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Yeah, I'm not so intelligent too!!!

2011 Armada Platinum, 76k Miles.

I've had this vehicle about 1 year and am the 3rd owner. Soon after buying the intelligent key would quit working. Won't allow me to unlock the door with the push button on the door handle and I started getting the "No Key" message on the dash when trying to start. I put new batteries in the Not-So Intelligent Key and that seemed to help for a little while. When I have problems I will remove the battery from the Not-So Intelligent Key and reinsert it and this seems to help for awhile. Then back again.

Well, this morning same thing. Couldn't unlock the door with the door handle button and I had to press the unlock button on the Not-So Intelligent Key several times before it would unlock. Once in the Armada I would get the "No Key" message when trying to start. After multiple tries it finally starts. I dump the Not-So Intelligent Key in the bowels of the console cup-holder (not so intelligent of me) and motor on. Stop to get gas but I leave the door open while fueling. Stop to pick up some motor oil at my local WallyWorld and I lock the Armada as I'm sliding out of the seat. Since the Armada can't find the Not-So Intelligent Key, it doesn't know the key is in the vehicle and it locks. Typically if the Not-So Intelligent Key is working correctly the Armada knows it is inside the vehicle and automatically unlocks the door. Luckily my wife can stop by and bring my spare Not-So Intelligent Key, that also has a new battery, which also has to be pressed multiple times before the door will open. A little later down the road I stop at NAPA to pick up an oil filter and it works as it should.

The Not-So Intelligent Keys have new batteries. I've actually replaced the new batteries with new batteries, so I know the batteries aren't weak.

What could this problem be? What receives the signal from the Not-So Intelligent Key and actuates the door/ignition etc. to operate? Is there any troubleshooting and/or diagnostics I can perform to solve this. Understand that I am electrically stooooopid so if I need to do a bunch of electrical diagnosis then I'm hosed.

I anxiously await your replies.

Thanks.
 

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So you say that you've replaced the batteries (twice). What kind of batteries did you use? Did you use fresh namebrand batteries, or something you got off of eBay or Amazon? Reason I ask is that I got a bunch of no-name button batteries with something electronic that I ordered (can't remember what it was), and they were the same size and number as the batteries in my keyfob. They sucked; range was terrible, they didn't last. Replace the battery with a Duracell that I bought at Walmart or Target, and everything worked great. Just a thought.......
 

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So you say that you've replaced the batteries (twice). What kind of batteries did you use? Did you use fresh namebrand batteries, or something you got off of eBay or Amazon? Reason I ask is that I got a bunch of no-name button batteries with something electronic that I ordered (can't remember what it was), and they were the same size and number as the batteries in my keyfob. They sucked; range was terrible, they didn't last. Replace the battery with a Duracell that I bought at Walmart or Target, and everything worked great. Just a thought.......
Ray-O-Vac and Energizer. I'm fairly sure that the battery in the Not-So-Intelligent-Key fob is not the problem.
 

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You might try cleaning the battery contacts in the remote. One of my remotes was acting wonky, I cleaned the contacts two years ago and has worked fine ever since.

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This problem appears about every 2-4 weeks. What I do to resolve it is open up the key fob, remove the (new) battery, replace the (same new) battery, close it up then it works fine for 2-4 weeks, until it doesn't. Then I go through the process again. I'm sure the contacts are making contact so any other thoughts?
 

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i have an 08 and i do noticed i had to change the batteries on my key fob a lot. but not as much as what you're doing crazy4trains.
 
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