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Remote entry key stopped working likely due to a loose battery clip on printed board. repaired clip and key puts out a strong signal but still does not open the doors.

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Remote and key will not unlock the door


When Your Keyless Entry Doesn't Work
  1. Make Sure the Problem Is the Remote: Chances are that your car came with a backup keyless entry device or key fob, so be sure to try that backup one first to make sure that the problem is indeed associated with the non-working key. If the second/backup key fob doesn't work, then the problem lies within the car itself. This can be due to a number of things, including a broken transmitter or memory card and faulty locking mechanisms (such as when door lock switches and motors burn out).
  2. Replace the Battery: Most automotive key fobs can simply be split open via a small slot on the side of the remote, and inside you will find a small coin battery. When a keyless entry device stops working, the first thing you should do is replace that battery, especially if that device is over a year old. The old battery will have a number on it that will indicate the battery size. If you are afraid of breaking the device, you can always bring it to a battery store and have them do it for you. eprogram the Remote: A third common problem seen with car remotes involves loss of memory. This problem is especially seen when there has been a faulty battery in the device. Fortunately, reprograming the remote is a simple process. In most cases, all you need do is enter the vehicle with your key, close the doors, and reprogram the remote by inserting the key in the ignition. Don't start the car but rather rapidly flip the key back and forth between the first and second settings until you hear a chime (similar to a door ajar signal). Press one of the remote buttons (this confirms the programming operation) and then wait for a second chime. Finally, remove the keys from the ignition, exit the vehicle and close and lock all doors, and wait around 20 seconds before trying the remote again to see if it works. Do keep in mind that the exact steps for programming a particular key fob will depend on the make, model, and year of the vehicle, so always consult your owner's manual for specific instructions.

Sep 28, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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Front door locks and trunk


Have you changed the battery in the remote unit yet?

Oct 06, 2008 | 1997 Buick LeSabre

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Both of my keyless entry remotes have stopped working, tried changing batteries and still nothing?


2 possible issues:

1) the new battery installed in the remote, still has a sticker on the bottom, preventing contact of battery to the board

2) the solder has come loose on the under side of the board, on the clip which holds/houses the battery, also giving lack of contact.

Jan 25, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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The remote keyless entry stop working, batteries have been changed in key fob.


Unfortunately MOST battery operated key fobs are poorly built. Its very common for one of the battery contact solder joints inside the fob to break loose. I've repaired more than 30 of them so far. Check the solder joints and re-solder as needed.

Nov 05, 2014 | 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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My remote key entry won't lock the Jeep. I


when you open the fob to change the battery, make sure that none of the soldering on the circuit board has come loose, and if it has, you can pick up a soldering iron for 15 bux, or a new key fob for 350

Apr 03, 2010 | 2003 Jeep Liberty

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Key fob stopped working the door locks. I changed


the circuit boards on those factory remotes, sometime break where the battery is clipped in, check to make sure the solder is holding the clip properly and it is not loose, also they remote may need to be programmed to the vehcile with a scan tool, usually only found at GM, Also the rubber part of the remote on the inside where the pad touchs the circuit board, uses a small screwdriver and touch the exposed circuit, if the remote locks the doors, try putting in tiny peice of alumumn tape of the inside pad, the connectiveness of the rubber wears off. If not try above or dealer.

Sep 28, 2009 | 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Keyless entry doesn't work, batteries good in transmitter,fuses good


there is a tester that checks for Rf signals from your remote. if the batteries are good, you should get a strong signal from it. most likely the remote went bad

May 09, 2009 | Dodge Dakota Cars & Trucks

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Remote entry key stopped working


change the battery of your entry key remote control. that will solve the problem

May 05, 2009 | 2005 Kia Sorento

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Remote keyless intermittent function


I had the same problem. If your car is still under warranty, simply go to the dealer and have the keyless entry remotes replaced. If your car is not under warranty and you do not want to fork over the hefty fee for new remotes, you should be able to repair them yourself.

If you open your keyless remotes, you will likely find that the contacts which hold the battery in place have come unsoldered. Basically, the problem lies in the fact that Daimler/Chrysler used a cold soldering method when adhering the battery contact to the circuit board in some of these remotes. Under normal wear, these cold soldered contacts will eventually bust loose.

In order to repair the remote(s), you will need a soldering iron and solder.

1)Remove the screw from the back of the remote. Pry apart the two halves of the remote using a dime or penny.

2)Remove the circuit board, placing it battery side up. Remove the battery.

3)Carefully place the battery holders contact pins back into their respective holes.

4)Take care to put a small amount of solder on each of the loose contact pins. Put a small bead in both the back and front of each contact pin.

5)Replace the battery and put the circuit board back into the remote. Test to make sure the remote is functioning properly, then snap the back of the remote on and replace the screw.


Don't thank me, credit for how to repair this issue goes to 'Sodapop' from custommagnums.com.

May 01, 2009 | 2005 Dodge Magnum

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Keyless entry stopped working on 05 cobalt now i have to unlock door with the key and when i do that the alarm goes off. Help


Lock all the doors from the inside (with all the doors closed), unlock your driver's door by manually lifting the lock, then press it back down after you are out - this will prevent the alarm from sounding when you use the key to unlock the door.

Aug 02, 2008 | 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe

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