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Unread 02-24-2010, 04:51 AM   #1
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When I bought my car, the keys didn't work in the locks...only in the ignition (something about the owner replacing the body, including the locks). And because Buick is F'ing stupid, there's no manual release for the trunk from inside the car (only a little hole where the middle back seat folds down...this is where my little brother climbs through to get my tools out now). So I have been using my keyfob for locking/unlocking my car, and opening the trunk. For a while now my keyfob has been acting up...first I'd just have to hit the button several times to get it to work...then a bunch of times...then eventually I'd have to smack it against my hand a few times then hit the button repeatedly to get it to work. Now it won't work at all...I tried replacing the battery, and cleaning the contacts inside it, and it still won't work. I'd love to be able to get to my spare tire without removing my entire back seat (which involves taking off all the trim in the back, including the quarter-panel trim and rear window ledge trim). Are there any known methods of troubleshooting/fixing a broken keyfob, or anywhere I can buy a new one/have this one fixed without selling my house and the clothes off my back?
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Yay, I fixed it! After staring at it for 45 minutes and attempting to jumper various things to try to find a bad circuit, I stumbled upon the obvious. The battery attaches to the back panel, everything else is on the front. The battery retaining clip doubles as the negative contact point...and it wasn't making contact (the end of it broke/worn down to the point where it doesn't reach the contact point on the front). I wedged a bit of metal in there until I get around to soldering it in, and it works! Best part is, I didn't even have to go to the stealership!
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welcome to the life of annoying garage door opener. Mine won't open half the time even if I'm in front of it.
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cluff he's talking about his keyfob, not garage door.

Mine's old school enough that i basically have to be next to the truck to get it to unlock. New battery too!
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I know, but my garage door is as annoying as his keyfob. Just because Remote locks aren't even an option on the S model. S means S***ty
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cluff he's talking about his keyfob, not garage door.

Mine's old school enough that i basically have to be next to the truck to get it to unlock. New battery too!
Mine too. Max range...3 feet.
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lol, my remote doorlock works fine.


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