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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, 2006 STS "Fob not detected" in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Do anyone have experience with Fob not detected issues. I got locked out of my STS twice while on vacation ...
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    2006 STS "Fob not detected"

    Do anyone have experience with Fob not detected issues. I got locked out of my STS twice while on vacation out of town. All batteries check good, and the car is under warranty until the end of next month. The car dealership checked out the car, and could not find anything wrong. They can't replace anything until the system dies and points to the problem. What kind of service is that? Can anyone help or have experience with Fob not detected issues? I've had this car for over five years and this is the first time I can't trust leaving town in the STS.

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    Re: 2006 STS "Fob not detected"

    I had a FOB not detected (in a downtown Atlanta parking garage); I had to open the car with the key and put the FOB in the special slot in the console. After getting out of that garage; no further problems. You could have a faulty door antenna or could be getting electrical interference (as I was) if this happens in the same place.

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    Re: 2006 STS "Fob not detected"

    Sound like a door micro switch is starting to go bad. It may take a while for it to die. Then your warrenty will be gone. Let your Cadillac dealer know this is a common problem. Maybe they will replace it. I had some service picked up by Cadillac after my warrenty has expired. Good luck. Danny

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    Re: 2006 STS "Fob not detected"

    Try switching any cell phone to airplane mode next time it happens, just to rule out interference.

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    Yeah the phone mention is worth a shot. We covered this a month or so ago and I realized a cell/smartphone in the same pocket/purse as the fob will interfere with the car's ability to see the fob as expected.

    Just something to verify...

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    I know exactly how that goes. Happened to me moving across the country. Had to call a locksmith to open it as my key was in the moving truck.

    The problem was my Bluetooth on my iPhone was on and causing interference. Turned that off and haven't had a problem since.

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    Re: 2006 STS "Fob not detected"

    This forum is great, so thanks for the feedback it's just what I needed. My dealership called me to let me know that they decideded to replace the door antenna/receiver. I feel like maybe I will be able to trust my STS again We now know some things to try if this happens again.

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    Re: 2006 STS "Fob not detected"

    what special slot in console, I just bought an'06 with out a manual and don't know anything about a special slot

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    Maybe he's referring to that small storage compartment under the climate control...
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    Re: 2006 STS "Fob not detected"

    In the console between the seats there is a small pocket built into the bottom where you can place the fob and start the car even though the battery may be very weak or dead.
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    Re: 2006 STS "Fob not detected"

    Quote Originally Posted by dkozloski View Post
    In the console between the seats there is a small pocket built into the bottom where you can place the fob and start the car even though the battery may be very weak or dead.
    Haha, I've always wondered what that was for. I just put quarters in it.

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    Re: 2006 STS "Fob not detected"

    Thank you , even the dealer said I would be dead in the water, shows what they know.

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    Re: 2006 STS "Fob not detected"

    Glad to hear you're getting treated right. I've had good experience in getting intermittant issues resolved even after the warranty expires, as long as the issue appears on a work order while under warranty.

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