Nissan Altima Door Lock Not Working (6 Ways to Fix)

You are in a hurry, getting late and having a short time to reach your destination. You lean towards your car. And it is not opening.

Many of you face the same problem of the Nissan Altima door lock not working.

In this article, I am going to explain all the possible causes and their solutions for this problem.

Let’s get started …..

How to Fix Nissan Altima Door Lock not Working

Nissan altima door lock problems

1. Dirt and Debris Accumulation

As you know Car usually runs on the roads and outside having polluted and dusty air. The contamination particles, dirt, and dust may stuck on your door latch.

This should be the reason why the door lock is stuck and not opening. 

Dust and dirt may get into and its existence stocks the latch. It may cause blockage in the keyhole. This dust and dirt can get into the interior parts of your door lock.

Which will make your key unable to move in the keyhole. And the door latch getting stuck causing the door not to work.


Cleaning your latch completely through the lower makes sure that no dust particles or are contaminated present in your door latch to create any blockage.

You should remove all the dust from the keyhole and internal components.

2. Blown fuses

You are trying to open your door lock and it’s not working, this may be due to a blown fuse in the actuator. If the actuator of your door does not respond, it could be due to a blown fuse.

A blown fuse can cause the breakdown of the power of your door locks. 

It stops the mechanism of the actuator to operate. It blocks the power locks operation, causing malfunctioning of your actuator.

Blown fuses cause blockage of the current flow and create sufficient disconnection for the passage of current, thus your actuator stops working. In short, blown fuses affect the whole electrical conductivity of the current. 

This video will surely guide you to understand the fuse in the Nissan Altima door lock


First of all, locate the fuse of the door lock appropriately, and check out the fuse Check it if it’s blown, then replace the fuse with a new one.

Fuses are like coin batteries and are also less expensive. There are 3 fuse foxes in your Altima. The first one is located fuse box under the hood below and left of the steering wheel.

The other two are located under the frunk on the driver’s side. 

Check out all the fuses and make sure they are well connected. If you find out any loose, reconnect it tightly.

If you suspect any black spots on any fuse or especially the door fuse which is fuse number 10, you need to replace them with a new one.

3.  Frozen latch

This could be the reason, encountered greatly with those of you, living in cold areas having low temperatures where cars parked got partially or completely frozen due to the snow,( areas with temperatures in minus). 

A frozen latch can also cause your door lock not 0to operate. The moisture in the air is almost present everywhere.

But in the areas where its temperature is below freezing point, the moisture gets in your lock in the form of ice. 

The ice formed is a hurdle in operating the door lock. The door stays stuck unless the whole ice is melted and removed. The ice settled for a long time in the door latch could be difficult to remove.


If you find the latch frozen, unfreezing it is the only solution to it. You can use hand sanitizer, an amount of alcohol, a hair dryer, a blower, or a heat blower

You can get a guide from this video as well.

4. Improper lubrication

If your door lock got stuck, it may be due to poor or improper lubrication. Lubricating the parts of the door lock makes it easy to operate. 

Poor or improper lubrication doesn’t make the parts of your actuator and latch operate well.

This may create sounds while you are pulling the door latch and can get stuck causing trouble for you to open it easily.


If the internal parts of your actuator are creating unnecessary sound, or the key in the hole doesn’t move Swiftly, lubricate the parts of your car, keyhole, and internal machinery of the actuator. 

You can use any lubricant to lubricate parts which will avoid other humidity issues. Avoid using grease oil, or wet lubrication as they cause it to get fixed and dirty.

5. Humidity in the door lock:

If you are trying to open the door lock of your car and it’s not working, it may be due to the corrosion in the parts of the actuator or latch. Moisture is always present in the air.

And the small amount of moisture and humidity (as well as drizzling) doesn’t affect the door lock system. 

When your car keeps standing in ponds or the areas where the water level is high enough to enter the actuator or lock of the door and you keep it ignoring. Or you live in an area where it rains a lot.

It can affect your system causing issues of corrosion in the internal parts of the actuator and door latch of your car.


If you observe the humidity in the door lock, then dry the door lock.  It can be done by using a heat blower. Do not let it dry naturally, because if the water is salty. It leaves salt spots and residue behind.

Lubricate your door lock with some graphite powder, petroleum jelly, or any other lubricant to avoid moisture and humidity. 

6. Solenoid in the actuator

While you are opening the door lock using the key fob, it’s not working. One of its causes may include malfunctioning of the solenoid present in the door lock.

Solenoid is a loop of coils responsible to convert electrical signals into mechanical work. 

If there is any issue in the solenoid, the door lock of your car will not open, when you try to open it using the key fob. as it will be unable to perform its function and won’t receive the signals from the key fob making the doors unable to work.


If the signals of your key fob are not converting properly into mechanical work through the solenoid, you may need to get it replaced. You should contact a mechanic and ask him to replace it.

You should make sure that you replace the old parts with the Nissan genuine parts from the company or you can make it purchase online.

Final thoughts

I hope that this will lessen your trouble and help you to figure out and solve the issues which include;

  1. Rust and grime
  2. Frozen latch
  3. Improper lubrication
  4. Humidity in the door lock
  5. A dead solenoid in the actuator

If you have any queries regarding this, you can feel free to ask. I will surely help you out.

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