1.5 Year Problem Fixed in 10 Minutes


The title of this blog sounds like a fix all problem solving self-help book.  And perhaps this post/experience was a lesson for me.  For 1.5 years my car’s key fob has not been working.  Replace the battery you suggest, yep did that.  I put the battery in wrong . . . ?  Lol! No, I tried that too, that would’ve been hilarious if that had been the 1.5 year problem though.

My car’s only key opening is on the driver’s side, so for popping the trunk, opening the passengers’ doors, etc., I go to the driver’s door first and then load groceries, luggage, and all the things we transport in our cars.

So why did I allow this problem to persist for so long?  It was an inconvenience, but not so bothersome for me to take the time to schedule an appointment, drive through traffic, etc., to fix it.  It was kind of like a nagging slight pain that you just don’t go to the doctor for, because the pain comes and goes, but you probably should (like really should).  Inconveniences are inevitable, but the persistence and allowance of some are avoidable, and this one was slowing me down from time to time with groceries, etc.

And I only started paying attention to this inconvenience when I started thinking about our daughter that’s on the way and how this inconvenience would now be a problem.

Solution 1)  Call Chevy to fix it ($145 just to diagnose the problem – and $160 for a new remote one)

Solution 2)  Have AutoZone install a new lock system $70

Solution 3)  Came to me literally before starting the phone calls . . . google/youtube this question.

I watched two videos (approx. 8 minutes long) with two different solutions ranging from free to $10.  I tried the free version first which consisted of aluminum foil and basically making the space between the buttons and circuit board smaller (time folding aluminum foil 2 minutes).  Result = my key fob works again.

Problems are part of life and I believe they occur to teach and grow us.  The lesson this time: don’t avoid or work around inconveniences/problems when solutions are available, and most to any problem I have mainly exists, because I’m not doing something about it, so I am without excuse or complaint, and can find no one and nothing to blame.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:6

“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,” – 2 Corinthians 3:5

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