How to Maintain My 350Z

Updated March 23, 2017

The Nissan 350Z is a sports car built for rocket-like acceleration and g-force inducing handling. You can drive your car as an everyday form of transportation, or bolt on any number of available aftermarket parts to turn the car into a legitimate race car. No matter what purpose for which you use your 350Z, there are specific maintenance items that must be addressed to maintain the vehicle and its longevity.

Perform maintenance on your Nissan 350Z as specified by the factory. Your 350Z requires specific maintenance procedures at certain vehicle milestones. For example, at 60,000 miles it is necessary to replace the timing belt on your Nissan's engine. The timing belt is responsible for keeping the crankshaft and camshafts synchronised. If the belt fails, your Nissan could suffer catastrophic engine failure. Other items that must be serviced at specific milestones include the drive belts, transmission and brakes. Keeping up with milestone maintenance procedures will ensure that your 350Z stays in optimal condition.

Change the oil and oil filter every 2,000 to 3,000 miles. As your 350Z's oil is subjected to the tremendous heat and operation of the engine, it becomes polluted and less viscous. One of the simplest ways to maintain your Nissan is by checking to see that there is enough oil in the vehicle, and that it is "clean." Oil that turns to sludge in your oil pan and cylinders could cause mechanical problems in the future.

Keep your 350Z out of harsh weather whenever possible. Extreme heat, snow, rain and ice all have certain negative effects on the body of your Nissan. For example, when your 350Z is repeatedly subject to the heat of the sun, the paint begins to break down and appears faded. When driving through snow on roads that have been salted to prevent freezing, your 350Z is at risk of metal corrosion and, eventually, rust.

Avoid reckless and demanding driving in your 350Z. Yes, the Nissan 350Z is a sports car built for those who enjoy speed, but constant excessive acceleration, hard braking and high-speed driving wears down vehicle components. You will maintain your 350Z in its factory condition longer, and increase its overall life, by obeying speed limits and otherwise driving responsibly.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket wrench
  • Socket set
  • Screwdriver set
  • Replacement parts
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Aaron Marquis is a University of Texas graduate with experience writing commercials and press releases for national advertising agencies as well as comedy television treatments/stories for FOX Studios and HBO. Marquis has been writing for over six years.