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Nissan Versa Tire and Wheel Questions

versa07versa07 Posts: 8
edited January 2014 in Nissan
Can someone PLEASE help me?! I just bought a Versa SL. I absolutely LOVE it! (Although... I've only owned it for 1 day now) My question/problem is... The dealership, for some reason, didn't have an owners guide in the car so they have to order me one. (How lame!) There is a yellow light that won't turn off just below the speedometer. It looks like an exclamation mark in the middle of a "horseshoe." Does anyone have any idea what this is since I'm bookless?!


  • I may be wrong but that light sounds like the icon for the brake light indicator. It may indicate a fault in the brake system or just low fluid. Why not try calling the dealer ASAP?
  • It is a Tire Pressure Monitor. Either you have a tire with low pressure or as with many others the Pressure Monitor System need service. On another forum almost everyone that posted has had this problem. The Dealer can use his equipment to reset this. Then all should be OK. Notice I said should be OK. Some have had to go back a second time.

    Most posters believe Nissan will soon realize a problem exist and will have a fix.

    Enjoy your Versa. I think you made an excellent choice in the purchase.

    2007 Versa Powder White
    CVT, Convenience Package
  • Thank you for your quick response. I thought it was something serious! I traded in a 1996 Altima that was giving me problems, (I loved that car!) I don't want to start worrying about a new car.

    Since you were so informative, do you by any chance know why the light with the "red car with the key in the middle of it" stays on when I lock the car?? (If I had the book, I wouldn't have this problem!!!!)
  • The "Red Car" with the word "Key" is the security light. It should NOT stay on when you lock the car. It should BLINK to show the security system is functioning and the car is secured. You need to make a trip to your Dealer as soon as you can.

    Maybe just some little something or could be your security system is not working properly and would not give the proper response should someone attempt to open you vehicle, such as sounding the horn and/or blinking the lights.

    Someone goofed and didn't check your car over good like it should have been.

    Don't let little things like this discourage you. It's still a very good vehicle, just needs to be gone over and the little things checked.
  • I got a copy of the Versa owner's manual for free before I even received the car. I think I just googled Nissan Versa Owner's Manual and chose a sit that would give it to me "no charge" (some sites wanted $$). The download was in pdf format and, if you don;t have Adobe Acrobat, you can get the reader free from Adobe.
  • You can go to and download the Owner's Manual from there. (Go to the Downloads section.)
  • Thank you soooo much for the information. Everyone has been so helpful! This is a GREAT site!!
  • Thank you again! I should of stated that it does blink, but we tried to set off the "alarm" and it didn't budge. As for the "tire light" that was on...AMAZING!!! I've owned the car for ONE day and I managed to get a nail in my tire! (Just my luck too) Anyways, as soon as it was fixed, the light automatically went off! I was VERY impressed! So anyone out there that has a Versa, make sure you pay attention to that light! lol. Thanks again!!

    I love my new Versa!!!!!
  • So all is well. On the security, leave your window/s down and leave your vehicle, set the lock with your door or the fob, then reach into the car and attempt to open a door. You should then set off the alarm. If it doesn't go off, it needs attention.

    Good to here a person that is satisfied, or more than! I too like my vehicle very much. :)
  • The TPMS system will be the first recall in these cars. Here's what you do... aside from taking it back to the dealer to be reset:

    Fill all the tires to 40 PSI, and the light should go out. If it doesn't, then you probably need to go to the dealer.
    After the light goes out, bleed the tires back down to 33 PSI.

    I recommend going to an auto parts store and asking for the an accurate tire guage. The $1.95 one you get from k-mart won't be accurate.

  • flightnurseflightnurse Valley of HellPosts: 2,178
    Interesting I have not had a problem with my TPMS at all.

    Tony :shades:
  • Hi. I'm new to forums and have had my versa S 6-spd for 2 months now. I'm going to be taking it in by here's what's happening: TPMS light is on even though tire pressure is fine; alarm has gone off twice after I unlock it and am in the car; air conditioner automatically goes on every time I turn on heater & fan, doors have locked twice by themselves; key lite blinds whether or not I've locked the car. These little things are making me very nervous about the car. I'm an old grandma but not THAT old. Anyone else have these problems or have any advice? Thank you.
  • My TPMS light has malfunctioned THREE times in the less than 2500 miles I have driven my new Versa. It is quite annoying. My A/C is also automatically on every time I turn on the car, which is just as annoying.
    On the plus side, a Honda Prelude side-swiped me the other day and she got the brunt of the damage.
  • guestguest Posts: 770
    I took my Versa to Nissan shop. He says TPMS malfunction is very common in a lot of cars that have them. Light goes on when it gets cold enough for air molecules to contract within the tires (something like that). At the time my TPMS light was off, so they couldn't do anything and I'm not sure they can anyway. As for the A/C, they are going to repair it (had to order a part) so it doesn't go on when fan is turned on. You should take it in under warranty.
  • Hi, my a/c also automatically goes on everytime I turn on my fan or heater. Can someone advice us about this problem? Thank you. :confuse:
  • tjfantjfan Posts: 4
    I'm waiting for delivery of a CVT. I'm going to put on 4 snow tires with steel rims for safety (I'm in Canada). I'd like to ask the dealer to replace the OEM 15-inch Aluminum wheels with 16" or 17" once. I'd like to know if this will improve my summer handling; and how much more should I pay the dealer for the switch?
  • flightnurseflightnurse Valley of HellPosts: 2,178
    The only time the A/C goes on automatically is when you have it on Defrost (the front windshield) that is the only time the A/C does that. Its normal..

    my TPMS light has started to come on, but our weather here in PHX has dropped to mid 30's at night. But once you start driving the car and the tires heat up the TPMS light does out..

  • I have a new Versa which I equipped with 5 studded snowmtires and new wheels and 4 tpms.Now the dealer tells me
    it cost $85 to program the tpms.Does this sound correct (help).
  • rterrter Posts: 1
    We have had our Versa SL for only a week. The TPMS light came on. We took it back and had to buy a new tire! There was a nail driven into the sidewall right below the rim. the funny thing was that I noticed it when we picked the car up but thought it was a paint spot. Also upon checking the tires when the light came on, the LF was at 55lbs, the RF was at 48lbsa, the LR was 40lbs and the RR was at 30. So they obviously didn't check them. I bought the car from adealer in the westend of Richmond and feel ripped off.
  • dazmndazmn Posts: 1
    I've had my Versa since September and absolutely love it. I'm at about 11,000 miles now and have started to experience my first problems. Back around 8,000, a part had to be ordered for the fan system (I noticed that a corner of the passenger side of the dashboard was sticking up--my air had always worked fine). I figured it wasn't a big deal to have one easily fixed problem under warranty, but now my TPMS light is going on and off. I went to the dealer and they just told me "it happens when the air density changes." Well, two days after driving 20 miles to the dealership, my back right tire was nearly flat. I'm guessing I have a slow leak, as I filled it up at a gas station and it's slowly gone down over the last few days. Luckily I have it under warranty and should be given a new tire.

    I'm graduated from college a few years ago and have a low-paying publishing job. Not only is ther Versa hatchback affordable to me, but perfect for moving apartment to apartment.

    I guess I should ask a question instead of just saying "hi" to everyone. With the CVT, I've recently noticed that after driving on the highway for more than 10 minutes, when I exit and come to some place I have to make a complete stop (stoplight, stop sign, parking lot), there is a noticeable...well I don't know what to call it...shake as the engine revs down after I stop. Is this normal for a CVT?
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    With the white stuff already coming down (Nov. 5th) I have been searching for information on fitting my Versa SL with a set of winter snow boots.

    Going to "town" is a 100 mile round trip over dangerous winter roads.

    The "Tire Rack" lists the available snow tires and prices OK, but can't provide steel rims for the Versa. I find that hard to believe and wonder if anyone else has set up their Versa for winter conditions with dedicated winter tires and rims?
    They do have mag rims, but around here we spend 5 months a year driving on roads treated with salt and sand. Hard on mags, disasterous on front windshields and slow death for the rest of the car body.

    My local tire dealer is also stumped on the rim issue, but I thought somewhere I have read that the Versa rim is also the same bolt pattern and set-back as several other if I could just find out what they were..I might have some other options.

    Any thoughts?
  • The bolt pattern for our cars is 4-114
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    Well, after some serious computer pecking I bought a set of 4 steel wheels from a Versa S, 'take-off'. $100.00 including shipping.

    Now I just need to decide on a good set of winter tires. The Versa rims are only 5.5" wide, so I might stick with the skinny OEM 185 size.

    I really like the looks of the Bridgestone Blizzack tred pattern...sort of looks like the famous Nokias..but a lot less money.
  • Has anybody upsized their wheels/tires? I would like to firm up the ride without making it harsh. I am torn between 195/55/16 and 205/45/17. Please advise
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    For anyone tinkering with the idea of changing up to a different size of tire and rim on the Versa, there is little out there to go on as the model is so new.
    The advice from places like Tire Rack is a good start, but for DIY swaps, I found the best little site on the internet.

    Using this Miata link you can actually see front and side views of any tire and rim combination you can dream up, and compare them to the original Versa 185 65 15 OEM's. Tire Size Calculator
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    Sorry that Miata tire conversion link needs to be cut and pasted in a search...this one should be a live link.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 9,238
    Well I finally wore out my OEM Continentals, two of them completely, at 30,000 miles. I was never impressed at all with the wet traction on them and they started to show unusual wear fairly fast. We've typically gotten 45-50,000 out of the Kellys I usually run, but Kelly doesn't make the size so I have a new set of Cooper CS4's. Time will tell the tale!

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  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Drove the Versa SL last Sunday and was very unimpressed with the tranny, it hunted way more that the 1.8 engine in my Civic and they both have the 1.8. Does the CVT tranny behave any better in the Versa? The stock tires that came on the car I drove were kind of sucky around corners...not much grip and they were 15" wheels. Bet this car shod with 16" sneakers would handle so much better.

    The Sandman :)
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    You are right about the OEM Versa tires, mine are darty, wandering, and kind of skimpy looking on the 15" rims.

    The OEM 185 65 15's could easily be replaced by 205 60 15's without changing the dynamics much. I am using Hankooks in that size on wider Sentra rims for my winter tires.
    Fantastic difference..the car tracks true and straight, seems less reactive to frost heave cracks in the road and the wider tread looks more in proportion to the wheel wells.
    I love my CVT set up, no lurching, up-shift bumps or sudden downshifts on hills or passing.
    Not sure what your Civic is like in these areas, but if it's still running good.....hold on to it for another model year.

    When all the new 2009's start showing up there will be lots more to choose from that get better mpg's than the Versa.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Just what I suspected...the CVT would be a much smoother ride. Not sure why the sales guy didn't put us into a CVT Versa after driving the CVT Sentra? Wider tires will always give a smoother, more controlled ride over skimpier sneakers. Plan on keeping my Civic till I retire...we're starting our search for my two girls.

    The Sandman :)
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