I have a car too, with a big key.
Have you actually sprung a second key ring, or do they just look like
the one that broke? If so, buy a third one somewhere else and it
maybe be different.
Drill another hole closer to the edge. Make sure you won't hit an
Ooh! A pet peeve of mine! Those idiotic combined-key-and-remote-fob
monsters Chrysler used in mid-80s. They musta thought only people
carrying purses bought their minivans. Damn thing is so big (almost like
a serving spoon), and the ring loop is in such a bad spot, there is no
way for a normal male to keep a ring with that on it in his pants pocket.
A previous dealer/lienholder had kept the 2nd fob key somewhere in the
chain, so I had to waste 130 bucks on the way home getting 2 more keys
with normal size heads. (If you only have one chip key, ya hafta get the
magic number from dealer, and go to a locksmith with the machine.)
Of course, since they assume everyone will carry the silly huge key with
the buttons, they only put a lock cylinder on driver's door and hatch,
which is a constant PITA. I automatically hit the 'unlock' button when I
get out now, so I can load stuff when I come back to car, without
setting stuff down on the (usually wet around here) ground.
Never understood the appeal of button key fobs. You are standing at the
car door anyway. Is sticking the key in the lock such a difficult process?
Apparently. My company car has no lock cylinder for the trunk lid,
and to make matters worse, the buttons for the rear doors are at the
rear of the doors not the front, so if the battery goes dead, here is
the procedure for retrieving the jumper cables:
1) unlock driver's door with key
2) climb into back seat
3) unlock rear door
4) climb out again
5) fold down rear seat back
6) pull out milk crate with emergency supplies
7) retrieve jumper cables
really? This is progress?
I have. Once I mistakenly installed two burglar alarms in the same
Another time, I think I had a constant load of some kind for a a
month. I tried half-heartedly to find it but before I did, it went
away on its own.
How could I mistakennly install two burglar alarms you might ask. I
thought the second was just an attachment to the first, to radio a
beeper to tell me the alarm had gone off. It turned out to be an
entire alarm with that level of battery drain, but I didnt' notice
that until I started having battery problems.
But for the last 10 or more years, I've used a Battery Buddy, which
disconnects the battery before it discharges too much. They don't
make them anymore but the Battery Brain is very similar. I just open
the hood, press the big red button, and the car will start.
The Battery Brain has a more expensive model that will let you reset
the Brain from inside the car, and will also let you disconnect the
battery when you leave the car, if theft is a concern. I always have
a way of disabling the hood release if I have to leave the car a long
time in one place I don't want to leave it.
Hell if I know. At first I thought he wanted a pull-apart valet
style for the mechanic. Now I re-read it an I think he just wants
really strong springs.
Like some of these:
I have left my car with the mechanic before and got home only to find
I had left my house key on the key ring with my car keys. I bought
one of those valet key chains. It makes it very easy to split the
keys. Unfortunately it doesn't make your memory any better.
After the second time leaving my house key with the mechanic, I just
hid a spare key at the house. :)
Why do you need a key ring? Is your key getting married?
Go to a jeweler and buy your key a gold ring with the biggest diamond
you can afford. After all, how often in life do you get to go to a
key wedding? It's a special occasion, treat it as such!
I haven't used a metal key ring for decades. I cut off a few inches
from a leather shoelace, string my keys on it, match the ends and tie
a single knot. I've found it a great deal more reliable than any key
ring or chain. Lasts several years, then I cut a few more inches off
the shoelace. I think the leather shoelaces I bought in 1973 are
almost used up and I'm gonna have to buy a new pair, dang it.
Only downside is that taking a key off (for example for a mechanic) is
a pain, because the knot gets pretty tight after a while. If I had to
do that daily, I would not like my solution. In fact I probably do it
half a dozen times a year, which I can manage.
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