Key Fob Problem

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Michael Roback, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. I have a 2006 Forester. Recently I noticed that I was having a problem
    with the alarm key fob. The battery seemed like it was dying and would
    open but often not lock the car. I took out the battery and checked it
    and tester said it was okay. Changed the battery with a new one and it
    unlocks slightly better but still will not lock car. Used spare fob that
    came with the car and no problem. Do these fobs just spontaneously
    break. I did not drop it or damage it recently that I know of. Any
    suggestions? What do these fobs cost new and do they need to be
    programmed, and ... do I need a new one???
     
    Michael Roback, Dec 25, 2009
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  2. Michael Roback

    johninky Guest

    My guess is there is nothing wrong with the fob. Problem more likely
    is the linkage inside the driver's door needs adjusted/cleaned.
     
    johninky, Dec 25, 2009
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  3. Michael Roback

    nobody > Guest


    "johninky"
    Reread the original post..

    Mike:
    2006 Forester
    ">>Used spare fob that came with the car and no problem.<<

    "Do these fobs just spontaneously break. I did not drop it or damage it
    recently that I know of. Any suggestions? What do these fobs cost new
    and do they need to be programmed, and ... do I need a new one???"

    It's possible that the bad fob and/or the security system "forgot" the
    programming. I had that happen on my 2000 OB. There's a procedure in the
    owner's manual on "reprogramming" the system to read a remote, try that.

    But... fobs/remotes/clickers/(whatever you want to call'um) do die.
    Smart Service (Seattle indie Soob shop) charged $65 for a new remote for
    my wife's '97 OBS, including programming.
     
    nobody >, Dec 27, 2009
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  4. Michael Roback

    synthius2002 Guest

    $65 for a new remote for my wife's '97 OBS, including programming.

    Ouch! I've had some remote problems, and I read the manual in the
    glove box, and I seem to recall that it tells you how to program the
    remote yourself.

    Nils
     
    synthius2002, Dec 27, 2009
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  5. Michael Roback

    David Guest

    If one of your remotes works well and the other not, the problem is
    clearly not with the car, but with the troublesome remote.
    There are almost always one of two problems with these remotes. The
    first is the most common. Weak battery. At $2 to $3 it is well worth
    the risk to buy a new battery. You wrote that you had checked the
    battery, so I'm assuming you know how to open the remote and replace the
    battery. BTW some service centers use two batteries stacked to double
    the power.
    The second problem is cracked/broken connections within the printed
    circuit board. It's not that difficult to deform the pcbs in these
    little hand-held devices and after awhile, a connection may become
    intermittent. Try giving the pcb a close look with some kind of
    magnifying lens. Look especially closely around the battery and button
    connections. If you find something that looks a bit dodgy, resoldier
    the connection or take it to a car audio/security shop or your local
    independent Subie specialist.

    Good luck,
    David
     
    David, Dec 27, 2009
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  6. Good post. He 'could' swap the batteries between the 2 remotes and see
    if the problem follows the suspect battery.
     
    1 Lucky Texan, Dec 29, 2009
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