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Old 02-22-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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Key fob Battery

Does anyone know how fast the IA key fobs drain? I picked up my car in September and the last few days I've had trouble getting the door handle unlock to work properly. It would take 3 or 4 tries to get it to work. I figured I would try the second fob that gets no use and sure enough, first try the doors unlocked if I hit the handle or re-lock if I hit the button right away.

5.5 - 6 months seems like an awful short lifespan.

I'm pretty sure the battery has started to dull and its not something worse but I just want to get everyone's thoughts.


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Old 02-22-2012, 02:24 PM   #2
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it depends on the customer. sometimes the buttons be pressed by accident when in someones pocket. i got a new key for my car almost a year ago and am noticing my key isnt as strong as it was.
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:24 PM   #3
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Do you mean trouble unlocking with the keyless when you put your hand in the handle or with the button on the remote (or both)?
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I believe that the car will actually inform you that the battery in your IA fob is low on power. Are you getting any warnings on the instrument cluster display concerning this?

Also, I seem to remember that there might me a TSB which deals with the lock/unlock issues which people were having several months ago. I'm basing that on memory though and I'm not sure that it deals with your issue.
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I'm seeing the issue when putting my hand on the door. New batteries tonight!
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Do you mean trouble unlocking with the keyless when you put your hand in the handle or with the button on the remote (or both)?
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Also, I seem to remember that there might me a TSB which deals with the lock/unlock issues which people were having several months ago. I'm basing that on memory though and I'm not sure that it deals with your issue.
I wonder, and that was the reason for my question above. I have been having rather sporadic problems recently with the front two handles and keyless entry. When they are acting up, the back two seem to always work fine and the fob button works fine as well. Just trying to find out if blackraven's issue was possibly similar to my problem or more indicative of a battery issue such as problems with all four handles and the fob button.

Of course, being completely sporadic it is one of those "hard to show the dealer" things.
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Do you mean trouble unlocking with the keyless when you put your hand in the handle or with the button on the remote (or both)?
Just the handle from what I can tell. I use it almost exclusively. I noticed it the other day when I went to grab the handle and nothing happened. By accident the pocket that my key was in got closer to the door and then all of a sudden it worked again. I tried playing around with the fob closer and away to see if it would affect the lock and it seemed to.

With the other fob it worked right away without any problems. It could be an intermittent problem and all a coincidence otherwise, but I guess ill just have to spend the $5 for a new battery to see.

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Just for reference, what number/type of battery is it?
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I wonder, and that was the reason for my question above. I have been having rather sporadic problems recently with the front two handles and keyless entry. When they are acting up, the back two seem to always work fine and the fob button works fine as well. Just trying to find out if blackraven's issue was possibly similar to my problem or more indicative of a battery issue such as problems with all four handles and the fob button.

Of course, being completely sporadic it is one of those "hard to show the dealer" things.
This. It has nothing to do with the battery, it's the front doors. The rear doors apparently have stronger sensors in them, because I've had some weird problems with the fronts, as well (usually when it's cold and/or rainy out), but I've never had a stitch of trouble with the rear doors. If you have trouble with the front, try the rear and you'll see it works much better.

Wondering if maybe there's some type of magnetic interference near the front of the car that throws off the sensors when there's rainfall or cold weather...
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This. It has nothing to do with the battery, it's the front doors. The rear doors apparently have stronger sensors in them, because I've had some weird problems with the fronts, as well (usually when it's cold and/or rainy out), but I've never had a stitch of trouble with the rear doors. If you have trouble with the front, try the rear and you'll see it works much better.

Wondering if maybe there's some type of magnetic interference near the front of the car that throws off the sensors when there's rainfall or cold weather...
Now that you mention it, it's been very cold and clammy outside the last few days and the car was covered in a thin layer of schlock for about 3 weeks now. I'll letcha know though, I'm still going to change out the battery since the cost is so low.
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