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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-04-2006, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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HELP- locked out

At work and my fob won't work and trying the key manually does nothing either.
The fob's battery seems to be fine as the light is brightly on when I press the button.
Don't know why the key won't work manually.

This sucks....I'm late to pick someone up and stranded!!!!
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Can someone do better than that....
seems a bit complicated to do with an alarm screeming in your ear.

Don't really understand it either.
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According to the manual "in the event of a flat battery, the CDL will not operate. The doors can be unlocked from the outside only after opening the engine cover and restoring power to the battery..." it also says the doors cannot be unlocked manually if you locked them using the key fob.
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so what do I do????
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you have to do the fob 'resync' code with the alarm, which does involve setting the alarm off a couple of times

http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10962


hopefully someone has clearer instructions than mine, qias at south bay told me what it was.

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Try and get a jump start from someone, or call AAA I guess. I'm assuming you can still open the engine cover.
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Keep the emergency unlock procedure in your trunk in case you need it. If your fob stops working, the key won't get you into your car. (Note: removing the battery from fob for 10 secs. & replacing may resolve your fob issue, so try that 1st.)

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Can someone give me the alrm reset procedure so I can try that?


Don't know how/why my battery could be dead?
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This happened to me coming out of the winter. Forget A/C issues, forget window regulator issues....this is by far the stupidest design Lotus could have come up with. Why the key is designed not to work in this situation is assnine.

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you have to do the fob 'resync' code with the alarm, which does involve setting the alarm off a couple of times

http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10962


hopefully someone has clearer instructions than mine, qias at south bay told me what it was.

Yes, I skipped over this part in the manual.

To resync.
-Stand close to the car and hold both buttons on the fob down until the LED on the fob goes out (~10sec)
-Release both buttons the fob LED should come on constantly
-Press the larger fob button for 1 sec, the LED should flash and your done.
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Get a cab. Do it tomorrow.

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Try and get a jump start from someone, or call AAA I guess. I'm assuming you can still open the engine cover.
Just because his fob doesnt unlock the doors doesnt mean his car battery is dead. And (assuming it's an Elise) the key DOES unlock the engine cover. What kind of car do you have chiuman???
The LAST thing I would do is call AAA. First thing to try is the fob resynch, described in this thread. If the windows are ajar, you can also try getting a coathanger to pull up the locking posts, or maybe to hit the interior unlock button. OR, you can try the inertia switch proceedure described elsewhere on this site. All of these assume the car battery is not dead.
The keys do not operate the door latch mechanism. All they can do is disconnect the outer buttons from said mechanism as an alternative (and separate) way to lock/unlock the car from the electric system.
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Just needed to re-sync fob....

Thanks...
glad I didn't try to boost the battery!
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oh yeah....

how and why did this happen?
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It only ever happened to me the one time, i changed the batteries in the fob, whether or not they needed to be.

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The fobs seem to get gradually out of sync over time, more so if you are not using the car that often, or if you use one fob a lot and then try to use the other one. If you find that your fob is working but you have to get really close or hold the button down for a while, try doing a resynch. It doesnt take much time or effort and it can really make a big difference.
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The fobs seem to get gradually out of sync over time, more so if you are not using the car that often, or if you use one fob a lot and then try to use the other one. If you find that your fob is working but you have to get really close or hold the button down for a while, try doing a resynch. It doesnt take much time or effort and it can really make a big difference.
After reading this thread, it made me realize that lately I have to be very close to the car to have the FOB work. I decided to change out the battery today. Wow, what a difference. Now I can get at least 5 feet away. I swapped out the battery rather quickly hoping to avoid the FOB from doing some sort of reset. It worked fine with no re-syncronizing require. Just my $.02

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In regards to the resync procedure, Charlie's thread says to hit the small button on the second step, while Chiuman says to hit the large button in this step. Can anyone clarify?

If Keeper is reading, it may be a good idea to put the resync instructions in the Uberpost.
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