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post #1 of 12 Old 01-21-2009, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
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Question Ford key remote range sucks

I have a 03 f-350 crew cab, I have purchased two new key remotes and have new batteries and the range is horrible. I practically have to be in the truck to open the doors. Is there a module or antenna in the truck that could be bad? Thanks for thinking about it.

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This might sound kinda stupid, but if you hold the key fob up to your ear while pressing the button it gives it better range. I have no idea why it works, and didn't believe it till a friend showed me that trick lol.

anyone else hear of this / do this?

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This might sound kinda stupid, but if you hold the key fob up to your ear while pressing the button it gives it better range. I have no idea why it works, and didn't believe it till a friend showed me that trick lol.

anyone else hear of this / do this?
Uh no. Sounds like your friend has had a little too much of the cooky juice. Are they OEM remotes or those cheap ones you can buy on ebay?


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Uh no. Sounds like your friend has had a little too much of the cooky juice. Are they OEM remotes or those cheap ones you can buy on ebay?
Well i have an aftermarket remote start / pager alarm remote on my truck now, but i swear it worked on his ford pickup with the factory remote, and my dads f-150 with factory remote. Like i said no idea why but is seems to work lol.
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Mine doesn't have any range either. But why does it matter if it unlocks the truck before you get your hand on the handle?
My F-150 was the same way, I ended up putting a Viper on it, then it worked from a 1/3 of a mile away.

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The remotes are from a site called "KEYLESS REMOTES" My old (just worn) stock one works the same way.

2003 F-350
7.3L Stock Turbo
AFE Stage II Dry
FS-2500
High pressure oil, head cross connect hose
Boost gage
Auto Trans
SRW
Crew cab
4X4
135K
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This might sound kinda stupid, but if you hold the key fob up to your ear while pressing the button it gives it better range. I have no idea why it works, and didn't believe it till a friend showed me that trick lol.

anyone else hear of this / do this?
I usually use my chin.... Works for a good ways with your head as an antenna..lol

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I usually use my chin.... Works for a good ways with your head as an antenna..lol

I knew someone else had to hear of that trick. Still have no idea why it works, but it seems to add quite a bit of range.
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the whole head/ chin thing actually does work because it uses the fluids in your head as more less an extension of its antenna because the fluids are conductive... there was a study done on the positioning of your arm/hand and how that affects the range which has the same general idea behind it
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