Key bat­tery drain

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Help! -

I have a 2010 Vaux­hall As­tra 1.6 with the Z16 XER en­gine. The key-fob goes flat within days of fit­ting a new bat­tery – I am us­ing qual­ity and in-date Du­ra­cell bat­ter­ies. The fob works OK and none of the but­tons seems to be stick­ing, but af­ter about a week the bat­tery is flat. Can you rec­om­mend a com­pany who can re­pro­gramme it? Also, will this be pos­si­ble with­out the ve­hi­cle be­ing present? I live in ru­ral Cum­bria and I am try­ing to avoid us­ing the main Vaux­hall dealer. Chris­te­fer Cro­cus

It does sound as though the re­mote fob is at fault and drain­ing the bat­tery. I would first ex­am­ine the small metal fin­gers which press against the bat­tery to en­sure that none of these are bent slightly out of shape, al­low­ing the bat­tery to short out. If this doesn’t help, you prob­a­bly need to ei­ther have the key re­paired or re­placed.

There’s an on­line ser­vice of­fer­ing key re­pairs at this web­site: https://

bit.ly/2k08ung. Not hav­ing used this com­pany, this is only a sug­ges­tion and not a rec­om­men­da­tion.

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