440 immobiliser problem

Discussion in 'Volvo 440' started by pintsized, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. pintsized

    pintsized Guest

    Hi there,

    I have a 1995 440 1.8 si. Last week the alternator died, which meant
    the battery drained during a journey, and I was unable to start the car
    after stopping for petrol. I recharged the battery, but found that my
    main key fob was now unable to lock/unlock the doors.. although the key
    itself worked fine.

    This obviously meant that the immobiliser was stuck on (because the fob
    is the only way to arm/disarm it). However, I tried the spare fob and
    it worked without a problem.. so I was able to drive the car to a local
    garage and get the alternator replaced.

    Trouble is, the fob I gave them has also stopped working now.. Which
    means I have a perfectly fine 440 with a replacement alternator that is
    stuck in a garage and can't be started. The guy I took it to is
    scratching his head about this, so I guess he's not an expert.

    The batteries in the fobs aren't suspect, and one has had them replaced
    just to be sure.

    So I guess my question is; is there a reprogramming sequence or
    something that will fix this, or do I have to pay volvo to sort it out?

    Note that the immobiliser is the original factory fitted one. There is
    no alarm.

    This is quite urgent, so any help would be appreciated.. I'm not a car
    guy, so go easy on me if I've missed something really obvious ;)


    pintsized, Jul 28, 2005
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  2. pintsized

    Steve 9000 Guest

    Hello there,

    We have just lost a set of keys for my wife's 440 1.9 td 1996 model and we
    managed to get another key cut and obtain another blank remote from a
    We got some information from an Autodata disc concerning the procedure to
    reactivate a blank fob it did look a bit hit and miss and I was concerned
    that I might end up in the same situation as yourself.
    Well... I contacted my local Volvo dealership (uk) and they wanted £46.00+
    vat to lift the bonnet and use their magic wand.
    I found an excellent local independent Volvo Garage called Corner Garage,
    near Lytham, Lancashire who did their bit of black magic for £10.00
    At one time he did have both the key fobs NOT working but as he had the
    original it seemed to him to be no problem.
    By the way the alarm doesn't work on my wife's car also just the central
    locking and immobiliser.

    Hope this will help.

    Steve 9000, Jul 28, 2005
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  3. pintsized

    pintsized Guest

    I've spoken to my local Volvo dealers, and no one will come out to look
    at it, which means I need to get it towed.. which sucks.

    Surely there is an easier way.. anyone know a reprogramming sequence
    that might fix this?


    pintsized, Jul 30, 2005
  4. pintsized

    Roger Hird Guest

    You could try an email to "Honest John", the motoring correspondent on the
    Saturday Daily Telegraph - he has lots of useful contacts and he often
    responds by email almost on return. The address is:

    He expects full name, address and phone number and doesn't guarantee a
    reply - but I've found him surprisingly helpful.
    Roger Hird, Jul 31, 2005
  5. Or try the VOC website technical forum. There are loads of guys with a lot
    of knowledge on there. http://www.volvoclub.org.uk is the URL there is a
    list of sections on the left top of the opening page, click on Community
    Forums. This will take you to a forum description page where you scroll down
    the page till you come to a hand pointing to the right which says enter
    forums. Click on that and you will be on the Forum page. There are Five
    sections the Fourth one being the Technical Forum. If you register on the
    forum (top of page) you will be able to not only read but post, edit and
    contact message posters direct.

    All the best, Peter.

    700/900/90 Register Keeper,
    Volvo Owners Club (UK).
    Peter K L Milnes, Jul 31, 2005
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