by VStar650CL and AZhitmanA quick introduction and history lesson: Airbags are ubiquitous in new cars, with several having as many as 10 separate bags. The […]
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by VStar650CL For those of you who own a Nissan CVT-equipped vehicle, you’ve probably heard the horror stories about premature failures, warranty runarounds, and the massive expense of replacing one. Our Nissan Master Techs and factory engineers have provided some helpful information that should be ‘required reading’ if you’ve got a CVT-equipped car in the […]
Those of you who have been regular visitors here at NICOclub might recall the company JPCtrade. Recently, JPC rejoined us as a Preferred Vendor, and they’d like to update fans of JDM imported cars about what they’re up to! JPCtrade.com was established in 2003 and currently it is one of Japan’s fastest-growing Japanese used cars […]
by VStar650CL Since we get lots of questions from NICOclub members with a mystery starter issue, it seems like a good time to shed a little light on diagnosing them. It’s surprisingly straightforward. So, here are four simple checks that tell you everything you need to know for a proper diagnosis.Unless you own a hybrid, […]
…another remarkably helpful article from VStar650L! So you want to add fog lights to your Nissan, but you don’t want to spring for a brand new Combination Switch to use the factory control on the headlight stalk. Or maybe you bought an Auto Headlight sensor and want to wire your regular headlights to work on […]
The 2021 Nissan Altima is in kind of a sticky spot when it comes to its sedan segment. The Ford Focus has officially bowed out and other rival manufacturers like Honda and Toyota are emphasizing more compact body styles like a hatchback or crossover. The affordable sedan class gets thinner year after year while the […]
Driving is a huge responsibility that is given to kids at a very young age. When you are on the road, making a mistake can be the difference between someone’s life and death. Driving can be even more challenging when transitioning your vehicle from driving in the winter to driving in the spring and summer, […]
by: VStar650CL …wouldn’t happen if you had a manual transmission, but let’s leave that for another article. One day you start your L33 Altima or R52 Pathfinder and find yourself stuck in Park. You get a screwdriver and use the mechanical release, and for days or weeks it’s fine again. Then it does it a […]
by VStar650CL Would it surprise you if I say the leading cause of dead ECM’s (or ECU for you older folks) on Altimas from ’02 to ’18 is… the serpentine belt? It’s true. Not just for QR engines either. The VQ’s have a similar problem for an identical reason. First, understand that when a serpentine belt […]
OnlineTires and GLS teamed up this month to see who could outdo each other in a race to the absolute bottom of customer service and ineptitude. I’m not sure who’s in the lead, but here’s why you should avoid both at all costs. Most of the time, our reviews are pretty positive, and sometimes even […]
One of Nissan’s most-loved and enduring vehicles is the D21-series Hardbody pickup, a staple of the lineup from 1985 to 1997 (and remaining in production up through 2008 in Mexico, just a few hours south of us). I recall the first ones showing up in town in mid-1985, and actually got to tinker with one […]
Last year at AAPEX / SEMA, I met up with the staff from Audew who were unveiling and promoting their newest line of products for automotive enthusiasts. I already owned one of their mini jump-starters, which has served me well for a couple years now. They asked me to check out their newest product, give […]
…by doing something you’re probably already doing! If your shop or garage is like mine, there’s people in and out. Grubby buddies (who no doubt don’t wash their hands very often) are using your tools, your paper towels, your sink, even your shop restroom. While the shop here at Datsun Ranch isn’t always sanitary, I […]
Looking to the future, but inspired by the past. I count myself among the fortunate people who have had the opportunity to have owned, modified, restored and driven several examples of nearly every generation of Z car. I was present for the ‘aborted’ New Z concept campaign of 1999, and again was fortunate enough to […]
Your car is probably your lifeline. For many people, it is not a luxury but an essential item. You use it to get to work, do the shopping, take the children where they need to go, and other simple but important tasks. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has turned the world on its head. You still need your […]
Car seat covers are a great way to keep your car’s interior looking its best for as long as possible. The key to keeping your seats looking nice is to install quality seat covers.
AutoX First Name Last Name Year Make Model Car # Time Jacob Frey 2002 Mazda Protege 58 0:56 Michael Yost 2013 Nissan Juke 34 0:56 Hank Lint 2006 BMW 330i 66 0:57 Nick Warns 2003 Ford Focus 27 0:57 Zachary Talbot 2006 Mini Cooper 8 0:59 Eric Wahlberg 2008 Porsche Cayman 36 0:59 William Whittaker […]
I couldn’t see spending $200 on a HPS Air Intake Kit, so I decided to make my own from cheap eBay stuff.
Not really. I mean, we ARE, but the check’s in the mail. Anyway, here’s what brought this up: I often see car makers boasting about awards they have just won. We also see posts in forums and on social media with people using those awards to argue for one car over another. This got me […]