What Tire Treadwear Ratings Mean

July 9th, 2021 by
Four rows of tires are waiting to be sold at Chicagoland tire shop.

When you visit a Chicagoland tire shop for new tires, you may see a specification known as the treadwear rating. A treadwear rating, generally in the form of a three-digit number preceding the abbreviation “TW,” is essentially a rough approximation of how soft and sticky the rubber of a tire is. As a rule of…

Nissan Charges into the Future With the All-Electric Ariya SUV

July 9th, 2021 by
A bronze 2022 Nissan Ariya is shown from the side under a cloudy sky.

Alternative energy vehicles were once a major compromise, costing drivers a great deal of money for a vehicle that was often cramped, underpowered, and lacking in quality finishes. These early electric vehicles (EVs) were strictly utilitarian. But one automaker decided to make no such compromises in building a Nissan EV. This is what the designers…

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All-Wheel Drive and Advanced Safety in the Dynamic Nissan Altima

June 11th, 2021 by
A red 2021 Nissan Altima is driving through a city at night.

It is time to visit your local Nissan Altima dealer. The dynamic 2021 Altima is here – a midsize sedan that reinvigorates a segment slowly being chipped away by America’s obsession with crossovers. If you’re not one of those drivers who’s smitten with the SUV body style, you’ll love the agility, performance, and sleek styling…

All About Brakes: How to Tell When Your Brakes Are Bad

June 11th, 2021 by
A close up shows a Nissan brake service being done by a gloved mechanic.

You’re probably well aware of when the oil needs to be changed in your vehicle or what to do when your tire pressure is low, but do you know how to tell when your brakes are bad? Modern vehicles are usually equipped with in-vehicle alerts that tell you when it’s time to change your oil…

Two New Nissan Redesigns For 2022

May 14th, 2021 by
A red 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is parked on a mountain after leaving Joliet car dealers.

The Nissan Pathfinder and Frontier have been present on the lot of Joliet car dealers for some years without any facelift, slowly looking more and more archaic with each passing generation. With so many different makes of midsize trucks and three-row SUVs in the market, Nissan needed to do something, anything, to stand out. That…

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Nissan Maintenance 101: How to Keep Your Car in Top Shape

May 14th, 2021 by
A mechanic is checking the oil level during a Nissan maintenance.

Nissan offers an outstanding selection of vehicles, such as the roomy but stylish Rogue SUV and the sporty and efficient Altima sedan. Nissan is famous for cars that include fast and responsive powertrains, stylish designs, and comfortable cabins – all at an affordable price. However, even the best cars can show signs of damage over…

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Everything You Need to Know About Wheel Alignment

April 9th, 2021 by
A wheel alignment is being performed on a black car.

No matter what kind of daily driving you are accustomed to, your vehicle will need a wheel alignment at some point. Even if you never had an accident or hit a deep pothole, it’s best to have your mechanic check the alignment of your wheels periodically. If the alignment is out of whack, it can…

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Should I Lease Another Nissan or Buy the Leased Model?

April 9th, 2021 by
A blue 2021 Nissan Murano is driving in front of trees as part of a Nissan end of lease test drive.

Leasing is serious business. Yes, it’s less stressful than outright buying a new car because there’s less commitment involved. Still, there’s another side to leasing that usually has people caught in a web of contemplation, leaving them asking: should I lease another car or buy my leased model? It’s a common occurrence and a question…

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Is Brake Service Really Important?

March 12th, 2021 by
A closeup shows a brake drum and pad sitting on a blue background.

We get a lot of questions about car maintenance and repair here at the Thomas Nissan service department. That’s totally understandable because, for someone who isn’t around car service every day, it’s easy to wonder what exactly your car needs. Our service team often gets asked if brake service is necessary. Yes, regular brake service…

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Tips to Save Money With Your Car Lease

March 12th, 2021 by
A white 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is driving on a city highway.

When it’s time for your next car purchase, there are a variety of ways to do it. You can pay cash, finance, or lease. There are pros and cons to each, but we’re going to focus on the leasing side of car buying. Just like with paying cash and financing, there are do’s and don’ts…

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