How to Open the Door to a Nissan Micra When the Battery Is Dead—With Pictures

Updated on January 19, 2018
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Susan enjoys travel, art, writing, and natural products. She lives outside of London.

I have learned the hard way that if you leave a Nissan Micra for a while without driving it, the battery can go completely dead. This isn't usually a big problem, except for the fact that the electronic locking system won't work either so you can't get into the car to open the engine. If you can't get to the engine, you can't get a jump start, and you can't get the battery out to put it on charge. It is difficult to do anything at all!

How to Get Into your Nissan Micra when the Battery is Flat

Nissan made a hidden keyhole so you can get into your car when the battery is dead and the locking system doesn't work. You just need to know where it is, and you need to have a flat-head screw driver along with the key to your car. Here is my guide, with photos, on how to open your car door when the electronic locks don't work.

1. Go to the Passenger Door

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2. Look for the Tiny Key Symbol on the Door Handle

The keyhole on the passenger door is really tiny and sometimes you can only see it from certain angles, so look closely.
The keyhole on the passenger door is really tiny and sometimes you can only see it from certain angles, so look closely. | Source

Look at the handle - you will notice the door handle is split into two sections. The smaller part of the handle has a tiny key symbol on it - you have to look really closely as it isn't obvious but once you locate it you'll wonder how you have missed it all this time!

3. Pop off the Plastic Cover

This part of the handle has a plastic cover and it will pop off if you know how to do it. Bend down and look up, underneath this part of the handle you will see a small slot about 1cm across - it's just the right size and shape to put a screwdriver head into.

Put the screwdriver in the slot underneath and gently but firmly pull the screwdriver outwards to prise the cover off; it is just clicked into place so get the angle and pressure right and the end section will pop off. You don't turn the screwdriver, just use it to lever the cover off. Don't be too rough or you will break it as it is only plastic, but you will have to put some effort, in otherwise you won't budge it, especially if this is the first time you have removed it. I had to try a few times before it popped off, but it did in the end, you just have to persevere.

The Cover Comes Off - Bet You Didn't Know That About Your Car!
The Cover Comes Off - Bet You Didn't Know That About Your Car!

5. Underneath the Plastic Cover is a Hidden Keyhole

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Once you have this bit off you will see a regular keyhole. Just unlock your car the old-fashioned way by putting your key in the lock and turning.

6. Don't Forget to Put the Cover Back

6. Once you have the battery powered again, don't forget to put the keyhole cover back on. Just put it in position and press, it'll click back into place.

My Nissan Micra

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        Karel 

        2 weeks ago

        Thank you a lot!

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        Susan Hambidge 

        6 months ago from Hertfordshire, England

        Hi John, I believe it will. It will only unlock the passenger door, then you have to reach over to open the driver door because the central locking system won't work until the battery is connected and charged.

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        john myring 

        6 months ago

        will the manual key/door lock unlock the car door when the battery is disconected

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        Susan Hambidge 

        7 months ago from Hertfordshire, England

        Thank you Alex. Glad it helped! It's still snowing here - I hope mine starts in the morning haha!

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        Alex 

        7 months ago

        Thanks for posting this. It has made life so much easier on a snowy day. Entry easily gained to car so we could jump start it :)

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        Susan Hambidge 

        8 months ago from Hertfordshire, England

        I am glad it helped Sophie

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        Sophie 

        8 months ago

        Thanks for posting this - helped me get in to the car as the battery has died!

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        Susan Hambidge 

        8 months ago from Hertfordshire, England

        Thank you John - I am glad I could help!

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        John 

        8 months ago

        Great help!!

        Thanks very much

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        Michael 

        9 months ago

        Thanks for your great help, Susan

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        Susan Hambidge 

        12 months ago from Hertfordshire, England

        Ah! I guess the manufacturers can only think of so much! I don't have the solution as I only write from things that have actually happened to me - and so far .........

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        Nicola 

        12 months ago

        One problem , the passenger side door is up against the garage wall! Anyone any answers?

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        Mrs Viv Oxley 

        16 months ago

        Thats amazing. I have a 2004 micra auto and had no idea how I would get in it if the key battery died. Thanks so much. From Viv in Devon

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        Susan Hambidge 

        20 months ago from Hertfordshire, England

        I am so glad it was helpful to you. Thank you for leaving a reply.

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        Nigel 

        20 months ago

        That's absolutely amazing, I had no idea this lock existed, you have got me out of a lot of trouble! Thank you so much for posting!

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        Mechanics Guy 

        2 years ago from NY

        Very good to know

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        Susan Hambidge 

        3 years ago from Hertfordshire, England

        MG that sounds like a scary moment. All these new fangled improvements to cars are fine when they work, but when things don't work they are frustratingly hard to sort out. Or expensive to sort out!

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        MG Seltzer 

        3 years ago from South Portland, Maine

        Good info to have! About seven or eight years ago I was stuck in a car which had only electronic locks. A rainstorm had wet the electrical wires and then the driver was having some trouble with the ignition as well. The windows were rolled up and we couldn't honk the horn for help as it was electronic too. She finally jiggled the key and got the engine to start and we could get out. After that I wouldn't ride inthat car unless at least one window was down! Interesting Hub and I hope I never have this problem!

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        Susan Hambidge 

        3 years ago from Hertfordshire, England

        I was really confused to be honest - flat batteries happen, but to stop you being able to open the hood seemed plain daft. The reason i wrote this - with good pictures - is that i found many answers to this problem on line but I could not make head nor tail of them!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        I'd be cussing and crying at this point.

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