My Car Key Remote is Not Working?
Posted 09/26/22 by Elspeth Myers
What are Car Key Remotes?
Car key remotes are primarily responsible for controlling specific aspects of your vehicle. Initially, car key remotes were limited to operating car locks. But recent technological advancements mean that the car key remote is no longer humble. Instead, it can control locks, start vehicles, adjust windows, and engage car alarms.
Your car key remote is like a miniature radio transmitter; in the sense that it sends signals to the corresponding receiver in your vehicle. Did you know that lithium coin batteries power most car key remotes?
Here are some reasons why your car key remote is not working:
The Battery is Dead.
Batteries are the primary power source for car key remotes and work directly with the transmitter in the car remote key; most of these batteries have a long shelf life. However, once drained of power, a dead battery can leave a car key remote useless!
For a replacement battery, you can arrange a key battery replacement here.
Damaged Transmitter or Receiver.
Car key remotes run on the basic transmission and reception communication principle, exchanging signals with a paired receiver. As a result, they can perform various actions, from locking the car door to starting the engine.
If the car key remote transmitter is damaged, it cannot successfully interact with the car’s receiver. In addition, loose connections and internal damage can affect the remote transmitter. Car remote transmitter damage is challenging to fix; however, one of the technicians at 3D Autokeys can repair a faulty key remote quickly.
My Car Key Remote is Broken.
A broken car key remote is a common reason for faulty car key remotes. Suppose your car key remote’s internal mechanics, such as battery terminals and other soldered parts, are displaced or damaged. In that case, the car key remote will not work, even if your transmitter and receiver are fully functional.
Your car key remote can be appropriately programmed or equipped with a transmitter and corresponding receiver. Still, if the buttons on your receiver are not working, your car key remote will not work.
Let’s figure this out!
Is the car remote not working consistently?
If your car key remote is working inconsistently, it is often a sign of an underlying issue with your car remote battery. A good example is having to press the buttons on your car remote multiple times for it to work. This can signify a weakening car remote battery or damaged internal connections.
Another common sign of this is the need for increased proximity. For example, most car remotes can send signals over 15 metres. But if you have to bring the transmitter and receiver together for your car remote to work, it indicates a car remote battery problem.
Is the spare car key remote working?
One of the best ways to determine that your current car remote has a deeper issue is to test your spare car key. Every driver needs a spare car key for instances like these. Not to mention a spare is necessary if you ever find yourself locked out of your vehicle!
If the problem originates from a weak battery, you will notice that the spare car remote works better than your original car key remote. However, if the spare car remote shows the same issues as the original car remote, it might be an issue with the car’s signal receiver.
Do not meddle with the key; call an automotive locksmith and have an authorised technician work on your car remote. Taking apart your car remote without the proper training will likely damage your car remote.
What Should You Do?
Consult the Midland’s most trusted automotive locksmith team. We’re trained to repair or replace key fobs.
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