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My Ram does not always respond to button presses on the remote keyless entry.

The batteries are fine.

Sometimes it will take 10 or more presses of the button.

Anyone have any ideas?
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if its not the batteries did you try the other remote? i would take it to the dealer if its still under warranty
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Like hemiv8dodgeram1500 says, check your other remote(s). If it/they work, then your dealing with a remote issue. If it/they demonstrate the same problem, then it's a systems issue. If they all demonstrate the same problem, did this just start to happen. Was right after anything in particular, such as body work, or dash work, stereo upgrade, etc. If so, it could be that the work affected the antenna connection to the remote receiver.
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Happens with both remotes. Talked to one of the service managers at the dealer about it and he said the only for them to troubleshoot it is for it to happen right in front of them.

Kind of like going to the Dr and all of sudden you feel better until an hour after you leave the Dr.
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My Ram does not always respond to button presses on the remote keyless entry.

The batteries are fine.

Sometimes it will take 10 or more presses of the button.

Anyone have any ideas?
Probably a WIN module issue. RFI is possible but not terribly likely.
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Intermittent issues are the worst, especially with electronics. It's really hard to fix something that's working just fine, unless you are lucky enough to have had long term experience with the problem, and see the same thing over and over.

Since I dealt with a similar issue about 4 years ago...not with a vehicle remote, but an RF based remote none the less, I have to ask if the problem only happens at a certain location, or a certain time of day. Is it consistent in a certain location at a certain time of day. Our world is so cluttered with RF signals, that some areas are capable of RF swamping the receiver so that it can't 'hear' the remote. This is usually a location specific problem. If yours is intermittent everywhere...how often does it happen? Does it happen more often in the heat....in the cold.

My previous question still stands, did this problem just show up recently?
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If it happens every where, home, store, work, etc.
it won't be a a radio frequency interference problem

it WILL be either your FOB(s) themselves, or the FOB batteries

the truck may be 3 months old, but, they have had the FOBs with batteries inside sitting on the shelf for who knows how long
they replaced both my FOBs & did the software update, its been about a year & the one that i have been using is beginning to show signs of it again, i have not yet tried the spare FOB, it just sits in my toolbox in the garage
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Its not location specific. It started within a week of picking up my truck.

Problem is, if I open the door with the valet key the alarm goes off. Not sure if I put the FOB in the ignition if it will kill the alarm. This truck has one of those fancy ignition keys, doesn't look like a key at all.
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just wait until your in a down pour, like i as, i couldn't get into my Ram, i was there at the dealership 30 minutes before they opened the next day
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Just did a test and unlocked the door with the hidden non-electronic key. Alarm did not sound until I opened the door.

Putting the electronic key in the ignition killed the alarm.

This tells me even if I have a dead battery in the remote, I'll still be able to get into the truck which is fine. But, it raises another question.

Does this fancy electronic key have a chip the ignition is reading or is it receiving an electronic signal which is reliant on the battery being in good shape in the remote?
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