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How to reset a " low key fob battery " message on 2008 Malibu

MikeB718MikeB718 KansasPosts: 4
edited January 24 in Chevrolet
So I got a low key fob battery message on my DIC. Replaced batteries on key fobs but message remains. Thought maybe batteries were bad (even though fob functions were all working great ) so replaced them again but message continues to appear. All I have found on the internet is to " remove battery cables for 30 seconds" which I have done and on first car start after removing cables message seems to disappear to only pop up again after the first start. Any one have any idea on how to reset so message does not appear at every car start?

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 9,280
    Only other thing I've found online is someone who replaced the fob batteries and used the fobs to open/lock the doors and in a few days the message went away.

    It seems like this should be something that ought to reset automatically, and it might be like the TPMS light in some cars that don't have a reset "procedure" (like mine). I get the tires back to proper pressure and after 5 minutes or so of driving, it goes off.

    Could be that the fob message will clear after a certain number of cycles without the fault being detected. How long has the message been displaying for you?

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,694
    edited January 24
    10-4 on the auto reset should happen if everything is being read by the computer as "good."

    Do you have another key fob you can use with the car? In my case, I switch with my wife occasionally.

    Put your current key fob away somewhere. See if changing key fobs works. There might be something wrong in your key fob. If it's like the fob on my leSabres and my Cobalt, the battery holder is held down by 3 small solder joints. One or more would wear or loosen and stop making good contact. Key fob worked sometimes and didn't work others. Those joints can be reheated and strengthened: often the joints lose contact. It's like the solder ages. If you use a fine tip on a solder pencil it works well to reheat them.

    I see 2 other paths for you. You can buy a replacement key fob from someone used on the net IF this fob is like my 2008 Cobalt. Or you can buy a new replacement from a seller on Ebay that I've used 1atlanticlocksmiths or something like that.

    Check first to see if the procedure to train the replacement key fob to the body control module is one that's easily done. See if THIS video works identically to your car and your key fob.

    This is the procedure similar to what worked on my leSabre 1998. The only caveat is that there should be a procedure for programming more than 1 remote after another. On the leSabre, programming a new remote cleared both of the old remotes. So my wife's remote and the new remote had to both be reprogrammed one after the other.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+program+key+fob+for+2008+malibu&oq=how+to+program+key+fob+for+2008+malibu&aqs=chrome..69i57.7734j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=1

    Do more searching for text and videos on how to pair the key fobs to the car on the internet to be sure
    this works for you.


    If you have a problem key fob, key fobs replacements new on ebay are cheap for that era of GM car.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • MikeB718MikeB718 KansasPosts: 4
    I have seen that video to program key fob before . It doesn't work on my 2008 Malibu. While back i purchased 3 key fobs because the one i got when the car was purchased was falling apart and tried programming them with that video to no avail ended up buying on Amazon a programmer for GM cars for about $60 which programmed 3 fobs in less ten 5 minutes. This is the thing all fobs i have i replaced batteries and all work fine. The lock and unlock, the alarm and remote start , opening trunk and the panic button. The only thing not working is the message doesn't disappear. I have disconnected battery 3 times and first time i turn car on after each time message does not pop up but the next car start it returns.
  • MikeB718MikeB718 KansasPosts: 4
    PF- Flyer after the last time i disconnected battery its been 3 days message has been on.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,694
    MikeB718 said:

    I have seen that video to program key fob before . It doesn't work on my 2008 Malibu. While back i purchased 3 key fobs because the one i got when the car was purchased was falling apart and tried programming them with that video to no avail ended up buying on Amazon a programmer for GM cars for about $60 which programmed 3 fobs in less ten 5 minutes. This is the thing all fobs i have i replaced batteries and all work fine. The lock and unlock, the alarm and remote start , opening trunk and the panic button. The only thing not working is the message doesn't disappear. I have disconnected battery 3 times and first time i turn car on after each time message does not pop up but the next car start it returns.

    What is the name of the device that programs the key fobs that you got on Amazon?

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • MikeB718MikeB718 KansasPosts: 4
    The programmer tool i got was this one,
    (APDTY 24842 Replacement Keyless Entry Remote Key Fob Transmitter Assembly With Easy Self Programming Tool (Replaces GM Part Number 22733524 Only; You Must Have A Working Keyless Entry System)

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