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Old 08-17-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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Keyfob Tester!

So I was at my local Advance Auto parts for something today and they had this keyfob tester just below the check out register where the small keyfob batteries were located.

I took out my BMW and GM keyfobs and tried them out on the keyfob tester and it worked quite well. The LED flickered indicating the keyfob was functional and I was actually able to get some distance from the tester and it continued to pick up the keyfob as I pushed the buttons.

This would be helpful to make sure you keyfob and/or keyfob buttons are working before you try to cut a perfectly good keyfob open!

You might check and see if any of your local auto parts or hardware stores have one of these testers at the battery display.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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Am I a geek because I test my keyfob with a spectrum analyzer here at work?
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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So I was at my local Advance Auto parts for something today and they had this keyfob tester just below the check out register where the small keyfob batteries were located.

I took out my BMW and GM keyfobs and tried them out on the keyfob tester and it worked quite well. The LED flickered indicating the keyfob was functional and I was actually able to get some distance from the tester and it continued to pick up the keyfob as I pushed the buttons.

This would be helpful to make sure you keyfob and/or keyfob buttons are working before you try to cut a perfectly good keyfob open!

You might check and see if any of your local auto parts or hardware stores have one of these testers at the battery display.
Great find!
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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Not everyone has a $50k spec analyzer sitting around to play with.

Next time I am there, I will check my garage door opener to see if it detects that!
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Hidden OBC Menu - Check Voltage, Temps, Fuel Level - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=239619

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