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How To Change The Battery On Car Remote Key

I’m almost embarrassed to tell you that when my car key remote stopped working, my way of troubleshooting was to 1//  not do anything about it for a year and then 2//  call the car dealership to see what they could do. Their answer? Replace the remote for $200. Yes, $200!!!!!

Well guess what? The very smart man I married suggested there was probably a dead battery inside the remote, so I pulled it apart and lo and behold, that’s all that was the problem, fixed with a $6 battery.  (I couldn’t find this particular battery at my local grocery store or Walgreens, but Radio Shack had them.)

I think I’m resourceful but I never once considered how the little remote operated.

It’s kind of a no-brainer – just open up the remote and replace the battery as you would the TV remote or anything else that takes a battery. Jeesh! Why didn’t I think of this before?

And now, because I know you’ve been missing my pretty countertops, a visual tutorial.

TOP L-R:  dead remote…..remove tiny screw…..use small screwdriver to open up remote shell
MIDDLE L-R:  separate sides of remote shell…..pull out mechanical unit…..separate
BOTTON L-R:  remove dead battery, noting battery #…..purchase new battery…..replace battery!
 
 
BONUS QUICK TIP:
Garage door keypads also take this type of battery so don’t call the garage door repairman just yet!
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Kris @ Driven by Décor

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

So glad I'm not the only one - I did the same exact thing with both my car remote and the garage door keypad. Couldn't you have posted this tip about a year earlier :) And I agree with Pam - you should start an ebook my clever friend!

Calypso In The Country

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

What a simple fix! I have two key/remotes for my car and one is dead so I switched to the extra one. I am so glad I have a solution when that one dies!Thanks Lisa!-Shelley

Sam @ The Junk House

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

I've had to change the battery in my garage door opener a couple times. You can also find those batteries at Wal-Mart in the jewelry department, by the watches.

Simply LKJ

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

Yes, the remotes are outrageous! But, they are more than just a battery unfortunately...they are linked to everything in your car including the ignition switch if you have a keyless ignition. But, they should know to tell you to check the battery inside first!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

I try to avoid the dealership at all costs, just for this reason. Smart girl!