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Old 10 Sep 2013, 12:25 pm
William Munny
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Default Happy Key Fob Story

OK, so the 3-button + Panic key fob/remote for my 07 Accord went through
a complete clothes washer cycle in my pants pocket (I know, I know...)

I immediately realized what I had done and tried to open the case,
remove the battery, and dry it out as best I could-- of course without
pushing any of the buttons and closing the circuit. But the little
Phillips head screw wouldn't budge-- and I burred it a little bit. One
YouTube video recommended a drop of penetrating oil and sitting over
night so I tried that-- no joy.

Next day, I took it to the best locksmith in town to see if he could get
it open. He worked on it for a good 10 minutes-- eventually rounding the
slots completely (with my permission) and gave up.

He recommended just putting the key out in the sun all day, heating it
with a hair dryer, or hanging it in front of the air conditioning
register in the house. Well, I tried all those, even leaving it hanging
on the register for a almost a week.

So today was the day. Happily I was able to start/turn off the engine
with it and then I pushed the buttons for the first time--- and damn if
it didn't work perfectly. Lock, unlock, trunk, panic. Remains to be seen
I guess for how long it stays that way.

Not sure what I'll do when the battery dies-- maybe drill out the screw
or some such...


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Old 10 Sep 2013, 02:12 pm
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Default Re: Happy Key Fob Story

On 9/10/2013 9:25 AM, William Munny wrote:
> OK, so the 3-button + Panic key fob/remote for my 07 Accord went through
> a complete clothes washer cycle in my pants pocket (I know, I know...)
>
> I immediately realized what I had done and tried to open the case,
> remove the battery, and dry it out as best I could-- of course without
> pushing any of the buttons and closing the circuit. But the little
> Phillips head screw wouldn't budge-- and I burred it a little bit. One
> YouTube video recommended a drop of penetrating oil and sitting over
> night so I tried that-- no joy.
>
> Next day, I took it to the best locksmith in town to see if he could get
> it open. He worked on it for a good 10 minutes-- eventually rounding the
> slots completely (with my permission) and gave up.
>
> He recommended just putting the key out in the sun all day, heating it
> with a hair dryer, or hanging it in front of the air conditioning
> register in the house. Well, I tried all those, even leaving it hanging
> on the register for a almost a week.
>
> So today was the day. Happily I was able to start/turn off the engine
> with it and then I pushed the buttons for the first time--- and damn if
> it didn't work perfectly. Lock, unlock, trunk, panic. Remains to be seen
> I guess for how long it stays that way.
>
> Not sure what I'll do when the battery dies-- maybe drill out the screw
> or some such...
>


I've never owned a car with a key fob. Do new cars come with more than one?
What happens when you lose it and need a replacement fob?

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Old 11 Sep 2013, 01:27 am
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On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:12:19 -0700, cameo <cameo@unreal.invalid>
wrote:

>I've never owned a car with a key fob. Do new cars come with more than one?
>What happens when you lose it and need a replacement fob?


Generally comes with two, and if you lose it, it's no problem money
can't fix. Matter of time before you can do it with your smart phone,
or a chip implanted in your gluteus.

J.

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