with the flow of electricity between the battery post and the car's electrical system, sometimes leading to poor electrical performance, difficulty starting, and even premature battery failure.

2008 Nissan Xterra Oil Changes

Your 2008 Xterra’s oil should be changed according to Nissan’s recommended oil change intervals. Your Xterra may need an oil change right away if your check engine/oil change light is on, you hear engine knocking, sense an oil smell in the cabin, or see an excess amount of vehicle exhaust. You may also need an oil change more frequently than Nissan recommends if you haul heavy loads, drive in dusty areas, enjoy off-roading, or drive at low speeds for long distances.

Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right 2008 Nissan Xterra 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. In an oil change service, an auto technician will change your Xterra’s oil, replace and recycle your used oil and filter, inspect all of your other filters, top-off essential fluids, and perform a courtesy inspection on your entire vehicle. Make an appointment for an oil change service today and let the oil experts take care of your Xterra's engine.

2008 Nissan Xterra Oil Change Q&A

  • Why is my Nissan Xterra oil light illuminated?  Your Nissan Xterra oil change reminder light might illuminate if it’s been too long since your last oil change. On the other hand, the oil pressure light might illuminate due to a clogged oil filter, a faulty oil pressure sensor, low engine oil levels, or a malfunctioning oil pump.
  • Can I change my Nissan oil on my own?  Changing engine oil at home isn’t as simple as it’s made out to be. You’ll have to figure out how to properly dispose of the oil and buy special tools. Having your oil changed professionally can not only reduce the risk of something going wrong during the service, but it’ll also help your car perform smoothly down the road.
  • Why is my Nissan Xterra spewing blue or gray exhaust smoke?  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.

Engine Tune-Up Service for Your 2008 Nissan Xterra

Periodic tune-ups can bring more power back to your Xterra’s engine. The Firestone Complete Auto Care location in your community offers several Nissan Xterra engine tune-up services. One option is the standard Firestone Tune-Up. The standard Firestone Tune-Up includes new spark plugs (and installation!), a thorough inspection of engine components, and a lifetime parts warranty*. The second service focuses on your Xterra'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 Xterra's fuel injectors, throttle body, and throttle plate. The result? Restored fuel system performance. Keep in mind that your Xterra'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.

Common Engine Tune-Up Q&A for 2008 Nissan Xterra

  • When should Nissan Xterra spark plugs be replaced? When it’s time to replace the spark plugs, don’t delay. These small (but vital!) parts provide the electric spark that your car needs in order to start, and old spark plugs can prevent your car from starting at all. Replace spark plugs on time or about every 30,000 miles or so.
  • What do I do if I see a pool of liquid under my Nissan Xterra? 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 Xterra 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.

2008 Nissan Xterra Suspension Service & Repair

When you first bought your 2008 Nissan Xterra, the ride was probably so smooth that you didn’t even think about it! But these days, things are starting to feel a bit rough. Perhaps your Xterra feels bouncy, 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 2008 Nissan Xterra, bring it in for suspension and steering service. We'll get to the root of the problem and, if your Xterra suspension system needs repair, we'll explain all of your options and the potential cost.

2008 Nissan Xterra Steering & Suspension Questions

  • Why is my Nissan Xterra bouncing so much?  If it feels like you’re on a trampoline every time your Xterra 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 Xterra's nose dive down when I hit the brakes?  As you brake, the forward momentum of your Xterra 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?  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.

2008 Nissan Xterra A/C Service Near You

Our technicians will work to solve your 2008 Nissan Xterra A/C problems to the best of their ability. In this A/C performance inspection, we’ll check out the current condition of your 2008 Nissan Xterra A/C system to determine whether repair work is needed. This check will include an examination of system pressure, a visual inspection, and a leak test.

When we perform an A/C repair on your 2008 Nissan Xterra, we’ll also do an A/C evacuation and recharge. To start this process, a technician will flush out the old refrigerant from your vehicle’s A/C system. Next, they will evacuate the system according to Nissan's recommendations. To finish, we’ll add new refrigerant to recharge the A/C system.

Questions About 2008 Nissan Xterra A/C Systems

  • Why do I get hot air from my Xterra 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.
  • How does my A/C system get a leak?  Over the years, the rubber seals and gaskets in your Xterra’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.
  • What is causing my Xterra’s A/C to only work when the car is in motion? There could be issues with one or more components in the air conditioning or electrical system. Your Xterra may have a faulty cooling fan or low refrigerant.

2008 Nissan Xterra Transmission Service & Repairs

Your transmission carries power from the engine to the wheels so that you can drive at the speed you desire. Since the transmission has to translate the precise amount of power for your desired amount of speed, a tiny transmission issue can take a major toll on your car’s performance. Nissan Xterra transmission problems can present themselves as shifting delays, grinding when accelerating, a feeling of shakiness, or a burning smell or whistling sounds coming from under the hood. If you ignore Nissan Xterra transmission issues you might notice your fuel economy decrease or find that you can't drive your Xterra at all. Our technicians know how to service your 2008 Xterra up to Nissan-recommended standards. If you think there’s something wrong with your Xterra’s transmission, schedule an appointment at your local Firestone Complete Auto Care to help keep your engine running at peak performance.

2008 Nissan Xterra Transmission Questions & Answers

  • Does my Xterra's transmission fluid need to be inspected?  Maintaining your Nissan Xterra 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 transmission fluid leak from my Nissan Xterra? Yes, your Nissan Xterra can develop a transmission fluid leak. As your Xterra ages, parts of the transmission system might wear out or break down, leading to a leak and possible transmission issues. Common causes of transmission fluid leaks include worn seals, a damaged transmission housing, a loose or cracked transmission pan, an overfilled transmission, or faulty transmission lines.
  • Can I still drive my Nissan Xterra if it has a transmission fluid leak?  Driving your Xterra with a transmission fluid leak is highly discouraged. Transmission fluid is vital to the smooth operation of your transmission system, and a leak can put the entire system at risk. A transmission fluid leak may lead to decreased performance, overheating, and possibly even transmission failure.

2008 Nissan Xterra Inspections

At Firestone Complete Auto Care, we perform a multi-point Courtesy Check during any vehicle service. The technician will begin by testing your Nissan Xterra's battery to see how much charge it has left – and determine if it may fail in the near future. We’ll follow the battery inspection with a visual check of your Nissan Xterra’s windshield wiper blades, lights, filters, 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 2008 Nissan Xterra if you suspect there may be a bigger problem. A Complete Vehicle Inspection includes everything in a Courtesy Check, plus a hands-on examination of your steering and suspension system, brakes, and exhaust components. The goal of this type of inspection is to unearth significant issues that might require preventative maintenance.

Depending on where you live, 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 2008 Nissan Xterra Vehicle Inspections

  • When does my Nissan Xterra 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.
  • My 2008 Nissan Xterra 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.
  • What's the ideal timing for a full vehicle inspection on my Nissan Xterra?  It’s generally a good idea to get a complete vehicle inspection for your Nissan Xterra 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.

2008 Nissan Xterra Radiator Repair & Service

Regular, proactive service on the radiator in your 2008 Nissan Xterra is essential for long-term engine health. Nissan recommends that you replace coolant (also called antifreeze) at certain intervals, but it’s also wise to keep an eye out for signs of a failing radiator. You might be driving around (or about to be stranded) with a failing radiator if you notice leaking coolant, overheating, or an illuminated low coolant dashboard light.

If you bring your vehicle to Firestone Complete Auto Care, we start with a comprehensive inspection of your Nissan Xterra’s cooling system. 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. When it comes to radiator service and repair, we’re here to give your 2008 Nissan Xterra the top-notch service it needs.

Questions About Nissan Xterra Radiators

  • Why is the coolant light on my Nissan dashboard on?  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.
  • What can cause my Xterra to overheat?  Low coolant, a damaged cooling fan, a faulty water pump, a malfunctioning thermostat, or a clogged radiator could all cause your Nissan Xterra engine to overheat.
  • What is making my Xterra 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 Xterra. You might also have a damaged radiator cap (super easy to fix!) or a clogged radiator.