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2014 WK2 fob panic button disable

Just wanted to let anyone interested know that it is indeed possible to permanently disable the panic button on the fob.

No pics of the R&D process, but the end result is functional.

After probing around with the multimeter, I decided to try to desolder the switch itself. However, the RoHS solder was "uncooperative" (surprise!), and eventually I resorted to switch destruction to accomplish the goal. After ringing out the switch pads I elected to attempt to sever just a single connection out of the four. Breaking this connection resulted in the button "cage"/retention mechanism detaching and the elastic contact mechanism popped off while the switch body remained in place. By itself that would have been sufficient to disable the switch (i.e. there is no pad to make contact anymore).

Anyway, this wasn't intended as a step-by-step guide, but rather to document that this is feasible for anyone else who is interested but wondered if it was possible to achieve without breaking the rest of the fob's functionality.
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:32 AM
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Re: 2014 WK2 fob panic button disable

I have never used the panic button in over two years of ownership. What's the purpose of the disable procedure?
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Re: 2014 WK2 fob panic button disable

I haven't had any problems with the panic button. I have activated remote start a couple of times with the fob in my pocket. I have no idea how it hit the button twice while bending over. That's not good in a closed garage.
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Re: 2014 WK2 fob panic button disable

I had the issue with inadvertently hitting the panic button... ended up getting one of those rubber key fob jackets. the little added resistance has prevented me "pocket dialing" the panic button since. FWIW
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Re: 2014 WK2 fob panic button disable

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What's the purpose of the disable procedure?
The impetus for the procedure was:

1. I have inadvertently activated the panic button three times in less than four months of ownership (button got pressed in my pocket, fumbling around grabbing the fob, etc).
2. I guarantee that I will never wish to use the panic button in an actual emergency.

Combining those two factors meant that the panic button represented a negative value for me. No doubt others will have a different perspective; however, before I started this procedure I searched to see if anyone else had tried this with the new style 2014+ key fobs, but to no avail.

Anyhow, now the fob has been neutered, I'm happy, and others who may be interested have a starting point to know it's possible to do this without killing the $300+ fob.
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The impetus for the procedure was:

1. I have inadvertently activated the panic button three times in less than four months of ownership (button got pressed in my pocket, fumbling around grabbing the fob, etc).
2. I guarantee that I will never wish to use the panic button in an actual emergency.

Combining those two factors meant that the panic button represented a negative value for me. No doubt others will have a different perspective; however, before I started this procedure I searched to see if anyone else had tried this with the new style 2014+ key fobs, but to no avail.

Anyhow, now the fob has been neutered, I'm happy, and others who may be interested have a starting point to know it's possible to do this without killing the $300+ fob.
Got it. That makes sense.

Yeah, I can't imagine ever using the panic button in an actual emergency. I would use my panic trigger instead.
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Re: 2014 WK2 fob panic button disable

I use the panic button when the dealer hands my my fob after service and says it's out in the lot....

Walk out, hit the panic button and start walking towards the noise.

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Walk out, hit the panic button and start walking towards the noise.
Good point, but I'm willing to accomplish sound location & ranging by mashing the lock button.
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