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The range on the use of my key fob for my viper 7141 has gone i have to be right next to the car for it to work, i have changed the batteries and also the spare key fob is exactly the same. I used to be able to lock / unlock it from inside the house but not anymore?

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Refresh my memory cause I'm older than dirt but does your alarm have a little antenna on the windshield? No ? Yes? If yes i want you to unplug the antenna and replug it in if you can. Did you have your windshield replaced or did you put tint on where the antenna is? Both of those can drastically cut down the range.
Now if you do not have a windshield antenna you are going to have to crawl your *** under the dash and find the alarms "brain". Is that possible? If you can, i need you to look for a little black wire coming out of the brain kinda all by itself, ok, do you see it? that Pilgrim is your antenna wire and notice if it is wrapped around other wires? Or is it stretched out like you lying on the couch?? That's kinda good. What you want to do is to move that antenna wire to where it runs north and south (up and down for all you techy types) anyhow i like to even loosly secure it somewhere up in the dash and BONUS POINTS awarded if you find metal because that will act as an extension giving you even somewhat longer range which is what you want. Play around with various settings and placements because every ride is different. good luck, let me know if that does not solve the problem.

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