Nissan Pick-ups and Pathfinder 1970-1988



Push-starting is not recommended for trucks equipped with a catalytic converter. Raw gas collecting in the converter may cause damage. Jump starting is recommended.

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To push-start your manual transmission equipped Nissan (automatic transmission models cannot be push started), make sure of bumper alignment. If the bumper of the vehicle pushing does not match with your truck's bumper, it would be wise to tie an old tire either on the back of your truck, or on the front of the pushing vehicle. Switch the ignition to ON and depress the clutch pedal. Shift the transmission to second or third gear and hold the accelerator pedal about halfway down. signal the push vehicle to proceed, when the rolling speed reaches about 10 mph, gradually release the clutch pedal. The engine should start, if not have the truck towed.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Recommended towing methods-2WD

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Fig. Fig. 2: Recommended towing methods-4WD

If the transmission and rear axle are in proper working order, the truck can be towed with the rear wheels on the ground for distances under 15 miles at speeds no greater then 30 mph. If the transmission or rear is known to be damaged or if the truck has to be towed over 15 miles or at speeds over 30 mph the truck must be dollied or towed with the rear wheels raised and the steering wheel secured so that the front wheels remain in the straight-ahead position. The steering wheel must be clamped with a special clamping device designed for towing service. If the key controlled lock is used damage to the lock and steering column may occur.

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Fig. Fig. 3: Towing points-2WD

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Fig. Fig. 4: Towing points-4WD