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#1615 of 2065 NVIS auto-theft security & stereo antenna on 2004 Sentra 1.8 S
Apr 10, 2004 (9:45 am)
I have a couple of questions about the 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8 S sedan that maybe someone can answer definitively for me:
* Do you know if the 2004 Sentra 1.8 S comes equipped, standard, with Nissan's Vehicle Immobilization System, or NVIS?
(NVIS, as I understand, uses a computer chip embedded in the car keys, like a miniature radio transmitter, that allows only the proper owner to operate the car and not thieves.)
* The 2004 Sentra 1.8 S has a radio antenna located on the exterior front of the passenger side that can be removed with a wrench if necessary.
Does the antenna need to be removed before taking the car through an automated, professional car wash? Will the brushes, etc. snap off or bend out of shape the antenna?
(And if the antenna should be removed to prevent damage, what about the hole in the hood that's left? How and should it be covered before going to a professional car wash?)
Apr 10, 2004 (3:41 pm)
I don't think our Sentra's have the NVIS system. We also have a '01 Altima with the security alarm and it does have it, according to the dealer, and the key is different than mine. We only have keyless entry on our cars. I could be wrong about this, so if anyone else can shed some light on this issue, feel free to clarify this.
I've never taken the antenna off before going thru the car wash and nothing has ever happened to it. It's one of those whip antennas, so I'd just leave it alone.
Hope this helps.
#1617 of 2065 Antifreaze Leek on 2004 Sentra?
Apr 10, 2004 (7:52 pm)
it's been since the second time i dive my new Sentra 1.8S, after I turn of the engine, i hear the leaking sound (same as my old VW Jetta), i bought the car in March, only dive it for 900 miles.
My question is: 1.Is the leaking sound after turning of the engine normal?
2. If not normal, would that be antifreaze problem?
Thank you in advance for any input!
Apr 10, 2004 (8:31 pm)
I wouldn't trust the fate of your antenna to a carwash. It can be bent or broken if caught by a rotating brush. Unscrewing the antenna doesn't leave a hole. It unscrews from a stud that sticks up out of the fender, so there is nothing you have to worry about covering up.
#1619 of 2065 noise question
Apr 11, 2004 (1:11 pm)
I have a 2004 2.5S. I bought it a few months ago.
After the engine is shut off, I still hear these
cracking noise (like metal is expanding and contracting) for a few minutes. I figured that it was winter and it was caused by contact of cold air and hot engine. But winter has passed and it is still making these noise. The guy at the dealer said is just the engine cooling down and is normal. My old car does not make this noise. Is this normal? Thanks for your help
#1620 of 2065 Sentra 2.5LE
Apr 11, 2004 (1:17 pm)
I have an 03 Sentra with the same engine, and it is the loudest post turnoff car I have EVER heard. Be assured, I was told by 3 separate Nissan dealerships (I have my car serviced whenever/where its most convenient) that this was normal, not to worry, and it did not indicate any issue. If its the same noise, its like a loud cool-down popping/ticking noise, correct?
No stress. Love the car. It flies and I still get 26 MPG.
#1621 of 2065 ed2004 Noise
Apr 11, 2004 (2:52 pm)
Noise you are hearing is not the engine cooling but the emissions equipment ( i.e catalytic converter etc. ) cooling down.
I hear it also in my 1.8 S and it is a normal phenomenon which happens in most cars.
Can't say however how long it will keep occuring , but I assume that it will occur less frequently as time goes on.
My 1.8 S is just over a month old and I still hear ir every once in a while.
#1622 of 2065 Thank you.
Apr 11, 2004 (6:31 pm)
Thank you alpha01 and nss167 for the quick response and the help. It is the same noise. By the way, I am getting around 28mpg (it has about 3900 miles on it.) I wish the tank is a bit bigger so that I don't have to go to the gas station too often.
#1623 of 2065 instrument cluster and keys
Apr 11, 2004 (8:12 pm)
* The only key hole on the 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8 S sedan is on the driver's side; is this a recent development on newer makes and models of today's cars?
(I find it inconvenient at times to have to unlock the driver's door to reach the glove box from the outside, unless I use the remote control key fob and unlock all the doors with it.)
* Is there an economical way to change the color of the instrument gauges like the speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, etc.
(I prefer some other color than the yellow-and-red color scheme and was wondering if there was a way to change it, perhaps with a different colored light bulb or overlay.)
Apr 12, 2004 (4:38 am)
Yes, the missing passenger keyhole is a recent development, but only on a few cars. It's a way of saving money (one less lock cylinder to put on the car).
Changing the instrument lighting is not an easy job. I'm not sure if the Sentra uses colored bulbs but if it does (high chance it does), you would have to take the dash apart and pull out the gauges to get at the bulbs. If it uses LED bulbs, that could complicate replacement depending on how they are attached (they could be soldered in place). You could buy an aftermarket gauge cluster but that can get a little expensive and if it involves extra wiring, you are messing with your car's warranty. But yes, it is possible.