Helpful Tips to Keep Your Nissan 620 Roadworthy
Seeing the need to create an economical and reliable everyday pickup truck, Nissan (formerly known as Datsun) introduced the Nissan 620. Compared to its American counterparts, the 620 was smaller and more compact. It featured a two-door crew cab, which was comfortable enough to accommodate two passengers. The 620 was also called the "Fifty-state pickup" because it featured an EGR system and NAPS (Nissan Anti-Pollution System). These innovations helped it pass California's strict emission standards. Powered by a 1.6-liter L16 I4 engine, it can tow and haul cargo with ease, earning its nickname as the "Little Hustler". If you're a proud owner of the 620, here are some helpful tips to keep it roadworthy.
- Inspect its wheels and tires.
Pickup trucks, including your beloved 620, were designed to be utilitarian vehicles. Since they were classified as everyday iron workhorses, their tires carry your pickup's weight and the load it carries. It's important to always check its wheels and tires to ensure safe driving. Start by checking the tires' pressure weekly. Their pressure should be between 33 to 36psi to guarantee proper grip on the road. Check the tires' tread depth, splits on their sidewalls, and for any sharp objects sticking through their treads. You don't want to drive with punctured or bald tires. They could cause a serious road mishap if left unattended. Have your tires replaced if you see signs of wear or damage.
- Check for brake dust and change brake pads when needed.
Hauling, carrying cargo, transporting passengers, highway driving, and even urban traffic can affect your brake's lifespan. Although they were designed for heavy use and abuse, brake pads also need proper maintenance. Checking your pickup truck's brakes for brake dust is the easiest way to maintain them. Leaving brake dust to accumulate can damage other brake components. A combination of heat, moisture, and road grime can bake on to your truck's wheels. Clean your brakes using a pail of cold water and sponge to wipe them off. If you start to hear squeals while applying on the brakes, your brake pads may need immediate replacement. If left unnoticed, worn-out brake pads may lead to damaged rotors. Avoid expensive brake repairs and replacement with proper preventive maintenance.
- Have your pickup truck sprayed with an oil-based rust treatment.
Rust prevention is the key to keep your pickup's pristine condition. Have its body and under chassis sprayed with an oil-based rust treatment solution. Spray it underneath and all its body parts. Every nook and cranny should be sprayed to stop rust at its tracks and protect it against road salts, dirt, and other road grime. Your truck was built tough, but the daily drive can take its toll on parts found underneath it. It's also a good way to weather-proof your car, especially if you live in an area where it snows heavily. Rust can eat through vital suspension parts and damage body panels. The best long-haul maintenance strategy is annual rust prevention.
These are just some of the basic maintenance tips you can do for your Nissan 620. Take note of these tips along with checking your engine's fluids (oil, antifreeze, and brake fluid) and keeping it clean at all times. A roadworthy pickup is a well-maintained vehicle.