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Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. Please allow me to assist you. I agree with your assessment....I do believe that the battery is flat in your original remote . These batteries are nto long life batteries. They will have just enough charge left in them to work today, and, tomorrow, the battery might be a tiny bit too low to work. I would recommend you replace the battery in the remote. There is always the possibility that the transmitter function of the remote is faulty too. This is not uncommon on a 15 year old remote. If a replacement battery does not fix the issue, I would take the car to your nearest dealer and have them check the output of the remote on their meter that measures the signal strength of the remote. If there is no signal, you will need to replace the remote.
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