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What to Do if Your Keyless Entry System Locks You Out

June 21, 2019


If your car’s key fob stops working, the situation may range from annoying to dangerous, especially if your child or pet is locked in the vehicle. Fortunately, there are ways to gain entry to your car even if your key fob has you locked out. Here’s what to do.

Common Key Fob Problems

Most problems with key fobs fall into a few basic categories, including:

Dead fob battery: Key fobs run on batteries, so changing the battery may fix the problem.

Weak signal: Whether due to a low battery or a problem with the antenna or wiring, sometimes key fobs send out weak signals. Try placing the fob right next to the door handle and hitting the unlock button again.

Defective unlock button: Try pushing the other buttons on the fob, such as the lock button or the trunk release. If these buttons work, the unlock button has worn out and you will need a new fob.

Lost code: Most key fobs use a rolling code that changes each time for security. Occasionally, a miscommunication between the fob and the vehicle messes up the code. In this case, you will need to have the fob reprogrammed.

Faulty door locks: Like any system that runs on electricity, power door locks are subject to blown fuses and wiring problems. You may need to have your car’s electrical system examined.

Dead car battery: If your car battery is dead, none of the electrically powered systems will work, including the door locks.

How to Access Your Vehicle

  •         If you have a spare key fob that is programmed for that vehicle, see if it works.
  •         Look for a hidden key inside your fob. There may be a small button or catch on the back of your fob that opens a hidden compartment. If you found a hidden key but don’t see a keyhole in the door, look for a small slot in the bottom of the handle trim on the door. Insert the key into the slot and use it to pry the trim out of the way, revealing the keyhole.
  •         Call a locksmith. We can gain access to your vehicle even if the key fob isn’t working, as well as diagnose and fix most key fob issues.

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