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Old July 31st, 2004, 13:14   #1
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Default Remote touching chin-- yanking my chain?

Awhile back someone started a thread about getting better range from the keyless entry by touching it to their chin while pushing the button. Others agreed it was a known phenomenon in other brands, too.

So I've done lots of experiments with the remote on my chin and not, and I've seen no evidence that this works. Were you guys just trying to make newbies look like fools walking around the parking lot with their keys on their chins?

Or is it my technique? or maybe my specific remote?
One thing I have noticed is a surprising variation in the range from one day to the next, regardless of whether any part of my body other than my hand is touching it.

just curious,
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Old July 31st, 2004, 14:09   #2
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Default Remote touching chin-- yanking my chain?

It works for me. If I'm too far away from the car for the remote to work (say 30 m/100 feet or so), I touch the keyfob just under my chin (on the soft fleshy area between my neck and the tip of my chin), and voila, all of the sudden my car will beep.

I don't know why this trick extends the range of the remote, and to tell you the truth it kind of scares me, but it does work for me.
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Old July 31st, 2004, 14:20   #3
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Default Remote touching chin-- yanking my chain?

Touching your forearm with the remote also seems to work for me.

YMMV.
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Old July 31st, 2004, 15:03   #4
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Default Remote touching chin-- yanking my chain?

Try putting the remote against your temple!

Not sure about the effects of this on your brain but it ain't never done me no nothing harmfull less... I think I'm surely not even worth a clueless?
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Old July 31st, 2004, 20:06   #5
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Default Remote touching chin-- yanking my chain?

I find that touching the remote to my chin helps its range.

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Old August 1st, 2004, 12:22   #6
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Default Remote touching chin-- yanking my chain?

It helps with my car, I will safely say it doubles the range. Normally my fob will only work from maybe 20 feet, if I touch it to my chin it goes to about 40-45 feet.

The procedure I use to is to have the key folded and hold the end of the remote (where key flips out) against my chin. Works every time.
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Old August 1st, 2004, 15:41   #7
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Default Remote touching chin-- yanking my chain?

I've had much less luck with the Mk4 fob. My Mk3 fob gets 150+ foot range with the chin trick.
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Old August 1st, 2004, 19:00   #8
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Default Remote touching chin-- yanking my chain?

Early on, some of us 'old' members did tests on this. We decided that putting it to your chin raised it up higher. This was found to be the reason it works better. I walk around with my arm extended straight up. I REALLY look funny...
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Old August 2nd, 2004, 06:00   #9
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Default Remote touching chin-- yanking my chain?

The receiving antenna is above the hood level (I think it's in the ECU), so putting the remote in direct line with it increases the range. It's really evident when you're trying to open the trunk from a distance (or with a weak battery).

For maximum range, put the remote against the end of your nose.
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Old August 2nd, 2004, 19:02   #10
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When I put the fob against my chin it quiets the voices inside my head for a while.
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