We had a fairly nice day Sunday so it seemed a great time to wash the recent winter crud off the used-to-be white 2015 Spark EV. I grabbed the seldom used spare fob for the car and was greeted with a "No remote detected, Place key in transmitter pocket" message on the DIC. I popped out the fob blade and "keyhole" cover on the steering stalk, then inserted the fob blade in the exposed slot but the No remote detected error remained.
I thought perhaps that particular fob battery was low, so ran back inside and retrieved the fob normally used, but the same error message came up on the display. However, with the normally used key the car would start with the fob blade inserted in the "transmitter pocket" slot in the steering wheel stalk. After moving and washing the car, the car again would not recognize proximity of the fob until it was placed in the transmitter pocket.
Information found on the web seemed to indicate the following issues might keep the fob from being recognized:
1. Most common - software glitch: Ignore and issue will resolve itself after an hour or two.
2. Next most common - Fob battery is weak or dead - replace fob battery to resolve.
3. Least common - Fob receiver is faulty - replace fob receiver to resolve.
This morning the normally used fob worked perfectly as it has for the past two years other than for a short period of time yesterday. Anyone suggestions from others who have experienced similar issues with GM push-to-start key fob errors is appreciated. I suspect it would be a good idea to replace both fob batteries.
1. How often should the fob batteries be refreshed?
2. Does inactivity affect the lifespan of fob batteries, or the ability for the car to recognize the fob?
Joe M in WV