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Just wanted to give a heads up, as this caused me a lot of frustration and intermittent issues, and possibly save a trip to the dealer for someone. I did

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Old 01-06-2012, 12:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wanted to give a heads up, as this caused me a lot of frustration and intermittent issues, and possibly save a trip to the dealer for someone. I did search and couldn't find any reference to this "Extended Storage Switch" However it is mentioned now in the 2011 and 2012 model year manuals on page 8-22.

This little white push switch that fits over the 10 A Electrics fuse comes to the dealer in the off position, they then push it in on delivery. It prevents battery drain during storage as the name would suggest by disabling certain systems.

I started getting symptoms where the Homelink would stop working and the exterior chime also stopped, also my OBD II port stopped supplying power. Everything else functioned fine.

I checked the fuses and none were blown, however after more poking around I noticed that what I now know is the extended storage switch was wiggly, I gave it a good push in and it clicked, and all my problems went away. A week of intermittent problems solved, I was about to head to the dealer.

Edit 21/11/12 - Added affected systems info

The list below shows all the systems the switch controls, if these are not working it's a good chance it is the storage switch:

- Key Slot (Left side of Steering Wheel)
- Data Link Connector (Aka OBD-II Port)
- A/C Auto Amp. (Alloys the automatic climate control to turn the A/C on and off)
- Intelligent Key Warning Buzzer (Exterior lock/unlock chime, etc)
- Auto Anti-Dazzling Mirror (Home Link Mirror if Equipped)
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Good to know. Thanks!
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is this a new feature? I don't remember my 2009 having such a switch.
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Nice little heads up! Thanks.
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From what I can tell, there is first mention of the switch in the 2011 manual and it's also in the current 2012 manual, so it seems it was added in the 2011 model year.
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Just wanted to give a heads up, as this caused me a lot of frustration and intermittent issues, and possibly save a trip to the dealer for someone. I did search and couldn't find any reference to this "Extended Storage Switch" However it is mentioned now in the 2011 and 2012 model year manuals on page 8-22.

This little white push switch that fits over the 10 A Electrics fuse comes to the dealer in the off position, they then push it in on delivery. It prevents battery drain during storage as the name would suggest by disabling certain systems.

I started getting symptoms where the Homelink would stop working and the exterior chime also stopped, also my OBD II port stopped supplying power. Everything else functioned fine.

I checked the fuses and none were blown, however after more poking around I noticed that what I now know is the extended storage switch was wiggly, I gave it a good push in and it clicked, and all my problems went away. A week of intermittent problems solved, I was about to head to the dealer.

Dude youre awesome! I was wondering why my bluetooth OBDII sensor wasnt working in my car, but when I plugged it into my wifes and my friends car it worked. I went in there and sure enough that white plastic tab was not pressed down, hence the vehicle was in extended storage mode...therefore not supplying the bluetooth sensor with power through the OBDII port. And now my car performs that beeping noise when locking and unlocking the car, which i didnt know it did. Thanks again, you made my day! rep+1!
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interesting...

in other news though, i would still have the battery on a battery manager during hibernation.
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why do nissan dealers suck at following instructions? push this switch, remove these coil spring blocks, check tire pressure(buddies maxima was still at 50psi from shipping).
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I think they may be forgetting to push in the switch in some cases if the car is new off the lot, but in my case it seems that it may have rattled loose over time. It could be the retaining clips don't hold well.

It's interesting to note the manual also says it can be removed and replaced with a standard fuse. If mine pops out again that's what I am going to do.
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i have the OBDII port not working ..but i have a 2009...
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I would check the fuse, 10A Electrics, which you will have in the same location as where the new "switch" is located now.

Do you have an exterior chime when you lock and unlock the doors? If you have this chime and no OBD power, something else is up.
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Will this problem can cause the SES light to come on? My car trows a SES light every couple hundred miles. I take it to the dealer they scan it and nothing is found.
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On mine the switch was loose for ~2 weeks and it didn't throw any codes or tirgger the SES light. Easy check to see if it is loose, just pop open the fuse panel and take a look.
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Well my buttons on those handles dont even work.. Never worked actually
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Just did some digging, this switch doesn't control the signal from the door handles. The attached image shows all the things it does control:

- Key Slot (Left side of Steering Wheel)
- Data Link Connector (Aka OBD-II Port)
- A/C Auto Amp. (Alloys the automatic climate control to turn the A/C on and off)
- Intelligent Key Warning Buzzer (Exterior lock/unlock chime, etc)
- Auto Anti-Dazzling Mirror (Home Link Mirror if Equipped)
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