Common Keyless Entry Problems

Contact Fifth Gear Automotive today for your automotive repair, installation and maintenance needs. You can be assured of receiving the best possible service in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX. Problems with keyless entry are a common concern, and in the following we address solutions.

The key fob is without question a convenience. While the features may vary, the possibilities include pushing a button to unlock a car, opening a trunk remotely, locating a lost car, activating alarms, and remotely starting a car from indoors. The downside occurs when a broken keyless entry prevents you from entering or even starting your vehicle. When the key fob fails, before scheduling repair in Fifth Gear Automotive auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX, use the following tips:

  1. Most vehicles come with a backup key fob. First, try the backup to ensure that the problem is with the non-working key fob. When the key fob  is broken it can be due to a failed transmitter or memory card. Furthermore, components may burn out on door lock switches and motors. Try activating the locks from the door or center console. If the locks still won’t operate it is less likely the key fob. Fifth Gear Automotive can provide the automotive repairs you require in our  auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX.
  2. Replacing the battery typically takes care of a non-functioning key fob.   Batteries are available at any auto parts store or dealership.
  3. In addition, a common problem includes the loss of memory. Fortunately, reprogramming the remote, rarely involves a trip to the garage. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions.

Keyless Entry and Car Theft

Keyless entry offers convenience for drivers and greater security, as the chip signature has to be present to start the car.

Unfortunately, they are not completely theft proof. Car thieves have a number of tools to gain access to a vehicle, such as signal amplification. Installing a proximity chip can prevent it.

While there potential codes are almost limitless, it is possible for the signal to unlock a car, thieves with the right technology can transmit millions of codes in minutes. If the proper signal is transmitted, the doors will unlock. Increasing encryption to 128 bit can reduce the chances, and require more time than most thieves are willing to risk.

Furthermore, frequency jammers can prevent the car from locking without your realizing it. The solution is to ensure the doors lock.

In summary, while hacking is possible, it is not extremely likely as it requires sophisticated equipment and the knowledge to use it. The best way to secure your vehicle is to lock it in a garage, and if that is not possible, park it in a well lit area, with security cameras if possible. As for a broken key fob, always know where the extra is, and consider keeping a spare battery stored in a safe location out of the reach of small children. Our certified mechanics offer the expertise you can rely on for your automotive needs. contact us today to schedule automotive service in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX.