If you’re getting the message ‘Key ID Incorrect’ and your Nissan car won’t start, this is for you.
Even though your car is giving you the ‘Key ID incorrect’ message, you can use it if you follow our instructions.
Why is my Nissan telling me ‘Key ID Incorrect?’
This problem is most common on the Nissan Qashqai, but we also see it on the Nissan Juke, Nissan Note and Nissan Micra models. In fact, if your key is similar to this one, you need this information.
In the olden days when you turned a car off, it went to sleep and rested until you turned the ignition again and woke it up.
These days, the car sits and listens constantly, trying to detect your smart key. This is why once you are inside the car, it already knows you have the car key, all you need to do is press the start button.
However, when ‘Key ID Incorrect‘ is shown, your car can’t detect the key. For some reason the automatic system that Nissan have designed isn’t working. This is normally one of three reasons
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Key ID Incorrect – Reason number One – Key Battery Low
The first and simplest reason is your car key battery. When did you last change it? If you did change it, how good was the battery you put inside the key?
It may be that the car can’t detect the key. It’s calling out to the key and waiting for a response, but your key doesn’t have the energy to answer!
Faulty, cheap, low quality key batteries, are the biggest cause of problems we see in all makes of proximity or ‘smart’ keys. We find it unbelievable that a £15,000 car, has a 99p car key battery fitted inside the car key. So spend some good money on the battery.
Key ID Incorrect – Reason Two – Faulty Key
This could be for a number of reasons.
Obvious Damage to the key
If someone has been heavy handed when changing the key battery, a wayward screwdriver can damage the key.
You must be careful when changing the key battery, read more here.
Invisible Damage to the key
What do we mean invisible damage? Sometimes there’s no obvious reason for the ‘key ID Incorrect’ message. Your car key will look immaculate inside, with a fresh new key battery. However, we’re seeing these Nissan remote keys just die, with no obvious damage. Maybe the key has been dropped one too many times?
The only answer is to replace the key with a new one.
Water Damage to the key
If your car key has taken a swim, then it’s bad news I’m afraid. Electronics and water have never been friends, and once wet, it’s a race against time to dry your car key out. You can save it, but you must be quick. If your key has been wet in the past, there will be tell-tale signs.
Normally a white ‘tide-mark’ is obvious. Then there’s a green tinge that will develop and turn into white ‘rust’. Lastly, good old fashioned brown rust is a giveaway. All of these will cause ‘Key ID Incorrect’!
Key ID Incorrect – Reason Three – The Key isn’t programmed!
Did the key ever start the car? We see this a lot, just after the car has been sold. Sometimes you’re given two keys, but you’ve only tested one to to see if it works!
When the key is brand new, it needs programming with specialist diagnostic equipment. What is car key programming? This is a really common reason for the ‘Key ID incorrect’ message. Maybe the car sales have ordered the key from Nissan, but didn’t have time to get it coded, or someone forgot.
Either way, if the key needs programming, no problem. Either the dealer, or a good Auto Locksmith can help you. Need to find a good Auto Locksmith? Click Here
How do I start the car with Key ID Incorrect?
This first priority is to get you moving again, so you can get the car to a garage, or the dealer. This is normally very simple.
Are you getting the following message?
The car shows you how to start the car using the emergency method.
Place the fob on top of the button and wait for the car to recognise it for a few seconds. The press the button with the key fob as shown.
If the key is programmed, the car will start!
It’s now time to find out why the car key is playing up. Visit your local dealer, or better still, find an Auto Locksmith to check the key out and change the key battery if needed. Looking for a good Auto Locksmith? Click Here