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somhairle
I have an 08 2.0TDCI and my spare remote has failed. I seldom use it but when I tried over Christmas it was dead. It opens manually and starts the car OK but it won't deactivate the alarm and unlock the doors remotely.

Tried replacing the battery but no difference.

Anyone know if there is anything else I can try or is the key just dead? The other key works fine.
medic responder
The key needs reprogramming with the alarm and central locking codes certain key cutting pleases can do it
Stoney871
The transponder is working fine and the key has only forgotten the central locking code for your car, it's an easy self fix.
If you've got your car manual somewhere i'm pretty sure it's covered in there as well.

Try this first courtesy of [url="http://www.mirez.co.uk/KeyProg.htm"]http://www.mirez.co.uk/KeyProg.htm[/url]
[font="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"][size="2"][b]Radio Frequency Programming Instructions:[/b][/size][/font]

[list][*][font="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"][size="2"]Insert the ignition key and turn from position II (Ignition) to position 0 (All off) and back four times within three seconds.[/size][/font][*][font="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"][size="2"]Remove the ignition key. The locking control system is now in "learn mode" for the next 20 seconds and the red warning system LED (By the clock) stays on continuously to indicate this.[/size][/font][*][font="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"][size="2"]During the 20 seconds press one of the transmitter buttons. The remotes signal and code number is learned by the locking module and is indicated by flashing the warning system LED.[/size][/font][*][font="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"][size="2"]Wait until learn mode times out (20 seconds) or switch the ignition back to ON.[/size][/font][/list]
This should hopefully solve your problem.:)
somhairle
Thanks, Stoney871. I'll give it a go and let you know how it turns out.
somhairle
It did work. Thanks for the help, Stoney.

BTW.......checked the handbook and it does not tell you how to reset the keys. Only advises to contact the dealer.
Stoney871
Really glad it worked out for you ok.

Typical about your manual though.

They advise you to contact the dealer so they can charge for an hours labour and all the other crap they tell you.
My dealer's answer to everything is they need to do a diagnostic before they do anything else which takes "4" hours and costs 120+.
All they do is plug in a diagnostic terminal and sod off for a tea break.
Then as you found out yourself the key reprogramming takes all of what? a minute?
Robbing gets.
Hope i don't get edited for saying so but anyone in the Plymouth area - avoid Vospers as they are crooks.
I go to Ford in Kigsbridge which is a good 20 miles away but they are far better and don't give you any old pony.
My own opinion of course, i'm sure plenty of people get good service from Vospers but i don't
ferretfloozy
vosper has to be the worst body shop in plymouth.. and the service dept are no better ..i used to use chaddlewood garages till vospers bought them out ..now i use a local garage in oreston
Stoney871
[quote name='ferretfloozy' timestamp='1326041685' post='160122']
vosper has to be the worst body shop in plymouth.. and the service dept are no better ..i used to use chaddlewood garages till vospers bought them out ..now i use a local garage in oreston
[/quote]

Ah.. so it's not just me then!
I thought maybe they just didn't like me as i'm a copper.
I must be getting a persecution complex.:huh:
As a rule of thumb i avoid any garage that does a lot of taxi work as they are usually as twisted as a twisty thing and charge extra to offset their mates rates for taxi drivers.
I use Curtis Ball just off the city centre as they don't rob you blind or take the pee out of you.
Also whatever you do don't ever use the MOT centre on billacombe road, they are rogues, my workmate took his car to them for an MOT and they failed him on so many things he was being asked £1000+ for work, he queried this and they got really agressive and were threatening to not release his car.
When he produced his warrant card they nearly papped themselves.
I had used them for MOT's before and on 2 seperate occasions they gave me advisories for excessive front brake disc wear. Went to another garage and was categorically told that my discs were perfectly ok. Avoid like the plague.
ade01
i did mine you turn the key in the ignition 4 times till you hear a beep then press any button on the key fob and it should beep back at you if it does all done and should work mine does now with no props
flooper
What's the best thing to do if you have done all of the above but it still doesn't work?

Friend of mine has an 06 plate focus estate that has the same issues about not being able to use remote central locking - the key works fine to unlock the door and start the car. We have both tried to re-program as above but it still doesn't work.

Does this mean that the key is knackered and need to get a new one? Or is there a way to get around this - have tried the usual in replacing the battery also but this didn't work either
Stoney871
Buy a new fob and swap over the blade and the immobiliser chip.


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