NISSAN LEAF 2013 1.G Owners Manual
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2-62Instruments and controls
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3 Pre-driving checks and adjustments
NISSAN Intelligent Keys® ...............3-2
Doors ............................. .3-3
Locking with Mechanical key ..............3-4
Locking with inside lock knob ..............3-4
Locking with power door lock switch ..........3-5
Automatic door locks .................. .3-5
Child safety rear door lock ................3-6
NISSAN Intelligent Key® system ..............3-6
NISSAN Intelligent Key® operating range of
the door lock/unlock function ..............3-8
Door locks/unlocks precaution .............3-8
NISSAN Intelligent Key® operation ..........3-9
12-volt battery saver system ..............3-10
Warning signals .................... .3-11
Troubleshooting guide ................ .3-12How to use remote keyless entry function
Hood ............................ .3-16
Rear hatch ......................... .3-17
Secondary rear hatch release .............3-18
Charge port lid ....................... .3-18
Opening charge port lid ................3-18
Charge port cap .................... .3-19
Tilt steering column .................... .3-20
Tilt operation ...................... .3-20
Sun visors ......................... .3-21
Card holder (driver’s side only) ..............3-21
Mirrors ........................... .3-22
Inside rearview mirror ................. .3-22
Outside mirrors .................... .3-23
Vanity mirror ...................... .3-24
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A key number plate is supplied with your keys.
Record the key number and keep it in a safe place
(such as your wallet) , not in the vehicle. If you lose
your keys, see a NISSAN certified LEAF dealer
for duplicates by using the key number. NISSAN
does not record any key numbers so it is very
important to keep track of your key number plate.
A key number is only necessary when you have
lost all keys and do not have one to duplicate
from. If you still have a key, this key can be
duplicated by a NISSAN certified LEAF dealer.
Do not leave the keys inside the vehicle
when leaving the vehicle.NISSAN INTELLIGENT KEYS®
1. Intelligent Key (2)
2. Mechanical key (inside Intelligent Key) (2)
3. Key number plate (1)
Your vehicle can only be driven with the Intelligent
Keys which are registered to your vehicle’s Intel-
ligent Key system components and NISSAN Ve-
hicle Immobilizer System components. As many
as 4 Intelligent Keys can be registered and used
with one vehicle. The new keys must be regis-
tered by a NISSAN certified LEAF dealer prior to
use with the Intelligent Key system and NISSAN
Vehicle Immobilizer System of your vehicle. Since
the registration process requires erasing allmemory in the Intelligent Key components when
registering new keys, be sure to take all Intelligent
Keys that you have to the NISSAN certified LEAF
dealer. It is possible that the Intelligent key func-
tions became canceled. Contact a NISSAN cer-
tified LEAF dealer.
Be sure to carry the Intelligent Key with
you when driving. The Intelligent Key is a
precision device with a built-in transmit-
ter. To avoid damaging it, please note the
The Intelligent Key is water resistant; however, wetting may damage the In-
telligent Key. If the Intelligent Key gets
wet, immediately wipe until it is com-
Do not bend, drop or strike it against another object.
If the outside temperature is below 14°F (-10°C) degrees, the battery of the
intelligent key may not function prop-
Do not place the Intelligent Key for an extended period in a place where tem-
peratures exceed 140°F (60°C) .
Do not change or modify the Intelli- gent Key.
Do not use a magnet key holder.
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Do not place the Intelligent Key nearan electric appliance such as a televi-
sion set, personal computer or cellular
Do not allow the Intelligent Key to come into contact with water or salt
water, and do not wash it in a washing
machine. This could affect the system
If an Intelligent Key is lost or stolen,
NISSAN recommends erasing the ID
code of that Intelligent Key. This will pre-
vent the Intelligent Key from unauthor-
ized use to unlock the vehicle. For infor-
mation regarding the erasing procedure,
contact a NISSAN certified LEAF dealer.
To remove the mechanical key, release the lock
knob at the back of the Intelligent Key.
To install the mechanical key, firmly insert it into
the Intelligent Key until the lock knob returns to
the lock position.
Use the mechanical key to lock or unlock the
doors. See Doors.
Always carry the mechanical key in-
stalled in the Intelligent Key.
Always have the doors locked while driving. Along with the use of seat
belts, this provides greater safety in
the event of an accident by helping to
prevent persons from being thrown
from the vehicle. This also helps keep
children and others from unintention-
ally opening the doors, and will help
keep out intruders.
Before opening any door, always look for and avoid oncoming traffic.
Do not leave children unattended in- side the vehicle. They could unknow-
ingly activate switches or controls. Un-
attended children could become
involved in serious accidents.
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LOCKING WITH MECHANICAL KEY
The power door lock system allows you to lock or
unlock all doors simultaneously using the me-
Turning the driver’s door key cylinder towardsthe front of the vehicle
1will lock all doors and
the rear hatch.
Turning the driver’s door key cylinder once to- wards the rear of the vehicle
2will unlock the
driver’s door. After returning the key to the neu-
tral position, turning it towards the rear again
within 5 seconds will unlock all doors and the
rear hatch. You can switch the lock system to the mode that
allows you to open all the doors when the key is
turned once. (See the LEAF Navigation System
LOCKING WITH INSIDE LOCK
To lock the door without the key, move the inside
lock knob to the lock position
1then close the
To unlock, move the inside lock knob to the
When the front door is locked, pulling the front
door handle will unlock the front door.
When locking the door without a key, be
sure not to leave the key inside the vehicle.
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LOCKING WITH POWER DOOR
Operating the power door lock switch will lock or
unlock all the doors. The switches are located on
the driver’s and front passenger’s door armrests.
To lock the doors, push the power door lock
switch to the lock position
1with the driver’s or
front passenger’s door open, then close the door.
When locking the door this way, be sure not
to leave the key inside the vehicle.
To unlock the doors, push the power door lock
switch to the unlock position
When the power door lock switch is moved to the
lock position and any door is open, all doors will
lock and unlock automatically. When the power
door lock switch is moved to the lock position
with the Intelligent Key left in the vehicle and any
door open, all doors will unlock automatically and
a chime will sound after the door is closed.
These functions help to prevent the Intelligent
Key from being accidentally locked inside the
AUTOMATIC DOOR LOCKS
All doors lock automatically when the vehicle speed reaches 15 MPH (24 km/h) .
All doors unlock automatically when the power switch is placed in the OFF position.
The automatic unlock function can be de-
activated or activated.
To deactivate or activate the automatic door un-
lock system, perform the following procedure.
1. Close all doors.
2. Place the power switch in the ON position. 3. Within 20 seconds of performing step 2.
Push and hold the power door lock switch tothe “UNLOCK”
position for more than
4. When activated, the hazard warning lights will flash twice. When deactivated, the hazard
warning lights will flash once.
5. The power switch must be placed in the OFF and ON position again between each setting
When the automatic door unlock system is deac-
tivated, the doors do not unlock when the power
is placed in the OFF position. To unlock the door
manually, use the inside lock knob or the power
door lock switch (driver’s or front passenger’s
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CHILD SAFETY REAR DOOR LOCK
Child safety rear door locks help prevent the rear
doors from being opened accidentally, especially
when small children are in the vehicle.
When the levers are in the lock position
the rear doors can be opened only from the
To disengage, move the levers to the unlock
Radio waves could adversely affect electric medical equipment. Those
who use a pacemaker should contact
the electric medical equipment manu-
facturer for the possible influences be-
The Intelligent Key transmits radio waves when the buttons are pushed.
The FAA advises that the radio waves
may affect aircraft navigation and
communication systems. Do not oper-
ate the Intelligent Key while on an air-
plane. Make sure the buttons are not
operated unintentionally when the unit
is stored during a flight.
The Intelligent Key system can operate all the
door and the rear hatch locks by using the remote
controller function or pushing the request switch
on the vehicle without taking the key out from a
pocket or purse. The operating environment
and/or conditions may affect the Intelligent Key
Be sure to read the following items before using
the Intelligent Key system.CAUTION
Be sure to carry the Intelligent Key with you when operating the vehicle.
Never leave the Intelligent Key in the vehicle when you leave the vehicle.
The Intelligent Key is always communicating with
the vehicle because it receives radio waves. The
Intelligent Key system transmits weak radio
waves. Environmental conditions may interfere
with the operation of the Intelligent Key system
under the following operating conditions.
When operating near a location where strong radio waves are transmitted, such as a TV tower,
power station or broadcasting station.
When in possession of wireless equipment, such as a cellular phone, transceiver or CB
When the Intelligent Key is in contact with or covered by metallic materials.
When any type of radio wave remote control is used nearby.
When the Intelligent Key is placed near an elec- tric appliance such as a personal computer.
When the vehicle is parked near a parking meter.
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In such cases, correct the operating conditions
before using the Intelligent Key function or use
the mechanical key.
Although the life of the battery varies depending
on the operating conditions, the battery’s life is
approximately 2 years. If the battery is dis-
charged, replace it with a new one.
When the Intelligent Key battery is almost dis-
charged, firmly apply the foot brake and touch the
power switch with the Intelligent Key. Then push
the power switch while depressing the brake
pedal within 10 seconds after the chime sound.
Since the Intelligent Key is continuously receiving
radio waves, if the key is left near equipment that
transmits strong radio waves, such as signals
from a TV or personal computer, the battery life
may become shorter.
For information regarding replacement of a bat-
tery, seeKey battery replacement in theMain-
tenance and do-it-yourself section.
Pay special attention that the vehicle battery is
not completely discharged.
As many as 4 Intelligent Keys can be registered
and used with one vehicle. For information about
the purchase and use of additional Intelligent
Keys, contact a NISSAN certified LEAF dealer.CAUTION
Do not allow the Intelligent Key, which contains electrical components, to
come into contact with water or salt
water. This could affect the function-
ing of the system.
Do not drop the Intelligent Key.
Do not strike the Intelligent Key sharply against another object.
Do not change or modify the Intelli- gent Key.
The Intelligent Key may be damaged if it gets wet. If the Intelligent Key gets
wet, immediately wipe until it is com-
If the outside temperature is below 14°F (10°C) , the battery of the Intel-
ligent key may not function properly.
Do not place the Intelligent Key for an extended period in an area where tem-
peratures exceed 140°F (60°C) .
Do not attach the Intelligent Key to a key holder that contains a magnet.
Do not place the Intelligent Key near equipment that produces a magnetic
field, such as a TV, audio equipment,
personal computer or cellular phone. If an Intelligent Key is lost or stolen, NISSAN
recommends erasing the ID code of that Intelli-
gent Key from the vehicle. This may prevent the
unauthorized use of the Intelligent Key to operate
the vehicle. For information regarding the erasing
procedure, contact a NISSAN certified LEAF
The Intelligent Key function can be disabled. For
information about disabling the Intelligent Key
function, contact a NISSAN certified LEAF
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NISSAN INTELLIGENT KEY®
OPERATING RANGE OF THE DOOR
The Intelligent Key functions can only be used
when the Intelligent Key is within the specified
operating range from the request switch
When the Intelligent Key battery is discharged or
strong radio waves are present near the operat-
ing location, the Intelligent Key system’s operat-
ing range becomes narrower, and the Intelligent
Key may not function properly. The operating range is within 31.50 in (80 cm)
from each request switch
If the Intelligent Key is too close to the door glass,
handle or rear bumper, the request switches may
When the Intelligent Key is within the operating
range, it is possible for anyone who does not
carry the Intelligent Key to push the request
switch to lock/unlock the doors including the rear
Do not push the door handle request switch with the Intelligent Key held in your hand as
illustrated. The close distance to the door
handle will cause the Intelligent Key system to
have difficulty recognizing that the Intelligent
Key is outside the vehicle.
After locking with the door handle request switch, verify the doors are securely locked by
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To prevent the Intelligent Key from being leftinside the vehicle, make sure you carry the key
with you and then lock the doors.
Do not pull the door handle before pushing the door handle request switch. The door will be
unlocked but will not open. Release the door
handle once and pull it again to open the door.
NISSAN INTELLIGENT KEY®
You can lock or unlock the doors without taking
the key out from your pocket or bag.
When you carry the Intelligent Key with you, you
can lock or unlock all doors by pushing the door
handle request switch (driver’s or front passen-
Aor rear hatch request switchBwithin
the range of operation.
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