Nissan Pathfinder Fob Not Working – How To Fix

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 09/24/22 •  3 min read

If you own a Nissan Pathfinder, then you probably use the fob to lock and unlock your car doors. The fob is a very useful feature that many people take for granted.

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However, sometimes it doesn’t work. This can be frustrating if you have to get in your car and drive home, but don’t have your keys with you. Luckily, there are a few simple steps that you can take to fix this problem.

The signs that your Nissan Pathfinder fob is not working properly include having to constantly remove the key from the ignition to unlock the doors.

Also, your Nissan Pathfinder will not lock or unlock the doors automatically if you do not remove the key from the ignition. If you suspect that your Nissan Pathfinder fob is not working properly, first check to see if your fob is defective and needs to be replaced.

If your fob is not broken, it could be that your Nissan Pathfinder has an issue with the fob antenna.

If there is no indication that a faulty fob is present in your Nissan Pathfinder, a broken or loose connector in the electrical wiring may be causing a short circuit between the fob and the car’s system.

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This would result in your Pathfinder’s doors not locking or unlocking when you do not have the key in the ignition.

Causes

If your Nissan Pathfinder Fob is not working, then there are several things that you can check. We list the most common issues below.

Faulty Fob—It’s possible that the fob itself is not working at all or that it’s just not recognizing the key. To fix this, you will need to replace the fob itself.

Battery Not Charging—If your battery isn’t charging properly, then it cannot power up your Nissan Pathfinder Fob. To fix this, you will need to replace your battery or make sure that it is charged properly.

Locked Fob—If the fob is locked on the car and you cannot unlock it, then there may be a problem with the programming of your vehicle. To fix this, you will need to contact a mechanic and have them program your car so that they can remove any blocks in their system.

Procedures

Here are some simple steps that you can take to fix your fob on your Nissan Pathfinder:

If you have a newer model Pathfinder, then you should be able to simply open the door of your vehicle and insert the key into the ignition. If it does not start up, then check for a malfunctioning battery.

You will need to replace the malfunctioning battery with a new one. Next, check for any corrosion or corrosion in the battery terminals. This could cause problems with the electrical system inside of your vehicle if it is not removed properly.

Use an anti-corrosion solution to clean any corrosion off of the terminals. Check for any cracks in the fob itself and repair any cracks or chips that are found inside of it.

Make sure that all screws and parts are put back together properly before closing up your car again.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.

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