In this guide, you will find instructions on how to check the engine coolant level and add antifreeze on Nissan vehicles. 

If your Nissan is overheating, temperature gauge has moved to hot, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and follow the instructions below to check the coolant level. 

What you will need

  • NISSAN Antifreeze Coolant
    • Nissan engine cooling system is filled at the factory with a pre-diluted mixture of 50% Genuine  Antifreeze (blue) and 50% water. 
    • Most Nissan vehicles use blue coolant. 


  1. Park your Nissan on a safe location and allow the engine to cool down. 
  2. Locate the hood release underneath the dashboard on the driver's side. Pull the lever until you hear the Nissan hood pop open. Next, you need to release the hood safety latch at the front of your Nissan.
  3. Locate the coolant overfllow reservoir tank. 
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    Location of the engine coolant reservoir on a Nissan Rogue
    nissan sentra engine coolant location
    Location of engine coolant reservoir on a Nissan Sentra
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    Location of the engine coolant reservoir on a Nissan Altima
  4.  Look at the side of the coolant reservoir tank and note the low and high level.check nissan engine coolant level


  5. If the level is below the minimum mark you will need to add coolant. Remove the coolant reservoir cap and add engine coolant. Add engine coolant antifreeze Nissan Quest 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  6. Add engine coolant/antifreeze. Only add the recommend Nissan coolant


Do not continue to operate your Nissan Quest if the engine is overheating or the high engine temperature light comes on in your Nissan.

Can I add coolant directly to the radiator? 

add coolant to nissan radiator

It is possible to add engine coolant to the radiator when the engine completely cool. You need to be extremely careful when opening the radiator cap. The coolant must have cooled down or you risk getting burned. 

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