Key Fob Not Working? Here’s What You Can Do

key fob not workingKey Fob not Working? Here’s What You Can Do

Key fobs are convenient to many car owners, but they may eventually stop working from time to time.

Whether it’s because the battery has gone out or because there may be other minor problems with the remote that is preventing it from unlocking or locking your vehicle.

What are some things you should be looking out for when you come across a key fob not working?

  1. Check that the remote is actually bad by using a back up remote
  2. Replace the key fob battery if needed
  3. Take the key fob apart and check for any broken contacts or misaligned buttons
  4. Try reprogramming the remote yourself or have a professional do it for you
  5. Replace the remote if needed

How do you know your Car Key Remote (Fob) is actually not working?

After using your backup remote, if it unlocks and locks perfectly fine, then you do not need to replace or trouble shoot your fob. However, if it doesn’t work, it can be one of two things: either the backup remote is bad, or there may be mechanical problems with your fob. Lastly, you want to check that your physical key works and is able to manually open your locks.

What if my car is a Push Button Ignition?

Some of today’s cars operate when the key fob is close by. Many vehicles usually have a physical key for locking and unlocking the doors, but it may be hidden. The fob will often have a hidden key inside. If for whatever reason you do not have a physical key, you can check the fob for a release button or a switch.

Other issues car owners will run into is that most cars will not have any visible place to insert a key. Many cars still have a key hole, but it can be hidden behind the trim of the door handle.

With the Key Fob Not Working,  the best advice is to always make sure to check the battery and the buttons on the device. If changing the battery does not help and the buttons seem fine, your other option is to have it checked out by a professional. Most problems can be internal, and the device has to be picked apart to check if the components are functioning properly.

Do I need to reprogram my Key Fob?

Yes, in order to be able to unlock and lock a vehicle, the Key Fob must be programmed and synced. This way it has full functionality. However, in order for a car key remote to work, it has to be effectively paired with the receiver unit in your car. This will prevent anyone from walking up to your car and being able to use their fob to unlock your car. A professional locksmith will be able to reprogram your key fob quickly for a fraction of the price that a dealer would charge you.

What if I have an after-market security system?

If the security system includes remote controlled door locks in addition to an alarm, you will have to check for any special reprogramming procedures associated with the system you bought.

Call an Automotive Locksmith

Though it may not be your first choice, calling an automotive locksmith when your key fob is not working is a smart idea. Automotive Locksmiths are trained to handle emergency situations with key fobs which help you save time and money. Is your key fob not working? Don’t cancel your appointment, give West Hollywood Locksmith a call today. (323) 306-5221.