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Non-Functioning Keys PLEASE HELP!

So I have an 09 SRT8 with approx 9k miles

BOTH, of my keys do not function except for starting the car. The remote lock/unlock, trunk opener, remote start and keyless start do not function at all. This occurred after the car had not been driven for a few months when I went away to school.

I went to the dealer and they would swap the keys if my car was under the 3 yr or 100k miles warranty. My car was one month out of warranty and only has 9k miles. I am not paying for a rip off diagnostic, then a reflashing and/or new keys.

My car currently has a diablo tune that I do not want to be messed with but I would also like my keys to work considering winter is here.


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Is this the dealer you bought the car new from? If so ask them to do it under a goodwill policy. My dealer fixed my key problem like that. I was below the 3 years but 2k over on mileage.
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Is this the dealer you bought the car new from? If so ask them to do it under a goodwill policy. My dealer fixed my key problem like that. I was below the 3 years but 2k over on mileage.
The dealer i bought mine from is a struggle to get a glass a water from. I took it to the dealer that usually does me well. But i guess I will give the dealer i bought it from a call. I was going to call coporate. Im a few months past three years and WELL under miles
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Call Chrysler and tell them ur story. It works.


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That was my intention after the dealer told me what they had told me. My car is basically new I dont understand why the keys decided to malfunction. Any number you suggest to call?
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Try replacing the batteries in the fobs BEFORE trying anything else. My 2009 SRT did the same thing, and new batteries fixed it. These fobs are "hot" all the time, emitting the signal for the push button start, and will kill the batteries even if you don't use them. I got 2 batteries at a local auto parts store for around 6 bucks.
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I agree try new batteries I think they take CR-2032's you can get a 2 pack from Wal-Greens, Wal-Mart, etc. for about $6
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Yes, it would seem that a battery replacement would be the first thing to do.

I have read enough of those fob problem threads to think that the constant communication between the fobs and the car is a bad idea. That's the future (RFID), but I don't care. So is calling for help instead of being self-reliant. So while I'm still playing with the Keyless Go feature for now with my week-old car, here's what I did: I took the battery out of my spare fob and hid it inside the car along with 2 spare and fresh batteries, it will start it fine without anyway. Then I taped the metal key to open the door in a secret location, as I've done for years, to avoid lockouts. I keep fob #1 in my pocket with my house keys for now, but at the first hint of trouble (prematurely dead battery, fob not detected, etc.), I'll take the battery out of this one too to make it passive. I'll have a key made for the door soon so I don't have to pry that thing out of the fob. Only thing stopping me from 'killing' the second fob and losing the remote control is that the trunk does not even have a lock anymore. I use it all the time, so going through the car to pop it open everytime would be a hassle.
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