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Old 08-04-2014, 01:05 AM   #1
Galen Moore
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Default Keyless Remote Security System Not Working Well

2002 WRX Wagon - Stock upgraded keyless entry/alarm system.

It's gotten flaky very recently (despite new batteries in the fob). It locks as intended most of the time IF I am standing close to the car and hold the fob kind of high outside the driver's door (line of sight to the control unit), but mostly does not work further away, especially if standing towards the rear of the car.

It unlocks every time without fail.

Does anyone know if the control unit has a separate antenna that gets touchy after a few years? Not sure why one signal would work well and the other would work poorly.

Any suggestions other than replacing the control unit and fobs as a last ditch measure.

Thanks.
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:55 AM   #2
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Most likely could be the button itself. My key fob started to act up after 6 years of constant use. You may want to carefully take it apart to make sure no dirt, crumbs or old battery acid powder is obstructing the button. Another non-scientific meld you can use to test if you're having a signal strength issue is to literally place the key fob under your chin with one hand (touching skin directly onto the plastic key fob), point in the direction of your car with your other hand and hit the unlock button. You should get a good unlock signal from as far as 50 feet away from your car out in the open. It sounds silly but I've tested this out as far as 75 feet away with success. Your body's electro-whatever it's called creates a amplification of signals some-how. Don't knock it until you try it. Good luck.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:37 AM   #3
Galen Moore
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Thanks, a problem in the remote totally makes sense - two different buttons = the real possibility of two different phenomena.

I'm gonna look totally bad-ass pointing at my car and making it unlock. Yea. I think I'll try that at night, when no-one's watching.
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