Honda. Honda is a good brand, but their key shape is very problematic(i should send a check to Honda every two weeks since that happens to many customers and brings me more jobs:-)Two major problems when car key has broken.
- The very common thing is that the key blade is broken from the actual fob remote.
temporary solution when the car key is broken
Temporary solution: if it happens to you, the best trick to make it work is to hold the blade key next to the fob together and put the blade into the ignition. Then turn the key to the on position. Even though the key blade does not attach to the fob, the key can still start the key. The immobilizer can read the chip inside the fob, and the green light security will go off.
question: if my key blade key completely broke around the middle and not just dis-attach from the fob, can I still do it
Answer: NO! in that case, you should call a locksmith! That is a solution that practically can work, but it’s not the most convenient way. Anything you do is just going to make it worse.
permanent solution when the car key is broken
Permanent solution: if you want a permanent solution, you want to buy a remote key headshell of this key.eBay is a good place to buy it. But other sites are selling it as well. Cost around 2$-5$pro tip:
- Make sure it has the same amount of battens as your original key.
- if your original broken key is OEM( original key with H Honda brand in the back), make sure to buy the shell with Honda as well to make sure it will fit your original fob
- It is better to buy 2 in case 1st key will not cut properly.
After that, what you want to do is go to your local locksmith store with the broken key blade and the new shell and tell him to cut the shell the same as the old key blade. estimated cost around 45$-70$
My car key. Can I still use my key?
put the old fob into the shell, close it with the back cover and close it with a screw that most likely you have(that super important to approach it with a screw, if not, that can break again)
and walla, you have a new key for around $45-$75.
congratulation you just saved a 100$-250$
last but not list
2nd common thing that happens in Honda key is :
- Because of the key’s shape, the wafers(pins inside the ignition)can be damaged, causing the car key not to turn.
In that scenario, do not go to the mechanic.
What you shouldn’t do: you should not go to the mechanic. instead of fixing it, he will replace the ignition with a new one and use a different key that will create three problems:
- He will not finish the job, and you still need to call for a locksmith to program the new key.
- It will be more expensive since he will need to buy parts by himself($200-$350 just parts cost).
- The door’s key will differ from the ignition, which is not recommended.
The best thing to do is call for a locksmith company such as Houston Key Locksmith.
He will pull out the ignition, remove the bad wafers, and put it back. You can also fix it yourself, but it’s no easy task.
You can’t do much for that scenario, most likely since it’s advanced problem-solving.
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