My keyless unlock button on my 2009 Nissan Altima no longer works, and I'd like to replace it. I'm not sure if that's the correct term, because I can't seem to find the part anywhere, or instructions on how to replace it. Do I have to replace the entire handle?
I believe you can just change the switch. In what I've found, it's called Outside Door Handle Passive Entry Switch. The outside door handles either have the hole or not, but don't come with the switch. There are two parts to the door handle, so it would have to come off, then the door handle separated to get at the switch. Here's what the parts look like when taken apart:
To remove the door handle itself, you need to pop the plug on the inner door jam, then with a T30 Torx bit, remove the bolt holding the handle in place. Here's an image of what you're looking at:
Once the bolt is pulled all the way to the rear, you should be to pull the back part of the door handle (the non-moving part) off, then the moving part will come loose. Don't worry about the Torx bolt, it should be captured in that part of the door handle. I'm sure it will become self evident after you get the handle off what you'd need to do with the switch and how to replace it. I'm also pretty sure you're most likely going to need to go to the Stealership in order to find a replacement switch.