Your Frontier is tough, but the winter season can still be hard on it. It’s important to be prepared for unpredictable weather and to make sure your truck runs smoothly — so your business can run smoothly all winter long.
When winter weather makes driving more challenging, it’s good to know your Frontier is built to handle it. With its rugged exterior and full-length, fully boxed ladder frame, you can count on its durability throughout the winter season. Thanks to its anti-lock braking system giving you better traction on slippery roads and its available hill start assist and available hill descent control giving you more control on steeper climbs, getting to jobsites is no problem.
While the Frontier gives you a solid foundation for handling the winter weather, winterizing your truck is still necessary. Make sure your truck is ready for the conditions by following these guidelines:
CHECK THE ANTIFREEZE
Antifreeze and water are normally mixed at a 50/50 ratio. That typically puts your protection level at twenty degrees below zero. If your area’s temperatures typically go below that, you may need to drain a small amount of the mixture from the radiator and replace it with straight antifreeze. Check the protection level and adjust as needed.
BOLSTER THE BATTERY
Water should cover the lead plates inside your truck's battery. If levels are low, add distilled water to cover the plates. Adding water will dilute the electrolyte solution within the battery, so if necessary, recharge it afterward using a trickle charger that connects to your battery and that plugs into an outlet for overnight charging. Also make sure battery cables and terminals are clean and tight.
measure the tires
You’ll need more tread depth on your tires for traveling wet roads. So measure your tire tread and consider replacing your tires if they reach approximately 4/32" of remaining tread depth. Or switch to snow tires if you regularly travel through snow or on hilly, steep roads. Then check your tire pressure. Cold temperatures can lower it, so adjust it as needed.
CHECK WINDSHIELD WIPERS AND FLUID
If your wiper blades are more than six months old, you should replace them for winter. Make sure your wipers are free of frost, frozen rain or snow before turning them on. Use a washer solution that won't freeze in winter temperatures, and be prepared to top off the solution regularly since windshield wipers are typically used more often in winter.
CHECK OIL REGULARLY
Check your Owner's Manual for the recommended viscosity of oil that is appropriate for your winter temperatures. And be sure to stay up to date on oil changes throughout the winter.
TEST THE 4WD
The middle of a snowstorm is a really bad time to find out that your 4WD doesn't work. So check the operation of the 4WD components before winter hits. Make sure items like locking hubs, the transfer lever and push button engagement all move freely and actually engage and disengage. If anyone else drives the truck, make sure they know how to operate the 4WD system too.
PROTECT THE PAINT
Cold, ice, snow and salt can be really hard on your truck's paint finish. So start out winter with a good coat of wax on your exterior. You should also wash the truck as often as possible during the winter, making sure to clean in the wheel wells and under the truck so that these elements don’t build up on your truck and cause damage.
Want to make your Frontier even tougher? We offer accessories you can add to give you extra protection from the winter elements, like splash guards, a hood protector and all-season floor mats. Check out all Frontier parts and accessories here. With your Frontier’s built-in fortitude plus some preparation and additional protection, you’ll be ready for anything this winter.
OTHER WINTER ESSENTIALS FOR WORKING OUTSIDE
Here are some items to keep on hand whenever you’re on the job outside this winter:
CHOOSING YOUR WINTER WORK GLOVES
Another thing that’ll make you feel like singing (and essential to keep work humming along) is a great pair of winter work gloves. If your line of work means you have to tough it out in the elements, finding the perfect pair is crucial. What works best for others might not be right for you, so before you invest in an expensive new pair, ask yourself these important questions:
1. How much insulation do I need?
This will vary depending on your gender, age, activity rate and environmental conditions. These factors will point you in the direction of the right insulation level, material and the number of layers that will work best.
2. Will I be working around water or in wet conditions?
If so, either palm-coated gloves or fully-coated gloves may be best. Coatings will prevent water from seeping in and making your hands even colder. Plus, they can help improve your grip in slippery work conditions.
3. How much dexterity do I need?
Sometimes, too much insulation can limit your range of motion. So choose gloves that are thick enough to keep you warm but still give you the flexibility you need.
4. Are there any special considerations for my tasks?
For example, do you need reliable cut protection? Puncture resistance? Vibration dampening? A strong grip? All of these factors will help you determine which winter gloves are right for you.
HAND AND FOOT WARMERS
You can buy these in bulk and always keep them accessible in your jacket pocket for you or other folks on the job.
It gets dark earlier in winter, so this is indispensable gear for outdoor work. Spare flashlights in your toolbox are a good idea as well.
Believe it or not, it’s easy to get dehydrated working outside in the cold. Our bodies sweat less and focus more on keeping our core warm, so we don’t feel thirsty even though we need water more than usual. Keep water on hand at all times and drink hot tea on your break to warm up.
TAME WINTER WITH YOUR TITAN
Winter can be a real beast that can even take a bite out of your business. Thankfully, your TITAN is prepared for whatever comes your way. You can be too. Here are some helpful reminders about TITAN features to keep you going when the going gets tough, a guide to choosing winter work gloves and suggestions for other helpful seasonal items.
TITAN PUSHES ALL THE RIGHT BUTTONS
Winter sometimes means wearing gloves, and that can make it hard to dig for keys. Luckily, TITAN has a handy solution. With the standard Push Button Ignition and the available Nissan Intelligent Key® in your pocket, you can keep your gloves on, get in, push the button and go. That’s an especially nice feature in freezing temps when taking your gloves off for even a few seconds can be painful.
Rain or shine, cold or fine, TITAN can even help make sure your cabin is always comfortable. That’s because the available Remote Engine Start with Intelligent Climate Control [] makes it simple to cool things down in summer or warm things up in winter before you even get in. On cold days, the system can adjust airflow to warm up the cabin, defrost the windows and windshield, and even turn on the available heated steering wheel and outside mirrors. TITAN can help take the chill off even more with available heated seats in the front and rear — something your passengers will definitely appreciate. And because your TITAN’s seats are water resistant, melting snow isn’t an issue. Just like with big spills, you can easily wipe the wet away.
TAKE CONTROL OF THE SITUATION
Sometimes it’s hard to predict the weather, let alone control it. But that’s when TITAN performs best. At this time of year, road conditions can sometimes be icy, slushy or slick from rain. That makes towing a little trickier. The available Trailer Sway Control [] gives you confidence by helping keep the trailer in line when you’re faced with crosswinds or bad roads. Plus, an integrated Trailer Brake Controller [] lets you adjust or instantly activate the trailer brakes to aid directional stability. This helps the trailer slow down quickly when pulling a heavy load3 and also helps prevent the trailer from passing the truck when braking heavily.
TITAN SNOW PLOW
Winter can bring lots of snow so it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Often, with lots of snow come lots of opportunities for individual and fleet snow-plow business operators. If you happen to be one of them or are hoping to supplement a seasonal downturn in your regular income by plowing, you’ll be glad to know about the arrival of a new Snow Plow Prep Package for the 2018 Nissan TITAN® XD. The package has been approved for use with a range of commercial and personal snow plows from five leading snow plow manufacturers: Boss, Fisher, Meyer, Snow-X and Western. It’s available on all three TITAN XD body configurations with a V8 gas engine — Single Cab, and Crew Cab – and on S and SV trim levels. Check out more TITAN and TITAN XD parts and accessories here.
With a little preparation and TITAN on your side, you can keep the beast of winter at bay.
GEAR UP FOR ANY JOB
Got big plans? With a powerful engine, rugged chassis, innovative technology, and smart design, Nissan Frontier is ready to take on just about anything you throw its way – whether you’re on the map, or off.