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Dodge Journey key fob not working – causes and how to fix it
The remote keyless system in Dodge Journey allows the driver to conveniently lock and unlock the vehicle with the press of a button. When the key fob stops working, it quickly becomes an inconvenience to manually lock and unlock the vehicle. In some cases it can even leave you stranded if the vehicle can’t detect the key and won’t let you start the engine.
The most common cause of key fob not working in Dodge Journey is dead battery. But the remote key can also stop working due to worn buttons, poor battery contact, water damage, defective key fob, receiver module issues, signal interference, dead 12 volt battery, and unpaired key requiring reprogramming.
1. Dead battery in key fob
Dead battery is the leading cause of key fob not working in Journey. Usually there are signs of weakening battery before it gives up. If the remote was working previously, but the range of the remote was gradually decreasing until it ceased to function, this indicates that the battery was wearing out.
Replace the battery
If the button cell battery in the key fob of Journey is replaced incorrectly or a battery is unsuitable, it can damage the vehicle key. Only replace drained batteries with new batteries in the same voltage, size, and specification. Make sure the battery is facing in the right direction when inserting it.
Key fob not working after replacing the battery
When purchasing a new battery for the key fob of your Journey, keep in mind that the battery may be sitting on the shelf for a long time. Therefore after replacement it may not work, or may not last that long. Try purchasing the battery from a store where stock moves fast. If you still can’t get the key fob to work after verifying that the battery is healthy, your key fob issues may not be due to bad battery.
Starting the engine with dead key fob battery
If your Journey has push button start/stop feature, your vehicle may not start due to weak key fob battery and a ‘key not detected’ alert message may be displayed in the instrument cluster. Don’t worry, you can still start your vehicle, the immobilizer is controlled by a passive transponder. Passive means, among other things, that the transponder in the key does not need its own power source.
Touch the start/stop button with your key fob and then start the engine. If it doesn’t work, then look in the owners manual for exact location of key fob placement, as it may vary depending on model.
Use spare key: You can try starting your Journey with its second key. It will also rule out any other problem with the first key, for example, water damage.
How long does the key fob battery last?
Depending on how often you use the key fob or remote control of your Journey, the battery should last between two and four years. This is assuming the new battery you installed is healthy and its use by date is many years away.
2. Poor battery connection
The battery inside the key fob of Journey has metal retaining clips that hold the battery in position and completes the circuit. If the clips don’t have any tension, it can cause contact issues and the remote may not receive any power. Make sure the battery is firmly placed and does not move around when you shake the remote. Also make sure all the battery contacts are corrosion and dust free.
3. Water damage
If your Dodge Journey key fob has taken a bath in the soapy water of the washing machine after you forgot to take it out of your pants pocket, water damage is very likely.
Water resistant, not waterproof
Your Journey key has rubber seals which prevents the water from getting to the electronic chip inside. A splash of water or brief exposure to light rain should be fine, but exposure to excessive amount of water like submerging the key in the pool can cause the water to penetrate the seals and damage the chip. Submerging the key in ocean water at the beach can be much more damaging to key fob electronics due to highly conductive nature of salt water.
But my key fob survived water exposure?
If your Journey key fob survived a wash cycle, or a deep bath in the ocean or pool water, it doesn’t make the key fob waterproof, it means you got lucky. Exposure to excessive water increases the risk of water damage, so you shouldn’t make this a habit.
What to do in case of water damage?
If your Journey key fob stopping working after exposure to clean tap water or rain, immediately remove the battery and clean the electronic component with paper towel and let it dry fully before putting back the battery. In case of exposure to salt water, or soapy or dirty water, it is recommended to clean the chip with isopropyl alcohol or electronic cleaner. If the key fob still doesn’t work after cleaning and drying, the chip is probably fried and you will have to buy a new key.
4. Dead 12 volt battery
The remote keyless system and the central locking system in Journey require the 12 volt battery to be in healthy state to function properly. If the 12 volt battery is dead or if the electric current has been interrupted due to corrosion on the battery terminals or the ground connection, all on-board electronics will stop working.
In this case, you will have to manually unlock the door of your Journey with physical key. Also, the electrical accessories (e.g. headlights, fan, and infotainment system) will not function or may function poorly, and the engine will not start. Check the 12v battery and its connections.
5. Signal interference
Journey remote control signal can be disrupted by objects, poor weather conditions or transmitters on the same frequency band close to the vehicle. The remote key may work when you’re near the vehicle, but may not work from a distance. In case of severe interference, the remote may not work at all.
Interference signals can be caused not only by neighboring radio masts and towers, but also by unprofessionally installed satellite systems. A large part of the radio interference is caused by defects and aging effects in electrical devices and radio systems, which lead to unwanted emissions, radiation and repercussions on power and communication networks. Your Journey key fob should start working again when you leave the area of interference.
6. Reprogramming required
In rare cases, the remote key of Journey may stop working due to pairing issues. The key can be reprogrammed with an OBDII scanner. You may also be able to program a key by following a few steps, an original key is typically required for successful pairing. The instructions should be mentioned in the owners manual. If you fail to do it yourself, you may have to visit an authorized dealer for reprogramming of the key.
7. Defective key fob
If your Journey key fob stopped working after you dropped it on the floor, you may have damaged the internal chip. Or, if your key fob just stopped working one day out of the blue, in rare cases this could indicate a faulty key fob – assuming you have tried everything to fix the issue e.g. battery replacement, reprogramming and the spare key fob works.
8. Faulty receiver module
Dodge Journey has a remote keyless system receiver that receives radio frequency signals from the key fob. If none of your key fobs work, and and you can’t reprogram the keys, it is possible the receiver module has developed a fault.
You may have to perform further diagnostics to identify the faulty. The keyless entry antenna could be damaged, or the module is just not communicating with other modules on the vehicle. In these cases an OBDII scan tool can be used to verify if the commands are being transmitted and acted on by the security module.
9. Electronic immobilizer fault
The immobilizer is an anti-theft security system that prevents the engine from being started and the vehicle from being moved with an unauthorized vehicle key. A fault in the immobilizer system can prevent your Journey from being started. You may also see a warning light with key symbol or key not detected message in the instrument cluster.
For vehicles with an ignition lock
There is a chip in the vehicle key. The chip automatically deactivates the immobilizer if a valid vehicle key is inserted into the ignition lock. The electronic immobilizer is activated automatically when the vehicle key is removed from the ignition lock.
For vehicles with a starter button
There is a chip in the vehicle key. It is used to automatically deactivate the electronic immobilizer when there is a valid remote control vehicle key in the vehicle interior. The electronic immobilizer is automatically activated as soon as there is no valid vehicle key in the vehicle.
The engine can only be started with a genuine vehicle key that is coded correctly. You can obtain coded vehicle keys from an authorized Dodge dealer.
Reset the system
If the key fob is not working due to a glitch in the keyless entry system, it may be possible to restore the functionality by resetting the keyless entry system in your Journey.
There isn’t any button or option to reset the keyless entry system in Journey, but you can reboot all the on-board computers by disconnecting the 12 volt battery for a few minutes. Remove the cable from the negative terminal of the battery first, then from the positive terminal. With the battery disconnected, press the horn button a few times and turn on the headlights to drain out all the residual electricity from the system. After about 15 minutes, reconnect the battery in reverse order: positive cable first, then negative cable.
Use OBD2 scanner for diagnosis
Since Dodge Journey is equipped with on-board diagnostics (OBD), a fault diagnosis can provide initial indications of where the malfunction is located. This method will be especially useful when diagnosing a faulty remote keyless system receiver module.
To begin troubleshooting, you must first connect the diagnostic tool to your Journey. The OBDII connector is usually located under the dashboard. With the tool connected, turn on the ignition. Most diagnostic devices then ask for some information about the vehicle. It is important that you enter this 100% correctly, otherwise the result of the search may be inaccurate. In addition to the vehicle make, model, and engine type, you usually also have to type in the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Since some OBD codes are manufacturer-specific, the scanner will be able to give you more accurate information if you enter more details about your Journey.
There are many reasons why your Dodge Journey key fob is not working. When looking for the reason, you should start with the most obvious cause that is easy to diagnose: dead battery, which you can replace in a few minutes.
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Dodge Journey Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide How to change the battery in the key fob remote control of a first generation 2009 to 2014 Dodge Journey SUV.
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Change Dodge Key Fob Battery
Learn how to change the Dodge key fob battery. We have posted several videos that show you how to change the Dodge key fob battery for almost any Dodge model. If we missed your vehicle, contact us, and we will add it.
How to Replace Key Fob Battery on Most Common Dodge Key Fob
- Release the metal key. There is a small tap that you need to press down, and the metal key will slide out.
- Use the metal key to remove the back cover on your Dodge keyless remote.
- Slide-out old battery. Slide the new battery in. Check the orientation of the battery, ensuring that you are not placing it backward.
- Snap the battery cover back in place.
- Get outside the car and press the Unlock / Lock buttons. If the battery installation was performed successfully, the doors should lock/unlock.
Old Dodge Key Fob Battery Replacement
Learn how to replace the battery on the older Dodge and Chrysler key fobs.
Lastly, a very old Dodge key fob from 1995.
If you need more help, the step-by-step instructions below can help you learn how to replace the keyfob battery on a Dodge key.
Change Dodge Key Fob Battery Instructions
- Slide the metal blade into the keyfob.
- Go near the car and press the “UNLOCK” and “LOCK” buttons to test the keyfob remote’s operation.
Owners of Dodge, Ram Trucks, vehicles such as the Dart, Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, 2500, 3500, 4500, 5500, C/V Tradesman, 200, 300, and Town & Country will find these DIY instructions helpful. Let us know if we need to add other Dodge key fobs to our list.
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Dodge Journey Key Fob Not Working: 5 Common Causes
If your Dodge Journey’s key fob is not working, the most common reason is a dead battery. Followed by water damage or fob failure.
Below, we’ve listed everything you need to do to get your vehicle’s fob working again.
A dead battery is the most common reason a Dodge Journey’s key fob fails.
Table of Contents
- Dead Battery
- Out of Range
- Water Damage
- Reprogramming Required
- Key Fob Failure
1. Dead Battery
The most common reason a key fob isn’t working is that the battery has died and needs to be replaced .
Some vehicles will display a warning message that the key fob battery is about to die. Depending on your Dodge Journey’s model year, it may or may not warn you.
To replace your Journey’s key fob battery, you’ll have to pop it open. You can find battery replacement instructions on YouTube for almost any vehicle’s remote. Otherwise, check the owner’s manual.
Once you open it, write down the key fob battery number and get a replacement. The most common size is CR2032.
Starting a Push to Start Vehicle With a Dead Key Fob
Keyless entry systems have been around for a while, but the combination of a push-start button and no physical ignition key is still relatively new. Even if your Dodge Journey’s key fob is not working, you can still start your push to start vehicle. Here’s how:
- You’ll need to gain access to your Journey if the doors are locked. Most keyless start vehicles have a physical key hidden in the key fob.
- Look on the back of your fob for a button you can push to slide the fob out. The only tumbler to insert this key is likely the driver’s door.
- Hold the key fob close to the ignition button and press it until the vehicle starts. Try pressing the key into the push start button. The ring around it actively searches for the key fob and should pick it up.
Key Fob Not Working After a Battery Change
If you’ve changed your Dodge Journey’s key fob, and it’s still not working it’s likely that you have a damaged circuit board. You may need to reprogram the key to work with your vehicle.
Most vehicles’ key fobs work the same way. Consult your owner’s manual for instructions on reprogramming the key fob.
This video is a fantastic resource on how to get most vehicles to recognize their key fob again after changing the battery.
2. Out of Range
The second reason your key fob might not work is that it’s out of range from your Journey.
Key fobs generally have a range of about 30 feet, so if you’re too far away from your vehicle, it won’t respond.
Be sure to check that the key fob is close enough before trying to start your Dodge Journey. If it works when you get close, it almost certainly has a low battery.
3. Water Damage
The third reason why your Dodge Journey’s key fob might not be working is that it’s been exposed to water.
If your key fob has gotten wet, the circuits may have shorted out or corroded and will need to be replaced.
Take your vehicle to a professional auto locksmith or a dealer who can program a new key fob for you.
4. Reprogramming Required
Your Journey’s keypad may need reprogramming. This is usually the case if you’ve you’re using a fob that didn’t originally come with your vehicle.
To reprogram your key fob, consult your car’s manual or contact a local mechanic to help.
5. Key Fob Failure
Another reason could be that there is a problem with the internal circuitry in your key fob, which can happen from wear and tear over time.
If this is the case, you will likely need to replace your Dodge Journey’s key fob.
If you have recently changed your vehicle’s battery or had the electronics in it serviced, then this could also be the cause of your key fob not working.
In this instance, you will need to reprogram your key fob with your car’s onboard computer. You should only suspect the computer needs reprogramming if BOTH key fobs don’t work.
How To Change Battery In Dodge Key Fob
The Dodge key fob enables keyless access to the car and is also used at the start of the engine. The battery will run out of juice at some point and learning how to change battery in Dodge key fob is a crucial skill. Here we look at the procedures of replacing the battery in Dodge key fob.
Table of Contents
5 Steps To Change The Battery In The Old Doge Key Fob
As we have said earlier, the old model dodge key fob uses two batteries. It is easy to change them by following the following steps:
Step 1: Get a flat head screwdriver. You can wrap the tape around the tip of the screwdriver to avoid damaging the key fob. Always use minimal force to avoid damage
Step 2: On the side of the key fob, you will find a groove going all around. Use the screwdriver on the groove to pry open the cover of the key fob
Step3: Note the directions the two batteries are facing and tap them out. If they appear stuck, you can use the flat head screwdriver to pry them out
Step 4: Replace the battery with the new CR2016 battery and make sure the batteries face the same direction as the old batteries.
Step 5: Replace the cover and squeeze them together. You will hear a click sound signifying the key fob is securely closed.
5 Steps To Change The Battery In The New Model Doge Key Fob
This model uses one CR2032 battery.
Step 1: On the backside of the key fob , you will notice a small button. Push it as u pull to remove the metallic key.
Step 2: On the top side where you have removed the key, you will notice a small opening groove. Insert the metallic key and then turn it. You can also use a flat head screwdriver on the groove. Insert it and turn it to open the key fob
Step 3: Tap out the battery and if it appears stuck, use the key or the screwdriver to tap it out. Notice the direction the battery is facing for polarity.
Step 4: Replace the battery with the new CR2032 battery. Ensure the polarity face in the right direction. If you interchange the polarities, the key fob will not work.
Step 5: Replace the cover and squeeze them together to close. You will hear a click sound showing the key fob has been securely closed.
Where To Buy A New Dodge Key Fob
The alternative is to order for the new key fob online and it will reach you in 1-2 days depending on the location. The delivered key fob has a blank key that you need to visit the nearest locksmith to have the key cut. There is a manual accompanying the new key fob outlining the steps to take to program the key fob. They are outlined below.
7 Steps To Program Dodge Key Fob.
Sometimes when you change the battery in the Dodge key or you buy a new Dodge key fob , it may not work as expected and you need to program the key fob and sync it with the car.
Here are the steps to program the key fob.
Step 1: Get on the driver’s seat in the Dodge and close all doors.
Step 2: Press the lock button on the key fob immediately after closing the doors. This should be within 20seconds of closing the doors.
Step 3: Put the key in the ignition and while holding the unlock button, turn the key on.
Step 4: Now press the panic button while still pressing down on the unlock button.
Step 5: Let go the panic button but still hold down to the unlock button. On the door panel, press the unlock button. This is while still holding on to the unlock button on the key fob.
Step 6: Release both buttons at the same time. Press unlock on the key fob one.
Step 7: Turn the ignition off and remove the key to finish the programming.
You can test the key fob from outside the car. If it does not work, confirm the battery polarity is correct and repeat the procedure above.
What Batteries Does Dodge Key Fob Use?
The old model Dodge key fobs used 2 batteries size CR2016 . This battery is 20mm in diameter and has a thickness of 1.6mm. It is a lithium battery and gives 3volts of current.
Both batteries are lithium-based and can work in varying weather conditions. The batteries can work well in temperatures as low as -4 0 F to as high as +140 0 F.
The batteries have a very low self-discharge rate and when stored at room temperatures, of around 68 0 F, they have a shelf life of 10years.
Once in the key fob , the battery will last approximately 3-5 years.
Should You Buy A New Key Fob?
When the Dodge key fob stops working, you may be tempted to order a new one. But before you buy a new dodge key fob , it is a good idea to first change the battery on the key fob.
If after battery change the key fob does not still work, it means the key fob has a problem and needs replacement.
The key fob may get lost or get damaged beyond repair. In this case, you will need to buy a new dodge key fob .
What Signs Show Dodge Key Fob Need Battery Replacement?
The battery in the key fob will not run out of juice overnight. It is a gradual process and as days progress, the battery gets weaker and weaker. You can tell the key fob needs battery replacement if:
- The operation range gets shorter and shorter. This means you can no longer use the key fob from far. You have to get near the car for it to operate.
- The buttons have to be pressed several times for them to respond. This is a sign of a weak battery.
- The key fob works inconsistently. This means at one moment the key fob is working well, while at the other moment it is not working at all.
Can I Start a Dodge Car With Dead Key Fob?
Yes, you can.
For the dodge that has an ignition slot, turn the key fob and on the backside, you will see a small latch. Slide it to the side as you pull on the handle to extract the metal key.
Use the key to start the dodge and open the doors.
On the dodge with a start button, depress the brakes and press the start button with the dead key fob. The car should start normally.
A key fob is a crucial gadget for the smooth running of the modern automobile. Be on the lookout for the dying battery and use the guide above to change the battery.
If even after changing the battery correctly the key fob does not work, it’s time to consider that the key fob may be faulty and buy a replacement key fob.
Learn more about changing battery key fobs and other battery skills on this website.
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We are four.Can we buy just a 20 journey metro card and use all of us ? Or each one of us has to buy one card?otherwise i think taxi would be better for 4 of us.”
> We are four.Can we buy just a 20 journey metro card and use all of us ?
If thinking about taxi, besides cost, need to consider efficiency...if not during rush hour, may be OK for getting around...they are quite cheap. I THINK you can also use a "Troika" card...good for all transit, and you just load it up with amount you want. Gets Metro per ride down to 36 rubles, and any transfers on surface down I seem to recall to 16-18...UNLESS this one has a time limit, you would just hand it back to next person.
Every time you use your 20 journey card there is a digital display at the gate that tells you how many journeys you have left. You can share the ticket.
Same display if you get the Troika card and load it with rubles...except of course rather than trips, it show value left...
Taxi from where to where? And when?
The metro has no traffic jams, that's its main advantage, not so much the cost
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