You’re driving along in your Nissan Murano when suddenly an odd tire-shaped warning light illuminates on the dashboard that you’ve never noticed before. It’s accompanied by the words “Tire maintenance—should you be concerned?
This article will explain what that tire maintenance light means, what causes it to come on, whether it can be reset or disabled, and steps to properly maintain your Murano’s tires to keep rolling safely, and to prevent wobbling while driving. Get to know your Nissan’s efforts to look out for your tires.
Table of Contents
- Understanding the Tire Maintenance Warning
- What Triggers the Tire Maintenance Light?
- How to Check and Set Proper Tire Pressures
- How to Reset the Tire Maintenance Light
- Can the Tire Maintenance Warning Be Permanently Disabled?
- Benefits of Proactive Tire Pressure Vigilance
- Caring Properly for Your Murano’s Tires
- Where Tire Maintenance Should Be Performed
- Additional Causes of Tire Warning Lights
Understanding the Tire Maintenance Warning
Many modern Nissans, including the Murano, employ a tire maintenance warning light to alert drivers that tire inflation pressures should be checked.
It looks like a half-deflated tire and is separate from the standard low tire pressure warning light. The maintenance light is proactive, while the low pressure light indicates a tire has already lost significant inflation.
On Nissans, the light activating simply means it’s advisable to verify tire pressures at your next stop to ensure they aren’t gradually becoming underinflated. It does not indicate an emergency or dangerous driving condition like the low pressure light does.
What Triggers the Tire Maintenance Light?
The tire maintenance warning light is programmed to come on under set conditions determined by Nissan engineers:
- Illuminates approximately 6,000 miles after a tire pressure adjustment is made and reset. This mileage interval is when rechecking inflation is recommended.
- It comes on if tire pressures altered since the last reset are detected due to temperature fluctuations or slow leaks.
- May activate after replacing or rotating tires if the system is not reset afterwards.
- Triggers when transporting heavier loads, which can reduce tire pressure.
The light functions as a routine reminder for drivers to double-check inflation levels as part of ongoing tire maintenance. Take advantage of the friendly vehicle nudge to stay on top of proper pressures.
How to Check and Set Proper Tire Pressures
When Nissan’s tire maintenance light appears, find a safe spot to pull over as soon as reasonably possible. Use a high quality pressure gauge to check each tire’s inflation level.
Recommended pressures are found on a placard in the driver’s door jamb of the Murano. Verify tire pressure when tires are cold for the most accurate reading.
If inflation is lower than recommended, add air until it reaches the proper PSI. If pressures are all normal, no action is required beyond resetting the light.
Setting optimal tire pressures maximizes safety, handling, tread life, and fuel mileage. Take a moment when reminded to let your Murano help prolong your tire health.
How to Reset the Tire Maintenance Light
The tire maintenance light won’t automatically turn off on its own once illuminated. After adjusting pressure, you must manually reset the warning to clear it. Here are the steps:
- Ensure the ignition is on with the engine off.
- Locate the trip odometer reset button on the instrument panel.
- Press and hold the button for 10–15 seconds.
- The tire maintenance light will flash three times and turn off, indicating the reset is complete.
Resetting restarts the mileage counter until the next reminder lights up. Perform a reset promptly after any tire service for proper monitoring.
Can the Tire Maintenance Warning Be Permanently Disabled?
Some Nissan owners find the frequent tire maintenance alerts annoying and redundant, especially those who are already diligent about proper tire care. Unfortunately, there is no supported setting for fully disabling the warning light permanently. However, there are a few options:
- Simply ignore the light if you routinely confirm pressure. Just be sure to reset after doing your own checks to clear it.
- Book your tire pressure checks every 5,000–6,000 miles to stay ahead of the light activating.
- Let your tire repair shop handle resets after performing complimentary pressure checks.
While not able to be disabled, with some minor accommodations, the light can provide helpful reminders without becoming a nuisance.
Benefits of Proactive Tire Pressure Vigilance
Staying on top of proper inflation provides meaningful benefits:
Maximizes fuel economy: underinflated tires create more rolling resistance, lowering mpg. Check pressures monthly to maximize mileage.
Prevents rapid tread wear: low pressures cause tires to wear unevenly and rapidly. Maintain inflation to extend tread life.
Improves braking distances: Properly inflated tires allow maximum grip for the shortest stopping distances. Don’t compromise safety.
Enhances handling and control: Underinflation can lead to spongy cornering and slow steering response.
Avoids blowouts: drastically underinflated tires run dangerously hot and are prone to catastrophic failure from impacts.
Saves money: monitoring tire pressures minimizes premature tire replacement costs and wasted fuel.
Rely on Nissan’s tire maintenance light as your helpful companion, not your enemy, for maximizing tire performance and longevity.
Caring Properly for Your Murano’s Tires
Beyond just pressure, your tires need comprehensive care for longevity:
- Inspect tread depths monthly using the wear bars molded into the grooves. Replace when approaching the 2/32 inch depth remaining.
- Look for uneven wear like cupping, feathering, or one shoulder wearing faster, indicating alignment or suspension issues.
- Have the wheels balanced with each tire rotation or any time vibration arises at speed.
- Rotate tires approximately every 6,000–8,000 miles to equalize treadwear. Stagger directional tires from front to back.
- Inspect sidewalls for cracks, bubbles, cuts, or curbing damage that necessitates replacement.
- Wash grime from treads using soap and a stiff brush when changing oil. Don’t use harsh degreasers.
- Avoid curbing wheels when parking to prevent interior tire and wheel damage.
- Evaluate age: tires degrade over 6 years. Consider replacement after that, regardless of tread depth.
With some diligence and preventative maintenance, your Murano’s tires will serve you reliably for thousands of miles. Don’t wait for the warning light to inspire action.
Where Tire Maintenance Should Be Performed
Proper tire care does require periodic professional help.
- Alignment: Regular alignments compensate for suspension wear, keeping tires wearing evenly. The front tires on AWD models can require alignment more frequently.
- Tire rotation – While rotation can be done self, most will benefit from a shop’s marking of tires and torqueing lug nuts to spec with an impact wrench.
- Replacement: New tires should always be installed by a reputable tire shop to ensure fit, road force balancing, proper materials used, and comprehensive road hazard coverage.
- Repairs – Leave repairs of cuts, punctures, or internal damage to the tire experts rather than doing DIY patches. Some damage necessitates replacement.
While you can handle pressure checks personally with a quality gauge, leverage tire pros for optimal service and safety.
Additional Causes of Tire Warning Lights
While the tire maintenance light aims to prevent issues, the low pressure warning light requires immediate attention if illuminated, indicating one tire is dangerously underinflated. Causes include:
- A tire puncture from a nail or debris necessitates repair or replacement of the damaged tire.
- A faulty tire valve stem is not maintaining air. Stems should be replaced when cracked or damaged.
- A bent wheel or cracked rim prevents a good seal with the tire bead. Damaged wheels must be repaired or replaced.
- Bead leak: If a tire is run while flat, the force can break the seal between rim and bead. Reseating the bead may temporarily reseal it.
Don’t ignore Nissan’s red alerts. Safely pull over, identify, and repair the source of any leaks or low pressures promptly. Your drive depends on it.
Keep a vigilant eye on your Murano’s tires and take advantage of the handy maintenance reminders built-in. But also rely on a reputable tire shop whenever service is needed to keep you rolling safely. With some diligence and professional help when required, your tires will carry you smoothly for the long run. Nissan’s tire maintenance light is just looking out for you, so let it be your helpful companion in travel, not a nuisance. Just like your tires themselves, don’t take the warning light for granted in pursuing peak perform whence from your Murano. Let it steer you in the right direction.