Ever since the battery container broke off of the PCB on my keyfob, I've been left with using the key to unlock my car.
For locking the car, I have to step out, press the lock button on the driver's door, then close it. After a few seconds, the doors will lock. Getting back in the car is the interesting part, though. After unlocking and opening the driver's side door with my key, the alarm will go off, with a short honk occurring about every half a second. (Somehow, one day when I unlocked the car, the horn started honking at longer intervals (like a panick-panick-alarm), not sure how I did that). After I put the key in the ignition and turn it to the "on" position, the alarm will go off, and I can proceed with unlocking the rest of the car if passengers need to get it.
I recall reading a thread with an issue similar to this, although I don't understand how this security measure is really necessary (seems to be more of an inconvenience and embarrassment than secure). Don't you need an exact replica of the key to be able to unlock the driver's side door in the first place? If not, how does putting it in the ignition confirm that the key is legitimate?
Also, another thing that I find rather odd is that if I step out and lock the driver's side door with the key
, it will only lock that door, and not the rest of the car. It doesn't seem to support turning it twice to lock the rest of the car, either. I can't image the point of only locking the driver's side door when the rest of the car is still unlocked
If anyone has any suggestions (other than buying a new keyfob, I intend on asking someone to help me solder the battery container back on) for locking/unlocking my car without setting the alarm off in the meantime, I would greatly appreciate your input.