How to Fix a Car Fob Not Working
Today, the hustle culture dominates. We find ourselves in constant movement, in one place one hour, at another the next. So imagine our dread when we stand in the parking lot, try to unlock our car, then…nothing happens.
We try again and again but to no avail. The culprit?
Our car fob not working.
Learn how to fix this dreaded issue down below and save stress, time, and money!
Time to Switch Up…the Batteries?
Car fob issues can have very simple problems with very DIY solutions. For one, their batteries might die. Of course, we may need to hitch a ride with someone or use a ride-share service to replace it.
That aside, we can easily replace it ourselves. It’s so easy, in fact, that many people keep backup batteries.
Car fobs have small sliding tabs that expose their batteries when removed. Note the current battery’s voltage and orientation to correctly insert the new battery.
Deconstruct and Repair
Unfortunately, changing the battery might fail to do the trick. Now, we must deconstruct our car fob. Sometimes, things break or misalign throughout all of our hustling and bustling during the day.
If you end up with wet car keys or a wet car fob, that might be the cause of the dysfunction.
This scenario can involve the need for professionals who repair or reprogram the car fob as necessary with materials like programmers similar to what we see here.
Replace and Solve
Sometimes, no matter the repairs, we need to replace our car fobs. It may cost us as little as $50 to a couple hundred. Either way, this remains a necessary expense, as it frees a barrier to and from places we must attend.
But, what should we do if we find ourselves in a parking lot without batteries or professional help with a dysfunctional car fob?
We can place the physical key into our ignition to try and start the car or hold the key beside a push-button system.
What Other Issues Exist Besides Our Car Fob Not Working?
In reality, car fobs only have a few things that could go wrong. Yet, some of those repairs can cost us extra money or valuable time. Thus, we should check out other issues that may prevent us from unlocking our cars.
For example, the car battery could have died. A car also refuses to start up when this happens. We can easily drain our battery if our lights stay on for too long.
Additionally, the actuator may malfunction. Actuators turn electrical energy into something useful like idle speed. As such, they cause similar problems when things go wrong.
Car Fobs and Their Issues
Overall, we hope this article has revealed helpful information when we find ourselves in a situation with a car fob not working. Most car fob issues have relatively straightforward solutions that we can often implement ourselves.
So, step back, take a deep breath, and approach the situation with a calm, clear mind. We can do this. We can get ourselves out of this situation with minimal stress and to our appointment on time.
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