2016 R1200GS LC Keyless Stopped working

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Farkleberry, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. Farkleberry

    Farkleberry Been here awhile

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    Hi:

    My bike doesn't start with the key nearby. Just the blinky red light. I have to put the fob near the ring antenna to start it.

    I've replaced the fob battery with 3 different batteries and measured each of them. It does start a couple of times, but subsequently starts failing again.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!
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  2. JimVonBaden

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    Sounds like a faulty fob.
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  3. johnwoodsrides

    johnwoodsrides Been here awhile

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    Or faulty antenna ring
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  4. JimVonBaden

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    Could be, but it would be a one off for sure.
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  5. KHud

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    It appears that the fob is draining batteries which points to the fob and not the antenna.
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  6. Farkleberry

    Farkleberry Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the replies!

    The bike is a 2016, but new-to-me Oct 2018. No history of key problems until recently.

    The only thing that I can think of is that I did a really wet ride in January and it got wet in my pocket. Perhaps that ruined it?

    I'd think a GS key would/should be water tight...
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  7. JimVonBaden

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    It is supposed to be water resistant, but you would not be the first to discover it is not.
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    I carry my FOB in a small ziplock baggy.
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  9. KHud

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    Open the fob and put it in a container full of rice for at least 24 hours. That will suck the moisture out of it. Other grains will work, but rice is the least messy.
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    My brother had his FOB replaced under warranty as it too ate batteries like they are candy. +1 on the rice to dry things out when in a pinch.
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  11. Farkleberry

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    Impatiently, I heated it up in my oven last night. Not a full bake or anything, but I opened the fob and put in a fairly warm oven for a couple of hours. New battery and the fob worked last night. Again this morning. I'll update.

    Thanks for the help, all!
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  12. Farkleberry

    Farkleberry Been here awhile

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    Still working at the end of the day today, any the battery hasn't drained.

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    brilliant !!
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  17. Farkleberry

    Farkleberry Been here awhile

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    Mine is definitely not the power button on the bike. What a trial to deal with that!

    3 days of functional fob unlocking, so I'm calling my oven treatment a fix. Don't melt your fob electronics!
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  18. Bikerboy108

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    Maybe Hair dryer would work without possiblity of melting electronics
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  19. KHud

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    It would take a bigger bag, but I think an entire bike can be put into a bag of rice.
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  20. JimVonBaden

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    :lol3
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