98 Camry - Remote for locks does not work properly

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Old 16 Apr 2006, 08:17 am   #1 (permalink)
Mike
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Default 98 Camry - Remote for locks does not work properly

To lock or unlock doors, I have to hold the button for several seconds
or until it eventually works. I have replaced the batteries and tried
to clean the contants. Is there a better repair?

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Old 16 Apr 2006, 03:14 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 98 Camry - Remote for locks does not work properly

"Mike" <mcmdm50@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> To lock or unlock doors, I have to hold the button for several seconds
> or until it eventually works. I have replaced the batteries and tried
> to clean the contants. Is there a better repair?
>


One of the remotes on my 98 has the same symptom. I also replaced the
battery to no avail, so I assume it is a mechanical problem with the
buttons. After a while they just wear out, sort of like a TV remote control.

I am now using the other remote that came with the car. You can buy a
replacement, but if you don't have a least one remote that is working when
you purchase a replacement, I think it costs a lot more to get one
reprogrammed.


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Old 18 Apr 2006, 08:39 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 98 Camry - Remote for locks does not work properly

How did you clean the contacts?
After replacing the remote a couple of times, (which does work), and
having the syptom recur, I tried spraying WD-40 at the contacts after
opening the back of the case.
So far, still working fine.
Try to avoid overspray and clean any excess with a rag.
"WD" is "water displacement" and it actually seems to do a good job on
cleaning electrical contacts. Obviously will also penetrate even if you
cannot see the contact surfaces, but do spray from behind, not the
surface of the buttons.

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Old 18 Apr 2006, 09:44 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 98 Camry - Remote for locks does not work properly

Be sure you put the battery in the proper side up. If the battery is
put in backwards, the remote will not work. I speak from experience.
The dealer replaced a battery for my parents years ago and it was
determined the remote was bad.
Last year I opened the remote to find out what size battery was
required for the other remote and found the battery was installed
incorrectly. Now both remotes work.

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