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post #1 of 16 Old 07-28-2014, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Fob Attack

Took the 575M down to the fly shop to pick up some leaders for a future fly fishing trip. Pulled in where they had been located and it was now some kind of social services office. Went back to the Ferrari and pushed the fob button and nothing. After a few attempts, opened the door with the key and, naturally, that set off the alarm. Tried the fob again from inside, but nothing. Now the batttery is powering the alarm and flashing lights.

Called wife and she brought down the other two fobs. Tried the red one first and it worked on the first button push. Started right up since the battery is the good old MTP-91 from Interstate.

Got her home and took the fob apart. Nothing wrong with the battery, but the battery's weight had pushed the contacts apart from the motion of being carried in my pocket every day. Pushed the contacts together, put in a new battery (why not, have a dozen or so), and she worked fine after a couple of button pushes to get the rolling code synchronized from all the times I had pushed it.

Lesson learned, carry a small screwdriver and a spare battery in the glove box. I am really faithful about changing the fob batteries (all three fobs) every year on New Year's Day. Looks like I need to add checking the contacts at a more frequent rate on the one in my pocket.

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Great advice Taz. Certainly better security than a second remote in the glove box.

I change the batteries each Spring but have read they can go dead before that period ends.

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Had this happen last week in my driveway...I put her outside in the morning for a wash, but was DOA a few hours later. I grabbed one of the spare remotes and she started right up. New batteries; check!

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Taz, same thing happened to me shortly after I bought my Spider. Took it down to Laguna Beach for lunch and the fob didn't work on the trip back. And yet, despite our posts, some still scoff at our advice for batteries and spares for new owners and long distance trips!

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Fob Screwdriver for Keychain

Problem solved for next time with $2.47 eyeglass screwdriver from Amazon with free shipping. Fits easily on my medieval watch keychain.
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I have just put a spare battery and small screwdriver in my glove box. Thanks for your advice, Terry.

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I have done nothing about my fobs for the past 7 years. Thanks for the wake-up call, Taz.


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Taz, same thing happened to me shortly after I bought my Spider. Took it down to Laguna Beach for lunch and the fob didn't work on the trip back. And yet, despite our posts, some still scoff at our advice for batteries and spares for new owners and long distance trips!
In the past I have overly critical of us treating our F cars like it is a miracle if they can travel a few hundred miles without event. I have probably also been guilty of scoffing.

Please let me state that I now understand what you are getting at. Trying to predict all of those annoying mechanical failures and having a mechanical 'first aid kit' to keep you out of trouble.

Taz and David, I will take your advice and add these items to mine.

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Terry, not Ferrari because they were all old ladies when life was simple, I had my FOB attacks with my RUF, which came with a terrible design FOB that has given me numerous attacks and dysfunctions that really became ridiculous.

You would probably roll over laughing in disbelief the things I attempted to circumvent the push/contact issue.

After multiple hit and miss, I gave up finally and relegated it to my friend's shop and they took it apart and fixed it permanently. Now, it is clockwork.

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I have done nothing about my fobs for the past 7 years. Thanks for the wake-up call, Taz. Onno


As have I, Onno; yes, thanks, Taz. All three fobs need to be rebatteried, eh?

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Seth- Ferrari recommends every 6 months for our fobs, which is overkill unless she is a real daily driver. Annually is fine. They need to be changed that often, even if not used frequently or at all, because the batteries can leak and cause damage to the contacts and circuitry.

The other problem, like the one I saw, is carrying the fob in your pocket and the small, heavy battery pushing apart the contacts. I will start checking that more frequently now, especially since there is a Phillips head screwdriver on my other keychain now.

Bought a plastic pill holder for taking pills to restaurants and they came as a set of two for $2.99, including shipping. Good old Amazon. Fob battery is a perfect fit. Bit of insulator on both ends to make sure the chrome on the plastic is non-conducting, and now I have a complete fob repair kit on my left pocket key chain. Right pocket keychain has the Ferrari and Mercedes fobs and keys and a couple of small Ferrari geegaws.
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Ten years with no problems but I'm going out now to change ALL key FOB batteries.

Thanks for the advice!
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My RR FOB keeps going out - going to batteries plus with key fobs but missing a 16M key
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Doug- Those F430/Scud/16M fobs are expensive, but they are only ~$475 from Maranello Classic Parts.

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Doug- Those F430/Scud/16M fobs are expensive, but they are only ~$475 from Maranello Classic Parts.
Yeah - need to start looking on e-bay - flip side I found two paperweights the Bentley SS key and Mclaren battery charger that are both now gone.
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Doug- I am still finding Corvette bits from long ago. Would have passed them along if I had remembered where they were.

Those sound like much more expensive paperweights.

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