All-Wheel Drive (AWD) (if so equipped)

Nissan Rogue / Nissan Rogue 2008-2019 Owner's Manual / Starting and driving / All-Wheel Drive (AWD) (if so equipped)

- For AWD equipped vehicles, do not attempt to raise two wheels off the ground

- For AWD equipped vehicles, do not attempt to raise two wheels off the ground and shift the transmission to any drive or reverse position with the engine running. Doing so may result in drivetrain damage or unexpected vehicle movement which could result in serious vehicle damage or personal injury.

- Do not attempt to test an AWD equipped vehicle on a 2-wheel dynamometer (such as the dynamometers used by some states for emissions testing) or similar equipment even if the other two wheels are raised off the ground. Make sure that you inform the test facility personnel that your vehicle is equipped with AWD before it is placed on a dynamometer. Using the wrong test equipment may result in drivetrain damage or unexpected vehicle movement which could result in serious vehicle damage or personal injury.

All-Wheel Drive (AWD) lock switch operations

The AWD LOCK switch located on the lower side of the instrument panel. This switch

The AWD LOCK switch located on the lower side of the instrument panel. This switch is used to select the AUTO or LOCK mode depending on the driving conditions.

Each time you push the lower part of the switch A , the AWD mode will switch:
AUTO AUTO. LOCK LOCK mode AUTO.

LOCK mode

The AWD LOCK indicator light illuminate. will illuminate.

AUTO mode

The AWD LOCK indicator light will turn off.

1: When the rotation difference between the front and rear wheels is large,

1: When the rotation difference between the front and rear wheels is large, the AWD mode may change from AUTO to LOCK for a while, however, this is not a malfunction.

2: LOCK mode will change to AUTO mode automatically when the vehicle has been driven at a high speed. The AWD LOCK indicator light turns off.

3: LOCK mode will automatically be cancelled when the ignition switch is turned to the OFF position.

- If the AWD LOCK switch is operated while accelerating or decelerating, or if the ignition switch is turned off, you may feel a jolt. This is normal.

- The oil temperature of power train parts will increase if the vehicle is continuously operated under conditions where the difference in rotation between the front and rear wheels is large (wheel slip), such as when driving the vehicle on rough roads through sand, mud or freeing a stuck vehicle. In these cases, the AWD warning light blinks rapidly and the AWD mode changes to 2WD to protect the powertrain parts. If you stop driving with the engine idling and wait until the warning light stops blinking, the AWD returns to the AUTO mode.

- When driving straight, shift the AWD LOCK switch to AUTO. Do not operate

- When driving straight, shift the AWD LOCK switch to AUTO. Do not operate the AWD LOCK switch when making a turn or backing up.

- Do not operate the AWD LOCK switch with the front wheel spinning.

- Engine idling speed is high while warming up the engine. Be especially careful when starting or driving on slippery surfaces.

- When turning the vehicle in LOCK mode on paved roads, you may feel a braking effect. This is a normal condition of the AWD model.

AWD warning light

The AWD warning light is located in the meter.

The AWD warning light is located in the meter.

The AWD warning light illuminates when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position. It turns off soon after the engine is started.

If any malfunction occurs in the AWD system while the engine is running, the warning light will come on.

The warning light may blink rapidly (about twice per second) while trying to free a stuck vehicle due to high powertrain oil temperature. The driving mode may change to 2WD. AUTO mode may change to LOCK mode before the warning light blinks. If the warning light blinks rapidly during operation, stop the vehicle with the engine idling in a safe place immediately. Then if the light turns off after a while, you can continue driving.

A large difference between the diameters of front and rear wheels will make the warning light blink slowly (about once per two seconds). Pull off the road in a safe area, and idle the engine.

Check that all tire sizes are the same, tire pressure is correct and tires are not worn.

- If the warning light remains on after the above operation, have your vehicle

- If the warning light remains on after the above operation, have your vehicle checked by a NISSAN dealer as soon as possible.

- If the warning light comes on while driving there may be a malfunction in the AWD system. Reduce the vehicle speed and have your vehicle checked by a NISSAN dealer as soon as possible.

- The powertrain may be damaged if you continue driving with the warning light blinking rapidly.

- Never drive on dry hard surface roads in the LOCK mode, as this will overload the powertrain and may cause a serious malfunction.

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