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How can I find a replacement key for engine and doors?

Need replacement engine key

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  • sheilaklawso Apr 21, 2009

    Not sure what a woodruff key is. I lost my key for the ignition. How do I go about getting a replacement?

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Sheliaklawso: I'm sorry, somehow, I missed your response to my question, so here is your answer.
There are 3 solutions to your problem:
Nissan has manufactured your car with a specific code for the key which is within the Vehicle Identification Number on your car.
The "VIN" number can be found in two locations: On your dash board on the left hand corner at the base of the windshield.
The other location is on the center pillar just as you open you driver's door there will be a white sticker about 3X4" with black printed information on it.You are looking for a 17 digit set of numbers and letters which are usually near the top of the sticker. (On occasion, you may find the sticker located on the driver's door near the back side below where it latches to the car) Make SURE you write all the numbers down and recheck them. Your local Nissan Dealer should be able to code cut a key to fit your car. Call them and tell them that you had lost your key and ask them what you need in order for them to make a key for you?
Usually they will ask for proof of ownership by means of a "Title"
"CHECK THE NUMBERS ON TO TITLE TO MAKE SURE THEY MATCH THE ONES ON YOUR CAR" if any are in error, the key will not fit!
Option # 2: You can remove the passenger's front door lock out and bring it to the lock smith. This is the only lock that will have a code on it and which will match the ignition key in every aspect.
The trunk lock and glove box locks may be missing a feature which is cut into the master key. Take that to a lock smith and for (usually) $20, they will make a key for you.
Option # 3: call a mobile lock smith and they will come to you. An average charge is about $75.00 Call around, you may find one cheaper.
Again, sorry for the delay in responding.

Posted on Apr 28, 2009

  • racymoma Mar 23, 2012

    yes a little. i can try one more time with the info you gave me at the dealership. thank you very much. i will get back to you tomorrow, either way. thanks again. deb


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A locksmith can take out the glovebox lock and make you a fresh key from that. That is the cheapest.

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