Not all burn. Bakelite, for example, is thermoSETTING. The hotter it gets,
the more consistent it becomes. It's possible to turn a Bakelite ashtray
into one big, honkin', molecule! Oh, it will eventually char and
disintegrate, but burn? Nope.
Polystyrene peanuts won't support combustion either - they WILL flame a
little bit, but are self extinguishing.
There's more than two dozen plastics, each with differing burn and
No chip in the key. $1.99 at Ace Hardware.
Had a key made the other day and it opens the door and started the car
Why remove? So it fits in the small leather business card case I carry
in my left front pocket in case I lock my main set of keys in the car.
Back to the question. Anyone removed the plastic. Looks like I may
need a vice to grip the key so I can work on it. Am hoping someone has
found an easy way. Cook in toaster oven perhaps?
I'd drop it in a small pot of boiling water, fish it out with
pliers (or some method), and see if it is soft enough to scrape off
with a knife........
If there is no hole in the metal to fasten it with, you might have
to drill a hole....
If the pot of water (212F) doesn't work, heat up the oven to 400F
and put the key in for a few minutes, setting it on a piece of
aluminum foil so it won't make a mess if it melts.... If possible
have the key held so the plastic part is on the bottom so if it
runs it won't drip over the metal part and bugger up the key part....
Just some suggestions..... Good luck.
Andy in Eureka, Texas
I'd start off with a razor knive and shave down one of the skinny sides
until there was metal, then peel the rest of the plastic off. You could
probably achieve the same thing with a well-sharpened chisel.
For emergency only, to open the car door -- does not start engine --
in case you have locked your keys in the ignition, get a plastic key
made at the Auto Club.
Fits in your wallet.
(Don't ask how many times I have done it. The winner was TWICE in one
day, in the rain, with the engine running...)
I locked myself out of the house years ago.
Still had my car key so I drove to work 5 minutes away, phoned my wife
(at the time) and had her fax me a picture of the house key. I took a
thinner card out of my wallet and made a key using scissors and nail
After inserting the key (it was pliable enough to fit into the key slot
despite the missing groves and channels. I had to use something metal to
turn the cylinder, but it worked!
I kept it in my wallet for a few years (just in case), but eventually
threw it away.
Ned "MacGyver" Flanders (and yes the scissors were left handed)!
It seems that no one, except a few, believe that there are some car keys
that are not chipped. They must all be young and don't remember when a
car key was just a key, and not a transmitter.
I just had a spare house key made because mine broke in the front door
lock after 27 years of use. In order to distinguish the house key from
the others I carry, I bought one of those soft plastic rings that slip
around the edge of the key head to identify it from the other keys. My
front door is red, so I bought a red ring. There is no chip in it as far
as I can tell. :-)
No,it's that the cars made before around 1998 are "chipless",no inherent
security system built into their EFI,and -most- of those cars are in the
I chopped the black plastic cap off my 94 Integra's valet key so it would
fit in my wallet as an emergency key.It had no RFID or resistor chip.
But it's wiser to treat a capped key as having some sort of chip for
security,as those are much more common these days,UNLESS you specifically
KNOW it's not chipped. (RTFM;owner's manuals are your friend.)
Unfortunately,my Integra GS-R was STOLEN in 2007(stripped and
torched,a total loss),and if it had had a chipped EFI system,they would not
have gotten it.
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