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    confused My Key Remote won't work

    I've had this problem for a while now.

    The car keys remote hardly every works.
    It's got a lot worse recently.

    I've changed the battery in the keys so I know it's not that.

    When I press the key lock, or boot open buttons nothing happens.
    Sometimes it works, and sometimes not, but lately it's got worse.
    I've been having to lock the car manually with the key (which doesn't set the alarm )

    Does anyone know what could be causing it?
    Or is something failing in the car? a sensor or something?

    I've also tried resetting the key with the car - putting key in ignition, and turning, but not starting engine, and then pressing the door lock buttons. This worked fine when I changed the battery, but makes no difference now.
    I have to get right up the the drivers window, and press the remote a dozen or so times before it works.

    Please help!
    Dan

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    Are you sure you're trying to unlock the right car?

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    Does it change depending on where it's parked? Ie is it only when it's on your drive you have the problem? In some places I park the remote won't work until I get very close to the car ... I suspect it's caused by local RF (Radio Frequency) interference.

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    No, it's just everywhere.
    Even when I'm sat in the drivers seat, and press the remote, it only works sometimes. Was fine a month ago, then deteriorated in last few weeks, and now it's pi$$in me off.

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    do you have a spare key with remote? Have you tried that? If not when you press the button on the remote do you always feel a positive Click or does it sometimes feel a bit 'squashy' (faulty switch?) If it's the old style key remote (ie not flip key) I seem to remember it has an LED that illuminates when you press the buttons ... does this always light?

    Just some ideas.
    Dave

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    Yeh, I've got the old style key, and there doesn't seem to be anything different with the key than normal. The buttons click, and the LED comes on everytime. Just seems to be the car picking up the signal. Only got 1 key

    Where in the car is the receiver? maybe I can have a mess with that?

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    Anyone help??

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    You tried taking it apart and giving the switch bit a good spray with contact/switch cleaner? Maplin sell small aerosols of it.

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    Taking the key apart?

    No - I'll try that.
    What in the car senses that the key has been pressed? If I know what that is, maybe I can see if it's connected right, or may be getting faulty?

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    Tried spray cleaning the switch inside the remote, and made no difference. I have a cleaner for computer parts in a spray can.

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