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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-18-2019, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Question about mechanical key door locking

I'm a few weeks into my ownership of a 2019 Limited PacHy. Loving it. But I'm trying to figure out how to lock the doors with the little mechanical key. I do a lot of running and I don't want to have to bring the entire key fob with me when the little key is much easier to carry.

I tried a few times to lock the car with the fob inside, but couldn't figure it out. Has anyone been successful in figuring out the system?
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I'm a few weeks into my ownership of a 2019 Limited PacHy. Loving it. But I'm trying to figure out how to lock the doors with the little mechanical key. I do a lot of running and I don't want to have to bring the entire key fob with me when the little key is much easier to carry.

I tried a few times to lock the car with the fob inside, but couldn't figure it out. Has anyone been successful in figuring out the system?
The engineers decided that it's not desirable to lock the fob in the car (locksmith service calls are expensive), so it was designed to stop you from doing that. That physical key is only meant for emergency use if the fob battery fails. My advice: learn to love the fob!
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I'm a few weeks into my ownership of a 2019 Limited PacHy. Loving it. But I'm trying to figure out how to lock the doors with the little mechanical key. I do a lot of running and I don't want to have to bring the entire key fob with me when the little key is much easier to carry.

I tried a few times to lock the car with the fob inside, but couldn't figure it out. Has anyone been successful in figuring out the system?
Leave the window down as you exit the car, lock the car using the fob, throw the fob inside, then reach inside and hit the button that rolls the window up. Or make three attempts to lock the fob inside and it will accept your wishes. See the attached manual page.
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Get a Faraday cage bag or box for the fob.

When you want to go for a run:
- Remove the physical key from the fob. Place on your person.
- Place fob in Faraday cage in vehicle out of plain sight
- Lock the doors via interior door panel
- When you get back, open with the physical key
- If the alarm goes off (I don't know if it will, but it might) retrieve the fob and turn off the alarm
- Continue on with your day.

If you don't want to keep breaking the physical key out of the fob you can likely get a copy of the key itself made just to unlock the door.
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Get a Faraday cage bag or box for the fob.

When you want to go for a run:
- Remove the physical key from the fob. Place on your person.
- Place fob in Faraday cage in vehicle out of plain sight
- Lock the doors via interior door panel
- When you get back, open with the physical key
- If the alarm goes off (I don't know if it will, but it might) retrieve the fob and turn off the alarm
- Continue on with your day.

If you don't want to keep breaking the physical key out of the fob you can likely get a copy of the key itself made just to unlock the door.
Successfully did it this morning using aluminum foil. Looking now for a more permanent, though still cheap way to faraday cage the key. Thanks for the tip!

update: going to try this: https://www.autodealersupplies.com/p...-boxes.-23220/

not exactly cheap, but at least I don't need to go through excessive amounts of tin foil!
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