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Anyone else find their alarm going off, or the hatch raising all by itself, while walking around with their key fob in their pocket?

Happens to me ALL THE TIME! Its so bloody annoying. Not to mention unsafe when the rare occasions the car is parked outside and I look out the window and the hatch is open.

Anyone have solutions for taming this beast?

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Yes. You'll find a couple of different threads dealing with this topic. I've been there personally as well. In my case, it was always the hatch.
Find a way to hang it off a 'biner on your belt loops or something if you need to carry it. That was my solution in the end.
 

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My 2015 SX was sometimes the hatch, but mostly the Panic Alert. Probably a different fob design, but still a PITA. Purchased rubber FOB covers on eBay and that helped, but not foolproof. I carry in my front pocket. After a while I learned of placing the fob in my pocket with the buttons facing out helped. Especially if my phone is in the same pocket.
 

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Happens to me all the time with my 19 EX. If I'm not paying attention, the rear hatch will open when I am near the rear washing it. I park it about 200' from the house under a carport and the alarm will go off or the hatch sometimes open when I am in the house. The key fob covers helped a little but didn't fix the problem.
 

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I'm surprised that manufacturers in general don't put a lock out device or even a mechanical on/off switch on these types of fobs. This complaint isn't limited to Kia, I see it being talked about on the 4Runner forum I belong to as well as other brand specific venues. Do what you need to do, lock everything down and then just slide a switch on the side to the lock/off position until it's time to once again get into the vehicle.
 

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Anyone else find their alarm going off, or the hatch raising all by itself, while walking around with their key fob in their pocket?

Happens to me ALL THE TIME! Its so bloody annoying. Not to mention unsafe when the rare occasions the car is parked outside and I look out the window and the hatch is open.

Anyone have solutions for taming this beast?

thanks,
Jab
Yes, I disabled the alarm on both my Sorrento fobs, see this video. Actually I had the things he referenced here but couldn't find them. I took the twisters you use to seal plastic bags, cut a small end off and used that to cushion where he is showing. You are not insulating anything electrical. You are just putting in a cushion or block, mechanically, to keep the fob from depressing the alarm accidentally. I have not tested but I suspect that if you really pressed hard you might be able to get it to go off. I have not used the hack to disable the hatch control. For some reason sometimes when I stick my head inside the back of the car the hatch starts to come down, I don't know if it's me setting off a sensor or me accidentally pressing the fob that I am holding in my hand. I was more concerned w/the alarm that I set off at least half a dozen times before I did this:
 

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I disabled the panic button on our fobs. The hatch though, uhg.

Next set on the pending new ride, I'm 3D printing a flip up cover for the fob!
 

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We got something like this for our Rondo several years ago and it still lives today:
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The main reason we got it was that my wife lost her first fob, and this case allowed the keyring to keep the fob together.

The side benefit was that it kind of cushioned the fob, and my wife had less accidental pushes with this on her fob.
 
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We got something like this for our Rondo several years ago and it still lives today:
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The main reason we got it was that my wife lost her first fob, and this case allowed the keyring to keep the fob together.

The side benefit was that it kind of cushioned the fob, and my wife had less accidental pushes with this on her fob.
Looks nice. Where did you find it AND is it a case where you would need to remove the keyfob to have it work or can you push the buttons through the cover? THX
 

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Kia makes what they call a Transmitter glove $10.00
Sorento Transmitter cover.jpg
 

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Looks nice. Where did you find it AND is it a case where you would need to remove the keyfob to have it work or can you push the buttons through the cover? THX
We bought them about 5 or 6 years ago, I think on ebay. I made sure to get the one where the key loop went through the leather, so that the physical key and fob would stay together.

The buttons work when you press them..you just have to buy the one that matches your fob so that the icons line up. The buttons are just a little harder to press, which is what you want in your case.
 

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Thanks to @cobra259, as I've been having this issue as well. I've been trying to see if the UVO app will ping me when the doors are unlocked or the lift gate is open.
 

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The stupid panic thing goes off all the time for me. I don't know why they don't listen to all the complaints about them and stop putting that button on the remote. Do a google search and everyone hates the things.

What I would like is a key with no buttons at all. I never use the buttons on the remote. To lock and unlock the car I push the button on the door handle. To open the rear hatch I push the button on the hatch. (the auto hatch open is very unreliable and takes too long to activate when it does work right)

Unfortunately for 2017 UVO wasn't a thing like it was on the 2017 Hyundais.
 

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I found this. Looks right for my 2020. Going to give it a try, could always return if it doesn't fit.
Hey, that looks pretty sharp and I bet will help a lot and for $14, it's worth a try.
 

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It is easy to take the fob apart and apply a bit of scotch tape over the button pads on the circuit board.
That will disable them.
 

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It is easy to take the fob apart and apply a bit of scotch tape over the button pads on the circuit board.
That will disable them. Then there is the battery which comes out easily.
 

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It is easy to take the fob apart and apply a bit of scotch tape over the button pads on the circuit board.
That will disable them.
Would this work so I wouldn't need to use the dental pick method above? The button would still psh down but the contact would not be made?
 
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