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Red indication with key icon is blinking even while car is

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Red indication with key icon is blinking even while car is off. Replaced both fob batteries and car battery. Any ideas?
JA: Have you double-checked to make sure the positive and negative signs are lined up correctly?
Customer: In the fob?
JA: What is the model/year of your Nissan?
Customer: 2012 altima
JA: Are you fixing your Altima yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes. Replacing car battery and both key fob batteries.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: That's about it.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Mike V. replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Mike V. replied 4 months ago.

Does this light go out when you try to start the car?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I didn't see it earlier after it started. Let me see again.
Expert:  Mike V. replied 4 months ago.

Ok, so the car is actually starting up for you?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
but indication light won't stop blinking and kills my battery over a day or so.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Only blinks while car is off
Expert:  Mike V. replied 4 months ago.

That is normal, this light isn't killing your battery.

If you look in your owners manual you will see this little light is the theft deterrent and is always on when the key is out of the car. So, this means to me that you do have an issue with a parasitic drain on the battery, but not this little led light.

You can try some other things, like take the light out of the trunk and see if the problem is still there. If it is though, you are going to need to have it looked at. What I find most often is the body control module not going to sleep after you turn the car off. But again, you'll drive yourself nuts trying to get this light out. It's only a problem if the light is on when the car is running.

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