What to Do When Your Car Won’t Start

Car Won't Start

It can be frustrating when your car won’t start, but knowing some possible reasons for it can make it much easier for you. Plus, solving the problem yourself, if it’s a simple fix and you feel equipped, can save you from spending money on repairs.

There are a lot of reasons a car might not start, but the most common problem is that your battery has died because a light was left on. In that case, your best bet is to find a friend or another nice person with jumper cables to give your car a jump start. You can tell when your battery has died, if the battery clicks and won’t start.

If the car doesn’t make any noise when you turn the key, there may be a problem with your battery terminal cable connections. If you can start the car by forcing a screwdriver between them and forcibly separating them, the cables need replaced.

If you can hear it turn over, but it won’t start, it could be a problem with the spark plugs or the fuel supply to the engine. There might also be a problem with the carburetor, in which case you’ll need to see a professional.

Delta Dragon Boat Festival

The second annual Delta Dragon Boat Festival took place last weekend, July 31 through August 1, at Lake Ferguson in Greenville, Mississippi, and just like last year it was a big hit! Lots of locals came out to enjoy the festival and watch the race.

Dragon boat racing has a long history in Chinese culture, and the Delta Festival celebrates this tradition and its Western modernization as an athletic competition. There are 22 team members per boat, and the race requires cooperation and teamwork.

The festival started Friday evening with a Chinese Gala featuring Chinese cultural entertainment and food prepared by a local chef. Last year’s race winners, as well as the winners of the Children’s Pageant, were celebrated in the Dragon Parade, which took place first thing Saturday morning.

The bulk of the event took place Saturday, with booths set up for food vendors and free entertainment like face painting, while the race was going on. It was a great family event, and we hope it will be around next year! If you’re looking for more fun events to check out in the Greenville, MS area, feel free to stop by James Ceranti Nissan and we will give you the low down!

Nissan’s Old Batteries Used for Energy Storage

Nissan’s Old Batteries

As the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new. That saying applies to just about everything, including old car batteries, but that doesn’t mean the batteries are useless. Automakers are finding new ways to use old, worn out batteries. Nissan’s old batteries, for example, still have great storage capacity – 80% – even though they can’t be used for transportation.

Nissan announced a partnership with Green Charge Networks, an energy storage provider. Through the partnership, Nissan would sell systems built around old Nissan Leaf batteries to businesses.

“This partnership is ultimately about power efficiency: reducing our carbon footprint, stress on the grid and energy,” said Vic Shao, Green Charge’s chief executive.

The Nissan-Green Charge Network partnership aims to install the first system at a Nissan facility later this summer. The first system will involve four batteries and will come into play when electricity demand peaks.

Currently there are 80,000 Nissan Leafs on the road in the United States alone. Worldwide, there are an estimated 180,000. That makes the Leaf the bestselling electric vehicle worldwide.

Offering batteries with intelligent systems management will help smooth fluctuations in solar output at a price lower than what’s currently available.

We here at James Ceranti Nissan think that using old Nissan batteries for energy storage is putting them to great use!

Nissan Juke Sets Guinness World Record

Daredevils are getting more exposure around the world thanks to social media and sharing sites like YouTube. Still, there are some things that should be left to the professionals, like Terry Grant. All automakers show off their vehicles at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but this year Nissan stole the show.

Toyota brought NASCAR Camrys and Tundras. Honda blew everyone away by setting up the best stage. Mazda literally blew things up with a firework show for the ages. Meanwhile, Nissan took on the Goodwood Hillclimb Course and set a new Guinness World Record on day one of the festival.

At 1.16 miles, the Goodwood Hillclimb Course isn’t the longest of its kind but it would still leave many daredevil drivers shaking their heads. That’s where Terry Grant comes in.

Grant got behind the wheel of a Nissan Juke RS Nismo and covered the entire course on two wheels. He completed it in just two minutes and ten seconds, shattering the previous record by 35 seconds.

If you aren’t familiar with Nissan’s lineup, keep in mind the Juke is a crossover meant to roll on four wheels, not two. Keep your tires on the ground and don’t try this one at home!

We here at James Ceranti Nissan are glad to see drivers proving with Nissan, all things are possible!

New Nissan Titan Sports Fantastic Diesel Engine

The Nissan brand has been exploring various facets of the new Nissan Titan pickup truck for months now, thanks to the Nissan Titan Truckumentary series. The latest chapter in the video series highlighted the Titan’s amazing and powerful powertrain, especially the new Nissan Titan’s Cummins diesel engine. That engine is an enormous 5.0-liter turbo diesel beast, and Cummins designed it just for the Titan XD trim.

The engine gets you 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque, making it a true workhorse of a full-size truck. If you have a tough job, you’ll want this Cummins diesel engine under your hood to help you get it done. The Truckumentary video is actually called “Diesel Goodness,” which Rich Miller, the director of product planning with Nissan North America, called “the feeling the engine always has more to give.”

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we can attest to the truth of that statement. The Nissan Titan has always felt like a pickup with boundless possibilities, and the 2016 Nissan Titan XD simply takes that up a notch. It doesn’t just stop with the engine, either, so come see us today to learn about the Titan’s design, interior, truck bed, and more. Also, make sure to check out all the Truckumentary videos online!

Nissan LEAF Battery to Receive Update Option

Nissan LEAF battery

The new Nissan LEAF is still a ways off, as early reports think it will hit the market as a 2017 model. However, several unnamed sources have stated that before we actually see the next-generation LEAF, the current model will receive a better battery option. The updated Nissan Leaf would thus have a greater range and be more practical for even more customers.

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we think it’s a great strategy to attract new customers to the EV nameplate, or to simply keep customers loyal to the model as well. Nissan itself, however, is playing things pretty close to the vest. “We have made no public announcement about the 2016 Nissan LEAF,” Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman said. “We do not comment on future product details.”

If the rumors are true, though, it means the updated LEAF would be powered by a 30-kilowatt-hour battery. The current model has a 24-kilowatt-hour battery which is good for an 84 mile range on single charge, but the new LEAF should be able to go 105 miles on a single charge instead. Come see us today to learn more or to check out the current LEAF model as well!

Nissan Uses Video to Break Down the Design Philosophy of FWD Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

A video from Nismo University explains Nissan’s bold decision to make the Le Mans racer front-wheel drive. We learn very quickly that while it wasn’t a decision the design team took lightly, they had very good reasons to give it a go.

In the video, Ben Bowlby, technical director for the FWD Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, first explains that race cars are traditionally rear-wheel drive for reasons of “traction and packaging.” On the other hand, he tells us that, contrary to popular practice, putting the power up front has its advantages.

First of all, front-wheel drive means putting the engine up front. This creates a longer so-called “bonnet,” which maximizes down-force, making air resistance much less a factor.

“But what about understeer?” you ask. Yes, the Nissan racing team concedes that understeer is indeed an issue. The trade-off is that in slippery conditions, the racer is less likely to spin.

Making a front-wheel drive car also makes the LM Nismo very much like road cars. As Jann Mardenborough, Nissan race car driver says, this has everything to do with efficiency. Efficiency is extremely important in a race like Le Mans.

Nissan Supports Mississippi History and Civil Rights Museums with $500,000 Donation

Did you know that Nissan is not only a carmaker but a benefactor to the community as well?

Recently, Nissan pledged $500K for the Mississippi History and Civil Rights museums that will go to fund the construction of a dining and gathering space adjacent to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, as well as furnish a gallery at the Civil Rights Museum.

“We believe the history of this state needs to be told,” said Jeffrey Webster, Nissan’s director of diversity and inclusion for the Americas. “This contribution continues Nissan’s commitment to diversity, education and service in our community.”

The museums are anticipated to open for the Mississippi bicentennial celebration in 2017 and are expected to host an estimated 180,000 visitors annually. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Division of Tourism estimates that the annual economic impact will exceed $17 million.

We are proud that Nissan supports Mississippi history and is dedicated to community improvement and cultural preservation – not to mention they also build a great lineup of vehicles! So come check them out at James Ceranti Nissan, today.

Combing Style and Luxury: The 2015 Murano Interior

2015 Murano Interior

Not only does the new Murano offer owners a dynamic driving experience, but, thanks to clever design, the interior is also incredibly comfortable and stylish. In fact, the Murano interior was recently nominated to the Ward’s list of 10 Best Interiors for 2015.

According to Nissan, the 2015 Murano interior features an array of premium materials, advanced technologies, and ergonomic contours. This includes NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, an eight-inch color display with multi-touch control, rear USB port with smartphone interface, Around View® Monitor, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, 11-speaker Bose® premium audio system, and Blind Spot Warning, among other things.

“First time I saw the new Murano interior, I was blown away by the pearlescent film that’s used to lovely effect on the doors, instrument panel, center console and armrest,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor, WardsAuto World. “The rest of the interior is brilliantly executed as well, from the smooth, flowing lines of the instrument panel to the ample cargo hold.”

Aside from the interior design, the Murano also has a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine under the hood generating 260 hp. This is mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission, allowing for up to 28 highway mpg. It’s hard not to like the new Murano, considering all of these incredible new features.

Nissan’s Around View Monitor to be Used in Deep Sea Exploration

When customers ask us about Around View Monitor (AVM) technology here at James Ceranti Nissan, we usually explain how its ability to provide a virtual 360-degree overview of a car can be useful in parking situations and how it can help avoid reversing into pedestrians.

Turns out, we’ve been going about it all wrong. What we should have been saying is that this technology is so good, it’s being used in deep sea exploration.

That’s right—Nissan is providing AVM tech to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and to Topy Industries, as part of a joint development project that will send robots scouring the bottom of the sea.

These robots will be equipped with Nissan’s technology to improve the efficiency of undersea searches by avoiding obstacles on the seabed with better real-time situational awareness—just like on the road, except for all the water!

Check out this really cool video about it below!