Originally Posted by zodmann
After searching the internet for my Intelligent key problem that had stopped working here is the answer that worked.
Remove key from the back of key fob, press start button twice inside of car but be sure not to start the vehicle. Next get out of car and close the door, insert metal key into drivers side key slot on door handle and turn key to lock and unlock position once. Go back into car and shut off ignition by pressing start button once, ignition is now off. Problem fixed, this worked for me which saved me time and effort running back to the dealer. Note this may have to be done again when changing a dead key fob battery, not to mention it might just save someone about a $100 .00 or more.
Could you or someone who has had success with this elaborate a bit?
I have two intelligent keys with the 2013 Altima S I just purchased and the buttons don't work on either one. The dealer had replaced the batteries and I replaced them once again. Clearly, the transponder is working. The request buttons on the door handles and trunk lid work when the key is in proximity.
I tried the above procedure.
Removed metal key
Got in car (with keyfob also inside) and pressed start button twice without putting my foot on the brake. (you can't put your foot on the brake or the car will start no matter how briefly and quickly you press it)
At this point I heard a beeping sound
I got out of the car (left keyfob inside), inserted metal key and turned it to the left (lock) position once, then to right (unlock position) once. (I left key in the door, but I also tried it by removing key from door before getting back in)
Got back in the car and pressed the start button once (without putting foot on brake) and dash lights went off.
I got back out of car and tried the intelligent key buttons and none of them worked - same as before. I repeated the procedure with both intelligent keys with the same result. I find it highly unlikely that both intelligent keys are bad, since they both exhibit the exact same symptoms. Transponder works, but buttons don't.
There must be some critical step I'm doing wrong here. Can someone please review the steps I did and comment if they did anything slightly differently?