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Old 26 May 2012, 02:24 pm
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Default Broken Key Fob on 2001 Accord

There is a break in the plastic ring that holds the key on the key fob for
my 2001 Accord. At the moment, the break is so small that only an unusual
movement causes the key to fall off the fob. But it looks like it's just
going to get bigger and bigger until the key will be falling off constantly.

I _think_ this is the original key fob but am not really sure how to tell. I
bought the car used and it has about 180,000 km (100,000 miles) on it. The
fob is quite worn. Frankly, I'm not impressed with the materials used. I
would have thought the key fob should last as long as the key. The ring
portion at the very least should be metal, in my opinion.

This is my first car with remote entry so I've never dealt with this before
but I remember a thread about this a year or so back which mentioned that
replacing the key fob was suprisingly expensive. I would have guessed $5 to
$10 for something like that but it was well over $100 as I recall.

Are there any cheaper solutions, such as after-market key fobs so that I can
retain the remote entry but not have to pay so much money? I'm picturing
something like a universal key fob that can be programmed to do just what
your original fob did, along the same lines as a universal remote for your
TV.

By the way, I'm just guessing that the little black plastic gadget that
holds the Lock, Unlock, Trunk Open, and Panic buttons is called the fob; if
it is not, please correct me on the terminology. ;-)

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Old 26 May 2012, 05:21 pm
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Default Re: Broken Key Fob on 2001 Accord

In article <jprako$ppg$1@speranza.aioe.org>,
no_offline_contact_please@example.com says...

> There is a break in the plastic ring that holds the key on the key fob for
> my 2001 Accord. At the moment, the break is so small that only an unusual
> movement causes the key to fall off the fob. But it looks like it's just
> going to get bigger and bigger until the key will be falling off constantly.
>
> I _think_ this is the original key fob but am not really sure how to tell. I
> bought the car used and it has about 180,000 km (100,000 miles) on it. The
> fob is quite worn. Frankly, I'm not impressed with the materials used. I
> would have thought the key fob should last as long as the key. The ring
> portion at the very least should be metal, in my opinion.
>
> This is my first car with remote entry so I've never dealt with this before
> but I remember a thread about this a year or so back which mentioned that
> replacing the key fob was suprisingly expensive. I would have guessed $5 to
> $10 for something like that but it was well over $100 as I recall.
>
> Are there any cheaper solutions, such as after-market key fobs so that I can
> retain the remote entry but not have to pay so much money? I'm picturing
> something like a universal key fob that can be programmed to do just what
> your original fob did, along the same lines as a universal remote for your
> TV.
>
> By the way, I'm just guessing that the little black plastic gadget that
> holds the Lock, Unlock, Trunk Open, and Panic buttons is called the fob; if
> it is not, please correct me on the terminology. ;-)


The key fob for our 99 Accord broke in the same place. You should be
able to repair it using a cyanoacrylate-based adhesive (super glue).
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Old 26 May 2012, 07:44 pm
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"Dave Garrett" <dave@compassnet.com> wrote in message
news:MPG.2a2b134b1917db7598a2f9@208.90.168.18...
> In article <jprako$ppg$1@speranza.aioe.org>,
> no_offline_contact_please@example.com says...
>
>> There is a break in the plastic ring that holds the key on the key fob
>> for
>> my 2001 Accord. At the moment, the break is so small that only an unusual
>> movement causes the key to fall off the fob. But it looks like it's just
>> going to get bigger and bigger until the key will be falling off
>> constantly.
>>
>> I _think_ this is the original key fob but am not really sure how to
>> tell. I
>> bought the car used and it has about 180,000 km (100,000 miles) on it.
>> The
>> fob is quite worn. Frankly, I'm not impressed with the materials used. I
>> would have thought the key fob should last as long as the key. The ring
>> portion at the very least should be metal, in my opinion.
>>
>> This is my first car with remote entry so I've never dealt with this
>> before
>> but I remember a thread about this a year or so back which mentioned that
>> replacing the key fob was suprisingly expensive. I would have guessed $5
>> to
>> $10 for something like that but it was well over $100 as I recall.
>>
>> Are there any cheaper solutions, such as after-market key fobs so that I
>> can
>> retain the remote entry but not have to pay so much money? I'm picturing
>> something like a universal key fob that can be programmed to do just what
>> your original fob did, along the same lines as a universal remote for
>> your
>> TV.
>>
>> By the way, I'm just guessing that the little black plastic gadget that
>> holds the Lock, Unlock, Trunk Open, and Panic buttons is called the fob;
>> if
>> it is not, please correct me on the terminology. ;-)

>
> The key fob for our 99 Accord broke in the same place. You should be
> able to repair it using a cyanoacrylate-based adhesive (super glue).


How do I repair a break in the ring with glue? Glue is great for putting two
broken pieces back together again but my fob doesn't look like that. The
ring portion of the fob is complete except that there is a small break. It
looks a little like someone took a small saw and sliced a cut in the ring. I
don't have a second piece to glue to the ring to fill the gap.

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Old 26 May 2012, 09:53 pm
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On 5/26/2012 7:44 PM, Rhino wrote:
>>> your original fob did, along the same lines as a universal remote for
>>> your
>>> TV.


Wrong. They are vehicle [make/model] specific.

>>>
>>> By the way, I'm just guessing that the little black plastic gadget that
>>> holds the Lock, Unlock, Trunk Open, and Panic buttons is called the
>>> fob; if
>>> it is not, please correct me on the terminology. ;-)


You may get an argument on that term from some, but not from me.
Everybody knows what you're talking about.

Look for a replacement, used or refurbed, on Ebay. Use dealership as
the last resort.


>> The key fob for our 99 Accord broke in the same place. You should be
>> able to repair it using a cyanoacrylate-based adhesive (super glue).

>
> How do I repair a break in the ring with glue? Glue is great for putting
> two broken pieces back together again but my fob doesn't look like that.
> The ring portion of the fob is complete except that there is a small
> break. It looks a little like someone took a small saw and sliced a cut
> in the ring. I don't have a second piece to glue to the ring to fill the
> gap.


You use a little imagination, that's how. If you've accurately
described the current condition, have you considered

1) closing that "cut" with epoxy glue?

2) possibly adding a bit of heat to melt the plastic before gluing it?

3) remove the existing current key ring and replacing it with a larger
one - they make different sizes, you know?

4) some combination of all three of the above?



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Old 30 May 2012, 07:04 pm
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Default Re: Broken Key Fob on 2001 Accord

Same thing happened with my 2011 Odyssey fob after only a few months. If it
is anything like mine, there is a small screw that holds the plastic fob and
metal key stub together. I drilled a slightly larger hole and used a tiny
nut and bolt to hold it secure. Works great.
-bye,
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"Rhino" wrote in message news:jprako$ppg$1@speranza.aioe.org...

There is a break in the plastic ring that holds the key on the key fob for
my 2001 Accord. At the moment, the break is so small that only an unusual
movement causes the key to fall off the fob. But it looks like it's just
going to get bigger and bigger until the key will be falling off constantly.

I _think_ this is the original key fob but am not really sure how to tell. I
bought the car used and it has about 180,000 km (100,000 miles) on it. The
fob is quite worn. Frankly, I'm not impressed with the materials used. I
would have thought the key fob should last as long as the key. The ring
portion at the very least should be metal, in my opinion.

This is my first car with remote entry so I've never dealt with this before
but I remember a thread about this a year or so back which mentioned that
replacing the key fob was suprisingly expensive. I would have guessed $5 to
$10 for something like that but it was well over $100 as I recall.

Are there any cheaper solutions, such as after-market key fobs so that I can
retain the remote entry but not have to pay so much money? I'm picturing
something like a universal key fob that can be programmed to do just what
your original fob did, along the same lines as a universal remote for your
TV.

By the way, I'm just guessing that the little black plastic gadget that
holds the Lock, Unlock, Trunk Open, and Panic buttons is called the fob; if
it is not, please correct me on the terminology. ;-)

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Old 01 Jun 2012, 01:05 am
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Default Re: Broken Key Fob on 2001 Accord

On Sat, 26 May 2012 15:24:11 -0400, "Rhino"
<no_offline_contact_please@example.com> wrote:

>There is a break in the plastic ring that holds the key on the key fob for
>my 2001 Accord. At the moment, the break is so small that only an unusual
>movement causes the key to fall off the fob. But it looks like it's just
>going to get bigger and bigger until the key will be falling off constantly.
>
>I _think_ this is the original key fob but am not really sure how to tell. I
>bought the car used and it has about 180,000 km (100,000 miles) on it. The
>fob is quite worn. Frankly, I'm not impressed with the materials used. I
>would have thought the key fob should last as long as the key. The ring
>portion at the very least should be metal, in my opinion.
>
>This is my first car with remote entry so I've never dealt with this before
>but I remember a thread about this a year or so back which mentioned that
>replacing the key fob was suprisingly expensive. I would have guessed $5 to
>$10 for something like that but it was well over $100 as I recall.
>
>Are there any cheaper solutions, such as after-market key fobs so that I can
>retain the remote entry but not have to pay so much money? I'm picturing
>something like a universal key fob that can be programmed to do just what
>your original fob did, along the same lines as a universal remote for your
>TV.
>
>By the way, I'm just guessing that the little black plastic gadget that
>holds the Lock, Unlock, Trunk Open, and Panic buttons is called the fob; if
>it is not, please correct me on the terminology. ;-)


Is it like this?

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/replace...-126016?item=2

If not, search around for transponder / smart key, and you should be
able to find it on dealextreme.com or ebay cheap.
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