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2004 Grand Vitara. Warming the car this morning, locked it.Came back with remote and a key and the doors would not unlock.Engine was running with the other key in it. Had to have a locksmith break in. Why won't the key work if the door is locked and engine is running?

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Don't have 2 fobs?
it cam with 2,
and the battery must be good.(for buttons to work on fob)
never run any car with only 1 fob or one key.
or get locked out.
are you saying the metal cut key end (pure mechanical ) failed?

my car has a real key with a a transponder inside .
it can open 2 ways, the keyfob buttons, (takes a good battery)
and the key metal end.

get a spare fob and program it.

now you have 2 like you should.

Posted on Feb 07, 2014

Testimonial: "I have two key fobs and keys.The engine was running with one fob inside.The other spares would not work with the engine on and the doors locked. This has happened twice. Once broken into and the engine off both key and other fob worked."

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    id talk to suzuki , see if there is a TSB revision for this" this is an 04 and not 09 GV? have you read the operators guide yet, on some guides, it says to break a window or tow it to dealer, on many cars, these years. id look yours up but Suz, wants $4 to see it. online.

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    they want $4 to read it. id do so, read the words "locked out of car" in many cars guides, this IS covered, if not call them.

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    its either a design bug or the door, transponder is bad. is your spare key , defective?, try new spare key, and it has an autolock feature. do read the manual, sorry but you must or call the dealer and ask how to prevent this in the future. I would. my 04 has no transponders,so metal key get me in, but not my 08, it is very strict, and I hav 4 spare keys for that beast.

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    getting lock out can cause death. Id make sure it works, first, that spare,

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    i read the TSB, none on this car. for immo or transponder.

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    patrice McCarron Feb 08, 2014

    Thanks I will try finding a dealer. The keys and fob all work as long as the engine isn't running. It's worth the 4 bucks...still cheaper than a locksmith!!!

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    _-__-___-_ Feb 08, 2014

    the security on these cars is complex and hard to work with. so is TPMS. (so many rules and exceptions) on my car, some features can be reprogrammed, i turned off auto locks, horn beeps and headlight stay one delay bs. and more. so do ask the dealer (if true) to turn off all Autolocking features, and exit car, locking, set it up for only you can lock the thing. it's best. IMO, i do think your 1 fob is bad, or the door transponder is NUTS. (bad) the door should have allowed entry no matter what with a good fob. should. (ask them) They sometimes reprogram feature sets for free at some dealer, as a customer relationshop buiding act. but Suzuki is chapter 11 here. and getting help can be hard.



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