Remote Key Faulty Not Working

What To Do If Your Remote Key Is Not Working From Distance

We’ve all been there, casually walking away from our car with fob in hand, and testing it out to see how far away we can activate central locking from. You press the button and wait to hear that satisfying clunk… except, disaster! It doesn’t seem to be working. Despite reducing the distance little by little, it becomes clear that your remote key fob is having problems. So, what to do? We’ve compiled some possible solutions to this frustrating problem, starting with the most obvious…

Test the battery

That’s right, it’s likely to be just a flat battery, and happily this is the easiest fix. It’s also fairly inexpensive, so it’s a great starting point. If you replace the battery and the fob still isn’t working, then it’s worth testing the battery too, if you have a tester. A methodical approach to problems like this is always the best. But, if the battery is fine and still nothing…

Check the door’s locking mechanisms

When you’re close to the car you’ll usually hear that “clunk” of the solenoid. If you do, and the door doesn’t unlock, the issue is probably the mechanism rather than the receiver or transmitter. Test this in another way by using the lock buttons inside the car, to see if they lock and unlock the doors. If they work but the fob still doesn’t, then try…

Cleaning the contacts

A lot of remote fobs use a button embedded into a flexible membrane. It’s meant to connect with a matching interlocking pattern of copper on the circuit board. Sometimes these buttons will not work due to a build up of dirt or moisture, so gently cleaning them with a rough cloth or pencil eraser could fix the problem.

And then…

At this point, you have tried everything reasonable for the technical enthusiast. Paying for a new fob is the next logical step. But, instead of paying for the fob to be replaced, come to us at Autotronics. We can repair your electronics part, and it will always be a much more affordable alternative to ordering a replacement part from a dealership. At Autotronics we offer a warranty with all our repairs for your peace of mind, and our turnaround times go from 1 to 4 working days.

So, don’t struggle with faulty fobs, let Autotronics pick up the slack, and you’ll be locking and unlocking from distance again in no time!