Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Ft Lauderdale, FL, US Navy, Chief, 2014 Sport, 2,4L FWD
Keys, fobs, locks and stuff
Simple beginning is to change to the spare key fob and use your spare key. Change the key fob battery too. Another source of problems is the switch box on the door which is together with the window switches. These switches get wet when it rains and you open the door and eventually corrosion builds up. They are easily cleaned. There is a section in the manual to reset the key fob, try that. Read about the inside access to open the rear hatch once the key fob will not do it. Check all four door lock switches.
One last thing, In past history with other cars it usually is the key. It is a 2012 so the key is getting old and worn. Change the key and the key fob. I usually recommend using only the key to start the car. Remove it from that key ring full of heavy items. The extra weight will eventually cause problems. In my 2014 patriot I get issues with starting, so I use both keys and so far, it is manageable.
It is only a machine.