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Old 10-10-2011, 07:44 AM
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Default RFE/ key fob malfunction

I know this has been addressed, but I guess I'm having one of those (30) minutes where I can't find anything. I did several searches for this topic, but couldn't come up with the correct combination of key words to find it...

I'm not even sure this is in the correct section....


I've got a '10 CC Sport with about 13K miles on it. I bought it about a year and a half or so ago.

My problem is with the unlock portion of the key fob. The damn thing will work when it wants to. Actually more often than not I will have to hit the button 8 or 10 times before it'll unlock the driver's door, then no matter how many more times I push the button it won't unlock the others.

I am able to sometimes hit the "lock" button, then immediately hit the unlock button, which will get the driver's door to unlock. This will sometimes wake up the other doors too, but usually not.

I've tried pulling the fob apart. I sprayed it out with "canned air". I checked the condition of the contacts around the battery, etc. Nothing seemed to be loose, broken, or even discolored.

Could this be a something as simple as my battery getting weak? Even though it's been less than 2 yrs? Could this be something a bit more problematic than a simple battery, which would involve a trip to the dealership?

I'm not sure how the coding in the key works, but the truck never fails to start up on the first turn of the key. It's getting in that seems to be the problem at times.

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Old 10-10-2011, 07:09 PM
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**update**

I've replaced the battery to no effect. The damn thing doesn't even work at all now. I will be heading off to the dealership at the first opportunity.

I have swapped over to my other fob, it works as advertised 100% of the time. I believe it's a gizmo issue, and not within the truck.

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Old 10-10-2011, 07:21 PM
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LOL its a common issue

i had my system Flashed
dealer replaced both FOBs, after i got caught out in a rain storm with groceries

lately i do the unlock & lock thing & i have resorted to
doing the remote start & then unlock, works every time

my batteries are due for replacement, they are now 31 months old
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Sounds like even though nothing LOOKS wrong in the FOB, the circuit card is hosed. Might just need a new FOB...
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The Dealership charges a arm & leg for the replacement FOBs, unless they are still covered by warranty & they have to Flash the vehicle & they charge for it also

going to a Certified Locksmith is cheaper & they can also flash the vehicle

You can also get a good deal on eBay, BUT make certain that it is a Brand New FOB, never used, watch out for sellers that read Guaranteed to work, it is a USED FOB & won't work in yours
some sellers won't sell outside of the USA

it will cost you about $110 US online
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fortunately the truck is only a year and a half old with about 13K miles, so the warranty is still in effect.

The hard part will be finding the time to go up to the dealership.

Thanks for the help everyone

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