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Unhappy Red key light on dash! Crank but no start!

I have a 2003 Murano SL that messed up on me. I went this morning to unlock my car and nothing happened. So i went and unlocked it with my key, sat in the car and tried starting the car and no start. It cranks but wont fire up.

None of the accessories are working like locks, interior lights, windows, etc. Radio works when key is turned and you can hear fuel pump engaging. WHen i turn the key to on but not started, all the dash lights turn on but none of them go away like they normally do.

Its the car symbol with key in the middle light that is bugging me. It always stays illuminated even when i manuallly lock my car and get out. Its always on.

Can someone please help me with this, my Murano runs fine and this happend out of no where. I noticed the key light on a few days too but thought my keyless remote needed battery replaced. I replaced battery in my fob remote but nothing. There is no power coming.

Please help. Thanks I appreciate it.
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I think the car is in the lockdown mode. Its not recognizing the chip in the key somehow. Unfortunately a dealer visit is in your future. Whats weird is I thought it wont even crank if the key is not recognized. Try disconnecting your negative battery terminal for 10 minutes. And then try starting it again.
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I think the car is in the lockdown mode. Its not recognizing the chip in the key somehow. Unfortunately a dealer visit is in your future. Whats weird is I thought it wont even crank if the key is not recognized. Try disconnecting your negative battery terminal for 10 minutes. And then try starting it again.
I also think the same. Disconnecting the battery for 10 minutes is good advice and hopefully will fix the problem.

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The red key light is supposed to stay illuminated after you lock your car. After a few moments it switches to flashing to show the alarm system is activated.

However when you unlock the car, the red key light should turn off. If it is still on when you try to start the car, then the ECU appears to have forgotten the code on the key (its a computer chip key), and this will prevent the vehicle from starting. A weak battery can cause this as well.

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I vote for the weak battery!

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I vote for both. I suspect the battery is old, and that lockdown mode is engaged.

I would recommend charging the battery fully (if you don't have a charger, get one), then trying the disconnect/re-connect process described above.

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Thanks alot guys, i will try to give it a boost first and see if that helps other wise try to disconnect battery for 10 minutes. Will post back if anything happens.

I was thinking maybe my transponder key needs reprogramming? i really dont want to go to dealer for this. AHHH man
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So i disconnected the battery for about 12 minutes and when i put it back the red immobolizer light went off but the car is acting the same way.
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So cranking strong but no bite/start? How old is your battery? How long have you been driving this car without this issue?
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Yes its cranking strong and all lights come on, i dont think that the battery is the issue. Its a little old and i have been driving this for a year now without any issues. Like i mentioned few days ago i noticed the immobolizer light on but car would unlock/lock and start right up.

Maybe its a fuse?
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Besides troubleshooting the entire wiring of the cars alarm system, I would go to the dealer and have the key synched with the car again. Do you have more than one key? How about trying the other key first?
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I'm still voting for the battery.

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Just to eliminate the battery, call AAA if you have it and have them jump your MO or if you have jumper cables...If it starts then its the battery but if it still cranks and no start then I really suspect the chip in the key is not insyched for some weird reason.
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@nitely no i dont have any other key just one and only one remote. Honestly the dealer is the last option im considering since i would have to tow it there and then the dealer is gonna charge an arm and leg.

And also im 120% sure its not the battery now since i took a brand new battery from my g35 and put it in the murano, no difference. This is definatly an electric issue or something with the key, but then again that shouldnt cause the locks or windows to not work

Any ideas guys?
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The chip key is for the ignition only not the lock doors and windows. You would be lucky if your problem is just reprogramming the key. This could be your issue...Engine Cranks But Won't Start - Nissanhelp.com Forums but no matter what you need to take your MO to the dealer. Call around first if you have a few dealers close by and get a quote for reprogramming your key. Here is where a AAA card gets very handy. They will tow your car 4 separate times in a given year. I Never drive without it. Good luck.
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