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    key remote no worky!

    crap, my key remote seems to have gone TU, and now i have to unlock the car door w/ the key, and then turn the ignition to "run" or "start" in like 3 seconds so the alarm doesn't go off (sigh)...

    do i have to go to the dealer to get a new key remote?

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    What happened to the remote?
    Is it broken ?

    mine stop working, i replaced the case from those ebay ones, it works fine now,
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    First off, I like the TU acronym

    I would start by a) checking to make sure the battery is good and b) making sure that the battery is making contact with the contacts inside the remote.

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    badass pic jon
    looks sick..

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    Yeah, check the battery first. If that's not it, then ebay is your friend Way cheaper then the dealer. I bought a spare on ebay soon after I bought my car. The dealer wanted to charge me like $75 for a new one and to program it. Screw that. It takes but a few minutes to program and I think I paid like $25 for a new one on ebay.

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    Thanks Leo

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    hmm, the little case seems sealed up pretty good (as if not made to be taken apart!!). guess i could try to pry it open w/ my knife? i'm suspecting the battery at this point (not sure how long they last, but it is old)..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    First off, I like the TU acronym

    I would start by a) checking to make sure the battery is good and b) making sure that the battery is making contact with the contacts inside the remote.
    i aim to please!

    not to derail, but i'll second what 98maro said, that's a very nice looking vehicle there...

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    There is a little notch at the top where the key ring goes. A screw driver should pop it open. At least both of mine pop open with no problems.

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    There is a notch that you can use to pry it open with a flat blade screwdriver. Once you get in there check the C2032 battery for at least 3V. Also take the whole thing apart and clean the back side of the soft buttons with a pencil eraser as well as the 4 contact points on the circuit board. Make sure to put the battery back the same way. The polarity marking is on the casing that the battery goes into.

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    I agree with all of the above.

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    well, here's the update w/ good news - it was the battery, got a new one $4.00 and it is working again! good thing too, because i'm hearing a replacement remote is $$.

    thanks for the help everyone!

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    Glad it was a simple, inexpensive fix....and thanks for the compliment wiley.

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    Mine started flaking out so I took my own advice (given above) and it's intermittent. I have to either lock it by switch or key. Either way, I usually set of the fricken alarm everytime I go to get in it. Seems stupid to me. If you have the key to unlock the car, wouldn't you think I was authorized?

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    So I took the remote apart again to find that if I align the circuit board against the battery, I can press something conductive against the contact points and it worked EVERYTIME! That meant that the conductive properties of the switches were worn out. I contact cemented some aluminum foil to each of them, put it back together and it works like a charm. This may help someone else who doesn't want to spend money on another one. I would rather put my money into a performance upgrade than something stupid like a remote faub.

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    Glad you got it figured out, Jamie

    I'm thinking that since the door keys are just plain old keys, that there is nothing to recognize/authorize. So, the alarm considers it an invasion. Silly alarm

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    Good point ... how would the computer know unless it had contacts that detected some continuity.

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