P1612 – Chain of ECM-IMMU (Nissan/Infiniti)

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Last Updated 2019-02-22

CodeFault LocationProbable Cause
P1612 P1612 – Chain of ECM-IMMU (Nissan/Infiniti)
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Manufacturer Specific Definitions for P1612

MakeFault Location
AudiEngine control module (ECM) - coding
BuickLoss Of IPM Serial Data
CadillacInstrumentation control module
ChevroletLoss Of IPM Serial Data
ChryslerThrottle position (TP) control module malfunction
CitroenSBDS Interactive Codes
DaewooVentilation Sol V/V -Elec. Sys
DodgeEngine control module (ECM) -supply voltage
FreightlinerEngine control module (ECM) -supply voltage
GmLoss Of IPM Serial Data
HyundaiVentilation Solenoid Valve Electrical.
InfinitiImmobilizer control module/engine control module (ECM) communication – malfunction
MahindraMain Relay Stuck
NissanImmobilizer control module/engine control module (ECM) communication – malfunction
OpelImmobilizer control module - no / incorrect signal
PeugeotSBDS Interactive Codes
VolvoElectronic throttle system (ETS) – no signal
VolkswagenEngine control module (ECM) - coding

What Does Code P1612 Mean?

This code signifies an interruption of communication between the ECM and the IMMU. As a result, the engine will not start. Often, it’s simply related to using the wrong or damaged key while other instances might point to an issue with the ECM or immobilizer.

Nissan and Infiniti both use anti-theft and immobilizer systems with this function. Components consist of:

  • Engine Control Module (ECM)
  • Security indicator lamp
  • NATS antenna amp
  • Body control module
  • NATS ignition key

What are the common causes of code P1612?

Occasionally, this occurs during the key registration procedure and the code remains stored. More commonly, this code is triggered because of an unregistered key that’s used five times consecutively.

Other known causes include:

  • Open circuit in battery voltage line of IMMU circuit
  • Open circuit in ignition line of IMMU circuit
  • Open circuit in ground line of IMMU circuit
  • Open circuit in the communication line between ECM and IMMU
  • Short circuit between ECM and IMMU communication line and battery line
  • Short circuit between ECM and IMMU communication line and ground line
  • Faulty IMMU
  • Faulty ECM

What are the symptoms of code P1612?

  • Engine Light is on
  • Engine will not start

How difficult is it to repair code P1612?

There’s no way to reprogram the key without dealer tools. If it’s an issue with a loose connection, once the fault is found, repairing it only takes a few seconds.

How do you troubleshoot code P1612?

  1. First, look at your key. If it is the wrong key or is damaged, you need to get a new one from the dealer.
  2. Disconnect the battery for 30 minutes and then attempt to start the engine again.
  3. Check for a blown fuse.
  4. Check the voltage between the connector and body ground to see if there’s an issue in voltage with the immobilizer.
  5. Check the voltage between the terminal and body ground. Make sure the ignition switch is turned on. This indicates an issue with the immobilizer.
  6. To look for an issue with the ECU, you would need special equipment to check the condition.

Codes Related to P1612

  • P0606 PCM / ECM Processor Fault
  • P1570 Engine Control Module Immobilizer Active
  • P1610 NISSAN – Lock Mode
  • P1611 NISSAN – Key ID Discord IMM-ECM
  • P1613 NISSAN – ECM INT CIRC-IMMU
  • P1614 Chain of IMMU-KEY
  • P1615 NISSAN – NVIS Difference of Key

Often, P1612 and P1614 will present themselves together. This is common and often indicates a problem larger than with the key itself.