Tip & How-To about Vehicle Parts & Accessories
Wireless remotes for cars get a lot of use. When they stop working the first response is usually to change the battery. But what do you do after you change the batter and it still isn't working? Many wireless remotes have carbon contacts on the back of their rubber buttons that complete the circuit when the button is pressed. This carbon can degrade and leave buildup on the copper connection of the circuit board. This buildup of carbon will cause the buttons to become unresponsive. This is probably the second most common reason your wireless remote isn't working.
You can easily fix this by taking the remote apart. Most will separate into two pieces and can be popped apart with a flat head screw driver or even a dime. Lift the rubber buttons off of the circuit board to reveal the gunked up contacts. You can clean the contacts with nail polish remover (acetone) or rubbing alcohol but the best solution to use is tape head cleaner which contains xylene. Dip a cotton swab in the solvent and scrub the copper contacts with it until the are clean. Reassemble the remote and try it out.
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