Key fobs wearing out?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by TooTechie, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    I've been in 3 trucks recently that had the keys put back on the keychain with the key fob because the fob was only working sporadically or not at all, or in one case only if you pushed hard on the very edge of the button on the right side...Anyone else noticing key fobs starting to break down? And is it the button going or batteries? Can the mechanics weigh in if they know?

    It doesn't seem to be a big priority to anyone because I haven't seen the fobs replaced after I wrote them up on the dvir, just the keys put back on the rings.
     
  2. westin

    westin Member

    Mine's currently pissing me off. Have to turn vehicle on and back off to open bulk head door.
     
  3. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Remote control key fobs were not designed to be used 200 or more times a day.
     
  4. Fullhouse

    Fullhouse Member

    They can't take the abuse! Just another critical factor that was never taken into consideration by the bean counters!
     
  5. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    Had the same problem with one a couple weeks ago. It only worked if you hit it just right, on the right corner. They must of replaced it with a new fob because I had the same truck last week and it worked fine.
     
  6. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    I like the convenience of the fob. Hopefully they can come up with sturdier, longer lasting ones.
     
  7. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    The FOB run about $50 a piece while a replacement key is about $1 changing a core is a little more but still no where near $50.
     
  8. HEFFERNAN

    HEFFERNAN Huge Member

    I write the fob up on the DVIR

    I swear the mechanics feel like I'm asking them to rebuild the engine !!!

    You almost need an IT degree to be a mechanic at UPS nowadays
     
  9. FilingBluesFL

    FilingBluesFL Well-Known Member

    I think in our center, there is only ONE car, that I know of, that has ONLY the key FOB.

    Every other car with the system has the keys available.

    There are some cars with the FOB system installed that the FOB's are just... gone. Missing.

    Interesting idea, horrid execution. Typical UPS.

    Have had so many problems with that system, it's just absurd.
     
  10. HEFFERNAN

    HEFFERNAN Huge Member


    The sad thing is if your car went from keys-fob-keys, your planned day still adds the few stops that the fob saved you by UPS standards :dissapointed:
     
  11. Upsmule

    Upsmule Well-Known Member

    What an utterly worthless waste of money. But a great tool if no one has anywhere to be -- or any plans after work that day, or any day. :/
     
  12. 1BROWNWRENCH

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    Usually it's the battery first, then the button from mashing down on it because of said battery.
     
  13. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    So, in your professional opinion, the system sucks.:devil3:
     
  14. 1BROWNWRENCH

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    The FOBs are just the tip of the iceberg.
     
  15. browned_out

    browned_out Member

    repetitive motion is bad for the body and the fob. Batteries are a close second.
     
  16. 1BROWNWRENCH

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    I will send that up the chain, but I wouldn't hold my breath. I got a chewing out for mentioning keyless removal in a PSR about the module failures and ensuing fire hazard.