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Nissan Qashqai Not Locking: 7 Possible Causes & Solutions

Have you ever had the experience of pressing the lock button on your Nissan Qashqai’s key fob, and nothing happens? This can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you are in a hurry.

The most common issue that a Nissan Qashqai is not locking is related to the key fob. The key fob is the device that allows you to unlock and lock your car doors from a distance. Unfortunately, if your key fob battery is weak or dead, it won’t be able to send the signal to your car to unlock or lock. In addition, the key fob can become defective over time, so this is worth checking out.

Don’t fret – there are a few simple steps you can take to troubleshoot and fix the issue if your Qashqai doesn’t lock properly.

Dead Battery In Key Fob 

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One possible cause of your Nissan Qashqai not locking is a dead battery in the key fob. If this is the case, all you need to do is replace the battery.

This should be fairly straightforward; remove the key fob from your car and open it up using a small screwdriver. From there, remove the old battery and replace it with a new one. Once that’s done, put the key fob back together and try locking your car again.

Damaged Or Defective Key Fob 

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Another possible cause of your Nissan Qashqai not locking is a damaged or defective key fob. Worn buttons, broken wires, and other damage can interfere with the key fob’s ability to transmit signals. You’ll need to replace your key fob if this is the case.

Replacing the key fob should be reasonably straightforward; ensure you get a compatible model designed for your specific Nissan Qashqai. This will likely cost more than replacing the battery but should still be affordable, depending on where you buy it from.

Once you have the new key fob, follow the instructions that come with it in order to program it for your Qashqai.

Doors Are Not Closed Properly 

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The issue may be related to your doors themselves. For example, if one of the doors isn’t closed properly or there’s a problem with one of the locks, then your Qashqai may not be able to lock.

The best way to solve this problem is to check all four doors (including both rear doors) to ensure they are shut securely before pressing the “lock” button on your key fob again. 

Blown Central Locking Fuse

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The central locking fuse is responsible for providing power to the lock/unlock mechanism of your Nissan Qashqai. If this fuse has blown, you won’t be able to lock or unlock your doors from the outside.

To check if this is the problem, locate the fuse box under your dashboard and find the central locking fuse. There is a diagram on the inside of the fuse box cover to help you locate it. Once you have identified the fuse, remove it and inspect it for damage or discoloration.

If it appears damaged or burnt out, replace it with a new one and test it to see if that solves the problem. You can use a multimeter light to test the fuse if you aren’t sure.

Dead Car Battery

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Another possible culprit could be a dead car battery. A dead battery can prevent the central locking system from working correctly, so if your car battery has died or is close to dying, you will need to replace it as soon as possible. 

The battery is likely dead if your Qashqai won’t start and the electrics don’t work. In this case, you will need to charge the battery or replace it.

Pairing Issues

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You might also experience issues with your remote key not pairing correctly with your vehicle’s receiver unit. This can often happen after changing the battery in your key fob or if your Qashqai’s battery has been disconnected.

There are instructions in the owner’s manual on how to re-pair the key with your vehicle’s receiver, so check this out first. If you still can’t get it working, you may have to take your car to a Nissan dealership or a qualified professional to get it sorted.

Signal Interference

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Lastly, signal interference can sometimes interfere with the communication between your remote key and the Qashqai’s receiver unit, causing them not to pair correctly or at all – resulting in an inability to lock/unlock your doors remotely.

To reduce signal interference as much as possible, keep any electronic devices away from where you are trying to use your remote key. Make sure there are no obstructions between you and the car when attempting to use it (such as walls or other vehicles). You should also avoid telephone masts, radio towers, and other sources of interference.


How Long Does The Nissan Qashqai Key Fob Battery Last?

The battery typically lasts around 3-5 years, but this can depend on usage. If you find that your Nissan Qashqai’s key fob battery is dying faster than this, you should consider replacing it with a new one.

Is The Nissan Qashqai Key Fob Waterproof?

No, the Nissan Qashqai key fob is not waterproof. You should dry it off as soon as possible if it gets wet. You should also avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures and moisture. The key fob contains many electrical components and should be dry at all times.

The key fob is water resistant, meaning it can withstand occasional splashes of water, but you should not submerge it in water or expose it to heavy rain for extended periods of time.

How Do I Reset My Nissan Qashqai Key Fob?

You can reset your Nissan Qashqai key fob by placing the key in the ignition and turning it to the “on” position (not the “start” position). Next, remove the key, wait 30 seconds, and then repeat the process. Doing this 5 – 10 times should reset the key fob, and you should be able to use it as usual. If this doesn’t work, you may need to take your vehicle to a Nissan dealership or qualified professional to reset it.


Sammy is a lifelong gearhead who's been wrenching on cars and bikes since he was tall enough to reach the pedals. These days, he spends his time writing about all things automotive, from new performance products to how to get the most out of your old ride. When he's not behind a computer, you'll find him at the race track or out on a trail somewhere.

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