How to Deal with Common Key Fob and Transponder Key Problems

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big-red-locksmiths-key-fobs-and-replacementsWhile key fobs and transponder keys offer some very convenient features, that doesn’t mean they’re immune to problems. Since Big Red Locksmiths regularly helps people with car key and lock problems, we want to share six helpful tips on how to resolve these types of issues.

See below for some helpful tips:

1. Double Check That It’s a Key Fob Problem

Even though it may initially seem like a key fob is the root of your problem, we’ve seen plenty of examples where this type of issue actually stems from a car’s locking mechanism or electronics system. So if you have another fob or other way to test your car’s lock, be sure to do so before moving forward with any other options.

2. Replace the Battery

Once you know that your remote definitely isn’t working properly, the first place to look is the battery. The ease or difficulty of replacing this type of battery will depend on the specific fob. Some can easily be ordered and replaced on your own, while others will require professional help to do correctly.

3. Pay Attention to the Buttons

Dead batteries are a leading cause of key fobs not working. But they’re not the only reason this can happen. Another possibility is the buttons on the fob may come loose. You can usually tell that this is the issue because a button won’t have the same feel when it’s clicked. Fixing this problem may be as simple as pushing the button back into place. Dealing with a button that’s completely off the circuit board can be more challenging. Depending on the level of repair needed, a replacement may end up making the most sense.

4. Try Reprogramming

If you’ve confirmed that your car’s systems are working correctly and you can’t find anything physically wrong with your key fob, it may simply require reprogramming. You can refer to your car’s manual for how to complete this process. If you don’t have the manual, you should be able to find the instructions through Google.

5. Get a Replacement

A detached button is just one example of when a replacement may make the most sense. Consulting with a reputable provider like Big Red Locksmiths is the best way to get an honest answer about whether or not a replacement is the most cost-effective solution for your problem.

6. Get Professional Help From Big Red Locksmiths: (402) 554-0499

People often try to find any other solution to this type of problem that doesn’t require enlisting professional help. The reason is they’re worried that going to a professional is going to cost them a small fortune. Although there are providers who charge excessive amounts to deal with what is usually a straightforward problem, the good news for anyone in Omaha is Big Red Locksmiths doesn’t operate that way.

As a member of the Omaha community for more than twenty years, we pride ourselves on delivering excellent service at fair rates. So if you have any type of key fob, transponder key, car lock or home security problem, you shouldn’t hesitate to call or visit us. You can easily reach us at (402) 554-0499.


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