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Remote Key Battery Changing

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#1 Keithb



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Posted 14 July 2004 - 09:52 PM

Any ideas on changing the battery on the remote control for a 2003 Galaxy? The handbook says contact the dealer! Sounds like a money making scam to me.

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 09:43 AM

I don't know how you change the battery but there are a couple of UK websites that do cheap replacement batteries for remotes, watches, cameras, etc. I used to use watchbattery.co.uk but they introduced a minimum charge so I now use battery-house.co.uk.

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 09:54 AM

For Mk 1 remotes the replacement batterry is a 2016 Lithium coin Cell - readily available even in Tescos.

Keith I'm still on original battery (1998) - are you sure youre batteries flat?

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 12:15 PM

Yes - but does the remote retain its settings during battery change, or do you have to re-code the key if you change the battery? If so, a suitable standby battery with leads and crocodile clips may be handy to have!

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 01:48 PM

FWIW I've just opened up my C-Max key (it's similar, but not identical) and it still works after removing the battery for a few seconds (sufficient to change it).

Most cars I've had with a remote key allow for battery changes without recoding, so long as you don't leave it a long time (don't know how long but I'd guess a few minutes).

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 04:33 PM

The older remote requires two 2016 lithium cells, if you take the first out there is a plate underneath and then a second battery. Don't make the same mistake I did and then wondered why the new battery only lasted a short time.

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 05:04 PM

My keyfob locking has never been very good. I have just changed the batteries on my keyfob for the second time in 6 months but it didn`t make much difference. At Partco in Carlisle they have a keyfob tester. You aim the key and press the buttons at the tester and the tester flashes. Mine was poor, only just getting the light to come on. Anyway, I took the fob to bits and sprayed WD40 into it and it`s never been so good. I don`t know which part was causing it not to work well, even the red light was coming on when the buttons were pressed. I can lock/unlock the car from the front livingroom window now.........but I suppose the excitement will wear off !

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 08:29 PM

I mentioned changing the battery at my dealers and the parts man did it for me and went out and tested it for......... FREE!!

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 09:43 PM

Hmmm, last night I had to get up to the drivers window to get the remote working, but to-day it works from inside the house through the kitchen window. Maybe it needs some wd40!
I guess I can monitor it until the next service and get it changed under the leasing company's cost.

Thanks for the replies.


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Posted 17 July 2004 - 10:07 AM

so how do you recode the keyfobs then????

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Posted 17 July 2004 - 10:12 AM

IIRC the fobs aren't recoded, each key is unique and you recode the vehicle to accept the fob. You can have up to 4 (or is it 8?) different keys. Its somewhere on the TIS CD...

But I may be wrong.