What should I do if my remote car key stops working?

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Remote car key fobs have revolutionised driving and car ownership, making it quicker, easier and more convenient to access and start your vehicle. But what would you do if your remote car key stopped working?

Remote car keys, like all technology, can sometimes fail.

This can create major hassle for you at the time you need it the least.

You might be running late for an important meeting or appointment, for example.

You may have to get the kids to school or get to work.

And what if you had a train or a flight to catch, what would happen if your remote car key suddenly stopped working? 

Well, the answer is you don’t need to be without your car.

In any of these scenarios, and many more besides, a replacement car key from Grays Locksmiths can save you time, stress and money.

Prevention is better than cure and it’s far easier and more cost-effective to invest in a replacement car key to keep as a spare, rather than fix the problem when you need you remote car key the most but it has suddenly stopped working.

Here’s our guide to what you should do if your remote car key stops working.

Why has my remote car key stopped working?

Remote car keys are a key feature of most modern vehicles.

They are electronic devices which interact with a car or van to provide keyless entry and ignition, enhance security and control other aspects of the vehicle.

If your remote car key stops working, it will prevent you from controlling your vehicle remotely and may even stop you from starting or driving it, which can be a real pain if you are in a rush or need to use your car in an emergency.

That’s why it’s always sensible to invest in a replacement car key, so you always have a spare to hand if you need one.

There are several reasons why your remote car key has stopped working, here are a few key causes.

Remote car key battery issues

Most remote car keys use lithium ion coin batteries, which have a long, but not limitless, shelf life. A dead battery is usually the primary cause of remote car key failure, so should be the first thing you check if your remote car key stops working.

Damaged remote car key transmitter or receiver

A remote car key interacts with the vehicle by transmitting signals which are received and interpreted by the vehicle’s receiver. If either become damaged, they will not work properly.

Unlike battery failure, which can be rectified quite quickly and cheaply by the driver, a damaged transmitter or receiver will probably need to be fixed by a specialist, so if you think this may be your problem, contact our expert team today.

Remote car key needs reprogramming

Your remote car key transmitter and your vehicle’s receiver will be programmed to be paired together, meaning they can only work with each other and not with any other devices.

You won’t usually face this problem if you’ve bought a new car, as your remote car key, and any spare remote keys that come with it, will have been synced to your vehicle by the manufacturer.

However, if you have an after-market remote car key that hasn’t been programmed properly, you could run into problems.

This could mean that your remote car key doesn’t perform all the functions it should, or in a worst-case scenario, it fails completely and will need to be reprogrammed.

Again, this is a specialist job requiring professional equipment, so if you need to reprogramme your system, give our team a call.

Remote car key is broken

Sometimes, your remote car key will stop working for no apparent reason. Simple wear and tear, being bashed around in your pocket or handbag, being dropped repeatedly, or exposure to moisture can all, over time, lead to your remote car key failing.

If this is the case, there is nothing else for it, you’ll have to get a replacement car key sorted, and fast.

If you notice a deterioration in your remote car key’s performance, if some of its functions don’t work properly, or if it only works intermittently and you have already replaced the battery, chances are, you’ll need a new one.

That’s where Grays Locksmiths can help. 

Enquire about our replacement car key service

If your remote car key stops working, a replacement car key from Grays Locksmiths can help get your vehicle back on the road in no time.

Our fast and responsive service covers replacement car and van keys, transponder keys, remote fobs and flip keys, all of which can be supplied using manufacturers’ remotes and blades, or after-market copies.

We use the latest in car and van key cutting and programming technology and can supply replacement keys to around 95% of vehicles on the road today, with accuracy and speed.

From our security centre in [Nottingham/Derby], we can supply new, fully programmed remote key fobs for your vehicle in around an hour, as well as disabling lost keys and remotes to stop them working if they get lost or stolen.

We offer 24-hour call outs and can often be with you within an hour, so if you would like to enquire about our replacement car key service, give us a call on 0115 942 2315 or email enquiries@nottinghamlocksmith.org.uk.