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1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
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Recently bought a ‘99 Range Rover with what seem to be the original key FOB’s. Unfortunately they are kinda beat and have the buttons completely worn off to where they don’t light up without a small screwdriver to press the recessed metal switch.

No big deal, I’d just use the key to lock/unlock the doors...or so I thought....

Well, as many of you could have predicted...I’ve run into quite a few door latch related problems, so I decided to step back and try to get my FOB’s working again and thought I’d share my jerry rigged fix.

Here’s what my FOB’s looked like:

Key Keychain Leather Fashion accessory

I dropped a .177cal/4.5mm BB (poached from my air soft gun) into each pocket to essentially extend the switch/button above the surface of the FOB cover:

Key Leather

Added a small piece of a headliner sample swatch over the BB’s:

Taped the swatch covered BB’s down and around the FOB (tucked into the key slot to allow the key to set back into the FOB):

Electronic device Technology

And bingo bango, we have a functioning FOB (no screwdriver required):

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Sort of a fun fix, but unfortunately for me..my FOB’s still don’t actually lock/unlock the doors...not sure what else to do other than drop off the truck at the dealership along with a pile of $$$ to get the locks working.

Hope other people have better luck!!

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Or you could have just bought a replacement button pad https://www.ebay.com/itm/Remote-Key...-Rover-Range-Rover-P38-YWC000300/113498555587. Now the fob works it probably only needs to be synced to the car. Put key in lock, turn to lock and hold there, press and hold lock button down until the light starts flashing quickly, release button and turn key back to centre. Now turn to unlock and repeat. Fob should now be synced to the car.

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Better yet test your latches following the sticky at the top of this forum then synch your fobs to your rig. There is no need to visit the dealer.
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