MaximumOtter
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Dead battery, locked out of car, help!

Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:10 pm

2015 SL, never had any problems before. My wife said it beeped at her when she came home from the grocery store...I went out, couldn't find any problem and it locked with the remote so I went inside.

Now I can't get it to unlock either with the remote or with the physical key, Nissan is no help of course. I'm assuming the 12v battery is dead but I can't even get in the car to pop the hood and swap it out.

Any help much appreciated, thanks,

John
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Re: Dead battery, locked out of car, help!

Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:30 pm

First, make sure you are following all the steps explained in this video:

https://youtu.be/TuucPiJhEDY

Then, report back here on where things go wrong....
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Re: Dead battery, locked out of car, help!

Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:31 pm

Take the metal key out of the fob and use that physical key to unlock the driver door. You can then release the hood and charge or replace the 12V battery.
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MaximumOtter
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Re: Dead battery, locked out of car, help!

Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:06 am

I have the tried the physical key, it does not open the door, thanks.
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Re: Dead battery, locked out of car, help!

Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:48 am

Could be cold weather causing mechanical problem.
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Re: Dead battery, locked out of car, help!

Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:04 pm

cje wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:48 am
Could be cold weather causing mechanical problem.
+1

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Re: Dead battery, locked out of car, help!

Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:35 pm

Try dipping the key in rubbing alcohol - preferably 90% alcohol. If that works, either dip it in light machine oil, or spray silicone lube into the lock.
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Re: Dead battery, locked out of car, help!

Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:42 pm

MaximumOtter wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:10 pm
2015 SL, never had any problems before. My wife said it beeped at her when she came home from the grocery store...I went out, couldn't find any problem and it locked with the remote so I went inside.

Now I can't get it to unlock either with the remote or with the physical key, Nissan is no help of course. I'm assuming the 12v battery is dead but I can't even get in the car to pop the hood and swap it out.

Any help much appreciated, thanks,

John
But...the key turns in the lock? If you have it set for "one push" to unlock all four doors, some power is needed to get that done. I would try rocking the key in the lock a few times as it should turn (about a ¼ turn or so)

EDIT

I guess I should ask; you did verify the key worked in the lock when you got the car, right? I guess that is no longer a thing although I am at a loss as to why. Testing keys on EVERYTHING is the first thing I do be it car, house, etc.
2011 SL; 44,598 mi, 87% SOH. 2013 S; 44,840 mi, 91% SOH. 2016 S30; 29,413 mi, 99% SOH. 2018 S; 25,185 mi, SOH 92.23%. 2019 S Plus; 16,686 mi, 92.44% SOH
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Re: Dead battery, locked out of car, help!

Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:56 pm

DaveinOlyWA wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:42 pm
MaximumOtter wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:10 pm
2015 SL, never had any problems before. My wife said it beeped at her when she came home from the grocery store...I went out, couldn't find any problem and it locked with the remote so I went inside.

Now I can't get it to unlock either with the remote or with the physical key, Nissan is no help of course. I'm assuming the 12v battery is dead but I can't even get in the car to pop the hood and swap it out.

Any help much appreciated, thanks,

John
But...the key turns in the lock? If you have it set for "one push" to unlock all four doors, some power is needed to get that done. I would try rocking the key in the lock a few times as it should turn (about a ¼ turn or so)

EDIT

I guess I should ask; you did verify the key worked in the lock when you got the car, right? I guess that is no longer a thing although I am at a loss as to why. Testing keys on EVERYTHING is the first thing I do be it car, house, etc.
I believe I have used the key before...I can't remember why but I'm quite sure. It does turn in the lock but nothing happens to the right a quarter turn or so as everyone has stated but it doesn't unlock. Both keys do the same thing.
John

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Re: Dead battery, locked out of car, help!

Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:03 pm

MaximumOtter wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:56 pm
DaveinOlyWA wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:42 pm
MaximumOtter wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:10 pm
2015 SL, never had any problems before. My wife said it beeped at her when she came home from the grocery store...I went out, couldn't find any problem and it locked with the remote so I went inside.

Now I can't get it to unlock either with the remote or with the physical key, Nissan is no help of course. I'm assuming the 12v battery is dead but I can't even get in the car to pop the hood and swap it out.

Any help much appreciated, thanks,

John
But...the key turns in the lock? If you have it set for "one push" to unlock all four doors, some power is needed to get that done. I would try rocking the key in the lock a few times as it should turn (about a ¼ turn or so)

EDIT

I guess I should ask; you did verify the key worked in the lock when you got the car, right? I guess that is no longer a thing although I am at a loss as to why. Testing keys on EVERYTHING is the first thing I do be it car, house, etc.
I believe I have used the key before...I can't remember why but I'm quite sure. It does turn in the lock but nothing happens to the right a quarter turn or so as everyone has stated but it doesn't unlock. Both keys do the same thing.
ok, try turning key holding to right and open door? I think I will have to disconnect battery and try mine.

Ok, I tried mine with battery disconnected and the lock works just fine other than only the driver's door is unlocked.
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