12 Simple Steps to Change a Tire

One of the most frightening experiences a driver can face on the road is a blown-out tire. However, the process of replacing a tire that suddenly goes flat is not that difficult, especially when you keep a level head. By following these 12 simple steps to change a tire, you can be rolling along in no time flat!

  1. First, find somewhere you can safely pull over and park.
  2. Activate your hazard lights.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts with a wrench, but do not remove them yet!
  4. Lift your vehicle 6 inches off of the ground near the tire using a jack.
  5. Remove the loosened lug nuts.
  6. Remove the tire.
  7. Locate you vehicle’s spare tire.
  8. Carefully place the spare tire into the empty tire space.
  9. Place the lug nuts back onto the tire space without tightening them.
  10. Use the jack to lower the vehicle back down to the ground.
  11. Tighten the lug nuts with a wrench.
  12. Place the blown out tire in the vehicle’s trunk.

That’s all you have to do to get back on the road!

Nissan Extends its “No Charge to Charge” Campaign to Three More Cities

Electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF are becoming more popular with each year that passes. With the growing number of electric vehicles on the road, the need for charging these vehicles on the go increases. Fortunately, Nissan is ready to help drivers solve that problem.

According to a Nissan press release, Nissan has extended its “No Charge to Charge” campaign to three more cities.

The popular Nissan campaign will now arrive to New York City, Philadelphia, and Santa Barbara.

The “No Charge to Charge” campaign is an initiative by Nissan to help drivers who own electric vehicles easily charge their means of transportation.

Whenever a customer purchases a new Nissan LEAF, Nissan provides them with two years of complimentary vehicle charging at select electric stations.

The “No Charge to Charge” campaign has already been a success in several cities around the country. We are certain that it will continue to be a success in its latest set of locations as well!

How to Apply for a Car Loan

Applying for car loans can feel like doing your taxes. You need to know your financial information as well as determine what you can afford in your current financial situation. Most dealerships will apply for loans via the finance department. Just in case they don’t, or you want to bring a pre-approved loan with you, here’s how to apply for a car loan!

First and foremost, you’ll need your financial information. Gather your expenses, rent or mortgage, income, employment, and social security number and start filling out applications from nearby banks and credit unions.

It’s wise to know your credit score going into the application process but it isn’t required. Banks and credit unions will run a credit check upon receiving your application. If your credit score is above 720, odds are you’ll receive the best loan offers available.

Once lenders have replied to your applications, look over the loan offers and take the annual percentage interest rate (APR) and loan length into special consideration. Determine what works best for you and head down to the dealership with a great pre-approved loan in hand!

Here at Nissan of Silsbee, we’ll be happy to help you apply for a car loan that works with your budget!

2016 Nissan Pathfinder’s Price Unchanged

Nissan looks to give more for less every single year and the latest 2016 models are no different. For the most part, the Nissan Pathfinder’s price has gone unchanged from the 2015 model year but that isn’t all. Several trims received slight price increases, but after seeing what Nissan is adding to the standard options list, you won’t be able to turn it down.

The base Pathfinder S starts at $30,680, while the Pathfinder Platinum with four wheel drive starts at $44.150. Both prices remain the same as their 2015 counterparts.

Now for the trims that received changes…

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder SL is getting a slight price increase of $150. That brings the starting price to $37,260. That isn’t a bad deal whatsoever, even without the extra standard features. For the 2016 model year, Nissan is adding a heated steering wheel to the standard features list.

Unchanged prices and new standard features aren’t all Nissan is offering for 2016. You can add on the new Cold Package. Featuring heated cloth front seats, heated outside mirrors, and a heated steering wheel, you can stay warm and let your car get rid of the ice for you.

We here at Nissan of Silsbee are happy to report we have 2016 Nissan Pathfinders available now!

Car and Driver Pays Homage to Nissan with Heritage Collection Highlight

Car and Driver – one the foremost international automotive sources in the world – has put together an awesomely detailed Nissan Heritage Collection highlight gallery. From peeks at Nissan’s oddly-shaped 1947 Tama Electric Car (that’s right – an electric car from 1947) to the delightfully styled 1966 Nissan Bluebird rally car and beyond, the Heritage Collection highlight shows off bits and pieces of Nissan’s interesting and colorful history.

One of our favorite features is the beautiful 1967 Prince Gloria Super 6, one of the first products of Nissan’s merger with the Prince Motor Company in 1966. The Gloria Super 6 is a timelessly beautiful vehicle, which somehow still speaks of the same luxury and high-performance today that it was intended to nearly 50 years ago.

Another interesting – dare we say quirky – item on the list is the 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R. This strange but sleek muscle car would have been the perfect choice if The Dukes of Hazzard were set in rural Japan instead of deep down in Georgia.

There’s so much more Nissan history to discover in Car and Driver’s Heritage Collection highlight, for the Nissan lover and general automotive enthusiast alike.


Nissan Partners with Hoonigan in Awesome Black Friday Stunt

Some people may have spent their Black Friday drifting from store to store in search of savings, but Nissan and the bold team at Hoonigan Racing spent theirs drifting through an abandoned shopping mall in LA—in a 1000-horsepower Nissan 370Zs.


This Black Friday stunt was executed by two professional Hoonigan drivers, Chris Forsberg, and Ryan Tuerck (so don’t try this at home, even if home happens to be an abandoned shopping mall). The impressive video shows the daring pair looping through tight, dramatic turns and burning rubber (literally) on rooftops and through parking garages. In one jaw-dropping scene, Forsberg drifts his 370Z so close to the edge of a 30-foot drop that the rear clears the precipice.


To shoot the super-cool video, cameramen had to wear respirators to endure the years of dust and pollutant build-up in the enormous, long-vacated shopping mall. The air got just a bit thicker as the two Nissans whipped through, kicking up black-slate clouds of grime. The effect of all that dust makes the Black Friday stunt look more like some death race straight out of a post-apocalypse flick. Michael Bay should be contacting Nissan and Hoonigan reps for the movie rights shortly.

Nissan’s Diehard Fan App Allows Fans to Virtually Paint their Face

There are people who like college football, and then there are real college football fans. Nissan has created an app for the second group to help them really show off their love for their team.

According to a Nissan Press Release, Nissan’s Diehard Fan App allows fans to virtually paint their face.

The app is free to download from diehardfan.com. Using the app, college sports fans can virtually apply their college’s colors and mascots to an image of their face.

To create these game faces, Nissan first looked to a professional face painter. Nissan then took the designs and digitally converted them.

The app is developed in conjunction with the announcement that Nissan has become the official automobile sponsor of over 100 universities across the nation.

“The Diehard Fan mobile app delivers on Nissan’s brand promise of innovation and excitement for everyone,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing Communications & Media at Nissan North America. “This is just one way for sports fans to unleash their colors anywhere, anytime, and engage with Nissan and our College 100 Sponsorship of men’s and women’s college sports programs throughout the US.”

You can show off your love for college sports with the Nissan Diehard Fan App. To show off your love for Nissan, stop by Nissan of Silsbee today!

Myths About Changing Oil

Changing oil is an important part of ensuring your car functions properly. Therefore, it may come as a surprise just how many myths there are out there about changing your oil. Here at Nissan of Silsbee, we want to take some time to dispel these myths about changing oil and keep our customers informed.

Myth #1: You need to change your oil every 3,000 miles

There’s an old piece of advice that says that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles. However, this may not always be true. Each car requires an oil change at different intervals. So instead of consulting an old adage, consult your vehicle’s manual first.

Myth #2: You need to change black oil

People are often advised to change their oil if it’s black. However, a dark blot of oil actually means that it is doing its job. So don’t fret if you think your oil looks dark.

Myth #3: You need to use oil additives

Oil additives may seem helpful. However, they can often end up being harmful instead. As long as you use high-quality oil in your vehicle, you won’t have to worry about using any oil additives.

Five Tips for Road Tripping with a Baby

Road tripping with the family can be fun, or it can be an anxiety-inducing nightmare. Loading the kids up in the car, where they will be restrained for hours on end, takes a fair amount of planning. Add in the unique needs (and lack of understanding) of a baby, and you’ve got your work cut out for you. Follow these tips for road tripping with a baby to help alleviate stress and make your road trip a positive one.

  1. Leave early. Most kids function best in the morning, so get going during the hours they tend to be happiest. Leave early enough to miss rush hour, and you’ll save serious (precious) time passing through any big cities.
  2. Have distractions on hand. Grab some toys that will keep your baby entertained. Age-appropriate toys that they’ve never seen before tend to work best. For your sanity, and the sanity of the rest of the passengers, consider choosing toys that don’t make much noise.
  3. Pack well. Babies need a lot of Diapers, formula (or milk), clean bottles, an extra set of clothes, wipes, more diapers, more wipes… etc. Make sure you have extra of everything, and make sure it stays accessible.
  4. Be flexible. Plan to stop regularly for feedings and diaper changes, but prepare to throw that plan out the window. You might need to pull over way ahead of schedule, or you might get a few extra hours out of a sleeping baby. (Did we mention don’t wake the sleeping baby?)
  5. Plan for an emergency. Don’t get overwhelmed here, but plan to have enough to stop for the night. Also keep jumper cables, water, a blanket, and a cellphone charger in the car.

Check out babble.com for an extensive list of tips for travelling with baby!

Here at Nissan of Silsbee, we want to know what other tips you have for travelling with tiny passengers. Let us know in the comments!

The 2016 Nissan Altima’s Updates Offer Improved Design, Enhanced Appeal

The already-exciting Nissan Altima just got better. The automaker has unveiled the overhauled 2016 Nissan Altima, and although it’s technically just a mid-cycle refresh, the updates are significant, and worthwhile.

The current generation Nissan Altima is just three years old, and automakers typically try to get at least five years from a generation, before unveiling an all-new version. A mid-cycle refresh typically consists of a few styling updates, and maybe some new technology. The Altima took it a step further, offering a new look, improved efficiency, new driving feel, and a wide range of new connectivity, safety, and convenience features.

“Despite the remarkable success of the current model Altima in the marketplace, which has seen a more than 60 percent increase in sales since 2009, no area was left untouched in redesigning our cornerstone Altima sedan for the 2016 model year,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. in a statement. “While so much attention in the marketplace currently is focused on compact SUVs like our redesigned Nissan Rogue, the mid-size sedan segment remains strong and has become extremely competitive. We’re determined to keep our sales growth alive with this vibrant new Altima for 2016.”

The 2016 Nissan Altima’s updates were made with input from current Nissan Altima customers. The new Altima promises to deliver a quieter ride, more standard features, more personal style, and a more responsive driving experience.

Stop by Nissan of Silsbee today to learn more about the improved Nissan Altima!