My car key has a chip in it and the plastic 'loop' that connects to a key
ring has snapped off. I repaired it the first time with a kind of
plasticene that went rock hard and it worked - until my garage held it
the wrong way and snapped it again. It all works but I'd rather not have
a loose key in my pocket.
My main dealer wants ?129+ to replace it - no chance.
Various firms like Timpsons say they 'may' be able to clone it at ~?40-
?60, but until I drive 15 miles to the nearest main shop to find out,
they cannot promise.
A local locksmith says he can get a blank, but would have to remove the
chip from the current key.
I thought I might be able to get a sleeve to put the key in or even cast
a resin mould around it?
Until then I have extemporised by cutting a hole in some fabric based
gaffer tape with a hole for the key ring.
It would help if you mentioned the vehicle model, year etc and whether the
key fob contains buttons for remote unlocking.
A photo of the offending key would also be helpful. Alternatively we could
all make a bunch of ill informed suggestions on how best to fix it.
Not in the one which is really broke.
I'm thinking of making a plasticene mould and casting a replica in resin to
include the bit I have. I need to find a strong resin with a slow setting
time to give me time to fart about before it sets.
I had a similar problem with one of my keys. One of the buttons of the
remote was broken. Dealer could only supply a complete key, which as well
as having to be cut had to be coded too. At hundreds of squids.
Found a firm on Ebay who supplied a complete new case for 13 quid. The
blade on mine latches into the body, so just swapped that along with the
electronics. A matter of a couple of minutes work. The remote control
electronics simply lifted out, but the separate coding chip was glued in
place. But came away easily enough.
The fliers they sent with the new parts suggested they also offer a key
fixing service at a very good price for some models. Of course that might
depend on them being able to get the spares for yours. I'd ask them and
see. But also check Ebay for your model.
*Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it *
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
When I asked how much a new key would cost for my Micra (a second one for
spare as when I bought the car I was only given one) it was in excess of 300
the guy behind the counter seems genuinely surprised when I said that I'd
Years ago a friend lost her car keys to a pickpocket on a bus, and as it
was covered on household insurance she put a claim in, and a VW
dealership garage got involved.
They wanted to send a courier to her workplace, to pick up her passport
to take somewhere else along with the car, so that they could get the
immobiliser system recoded with new keys.
Understandably, she refused.
The 'chips' in the keys are often a small lump maybe 3x3x8mm. In the
original keys these are buried in the plastic. In 'copies', the blanks
have a hole you slide a chip into and a plug to close it off. When they
make a new key, they cut the blank, program the chip, and pop it in the
If you could 'dig' the chip out of the plastic, you could simply pop it
in a new blank.
We lost some keys- two sets from different cars (long story). We used a
local company who came to the house, rather than the main dealer. It
worked out much cheaper.
Suspect someone is claiming a benefit under false pretences? Incapacity
Benefit or Personal Independence Payment when they don't need it? They
+1, it was a trivial and very cheap replacement job for my Renault
Master. (In that case the problem wasn't a broken loop, it was that the
two "domes" for lock and unlock had broken away, so that you needed a
pointy thing to operate the two microswitches.
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