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How To Fix Your Nissan Micra: 9 Most Common Problems

How To Fix Nissan Micra Common Problems

How To Fix Your Nissan Micra: 9 Most Common Problems

Launched in 1982, the Nissan Micra is one of the smallest but most reliable cars made by the Japanese automobile giant, Nissan. The Nissan Micra is an excellent car that is known for being user-friendly. People who purchased the fifth and latest generation of the Nissan Micra have quite a small but comfy car for their driving pleasure.

Although the Nissan Micra is a good car for anyone looking for something sleek and compact, it has some common problems stemming mainly from the engine system. Users have complained of the problematic turbo, brake issues, boot lock failure, etc.

In this article, we will check out some of these Nissan Micra’s common problems and how to fix them. Let’s dig in.

Problematic Turbo

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This is the most recurring and most mentioned problem with the Nissan Micra. An issue with the turbocharger means your car would have less power since the turbo is responsible for increasing the output of your engine. Your engine will be noisy too. A problematic turbo is usually caused by a lack of oil or contaminated oil. It can also be caused by the presence of foreign materials in the turbo. When this is not discovered early, it can permanently damage the turbo.

What To Do

Check your oil to see if it needs to be changed. You can also check your exhaust recycling valve to see if it is still in good condition. Alternatively, take your car to an automobile repair shop for a turbocharger change.

Brake Issues

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Another common problem encountered by Nissan Micra users comes from the braking system. Sometimes, when braking, you might hear a noise or strange sound emanating from the front of the car. Again, you may also see fluid leaking out from the brake calipers. This is an indication that the brake calipers have seized.

What To Do

If you encounter this problem, simply get a pair of brake calipers to replace the old ones. You can also take your car to an automobile repair shop for this if you do not want to get your hands dirty.

Boot lock failure

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This is basically when the trunk won’t lock or open on command. This is another problem that is almost endemic to Nissan Micra and it can be a pretty frustrating one. The reason why the boot won’t open is that water has entered the boot switch and when water enters any electrical component, it causes short-circuiting. 

What To Do

Take your car to a Nissan dealer, if your warranty isn’t expired yet, you can get them to change a new boot switch for you for free. If your warranty is over then you’ll have to pay for a new switch. It is also pertinent to ensure the mechanic seals the switch with silicon gel so water doesn’t enter it again.

Nissan Micra Won’t Start

How To Fix Nissan Micra Common Problems
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Another major problem users have reported about Nissan Micra is the inability of the car to start. It is also a problem reported by Navara D40 users. Sometimes you turn your ignition and the lights come on but the engine won’t. This can be frustrating especially if you’re on your way to something urgent. This can be caused by a bad alternator, dead battery, or rusted battery terminals.

What To Do

Jump and start the car. This can be done by connecting the terminals of your car to another car’s battery. Also, check if the terminals of your battery have rusted or if your battery is weak. If the battery is weak, you can charge it or buy another one. If it is a case of a rusty battery terminal, take it to the mechanic to remove the rust.

Keyless Entry System Failure

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Here, the user has problems using the keyless feature to open the car. This is happening because there is an issue with the keyless entry system. 

What To Do

Pull the f17 fuse out of the relay board and let it be for a while, say five to ten minutes. Put it back in and try unlocking again. If this doesn’t work, you’d have to take your car to the mechanic.

Clutch Slip

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Yet another common problem for those using the manual models. You notice that the car’s clutch keeps slipping whenever you’re about to increase speed. When this happens frequently, that means your clutch has worn out.

What To Do

Take your vehicle to a mechanic and have them change the entire clutch system. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why is my Nissan Micra losing power?

Your Nissan Micra might be losing power for any of these reasons; the fuel filter is clogged and enough fuel can’t get into the engine, the air filter is clogged and debris is suffocating the engine or the catalytic converter is clogged and can’t filter the gas from the engine. Cleaning or replacing any of these parts will solve the problem.

Is the Nissan Micra a reliable car?

The Nissan Micra is a reliable car. It is compact and high-powered. Shortly after the release of the K14, Euro NCAP tested the car for reliability and awarded the Micra brand five stars. The brand might have a few problems but the Micra is still the car to beat in its category.

How much to change the Nissan Micra turbo kit?

You can buy the Nissan Micra turbo kit from prices between $100 to $200 depending on where you buy it. You can also be charged a service fee by the mechanic who would do the installation.


The Nissan Micra is a small, yet bold car that is known for its durability and reliability. It has a few challenges that can be taken care of if detected early. Whenever you notice an anomaly in your Nissan Micra, take it to the mechanic immediately because the more you use it without repair, the worse it eventually becomes.

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