Cleaning your vehicles diesel system no longer has to cost you a fortune and a trip to your local garage. Find out How To Use Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner below.
If you’ve never cleaned your diesel system before, it can be quite daunting.
That’s why we have put this blog post together, showing you how to change the oil and clean your vehicles diesel system.
How To Use Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner
Cleaning your diesel system & changing your oil is much simpler than many think.
Follow the steps below for a successful oil change. There are 5 key stages to changing your vehicle’s oil
How To Use Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner
First And Foremost, Preparation:
- A Full Tank of Fuel
- Buy Morris oil from Milner’s
- Buy Quality oil filter, sump plug and sump plug washer from Milner’s
- Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner
- Have the suitable tools & equipment: Socket set, Jack, axle stands, Funnel & a drain pan to catch your old oil in.
- Jack up your vehicle so you have enough access to the sump. Resting them onto the axle stands (Jacking points can be found in your owners manual)
Adding The Tec4 Oil System Cleaner:
- Remove the oil cap from the top of your engine and add the 400ml Oil system cleaner.
- Idle the engine for 10-15 minutes, then turn off engine.
- Now you can start the oil drain.
Starting The Oil Drain:
- Locate the drain plug.
- Put drain pan under located drain plug.
- Get your socket hook onto drain plug and turn anticlockwise (Lefty loosey and righty tighty).
- Wait for all the oil to drain from the sump.
- Screw in your new sump plug and sump plug washer and tighten it with your socket wrench. (remember not to over tighten)
Changing The Oil Filter:
- Locate your oil filter and unscrew. (ensure drain pan is under the oil filter as oil may leak)
- Where possible pre-oil the filter, use your funnel and fill with your new oil.
- Screw on the new filter and tighten by hand.
- Wipe down the filter and the oil sump, this way you can see if there may have been any leaks or where it is leaking from.
Adding New Oil:
- Locate and unscrew the oil cap.
- Place your funnel into the hole.
- Pour in the recommended quantity of oil.
- Screw the oil cap back on.
- Lower the car back down off the jack stands and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Pull out the dipstick, clean it off with a rag or paper towel. Re insert dipstick and pull back out.
- The oil should now be reading between low and high on the dipstick.
**Please make sure you dispose of your old oil responsibly, not sure where to take it? Here is a handy link, just enter your postcode: Where To Take Old Oil <—
Now For The Diesel System Cleaner:
All you need to do here is add the 400ml bottle of Diesel System Cleaner to the contents of the fuel tank. Simple.
How Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner Works
- Once injected into the fuel tank, the Tec4 Diesel system cleaner gets straight to work cleaning your fuel pump.
- As the diesel system cleaner makes its way through the fuel injector, it begins to clean and remove any contamination that has built up.
- When it enters the chamber it atomizes into a fine gas cleaning the Inlet valves, exhaust valves & piston rings.
- Then the product exits the combustion chamber, it cleans and removes the contamination that has built up on the lambda sensor and EGR valve.
- All the contamination is then safely removed through the exhaust.
- The result is a clean fuel system that is 100% efficient.
The Benefits Of Using Fuel Saver Service Kit:
- The improvement in fuel economy is between 10% – 15% A saving for the average motorist of between £200 to £300 per year.
- Cleans internal engine components and provided anti-wear protection.
- Neutralizes harmful acid build up
- Frees sticking valves, hydraulic valve lifters and piston rings.
- Stabilizes cylinder compression and restores lost power.
- Restores injector spray pattern
- Reduces exhaust emissions
- Promotes efficient combustion – resulting in improved fuel economy.
- Comes with a 21-day satisfaction guarantee.
Also available for Petrol Vehicles. Tec4 Petrol Fuel Saver Kit
- TEC4 Recommend to use the product on a yearly basis.
Please note: Milner Off Road are not liable for any damage you may cause to your vehicle(s) by following the instructions above. If you have not performed this procedure on your vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local mechanic.
Shop Nissan Qashqai Parts[/button]Own a Nissan Qashqai and need to reset your service light? If yes, you’re in the right place – Milner Off Road has got you covered.
In this post, we will provide you with a detailed step-by-step guide on how you can reset your service light in just a matter of seconds.
Reset Your Nissan Qashqai Service Indicator
- If your ignition is on, turn it off and then back on
- Press the right button next to your speedometer until you reach the settings section
- Once you reach the settings section, keep the button pressed until a new menu appears
- Twist the button to scroll to the “maintenance” category
- Press the button, and scroll down to the “Service” category
- Press the button again and scroll down to the “Reset” option
- Once on the “Reset” option, press the button
- Turn the ignition off, then on and your service indicator light should now be turned off.
This should turn off your service indicator.
Or you can watch the video below by Christopher Thomas.
Please note, we only advise you do this after your Nissan Qashqai has been for a service.
Why Do I Need To Reset Nissan Qashqai Service Indicator
If you have had your Nissan Qashqai serviced, then you shouldn’t need to reset your Nissan Qashqai service indicator.
However, even after you’ve had your Qashqai serviced, sometimes the light won’t always go off, often leaving you confused and debating whether or not the people you paid to service your vehicle, have actually done anything.
Well, sometimes the light can take a couple of attempts to turn it off.
So, if you’ve had your Qashqai serviced, and the light hasn’t turned off, simply follow the guide above.
Nissan Qashqai Service Intervals
We recommend you give your Nissan Qashqai a full service every 12,000 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes first.
Why do we recommend giving your vehicle a full service every year?
A full service every year helps reduce the risk of your vehicle breaking down and can help maintain the value of your car.
Servicing your car regularly can also save you money at the petrol station. New air and oil filters ensure a smoother running engine – therefore giving you a more fuel-efficient vehicle.
Book A Service Now
Find a reputable garage to have your Qashqai serviced today, here – https://www.nissan-aftersales.co.uk/services/book-a-serviceShop Nissan Qashqai Parts
4×4 Driving Tips: The Ultimate Guide
As some of you may be new to off roading and driving a 4×4 in general, we have put together this list of 4×4 driving tips to help get you started. We have also listed some essentials to take with you when off-roading at the bottom of the page.
4×4 enthusiasts all over the world know there are few better ways of having adrenaline packed and fun times than when you’re out off roading, this is also down to the fact that 4×4’s can take you most places other vehicles can’t. So, let’s see what types of terrain you can come up against and how you should take them on.
Off Road Terrains
Trail off roading. Mainly consisting of Gravel, grass and dry dirt. This is one of the simplest and safest types of off roading and is a good choice for beginners getting used to off roading. It is also a great way of testing your 4×4’s new parts or setup to see how your vehicle handles when it’is taken off of the British roads. We must stress, if you are a beginner please don’t attempt any steep climbs, unless your vehicle has been properly prepared, or you are off roading with an expert.
Sand driving. There aren’t too many places to do this legally in the UK, so please make sure you find somewhere that is legal and safe otherwise you could get in some serious trouble. Getting traction is always one of the main difficulties when driving on sand, so one of the first things you need to do is deflate your tyres to around 15-20psi. The reason for doing this is to allow the tyres to spread more and cover more surface area, this will allow for more grip. Once you get going, make sure you don’t stop. Momentum is key when driving on loose terrain, so make sure if you only stop if you have to.
How To 4×4 in Sand
- Maintain a steady momentum to keep you moving.
- When driving in sand, use a low gear.
- Low tyre pressure often works best when driving on soft and/or stony sand.
- If your wheels begin to spin, ease off your accelerator, and slow until your tyres begin to regain traction.
Mud! Mud, can be one of the most frustrating terrains to drive on when you get stuck (which you will) the thing people do the most, is hit the loud pedal and just spin the wheels, and in most cases get themselves in more trouble. One way to prevent getting stuck in the mud is to keep moving, and if you feel like you’re beginning to get stuck, turn your wheel left and right and see where the grip is. If you do get stuck, try rocking your 4×4 back and forth, until you get enough momentum to get yourself out. Unfortunately, as many of you know this doesn’t always work, so you might have to get your friends to tow you out – all part of the fun.
How To 4×4 In Mud
- Maintain a steady momentum to keep moving.
- Don’t use a low gear, as this increases the chances of your wheels spinning.
- If your wheels begin to spin, ease off your accelerator, and slow until your tyres begin to regain traction.
Off-Roading Basics: 4×4 Driving Tips & Techniques
Understanding the basics of off-roading.
- When driving through rough terrain, drive smoothly.
- Ensure steering is precise.
- Keep braking to a minimum – as alien that may sound, it’s the truth when off-roading.
- When applying the throttle, apply it gently – you aren’t drag racing – and release it slowly. This avoids spinning your tyres.
- Ensure you’re always in control of your 4×4.
How to overcome obstacles
- When you’re approaching an obstacle such as a log, rocks or ditches, make sure you always have at least three wheels on the ground at all times.
- Before taking on an obstacle, check your tyres are fully inflated.
- When approaching a ridge, take it head on.
How to select the correct gear
|Conditions||Gear To Use|
|Sand||3rd, 4th or 5th gear is often best on sandy tracks in low range.|
|Rocky Terrain||Low range 1st gear is often best when off-roading on rocky terrain.|
|Soft Terrain||When off-roading on soft terrain, low range 2nd or 3rd gear is best.|
|Climbing Obstacles||When climbing obstacles such as slopes, use the highest practical gear.|
|Descending Obstacles||When descending obstacles such as slopes, it’s often best to use low range 1st gear.|
|Icy Terrain||When driving on icy terrain such as snow and ice, use the highest gear possible.|
|Wading||When you’re wading, use low range 2nd gear for best results.|
This is a rule of thumb and may depend on your vehicle.
Off Roading Essentials
Below, we have listed some essentials you must have when going out on an off-road adventure;
- Full tank of fuel
- Tow Rope
- First Aid Kit
- Sat Nav or a Map
- Portable Air Compressor
- Spare Tyre and wheel changing kit
- Mobile Phone
- LED Light Bars
- Fire Extinguishers
The Ultimate Tow Bar Buying Guide
A tow bar for your car is one of the most essential accessories you could ever attach to your vehicle.
When it comes to off-roading or towing a caravan a tow bar can be extremely useful. However, when it comes to buying a towbar for your vehicle there are many different types available, from detachable swan neck towbars to the fixed flange ball tow bar. But, which do you choose? Use this handy guide to help you, and view our range of tow bar accessories here.
What is a Tow Bar?
This is a question we get quite often here at Milner off Road.
A tow bar (tow hitch) is a device you attach to the chassis of your vehicle, allowing you to tow other vehicles, trailers, caravans, horseboxes and so on.
How To Choose The Right Tow Bar For Your Car?
When it comes to buying a towbar for your vehicle, there are many things you need to bear in mind, such as knowing the make, model, year of your vehicle, and your driver’s licence.
You also need to know where the tow points are located on your car (usually found in your cars owners manual). Once you have all this information, you need to know the different types of tow bars available to buy.
Different Types of Tow Bars For Cars Available
Towbars come in various types and have several uses, Tow bars can be used to tow a non-functioning vehicle to a mechanic or back home. The most popular tow bars in the UK and Europe can be seen below. There are other tow bars not mentioned in the list below.
Car-Mounted Tow Bars
Car-mounted tow bars used to be the motoring industry standard for a long time. Car-mounted tow bars were the first self-aligning, foldable bars, and the majority of them have a quick release system making them easy and fast to setup.
Rigid Tow Bars
Also known as A-frame tow bars because of their triangular shape, are a removable, welded, inexpensive, lightweight and solid tow bar solution. Rigid tow bars are a good option if the use is not for more than a few times a year. This is because this type of tow hitch is hard for the driver to align the vehicle properly for towing as it is supposed to be at a precise location.
Flange Ball Tow Bars
The flange ball tow bar is an inexpensive tow bar that can function with ease with most tow bar accessories. This type of towbar has a tow ball mounted on a tow bar and is attached to the towing vehicle with bolts.
Self-Aligning Tow Bars
Just like rigid tow bars, self-aligning tow bars require manual hooking up, but as they are self-aligning they easily adjust to the position of the vehicle. These tow bars are a good option for frequent towing connection, disconnection, and reconnection.
Please note that not all styles of towbar are available for every vehicle. Visit our online shop to select your vehicle to see tow bars available.
Know How Much Your Vehicle(s) Towing Capacity
We often get asked here at Milner Off Road how much weight a specific vehicle can tow?
Knowing how much your vehicle can tow is essential for your vehicle, safety, and for legal and insurance purposes.
How Much Can My Vehicle Tow?
To find out how much your car can tow, locate your owner’s handbook or go to your cars manufacturers website, however, only take these as a guide.
To know your vehicles true towing capacity, locate your vehicles VIN Plate (Vehicle Identification Number Plate) which will have the exact towing capacity figure stamped on it.
Your VIN Plate can often be found under the bonnet or on a door pillar of your vehicle. The location of your VIN Plate will be in your owners manual.
Once you have located your VIN Plate, you will see either 3 or 4 sets of weight, these numbers determine to authorities whether your vehicle is over-laden. See the example image below.
As you can see from the example above, this VIN Plate has 4 lines of numbers.
Top Line – 2505kg = Gross vehicle weight – the maximum allowable mass (MAM) of the vehicle including occupants, fuel and payload.
Second Line – 4200kg = Gross train weight – the combined maximum allowable mass of your vehicle and trailer.
The Bottom Two Lines – 1250kg & 1350kg = Maximum axle loads front and rear respectively.
To figure out the manufacturer’s recommended maximum towing capacity for your vehicle. You have to subtract the gross vehicle weight from the gross train weight. In this example, it will be
4200kg – 2505kg = 1695kg maximum towing capacity.
Tow Bar Uses
There are many uses for a tow bar. Some of the most common tow bar uses are to tow caravans, boats, trailers, and other cars. A good tow bar is an extremely versatile tool to have.
EU Tow Bar Requirements
On the 1st August 1998, the European Union set laws requiring all car tow bars and tow hitches to meet standards set in their 94/20/EC directive.
This directive states the ISO standard tow ball must have a 50-millimetre (5-centimetre) diameter and complies with the BS AU 113b standard. These are the same standards that exist throughout the world, with the exception of North America.
There are two categories of ISO tow balls within this standard.
- Flange Fitting.
- Swan-neck fitting.
The swan-neck has an extended neck which fits into the tow bracket and is a removable device. The swan-neck eliminates the inconvenience of a tow ball which protrudes from the rear of the vehicle when not in use.
This directive leads to manufacturers developing retractable two balls which can be stored underneath the vehicle when it is not in use.
If your car was first used before 1 August 1998, your tow bar doesn’t need to be type-approved.
UK Legal Requirements For Towing
As long as you comply with the rules and regulations set in place to maintain safety standards, it is perfectly legal to tow trailers, caravans, vehicles, horse boxes and so on in the UK. When it comes to buying your tow bar, there are several checks to make regarding your vehicle, the tow bar, and your own driving license.
Tow Bar Design
When purchasing your tow bar, you must make sure your potential tow bar complies with EU regulations.
If you choose to use a tow bar which is not designed to meet with EU regulations, then you could a face a fine and may even render your insurance invalid in the event of an accident.
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for using a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
When towing, if your mirror visibility is blocked by your trailer or caravan, this puts both you and other road users in danger. Therefore, it is illegal to drive without proper towing mirrors when towing on British roads.
You can be fined up to £1,000 and get 3 penalty points for towing without proper towing mirrors.
Brakes – Trailer or Caravan
When towing your trailer or caravan, it must have a working braking system if it weighs over 750kg when it’s loaded.
All brake systems on trailers and caravans must be fully functional.
When towing a trailer or caravan, you must use a breakaway cable or secondary coupling in case the trailer becomes detached from your vehicle.
When towing, you must display the same number plate on your trailer as on your towing vehicle.
If you’re towing more than one trailer at a time, fix the number plate to the trailer at the back.
The maximum width for any trailer or caravan that is being towed in the UK is 2.55 metres.
The maximum length for a trailer is 7 metres.
If you purchase a trailer larger than 7 metres – and tow it using your vehicle – you will be liable for any fines or punishments incurred.
Always check the length of your trailer before purchasing.
In the UK, any driver who wishes to tow a vehicle must hold a full and valid driving license (Learners are not permitted to drive vehicles towing trailers or caravans).
There are three different classes of driving licenses which will affect your eligibility to tow a trailer or caravan.
If your driving licence has been issued after 19th January 2013 and is for category b vehicles only, you will only be able to tow small trailers which weigh less than 750 kilogrammes as long as the total weights of the trailer and the vehicle used to tow do not exceed 3,500 kilogrammes.
If you acquired your driving license between 1st January 1997 and 19th January 2013 you are legally able to drive a towing vehicle weighing 3,500 kilogrammes towing a trailer of up to 750 kilogrammes. You must also tow a trailer weighing more than 750 kilogrammes if the towing vehicle and trailer combined don’t exceed 3,500 kilogrammes.
If you acquired your driving license before 1st January 1997, you may be permitted to drive towing vehicles with a combined weight of vehicle and trailer of up to 8.25 tonnes.
If you gained your drivers license after the 19th January 2013 you have to pass the car and trailer driving test if you want to tow anything heavier.
Milner Off Road Disclaimer
The information in this guide is intended as a guide. It is as accurate at the time of publication as the editor is able to make it. Neither the Editor nor Milner Off Road nor any other person or company associated with the production of this guide accepts any responsibility for any inaccuracies which may be in the text.
It is the responsibility of any person wishing to depend on the facts contained in the Milner Off Road’s website to check for themselves with original documentation or any updating regulations, instruments or changes in the law.
How To Make Car Insurance Cheaper
Without doubt, car insurance is one of the biggest costs any motorist will ever face.
Initial premiums can financially cripple new drivers, and although it tends to drop with age, we all still usually recoil in horror when we see that yearly renewal figure.
This leaves millions of motorists all across the country asking the same question.
Why Is My Car Insurance So High?
There are a wide range of reasons why your car insurance may be higher than you would think reasonable.
If you’re young or a new driver, then it’s likely due to inexperience – insurance companies think you’re more likely to crash, and therefore demand higher prices.
Meanwhile, more experienced drivers can see premiums rise for a wide range of reasons, including changing car, and general price rises from increased numbers on the road.
Unfortunately, this is only going to get worse too.
A recent Government ruling means that from 20th March 2017, the average insurance premium is set to rise by around £75 for all drivers. This is to cover the increasing amounts paid out to those who are injured in road incidents.
This is expected to hit 36 million UK motorists, with under 22’s facing the worst potential damage, with premium rises of as much as £1,000.
As much as many loathe to pay it, it has to be said though that car insurance is incredibly useful – and also a requirement of UK law, and therefore has to be paid for.
That doesn’t mean that you have to pay through the nose every year, though – there are ways to bring the costs down.
How To Get Car Insurance Cheaper – 6 Simple Tricks That Can Save You over £200
Using our own experiences, and those of others we have spoken to, we have compiled a collection of simple ways that you can significantly reduce the cost of your next insurance premium for your car or 4×4.
Read on to find out more.
1) Use Occupations For Cheap Car Insurance
Car insurance companies ask for so many details – from what car you have to how far you drive it and where you’re going to park it – that you may not realise the importance of some of the “lesser” fields on the form, and occupation is one of these.
The truth is, though, that “Occupation” can impact your premium by up to £100.
A study by Go Compare showed that those who chose “Chef” as their occupation saw their costs soar by £98 compared to those who instead chose “Kitchen Staff”.
The same is true for music teachers, who pay £86 more than regular teachers, and this is consistent throughout a range of different job titles.
Next time you’re browsing car insurance quotes, take your time to look through all of the occupations listed and see if there are multiple that could be applied to what it is that you do. You may be shocked by the variation in prices that you find.
Please note, it classes as fraud if you outright lie about your occupation on an insurance form, so please do not put Builder if you’re a Doctor or anything along those lines.
2) Pay Annually, Not Monthly
Understandably, not everyone can afford to pay for their insurance up front, however, if you can then it is definitely recommended.
By paying the whole amount for the year, rather than breaking it down to monthly payments, you remove the need to pay interest on each instalment.
This could save up to £62 per premium according to a study by Money Supermarket.
You may think that the idea of haggling with a salesperson from a multi-million-pound company may sound crazy, but it can actually work.
Just because your insurance company has sent you a certain figure in your renewal, this doesn’t mean that this is the price that you have to pay.
Do a little bit of research on price comparison websites, find some cheaper quotes, and give your existing provider a call.
Once they hear that you’ve considering joining a competitor for less, you’ll be surprised at the amount of “Loyalty discounts” they can offer you to match the price.
We’ve all had success with this in the past, but even if it doesn’t work, simply cancel with them and go for the cheaper quote that you have found.
On average, a quick phone call to your provider can save you as much as £113 compared to the automatic renewal price.
4) Secure Your Vehicle
Car insurance is all about protecting yourself from an accident or theft, so if you can provide to insurance companies that you’re a low-risk customer, then you’ll be rewarded with cheaper premiums.
Generally, the more secure you can make things sound the better.
For example, fitting an approved alarm, immobiliser, and tracker to your vehicle will reduce the amount that you have to pay – and also reduce the risk of your vehicle being stolen, win win!
Similarly, parking on driveways at night time and in secure, private car parks in the day will also have a positive effect as opposed to parking on the street or in public spaces.
5) Increase Your Voluntary Excess
The voluntary excess on an insurance policy is the amount you’re willing to personally pay towards damage in the case of an accident. This is usually on top of a mandatory amount that the insurer will specify.
The more that you say that you’re willing to pay towards an accident, the less that the insurer has to pay, and the less risk they face.
Generally, this means that they will reduce your overall premium, as they have less to lose should you end up in a crash.
Of course, though, only raise your voluntary excess to a level that you can afford, and always take into account the value of your vehicle. If your excess is high and your vehicle isn’t worth much, you could end up paying for all of the damage yourself
6) Remove Hidden Extras and Add-Ons
When retrieving car insurance quotes, especially on comparison websites, most people simply focus on just a few aspects of the page.
Insurer, premium, excess.
But there’s much more that you should be taking notice of if you want to get the best deal.
The list of different policies that you get served with will include a range of different extras and add-ons, all of which can affect the price that you pay.
These policy extras include breakdown cover, windscreen cover, contents cover, driving abroad, courtesy car and much more.
These may all sound like great things to have, but consider this, how many of them do you need?
Do you have breakdown cover already? Do you have any contents in your car worth covering? Do you plan on driving abroad within the next year?
Ask yourself how many, if any, of the included extras you need from your policy, and then remove the ones you don’t need. This can go a long way to cutting a significant chunk off of your premium.
Extra Point – Named Driver Insurance Rules
One of the most popular and well-known methods people tend to use to bring down their car insurance premium is to add extra named drivers.
But what exactly are the rules on this? and does it work?
Well, it is a completely acceptable practice to add extra drivers to your policy, so long as you are completely honest about the role of each driver.
Claiming that someone else is the main driver of a car, and then adding the true owner as a named driver is a crime and can get you in real trouble.
As far as saving money goes, this tactic used to work a treat, however, it is questionable whether it still has the same effect.
A member of our team was told over the phone by a customer service adviser at a major insurance provider that this method no longer works, and we have seen occasions ourselves where named drivers have had to be removed from policies they were on to bring the price down.
It may still work for some, but we would definitely recommend checking how it affects things by getting a fresh quote with your named drivers removed – especially if they never drive the vehicle.
So, there are our top 6 simple tips on how to make car insurance cheaper.
We hope that you get some user out of them and can cut a good few hundred quid from your price next time renewal rolls around.
Lets Help Each Other Out
Do you have any tips and methods of your own that you use to bring the insurance down for your car or 4×4? Please share it with us on social media or in the comments below and lets save everyone a bit of money!
What’s Are The Most Popular Cars In Each EU Country?
It seems that the EU is never out of the news lately, and whilst the UK will soon be leaving the Union, we will always have a shared bond with the continent. A love of all things automotive.
Cars seem to be a universal language. We all have our opinions on then. We all have the vehicles we love, and those which we loath so much that being stuck behind one on the M25 causes unbridled waves of rage.
Just how popular and commonplace are your opinions though? Do the Germans agree with your disdain for the Honda CR-V? Do the Italians share your love for the Mazda Pickup?
We’ve done a little bit of research here at Milner Off Road and compiled the complete list of the most popular cars in the EU for you to digest.
See below for the full list, and find out what people in the UK love to drive, how that compares to the continent, and which 2 countries have one of our favourite 4×4’s as their most popular vehicle.
So, which EU nation has the best motoring tastes? Are you from one of the countries listed? Are you proud of your native motoring choices, or ashamed of what your fellow countrymen and women are driving? Let us know in the comments below.
Nissan has been urged to recall the UK’s best selling 4×4 pickup.
Nissan has been urged to recall their Navara’s after it emerges that a major fault in the vehicles could see them snap in half.
Navara owners – many of whom are part of the Milner family – have found their vehicles have severe rust issues which can cause cracks in the chassis.
Nissan – one of the world’s largest car manufacturers – has already bought back Navara’s from owners following inspections, but as of yet, no official recall of the D40 model has been made.
Are other 4×4 Nissan’s affected?
At the moment, the same issue is said to also effect some Nissan Pathfinder R51s – also known as the seven-seater family car of the popular Navara.
Nissan is said to have known about the problem for a year and has been keeping it “under wraps”.
The rust problem affects Nissan Navara D40s manufactured in Spain between 2005 to 2008.
However, some drivers of newer Navara’s say they have also been affected.
What’s being done?
Huw Merriman, a Tory MP, plans to raise this issue at The Transport Select Committee on Monday.
Huw has had the following to say: ‘To reassure the public, Nissan would be well advised to recall all affected vehicles.’
‘If, as they say, there are only a small amount impacted then it shouldn’t be a costly exercise in ensuring that these vehicles really are safe to be on the road.’
Attwood Solicitors are working on behalf of hundreds of owners in the UK.
According to the law firm, up to 35,000 Navaras are affected in the UK and 193,500 worldwide – Nissan ‘strongly disputes’ these figures.
What is Nissan doing about the rust problem?
Nissan has stated they were aware of the issue in a “relatively small number” of D40 Navaras and has put measures in place to “quickly resolve the concerns of any customers”.
‘Nissan is backing customers even though the affected vehicles are up to 12 years old.’
‘Depending on the age of the vehicle, these measures include a free and independent inspection of the vehicle where appropriate on older vehicles, if that inspection shows there’s an issue, we’ll do the right thing by the customer under our warranty and customer service policies.’
Nissan is offering a free inspection of their vehicles if drivers are concerned.
What can you do?
Richy Holmes set up the online group after his Navara broke with his pregnant wife and daughter inside as it was towing a caravan.
The 50-year-old mechanic, told the Sun: “I was only going a few miles an hour. I dread to think what could’ve happened if I’d been going faster.”
More than 15,000 Navara owners have joined a Facebook group urging Nissan to take action after motorists found rust around their chassis, which can cause it to crack and break.
We recommend any concerned Navara owners to telephone Nissan on 0330 123 1231.
Please share this post with anyone you know who may be affected by this issue.
Changing your Toyota Hilux timing belt (T-Belt) can often be quite tricky, especially if you haven’t changed it before.
That’s why here at Milner Off Road we have put this blog post together, showing you how to change the timing belt of your Hilux.
But before we go into how to change your timing belt.
What is a timing belt?
A timing belt, cam belt or timing chain is an integral part of an internal combustion engine.
The timing belt synchronises the rotation of the crankshaft and your engine’s camshaft(s), allowing the engine’s valves to open and close at the proper times during each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes.
A timing belt is also critical in an interference engine. The purpose of the timing belt or chains purpose in this type of engine is to prevent the piston from striking the valves.
How to change timing belt on Toyota Hilux
Replacing the timing belt of your Hilux is much simpler than many believe. However, before you begin, you will need the following pieces of equipment.
- New Toyota Hilux Timing Belt
- Rubber gloves
Now you have all of the above to hand, it’s time to replace your timing belt. Follow the steps below for a successful timing belt change.
*Please note, before you buy a new timing belt for your Hilux, find out how many teeth your new belt needs in order to fit.*
We have split the procedure up into 6 following sections
- Disconnecting the battery
- Removal of intercooler cover
- Removal of timing belt cover
- Aligning the timing belt marks
- Removing the timing belt
- Fitting the new timing belt
Disconnecting the Toyota Hilux Battery
- Disconnect earth terminal on the battery.
Removal of Toyota Hilux intercooler cover
- Remove intercooler cover. Place captive bolts in a safe place. Your intercooler will look like this.
- Place the intercooler cover in a safe place.
- Remove oil cover if in the way of removing intercooler cover.
- Once the intercooler cover is off, reinstall the oil cover.
- Remove fan belt if in the way.
Removal of Toyota Hilux timing belt cover
- Remove the bolts on the timing belt cover. Place bolts in a safe place.
- Remove the timing belt cover unveiling the timing belt. Place the timing belt cover in a safe location.
Aligning the Toyota Hilux timing belt marks
- On the top timing wheel, there will be a highlighted groove. Ensure this groove is aligned with the alignment arrow at the top of the timing wheel.
- If your alignment groove doesn’t match up to your alignment arrow, rotate the engine. You can do this by locating the crank with your socket, and turn it clockwise, this will align your groove with your alignment arrow.
- You may also have to align up the bottom timing wheels alignment groove, with the alignment arrow also.
- Locate the timing belt plunger (piston) and remove the bolts allowing the tensioner to swing out of the way, and releasing the tension off of the belt. Place the bolts in a safe place.
- Remove the IDLER wheel/pulley loosening the tension further.
Removing the Toyota Hilux timing belt
- You can now remove the existing timing belt.
- Grab the existing belt, give it a little wiggle and remove it.
Fitting the new Toyota Hilux timing belt
- When fitting the new timing belt, it’s often easier to put the belt on the bottom wheel first and the top belt last. Ensure the belt is tight.
- Also, ensure the alignment markers are in line with the alignment arrows.
- Feel underneath the bottom pulley to make sure the timing belts teeth are in the grooves and haven’t come out.
- Grab your new IDLER Wheel, and clean the old washer and bolt, removing any grit or dirt. Place your bolt and washer in the new IDLER wheel.
- Install the new IDLER wheel where the old one used to be.
- Grab your new timing belt tensioner, and install where your old one used to be.
- Retighten all of the bolts for all parts mentioned above.
- Now all bolts have been tightened, you can release the pin of your timing belt Plunger, applying tension to your new belt.
- Spin the engine with the socket on the crank like before when aligning the marker to the arrow, and perform a full circle. We do this to check everything you have done is okay and the belt doesn’t come off.
- Reattach the timing belt cover securely.
- Reattach the intercooler cover securely.
- Reattach your battery.
And you have successfully changed your Toyota Hilux timing belt.
We highly advise employing a professional to change your timing belt. However, if you’re feeling up to it, and you follow the steps above, you should be on your way to a successful timing belt change.
*Please note. This is a guide and Milner Off Road are not responsible for any damage you may cause to your vehicle*
Toyota Hilux timing belt replacement intervals
This is something that almost every car owner asks themselves “how often should I replace my timing belt”.
Well, as technology and vehicles have improved over the years, many manufacturers now recommend intervals up to 100,000 miles, compared to the old rule of 60,000.
It’s recommended that you change your Toyota Hilux timing belt every 100,000 miles or every 6 years depending on which comes first.
However, this number can vary depending on how often you use your vehicle and the life you give it.
If you use your Hilux often and harshly, it might be worth replacing the timing belt sooner, just for that peace of mind.
Toyota Hilux timing belt replacement cost
The cost of replacing a Toyota Hilux timing belt can vary from £80 – £600 depending if you go to an independent garage or a franchise dealer.
However – if you replace the timing belt yourself using our post – you can save yourself money, only needing to buy the parts.
Replacing your timing belt can be quite costly, that’s why we have created you this guide.
Toyota Hilux timing belt warning light
So, you’ve installed your new timing belt, but your T-Belt warning light is still on? Here’s how you reset it.
To reset your Toyota Hilux timing belt warning light, simply.
- Turn your ignition on.
- Ensure your Odometer/Trip meter is showing odometer information.
- Turn your ignition switch off.
- Press and hold your Odometer/Trip display button whilst turning your ignition back on.
- Hold the button down for 5 seconds and then release the button.
- Within 5 seconds, press and release the button.
- Your display should show the reset value
- Press and hold the Odometer/trip button for 5 seconds then release the button.
- Ensure the Odometer reading is displayed and the warning light should have gone out.
There you have it, that’s how you replace your Toyota Hilux timing belt. Do you have any tips or have you found this post useful? Please let us know in the comments below and share it with your friends.
As mentioned above, whilst we have faith in this post and in your mechanical skills, if you have not changed the timing belt of your vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local mechanic, or have someone with you who is experienced in changing timing belts.
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Changing the oil of your vehicle is one of the jobs that is either loved or hated, a bit like a certain food spread.
And, if you’ve never changed the oil of your Nissan Qashqai before, it can be quite daunting.
That’s why we have put this blog post together, showing you how to change the oil of your Qashqai.
How To Replace Qashqai Engine Oil
Replacing the oil of your Qashqai is much simpler than many think. However, before you begin, you will need the following pieces of equipment.
- Ratchet and socket set
- Gloves – Oil on your hands can be a nightmare to get off
- Paper towels to clean up afterwards
- Car Oil Drain Pan for old oil
- New oil filter
- Oil filter wrench
- Funnel for new oil
- Car Ramp or Jack
- Owners Manual
- New Fully Synthetic car oil – we recommend Fuchs Titan 5W-40 1 Litre (Fully Synthetic)
Follow the steps below for a successful oil change. There are 3 key stages to changing your vehicle’s oil
- How To Drain Old Oil
- How To Replace Old Oil Filter With Your New One
- How To Add New Oil To Your Qashqai
Let’s break this down step by step
How To Drain Qashqai Old Oil – Step 1
- Jack your Qashqai up safely, or drive your vehicle up ramps.
- Locate Oil Drain Plug.
- Place Oil Dran Pan under Oil Tank
- Use Your Socket and Ratchet To Loosen Oil Drain Plug – Anticlockwise (Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosely)
- Wait For Your Oil To Fully Drain Out – Car Oil Tends To Drop For Approximately 20 Minutes
- Screw Back In Your Drain Plug and Tighten With Your Socket and Ratchet (Clockwise)
How To Replace Your Old Oil Filter With Your New One – Step 2
- Locate Your Oil Filter
- Make Sure Your Oil Catch Pan is Below Oil Filter
- Loosen and Remove Your Existing Oil Filter By Hand or With a Wrench
- Grab Your New Filter
- Pre-Oil Your New Filter With Your New Oil – Doing This Prevents Your Car From Running Dry When You First Start it up (note – you may not be able to pre-oil your new filter if your filter has to be attached upside down or sideways)
- Rub a Little Oil Around The Gasket Of Your New Filter
- Screw-In Your New Oil Filter With Your Hand
How To Add A New Oil To Your Qashqai – Step 3
- Locate Your Engine Oil Filler Cap – You may need to clean your engine oil filler cap, so no grime falls into your engine.
- Unscrew Your Oil Filler Cap and Place Somewhere Safe
- Place Your Funnel Into The Hole Vacated By The Oil Filler Cap
- Fill Your Vehicle With The New Engine Oil to The Correct Level
- Remove Your Oil Funnel
- Screw-In Your Engine Oil Filler Cap
- Wipe Any Spilt Oil
Once you have completed the steps above, take your vehicle off the jacks or ramps and start your vehicle.
Upon starting, make sure no oil light comes on. If no oil light comes on, that means the engine is getting oil.
Now, Turn off the engine, and let the oil sit for approximately 5 minutes allowing it to cool down.
Locate your oil dipstick, take it out and wipe it with a towel.
Put the dipstick back in, and check the oil level is at the maximum amount.
Please be aware, if you have too much oil in your Qashqai, make sure you drain some of it out, otherwise this will cause problems with your car. You can remove the oil by following step 1.
And there you have it, you’re now an oil changing master.
Qashqai J11 Owners Manual – Download the official Nissan Qashqai J11 owners manual and go to section 8.8 for their advice on changing your cars oil.
We will now show you how to top up the oil of your engine.
Topping Up Your Nissan Qashqai Engine Oil – Step By Step
Now you’ve managed to change your Qashqai’s engine oil, in the future, you will need to top up your engine oils level. Don’t worry, we have you covered.
All you have to do is follow the steps below.
- Park your Qashqai on a level surface and apply the handbrake
- Start the engine (if not already started). If the engine is cold, let the engine run idle until it reaches the operational temperature.
- Once the engine is at operational temperature, turn off the engine.
- Wait approximately 10 minutes for the engine oil to drain back into the oil pan.
- Open the bonnet and locate your oil dipstick. Qashqai’s with M9R engine, you can find the engine oil dipstick attached to the engine oil filler cap.
- Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean.
- Reinsert the dipstick all the way.
- Remove the dipstick once more, and check the oil level.
- If the oil level is below the minimum level, remove the engine oil filler cap and pour the recommended oil through the opening. Do not overfill.
- Recheck the oil level with the dipstick.
- If the engine oil is satisfactory, install the engine oil filler cap securely.
- Close the bonnet.
Congratulations, you have managed to top up your vehicle’s oil level.
Nissan Qashqai Oil Change Interval
So, we’ve discussed how easy it is to replace and top up your Qashqai’s oil. But how often should you change your cars oil?
We believe that no matter what vehicle you have, you should change the oil and filter at least every 10,000 miles or every 12 months, depending on what comes first. Therefore, if you haven’t changed your oil or oil filter in this amount of time, make sure you change it as soon as possible.
Nissan Qashqai Oil Type
In the official Nissan Qashqai owners manual (download above) their recommended engine oils are;
Genuine NISSAN engine oil 5W40 *1
ACEA A3/B4 *1
Genuine NISSAN engine oil 5W40 *1
ACEA A3/B4 *1
Genuine NISSAN engine oil 5W30 DPF *1
ACEA C4 *1, SAE 5W30 Low SAPS
Genuine NISSAN engine oil 5W30 DPF *1
ACEA C4 *1, SAE 5W30 Low SAPS
The Fuchs Titan 5W-40 1 Litre (Fully Synthetic) we have available online is just as good and won’t cost you a fortune every time you need new oil.
Nissan Qashqai Sump Plug
A sump plug is the bolt that prevents your oil from escaping your engine sump.
Many people believe you should replace a sump plug every time you change your oil. With good reason, you don’t want to be leaking oil after changing it all thanks to a worn sump plug.
Your sump plug is located on your oil tank and is located underneath your engine. You will either need to raise your vehicle with a jack or ramps to find it.
See the image below to locate your sump plug.
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There you have it, that’s how you replace your Nissan Qashqai’s engine oil. Do you have any tips or have you found this post useful? Please let us know in the comments below.
Please note: Milner Off Road are not liable for any damage you may cause to your vehicle(s) by following the instructions above. Whilst we have faith in our blog post and in your skills, if you have not changed the oil of your vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local mechanic, or have someone with you who is experienced in changing vehicle oil.
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