Nissan FRONTIER 2023 Wheels and Tires
The advanced wheel and tire system on the 2023 Nissan Frontier is built for both performance and security. It has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which is necessary to maintain appropriate tire inflation because it warns the driver when tire pressure is low. The following tire sizes are suitable for the vehicle: OE 265/70R16, 265/65R17, 265/75R16, and 265/60R18. These sizes are all intended to offer the best handling and balance. For optimal performance and vehicle safety, it is advised to undertake routine maintenance such as monitoring tire pressure, making sure the right tires are chosen for the various seasons, and performing tire rotations on a regular basis.
Wheels and tires
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Radio waves could adversely affect electric medical equipment. Those who use a pacemaker should contact the electric medical equipment manufacturer for possible influences before use. This vehicle is equipped with TPMS. It monitors the tire pressure of all tires except the spare. When the low tire pressure warning light is lit and the “Tire Pressure Low – Add Air” warning message is displayed in the vehicle information display, one or more of your tires is significantly under-inflated. TPMS will activate only when the vehicle is driven at speeds above 16 mph (25 km/h). Also, this system may not detect a sudden drop in tire pressure (for example, a flat tire while driving).
Check the tire pressures (including the spare) often and always prior to long-distance trips. The recommended tire pressure specifications are shown on the F.M.V.S.S./C.M.V.S.S. certification label or the Tire and Loading Information label under the “Cold Tire Pressure” heading. The Tire and Loading Information label is affixed to the driver-side center pillar.
Tire pressures should be checked regularly because:
- Most tires naturally lose air over time.
- Tires can lose air suddenly when driven over potholes or other objects or if the vehicle strikes a curb while parking.
The tire pressures should be checked when the tires are cold. The tires are considered COLD after the vehicle has been parked for 3 or more hours, or driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km) at moderate speeds. Incorrect tire pressure, including under inflation, may adversely affect tire life and vehicle handling.
- Improperly inflated tires can fail suddenly and cause an accident.
- The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is located on the F. M.V.S.S./C.M.V.S.S. certification label. The vehicle weight capacity is indicated on the Tire and Loading Information label. Do not load your vehicle beyond this capacity. Overloading your vehicle may result in reduced tire life, unsafe operating conditions due to premature tire failure, or unfavorable handling characteristics and could also lead to a serious accident. Loading beyond the specified capacity may also result in the failure of other vehicle components.
- Before taking a long trip, or whenever you heavily load your vehicle, use a tire pressure gauge to ensure that the tire pressures are at the specified level.
Tire and Loading Information label
- Seating capacity: The maximum number of occupants that can be seated in the vehicle.
- Original tire size: The size of the tires originally installed on the vehicle at the factory.
- Tire size.
- Spare tire size.
Checking tire pressure
- Remove the valve stem cap from the tire.
- Press the pressure gauge squarely onto the valve stem. Do not press too hard or force the valve stem sideways, or air will escape. If the hissing sound of air escaping from the tire is heard while checking the pressure, reposition the gauge to eliminate this leakage.
- Remove the gauge.
- Read the tire pressure on the gauge stem and compare to the specification shown on the F. M.V.S.S./C.M.V.S.S. label or the Tire and Loading Information label.
- Add air to the tire as needed. If too much air is added, press the core of the valve stem briefly with the tip of the gauge stem to release pressure. Recheck the pressure and add or release air as needed.
- Install the valve stem cap.
- Check the pressure of all other tires, including the spare.
|Size||Cold Tire Inflation Pressure|
Front and Rear Original Tire: P265/70R16 265/65R17
|Front and Rear Original Tire Size:||
Spare Tire Size:
Full Size P265/70R16
Federal law requires tire manufacturers to place standardized information on the sidewall of all tires. This information identifies and describes the fundamental characteristics of the tire and also provides the Tire Identification Number (TIN) for safety standard certification. The TIN can be used to identify the tire in case of a recall.
1O Tire size (example: P215/65R15 95H)
- P: The “P” indicates the tire is designed for passenger vehicles (not all tires have this information).
- Three-digit number (215): This number gives the width in millimeters of the tire from sidewall edge to sidewall edge.
- Two-digit number (65): This number, known as the aspect ratio, gives the tire’s ratio of height to width.
- R: The “R” stands for radial.
- Two-digit number (15): This number is the wheel or rim diameter in inches.
- Two- or three-digit number (95): This number is the tire’s load index. It is a measurement of how much weight each tire can support.
- H: Tire speed rating. You should not drive the vehicle faster than the tire speed rating.
Example (Type A) (if so equipped)
2O TIN (Tire Identification Number) for a new tire (example: DOT XX XX XXX XXXX)
- DOT: Abbreviation for the “Department Of Transportation”. The symbol can be placed above, below, or to the left or right of the Tire Identification Number.
- Two-digit code: Manufacturer’s identification mark.
- Two-digit code: Tire size.
- Three-digit code: Tire type code (Optional).
- Four numbers represent the week and year the tire was built. For example, the number 3103 means the 31st week of 2003. If these numbers are missing then look on the other sidewall of the tire.
Example (Type B) (if so equipped)
2O TIN (Tire Identification Number) for a new tire (example: DOT XXX X XXXX)
- DOT: Abbreviation for the “Department Of Transportation”. The symbol can be placed above, below or to the left of the Tire Identification Number.
- Three-digit code: Manufacturer’s identification mark.
- Six-digit code: Descriptive code used to identify significant characteristics of the tire.
- Four numbers represent the week and year the tire was built. For example, the number 3103 means the 31st week of 2003.
- Tire ply composition and material The number of layers or plies of rubber-coated fabric in the tire. Tire manufacturers also must indicate the materials in the tire, which include steel, nylon, polyester and others.
- Maximum permissible inflation pressure
This number is the greatest amount of air pressure that should be put in the tire. Do not exceed the maximum permissible inflation pressure.
- Maximum load rating
This number indicates the maximum load in kilograms and pounds that can be carried by the tire. When replacing the tires on the vehicle, always use a tire that has the same load rating as the factory-installed tire.
- 6O Term of “tubeless” or “tube type” Indicates whether the tire requires an inner tube (“tube type”) or not (“tubeless”).
- The word “radial”
The word “radial” is shown if the tire has a radial structure.
- Manufacturer or brand name Manufacturer or brand name is shown.
Other Tire-related Terminology In addition to the many terms that are defined throughout this section, Intended Outboard Sidewall is
- The sidewall that contains a whitewall, bears white lettering or bears manufacturer, brand, and/or model name molding that is higher or deeper than the same molding on the other sidewall of the tire, or
- The outward-facing sidewall of an asymmetrical tire has a particular side that must always face outward when mounted on a vehicle.
TYPES OF TIRES
- When changing or replacing tires, be sure all four tires are of the same type (i.e., Summer, All Season or Snow) and construction. A NISSAN dealer may be able to help you with information about tire type, size, speed rating, and availability.
- Replacement tires may have a lower speed rating than the factory-equipped tires, and may not match the potential maximum vehicle speed. Never exceed the maximum speed rating of the tire.
- Replacing tires with those not originally specified by NISSAN could affect the proper operation of the low tire pressure warning system.
- Always use tires of the same type, size, brand, construction, and tread pattern on all four wheels. Failure to do so may result in a circumference difference between tires on the front and rear axles which can cause the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system to malfunction resulting in personal injury or death, excessive tire wear, and may damage the transmission and differential gears.
All season tires
NISSAN specifies All-season tires on some models to provide good performance all year, including in snowy and icy road conditions. All Season tires are identified by ALL SEASON and/or M&S on the tire sidewall. Snow tires have better snow traction than All-season tires and may be more appropriate in some areas.
NISSAN specifies summer tires on some models to provide superior performance on dry roads. Summer tire performance is substantially reduced in snow and ice. Summer tires do not have the tire traction rating “M&S” on the tire sidewall. If you plan to operate your vehicle in snowy or icy conditions, NISSAN recommends the use of SNOW tires or ALL SEASON tires on all four wheels.
If snow tires are needed, it is necessary to select tires equivalent in size and load rating to the original equipment tires. If you do not, it can adversely affect the safety and handling of your vehicle. Generally, snow tires have lower speed ratings than factory-equipped tires and may not match the potential maximum vehicle speed. Never exceed the maximum speed rating of the tire. If you install snow tires, they must be the same size, brand, construction, and tread pattern on all four wheels. For additional traction on icy roads, studded tires may be used. However, some U.S. states and Canadian provinces prohibit their use. Check local, state, and provincial laws before installing studded tires. The skid and traction capabilities of studded snow tires on wet or dry surfaces may be poorer than those of non-studded snow tires.
The use of tire chains may be prohibited according to location. Check the local laws before installing tire chains. When installing tire chains, make sure they are the proper size for the tires on your vehicle and are installed according to the chain manufacturer’s suggestions. Use only SAE class “S” chains. Class “S” chains are used on vehicles with restricted tire-to-vehicle clearance. Vehicles that can use Class “S” chains are designed to meet the minimum clearances between the tire and the closest vehicle suspension or body component required to accommodate the use of a winter traction device (tire chains or cables). The minimum clearances are determined using the factory-equipped tire size. Other types may damage your vehicle. Use chain tensioners when recommended by the tire chain manufacturer to ensure a tight fit. Loose end links of the tire chain must be secured or removed to prevent the possibility of whipping action damage to the fenders or underbody. If possible, avoid fully loading your vehicle when using tire chains. In addition, drive at a reduced speed. Otherwise, your vehicle may be damaged, and/or vehicle handling and performance may be adversely affected. Tire chains must be installed only on the rear wheels and not on the front wheels. Do not use tire chains on dry roads. Driving with chains in such conditions can cause damage to the various mechanisms of the vehicle due to some overstress. Use only the 2WD range when driving on clear paved roads.
CHANGING WHEELS AND TIRES
NISSAN recommends rotating the tires every 7,500 miles (12,000 km).
Wheel nut tightening torque: 98 ft-lb (133 N·m)
The wheel nuts must be tightened to specifications at all times. It is recommended that wheel nuts be tightened to specification at each tire rotation interval.
- After rotating the tires, check and adjust the tire pressure. Retighten the wheel nuts when the vehicle has been driven for 600 miles (1,000 km) (also in cases of a flat tire, etc.).
- Do not include the spare tire in the tire rotation.
Tire wear and damage
- Wear indicator
- Location mark
- Tires should be periodically inspected for wear, cracking, bulging, or objects caught in the tread. If excessive wear, cracks, bulging, or deep cuts are found, the tire(s) should be replaced.
- The original tires have built-in tread wear indicators. When the wear indicators are visible, the tire(s) should be replaced. Tires degrade with age and use. Have tires, including the spare, over 6 years old checked by a qualified technician because some tire damage may not be obvious? Replace the tires as necessary to prevent tire failure and possible personal injury.
- Improper service of the spare tire may result in serious personal injury. If it is necessary to repair the spare tire, it is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for this service.
Replacing wheels and tires
When replacing a tire, use the same size, tread design, speed rating, and load-carrying capacity as originally equipped.
- The use of tires other than those recommended or the mixed use of tires of different brands, construction (bias, bias-belted, or radial), or tread patterns can adversely affect the ride, braking, handling, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system, ground clearance, body-to-tire clearance, tire chain clearance, speedometer calibration, headlight aim and bumper height. Some of these effects may lead to accidents and could result in serious personal injury.
- If your vehicle was originally equipped with four tires that were the same size and you are only replacing two of the four tires, install the new tires on the rear axle. Placing new tires on the front axle may cause loss of vehicle control in some driving conditions and cause an accident and personal injury.
- If the wheels are changed for any reason, always replace them with wheels that have the same offset dimension. Wheels of a different offset could cause premature tire wear, degrade vehicle handling characteristics, affect the VDC system, and/or interfere with the brake discs. Such interference can lead to decreased braking efficiency and/or early brake pad wear.
- When using a wheel without the TPMS such as the spare tire, the TPMS will not function and the low tire pressure warning light will flash for approximately 1 minute. The light will remain on after 1 minute. Have your tires replaced and/or the TPMS system reset as soon as possible. It is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for this service.
- Replacing tires with those not originally specified by NISSAN could affect the proper operation of the TPMS.
- The TPMS sensor may be damaged if it is not handled correctly. Be careful when handling the TPMS sensor. When replacing the TPMS sensor, ID registration may be required. It is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for ID registration.
- Do not use a valve stem cap that is not specified by NISSAN. The valve stem cap may become stuck.
- Be sure that the valve stem caps are correctly fitted. Otherwise, the valve may be clogged up with dirt and cause a malfunction or loss of pressure.
- Do not install a damaged or deformed wheel or tire even if it has been repaired. Such wheels or tires could have structural damage and could fail without warning.
- The use of retread tires is not recommended.
Four-wheel drive models
Always use tires of the same type, size, brand, construction (bias, bias-belted, or radial), and tread pattern on all four wheels. Failure to do so may result in a circumference difference between tires on the front and rear axles which will cause excessive tire wear and may damage the transmission, transfer case, and differential gears. If excessive tire wear is found, it is recommended that all four tires be replaced with tires of the same size, brand, construction, and tread pattern. The tire pressure and wheel alignment should also be checked and corrected as necessary. It is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for this service.
Unbalanced wheels may affect vehicle handling and tire life. Even with regular use, wheels can get out of balance. Therefore, they should be balanced as required. Wheel balance service should be performed with the wheels off the vehicle. Spin balancing the wheels on the vehicle could lead to mechanical damage.
Care of wheels
- Wash the wheels when washing the vehicle to maintain their appearance.
- Clean the inner side of the wheels when the wheel is changed or the underside of the vehicle is washed.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners when washing the wheels.
Inspect wheel rims regularly for dents or corrosion. Such damage may cause loss of pressure or poor seal at the tire bead.
- NISSAN recommends waxing the road wheels to protect against road salt in areas where it is used during winter.
Spare tire (FULL-SIZE TEMPORARY USE ONLY spare tire)
When using a wheel without the TPMS such as the spare tire, the TPMS will not function. Your vehicle may be equipped with a full-size spare that is a different size or brand than the tires originally installed on the vehicle. This full-size spare tire is intended for temporary use only and should be replaced at the first opportunity. Observe the following precautions if the FULL-SIZE TEMPORARY USE ONLY spare tire must be used. Otherwise, your vehicle could be damaged or involved in an accident:
To help reduce the risk of a crash which may result in personal injury or death:
- The TEMPORARY FULL-SIZE spare tire should be used for emergency use only. It should be replaced with the standard tire at the first opportunity to avoid possible tire or differential damage.
- Drive carefully while the TEMPORARY FULL-SIZE spare tire is installed. Avoid sharp turns and abrupt braking while driving. The vehicle’s driving performance may be affected when driving on wet or snow-covered roads.
- When the TEMPORARY FULL-SIZE spare tire is installed, the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) will normally not be affected.
- When the TEMPORARY FULL-SIZE spare tire is installed, the following systems may not work correctly:
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Protection
- Periodically check the TEMPORARY FULL-SIZE spare tire inflation pressure. Always keep the TEMPORARY FULL-SIZE spare tire inflated to the pressure specification shown on the Tire and Loading Information label.
- With the TEMPORARY FULL-SIZE spare tire installed do not drive the vehicle at speeds faster than 50 mph (80 km/h).
- When driving on roads covered with snow or ice, the TEMPORARY FULL-SIZE spare tire should be used on the front wheels and the original tire used on the rear wheels. Use tire chains only on the drive wheels.
- Do not use the TEMPORARY FULL-SIZE spare tire on other vehicles.
- Do not use more than one TEMPO-RARY FULL-SIZE spare tire at the same time.
- Do not tow a trailer when the TEMPO-RARY FULL-SIZE spare tire is installed.
- Do not use tire chains on a TEMPO-RARY FULL-SIZE spare tire. Tire chains will not fit properly and may cause damage to the vehicle.
- Use of the TEMPORARY FULL-SIZE spare tire on a vehicle that has tires larger than were originally equipped can affect the 4WD System. This may result in a circumference difference between tires on the front and rear axles which can cause the 4WD system to automatically place the vehicle in 2WD and flash the 4WD light. When the TEMPORARY FULL-SIZE spare tire is replaced with a tire that matches all other tires on the vehicle, and all tires are properly inflated the 4WD system will operate normally.
TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which monitors tire pressure except for the spare tire.
Remove the valve stem cap, use a pressure gauge on the valve stem, read the pressure, adjust as needed, and replace the cap.
Tire labels include standardized information such as tire size, type, and Tire Identification Number (TIN).
Use tires of the same type, size, brand, and construction on all four wheels.
Summer tires are available for some models, but they perform poorly in snow and ice.
If needed, choose snow tires equivalent in size and load rating to the original equipment tires.
Tire chains are allowed but must be the proper size and only on the rear wheels. Check local laws before use.
Nissan recommends rotating tires every 7,500 miles (12,000 km).
Inspect tires periodically for wear, cracking, or objects caught in the tread. Replace if needed.
Use the same size, tread design, speed rating, and load-carrying capacity as originally equipped.
Yes, always use tires of the same type, size, brand, construction, and tread pattern on all four wheels to avoid damage.
Wash regularly, avoid abrasive cleaners, inspect for damage, and wax to protect against road salt.
Use the full-size temporary spare tire only in emergencies and replace it at the first opportunity.
The standard sizes are OE 265/70R16 111S, 265/65R17 112T, 265/75R16 114T, and 265/60R18 110T.
The recommended tire pressure is 35 psi for all standard tire sizes.
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