Broken Remote Key Fob Repair Fix

5 things that can go wrong with your remote key fob

We’ve all been there. Electronic components can fail, leaving us with a feel of despair as we must figure out how to do things that our device did for us automatically before. It can happen with your smartphone, with your TV remote, with your heating system, with your Internet router… and also with your vehicle’s remote key fob.

Sometimes the internal components of your remote key stop working as they should, either intermittently or completely. Here we have compiled 5 things that can go wrong with your remote key:

  1. LED light is not flashing on the remote and/or the central locking is not working at all.
  2. The doors can be operated with the remote key sometimes but other times the central locking doesn’t respond to the remote buttons.
  3. The operational range of the remote key fob is shorter and shorter every time.
  4. When inserting the key or key card into the ignition barrel or slot nothing happens and I get a message of the kind: “key not detected”.
  5. The remote key seems to be very light and is not operative when pressing the remote buttons or when inserting the blade into the ignition.

Luckily, we can repair your remote so that it works as it should again.

In the first two cases, the problem can lie in the circuit board inside the remote. Even if you change the battery, the remote can still fail to work. If this is your case, we can help you out by repairing whatever components are damaged inside the casing.

If your remote fail to operate central locking from a long distance, the problem can be related to a low battery issue. In this case, you can send us your remote so that we can check the battery level, replace it for a new one and refurbish all the internal components.

If your key is not detected by the car, van or motorbike, the situation can point to an immobiliser issue. In this case, you should send us your immobiliser unit and keys, so that our engineers can check all the components and rectify whatever fault they find on the immobiliser.

Last, if you feel that the remote key is very light, this could mean that it is basically empty. Although it seems impossible to believe that the problem can be so simple, you would be surprised by the amount of empty cases that we receive. A car key without a transponder inside will not start the car, as this chip is responsible for disarming the immobiliser; equally, a key fob without a circuit board inside won’t operate central locking remotely because, as obvious as it sounds, there wouldn’t be any switch to activate when pressing the buttons. This can happen when buying a second-hand car with a non-tested spare key or when trying to change the battery and forgetting to transfer the transponder chip.

In all cases, except for the last one of course, we can help you with your broken remote key fob by professionally repairing it. Just buy the repair service selecting your remote from our extensive inventory, adding it to the basket and proceeding with the checkout process; then, send it to us by recorded or special delivery and we will have it repaired in 2 to 3 working days, and we will send it back to you via express courier service.

If you can’t find your vehicle’s remote in our inventory, don’t worry, we may still be able to help you. Please give us a call at 0116 276 7054 or send us an email to sales@autotronics.co.uk. Our customer service team will be glad to assist you with any remote issues you many have.