Whether you use your 240sx for daily driving, racing, or drifting, the best way to keep your Nissan functioning optimally is to get the right tools for monitoring its inner workings. Many choose aftermarket automotive gauges and other diagnostic devices to help monitor the most vital functions of their vehicle to ensure there is no damage being done to the vehicle’s engine, turbo, exhaust manifold and more. Nothing brings out a custom interior style like a set of gauges mounted to your 240sx’s dashboard or A-pillar.
So you need to know how to bleed the clutch on a Nissan 240sx?
The job itself should take less then an hour, but if you have someone else to give you a hand, it’ll take much less. Unless you have a pump bleeder accessible, then the job itself will be a breeze. Before you we get down to business, if the clutch dampener has not been removed yet, now would be a good time to do so. The clutch dampener causes 97% of clutch problems with the 240sx. The clutch master cylinder could be one, and the slave could be another, and the hose itself that goes from the dampener to the slave could be rotten or leaking. These are the most common issues with a fault clutch pedal.
LS Swap the world!
Time to ditch the lame engine in your 240sx, whether it’s KA, SR, or even RB and move on to the LS1! Lets face it, you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t already in the process of swapping it in now, unless you are doing your research before you start,”If that’s the case, KUDOS to you.” If you are in fact already swapping it in you are probably looking up how to attack the most common issue with the swap, the GM Vats System.
Bypassing VATS on LS1 for 240sx Swapping
What is VATS?
Vats stands for Vehicle Anti Theft System. Lots of people refer to this type of key, as a ” computer Chip key”. This key or “Chip” has nothing to do with a computer, nor is it a chip. But because of the popularity of calling it a computer chip key, so will we. So that we don’t confuse. The black chip on the blade of the key is actually a resister. GM first started using the Vats key in 1986 on the Corvettes, then some of the Cadillac’s, ect. GM uses 15 different resistors in their vats keys. Just looking at the keys you can’t tell the difference. What is GM’s VATS
Nissan Data Scan 240sx Software
Nissan Data Scan is probably one of the best and “must have” software available at an affordable price. Literally you and a few friends can chip in and buy Nissan Data Scan and you all would enjoy the cool features it offers. Never again have to count those annoying blinking lights ever again!
Nissan Data Scan has a free trial where only a few features are unlocked for usage. Take it from me, you will buy it and never regret it! A built in trip analyzer where you can drive and it calculates your MPG and fuel consumption. Built in Data Logging helps you monitor your engine while you drive. Nissan data Scan works with many Nissan ranging from 240sx with the stock ka24de to the SR20DET swap. Nissan VG30deTT from the 300zx and so on.
240sx Door Panel Removal
So it’s time to remove your Nissan 240sx door panel. Most likely due to your window no longer goes up or down. When your window begins to go on the fritz most think the worst, and usually it can be super expensive to have a shop do it but not today! Saving money by DIY 240sx tutorials is what we are all about! Removing the door panel takes less then 5 minutes and can be done with very few tools. You will need a Flat head and Phillip screw driver, That’s All!
Pulling Codes From Your 240sx ECU
SOHC Ka24e Codes
The ECU modes
The electronic control unit have five mode:
Mode I- Exhaust gas sensor monitor (Normal mode)
Mode II- Mixture ratio feedback control monitor
Mode III- Self-diagnostic
Mode IV- Switch on/off diagnostic system
Mode V- Real-time diagnostics system.
The unit automatically return to normal mode I when the ignition is switched off.
Only mode III will be studied here. Troubles code are stored on mode III. The stored codes will be lost if the car battery is disconnected or if after selecting mode III, mode IV is selected.
240sx Powering Up ECU without the car has been one of the most common question from people looking to get there Nissan 240sx KA or SR chipped and tuned. If you can’t or don’t know how to tune your ecu but want to save a lot of money by chipping it yourself, then we have a few videos that can help. Sending your ECU our get a daughterboard installed usually costs $200-$400 but if you buy the materials yourself you can do it for less then $100. Depending on the feedback this video gets, I will make another explaining what is needed to burn a bin file or tune to your eprom chips. To buy the Nissan consult plug needed to scan or connect your ecu to your laptop or PC can be purchased from Below.
The basics to getting started – Drifting!
So you have yourself a Nissan 240sx, Mazda rx7, or anything that is RWD and want to start drifting. As you will find out anywhere that drifting is by all means not a, “Poor Mans Sport.” It doesn’t take much to enjoy the sport or at least experience the feeling and rush you get. The actual cost getting started is simply buying the car itself. Although drifting a completely stock car is possible, you will have certain limitation on how well you do, and this is the reason I am writing this. I started drifting with a 1989 s13 Nissan 240sx and I still had a KA24e or, “single cam slam”. Drifting with a car with hardly any HP/TQ IS in fact possible and I highly recommend it for beginners. Drifting a low power car teaches you the basics of actually handling your car. The cool hop up stuff comes in a little later. Since this site is 240-sx related, I will base everything off of the S chassis Platform.
Basic Drifting Upgrades
Starting out “considering you already have purchased your 240sx” The differential on a 240sx is 9/10 an open differential. Meaning you have 1 wheel putting down the power to move the car. “Open Differential or LSD”, testing this is simple and you can find out really quick. Rev up your car and dump the clutch to begin a burn out. Have a friend, family member, or your local police officer watch the back wheels. If 1 wheel begins spinning and stays spinning while the other does nothing, congratulations you have an open differential. If both of your wheels spin then you have a rare case, and have a LSD differential. This can be a very common case, especially if the car has been drifted by a previous owner.
Lately if you have been following us on Facebook, You will notice we keep our eyes open and watch what’s going on at 240sxListed.
They have been working hard and giving us little hints at what’s going on. Lets just say they have Free Nissan 240sx performance parts for everyone! What’s the catch you may be asking? No catch! They have a random drawing raffle that you simply enter for a chance to win! To increase your chances of winning free Nissan 240sx parts, you can share your entry on given social media and it gives you a +1 entry! This greatly increases your odds of winning drastically.
240sxListed is a group of people scattered throughout the US that love drifting, autocross, and drag racing the Nissan 240sx s13 and s14 chassis. They are always giving away free 240sx parts to their followers and they range from Nissan 240sx shift knobs, coilovers, body kits, and suspension parts! Why would they do such a thing? Well, they are by far not super wealthy where they give away at random. The income generated by the site is used 100% to improve the site, and give away to loyal followers! What more could you ask for in the car and auto community?
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