2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Key Fob Malfunctions in Major Way
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on September 30, 2015
Midway through my weekend, the lock/unlock feature of the key fob stopped working on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
A bit of a problem, as locking and unlocking doors is pretty much the main function of the key fob. Pressing the lock button would flash the lights, but it wouldn't do any kind of actual locking.
At first I was pretty put off by the whole thing. I mean, having to reach around to the different doors and lock them myself — the horror!
At one point, I was already running late and couldn't study the manual for a cure. So I had to slide the actual key out of the fob to lock or unlock the driver's door. When I'd leave the Jeep, I'd tell whoever was with me to lock their door. Ya know, manually. It was so...my childhood.
When I was a kid, my parents would tell us the same thing whenever we got out of our 1968 Volvo 145 Wagon: "Okay, everyone lock their door!" With that trip down memory lane circulating in my head, I kind of embraced the old-school aspect of the whole thing. Still, a malfunction like this clearly isn't a great sign for a brand-new vehicle.
Even that fond remembrance couldn't keep me from wanting the key fob to work properly, though. A quick glance through of the owner's manual revealed no instructions for a key fob reset, so I simply disconnected the Renegade's battery, then reconnected it. My own "reset."
It worked. Key fob locking/unlocking was immediately restored and it operated properly the rest of the weekend. We still took it to the Jeep dealer anyway to see if they could figure out why it happened in the first place.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor