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Old 01-12-2017, 09:34 AM   #21
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For some reason I have these old keys and not the diamond shaped ones.
The larger key in your picture is the old style key.
It has a replaceable battery...the newer style keys had a non replaceable battery that charged as you drove.

I would start by opening the large key and swapping out a new battery.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:15 AM   #22
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^^^ If that doesn't work, a last ditch effort is to smack the key receptacle on the drivers door with a hammer. It will break it off, but you can then use a phillips screwdriver to turn the white plastic inside to unlock the door. Cheaper and easier to replace than a window.
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:32 PM   #23
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Unfortunately the top of the window is under the seal/window frame and there's no way I can pry it open, and yes I did try the pump cuff thingy ..
I think this was to be done on the lower portion, bottom window seal.
A door wedge or shin can be used to create a gap, then use a coat rod with a small hook on the end to try and pull on the latch mechanism inside the door to unlock the door.
Have you called a locksmith? Here locally they are 40-60$.

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Old 01-13-2017, 06:13 AM   #24
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I had enough with this problem, and went full hardcore into fixing it.

I was able to pop the window out of the frame, used metal rods and was able to open the door handle but guess what? Nothing happened. Tried on both sides.

I eventually broke the passenger window, and nothing was working in the car until I turned it on.

It was not a battery issue so no idea what was happening
The center lock button in the center did not work before I turned the car on, but now it does.

What went wrong? Any idea?
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Old 01-13-2017, 01:54 PM   #25
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FFS. Just call a locksmith. They'll get you in.
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Old 01-13-2017, 01:56 PM   #26
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Anyway, most hardware/auto stores can test the keyfob remote for signal. Worth checking. Your battery cable (in trunk, not in the fob) may be loose. Check that it's tight.

And seriously, you could have spent $50 on a locksmith. Now you have to buy a window...

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Old 01-13-2017, 05:32 PM   #27
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Anyway, most hardware/auto stores can test the keyfob remote for signal. Worth checking. Your battery cable (in trunk, not in the fob) may be loose. Check that it's tight.

And seriously, you could have spent $50 on a locksmith. Now you have to buy a window...
I got 3 different locksmiths .. no use with any of them
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