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Verizon LG VX6100 phone stuck in "CAR KIT" MODE- BEWARE

by Michele063 / August 1, 2005 10:23 AM PDT

I RECENTLY PURCHASED A NEW LG VX6100 PHONE, $225 WORTH AN UPGRADE TO MY OLDER LG PHONE THAT KEPT DROPPING CALLS. I HAVE HAD THE PHONE FOR 2 MONTHS. I AM IN SALES, WE HAVE HAD VERY HUMID DAYS HERE. I HAD THE HEADSET PLUGGED INTO THE PHONE, I UNPLUGGED IT AND WENT IN THE HOUSE, LATER ON WHEN I TRIED TO USE IT, THE SCREEN SAID CAR KIT. I COULD SEE IT LIGHTING UP AND WHO WAS CALLING BUT I COULD NOT HEAR OR BE HEARD. I COULD STILL SEND AND RECEIVE TEXTS.VERIZON HAD SOME TROUBLESHOOTING ADVISE WITH THE HEADSET, DIDNT WORK. WENT TO THE STORE AND BEFORE I EVEN OPENED MY MOUTH THE VERIZON MANTRA AT THIS SERVICE STORE WAS 'WATER DAMAGE' MOISTURE....ETC. I EXPLAINED THE SITUATION AND ASKED IF YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT MOISTURE FROM HAVING THE PHONE OUTDOORS AND THEN COMING INDOORS, THE TECH SAID TO ME THAT COULD CAUSE CORROSION. AFTER TRYING TO SODDER IT AND IT STILL NOT WORKING THE TECH SHOWS ME THIS LITTLE BLACK BOX THAT HAD NOW TURNED PURPLE AT HTE BOTTOM OF THE BATTERY THIS HE SAID PROVED I HAD WATER DAMAGE AND IT WAS NOW VOID OF ANY WARRANTIES, EVEN THE 1 YEAR MFG WARRANTY. BEWARE TO THIS LITTLE BOX ON THE BOTTOM OF THESE BATTERIES, I KNOW I DID NOT HAVE THIS ANYWHERE NEAR WATER BUT IT WAS HUMID, IF MERE HUMIDITY IS CAUSING THESE BATTERIES TO SHORT OUT A PHONE AND PUT IT IN CAR KIT MODE THEN THERE WILL BE A LOT OF WASTED MONEY OUT THERE. I HAVE HONESTLY THOUGHT ABOUT PAYING THE EARLY CANCELLATION FEE FOR THE CONTRACT FOR THIS PHONE BUT AM SO AGGRAVATED BY THIS NEEDLESS FINGERPOINTING THAT I COULDS SCREAM.

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I have a similar problem with my phone...
by straussr844 / September 17, 2005 10:48 PM PDT

After riding my bike in a hurricane with the cellular phone Verizon LG VX6100 secure in a pouch attatched to the front of the bike, I found a similar problem with my phone. The rain had penetrated the fabric of the bag, and I found the phone practically submerged in water. I have had this phone for about two months, maybe less. Quickly rescuing the phone and attempting to dry it as much as possible, the phone turned on to -car kit- mode. The front LED did not display any characters, only light, and I could not talk on the phone at all. After tampering with the phone for a bit, taking out the battery, and drying it in front of a fan, -car kit- was removed from the screen. However, the font LED still did not appear to work properly. So I left the phone overnight in front of the fan, and attempted to test it again in the morning. The front LED worked for about one minute, and then died again.

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A little help
by Michele063 / September 18, 2005 9:30 AM PDT

This is what I have learned since my episode. I bought a new battery and the phone worked fine. Now why couldn't someone in either the Verizon Help desk at the store or on the phone when I called FROM the store tell me this? All I did was purchase a new battery and the phone was back to normal. They were trying to get me to buy a new phone for $250. Hmmm guess who makes out in that transaction? Yours sounds like it sustained a bit more damage then my mere humidity but hey take it to a Circuit City or a Verizon place without your damaged battery and see what happens..it's worth a try! Thanks for your post.

Michele

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car-kit - it's not always the same fix
by carkitmode / November 12, 2005 11:57 AM PST
In reply to: A little help

Hi, politely I must say *your* battery shorted out, and you were lucky... but a brush with moisture can cause the short anywhere inside the phone: inside the recharger port, under the keyboard, on the circuit board itself if it gets submerged.

That's why you see so many different ''this fixed it -here is the one and only solution.'' The most common one and first ''solution'' I found was on digital dad's blog.
http://www.digitaldad.com/digitaldad/2005/03/the_car_kit_phe.html

In that forum, some got it out of car kit by using a paper clip or tin foil. So they jump to the conclusion that shorting the phone briefly magically resets it. No. What happened is that in digital dad's case, his short happened to be in the recharger port because baby was putting the phone in his mouth. I think he eventually got it, but others jumped to the silver bullet conclusion.

There's one thing for sure- Car-Kit is your friend. If it says Car-Kit, the phone has moisture inside causing a short. Some people in these forums get irate, and swear up and down they didn't get it wet, blame the carrier for a ''scam'' etc. Stuff happens, some people slobber, or your freind slobbered in it while you weren't looking. That doesn't make you (or I- it happened to me thats why I'm here) dumb or bad people, but your phone store will 9/10 times say VOID if it says car-kit.

Some argue that manufacturers should do better: of course I need to talk in the rain! Would you let a brand new $400 MP3 player wet on purpose?

In my case LG VX-6100 it was dropped in the toilet (at home, and it was post flush thankyouverymuch).

After reading all this I knew what I had to do (no I did not go to the store): I went to the electronic supply store, get a good spray cleaner that dries out moisture and doesn't damage platic (ask), an old tooth brush, a jeweler screwdriver set for $5. Take it apart and scrub those boards.

I got mine out of car kit, all data and pictures retained. But the outside front panel display never came back. It lights up, but no text. (Phone tech from Oz, if you have any ideas about that one please reply). I cleaned all the copper leads to it best I could but there is still black on it.

People tell me that since I got it our of car kit I should take it back. One friend who had the paper clip thing work for him said "all they do is chuck it in a box" and give you a new one (trying to get me to do the same thing). I wonder if, later when they find out it was wet, send ya a bill?? He says I'm being ridiculous and maybe I am, but it was kind of a cool learning experience fixing it myself.

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Digital Dad Solution worked for me
by coyotebreath / August 10, 2006 7:12 AM PDT

I tried blowing it dry but the can ran out right away. So, I twisted up a paper clip and stuck the two prongs in and jiggled and BINGO, right back in commission.

I should note that my problem was slight. I was in the CAR KIT mode but could still send and receive text messages. Just couldn't speak or be heard.

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Same freakin' deal.
by erosenkr / April 13, 2008 10:00 AM PDT

Can you give me a more detailed description of how you short-circuit your phone? i'm in car-kit mode from having absentmindedly thrown my phone into the shower caddy and not noticed until halfway through the shower. I can send and receieve text messages, can hear the ring tone, but can't hear or be heard in phone calls. I have an LG VX8300. Thanks.

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thank you!!!
by wetwist / August 4, 2008 6:40 AM PDT

thanks for posting the info, I was able to solve my problem in 10 minutes!

after reading, i took out the battery and then put it back in. car kit mode was still on.

so then I tried jabbing in a small piece of aluminum foil into the power charger outlet of the phone, and in less than a minute, i saw the phone come out of car kit mode.

now it reads all the numbers out loud, but i'm sure that can be turned off somehow! the phone working is more important!

thanks again!

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VZW is a waste
by jdj36 / November 30, 2005 2:32 AM PST

This would be one reason I left VZW, their equipment is garbage especially anything to do with their push to talk phones. I went through 8 phones with them in the last 2 years, and the service was pathetic dropped calls were a daily happening. Besides the equipment being the trash that it is the customer service was so so most of them didnt know the time of day little alone about their own network or equipment, heck they were giving me wrong info on their calling plans. They are also legal loan sharks if you will, for the price they charge for txt messaging and web. Im very glad I switched since I did I have had barley any problems and no equipment problems at all. I would think VZW is going to have to fight to keep those contracts, with awesome service and choice not being their strong point, another company like lets say Sprint Nextel that offer all that will plunge ahead.

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verizon lg wireless phone car kit
by sevetset / June 25, 2006 8:27 PM PDT

i got the message in the lower part of my screen "car kit". my phone would not work at all for days. i sprayed my phone with chemsearch nc-123 a moisture displacement spray for electrical systems. two hours later my phone worked perfectly.

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lg phone in CAR KIT mode
by crashed11405 / September 16, 2007 12:54 PM PDT

MY LG PHONE WAS IN THE CAR KIT MODE AND WAS CORRECTED BY TAKING A KNIFE AND WIGGLING IT AROUND FOR A FEW MINUTES IN THE CHARGER PART OF THE PHONE AND BEHOLD THE PHONE SCREEN FLASHED AND THE CAR KIT WAS GONE . WHILE IT WAS IN THE MODE I COULD NOT HEAR THE PHONE RING OR BUTTON TONES HOWEVER IT WOULD STILL TEXT AND RECIEVE TEXT AND INCOMING CALLS AND MAKE OUTGOING CALLS JUST NOONE COULD HEAR YOU OR ME.IT WORKS NOW !!!!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!
by LCHunken / March 4, 2008 7:44 AM PST

Came home from work today and my phone was in the dreaded CAR KIT mode. What a crock! I was so angry because this is my only phone...I don't have a land line. Thanks so much for the knife idea....it worked like a charm. I had the knife in there for about 3 seconds and car kit was gone. THANKS!

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stick a knife in it
by clmcconnell / December 10, 2008 5:26 AM PST
In reply to: THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I don't know who thought that sticking a butter knife into the charger slot on the phone would work, but you are brilliant. I got home today from work and tried to use the phone and saw it was in car kit mode. My wife's had this happen in the past, had to get a new phone. I did the knife trick, two seconds later, presto. It really works. Thanks.

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Stuck in Car Kit mode
by newmanpt66 / March 5, 2010 12:53 PM PST

Just wanted to thank the person who posted the butter knife trick. It worked for me in about 30 seconds. Isn't the internet great!

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LG VX6100 phone display died
by pulauralu / February 24, 2008 5:12 AM PST

I've enjoyed my LG VX6100 Verizon Wireless phone for almost 3 years and have kept good care of it throughout this time. However, just this week while I was on a conference, I received a call and was hanging up by closing the phone as usual, and the outside display screen went completely white. Puzzled, I opened the phone to check the inside display screen, which was also completely white. I tried turning the phone off and back on with no recovery, and then tried removing the battery and putting it back with no luck there either.

I immediately took it to a Verizon store where they told me that my warranty had expired, but I could replace my phone for free or buy a new, upgraded phone. For the moment, I decided to wait.

It has now been 2 days and nothing has changed, except while I was in the airport, the display came back for a minute, and then was gone again. I have text messages and notepad entries that are important to me, not to mention photos and various contact information (outside of the Contacts list). Is there a way to bring my display back, or can I transfer all of that information onto a new phone?

I realize you can move contacts onto a new phone, but can you move photos, audio recordings, and text entries as well?

Thanks,

Laura
-pulauralu (at) hotmail (dot) com

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vx6100 fluid damage
by fonegeeks / September 19, 2005 6:49 PM PDT

Verizon-as a repair technician who specialises with fluid damaged handsets,I see this problem on a constant basis.For your handset to go into carkit mode-then either direct exposure to fluids ,or extreme humudity is responsible.I am based in australia,so repairing it would be unlikely by me,however try to find a tech with fluid experience as it is a relatively simple repair!
If you cannot find one,let me know and I wil try to talk you through it,and hopefully you can repair yourself.You will need a t6 torx bit b4 you start!!!

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fluid repair
by Michele063 / September 20, 2005 11:10 PM PDT
In reply to: vx6100 fluid damage

Thanks for your help.I actually just bought a new battery and " BAMM" phone worked like it was brand new again. It was simply amazing. It came out of car kit mode and nothing else was wrong with it. NOw why they could not try this at the Verizon store or when I called thier help department is beyond me., All they wanted to do was sell me a brand new $250 phone. They also told me the LG warranty was void because of the Pink battery color change. I have to tell you it is a rip off and I can't believe there are techs who are getting away with this. I think I aggravated him to start with and after he sottered my phone for 10 mins he showed me the battery and that was it.....see ya. So After I flung the phone at a cement wall when I wlaked out side of their store I picked it up and left........lol I bought the battery a month later and I could not believe everything was fine. So thank you for your help. I do wish I could report this jerk who wanted to know if I kept on the air conditioning in my car while the phone was in it. I didnt know that this $250 top of the line phon eneded it's own seat and air vent in my car.....lol...

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Fixed my phone...WHEW!
by biomedbri / November 30, 2005 2:03 AM PST
In reply to: fluid repair

I just ran into the same problem that many of you have been reporting in regards to the -Car Kit- mode. My phone just got stuck in this mode today and I jumped online to look for a solution as there was nothing in my User Guide. You would think that if it is a setting that could possibly come up on your phone display that they would mention it SOMEWHERE in the manual. But, alas, No. SO, I found this forum regarding the issue. I have not dropped my phone in the toilet, had a baby gum it to death, or been talking in the rain. What I did do, was plug my phone into a car charger that had a damp connector (the sunroof was left open last night and it rained). So, after reading the posting about using a spray cleaner that dries out moisture, I decided to try using a can of 'Power Duster'(air in a can) that I had on hand. I sprayed it in the charging port and VOILA...out of Car Kit mode after two minutes. I'm sure this isn't a silver bullet, but maybe it will work for some of you. Good Luck!

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Thank You sooo much
by PeterADavis / March 30, 2006 10:42 AM PST
In reply to: Fixed my phone...WHEW!

Thank You so much for your post. My daughter did drool in my phone, but I didnt know that was the deal with the CAR KIT mode. I have no other phone and I just bought this one 3 days ago. I read your post and just happenned to have a can of air. I did what you said and VOILA just like you said. It was fixed!!!! thanks again

Ltllady

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Canned air works!
by kshridharani / June 11, 2008 10:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Thank You sooo much

We had the car kit problem. We might have had the phone on the counter next to the bathroom sink. After reading the forum, I tried the canned air trick. It took about five seconds for the phone to just blink back into normal mode. Thanks for the idea!!

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Can'o'air works like a charm
by viking29210 / May 1, 2006 12:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Fixed my phone...WHEW!

I did the same thing... I plugged my phone into a car charger that had moisture in it. The compressed air method worked like a charm.

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Thank you.
by rsc0461 / July 3, 2007 1:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Fixed my phone...WHEW!

I had the same CAR KIT issue. Verizon Wireless Store WERE EAGER TO SELL ME ANOTHER 2 YEAR PLAN WITH A NEW PHONE.

ALL I DID WAS BOUGHT AN AEROSOL(as indicated in this section) AND SPRAYED ALL OVER THE PHONE FEW MINUTES (WHILE PHONE WAS SWITCHED OFF). I turned the PHONE wow!! it was working fine.

Beware.. This CAN BE REPAIRED BY DRYING WITH AEROSOL. DONT BUY A NEW PHONE.
Thank you

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same thing happened to me

well i have the same phone and it is now stuck in "car kit" mode anyway, but i hadn't even used a headset with it. About to go to the verizon store....again I just switched from sprint and this will be my third visit i have to make to have them fix something, if they tell me its because of water damage.....i don't know but it won't be good, I am so upset with that company right now

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WOW!!!
by GioRacer / December 14, 2007 4:16 AM PST

i dropped my phone in the snow...and the "Car Kit" was activated. i read all of the forums and none of them worked but i didnt have a can duster thing to try so i just turned my phone off blew into the bottom of the phone where the charger goes and after turning the phone back on the car kit was disengaged (p.s. im not sure if the phone was off or not)

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Nice
by armstrongcm / June 28, 2008 7:50 AM PDT
In reply to: WOW!!!

The nintendo trick worked for me as well...turned it off...blew into the bottom...fixed...

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Fixed car kit mode by
by cripita / July 4, 2006 12:20 PM PDT

I was in the shower today and I had my phone in the bathroom I had the water real hot and it got very humid and moist in there then I saw my phone lighting up and sayin car kit mode no ringtones where working or anything
so I was playing around with it and came to the solution of taking a blow dry and blowing all around the phone and in the ports so it got real hot and dried everything out and sure enough it worked doubt it will work for anyone
that hasn't done anything about the problem now unless the moisture is still in there but give it a try see what happens

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Canned Air Worked For Me
by ndreis / September 27, 2006 4:19 AM PDT

After reading this forum, I immediately went down to Office Depot to pick up a can of air. Came back and sprayed my phone in all openings - the headset plug in, the charger plug in, opened the back and took out my battery and also sprayed inside, as well.

Turned the phone back on and was pleasantly surprised that the music was back. Unlike others on the forum, my display screen was perfectly intact - just no sounds.

Looks like I'm back in action. Oh, and my phone was working perfectly last night - no water or anything. I did pass out on top of it last night though, in bed, with the earphones still plugged in. So that probably has something to do with it.

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fixed my phone, same problem
by vtwebwitch / August 28, 2007 10:49 AM PDT

After hearing from Verizon that the phone was dead and that there "is no fix", I waited a week, and when opening a bottle of baby aspirin saw a container designed to keep moisture out of the bottle. I put that container and the cell phone in a zip lock bag, closed it for 1/2 hour and then checked. Voila! the phone is working perfectly. I am sure there are other "moisture remover" products that might work as well, these are often packed with electronic devices when shipped from manufacturer
Good luck to all

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fixed it!!
by q dilz / September 16, 2007 4:46 AM PDT

if you stick something small and metal into where the charger goes, most likely car kit will go away.

i stuck the back of my earring into the bottom of the phone and just pretty much poked around for a minute or so and then the car kit thing went away. it comes back every now and then but as soon as i stick the earring into the phone it works right away...

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help
by jadaws / September 16, 2007 2:42 PM PDT
In reply to: fixed it!!

I dont know what to do...my phone(LG) had the "car Kit" thing on it then it went away but is still not allowing me to hear anyone or for anyone to hear me! I took a blow dyer to it and it didnt work...what do i do? please help me my e-mail is jadaws@valdosta.edu

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Car Kit
by Elizabeth TTC / September 26, 2007 11:42 PM PDT
In reply to: help

My problem started after I had difficulty using my charger, both inserting and then removing it. Looking inside I saw a pin on the right hand side that appeared to be bent. I moved it with a knife and the car kit message disappeared.

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great idea
by jt123087 / January 24, 2008 7:39 PM PST
In reply to: Car Kit

For some reason I looked at my phone and saw it said car-kit. After taking a few calls and not being able to talk back into the phone but being only able to listen I wondered what was going on. After hours of searching through the phone I realized (like I'm sure all of you did) that there is no such setting as "Car-Kit". The solution:................................ All I did was plug my phone into the charger for literally 2 seconds and un-plug it and the "Car-Kit" label disappeared off my main screen and my phone worked great again. I hope this helps somebody out there.

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