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Eric Gardner
Eric Gardner, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Nissan
Satisfied Customers: 195
Experience:  ASE, Bachelors Degree in Automotive Technology, Automotive Technician for 5 years
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Nissan altima is ignition locked. Brake lights work. But i

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Nissan altima is ignition locked. Brake lights work. But i am unable to start the car
JA: Have you checked the brake fluid? How's the level and when was it last changed?
Customer: Brake fluid was changed recently.
JA: What year is your Altima?
Customer: 2009 nissan altima 2.5s
JA: Are you fixing your Altima yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Called a towing company to jump start thinkkng he battery was dead. The battery wasnt. The pulled th windows down and now they wont go up again. I see a red flashing key sign. The lights lock unlock work. But the car isnt starting
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Thats pretty much it
Submitted: 8 days ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Eric Gardner replied 8 days ago.

Hello, It sounds as if the key you are using has gone bad. Do you have a second key that you could try, if you haven't already?

Expert:  Eric Gardner replied 8 days ago.

If that doesn't work I have a few more ideas to try.

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
I dont have a second key unfortunately.
Expert:  Eric Gardner replied 7 days ago.

Unfortunately, I think we have a key problem. The only way to fix this is to tow the vehicle to a Nissan dealer and have a key made and programed to the car.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I did that. The dealer says the lock circuit is broken and it needs to be replaced. Costs $1100 incl manual labor. Does this seem reasonable?
Expert:  Eric Gardner replied 2 days ago.

I can look up the part and labor for you. Can you get me the correct name of the part that needs to be replaced.