Car Remote Repair


Damaged Remote Repair – Stellar Key’s Key FOB repair business, located in the Greater Minneapolis Area, is known for providing the best service in the region. You can trust that your key will be handled with care and expertise. Our repair services cover most makes and types of car remote control Key fobs and Key Shells, and we have a high success rate with many makes and models available for repair. By opting for our repair services, you can save a considerable amount of money as replacement costs for damaged key FOBs can be quite high, with some priced in the hundreds of dollars.
Common faults:

  • Lock & unlock buttons fail to work effectively.
  • Outer casings can become worn out and can crack or break
  • Broken battery holders & connectors can cause the key FOB to stop functioning.
  • Water damaged FOBs may cease functioning.

We also stock replacement key FOB outer casings for esthetic and function.
Consultations are free. Please do not hesitate to visit and speak with an expert or call us.

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Some Common Ways to Repair Damaged Remotes

Not all damage to a car key remote or fob is electronic or electrical, such as a dead battery. Some damage may be physical and, depending on the extent and your skills, may be repaired with a bit of super glue. However, if the damage is beyond a simple DIY fix, then a visit to your local auto locksmith may be necessary. Examples of damage that may require a visit to the locksmith include a key breaking in half or worn-out cuts in the key that prevent the tumblers from activating the locking mechanism.

If the remote is not unlocking the car, it’s best to confirm where the fault lies by using a second key or the valet key, if available. If none of the keys work, the issue may not be with the keys at all but with the car’s locking or anti-theft mechanism. On the other hand, if the spare keys work, you can isolate the cause and take steps to repair the damaged remote.

Repairing damage to remotes or car keys that appear physically intact can be more involved. Even replacing a dead battery may not be as simple as it sounds since most modern car keys use transponders that are paired to a specific car. During a battery change, the circuit may be interrupted, resulting in the loss of pairing between the chip in the key and the steering column. As part of damaged remote repair procedures,  reprogramming may be necessary, even though the remote is undamaged. The net effect is that the remote will not work until the manufacturer-required steps to re-pair the car and the key are taken.

Other possible instances leading to damaged remote repair include:
  • Water damage is a common issue for car key remotes or fobs. It can occur in various ways, such as getting caught in a downpour, leaving the remote in your pants while washing them, getting coffee or soda on them, or dropping them in a puddle.

If your remote suffers water damage, the first thing you should avoid doing is pressing on its buttons. Pressing the buttons may close the circuit and cause a short, even if the remote was only partially exposed to liquid. Instead, you should open the remote and thoroughly dry out the interior. With some luck, this may be all that is required to get the remote working again. It’s essential to ensure that the remote is completely dry before attempting to use it again. If the damage is severe, and the remote still doesn’t work after drying it out, it may be necessary to take it to an expert technician for repair.

  • Transponder keys may develop a corrupted code, which is a well-known issue. If you have tried the manufacturer-prescribed procedure for troubleshooting the issue, and it hasn’t worked, then you will need to seek the services of a qualified locksmith. Attempting to fix the issue without proper expertise can lead to further damage to the transponder key, which may result in a higher cost of repair or replacement.

To carry out a damaged remote repair, a qualified locksmith can diagnose the issue, and if necessary, reprogram the transponder key to restore its functionality. It’s essential to ensure that the locksmith is experienced in handling transponder keys and has access to the necessary equipment to perform the repairs.

  • Corrosion or damage to the buttons of a remote can cause the contacts necessary to close the circuit to fail. In many cases, cleaning the contacts can restore the remote’s functionality. To repair a damaged remote with corroded or damaged buttons, you will need to open the case. Although the procedure is straightforward, it requires light fingers and a steady hand to avoid causing further damage to the remote.The first step is to remove the cover of the remote. This can be done with a screwdriver or by gently prying it open. Once you have access to the inside of the remote, check the buttons for any visible signs of corrosion or damage.

If the buttons are dirty or corroded, you can clean them using a soft cloth or a cotton swab and a mild cleaning solution. If the contacts are severely corroded or damaged, you may need to replace the buttons or the entire remote. In this case, it’s best to consult a professional to ensure that the damaged remote repair is done correctly. Replacing the buttons or remote requires some technical knowledge and special tools, and attempting to do it yourself can result in further damage to the remote.

If you’re looking for  damaged remote repair services, consider choosing Stellar Keys & remotes – Minnesota’s most reliable locksmiths. Our team of skilled locksmiths is equipped with cutting-edge key-cutting tools and has years of experience in the field. We can quickly and efficiently create a new set of keys for you, saving you time and hassle. Our prices are highly competitive and offer a great value, which will make our competitors blush with shame. Visit us today and get the quality service you deserve!


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