Life has a myriad of ways to keep one humble ands once again I learned this lesson due to a car mishap. For those who are interested, back in 2014 I had my first lesson when a previous car, whose disintegrating tire opened up my mind to the wonder of “wheel locks.” You can read about it here:
This time, a image on my dashboard
indicated that the battery on my remote key fob needed to be replaced. Full disclosure – I knew that the fob contained an actual key for my car in case the remote failed to work; however my brain never made the obvious connection that the failure might be caused by an actual battery’s full drainage. Since my previous car never had this issue, I was lulled into a false sense of security.
But no worries (?). I knew from previous warning messages on my dashboard that I had a bit of time before the remote went fully dead. Upon returning home I of course went on the internet to look up how to replace the battery. The first DIY video made it appear simple. All I needed to do was press the two buttons on either side at the top of the fob:
Pull out the key:
Press the side button again, remove the battery tray and replace the battery:
Last photo from internet
Sounds simple right? However the voiceover on the video caveated that it MIGHT be a bit tough to pull the battery tray out – and a number of subsequent videos I watched in a panic said the same.. There was no way I could get a sufficient grip on the tray and one thing i WASN’T going to do was as one video suggested, use the key to pry it open. That was a recipe for disaster.
What to do? Sometimes you just have to ask a friend and, without shame I did just that at dinner. Et Voila! Thanks Dom!!!!!!!
Suffice it to say, I have no future as a car mechanic.