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I lost both of my FOB keys to my 2017 Volt, what to do to get a replacement? Can't drive my car. I think I dropped my last FOB key when I jogged for miles. Tried looking for it by retracing my path, couldn't find it, there were too many people, so someone could have picked it up.

Will I have to tow the car to the dealer for reprogramming for a replacement or shall I just bring my documents and they can do the reprogramming on the key? I can open the car with an app but no option to start it. Only precondition, lock and unlock, alarm... No remote start.
 

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I lost both of my FOB keys to my 2017 Volt, what to do to get a replacement? Can't drive my car. I think I dropped my last FOB key when I jogged for miles. Tried looking for it by retracing my path, couldn't find it, there were too many people, so someone could have picked it up.

Will I have to tow the car to the dealer for reprogramming for a replacement or shall I just bring my documents and they can do the reprogramming on the key? I can open the car with an app but no option to start it. Only precondition, lock and unlock, alarm... No remote start.


Go to page 34 of your owner's manual to see the 30 minute procedure for pairing a new fob to your car. Buy a fob and bring it home and do that.

There was a serial number with keys when sold. Check your glove box and purchase docs. This is used for ordering the metal key to unlock the door if the battery is dead.
 

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Wow. Someone worse than my son.

I once gave him the only key to a detached garage. He somehow lost it between the house and the garage (about 50'). Luckily, he unlocked the garage before losing the key. The locksmith got us secured again.

Personally, I have never lost a key or a wallet. In six decades.
 

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Call ONSTAR 888-4667827, they will open it for you !!!.
Not sure if they can start the car for you. If you have the onstar app you can remote start the car for preconditioning, but I don't think you can get the car started to drive it away with either Onstar or the Onstar app. Maybe I'm wrong.
 

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That is right. Remote starting via the app or OnStar will not let you drive the car. Remote starting with the key fob will not let you drive the car either, but if you had the key, obviously you would not be trying to drive it via a remote start.
 

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Where did you lose the first keyfob? In my experience, when I lose things like that, they almost always turn up later, usually in the pocket of something that I forgot I wore.
 

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Go to page 34 of your owner's manual to see the 30 minute procedure for pairing a new fob to your car. Buy a fob and bring it home and do that.

There was a serial number with keys when sold. Check your glove box and purchase docs. This is used for ordering the metal key to unlock the door if the battery is dead.
Thanks! My problem now is that the code for the metal key is attached to the FOB. Will have to go to the dealer to get the code.
 

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Where did you lose the first keyfob? In my experience, when I lose things like that, they almost always turn up later, usually in the pocket of something that I forgot I wore.
My wife and I went jogging/brisk walking last night. I usually put my phone in one pocket and the keys and FOB in another pocket. My wife then asked me to carry her phone, which I put in my pocket along with the keys and FOB as I keep my phone in another pocket. From time to time she asked me to pull out her phone to read out her fit app (bluetoothed to her watch) and then I put back her phone in my pocket. In one of those events, I may have pulled out the phone and along with FOB key that I didn't notice as it dropped as we were briskly walking or jogging. I tried retracing back and forth along the path but could not find the FOB key. It is a busy pathwalk, so somebody may have picked it up.
 

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Go to page 34 of your owner's manual to see the 30 minute procedure for pairing a new fob to your car. Buy a fob and bring it home and do that.

There was a serial number with keys when sold. Check your glove box and purchase docs. This is used for ordering the metal key to unlock the door if the battery is dead.
Not sure about the Gen 2 but with Gen 1 you need a keyfob to pair another. So that would not help him if he does not have one at all.
 

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Not sure about the Gen 2 but with Gen 1 you need a keyfob to pair another. So that would not help him if he does not have one at all.
I read the manual, and it has a specific 30-minute method of pairing if you don't have a current working transmitter (KeyFOB). The important piece is the metal key of the FOB, it must be keyed with code from the dealer.
 

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Locking the barn after the horse is gone is not help. I imagine he is already pissed enough at losing the fobs so telling him he screwed the pooch isn't going to change anything.
 

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It's unfortunate, but this reminds me so much of people in computer forums complaining that their hard drive crashed, they don't have a backup, and they desperately need someone to tell them something that will make everything OK again.

The good thing that can come out of this would be for the story to serve as a lesson for everyone that (a) if you loose your second key fob, don't wait too long before getting a new second key fob, and (b) don't store the metal tag with the key code with the keys!!!

The first thing I would do in this situation would be to contact an automotive locksmith. Chances are that they can gain physical access to the car, and from that point they can disassemble the lock cylinder and reverse-engineer the key code. That's assuming that the Volt's key code is like others in that it describes the pin depths in the cylinder.
 

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My wife and I went jogging/brisk walking last night. I usually put my phone in one pocket and the keys and FOB in another pocket. My wife then asked me to carry her phone, which I put in my pocket along with the keys and FOB as I keep my phone in another pocket. From time to time she asked me to pull out her phone to read out her fit app (bluetoothed to her watch) and then I put back her phone in my pocket. In one of those events, I may have pulled out the phone and along with FOB key that I didn't notice as it dropped as we were briskly walking or jogging. I tried retracing back and forth along the path but could not find the FOB key. It is a busy pathwalk, so somebody may have picked it up.
Right. We know you lost one jogging and looked for it and couldn't find it. I was asking about the *other* key fob. Maybe if you thought about it again and tried to figure out where that one is, you could solve your problem without a trip to the dealer, etc.
 

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Locking the barn after the horse is gone is not help. I imagine he is already pissed enough at losing the fobs so telling him he screwed the pooch isn't going to change anything.
Maybe this is his job...:rolleyes:
 

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Right. We know you lost one jogging and looked for it and couldn't find it. I was asking about the *other* key fob. Maybe if you thought about it again and tried to figure out where that one is, you could solve your problem without a trip to the dealer, etc.
that other FOB key, I lost that one in the first month. I brought it with me on vacation and it didn't make it back.
 
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