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Don't now why this is info not in your manuals. Maybe they left it out of the turbo manuals? Anyhow, from page 5/10 of my 2.4 manual it says......
Notice it says nothing about charging the battery.
My salesman told me the following statement when I bought mine last week:
"Put your key in this port once in a while to keep the battery charged so it doesnt die on you"
Thats all I know.
Seems we just keep going in circles with this topic. He Said/She Said but no tangable proof either way. Lets take a moment to look at this from the batteries stand point.
Anyone out there ever heard of a NON-Rechargeable Lithium Cell. Every one I have ever come across was Re-Chargeable. Since the Smart Ket uses a CR-2032 cell, should we or shouldn't we think it Re-Chargeable? That also brings to mind, is the console port capable of charging anything. Anyone out there read or see anything to that effect in writting?
While its a nice thought that we may have the capability to charge the CR-2032 while plugged into the console port, I think it doubtful. If we do, I doubt it would be anything more than a surface charge to get us by until such time as we could get the replacement CR-2032 installed in the Smart Key.
My feeling is that if the console port has charging capabilities, its just a quick fix until the battery can be replaced. Finding out how it does charge the CR-2032 is another whole topic I'll bet. I am not the smartest apple in the basket but unless that console port has inductence charging capabilities, like the Pad for smart phones, without visible contacts, it once again doubtful we're charging anything folks. And please, everyone, don't try to tell me that the little square depression on each side of the Smart Key are the contacts, they're NOT!. They are part of the locking device to keep the Smart Key in the console port.
I'm going to presume until I'm proven wrong that the port is for starting the car when the battery in the Smart Key is either too weak or dead. This is exactly what I was told when I got my Sonata. Also, if memory serves, the battery in the Smart Key is supposed to last about 3 years under normal conditions. We have about 2 years left to get this figured out, lol....
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