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Old 02-02-2011, 04:51 PM
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I'm trying to get to the battery in my Key Fobs as both seem to have issues with unlocking at certain times. I did some google searching and found some threads of people that with the 2010 Rams there is a TSB to do a flash which seemed to help a lot of people. Other people have said they have adjusted the contacts or changed the CR2032 batteries and that helped.

I figure the easiest thing to do would be change the CR2032 batteries because I can get them for really cheap locally brand new. I can get them for like .15 cents a battery so I figured it would be easiest to try that first. The thing is..I don't see any screw on the key fobs. Every key Fob i've ever had has had a screw in the past in which you can use a mini phillips and pop the fob open.

These key fobs don't have any screw but when I remove the Valet key I do see a small opening that I could fit a small flat head into and wedge or try to pop it open that way. I just have read that these fobs are pretty pricey so I don't want to break this thing if there's some other way to open the FOB.

Would a small flat head be the best way to pry open the Fob? Thanks in advance.
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Hello, I have a 2008 and I just replaced the batteries in mine and they just pry (gently) apart and go back together very easily. I would guess that yours are the same since you don't have any screws. Good Luck.
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thanks Sk8....often times what looks the most obvious is anything but. Ive had a few posts on here in the past where I thought the answer was obvious and it would seem obvious and the answer was anything but obvious...lol.

In this case, once you said yours didn't have any screw I just started wedging slowly with my fingers and sure enough it popped right off. There's a connector on each corner of the 4 corners of the remote. I took out the CR2032 Panasonic Battery and put in a brand new one I just bought for .15 cents. I bought 5 CR2032 batteries for .83 cents...so technically it was 16 and a half cents for each one...I can live with that. Now i'll see if the Fob operates more consistently..if not I'll get that TSB update/flash if necessary. Thanks for the confirmation on prying the fob open.....much appreciated.
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UPDATE:

Just wanted to update this and say that my fobs are working MUCHHHHH better now. I've read this has happened with a lot of people. Seems like DCX got some real crappy Panasoinc CR2032 batteries. These 2032'S don't have any expiration dates on them as a standard battery would have so who knows how old these batteries were.

I found it odd that my backup keyfob that i hardly ever used had the same, exact issue where it worked intermittently and from a distance was nearly impossible to use. I could never use remote start from any further away then say 20 feet or so. I just used remote start from my apt this morning with the new CR2032 and when I walked down the stairs to my truck which is about 100 feet away or so....it was running! Best 16 and 1/2 cents i've ever spent....really.
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Good information! Is there a specific brand of CR2032's you recommend?
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Hey Mike...how's it goin' man? As far as specific Brand...I would just try to get something that isn't old. Ebay apparently has a lot of "old" batteries and my guess is DCX probably unknowingly got a really old set of juiced CR2032s. The ones in my fobs were panasonic but that means nothing if they are years
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I know someone that works for a place that specializes in pretty good quality, very low price/low cost components and one of the items happens to be CR2032 Batteries. If anyone else is having this issue (and as I read it's pretty common on the 2010 fobs) I will gladly buy and send them at no cost a 5 pack of these CR2032 batteries since I can get them so cheaply.

This forum has been good to me with helpful information from the likes of you Mike....Jared, and several others so anyone that needs CR2032's and that's having this issue..just PM me with your address and I'll get a 5 pack of brand new CR2032's shipped out to you sometime no later then next week. That's the least I can do as this forum has been good to me.

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Hey Derek. That's a great offer. Mine are doing just fine, thanks.
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Mike, glad to hear all is well with ya man. See you're still an awesome attribute to the forum as always. You need any of the CR2032 batteries? If so just let me know man..i'll get them out asap.
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I'm good with my batteries, man. Thanks though!
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I had the same issue, and got my batteries at the local autozone. They were energizer or duracell. Definitely took care of the problem!
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