dead key fob '01 lw300

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by Oppie, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    A couple of days ago the keyless entry stopped working on my key fob. My
    wife's worked so at least, it was not a problem with the BCM (that receives
    the signal).

    Battery in the fob was replaced only about 6 months back so that was not a
    likely cause. It measured 3V with a meter and 2.95V with a 1000 ohm load.
    Sounds good.

    I was in the office and had access to a spectrum analyzer (a fancy radio
    receiver that is used for finding signal strength over a wide range of
    frequencies). I set the region of intrest to about 330mhz and pressed the
    button on the fob. No signal. Opened the fob case and cleaned the contacts
    on the board just under the buttons. They had gotten fouled. Cleaning was
    done with a flux remover. For good measure, I also removed the battery and
    cleaned its contacts on the battery and board. Put it back together and
    pressed the button. Success - saw a blip on the analyzer. Went outside and
    tried it on the car. Worked without resetting which surprised me a bit.
    Normally you hold the lock and unlock buttons down for seven seconds while
    near the car to reset the fob.

    The reset information was molded into the inside back cover of the fob. I
    seem to remember a slightly different method from the owner's manual. Got to
    check that later. Meanwhile I'm a happy camper.

    Oppie, Nov 14, 2007
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