Tales from the Work­shop

Un­usual tips and fixes.

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Contents -

Per­son­ally, I don’t see the ben­e­fit of a re­mote-con­trolled sat-nav in­side a ve­hi­cle, although some mo­torists pre­fer hav­ing the fa­cil­ity for the de­vice to be pro­grammed by re­mote by one of the pas­sen­gers, leav­ing the driver free to drive.

This lit­tle 2011 Renault was aptly named a Clio Tom-tom and the owner was com­plain­ing of a non-op­er­at­ing re­mote con­trol. The prob­lem was noth­ing more com­pli­cated than a cou­ple of AAA bat­ter­ies that had gone flat, but the owner was un­sure of quite how the bat­ter­ies fit­ted as, at first glance, the fob ap­peared to be tightly sealed to­gether. It does how­ever sep­a­rate quite eas­ily once the small metal tab at the rear is pushed in­wards. This al­lows the top to come away, ex­pos­ing the battery com­part­ment.

The metal tab is pushed in to re­lease the top cover, ex­pos­ing the bat­ter­ies.

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