Q: What conditions might affect the signal from my remote or electronic key?

asked by on

What conditions might affect the signal from my remote or electronic key?

While your remote or electronic key might be pretty advanced in terms of technology, there are some conditions that will affect operation and signal strength. When this happens, the weak radio waves emitted from the key or remote may not reach the antennas on your car. Here are the most common conditions that might limit operation:

  • Battery is dead (in the key or remote)

  • You’re near a strong signal source, such as a power plant or a radio station tower

  • A cellphone or other cordless device is close to the key or remote

  • When a metallic object covers or touches the electronic key

  • Several electronic keys are close together

  • You’re carrying the electronic key and a laptop, another car’s electronic key or a similar device

  • You’ve added window tint with metallic components

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. What conditions might affect the signal from my remote or electronic key?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How does four-wheel drive lock mode work?

While your car will automatically turn on four-wheel drive when it senses slipping (if it’s equipped), you can also turn it on manually and lock it. This is helpful for situations where you need ongoing assistance to get out of...

Q: Heating hose leak

The hose will require replacement if the fluid is leaking. In some cases the components where the hose attaches may experience a crack or leak. If you would like this problem resolved, I would have an experienced technician inspect the...

Q: What is the break in schedule?

If you purchased your car new, then it’s important that you follow a specific break in schedule. This isn’t a myth – the automaker actually recommends that you follow a specific schedule to ensure that the engine is properly broken...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...