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Unread 09-01-2007, 02:28 AM   #1
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Default 95 Nissan Altima few questions.......please help

I have a few questions for my 95 Altima.

1) How do I open/remove the "parcel shelf" at the back??

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2) How do I open/remove the front "dashboard"??

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3) My engine coolant is at a very low level. Since I don't know which coolant was there previously so do I:-
(a) Flush out the old coolant and put in a new coolant??
(b) Just add any coolant to the old one??

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You can add any coolant back in the rad ... Such as Prestone.

To remove the rear deck panel, remove the back seat completely. The back seat cushion should be held on by either two snap in clips at the front of the cushion, right were between where your legs would be if you sat on either side, so just yank up in that general area and the whole cushion should come right out. Or there are 2 bolts in that location.

To remove the seat back, after you have the cushion out, there will be two or 3 bolts holding it on at the bottom, near, or sharing the bolts that hold the seat belts down. Remove the bolts and the cushion should slide upward toward the roof of the car. Then there after its off there may be a few clips of something holding the rear deck panel on... shouldnt be hard removing it... i do them all the time.


As for the dash... that will be hard. You will need to remove the glove box, and any of the lower panels holding it on... You should see any screws holding them on at the bottom, and then the rest will be clips... I really havent had to tear apart a dash before so i unfortunately have little guidance...
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Thanks a lot for the help.
I was actually able to take off the parcel shelf.

So you are saying that adding any coolant to the previous one is OK..........even if I don't know what was there earlier??

Dashboard seems to be a pain. Actually there is this tiny green LED on the Cruise Control button, which has somehow sunk inside. I wanted to open the dashboard so that I can reach behind that switch and push the LED outwards to its proper level.
Any ideas as do the job without opening the whole dashboard??

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If the centre console can be removed then it would be easier to pop your hand behind the dash then to remove it

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Thanks a lot for the help.
I was actually able to take off the parcel shelf.

So you are saying that adding any coolant to the previous one is OK..........even if I don't know what was there earlier??

Dashboard seems to be a pain. Actually there is this tiny green LED on the Cruise Control button, which has somehow sunk inside. I wanted to open the dashboard so that I can reach behind that switch and push the LED outwards to its proper level.
Any ideas as do the job without opening the whole dashboard??
You can usually purchase a haynes manual for most cars, which show you how to take apart and put back together the car in question. Draining the coolant is a good idea if you don't know how long its been sitting in the car for, coolant which eventually lose its ability to disperse/distribute heat over time. Some cars have a plug you can un screw to drain the coolant. Others (like my 90 jetta) don't so you have to drain it by loosening a few hoses etc. make sure you have a drainage pan under the car to catch the run off.
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If the centre console can be removed then it would be easier to pop your hand behind the dash then to remove it
You mean the part that contains the meters (speedometer, oil level) ??
If thats the case then it can't be done since it seems the whole dashboard is a single molded piece.

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The centre console being what holds the radio and heater controls,

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You can usually purchase a haynes manual for most cars, which show you how to take apart and put back together the car in question. Draining the coolant is a good idea if you don't know how long its been sitting in the car for, coolant which eventually lose its ability to disperse/distribute heat over time. Some cars have a plug you can un screw to drain the coolant. Others (like my 90 jetta) don't so you have to drain it by loosening a few hoses etc. make sure you have a drainage pan under the car to catch the run off.
Actually it will not loose its heat conductivity, but become very dirty with corrosion and sometimes algea: thus, loosing some of its anti freezing qualities. Water does not deteriorate so it will never loose its heat conductivity.
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antifreeze does lose its ability to dissipate heat over time. water doesn't deteriorate, but the antifreeze does. as for as what kind, for your car it should be regular green glycerol antifreeze which is getting harder to come by so you can also use the yellow universal type as well. just do a coolant flush first before adding any coolant. if theres no drain **** on the bottom of the radiator then take off the lower radiator hose to drain it.
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Just for future note, latter model cars have long-life antifreeze, and are recommended that you not change back to the 'basic' coolent.
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