How to Program a Nissan Altima Remote

by Leonardo R. Grabkowski
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Nissan Altima models 1997 to 2006 have an owner-programmable remote keyless entry system.The third-generation Altima (2007 to 2010), requires a dealer scan tool to complete the programming procedure. If your Altima is a 2007 to 2010 model, visit your nearest Nissan dealer to have the keyless remote programmed. Otherwise, you can program a replacement remote at home in less than five minutes. The replacement remote must be specifically for a Nissan Altima. Generic remotes, even other Nissan remotes, are not compatible with the Altima's keyless entry module.

Step 1

Lock your Altima's doors by pressing the "Lock" button on your door control panel.

Step 2

Place your key in the ignition, and quickly remove it. Repeat this five more times (a total of six times) within 10 seconds.

Step 3

Place your key in the ignition again. Turn it to position two (examine your ignition to see the label).

Step 4

Press any button on the remote you want to program. The emergency lights will flash, which indicates the programming procedure is successful.

Step 5

Turn the key to "Off" (position zero) to exit programming mode.

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