TNX Realm Noobie
2012 Super Black Xterra Pro-4X
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Rochester, NY
Okay so I completed this today. Here were the steps:
- Bought this Rogue-style flip key fob on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MR069O8. It's the one produced by KeylessOption as threads here and on ClubFrontier said that one works well. The key thing (pardon pun) is it must be compatible with the FCC ID printed on the back of your existing fobs, which is my case is FCC ID CWTWB1U821 (I think all Xterra are?). It is however missing the little Nissan emblem on the back. You can order that from elsewhere, it's Nissan part number 99820-EG00A. (I haven't ordered one yet.)
- Removed the transponder from the valet key (the key with the black Nissan logo instead of silver) by prying out the little transponder tray using tiny flat screwdriver blade and needlenose pliers.
- Popped open the Rogue key fob using a flat screwdriver in the slot.
- Pulled the existing transponder out of the Rogue fob and replaced it with the valet key transponder. Snap the fob halves back together. At this point the new Rogue fob will deactivate the truck's alarm and immobilizer, and could start it if the key were cut. I next paired ("registered/programmed") the Rogue keyless remote with the truck to verify it isn't defective before paying to have the key cut. Do that as follows...
- Make sure your driver door dinger wire is not disconnected under the instrument panel or this WILL NOT WORK!! (Took me an hour to figure that problem out!) If it is, reconnect it. You can disconnect it again when you're done.
- Get in truck and close all doors (they don't need to be locked).
- Fully insert and fully remove the new key in the ignition more than 6 times within 10 seconds to activate the "pairing mode". If you are successful, the hazard lights will flash a couple times. (Note, since I didn't have the Rogue key cut yet, I used the valet key to insert/remove, while holding the Rogue fob beside it so the receiver in the ignition could still sense the transducer in the Rogue fob.)
- Reinsert the key in the ignition and turn to ACC.
- Press any button on the fob. Hazards will flash again to indicate the keyless remote is successfully paired with the truck. (Note the truck can store 5 remotes, and bumps the oldest one off the list if you try to do more. Check all your fobs after to make sure they are still registered to lock/unlock the doors; if not, re-register those as well.)
- To exit the registration mode simply take the key out of the ignition and open the driver door.
- You can now test that the Rogue fob locks/unlocks the doors okay.
- Next I got the key cut at a local independent locksmith shop. No fuss, just curious questions. I explained what I was doing, that I moved the valet transducer to the Rogue fob, and actually took all my keys with me to show them just in case. Just gave me the usual disclaimer they couldn't guarantee the key because it's a customer-supplied blank. He checked the blank carefully though and said it looked okay. He cautioned sometimes the plating thickness on a blank is enough to make it not work. Said if it didn't work to come back and he could try to finesse the cut a little. Guy knew his stuff. In any case under 6 bucks for the cut and I was out of there. Key starts the truck perfectly (I didn't try it in the door lock cylinders).
Pretty pics attached.
if you re-use
a transponder from an existing key like the valet key, you do NOT need to pay any dealer or other shop for any "programming". You only need the key blank cut, which should be well under 10 bucks. So your total cost is just the Rogue fob from Amazon and the key blank cut. Oh plus the silly little Nissan emblem if want to order it
I also did this flip fob mod perfectly using this fob on Amazon:
And ordered the Nissan logo for the back from NissanPartsPlus.com. Cheapest I could find $8.69 after shipping
I may even take them all in to get the extra transponder programmed and put into the valet key. depends on cost.
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