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Old 12-28-2012, 09:57 PM   #21
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Figured it out!

Here's how I did it, just in case anyone needs a reference on how to do it for the old style FOB. This is different from the way the owner's manual describes, but I can't do it the official way!!!

Picture of how it all begins. I also have in the picture the flathead screwdriver I used to pry the fob apart.


Take out the key and the faceplate. (Note, I don't think you actually need to do this, but it doesn't hurt)


I pried the FOB at the area shown. Just slip in your flat head screwdriver in a little bit and lever or twist the half apart. Notice that the side with the buttons is the one I pried open. Don't even try the side with the faceplate!!


Here's a close-up of how I pried it apart.


Another close up of what it looks like without the screwdriver in the way. After it got separated that much, I just used my muscle to pry the two halves apart. (Use the flathead screw driver to help you if you lack the strength)


And a picture of what it looks like after you've separated the halves.


And another pic of the separated halves.



Hope this helps someone out.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:10 PM   #22
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Does it all clip back together or do you have to use a bit of loctite around the edges? The two round slotted lugs next to the key ring look like they clip into the two holes on the other cover. But what about the other end??
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:34 PM   #23
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It all clips back together.

There are teeth on one half of the fob. I'm posting pics. I don't have a macro lens but I tried to get a close up of the halves as much as possible. You'll see the teeth on one of the halves of the fob and that's what I took more pictures of in this second set.







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Old 12-29-2012, 12:09 PM   #24
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I went down to the dealership and they pried IT open the Same way that you did. They say the Manual is wrong. Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:00 PM   #25
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Thanks for the info - the manual was useless...

My 2012 Titanium key also started giving low battery warning today, so I bet 18-24mo is about the life.

For reference, the battery is a CR2032
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:50 PM   #26
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Since changing the batteries in the keyfobs didn't get rid of the message, I decided to disconnect the battery yesterday. I disconnected the positive terminal for a couple of minutes and then reconnected it. The message is now gone and everything is working correctly.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:10 AM   #27
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The low battery warning disappeared for me too without me changing the battery on the fob.

I recently updated mft on my vehicle though. Have any of you guys that got the low battery warning updated mft?

I was also thinking that it might be the cold weather. Batteries lose their capacity in cold weather and it has been pretty cold up here recently.

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Manual not wrong

The manual is correct, its just a poor diagram of where to insert flat blade and twist, when done as it states it prizes the two halves apart enough to get a flat object in on both sides from the outside to avoid damaging the case
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:41 AM   #29
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Excellent posts everyone and thanks for the slide-by-slide directions Primetime. I too tried the manual's way (no luck) and even took it to the dealer (less luck there). Glad to have the FF group to show the way!
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Glad this thread is developed. I got the low battery warning last night.
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