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the key fob I use all the time seems to be less powerful. meaning I can't always start it from my front door anymore, or even as I walk to the car! while my backup still works just fine. thinking this battery can use replacing. make sense? anyone do it? quick & easy? painful & expensive?
 

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easy peasy. just have to remember to remove the adhesive sticker from the battery! DOH!
 

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not working again. well, finicky. I can lock or unlock from a distance but not remote start. took it apart & put it back together, then remote start worked but couldn't turn it off from a distance (not that I ever knew how). might try another new battery & might use the other fob as my main one & keep this one as the backup
 

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just got oil changed at dealer. they tested the finicky fob, report that it works fine and can't explain why it's intermittent. passed battery and antenna test. in fact antenna test reports exact same as the good fob.

no report about the wire crimp recall I mentioned when I arrived. no mention about the software flash for the key fob the guy mentioned last time. and they rotated the snows even tho I didn't ask them to. guys says ok we'll take charge off and rotate them back. oy meanwhile 2 hrs later ...
 

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walk out to my car & try the finicky fob. no luck. use the good one, no problem. service rep comes walking back from someone else's car. I tell him "see it doesn't work". in disbelief he says "really? show me" so I do that & he says "OK I'll order you a new one, should be here Tuesday"

did I miss something? was there something mysterious about testing the fob when it was being "tested"? did no one try it on the car itself? wtf? what if I didn't cross paths with this guy in the parking lot? not impressed. must be a new year's hangover ... rolling my eyes
 

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Hey rumrunner--sorry to hear about this, and glad they are getting a new fob for you. Do you want me to check for any active recalls? You can also go to recalls.mopar.com to check any closed or open recalls as well.Kori Jeep Social Care Specialist
thank you very much Kori, maybe. that's very generous of you. let me see what transpires w the fob. I got 2 mailers reg the crimp recall, 1 saying please wait for parts and a 2nd saying the parts were in please make an appointment. when I called to make the appointment I was told they wouldn't make an appointment specifically for the recall just the oil change. and they would scan the car when I arrived. I handed both mailers to the rep, he scanned the car and never heard another word about it. shame on me for not asking. now I have 3 options for something that should be off my plate already. 1- go back to dealer or call about it, 2- have you check for me & 3- look it up myself online. I also used up and good portion of a saturday for this and I have to go back tomorrow if they call me w the new fob. they couldn't be nicer so let me let them resolve my question. seems like the fair thing to do. make sense?
 

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read the work order which mentioned the open crimp recall. called the Rep who explained they did a flash. went back today for the replacement fob. the 2yr warranty extension I bought has a $100 deductible so I paid that. now I have a good spare again to toss in a drawer :/ also got another flash today but the Rep didn't know what it was for. weird. got out in time to go for a nice long 40 mile bike ride in the cold. may be driving daughter back to school in VT tomorrow. good to get stuff resolved & looking forward to a road trip w my girl
 

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still have 1 fob that only works in my pocket & one that can activate the remote start. the "good one" may need a battery because it seems to only work now if I'm closer to the car. might as well change them both - off to get a cpl CR 2032 s!
 

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yep that's what it was. it was warning me. last trip to the grocery store tonight the remote start didn't work at all, not even standing next to the car. new battery fixed that. 100 feet away even thru buildings, easy peasy. amazing

the funky fob is still funky, even w/ another new battery. the unlock / lock works from 100 feet away & starts the car fine from in my pocket. back in the key basket it goes

but what are battery manufacturers thinking? I almost slit my wrist trying to get the darn batteries out of the packaging
 

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for my record, only 2 months? later the FOB was acting up so I replaced the battery & it seems better. wonder if I got a bad battery or if something else is going on. the keyless entry, even w/ the new battery didn't work 1 time today
 

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hmmm, acting up again. inconsistent remote start & keyless entry (I have to sometimes use the unlock button on the fob). took out the older fob which has a non-functioning remote start but seems more reliable. thinking I'll use it for the time being. also thinking about visiting my local master locksmith for a new aftermarket fob & programming ...
 

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Might need to take it apart and check the contacts. I think @Mark_ had a similar issue. Maybe he'll chime in on what he did to fix it...😎
thank you. wouldn't be surprised. I'm a lazy, impatient SOB, that remote starts his car every start, all year long, as I'm walking to my car, cuz I don't want to wait for everything to boot up. I did look at the electronics & didn't see anything yelling out to me to be soldered
 

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They get dirty inside. Use some contact cleaner if you have some, or isopropyl alcohol works just as well, on the contacts (button side + circuit board).l
thank you. don't see how I would have access to inside these tiny buttons. or do you mean just flood them w/ alcohol?
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Ok that's a different design than the KL fobs. The KL fob has ... Anyway, try the alcohol, allow to dry for a minute or two, and see if that helps. Rubbing alcohol is safe, it won't melt anything in there.
OK, but not a KL FOB?
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maybe there's a problem w/ the hood sensor?
 

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took a peak at the hood connector. couldn't figure out how to disconnect it. moved it in & out & wiggled it several times. remote start seems to be working. but it's been intermittent anyway, so not sure
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6am 4F degrees & windy, another perfect remote start. I'll remote start it all day long, or at least try to. got an all day road trip w/ several stops down & back
 
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