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Old 04-28-2013, 04:41 PM
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I was curious, I cant see any screws on the housing so I guess the internal battery of these key fobs arent easy to reach. Are these batteries changeable? I was talking to an F150 owner he stated that the dodge keys are dumb because once the battery is dead, the whole key has to be replaced. I don't know if this is factual or just a jab at dodge's in particular (he close minded on anything not Ford or Toyota).

An interesting thought would be that the battery is automatically getting recharged when placed in the ignition but I dunno if thats possible.

Note that I am not having issues with the fob, but wondering later down the road.
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I dropped mine the other day and it popped open- battery exposed just like you'd expect. I snapped it back together with one click. I think when the time comes I'll just use one of those plastic trim removal tools to pry it open again.
On a related note.. I have a 96 RAM with a keyless entry and I have never replaced the batteries on that fob even once.
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I dropped mine the other day and it popped open- battery exposed just like you'd expect. I snapped it back together with one click. I think when the time comes I'll just use one of those plastic trim removal tools to pry it open again.
On a related note.. I have a 96 RAM with a keyless entry and I have never replaced the batteries on that fob even once.
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Just an FYI, To open the FOB, pull the key out and stick the key in the end of the FOB that is now exposed and twist and gently pry the FOB open. Will open length wise.
Pull the 2 halves apart. To close, squeeze the end you put into the ignition first then squeeze it tight, should all snap together. The battery is easily assessable. double check that you don't put the new battery in backwards, easy to do. Good Luck.
PS, just had one off my POD replaced under warranty today.. It had been intermittent and they said it was ok, so I made sure it was not intermittent anymore. Nothing a 9v battery can't fix.
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Just an FYI, To open the FOB, pull the key out and stick the key in the end of the FOB that is now exposed and twist and gently pry the FOB open. Will open length wise.
Pull the 2 halves apart. To close, squeeze the end you put into the ignition first then squeeze it tight, should all snap together. The battery is easily assessable. double check that you don't put the new battery in backwards, easy to do. Good Luck.
PS, just had one off my POD replaced under warranty today.. It had been intermittent and they said it was ok, so I made sure it was not intermittent anymore. Nothing a 9v battery can't fix.
Thanks for the how to, it makes me less worried if ever the battery starts to act up
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Just an FYI, To open the FOB, pull the key out and stick the key in the end of the FOB that is now exposed and twist and gently pry the FOB open. Will open length wise.
Pull the 2 halves apart. To close, squeeze the end you put into the ignition first then squeeze it tight, should all snap together. The battery is easily assessable. double check that you don't put the new battery in backwards, easy to do. Good Luck.
PS, just had one off my POD replaced under warranty today.. It had been intermittent and they said it was ok, so I made sure it was not intermittent anymore. Nothing a 9v battery can't fix.
when you say 9 volt battery, is that what the key fob requires or is a specialty battery?
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it is like a watch battery
about the size of a thick nickel
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it is like a watch battery
about the size of a thick nickel
Thanks, I guess it doesnt have a serial number to go by?

I'm just asking since my brother's key fob battery died at 89,000 kms/56,000 miles so I might look to replace mine soon.
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Any one know if the FOB will have to be reprogrammed if you leave the battery out for any lengh of time?
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Below's a link for the battery swap on the keyfobs someone posted recently.

http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Dodge-Ram-1500-Key-Fob-Battery-Replacement-Guide/index.html


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Any one know if the FOB will have to be reprogrammed if you leave the battery out for any lengh of time?
Vehicle battery or keyfob's battery?

I don't believe an unattended keyfob [from battery] will effect it's tunning or memory abilities.
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