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Old 03-06-2013, 11:29 PM
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So today, my key fob decides to stop communicating with my truck. At this time, it's parked in front of the hotel I'm staying at out of town and it's 6am. I've had issues before with the fob not communicating with the truck before, but button mashing has fixed that in the past. It's not enjoyable when you're standing next to your truck mashing the unlock key and nothing happens.

Now, having had an '07, if you unlock it and put the key in the ignition and try to start the vehicle while the alarm is going off, the truck basically paralyzes itself and you can't do anything, so I figured it's the same with my newer truck.

I unlocked the door, and alarm is going off... remember, fob isn't working... so alarm keeps going off. I tried the unlock from INSIDE the damned cab and nothing.

So I manually lock it up and decide to walk the 8 minutes to the college that I'm taking a week-long course at. The alarm is still going off and I just know I'm pissing people off in the hotel, but there's nothing I can do about it.

At lunch I decided to walk to the store and get a new battery for the fob, that must be the issue. I try it all again with a new battery, still nothing. So now I'm not too happy that I'm stuck 700kms away from home with a fob that won't work. I call my brother who works at a Chrysler dealership and he tells me to just unlock it and put the fob in the ignition, it'll be fine.

I open the door manually, alarm goes off, put the key in the ignition and alarm turns off, then the truck starts just fine. I drive to to the college, get out, and try to lock it with the fob, and everything works just fine

After talking to one of the electronics guys at my brother's dealership, he tells me that these new fobs sometimes 'forget' their programming, and the button mashing works just fine, but every so often it needs a kick in the nuts and inserting it into the ignition fixes it. I don't know how or why, but now the rest of you know too.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:39 PM
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All these electronics in our trucks is supposed to make things better! Yeah RIGHT! Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:40 PM
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Yeah, loved being locked out of the truck in Vermillion and my spare key's in Calgary
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:45 PM
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Gotta love that! I was in Vermilion last week! Hey are you going to be home the weekend of the 23rd? I'll be in Calgary that weekend and all the next week, should get together.
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Weird that you could start the truck. But it was a good thing in this situation!!
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When my '09 decides it wants to ignore the unlock door feature, i Remote start it & then unlock the doors
Wish i had discovered that when i was locked out of the '09 Ram, arms full of groceries in a down pour
I drove my Ram to the dealership right then, groceries & all

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Gotta love that! I was in Vermilion last week! Hey are you going to be home the weekend of the 23rd? I'll be in Calgary that weekend and all the next week, should get together.
I will actually be in town that week. I go back to work on the monday morning, so to my knowledge I'm free. Maybe try and get people together for a sunday coffee meet.
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Never heard of a fob freaking out like that, that would thoroughly piss me off, glad everything is ok now though

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Whenever mine starts acting up i just take the fob apart and clean the contacts for the buttons with a slight abrasive. At least it has always solved my problem.
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Whenever mine starts acting up i just take the fob apart and clean the contacts for the buttons with a slight abrasive. At least it has always solved my problem.
I took a small piece of 800 grit paper I had in my tool box to the push button contacts, and pried up the 4 pins that contact the negative side of the battery, nadda.
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