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Intermittent Remote Key Fob Door Locking / Unlocking Problem
To ED209 and all affected by this problem:
After several weeks and increased reoccurrences of the car not unlocking or locking using the remote, I booked my car into a Kia dealer to have the fault checked. I took both of my 2 sets of remote key fobs for testing purposes.
DIAGNOSIS and Repair Outcome:
I was informed that there was a fault with the central locking system. The central locking and both sets of remote key fobs were "Reprogrammed".
The car was at the dealer's for a couple of hours.
I will of course keep the forum informed whether this corrective action has resolved the problem after a couple of weeks. I suspect that if it hasn't, the problem will reoccur during that time.
Thanks again to ED209 for initially posting about this problem and to those who manage this helpful website/forum. Whilst it is inconvenient to get these niggles, it is useful to share and discuss these problems to be better armed when contacting a dealer - especially if it is an intermittent fault.
Intermittent Remote Key Fob Door Locking/Unlocking Problem - unable to lock/unlock with remote key
In the last 4-6 weeks I have experienced the same problem as you have described above. The first time it happened, I was unable to lock the car with the remote key fob after parking it in a busy street. I thought that there was a problem with the battery in the remote key as I was able to lock it manually with the actual key in the door. However, when I returned home, I tried to lock/unlock the car with my spare remote which had never been used and was only a few months old, and the problem remained. I had to lock it manually again putting the the key in the lock.
The next day I checked again using my original remote and it worked perfectly. I was baffled but did not contact the dealer as it was a once off.
In the last 7-10 days, the same problem has reoccurred twice - making it 3 times in all now, so I will be contacting the dealer. As you rightly pointed out, as it appears to be an intermittent problem, it may be difficult to actually show the problem to the dealer.
I have noticed that whereas my sidelights usually go off automatically when I lock the car with the remote, when I have to lock it manually with the key in the door, this does not happen.
I will feedback again once I have spoken to or visited my/a dealer.
I will be keen to hear if you have any further news too.
Last edited by tlm; 01-25-2012 at 08:51 AM.