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Sounds like a faulty ignition switch to me. These models have the ignition switch linked directly to the key tumbler. If you have the habit of having a heavy key set dangling from you ignition key, then it's likely. You may also need to replace the key tumbler. (That means you have to carry an extra key on you keychain, once to start it and the other to open the doors and trunk unless you pay an arm and leg to have the whole car rekeyed to the same lock.) Open it up and take a look... if you see any brown discoloration on any wiring or the key has a lot of wiggle room; technical term, then it's likely.
not sure about the door... but a valet key is just that. it should allow a 'valet', person other than you, to drive your car without having access to any storage areas. therefore you can lock valuables in the trunk. the system should also disable any electronic trunk switches with that key in the ignition.
may be manual release behind or under back seat and if not you may need to remove back seat and panal which should let you into trunk. once in there should be a release on the trunk inside to open it. most new cars have them to prevent someone from getting locked in trunk. after opened you may want to have lock system replaced or it could simply just need oiled....... hope this helps and good luck
If you go to a Nissan dealer with your vehicles VIN number, they should be able to make another key for you to use to get into the trunk. Or you could call a locksmith to open the trunk for you.
Or, if the doors were not locked when you locked the keys in your trunk and you have access to the rear seat you can remove the seat and try to reach in from the seat side of the trunk to grab the keys.
I read about this in an online forum, heres the url:
Read this and I think you will be able to get the trunk open.
There is a trunk release lever inside the trunk on the locking mechanism, if you can reach that you will be able to open the trunk. But you will have to be able to get inside the car to be able to do this.
Sounds like the lock tumblers are not operating. Maybe from wear, dirt & grime or possible someone tried to break in to your trunk. The easiest way is go to a locksmith and have them pick the lock and repair the tumbler. They can do this so that your ignition key still operates the new lock.
my 97 had the same problem. if the key fits the lock and will turn the lock but the lock wont open the door then your problem lies in the linkage between the door lock cylinder and the locking mechanism.
if the key fits the lock and the lock wont turn at all, this is what happened to me, then your lock is seized. Ive actually seen this on alot of 95-99 sentras it seems to be some sort of design flaw. what I had to do was to replace the lock cylinder and locate a new key. the locks from a dealer are a little pricy so i went around to salvage yards, every nissan sentra from said year range door locks were all seized, I even tried the 200sx as its the same car but a 2 door, same problem. luckily i found out that the 94 nissan altimas have the same door locks so I dismantled the inside door panel of said altima and snagged both front door lock cylinders. i also got lucky as the key was still in the ignition, replaced both locks and got a key for about 20 bucks. depending on your problem you might need new lock cylinders
larrylisa2: When you refer to reset, do you mean arm the system?
If so, it can be done providing all the doors, the trunk and hood are closed.
Using your key, you can lock the drivers door or passenger's door and it will arm the system. The trunk, all the doors and hood must be closed.
You can also arm the system without the key in the same fashion insuring all the doors, trunk and hood are closed.
To disarm the unit, you can do this from the driver's door, front passenger's door or the trunk lock.
The other option is the remote. There is one other way to shut down the alarm system. Disconnect the negative battery cable, put the ignition key in the run position and reconnect the cable. This will keep the system from arming until the car is locked.
There is no reset procedure other than the ones I have described.