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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
AUS300ZX.com History
on 08 Nov 2007 by admin author list
AUS300ZX.com History [read more]
Are some of the globes in my dash blown?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Are some of the globes in my dash blown? The following are all of the globes in the dash cluster of a J-Spec Z (the buttons on the pods of either side) Left side: - 1 globe in the hazard light button - 1 globe behind the Auto/demist climate control buttons - 1 behind the temp display that lights up the amb and set text, [read more]
Can I install a towbar on my Z32
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Installing a Trailer Hitch By Brian Duley   The purpose of this page is to give the reader an ideas about installing a trailer hitch on a 1990-1996 Nissan 300ZX. I welded my hitch so I could remove the receiver when not in use and you could not tell that the car has a trailer hitch. I use mine to tow a 3 [read more]
Curing Erratic Idle (Part 1)
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
CURING ERRATIC IDLE (Part 1)   General: Erratic idle is one of the most common problems with our cars. This is caused by the number of engine components that are affecting it, such as: IAA (Idle Air [read more]
Do 2 seaters or 4 seaters handle better
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Do 2+2's handle better than 2 seaters? A common question asked is do 2+2 (4 seater) Z's handle better than 2 seaters? The answer, in theory, is yes. The slightly longer wheelbase should provide better high speed stability and controllability when the rear starts to lose traction. On the other hand, the 2 seater's shorter wheelbase will make it more responsive [read more]
How big is the fuel tank? When does the light come on?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is the capacity of the Z fuel tank? The fuel tank capacity of all Z's (coupes, convertibles and 2+2's) is 72 litres. There is a low fuel warning light which comes on with approximately 15 litres of fuel left... it is an orange globe behind the fuel pump icon itself on the fuel gauge. It is not uncommon for this globe [read more]
How can I stop my fuel cap from leaking/I smell fuel when I turn right
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How can I stop my fuel cap from leaking/I smell fuel when I turn right The filler neck on all imported Zeds is replaced, as part of compliance, with one designed to suit the smaller unleaded nozzles used in Australia. Not all importers take enough care in sealing the replacement and there have been a number of incidences of them leaking. [read more]
How can I stop my tyres from wearing on the inside?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How can I stop my tyres from wearing on the inside? First of all, understand that the Z's suspension geometry will inherently cause there to be more wear on the inside of the front tyres than the outside. This is because the Z 'drags' the inside wall of the inside front wheel while cornering.... one of the minor costs to having [read more]
How do I adjust the headlights
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How do I adjust the headlights? There are 4 screws which can be used to adjust both the main beam and high beam of the headlights. They can all be adjusted from the engine bay. Note US spec Z's do not have all of these adjustments. - Blipman [read more]
How do I convert an NA to a TT
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
1- PDF 2 - Video (132 Mb file) - "Right Click and Save As") [read more]
How do I find out Part Numbers
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
These are scans of the Z32 microfiche provided to TwinTurbo.NET by CourtesyParts.com. They have all the part number diagrams for all years/styles. There's also some other statistical data on them as well the part numbers and exploded diagrams of the part assemblies. How to use it: Start with the General Index or Alphabetical Part Name Index to begin searching for [read more]
How to convert between various measurements
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to convert between various measurements The following utility is an extremely useful tool that can handle all of your conversion requirements: Convert.exe (450kb) - TTZED [read more]
How to include images and links in posts and your profile
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to include images and links in posts and your profile It is possible to include images into your rides details, for sale ad's, event posts, or into messages in the forum. To do so, you will need to first place an image on a server (the image just sitting on your hard drive will not work). Many of you will [read more]
How to reduce the weight of your Zed
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Well I finished, shit it has been a few months since I started, and it feels good to be done. I created this in Microsoft works, but it doesn't carry over well into this format. If you want a copy of the original, easier to read, shoot me an email. Anyhow, here goes. Never mind my story as to why I [read more]
I think I'm leaking power steering fluid, where's it likely from?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Where is my power steering leak? The high-pressure line for the power steering has an inline restrictor placed in it to limit pressure to the rack at high revs and it is the joints associated with this that start to leak most often. This is concealed inside a protective sleeve and can be seen in the following picture. The joint where [read more]
Is going with a lightened flywheel worth it?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Is going with a lightened flywheel worth it? I was torn between whether or not to get a lightened flywheel and did a bit of research before I finally decided to get mine. As part of this research, I did surveys and talked with several reputed people on this topic. I'll try to [read more]
Keys Locked in car engine running!!!!!!
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Scenario: You get out of your Z while it's still running. Stupidly, you lock the door, and out of habit, you even manage to hold the handle up as you shut the door. [read more]
My hood squeaks (Bonnet Squeaks) when I go over bumps, how do I stop this
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
My hood squeaks when I go over bumps, how do I stop this? The hood latch squeaking is a common problem. The rubber stops the hood sits on are adjustable. Give them a turn or two so that they sit a little higher. This should fix the squeak. I had the same problem, but [read more]
Obscure reasons for pinging
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
http://www.aus300zx.com/forum/showthread.php?p=322189#post322189 [read more]
There's a buzzing sound coming from the rear of my car, what is it?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
There's a buzzing sound coming from the rear of my car, what is it? There are 2 noises commonly attributed to the rear of the car. The first is the initialization of the ABS actuator. This is a brief whirring noise that will come from somewhere behind your head when you just start driving. It comes on for abour 1 second [read more]
There's oil in my intake piping, are my turbos gone?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
There's oil in my intake piping, are my turbos gone? I've noticed a few posts recently where turbo owners are complaining of finding oil in their intake piping, between turbos and throttle. This includes oil in intercoolers as well. This soon poses the inevitable question of: "Are my turbos on the way out?" Well, .... perhaps the are. However, there is another easy [read more]
Translation to english for the Fuse box near the drivers right foot
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Fuses The following is the Japanese -> English translation of the fuse box found behind the driver's side kick panel. For the fanatical, here is a Word document you can print out and stick to your fuse panel for easy reference. (Thanks to Cashie). [read more]
Water is coming out of my windscreen washer nozzles when I brake!
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Water is coming out of my windscreen washer nozzles when I brake! This is a problem afflicting 2 seater Z's only. There are 2 check valves under the bonnet just before the washer nozzles that prevent water from leaking out when the washers are not squirting water. When you brake, all the water from the rear of the car (where the [read more]
What are the differences between buying a J-Spec or Australian delivered Z?
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What are the pros and cons of buying an Aus-spec Z vs. a J-spec? Briefly, Nissan in Australia only ever sold 2+2 NA Z's. Therefore, if you want a TT or 2 seater NA it will have come from Japan (be a J-Spec vehicle). So, if you want a TT then it must be J-spec, but if you are looking at [read more]
What are the pros and cons of Front Mount Intercoolers (FMIC's)
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What are the pros and cons of Front Mount Intercoolers (FMIC's)? When upgrading intercoolers, you can go for bigger IC's in the same location, or go to a Front Mount Intercooler. FMIC Pros: FMIC can be made bigger than side IC's and therefore provide better cooling Cons: FMIC blocks air flow to radiator, air con, air filter and oil cooler (some can be moved to [read more]
What are those buttons/lights on the dash for
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What can I do to reduce Excesive Fuel Consumption
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Three contributions in this article by Bob in Oz, K-Zed and 90TTZ (Please read all) What can I check to reduce excessive fuel consumption? - Bob in OZ Excessive fuel consumption most likely has a cause due to an external sensor: Things to check are: 1. Coolant Temperature SensorIf the coolant temperature sensor connections are corroded, or the sensor is defective, the ECU will [read more]
What Causes Safety Boost?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What causes safety boost? As far as I know, here are the possible causes for a car running in safety boost. -Engine is cold -Bad Engine Temperature sensor -Car is detonating -Bad detonation sensor Engine is cold- Normal condition : no error code on [read more]
What does the ECU monitor and do?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What does the ECU monitor and do? The ECU takes in quite a few signals from the engine - Engine coolant temp sensor - O2 Sensors - Mass Airflow Sensor - Knock Sensor - Fuel Temp Sensor - Exhaust Gas Temp Sensor (93+) - Crank Angle Sensor - Throttle Position Sensor - Throttle valve switch for Soft/Hard Idle - Neutral Position Switch - Speed Sensor - Ignition Switch - A/C Switch - Battery [read more]
What effect will different size tyres/wheels have on my speedometer
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Click here to visit a good Tyre Size Calculator [read more]
What is an Crankshaft Underdrive Pulley
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
New Page 1 What is an Underdrive Pulley? An underdrive pulley is a replacement for the crank pulley at the front of the engine. Fitment of an underdrive pulley typically yields around 20rwhp on a TT and 10rwhp or so on an NA. Those are peak figures, people usually feel the difference at lower and mid range revs (i.e. more torque) This is [read more]
What is detonation?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is detonation? Detonation (also called "spark knock") is an erratic form of combustion that can cause head gasket failure as well as other engine damage. Detonation occurs when excessive heat and pressure in the combustion chamber cause the air/fuel mixture to autoignite. This produces multiple flame fronts within the combustion chamber instead of a single flame. When these multiple flames [read more]
What is safety boost?
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is Safety Boost? This is controlled by the ECU and is exactly what the name says, a restriction to a safe level of boost that is around 7 psi, 0.5kg/m2. Cars will run in safety boost for a number of reasons. During a cold start the ecu restricts boost until acceptable operating temperatures have been reached. It can also be [read more]
What is the correct offset for aftermarket rims?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is the correct offset for aftermarket rims? The reason you didn't find an 'explicit general' answer... is because it's relative. The stock set up for the TT and the NA are even different from each other because of HICAS linkages needing to be cleared in the rear wheel well. But... even [read more]
What is the correct offset for aftermarket rims?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is the correct offset for aftermarket rims? The reason you didn't find an 'explicit general' answer... is because it's relative. The stock set up for the TT and the NA are even different from each other because of HICAS linkages needing to be cleared in the rear wheel well. But... even [read more]
What is the Standard Boost in a TTZ
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is standard boost in the Z? Boost: Units of measurement for boost pressure are: - bar - is a standard unit - psi - pounds per square inch - mmHg - mm of mercury 1psi = 51.7149 mmHg = 0.06895 bar In Z terms: 9 psi = 465.4 mmHg = 0.62 bar (this is standard maximum boost on a TTZ) The standard 300ZX gauge [read more]
What is turbo xxx power rated at?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is turbo xxx power rated at? Some common turbos covered here: - Chewy [read more]
What s that gurgling Sound coming from my Front Fenders?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What's the 'gurgling' sound from the front fenders? As for the AIV (air injection valves) 'gurgling', they are in the front fender wells behind the plastic shielding at the rear of the front tires. Very few 90-92 ZXs have escaped a failure of these. Symptoms include the 'gurgling' sound at idle that stops just [read more]
What should be done at a 100,000km service?
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What should be done at a 100,000km service? The following is a list of part numbers and pictures, as well as prices, from TTZ Performance of the various parts necessary for the 100k service (note: prices subject to change):   Also see what is done in this tech write up at www.ttzd.com http://www.ttzd.com/tech/60k/60kmenu.html (they call it 60k as it's 60,000miles) - Simon/ Stillen   [read more]
What's that funny light on the instrument cluster "Box with squiggly lines" (Cat temp sensor)
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
A funny looking light on my dash has come on, what is it? The light which most people can't figure out from the icon alone is the cat over temp warning light, as shown here: The cat over temp warning light is triggered by the two sensors just after the catalytic converters when they read a temperature which is too high. This [read more]
What's that squeaking noise coming from the front of the car?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What's that squeaking noise coming from the front of the car? Squeaking of the bonnet is usually the source of squeaking sounds at the front of Z's, caused by the front bonnet latch rubbing on the tounge of the bonnet. This can be greased as a temprary fix, however the better solution is to adjust the rubber bonnet stops (pictured). By twisting [read more]
What's that thing to the right of passenger's feet?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What's that thing to the right of passenger's feet? To the right of the passengers feet in J-Spec Z's resides a road flare, a legal requirement in Japan. Conversely, this is actually illegal in Australia (fire hazard) and this is often removed for compliance. So, if you have a red flare there, your compliancer was lazy or forgot, and if you [read more]
Where can I place my jack or jack stands on a Z?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Where can I place my jack or jack stands on a Z? [read more]
Where does the name "Fairlady" come from?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Where does the name Fairlady come from? The Short Story: Fairlady - The name given to the first line of sports cars designed and built by Nissan Motors Japan after W.W.II, with the specific intent of being marketed in the USA - 1960. The name "Fairlady" was given to the new sports car line by Mr. Katsuji Kawamata, President Of Nissan [read more]
Which Octane boosters work best?
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Which octane boosters work best? The following are results found by Intertek:INDEPENDENT OCTANE BOOST RESULTS: AUG 1999 - USING 91.7 RON UNLEADED FUEL Report # 99-0380, ASTM D2699 Dated 2/8/1999. All products were tested as per manufatureers directions for use Product RON Octane Name Boost [read more]
Why are my high beams constantly staying on?
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Why are my high beams constantly staying on? In this case you will probably find that your headlights, parkers, foglights and taillights don't work either - very awkward and embarrassing driving at night. Go to the fuses in the drivers footwell area (to the right of the accelerator pedal). You will probably find the "Clearance Lamps" fuse blown - this is on [read more]
Why is my HICAS light on?
on 10 Nov 2007 by WYKKED author list
Why is my HICAS light on? The most common cause of the HICAS light coming on is low fluid in the power steering reservoir. This needs to be filled with Automatic transmission fluid almost right to the very top. This is sometimes easy to diagnose, as the light will be on when the car is cold, but as the fluid warms [read more]
Will my battery go flat if I install an Underdrive pulley
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is an Underdrive Pulley? An underdrive pulley is a replacement for the crank pulley at the front of the engine. Fitment of an underdrive pulley typically yields around 20rwhp on a TT and 10rwhp or so on an NA. Those are peak figures, people usually feel the difference at lower and mid range revs (i.e. more torque) This is a picture [read more]