Wow - this hit a nerve. While I have had these problems for years I have another complaint along these lines and it has bothered me forever.
I had a full size same year Pontiac and my wife an Oldsmobile with the same keyfobs. The Stering Col was both made by Saginaw the left had the headlights on one car and the other had it on the right. My keyfob was the same size and shape by TRW and both had four buttons on the same unit the unlock was on the left for one car and on the right for the other. THe trunk was on the left on one and the right on the other. It drove me nuts. Can someone tell me for what reason in the world why this is or was done. I can't think of any execept to keep some engineers job.
Maybe in some small way this is why Pontiac and Olds are both gone. I have owned 40 GM vehicles and have recently go away, something I should have done 20 cars ago. Loyalty does not pay.
A conductive elasticated fabric pouch popped over the key-ring does it, like Parity's foil. Girls, clip the pouch inside your purse, you can find the keys easier too. Find these on Ebay (as soon as I've worked out how to get Monel wire into my Mom's knitting machine!)
Whenever I light my Coleman camp stove, I use a long necked camp-lighter - the first one I ever has was a Coleman brand too. But that's not the point.
Those camp lighters have a trigger-operated electronic igniter which makes them susceptible to a similar problem. I'm sure no one would be particularly happy with a lighter accidentally being triggered some place so they just put a second button on the thing.
You have to hold down the second button in order for the igniter trigger to work. Simple and effective. Put an extra button on the key fob that must be pressed in order for any of the other buttons to work and the problem pretty much goes away.
How would they solve the problem?
Microsoft - make the fob bigger and bloated, but it will still be prone to leaving windows open
Apple - Attach their latest iPhone antenna to the fob, but it may not always work when held in the hand
Intel - Sell off the fob business or merge into a JV
Banks - Charge car owners a fee each time they inadvertently push a fob button
Republicans - Make all car owners responsible for fixing their own fobs
Democrats - Remind the public that the fobs were made during the Republican administration
Vatican - Release a statement that while some of their fobs misbehaved, the offending fobs would be forgiven and assigned to new vehicles
Michael Jackson - will see what he can do with the eight year old fobs
The engineer with pocket protector and safety pin holding his glasses together -
just wrap some foil around it
the car is a chevy silverado truck. Actually, my mother owns it and the doors will auto-lock under certain conditions, including engine running but standing still - not sure if that is the way it is designed, but I have seen it do so.
No - we just make sure there are multiple keys. I hate the fobs anyway - I just use the key, like another poster.
I do like power windows, because I only have a right hand (I lost the other one somewhere - I checked lost and found, no luck), so the power window is safer than sticking the arm thru the steering wheel.
I prefer to use a key all the time.
It keeps me from locking myself out, and there's no RF for some thief to monitor.
It's also much smaller and lighter in my pocket.
Some technology is better left in my dresser drawer.
My vehicle’s locking methodology employs a slender, rectangular, metallic object with notches cut along the edge which line up with matching pins inside the door lock. You have to actually insert this into the lock, thus avoiding most of the problems listed.
To operate the window, I simply turn a crank-like device conveniently located near the window. A combination of tactile and visual feedback allow me to position the window just as I like it, and I’ve never had a phantom roll-down.
Elegant simplicity, I say. Car designers, take note.
Recent robbery rumors just in time for the holiday season are those who steal the security code by monitoring the signal as a nearby motorist presses the remote lock button on the key fob. The advice now is to lock the doors from the inside door panel button (no RF signal is transmitted), and use the mechanical key (not the fob button) for entry upon return to the vehicle.
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