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mwalsh
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You know your key-fob battery is running low when... Part 2

Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:40 am

...your car lets you know:

That's 2.5 years on this fob battery. I've switched to the second fob for a while and have put the replacement on my to-do list.
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Re: You know your key-fob battery is running low when... Par

Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:16 am

mwalsh wrote:...your car lets you know:

That's 2.5 years on this fob battery. I've switched to the second fob for a while and have put the replacement on my to-do list.

I also got this graphic a week ago, and I have only 2 yrs and 3 weeks on my LEAF. I have replaced the battery, using the instructions in the Maintenance section of the main Leaf manual. Look for "Intelligent Key battery replacement"

The battery is a 2025. $4.50 for a pair at Lowes. I am surprised that the key that needed replacement is my backup key, which I keep in a drawer in my bedroom. It gets used briefly to unlock the car about once per week. The manual says the lifetime of the battery declines if the key is exposed to radio waves that keeps it "on". My Wifi router is in the next room.
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Re: You know your key-fob battery is running low when... Par

Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:24 am

I'd recommend replacing the battery sooner than later.
My 2009 Altima fob quit working. Dealer replaced the battery, and it would hardly work.
I replaced battery again myself, and although it works a bit better than with the dealer battery replacement, it still doesn't work very well.
I don't think letting the fob battery go totally dead is very good for the fob.
Does anyone know if there is a fob locator available, either from the dealer or in the aftermarket?
My wife has misplaced her fob somewhere in the house and we can't find it.
Need to find it before its battery goes dead.
And as previously reported on MNL, these fobs are very expensive.
Especially if the dealer has to make one from scratch rather than having one functioning fob already in hand.

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Re: You know your key-fob battery is running low when... Par

Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:57 am

tbleakne wrote:
mwalsh wrote:...your car lets you know:

I also got this graphic a week ago, and I have only 2 yrs and 3 weeks on my LEAF. I have replaced the battery, using the instructions in the Maintenance section of the main Leaf manual. Look for "Intelligent Key battery replacement"

The battery is a 2025. $4.50 for a pair at Lowes


It's good you can replace at Lowes or we'd still be waiting for a price to purchase a key-fob battery from Nissan.
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Re: You know your key-fob battery is running low when... Par

Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:55 pm

ksnogas2112 wrote:It's good you can replace at Lowes or we'd still be waiting for a price to purchase a key-fob battery from Nissan.


LOL! :lol:

I did flirt with the idea of posting that "my battery was dead", just to see how many clicks the thread could garner. :D
2011 Blue Ocean SL with 70,000 miles.
2015 pack under warranty 12/30/15.
Tinted windows.
Michelin MXV4 tires.
L1 EVSE upgrade.
FIAMM horns.
Superbright LED lighting.
2013 sun visors.
LED shifter.
Heated seats.
GT-R map lamp lenses.
AV L2 EVSE.

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Re: You know your key-fob battery is running low when... Par

Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:31 pm

tbleakne wrote:The battery is a 2025. $4.50 for a pair at Lowes.
Or $1.00 apiece as my wife proved to me by getting one at a place I thought I would never go to -- Dollar Tree.

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Re: You know your key-fob battery is running low when... Par

Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:00 pm

I had a 2032 so I popped it in. Works fine so far.
Thank goodness there is no 25 cent per month rental on this battery :|
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Re: You know your key-fob battery is running low when... Par

Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:05 pm

planet4ever wrote:Or $1.00 apiece as my wife proved to me by getting one at a place I thought I would never go to -- Dollar Tree.
Ray


I love Dollar Tree! :)
2011 Blue Ocean SL with 70,000 miles.
2015 pack under warranty 12/30/15.
Tinted windows.
Michelin MXV4 tires.
L1 EVSE upgrade.
FIAMM horns.
Superbright LED lighting.
2013 sun visors.
LED shifter.
Heated seats.
GT-R map lamp lenses.
AV L2 EVSE.

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Re: You know your key-fob battery is running low when... Par

Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:03 am

Looks like the fob batteries wear at the same pace no matter whether they're used or not. The second fob, which has been used a half-dozen times (if that), and is kept on a key hook that is well out of vehicle range, gave me the same battery warning today.
2011 Blue Ocean SL with 70,000 miles.
2015 pack under warranty 12/30/15.
Tinted windows.
Michelin MXV4 tires.
L1 EVSE upgrade.
FIAMM horns.
Superbright LED lighting.
2013 sun visors.
LED shifter.
Heated seats.
GT-R map lamp lenses.
AV L2 EVSE.

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Re: You know your key-fob battery is running low when... Par

Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:51 am

These must be 'special' indeed as we also own an '08 smart fortwo coupe with keyless entry fob and other than the 'required' first year battery replacement by Mercedes (it's on the maintenance schedule no less, needless to say we passed on that the next time, think it was like $15 for part + labor!) it has 43K miles and the battery is still fine after all this time, the membrane where you push for the doors to unlock, etc. was worn out though. Of course that fob doesn't interact anymore than to open/lock the doors and hatch but still.

It is great that the car 'tells' you it's time but looks like it only lasts a little over 2 years -- one thing we didn't ask is how sensitive is the car to how much voltage the battery needs to work? I typically would check the DC volts for the battery using a digital meter and for instance the 'old' battery in my smart still shows 3V; what did your LEAF fob battery show?

As far as fob 'tracking', other than a key chain with a receiver on it, don't know of another way as the 'horn' is in the car and not the fob so you could listen for it if it was lost ---
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