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How to instantly lower your car windows with the key remote
c|net.com ^ | 9-4-12 | By Ed Rhee

Posted on 09/04/2012 6:39:05 PM PDT by rawhide

The temperature inside your car can get insanely hot on sunny days, regardless of the temperature outside. When you get to your car and it's boiling hot, what's the first thing you do? You lower the windows and blast the air conditioner, right?

A convenient feature that's been around for years, but remains unknown to many car owners, is the ability to lower the windows with the key remote. This allows you to begin cooling your car without having to get in first. Unless the car dealership told you about this trick or you happen to read manuals for fun, you may have been unaware of this ages-old trick.

The trick usually involves pressing the remote's unlock button, releasing it, then pressing it again and holding it down. In some cars, instead of using the remote, you can insert your key in the door lock and turn it clockwise, release, then turn it clockwise again and hold. Turning the key counterclockwise will usually raise the windows back up. Some cars will also include the sunroof as a window in this operation, while some convertibles with automatic tops will shut.

Based on an internal CNET poll, we've confirmed that the trick works on various models from the following manufacturers:

Acura (MDX/TL/TSX)

Alfa Romeo (159)

Audi (A3/A4/A6/A7)

BMW (3 Series/5 Series/7 Series/M5/Z4)

Chevrolet (Corvette)

Chrysler (Sebring/Town & Country)

Dodge (Challenger/Charger/Durango/Journey/Ram)

Ford (C-Max/F-150/Focus/Fusion/Mondeo/S-Max/Taurus)

Honda (Accord/Accord Crosstour/Odyssey/Pilot/Ridgeline)

Infiniti (G25x/G35/G37/I30/I35/M35)

Jaguar (S Type/XJ8/XK8)

Lexus (ES300/GS350/RX300/RX350/RX400h)

Lincoln (LS/MKX/MKZ/Zephyr)

Mazda (6/CX-9/MX-5 Miata)

Mercedes-Benz(B180/C240/C300/CLK350/CLS550/E350/E500/ML550)

Mini Cooper (Clubman)

Nissan (350Z/Altima/Maxima/Murano/Titan)

Volkswagen (Beetle/Golf/Jetta/Passat)

Volvo (C30/V50)

(Excerpt) Read more at autos.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cars; lower; remote; windows
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1 posted on 09/04/2012 6:39:13 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

I used to trick my wife by dropping all the windows as she walked up to the car. She was convinced we had a defective car ! :-)


2 posted on 09/04/2012 6:42:15 PM PDT by llevrok (2012 : This is a civil war, not an election)
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To: rawhide

RTFM.


3 posted on 09/04/2012 6:42:15 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: rawhide

Why bother? My truck has a remote start that in the summer will turn on the AC full blast and start the seat coolers and in the winter it turns on the heaters and the seat and steering wheel warmers. Problem solved and my winders ain’t down.


4 posted on 09/04/2012 6:42:32 PM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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To: rawhide

On one of my remotes the lock don’t work, and the other which worked but had been lost for several months under a pile of paper and now showed up don’t work at all. Are there batteries inside them? How to change them? (10 yr old car. Visit a dealership and pay them >$100?)


5 posted on 09/04/2012 6:45:49 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: rawhide

I can lean out the winder of the house with a shotgun and get the winders down in both cars at one time. At this distance maybe more if I use buck shot.


6 posted on 09/04/2012 6:46:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: rawhide

Turning the key in the driver’s door of my Jag rag top lowers the windows and the top. The key also raises the windows ans the top as well.


7 posted on 09/04/2012 6:46:57 PM PDT by CreviceTool ( Obama is standing above the country above - above the world, he is sort of a God = Evan Thomas)
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To: rawhide

(save) Thanks!


8 posted on 09/04/2012 6:47:17 PM PDT by imardmd1 (Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them NOT!)
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To: rawhide; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
I let James take care of such trifles for me.


9 posted on 09/04/2012 6:49:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: rawhide

I remember someone showing us how it is done but I forgot. Thank you


10 posted on 09/04/2012 6:50:20 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: cripplecreek

“I can lean out the winder of the house with a shotgun and get the winders down in both cars at one time.”

I laughed at this and my Yorkie, who is on my chair, looked up and stared at me like I was nuts.

You are a special poster.


11 posted on 09/04/2012 6:52:05 PM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: rawhide

For all the stupid times I’ve tried it I’d like to know how to get the key remote to open the front door to my house.


12 posted on 09/04/2012 6:53:23 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Marcella
You are a special poster.

Yeah I'm "special" alright.
13 posted on 09/04/2012 6:55:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: rawhide
I once tried to open a door.

But I couldn't.

Because it was ajar.

14 posted on 09/04/2012 6:56:28 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Revolting cat!
On one of my remotes the lock don’t work, and the other which worked but had been lost for several months under a pile of paper and now showed up don’t work at all. Are there batteries inside them? How to change them? (10 yr old car. Visit a dealership and pay them >$100?)

It is a coin style battery, usually you can get two for under $5 at lowes/home depot. Walgreens/CVS/etc carry them too. Just unscrew the back, open, pull the battery and read the number on it.

15 posted on 09/04/2012 6:56:57 PM PDT by ibheath
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To: Revolting cat!

Well have him paint that ugly ass house if he isn’t doing anything else would ya.


16 posted on 09/04/2012 6:56:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: rawhide

I wouldn’t do this in Detroit or the South Side of Chicago...

and a myriad of other cities throughout the land.


17 posted on 09/04/2012 6:58:57 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: rawhide

My Lexus has done this twice whilst parking in the parking lot with me in the office and the key fob in my pocket. The first time it happened, I had to get online to figure out what was going on. The second time, I was annoyed - when is it going to happen when a thunderstorm rolls through?


18 posted on 09/04/2012 7:00:07 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: cripplecreek

:)


19 posted on 09/04/2012 7:00:46 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Revolting cat!

Usually hearing aid or watch batteries in them. Dealers will charge you $40-$60 or more for a replacement. When I called the Ford dealer and got his price I passed on it. Went to Amazon and got them for $20 plus shipping. Also got the case with no guts since it seems the key ring area on the remote always breaks. Move the guts from the broken remote to the new one and I’m in business. The cases were $2.99 on Amazon.


20 posted on 09/04/2012 7:01:47 PM PDT by RonInNaples
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To: cripplecreek

“Yeah I’m “special” alright.”

Awwwwww...c’mon Creek...you know it’s twue what they say...


21 posted on 09/04/2012 7:01:56 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: rawhide

for posterity sake


22 posted on 09/04/2012 7:02:23 PM PDT by BallparkBoys (RESIST WE MUCH! ....We must, and we will much, about that, be committed!)
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To: Rebelbase

you too?


23 posted on 09/04/2012 7:03:32 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Taranto: "The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you're the dog.")
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To: rawhide
It's also a way to "test" your car if AFL-CIO/SEIU/NEA union goons have tampered with it.


24 posted on 09/04/2012 7:03:47 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: rawhide

Well, it doesn’t work on a Pontiac Vibe


25 posted on 09/04/2012 7:05:04 PM PDT by cyclotic (People who live within their means are increasingly being forced to pay for people who didn't.)
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To: Flycatcher
When is a door not a door?

When it's ajar.

26 posted on 09/04/2012 7:15:47 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: rawhide

I tried this and the littlest dog rolled over. I pushed the button again, and he bit me.


27 posted on 09/04/2012 7:16:00 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: cyclotic

That’s because nothing works on a Pontiac.


28 posted on 09/04/2012 7:20:22 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Revolting cat!

Yes batteries, usually aaa-batteries.


29 posted on 09/04/2012 7:23:36 PM PDT by Bullish (Liars aren't always thieves but thieves are ALWAYS liars)
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To: rawhide

I hope Barry doesn’t hear about this, he’ll claim that he saved the window industry.


30 posted on 09/04/2012 7:25:58 PM PDT by COUNTrecount (What Clint Said !!!)
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To: ibheath
The problem is that the remote is not screwed together but more or less sealed plastic.


31 posted on 09/04/2012 7:30:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Last Dakotan

Well, let’s see, I bought it 2.5 years ago with 145,000 miles. Since then, I’ve had many major repairs. Let’s see, a set of front brakes, tires and a resistor for the heater fan. I’ve got 210,000 miles so far. A buddy of mine, a GM engineer took it for a ride the other day and had a huge smile on his face when he came back.

My Pontiac Montana has 90,000 miles. Hmmm, brakes, tires. I’m sensing a pattern. Both 2006 models

I’m no fan of Government Motors but the pre-GM GM are supreme quality.


32 posted on 09/04/2012 7:34:27 PM PDT by cyclotic (People who live within their means are increasingly being forced to pay for people who didn't.)
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To: dinodino

I prefer to rely on my infallible intuition.


33 posted on 09/04/2012 7:37:44 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: rawhide

I’ll try this on our Hyundais. Thanks.

Yea, Clan Lurker drives Hyundais. They are great cars.


34 posted on 09/04/2012 7:41:08 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: cripplecreek

These folks have some new-fangled sh_t...

None of my winders have a mind of their own. Wife and daughter have some of that devilish crap..

Picked up a ‘28 dodge truck over the weekend. Think somone already got the driver’s side with some buckshot.


35 posted on 09/04/2012 7:42:39 PM PDT by One Name
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To: ibheath

My Mazda remote is not so simple. I think it was designed by the Rubik’s cube guy.


36 posted on 09/04/2012 7:42:58 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: rawhide

bookmark for tomorrow


37 posted on 09/04/2012 7:48:38 PM PDT by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: rawhide
Chevrolet (Corvette)

I'll let you know how it works - as soon as I get one.

38 posted on 09/04/2012 7:49:56 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Batteries Plus. They’ll identify the battery, change it and test it to make sure it works (provided you bring the correct vehicle).

Slightly pricier than the internet. Worth every dime . . .


39 posted on 09/04/2012 7:52:45 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: BraveMan

Thanks.


40 posted on 09/04/2012 7:55:43 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: rawhide

I feel like you “made me look, made me look”. I will report it doesn’t work on my Ford Escape Hybrid..although I did hear some squeaky noise coming from the rear of the vehicle when I held the unlock thingy on the remote down..


41 posted on 09/04/2012 7:57:50 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. This is FreeRepublic, afterall.)
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To: centurion316

“when is it going to happen when a thunderstorm rolls through?”

I have already unknowingly rolled my windows down 3 times; Once for a snow storm and twice for heavy rains

What I want to know is how to disable this wacky idea of smart engineering.


42 posted on 09/04/2012 8:03:17 PM PDT by jcon40
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To: cyclotic
...but the pre-GM GM are supreme quality.

Yeah sure - that's why they went bankrupt.

43 posted on 09/04/2012 8:05:56 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: rawhide

I knew about this trick. I found out by accident. As I approached my car. In pouring rain.


44 posted on 09/04/2012 8:24:51 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: rawhide

I knew about this trick. I found out by accident. As I approached my car. In pouring rain.


45 posted on 09/04/2012 8:25:08 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: rawhide
I don't have remote keyless entry, but I do have power windows. The controls for the windows are all on the armrest on the driver's side door. So I can easily open the door, swing it out, and lower all four windows in a few seconds. Then I'm (just barely) smart enough to wait a few seconds for any available breeze to start cooling the car before I get in it.

Actually only have to lower three windows as I leave the drivers side door open for even more airflow...

46 posted on 09/04/2012 8:35:53 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Flycatcher

This use to provide endless low brow entertainment when I was college and owned a ‘84 Chrysler Laser Turbo with the voice module :)


47 posted on 09/04/2012 9:21:08 PM PDT by Aqua225 (Realist)
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To: centurion316

I carry too many keys in my pocket and run into this problem too. And thunderstorms have rolled in after unknowingly triggering this feature.

I’ve been meaning to read the manual to disable the feature, but I can’t decide really. In many ways, it is a very nice feature, but those butt-dialling the windows events for my truck on a dark and stormy night is not so nice to discover the morning after :) So far the interior has not been converted to a pool, but it is still somewhat unnerving since here in NC, we have those gigantic orb weaving spiders. One of these days one is going to be in the middle of his web, in the middle of my truck!


48 posted on 09/04/2012 9:24:59 PM PDT by Aqua225 (Realist)
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To: Last Dakotan

They went bankrupt because of the Unions. Then somehow the Unions ended up with a large stake in the ownership of GM!

Go figure...

Even before GM went bankrupt, they were doing many things Russia did just to keep the lines rolling and the Union workers happy. Oversell into the dealer channel, excess production, etc.

And from what I read, they haven’t learned a single thing from that bankruptcy.

Maybe in round two (it will happen, eventually), they can shed the Union ties like they should have done this time, and fired all the mgt. who thought it was good to keep the line workers busy even when there wasn’t demand.


49 posted on 09/04/2012 9:30:00 PM PDT by Aqua225 (Realist)
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To: Revolting cat!

There’s how to videos on You Tube for several different types of battery replacement in remote keys. Worked with mine as I was worried about breaking plastic clips that I didn’t need to.


50 posted on 09/04/2012 9:33:12 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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