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How to repair your vehicle's worn out remote control key

When I saw a friend's worn out remote car key, I knew that other people must have the same problems, and that somebody must sell replacement parts for repairing the case (fob).
The flexible rubber side of her key was torn and one of the button inserts had fallen out making it difficult to unlock her car doors. Water could get into the electronics and ruin it.
I found the necessary parts kit on Amazon for $3.99, shipping included from China. After repairing the first of her keys without any problems, I tried to order another for her spare key through Amazon, but it was no longer available. I found it on eBay for $1.75, shipping included from Hong Kong. It took the first key 15 days to arrive. I just order the second kit.
To find a replacement for your key fob, copy and paste the link that follows, into your browser, enter your vehicle info, and keep scrolling until you find the right one at the right price.

This is the worn out remote key for a Toyota RAV4.

This is the refurbished key after replacing the fob (case), using only the electronic module from the original. The key blank is molded into the fob, just like the original. All that remains is getting the key cut. All parts fit perfectly, and in my opinion, the new fob is better designed than the original.

First pop the case open by twisting a screwdriver in the slot on the side, just like you do when changing the battery.

The new fob has plastic buttons that fit into compartments in a hard plastic case instead of the flexible rubber buttons that wore out. The rubber gasket (upper center in the picture) holds the buttons in place and provides waterproofing in the completed assembly.

Remove the electronics component from the old key.

That's the switch side of the electronics component showing in this picture.

Insert the new buttons in the holes in the face of the new fob. This was a three function remote that didn't include the trunk release, so that was just an extra part in this case.

Insert the rubber gasket over the assembled button/fob face.

Insert the electronics component into the new fob face.

Snap the front and back together and test the functions on your vehicle to make sure everything is working properly. Have the new blank cut at your favorite store ($2.00 charge for this key at a locksmith shop nearby. Any place that cuts keys could have done it.)

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My cars steering is really loose. Everytime i drive it gets worse. Its a 2000 toyota camry. I took it in to a couple shops and nobody could find what was wrong with it, all said it looked fine just maybe needed an alignment so i got that done and a power steering flush and none of that seemed to work. What could it possibly be?

You say the steering feels loose
You say it is getting worse

Two shops & nothing wrong !!

If it was mine, I would be careful using it, or not use at
all, until repaired

It is not possible what you say & nothing found
by a repair shop.
Those shops obviously don't care & may be incompetent,
based on the fact, you know the steering has issues

They knew & you now know that an alignment wouldn't solve
your issues

The alignment shop is questionable as well because an alignment
only shop not some place in a shopping mall,usually find worn
parts & replace before they would ever attempt the alignment

They also knew that flushing fluid won't solve the worn parts issue

So you got the run around like what I believe happen all too often

Did you really explain the problem & did you go for a ride at all those
places with you as a passenger & a mechanic driving,if not then my
opinion is that they never planned on diagnosing the problem with
the steering & you can testify to that

I can't from the internet tell you if you have a bad lower ball joint,loose steering rack bushings,bad tie rod ends, worn steering
rack or other possible items,but you see how these places operate
& you see the list of parts I suggest that could contribute.

You have my sympathy & I don't know how to help you find a
honest & capable shop,that is why I have always done my own
repairs & never have any problems diagnosing & solving things
once & done.

Oct 12, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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my remote keyfob works sporadically when trying to open or start

key could be worn and needs to be replaced and dont understand last part of problem about light....please more info...

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The key will need to come from the dealer (you can find many Isuzu dealers whio sell part on line) but the remote can be bought on line from Here

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I just bought an used 2000 chevrolet cavalier. When I came back from a drive today, start off the car in parking and trying to pull the key out, it was not coming out. Then I tried to turn it forward, it was not going forward either. After doing turning back and forward for several times, it worked once. Then, when I wanted to start the car again by inserting the key into the lock cylinder, the key was not turning forward. After a few try it turned. Now, the problem is sometimes it turned forward, sometimes not. When it turned successfully, there was not any problem with the car to get started. But, it's just the fact that sometimes I am able to turn the key forward to start the car, sometimes the key seemed to be stuck and not turning into the lock cylinder. i am not sure what could be the issue. As I just bought this one, and pretty new to driving, I do not have any idea why this might be happening. Any help would be highly appreciated.

You may be using a worn key. If you recieved more than one key at purchase, try a different one.If you are still having a problem, then you will need to replace your lock cylinder. This is not a big job as long as you can still get it to turn in to the on position. Don't wait too long, because if it is a bad cylinder, and it gets bad enough that you can no longer turn it to the on position, then the cylinder must be drilled out. Try a different key first, if the problem remains, then get it to a qualified mechanic right away, and have the lock cyliner replaced. Not a very expensive repair as long as you can still get it in the on position.

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the easiest way to add remote entry is to get an alarm system or remote car starter off of ebay. you have to be pretty good at wiring to install them but they do come with directions. you will need the wireing diagrams of your car also. if you are not very confident in wiring you can have them installed for one or two hundred dollars at a sterio shop.

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