Silicone key covers serve as a stylish and protective covering for your remote key / flip key / smart key. It gives your car key a new refreshing look and protects it from dust, water and accidental damage. These key covers are moulded according to the car key, ensuring a perfect fit.
Most modern car keys are three keys in one.
- A mechanical key to release the steering lock
- A coded 'electronic transponder chip' read by the car when the key is inserted into the ignition
- A remote control to unlock doors and turn off the alarm
These keys are secure but can also be expensive and time-consuming to replace if lost or broken.
Electronic, coded transponder chips embedded in the plastic body of the key were introduced from 1995. The chip is passive, so it doesn't need a battery – the code is read when you turn the key in the ignition.
If the transponder chip is broken or missing, the engine won't start and the immobiliser's control unit will have to be reprogrammed if/when you obtain a new key with a new key code.
Virtually all new cars are supplied with a remote control to unlock the doors and turn off the alarm.
Check the battery if it is drained out.
Cars with remote central locking should have a bypass system using the normal metal key to unlock the doors without setting the alarm off. It should allow you to lock and unlock the car doors manually.
You need to get your cars’ key body replaced as soon as possible so as to avoid damage to the remote circuit.
You need to purchase an after-market modified replacement key shell / remote key shell / flip key shell and visit your nearest locksmith to shift in the internal electronic circuit / immobilizer / transponder / battery from older key to the new one and getting the new key blade cut as per your broken key blade.
Contact your nearest auto locksmith who has a genuine key cutting and programming tool. He would help you making a spare key.
Keypads are made up of rubber which gets damaged, cut or deteriorated with time. The most common cause of this damage is that most people press the buttons with their nails pointed toward the button which cuts the soft rubber.
Replacing the damaged keypad is undoubtedly important as not only for cosmetic purpose but also to save the internal remote circuit board from dust and water, which can cause permanent damage to circuit.
If your car keys’ keypad is worn out/torn/damaged/broken, it may allow dust/water inside your key shell thereby resulting in a non-functioning remote.
You need to get worn out/torn/damaged/broken keypad replaced with a new keypad as soon as possible so as to avoid further damages to your car key.
In case you approach your car dealer, they will ask you to get the entire remote key replaced, as the dealers do not provide replacement keypads. Replacing the entire key takes two to three weeks depending on availability, and costs considerably high amount for a small damage.
You need not replace the entire key. Replacing the keypad itself serves the purpose, and saves you time and money.
- Make sure you have an appropriate new keypad before you remove your old one.
- Take a sharp blade, to remove old keypad.
- Slide it in the gap between keypad and flip key body.
- Lift it up gently to remove old keypad.
- Be careful, keypad may be pasted on a frame which can break if too much force is applied.
- Remove the keypad (along with frame, if applicable) from the flip Key.
- Remove the old keypad pasted to frame using a sharp blade. Remove all the pieces of old rubber pad and thoroughly clean the frame.
- Compare the new keypad and the frame. If new keypad has an extra button against which you do not see an aperture in the frame, then you can cut that button with a blade. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.
- Fix new keypad on the frame. All edges of frame should be evenly covered by the keypad. Make sure that there are no bumps on edges of frame after keypad is fixed on it. This step is extremely important as even a minor defect can cause water to enter in the key damaging the circuit.
- Frame has 4 plastic pins which get deformed if it’s forcibly taken out of the key. You will be required to slightly reduce the diameter of these pins using a file before it can be fit back to the flip key. If you don't have a file then you can use nail file (in nail cutter) on this plastic pins.
- Finally fix the keypad by putting this keypad-frame combo on the flip Key and pressing it gently with your thumb. If keypad is coming out from edge then slide it in using a blade. Check all the buttons for their functioning.
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