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A while back I went to Vegas and left my keys at home. When I returned, the remote on the set of keys I always used just stopped working. Other set worked, so I swapped out the battery assuming it was a dead. Still no go, and remote #2 worked with the battery from #1. <p>Confused how it happened just sitting there, but not wanting to spend hundreds on a new remote, I switched keys and lived in harmony for several months. I used the dead remote when I would go to the gym or running, so as not to bring my massive (almost as big as my GF's set of keys... embarassing) keys with me. <p>Suddenly, this last week it started to work, which apparently drove key #2 into a possessed fury. I was walking out to my car (with both keys on me) and the panic alarm started to go off. Odd, as I've never accidentally set off the panic before, but possible within the natural realm. <p>Then last night I get home, lock the car and walk up the stairs to my door. Then like a bad scene from a horror movie, i realize something is wrong. I turn around to the soft glow of the parking and puddle lights. My car sat staring at me. Mocking me. Daring me to move lest it set off the panic alarm again at midnight. I slowly raise my arm and turn the puddle lights off, start backing up the stairs only to have them turn back on seconds later. <p> Being the obstinate bastard I am, I turned them off again, and made it to my door, looked back and they were back on. I gave up, went inside and hoped my car would start in the morning. I called the local Bishop and have an appointment to cleanse the FOBs in holy water.
 

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hahahhaha<p>SOunds like one of the remotes is damaged.<p>Take the battery out of one, and buy a new one for the other.<p>See it it still happens.<p>You'll only have 1 remote with a fresh batter. If all is well, try that battery in other remote.<p>I bet one remote has a button suck or a short inside.
 

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Re: Both of My Key Remotes Are Now Possessed (zabto)

The radioactive meteorite that Ichiro sleeps with under his pillow has an adverse reaction on the functionality of Volvo remotes. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Both of My Key Remotes Are Now Possessed (dave_n_ruth)

+1 for a stuck/dirty button... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Both of My Key Remotes Are Now Possessed (dave_n_ruth)

You could wrap the remotes in aluminum foil. Kind of like a tinfoil hat in "Signs".
 

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Re: Both of My Key Remotes Are Now Possessed (58ford)

Oooh... I like that idea. The ladies would love it. Flashing them the shiny, silver keys. <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Both of My Key Remotes Are Now Possessed (zabto)

I'd suggest fresh batteries for both just to rule that out. They tend to act funny when voltage gets low.
 

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id suggest a hammer if they werent so damn expensive... i hate these keys
 

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Re: Both of My Key Remotes Are Now Possessed (zabto)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zabto</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">A while back I went to Vegas and left my keys at home. When I returned, the remote on the set of keys I always used just stopped working. Other set worked, so I swapped out the battery assuming it was a dead. Still no go, and remote #2 worked with the battery from #1. <p>Confused how it happened just sitting there, but not wanting to spend hundreds on a new remote, I switched keys and lived in harmony for several months. I used the dead remote when I would go to the gym or running, so as not to bring my massive (almost as big as my GF's set of keys... embarassing) keys with me. <p>Suddenly, this last week it started to work, which apparently drove key #2 into a possessed fury. I was walking out to my car (with both keys on me) and the panic alarm started to go off. Odd, as I've never accidentally set off the panic before, but possible within the natural realm. <br> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I has a similar problem with my remotes; they would work fine and then not work at random. Unfortunately, they would always work 100% when I took it into the dealership.<p>After closely monitoring the times they would not work, I found the problem. It all has to do with the battery connection. When I would hold the remote and press the lock/unlock button(s), I would also slightly squeeze the remote itself (natural result of applying force to the button). This, in turn, would sometimes cause the bottom of the backing plate to lift slightly and cause the battery connection to be lost. Thus, it would not work. The remote worked 100% if I applied additional pressure to the bottom of the remote to ensure a good battery connection.<p>When I presented my findings to my dealership, they immediately replaced the remote fob and it's been fine ever since.<p>I hope this helps.<p>Jeff
 

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Re: Both of My Key Remotes Are Now Possessed (jclough)

That reminds me of something I've been meaning to ask - what IS the warranty on the FOB? Mine has been acting up as well and I came to same conclusion that it was probably the battery connection so was thinking of going back to the dealer with it to have it replaced. If it's covered, I'll definately do that!
 

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Re: Both of My Key Remotes Are Now Possessed (wdodge52)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>wdodge52</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That reminds me of something I've been meaning to ask - what IS the warranty on the FOB? Mine has been acting up as well and I came to same conclusion that it was probably the battery connection so was thinking of going back to the dealer with it to have it replaced. If it's covered, I'll definately do that!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I would think that they are covered for the full four year warranty period, excepting abuse, of course.
 

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Re: Both of My Key Remotes Are Now Possessed (jclough)

I had one of my keys replaced because it was very loose and it got annoying. It was covered under warranty. I really hate these keys because they continue to get loose and the black plastic trim around the battery cover breaks easily. My VW GTI has a better key.
 

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anyone figure a way to get around the $275plus charge for a key thingy? i called a couple dealers and seems this is the ONLY way. i also just bought an r and only had 1 key....and im not good with keys and not losing them.
 
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