How to Replace a Dead Car Remote Battery and the Causes
Almost all the latest cars now use car remotes. This device makes it more practical for vehicle owners to open and lock the car remotely without having to turn the key. Usually, the car remote is integrated with the smart key technology that is applied to modern cars.
Apart from opening and locking the doors, the car remote also functions as an alarm that is connected to the engine starter or stop button. Therefore, the car remote has an important role. If the battery is weak or dead, the car door cannot be opened, even if you press it several times. Even the LED light on the remote may not turn on, which indicates that the remote does not have power.
However, you can replace the car's remote battery easily. But there are certain ways to ensure proper installation when replacing the battery. Let's take a look to find out why the car remote battery runs out and how to replace it.
Causes of Car Remote Batteries Running Out
The cause of the car remote battery running out generally occurs because the battery has run out of power. Apart from that, using and storing the car remote incorrectly can shorten its lifespan. Like when storing a car remote in a bag with other items. It is not uncommon for the car remote button to be pressed and the battery power to decrease.
Signs of Remote Batteries Running Out
Remote Response Less Responsive
When the car remote battery runs out, the response will decrease. It is possible that certain buttons do not work or need to be pressed multiple times to work.
Indicator Light Off
Car remote batteries usually have indicator lights. If the battery starts to run low, the light usually turns off, but the remote buttons can still be used.
Short Remote Operating Distance
If the car remote battery is weak, it will not work up to 10 meters or more from the car.
Car Indicator Off
For some of the latest types of cars, if the car remote runs out of power, it will show an indicator light. However, for older cars, not all of them have this indicator.
How to Replace Car Remote Batteries
To replace the car remote battery, prepare your equipment first. The tool that can be used to adjust the size of the plus bolt is a screwdriver. Other additional tools include a thin folding knife and tweezers, which can be used to pry open the car remote battery cover.
Look for the Bolt Part, then Open the Remote Shell
Open the car remote shell to find the bolt. Remove each bolt with the prepared screwdriver. Use a flat-tipped screwdriver or penknife to remove the bolt. To maintain density, pry slowly until the shell is not injured.
Prepare New Batteries
Next, make sure the new car remote battery is suitable. Make sure the battery type and voltage are appropriate. Use the right battery to ensure the car remote continues to function properly and all its components can be used.
Insert New Battery
After that, remove the old battery, then insert the new battery. Some car remote batteries are attached to a metal conductor. To be safe, take out the old battery and install the new one with tweezers. Make sure the battery is not upside down when installing it. If the battery is installed upside down, you must open the battery shell again.
Close the Remote Shell Again
Make sure the battery does not come loose from the car remote, as there is no support to cover it. Make sure all components that have been removed (such as bolts) have been installed. This needs to be done carefully when installing a remote keyless immobilizer car equipped with a chip.
Check the Car Remote Function Again
After replacing the battery, the final step is to check the function of the car remote again. Press the buttons to ensure all functions work properly. To increase comfort while driving, it is important to know the signs that the car remote battery needs to be replaced immediately.
Cost of Replacing Car Remote Batteries
Symptoms that indicate that the remote batteries need to be replaced include difficulty opening the door even if the button is pressed repeatedly or the signal range is suddenly reduced than usual. If these symptoms appear, the car battery should be replaced immediately.
The batteries are usually coin-type (CR2016 3V) and A27 bar models, but there are also other battery models used according to the needs of each manufacturer. These batteries are quite cheap, with prices starting from IDR 20 to IDR 50 thousand. However, if it needs to be installed at an official repair shop, the price can reach IDR 50 to 100 thousand.
Many official repair shops recommend that the battery be replaced at a repair shop. Especially for car remotes that use chips such as immobilizers. However, if the car remote used is a regular remote type, of course you can do it yourself at home. Apart from that, what determines how cheap or expensive it will be is only the new replacement battery.
That's an explanation of how to replace a dead car remote battery and the causes. Make sure to remember the indication that appears before the car remote battery runs out so you don't have trouble when it runs out during a trip.