2005 Pilot key remote not working

Discussion in 'Pilot' started by Larry in AZ, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Larry in AZ

    Larry in AZ Guest

    Wireless key lock/unlock is no longer working. Probably not the key's
    battery because I've tried our second key which is almost never used, so that
    bettery should be good. Have not replaced the batteries yet.

    I looked in the owner's manual for a fuse, but can't find one associated with
    the wireless key system.

    I'm thinking the problem is in the car somewhere.

    Any suggestions..?
    Larry in AZ, Jul 7, 2010
  2. Larry in AZ

    Dddudley Guest

    K.I.S.S. Unless you're leaving something out... Like a catastrophic
    electrical failure of the car involving replacing a battery AFTER the
    alternator fried it to a crisp, do yourself a favor and check the
    battery. You can pick up a brand new, ALMOST certain to be good,
    battery for <$3, why not try the easiest cure first?

    Tell you what, before you even buy the new battery, open the fob and
    remove the current battery, scuff up its surface with a dry paper towel,
    check to make sure the contacts aren't funky looking and reinsert the
    battery and see what happens.

    If that doesn't work, THEN look for something else.
    Dddudley, Jul 7, 2010
  3. Larry in AZ

    Tegger Guest

    I'd try changing the remote's battery, myself.

    It /is/ possible for the battery to drain to the point where the remote
    can't be activated, even if the remote is rarely used.

    Besides, the battery is so cheap, and so easily-replaced, that it would be
    foolish to begin your diagnosis by ignoring the simplest possible cause of
    the problem.
    Tegger, Jul 7, 2010
  4. Larry in AZ

    Larry in AZ Guest

    Thanks. You guys are probably right. I'll go out and try to get new
    batteries today.
    Larry in AZ, Jul 7, 2010
  5. Larry in AZ

    DDDudley Guest

    Larry in AZ, wrote the following at or about 7/7/2010 11:20 AM:

    Let us know if that doesn't do the trick. If we can't come up with
    something else, then we'll all learn from your experience when you do
    get it fixed.
    DDDudley, Jul 7, 2010
  6. Larry in AZ

    Larry in AZ Guest

    It was the batteries. Replaced both at Ace Hardware and the keys work
    now. Surprised me because the one key had almost never been used. Those
    batteries seem to have a life of about 5 years, then die.

    Expensive little buggers, about $6 each after tax.
    Larry in AZ, Jul 8, 2010
  7. Larry in AZ

    DDDudley Guest

    Larry in AZ, wrote the following at or about 7/7/2010 6:14 PM:
    Lesson learned and here's another... While I like Ace Hardware stores...
    hell, I like ANY hardware store<g>... I suspect that if your locally
    owned Ace is anything like the one we have here, you probably paid at
    least a 50% premium for those batteries. I can't believe the way the
    local ACE has gotten. It's like buying cereal or deodorant at the local
    7-11 vs. a Giant Wally World.

    Regardless, glad you got the problem solved and you can once again lock
    your car remotely.
    DDDudley, Jul 8, 2010
  8. Larry in AZ

    Tegger Guest

    Less expensive than a wild-goose chase for a non-existent problem, I think.

    Enjoy your Honda.
    Tegger, Jul 8, 2010
  9. Larry in AZ

    Jim Yanik Guest

    some electronics draw a tiny current even when not used.
    Ace Hardware is not the lowest price place to buy batteries.
    try Target,back in the flashlight section.
    If you shop around,you can buy those coin cells for much less than
    Everready/Duracell package prices.

    Jim Yanik
    dot com
    Jim Yanik, Jul 8, 2010
  10. Larry in AZ

    Tony Harding Guest

    Maybe, my 2003 Accord sedan was 7 last month and my remotes are <knocks
    on wood> just fine so far.
    Tony Harding, Jul 9, 2010
  11. Larry in AZ

    billzz Guest

    My Radio Shack guy said that he would not only get the right battery,
    he would replace them himself just to be sure that they worked. We
    have a 2010 Honda Pilot Touring (the reason I'm subscribed to the
    group) but we also have twin 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredos, and the
    remotes are working to this day, without battery replacement. One has
    to get the latest Lithium (whatever) and not "ordinary," whatever
    that means, batteries. My house has an ADT system and the batteries
    last well over ten years, and when a couple went out, I went to my guy
    at Radio Shack (no, I do not work for them) and he found the super-
    duper lithium things that ADT uses. It's worth it to not have to
    worry about the batteries going out every year.
    billzz, Jul 10, 2010
  12. Larry in AZ

    Larry in AZ Guest

    Agreed, but a guy at Ace installed them in the keys too. And with my
    eyesight, I can't even see the bettery type engraved on it without a
    microscope. ;-)
    Larry in AZ, Jul 10, 2010
  13. Larry in AZ

    Larry in AZ Guest

    Yeha, our 2004 Acura TL is a year older than the Pilot, and the fob batteries
    appear to be still strong. Perhaps it's a lerger capacity batt and lasts
    Larry in AZ, Jul 10, 2010
  14. Larry in AZ

    Evan Platt Guest

    I've gotten most fob type batteries overseas - www.dealextreme.com .
    You can often get a dozen batteries for $3 - $5 or so shipped. Granted
    it takes a few weeks to get here. But basically my thinking is since
    there's no "Low Battery" indicator on these devices, and since the
    batteries are so cheap, replace them every year and a half or so.
    Sure, maybe that's a little short of a period to replace them, but
    would you rather waste a little money, or be stuck somewhere with a
    dead fob?

    Ok, with just a remote keyless entry it may not be a big deal (just
    use the regular key) but in my case it's a alarm remote. And if I open
    the door without disarming the alarm, the alarm goes off - I then have
    to remember a certain 'disarm' sequence. Something like insert key,
    put to acc position, press hidden alarm 'valet' button twice, put key
    back to off, hit valet once, put key back to acc, hit valet button
    three times, etc.
    Evan Platt, Jul 18, 2010
  15. Larry in AZ

    Larry in AZ Guest

    Waiving the right to remain silent, Evan Platt
    At least the key still works in the door lock....
    Larry in AZ, Jul 18, 2010
  16. Larry in AZ

    Evan Platt Guest

    Yep, that's what I said in the next paragraph.. There are newer cars I
    believe where the key is 'electronic' - probably BMW or Mercedes or
    Lexus. I don't think I'd want one of those cars.
    Evan Platt, Jul 19, 2010
  17. Larry in AZ

    Seth Guest

    Those puppies however do have a low battery warning. Shows up right on the
    dashboard telling you so.
    Seth, Jul 19, 2010
  18. Larry in AZ

    Larry in AZ Guest

    Waiving the right to remain silent, Evan Platt
    My last BMW 5 series was like that, but as a leased car, I didn't have it
    long enough for the battery to die.
    Larry in AZ, Jul 19, 2010
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