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How to change the battery in a Chevrolet Key Fob? 

 September 28, 2021

By  Phil Borges

If you are one of Chevrolet's owners, it is likely that you have had to change the battery in your key fob at least once. This is a fairly straightforward process, but it can be frustrating if you don't know what you're doing. This article will guide and take you through the steps on how to do so.

How to change the battery in a Chevrolet Key Fob?

Key fobs are one of those items that you never want to be without, especially if you own a Chevy. Chevy key fob may be slow to react and need batteries, but with a new one in place, you'll have all of the functions that make Chevy ownership so special. Learn how a dead key fob battery replacement can get all the functions back!

Chevrolet Flip Key Fob 2010-2016

Step 1: Press the circled button on the top side of the key fob to flip out the physical key.

Step 2: Remove gently the back lid cover of the key fob to expose the battery compartment.

Step 3: Pull out the old battery with your fingernail or a small screwdriver. If using a screwdriver, be sure not to damage any part of the key fob.

Step 4: Place a new CR2032 3V lithium battery and ensure to follow the correct battery orientation. 

Step 5: Return the lid cover and snap it in place. Test the key fob to ensure the battery replacement was successful.

Chevrolet Smart Keyless Entry Remote (i.e. Tahoe / Suburban  model)

Step 1: Press down the button found on the side of the key fob to slide out the physical key and set it aside.

Step 2: Pry open the key fob gently with the use of a flat head screwdriver and remove the buttons and the circuit board. Place these two components somewhere safe.

Step 3: Take out the old battery with the use of a small flat head screwdriver and dispose of it properly.

Step 4: Replace the old CR2032 3V battery with a new one. Ensure that the positive side of the new battery corresponds to where the old battery was installed.

Step 5: Return the circuit board and the buttons back to their respective places and snap back the cover. Make sure that all sides are attached properly.

Step 6: Attach the physical key back and test out your new battery to ensure that it works.

If you have noticed that your Chevy key fob is not working, it may be because of a faulty battery. Replacing this small piece can make all the difference in regaining some control over when and where those handy features work for.

What are the signs that your key fob battery needs replacing?

The battery in a key fob may last for about two years before it needs to be replaced. But the battery life depends on the age of your key fob and how often you use it. To give you a further idea on when to expect for battery replacement, here are some signs that you need to look out for:

  • It is not working when you press any button
  • It won't unlock your car door when you have it close to the door handle
  • You can't open the trunk from a distance
  • When the fob battery runs down, the transmitter's range diminishes

If the key fob is not working at all, especially if you have just replaced the battery, or if you're having trouble getting in your car when using the remote control function of the key fob, bring your key fob to your dealership for service. They will be able to diagnose it further and get it working again.

What to do if the Chevy key fob is totally dead?

If the Chevy key fob is totally dead, replace it with a new one. A Chevrolet dealership can test your key fob to see if the battery is just drained or if it's broken. Bring the old key fob, so they'll know what kind of replacement to give you.

As soon as you get your new key fob, make sure to reprogram it. If you are not sure on how to do this, you can simply ask your car dealership to assist you with this.

Conclusion

Chevy key fobs are great for convenience, but they can also get slow. If you've noticed that your Chevy key fob has stopped responding or maybe even died altogether, then learning how to replace a dead battery in the remote may help regain all of its handy functions. The process should take for about 5 minutes or less with the proper tools you need for this project. Just be sure you have the recommended battery for your key fob for it to work properly.

About the author

Hi, I'm Phil Borges.. thanks for reading.. My wife says I can't shut up about batteries so to save my marriage I've started this blog .. where I'd be ranting about batteries! Please leave a comment if you have any questions, I'm happy to help!

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