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My missus's car has a combination of buttons on her fob to press and it opens all the windows on her car regardless if the car is locked or unlocked.
The first time it happened the fob was in my trouser pocket and must have pressed against a few coins. All the windows suddenly dropped down :eek:
I bet you thought "It's haunted!":ROFLMAO:.....I take it your motor flew through the MOT ok?:unsure:
 

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My previous Hilux had an issue with the signal from the key fob being interrupted by certain door bells, believe it or not.
For some reason the radio frequency of some door bells used to interfere with it and the pickup would not open or start, depending.
LOL, I remember you having to roll it down the road outside my house so that it would start. 🤣
 

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And that was once the nice man from the AA got it open so we could take the handbrake off :D
 

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A last update!

After a bit of Googling, I've found a little slot in the storage area below the centre console between the front seats.
Apparently, if you drop the key into this slot, with the buttons facing to the rear of the car, and the keyring upwards, it's possible to start the car, even though the display says 'Key not detected".
I wonder why Ford didn't tell me about that, before offering me the £95 diagnostics test?
 

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My missus's car has a combination of buttons on her fob to press and it opens all the windows on her car regardless if the car is locked or unlocked.
The first time it happened the fob was in my trouser pocket and must have pressed against a few coins. All the windows suddenly dropped down :eek:
Reminds me of the time I fished at Lindholme on a very rainy day.
I had an Audi A6 Estate at the time, and I was just a tad overweight at the time.
Like 19 stone.
Halfway through the session, I nipped back to the car to find all the windows and the sunroof open, the car seats and carpets
soaking wet through.
I had sat on the boot lip to put my boots on, and my belly had pressed and held the buttons on the keyfob to open everything.
And I hadn't noticed as I walked away to my peg.
:confused:
 

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I've got an old focus on an 05 plate, key fob has stopped working and the key slot won't budge. The only thing I think I can do is disconnect the battery for an hour or so and hopefully that'll fix it. Thing is my nice warm Maver hooded coat is in the boot, otherwise it wouldn't bother me 🤣
 

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We live opposite a park. A while back, every Saturday when they were playing football our doorbell would ring several times. For some reason certain car key fobs, mainly Audi’s, would set it off.
 

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From my understanding if you get a key not detected most manufacturers now state that you should hold the fob against the starter button when pressing.
I've had to do that a couple of times with myHyundai Sante Fe.
 

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Ive had a Peugeot for 5 years now and still cant work the windscreen wiper control out. Whats wrong with just fast, slow and intermediate?
 

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I've got an old focus on an 05 plate, key fob has stopped working and the key slot won't budge. The only thing I think I can do is disconnect the battery for an hour or so and hopefully that'll fix it. Thing is my nice warm Maver hooded coat is in the boot, otherwise it wouldn't bother me 🤣
Did it fix it?
 

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It is very rare for a car problem to be unheard of by all Maggotdrowners, so here's mine.
Hope somebody has a simple solution, but ...

My car in for MOT today, it's a 2017 Mondeo S-Line Diesel Estate.
Call from the MOT place:
"Your car's passed, but it's stuck on our ramp and it won't start.
We can't push it off, because it's an automatic and it's in Park. Display just says "Key not detected".
This happens when I've left the key fob in the house, so it is out of range. But the key was on the passenger seat now.

Thinking the fob battery might have died, I walked round with the spare keyfob.
"Key not detected".
Much wailing and gnashing of teeth. A line of other customer cars await MOT, and the ramp is blocked.

After ten minutes of trying, the car suddenly started, and was driven out of the way.
Now it starts, but oddly, the 'door open' alarm sounds when the driver's door is open, even when the ignition is not on?

So I drove round to the Ford dealers, who jumped into action, and said they'll look at for me on Thursday.
They'll run a diagnostics test, which will take about an hour and cost me £95, then they'll phone me to tell me how much
it will cost to correct the fault.
They also suggested replacing the fob battery, but I cannot believe that BOTH fob batteries failed at the same time.
In the meantime, I'm expecting the car to die on me when I'm down a little cart track, miles from anywhere, fishing.
At six in the evening.
When it's pissing down with rain.

Isn't technology wonderful?

Anyone else had this problem, and what did you do about it?
Bought a Citroen ;)
 

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A last update!

After a bit of Googling, I've found a little slot in the storage area below the centre console between the front seats.
Apparently, if you drop the key into this slot, with the buttons facing to the rear of the car, and the keyring upwards, it's possible to start the car, even though the display says 'Key not detected".
I wonder why Ford didn't tell me about that, before offering me the £95 diagnostics test?
£95 diagnostics test. What a scam. I took my luscious lady friend's Focus into the local Ford dealer to get the breather pipe in the fuel filler pipe changed as it was blocked and took an age to fuel the car. I told the girl what was wrong and what needed doing. Nope, it had to have a £95 diagnostics test.
Couple of hours later a tellingbone call.
"We've found the fault, the breather pipe in the filler system requires to be changed".
Nope, the blasted service Manager wouldn't budge. They wouldn't refund my £95 for what I told them what the problem was.
Robbing barstewards.
 

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£95 diagnostics test. What a scam. I took my luscious lady friend's Focus into the local Ford dealer to get the breather pipe in the fuel filler pipe changed as it was blocked and took an age to fuel the car. I told the girl what was wrong and what needed doing. Nope, it had to have a £95 diagnostics test.
Couple of hours later a tellingbone call.
"We've found the fault, the breather pipe in the filler system requires to be changed".
Nope, the blasted service Manager wouldn't budge. They wouldn't refund my £95 for what I told them what the problem was.
Robbing barstewards.
Don’t disagree with you, but as tech but at an independent specialist, let me give you an insight to main dealers.

They are so reliant on following a set procedure, whether the problem is obvious or not, they don’t deviate. They are also all target wage driven, so to get the bonus they have to hit a target, so the workshop, service manager etc will have a target of so money time units to hit, so they will happily bill a diagnostic test, because it helps them hit target.
 

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Always proceed with caution...

A few year back I dropped my Passat into VW for a service, my wife took a call from them that afternoon. All was well but the daylight running lights wouldn't work. They'd changed the bulbs, checked the fuse with no joy, would I take the car back another day so they could investigate it further for £120.

So I turned up at the dealership and as nicely as possible showed them the menu option to turn them back on.

In retrospect I should have sent them a bill for £120.
 
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