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2013, 49K, started not seeing fob, then fob battery low message.

Replaced with new 2032 battery, checked new voltage at 3.20 volts, old one read 2.87 volts.

Now fob does not work at all. Polarity is correct. Manual does warn of possible static damage but don't think I touched contacts.

I did remove original then took 5-6 minutes to locate new battery - could it have lost programming? Unfortunately only have the one fob.

Am able to drive with key OK, going to call Volt helpline in AM. Should this be covered under warranty?

Coming a week after my charger was stolen this is disheartening.
 

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I had the same issue, the fob in my case is actually just flakey.

When I tried to get it replaced gm stated my 3/36 was expired even though my in service date was 11/14
 

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You have the other fob that functions normally?
Do a reprogram per the user manual and see what happens. You need one working fob or the dealer has to do it.
 

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try a new store battery and I leave my second FOB with out a battery and it tested ok when I needed it months later.
 

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I've also found that it is good to wipe the contacts and the battery down with rubbing alcohol.
 

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Make sure that the "battery holder" inside the remote has not broken loose from the circuit board. I'm not sure about the Volt remote, but on older remotes this has been a problem.
 

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With a 2013, could it be coincidental that the other battery (the one in the hatch of the car) needs to be replaced? It's colder now. Batteries don't like cold.
 

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With a 2013, could it be coincidental that the other battery (the one in the hatch of the car) needs to be replaced? It's colder now. Batteries don't like cold.
Battery cells DO like the cold! They last longer if unused because the cold reduces the chemical reactions that liberate the electrons. And a cold circuit has less resistance, too. You only need a warm celll if you want to force the electrons to move.
 

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Battery cells DO like the cold! They last longer if unused because the cold reduces the chemical reactions that liberate the electrons. And a cold circuit has less resistance, too. You only need a warm celll if you want to force the electrons to move.
That's true with standard disposable batteries, but I'm not sure it's true with Lithium, which most new 2032 batteries are.
I always find my fobs don't work well in the winter unless I keep them inside my pocket to keep warm.
 

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Battery cells DO like the cold! They last longer if unused because the cold reduces the chemical reactions that liberate the electrons. And a cold circuit has less resistance, too. You only need a warm celll if you want to force the electrons to move.
I guess I should rephrase, most batteries don't like to be frozen. For example, while using my iPhone outside during snowageddon 1 and 2, my battery bar would drop to nearly zero then the phone would shut itself off. Upon returning to the warm indoors, the phone would start up and show 40-70% battery life.
 
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2013, 49K, started not seeing fob, then fob battery low message.

Replaced with new 2032 battery, checked new voltage at 3.20 volts, old one read 2.87 volts.

Now fob does not work at all. Polarity is correct. Manual does warn of possible static damage but don't think I touched contacts.

I did remove original then took 5-6 minutes to locate new battery - could it have lost programming? Unfortunately only have the one fob.

Am able to drive with key OK, going to call Volt helpline in AM. Should this be covered under warranty?

Coming a week after my charger was stolen this is disheartening.
Hi homesteadelectric,

We're sorry to hear about your key fob concern. We definitely recognize how unexpected and inconvenient this must be.

If you're interested, we would be happy to look into this further for you. Please send us a private message with your preferred dealer, VIN and full contact information.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Lauren E.
Chevrolet Customer Care
 
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