New Hyundai Flip Key – HOW TO repair key

There’s a new Hyundai Flip key. It was the chance for the boys and girls at Hyundai to correct eight years of terrible car key design.  The older style of Hyundai Flip key has been causing problems all around the world. In fact, it’s our most watched YouTube video, with over 300,000 views to date, viewed in over 150 countries! Unfortunately, the design team missed an opportunity to put things right. The new Hyundai Flip key is already in trouble, and needing repair after just a few years.

To read about the old style of key and watch the video, click here

So we found a good repair case and got on with fixing it. There’s a YouTube video at the end if you’d rather watch, instead of read this. Here’s the transcript, and we hope it helps.

New Hyundai Flip Key – HOW TO repair key

New Hyundai Flip Key

Okay, so we’re going to fix this New Hyundai Flip key today. This is from an i20, the only thing wrong with this key, is the button pads have gone through. Sometimes the blade is really wobbly, this one isn’t too bad and sometimes the flip has broken altogether and it won’t flip out.

So, we’re going to show you how to replace the case on this key. You’ve probably seen these before, they are circlip pliers.

New Hyundai Flip Key

Give them a squeeze and the jaw opens up. You want to place the jaws of the pliers inside here where the blade goes in the hole, stick it in, give it a squeeze, and the key comes opens easily.

New Hyundai Flip Key

That’s the key open, pretty straightforward. Okay, the next thing is to take this board out of the old key and you just need to gently lever it up, just push it out. That’s just falling out there. As you can see, the key’s in pretty good condition, to be fair.  There’s nothing wrong with that at all. Stick that to one side for a minute. And, inside the old case, under here, is the chip.

New Hyundai Flip Key

Removing the chip on the New Hyundai Flip Key

To get the chip holder out, you want to just pop that out, just gently. So, that’s that. Now, the last thing is, here’s the chip. This is what makes your car start, and you need that into the new key shell. Now, the best way we’ve found to get these out, is just to tap the key face down on the bench, they’re not normally glued.

New Hyundai Flip Key

Oh, see that? It came out easier than we thought. So, there’s the chip, we’re going to put this into the new case. Okay, so this is the new case, it comes with a blade, but it’s not attached. We’ll have a go at getting the old blade, and putting it into the new key.

First of all, though, we’ve got to open the new case. It’s the same deal with this, so pop the circlip pliers in there, just gently, it will just pop open. There you go. So, try not to let the bits go everywhere. They’re all going to fall out, that’s no problem. Okay, so we’ve got two halves. We’ve also got this little chrome trim.

So, the first thing we’re going to do is to put the chip into the new key. There’s only one way this goes in, due to the shape.  Just get it in the right place and then push it down in. With the replacement key case, you get a chip cover,  just give that a push down too. Okay, the chip’s not  going anywhere now, so that’s a good thing.

Swapping the blade  on the New Hyundai Flip Key

The next thing, pop the board into the new key, it fits nice. Okay, so you’ve seen this before, this is our tool we use to get key blades out. This is the old blade, and this is what it gets held in, the key hinge. There’s a pin we need to knock through, so we use this, like a little vice. You’ll need to find something to keep the blade still.

New Hyundai Flip Key

We’re going to just knock out the pin, that went through nice and easy. Take the old blade out. Okay, we don’t need this part anymore it’s off the old broken key. We’re hoping this blade is going to fit into the new blade holder they’ve supplied, but it doesn’t. So, this is a problem you’re going to get.

New Hyundai Flip Key

So, we’re going to put the new blade in and pop a pin to keep it in one place, and then we’re going to cut this blade. Now, you could take this and file it down and make it fit. That’s going to make it easy for you, you’re not going to need to get this cut.

Building the new Hyundai Flip key

We cut keys all the time, so we’re going to take the easy option. So, that’s a choice up to you, okay?  We’re going to pop this into here and put the blade in. Okay, so, we’ve got the blade fixed into this blade holder using the pin. That’s fairly straightforward and now we’re going to build it up so we can put the case back together, so just pop this into here. There’s only one way around that goes, so eventually it will drop through so that the bit comes out the back, then find the spring, the spring pops into there.

New Hyundai Flip Key

So, remember you want it to spring, you want it to flick out clockwise, like that. So you have to wind it the other way.  Just wind it round, probably a couple of times will do it. There you go. So, that’s wound around now.

The Chrome Strip

Now, mustn’t forget to put in the chrome strip, we’ve got it here, and it finishes the key off. This piece here, this is the chrome piece, and it comes away in the new case and it needs to be fitted back in, so you’ve got some tabs here. You’ve got one tab there and you got one there and you got one there. Three tabs, and they have to locate into this key. One. Two. Three.  So, the last thing we need to do, now that we’ve got that there, is pull it together and it’s going to be a bit fiddly because this chrome strip just falls off, there you go, it just fell off!

Let’s have a go at putting it like that, and putting the other half of the key over the top and then popping it together, there we go, it sprung out. Oh look at that! I think we’ve done it.

New Hyundai Flip Key

So, now we’ve got the blade that flips open, we’ve got the buttons to click. The only thing we haven’t shown you is that what we would put a bit of superglue all the way around, just to stop that from coming open.

So, we’re nearly there.

Stick a brand new battery in. It is a 2032. We use Maxell. Pop the cover on. That should light up. There we go. You see that light up there. There you go, so all we’ve got to do is get the blade cut and with a three button Hyundai i20 key, you are good to go.

 

 

Peugeot 108 Smart Key HOW TO Change Battery

Do you need to change the key battery on your Peugeot 108 smart key? We’ve written this to help you understand how the key comes apart and which type of battery you need. There’s also a video at the end, if you’d prefer to watch rather than read. We’ve only ever seen one of these keys so we think they’re rare and know little about how reliable they are.

Peugeot 108 Smart Key How TO change the key battery Transcript

Okay, so today we have a Peugeot 108 smart key, quite unusual and don’t see many of these. It will be the same arrangement on the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo no doubt. It’s got two buttons, and it’s fancy, where you can just have it in your pocket, to open the car, start the car. To get the blade out, you just pop this across, and this is your blade, just in case the battery goes flat on the car. You can take that out or leave it in to change the battery, it doesn’t matter.

Right, so to open the key is quite straightforward. This is what you’re after. It’s the slot that you put the screwdriver into.

Peugeot 108 Smart Key

This is already worn, so we’d say that, this is only a four year old key, so maybe the batteries wear down quite quick. So you just want a decent size screwdriver in there, otherwise you’ll end up with all the damage to the side. If you put in a small screwdriver, you just damage all this bit here, that’s what’s happened here. So a nice big screwdriver

Peugeot 108 Smart Key

Once you’ve got it open that far, just give it a little twist, if it doesn’t want to come open. There you go. Take them apart now, okay? Nice and easy. Stick that all out of the way. As you can probably guess, behind here is the battery. They’ve made a rubber seal here to stop the water getting in.

Peugeot 108 Smart Key

So just pull that off, and we have a 2032.

Peugeot 108 Smart Key

High Quality Peugeot 108 Smart Key Battery Needed

When you buy a key battery, don’t go cheap. Poor quality car key batteries are the biggest cause of problems we see. It seems crazy to us that anyone would buy a £10,000 car, then but put a £1 battery in from the market.

To get the battery out, you just want to be popping that little groove there.  Just pop the screwdriver in, out it comes, nice and easy. Stick your new one in and push it down, and then don’t forget to put your rubber seal back on. Okay, that’ll keep the water out if it gets wet. Then clip it all back together. Your light is coming on there. To pop your key back in, just slide it back in, it clips in place. So with a two button Peugeot 108 smart key you are good to go.

 

 

Vauxhall Astra K 2015- HOW TO Change Battery

Over the last ten years, we think Vauxhall have made some of the worst car keys on the market. Key blades that just drop out and get lost are a weekly problem for owners at our shop in Lincoln. However, at long last, there’s a new type of key that comes with the Vauxhall Astra K. In general, it feels different, better quality. The hinge mechanism that’s been causing so much grief to Insignia, Astra J, Zafira and Corsa owners, has improved. It looks as if it’s stronger, and although too early to tell, here’s hoping this is a better key.

Vauxhall Astra K

Changing the key battery on the Vauxhall Astra K is very simple, you’ll just need a screwdriver and a good high quality replacement battery. Don’t go cheap, because cheap key batteries are the biggest cause of problems we see.

At the end of the post is a YouTube video if you’d prefer to watch, instead of read.

How to change an Vauxhall Astra K key battery transcript.

So, this is a key from a Vauxhall Astra K. It has a blade that flicks out and it’s got two buttons. Today we’re going to show you how to change the key battery.

Now it’s pretty easy to change this key battery, firstly, turn the key over so you can’t see the buttons. You’ll see that there’s a little slot that takes a screwdriver.

Place it in carefully and then rest the screwdriver on the silver key loop.

Then you need to lever the plastic cover away from the rest of the key. It will feel very tight if it hasn’t been opened before. So lever it up, making sure not to slip with the screwdriver.Then there will be a gap that opens around the key.

Pull it apart and here’s your key battery.

This is pretty well made, to be fair. These are new rivets,as we are pointing to with the screwdriver and  they’ve seemed to have gone over to making a better key. So we’ll see how that goes.

It’s CR2032. So just pop a screwdriver down the side there and it’s quite tight, but here you go. That’s the battery out. So your new key battery just slides in and then the cover, just clicks back on. It’s a pretty firm click. Just makes sure the blade flicks out and that’s it! So, with a two button Astra K key you are good to go.

 

Volvo smart key – HOW TO Change Battery

Volvo smart keys let you leave your key in a pocket or handbag.  Starting the engine is by pressing a button, just like the Ford version. We’re not a big fan of keyless systems, simply because they’re easier for car thieves to hack into and then steal your car. But if you have one, then don’t worry, we’ve not heard of a Volvo with a Volvo smart key car getting stolen in this way. Please let us know if you’ve heard of this please in the comments below.

So let’s get the Volvo Smart key battery changed.  There’s also a video at the end of this article to help you.

Volvo Smart Key Video Transcript

Today, we have a Volvo key. It’s a smart key. It’s got five buttons and we’re going to change the key battery. The first thing you need to do is take this blade out.

You just do that by moving the silver button and sliding it to release the blade. Put the blade out of the way. So let’s see where the battery compartment is. The battery cover is a line that runs around the key and you have to remove it to get to the battery.

So you need to slide the key release button out of the way, like you did before.  Insert a small screw driver, near to where you took the blade out and lever the cover off gently.

 

You can see that it’s just starting to open. Okay. So that’s all opened here and then you just need to gently give it a pull and then the key comes in two.

They key battery is a 2430. That’s a different one to normal Volvo keys.

So I’ve got a new battery and now we’re just going to pop it all back together. It just clips back together fine. Nice and simple. It doesn’t normally need recoding afterwards which is good news. Then slide key blade back in and we’ve got a five-button Volvo key that’s good to go.

Here’s the Volvo smart key video

Hyundai Santa Fe Keyless Battery Change HOW TO

Smart keys are everywhere, and it’s really important to have a good quality key battery in the car key. This is because if the car doesn’t detect the key battery, the car will not start. This is such a stupid idea, because one day, the key battery is going to go flat. However, it’s what we’re stuck with, so here’s our guide to changing the key battery on a Hyundai Santa Fe Keyless Car.

As usual, we’ve broken it down into easy stes and there is a YouTube video at the end to help if needed.

Step 1 HOW TO Change Key Battery on Hyundai Santa Fe Keyless Car Remote

So this week, we’ve got a 2015 Santa Fe key. It’s a proximity key with three buttons, and we’re going to show you how to change the key battery. The first thing is, you need to press the little silver button, that let’s you take the emergency key blade out. Put that to one side. So the way that the key opens, is that there is a line all the way around the key. It splits in two halves.

Hyundai Santa Fe Keyless

So the top part comes away from the bottom half. So you need a screwdriver to separate the two halves.

Step 2 HOW TO Change Key Battery on Hyundai Santa Fe Keyless Car Remote

Now, you can see someone before has had a small screwdriver in there, and it damages the groove. It moves around too much in the slot and chews it up. So, I would say, get a nice big screwdriver, one that fills up that gap.

Hyundai Santa Fe Keyless

Put it into the gap, and just give it a twist.

Hyundai Santa Fe Keyless

You’ll hear a ‘crack’, and that is the key opening up. Then, what you need to do, is just gently put a small screwdriver where you see an opening and give it a gentle twist. That just helps the key open. And there you go.

So that’s the key open. Now, just a little warning on this here.

Hyundai Santa Fe Keyless

These are the really delicate components. So if you’re rough with the screwdriver, when you open it, and you damage these components, the car won’t start. So, it’s really important, so as you open it, just to go careful.

Step 3 HOW TO Change Key Battery on Hyundai Santa Fe Keyless Car Remote

So, we’ve got the key apart, and the battery is a CR2032. So, we’re going change that. Okay. So there’s a plus sign there, and you’ve got the writing, and the plus sign there. So just turn it over, so that you can’t see the writing. So, we’re going put the key back together. And, when you do that, it’s a bit of a snap. It’s quite tight, so you think you’re doing something wrong, but you’re not. And, the last thing, is just to put the blade away. And then, so with a three button Santa Fe key, you’re good to go.

Interested in Keyless car key  problems?  More about Keyless Car Keys

 

Vauxhall Corsa E 2015 onwards Car Key Problems Prices

Vauxhall Corsa E 2015 onwards Car Key Problems and Prices

The new Vauxhall Corsa E, is the latest version of the very popular small car. It’s the latest in the Vauxhall range to adopt the truly terrible flip key (that falls apart), and causing problems for Vauxhall owners. We all just want two things ,a key that works, and a key that is tough and long lasting. However, the key they’ve chosen for the Vauxhall range, including the Vauxhall Corsa E, is badly designed and produced, in our opinion.  So  our car key review explains why it falls short.

Vauxhall Corsa E

 

 Background

The key they chose for this new model of Corsa is ten years old. It really should have evolved into a hard wearing, well built flip key. However, through either laziness, or budgets, they have kept supplying this second rate key. It’s based on the older Astra H and Zafira models, but it’s much worse and is more prone to breaking. As a result, owners are left stranded because the key flip breaks, and the blade drops out, and gets lost. Another problem is with the buttons wearing through, becoming unusable. Lastly, the chip just stops generating a transonder signal, meaning the car won’t start. Read more about the problems by clicking here.

Vauxhall Corsa E Spare Keys

Fortunately, Vauxhall Corsa E keys should be fairly cheap, depending on where you buy them. From the dealer, expect to pay £185. Alongside this, you may need to pay for the code that allows the key to be cut and coded,which is an extra £30. However, from an Auto Locksmith, they should cost around £135-£155. This is average for modern car keys and so is awarded three stars.

Changing the key battery, need help?

 

We’ve not seen a broken Corsa E key yet, bearing in mind they’re still only two years old. However, we’ve seen many broken Mokka, Insignia, Astra and Zafira keys that are only two or three  years old. Therefore, we expect it won’t be long. This is a frustrating problem for so many Vauxhall car key owners. They should be lasting longer than just a few years.

Vauxhall Corsa E

In our opinion, even a new key feels below standard, the design feels flawed, and yet unchanged in ten years. Therefore they score just one star.

Firstly look in your book pack. If your car is newish, it really should have the codes inside and we’ve shown these below. However, half of all cars go to lease from new and often the book pack goes missing. More frustrating is when the code card is removed and kept ‘safe’, never to be seen again. So if codes are needed to cut and programme the key, there are hoops to jump through to get them from the dealer. This is the same throughout all the Vauxhall range.

Vauxhall Corsa E Security Car Pass information

Vauxhall Mokka

Vauxhall Mokka

To get the codes from the dealer, you’ll need the V5 (logbook), driving licence and a utility bill. All three documents must have the same name and address. On top of this, the codes need to be paid for in advance, at around £30, and you’ll normally be waiting 24 hours. Before you let that sinking feeling put you off getting a spare, any decent Auto Locksmith won’t need these codes for just a spare key, making the job much quicker and cheaper. So think about this when choosing who you buy your car key from.

If the codes are available, then this is a nice easy job. In fact, any decent Auto Locksmith should keep these in stock, simply because they break so often! If you’re waiting for more than a day for a spare key, then that’s a day too long.  However, if there are no codes, and the Auto Locksmith you choose has limited experience, or you choose the dealer, then they’ll need to wait for the codes and a key to be ordered in. In this case, you may be waiting a couple of days overall. Therefore, we give it three stars.

Vauxhall Corsa E Lost Keys

 

A good Auto Locksmith should be able to make keys for a car, without any codes. The Vauxhall Mokka uses the standard Vauxhall type of Lock, on the market for ten years now. If an Auto Locksmith needs codes, then he or she hasn’t been about in the game too long. Saying that, it doesn’t mean it’s easy, but it’s like any job. If you do it enough, it looks easy. So If you have the codes, great. However, when Vauxhall tell you it can’t be done without the codes, have a ring around to find a local car key expert.

 

There are two problems to overcome when dealing with the problem of Vauxhall Corsa E lost keys. As we’ve already explained, firstly, the door locks can be difficult to pick and decode.  This means it could be tricky for an Auto Locksmith to make a key that turns the locks, unless the codes are available. Likewise, the dealers simply cannot order a key without the codes. However, if you ask the question before you ask for a call-out then, you’ll find a company that can help.

Next, you need the security code to programme the key. Again, there is specialist equipment that will extract the code from the car memory, however it’s expensive. Therefore, you need to ask the question before choosing who helps you with Vauxhall Corsa E lost keys. If you choose correctly, replacing lost keys is tricky, but achievable, without codes. The dealer will not be able to programme a new key without this security code.

Therefore, we give the new Corsa three stars, simply because there are several obstacles that stand in your way of replacing your car keys when all are lost.

Vauxhall Corsa E Bad News

Good for us, but terrible for you, the owner. If you’re looking to buy a new Corsa, or have already have one, just allow some money in the budget for new keys, or key repairs. The good news is, these keys can be repaired easily, and this will extend the life of the key by a few years.

If you already have a Vauxhall Corsa E, keep an eye out for small cracks in the hinge, where the key is attached with a small roll-pin. If you see these small cracks appearing, the blade is ready to fall out and get lost, so you should look to get it fixed, before it becomes a drama.

Looking for a free key repair? Click here to find out more

Read about the problems Insignia and Astra owners are having in this Vauxhall owners forum.

 

 

 

 

 

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Car Keys Price and Problems

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Car Key Price and Problems

Trying to find out about Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 car keys? Here’s our factfile, covering price, problems, speed of replacement and how difficult it is, when you lose your car keys and need a new set.

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Basic Information

The Vauxhall Zafira B uses two types of key, both have buttons. In fact, if you have a key without buttons, you’ll struggle to lock and unlock the car with the key. This is simply because Vauxhall did a cheap job and didn’t put the extra parts in the drivers door that allows central locking. By scrimping when it was built, it means you always need a button key. If you do  have a key without buttons, it’s probably a cloned key, and these are troublesome, but that’s another blog post altogether. Back to the keys with buttons.

The first remote key has a blade that folds, and is the most common. The other type has a blade that stays out.

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014

Vauxhall Flip Key

These keys can be a problem. Unlike the earlier Zafira A, which used a small solid bullet-proof transponder, this newer model of Zafira uses a transponder chip built into an integrated circuit. This means that if the circuit board gets damaged by getting dropped etc, the car won’t start. When the key plays up, the car won’t crank, and the small key light flashes. This also happens when an unprogrammed key is put into the ignition.

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014

Zafira Key Light

When the keys behave ok, they’re fine, but when they start to play up, it’s not long until they leave you stranded. Check out our video below that explains how to spot a dodgy key.

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Car Keys Factfile Scores

Spare Keys

 

Most Vauxhall Car keys are reasonably priced and the Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 is fairly cheap in our opinion. Dealer keys are readily available and they’re easy to programme as long as codes are available. Expect to pay around £130 for the remote key, cut and coded from an independant. The last time we checked prices, the dealers were charging around £200 for the whole job.

 

These keys have two problems. Firstly the flip out blade becomes loose and wobbly. It also stops flicking out like it should. As we’ve said, the second problem is more serious. If the key is dropped or gets wet, the circuit board inside gets damaged. When this happens, the car won’t start. We’ve found the keys last between five and six years, which earns three stars.

 

For just spare keys, the Vauxhall Zafira of this year range is a dream. Nearly all of the varients will allow a good Auto Locksmith, with good equipment, to retrieve the codes from the car memory. This means you shouldn’t need to order codes from the dealer. However, if codes are needed to cut and programme the key, there are a few hoops to jump through. This is the same throughout the whole Vauxhall range.

Two types of Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Car Pass

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014

Vauxhall Car Pass Style 1

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014

Vauxhall Car Pass Style 2

In order to get the codes from the dealer, you’ll need to present the V5 ( logbook), driving licence and a utility bill. Make sure that all three documents have the same name and address. The codes will need to be paid for in advance, at around £30, and you’ll normally be waiting 24 hours. Remember that a good Auto Locksmith will not need these codes, making the job much quicker.

Speed

 

Any decent Auto Locksmith or key cutting shop should keep these in stock. Therefore, for a spare key, you should be able to get a spare key very quickly. If the codes are available, or the then it’s a nice easy job. However, if you choose the dealer and there are no codes, then they’ll need to wait for the codes. You may be waiting a 3-4  days we expect.

Lost Keys

 

The good news is that, unlike some manufaturers, such as Ford, it is possible to get the codes when all the keys are lost. Unfortunately, as we outlined above, you do have to jump through a few hoops and this can slow things down, which it why they score three stars.

There are two problems to overcome when dealing with the problem of Vauxhall Zafira lost keys. Firstly, the door locks can be difficult to pick and decode, according to experience of the locksmith you choose. They get slack and have alot of movement in them. This means it may be difficult for an Auto Locksmith to make a key, unless you have the codes. Likewise, the dealers cannot order a key without the codes. Ask the question, before you ask for a call-out and find a decent company that can make the key without codes.

Next, you need the security code to programme the key. Again, specialist equipment will extract the code from the car memory, however, the equipment is expensive. Therefore, ask the question before choosing who helps you with lost keys. If you choose correctly, replacing lost keys is tricky, but achievable, without codes. The dealer will not be able to programme a new key without this security code.

Therefore, we give the Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 three stars, simply because there are several obstacles that stand in your way of replacing your car keys when all are lost.

Click here to Find out here how the Vauxhall Zafira keys compare to other car keys we’ve reviewed

Watch Out For

If you have a Vauxhall Zafira, and sometimes the car won’t crank, it may be the start of the key playing up. This problem will start off with it happening just occasionally, and then worse, week by week. It’ll be much cheaper to get the key sorted out while the car still starts, instead of paying someone to come out, or pay for a breakdown lorry.

The good news is these keys car be repaired easily and cheaply. Your local Auto Locksmith should be able to do this for you.

See what Auto Express Magazine think about the Astra and Zafira reliability

This video shows the symptoms of a faulty key.

 

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Key Battery change

Here’s a video to show you how to change a Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 key battery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Ford Custom Review – Same Crap Door Lock

Warning -This is a rant about the New Ford Custom.

If you’re thinking about a New Ford Custom, you’ll want to check out all the improvements they’ve made. It was always a great looking van, and we expected the second version to sort out the teething problem. Now, we talk to the Ford Custom owners every day. The one thing that lets the old Custom down is the driver’s door lock, it may as well be made of chocolate and has been the cause of so many van break-ins. It seems every owner we talk to has either been broken into or knows someone that has. The release of the New Ford Custom was a great chance to finally put this problem to bed.

If you’re in any doubt to the extent of this problem, just visit Twitter @vansattack, or search Facebook for ‘Band of Builders’. You’ll not have the time to read every tweet and post, but you’ll understand how angry owners are, and how important it was for the Ford design team to make a bold statement. As Auto Locksmiths, we expected announcements such as-

‘New Ford Custom unbreakable door lock’ or ‘The most secure van for Britain’s workers’. Maybe even, ‘Trust the New Ford Custom to keep your tools safe’

New Ford Custom Replacement door lock announcement

What announcement? Nothing.  So, we checked out the website to study the new features. There are too many to list, the highlights being ‘Intelligent Speed Assist’, Adaptive Cruise control and ‘Cross Traffic alert’. Check out the link https://www.ford.co.uk/vans-and-pickups/new-transit-custom/features

No mention of an upgraded locks. So, we dug into the website looking for the security upgrades. Still no mention of the upgraded driver’s door lock, which to us is important. It’s also the first thing owners mention, when we speak to them. The Ford website security page has information on ‘ Trailer Sway Control’, ‘Anti-roll’ features, and even new features to protect pedestrians! However, unfortunately, the security page has no mention of van security. Check the page out for yourselves. https://www.ford.co.uk/vans-and-pickups/new-transit-custom/features/safety-security

New Ford Custom – Same old door lock

This can’t be right. So, we did what any conscientious Auto Locksmith would do and found a brand-new Ford Custom, sat in the forecourt of our local Ford dealer. We noted down the reg and asked about the part number for the door lock. Was it the name part number as the old version? No!

Great news everyone, they’ve changed the part number of the replacement door lock that you’ll need over the coming months, (after tool thieves screwdriver your door lock). So, with high hopes, we called the parts team and had them send us the new and improved, ultra-strong, ultra-secure New Ford Custom driver’s door lock.

It’s bad news I’m afraid.

New Ford Custom

The part number is new, the door lock is exactly the same. Unbelieveable.

New Ford Custom

It’s bad news I’m afraid.

It’s the same, cheap, aluminium monkey metal that they’ve been using for the last five years. On top of this, they’ve kept the design flaw of a two-part lock. The body of the lock is joined to the back of the lock with? A plastic clip. Now my first ever job on leaving school was a machine shop apprentice. I made things from metal during my four long years. I learnt what was good quality and what was poor. The New Ford Custom door lock should never have left the drawing board five years ago, let alone in 2018. The fact they’re still using this lock is criminal.

New Ford Custom High Security door lock.

Laziness or incompetence?

For the last three years, several companies have produced high quality replacement door locks, designed to solve the Ford, door lock problem. They have produced a strong, smart, and dependable door lock, engineered in one piece from high quality steel. This makes the standard Aluminium two-part door lock look pathetic. Compare the two and the differences are clear.

The replacement lock is beautifully made when compared to the shoddy standard door lock. A strengthening security bar, shown clearly in the photo sits at right angles to the lock body. This prevents the lock from being forcibly twisted. This is a stark contrast to the tiny Aluminium button that barely protrudes from the side of the standard New Ford Custom door lock and easily breaks when forced.

As well as this, the replacement one-piece design, made by Locks4Vans, prevents the tail of the lock from being broken off. This has been the cause of so many thousands of vans getting broken into all over the UK. Shown below is an example of a lock that’s been forced, and the tail can be seen detached from the lock body. This is simply because, only a single plastic clip holds both art of the lock together.

Just Copy what works

The most unbelievable thing about this whole story is that the design team at Ford didn’t even need to do any real work. Locks4Vans, the company who made the aftermarket replacement door lock, had already done the hard work. All you had to do was to put your lock cylinder into a high security Lock of your own manufacture. However, no-one bothered.

A bold message to tool thieves

Ford had the chance to make a bold statement to tool thieves. By taking the effort to redesign the door lock it would show everyone

‘Sorry. We messed up. But we’ve listened, and we’ve done it better. Look, we’ve taken the time, invested the money to provide the best possible high security door lock we can.

Instead, the drug fuelled thieves will be rubbing their hands as they still attack the New Ford Custom door lock, just as before. Like trained dogs that drool at the sound of the food bell, tool thieves will twist the door locks expecting power tool treats. A Stainless-steel security door lock would cost peanuts, when compared to the overall cost of the van.

What are the contents of your van worth to Ford?

Think about this. The replacement door lock from Ford costs around £40, to us. This means Ford are likely to be paying little more than £15 to their supplier. That means that your van contents, your security, your livelihood, is worth little more than £15 as far as the Ford Motor Company is concerned. Think about that.

Next week I’ll be discussing the new Ford software security update that is supposed to stop tool theft. Well done, good try.

So, my rant is over. I’m hoping that someone, somewhere at the Ford motor company will read this and think about it. Then maybe security will improve, hopefully a recall will be announced following some emergency engineering.

Maybe, one of the leaders will give the security that thousands of UK workers deserve but are currently denied. It’s about effort and attention and doing a decent job.

Come on, we know you can do it.

(this also alies to the New Transit check out the link.

 

Vauxhall Zafira 2005-2014 Broken Car Key Problems

Vauxhall Zafira 2005-2014 Broken Car Key Problems

The Vauxhall Zafira 2005-2014 has been a real success (apart from catching fire). However, broken car key problems are leaving owners stranded, simply because of the key design. Wobbly blades that no longer spring, cases that split open and chips that fail to give out a signal are standard for these cars, once the keys get older.

Vauxhall Zafira 2005-2014

There are two types of key available for these cars. One has a blade that flicks out and is the most common we see, the other type has a blade that says out all the time. We find that the flick out key is more popular, despite the two common problems.

Vauxhall Zafira 2005-2014 Problem 1

First of all, the blades get very ‘wobbly’ due to the hinge mechanism and therefore as the case becomes loose, the case splits open and the blade falls out.

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Vauxhall Zafira 2005-2014 Problem 2

The design of the key electronics have changed from the earlier model Zafira. There is no longer a standard, carbon encased, bullet roof chip.

Vauxhall Zafire 2005-2014

This design of the electronics we call a ‘virtual chip’. This means that instead of having a single chip you can see (as above) , the components on the electronic circuit board all work together to create a chip signal. They don’t need a battery in the key to do this, the power comes from the car when the ignition is switched on.

Unfortunately, this means the components that make up the chip signal can get damaged and go faulty. If this happens, the car will not start. When the key stops giving a chip signal, the car won’t crank, let alone start. If this happens it will show a symbol of a padlock on the dashboard or a flashing engine light. Don’t confuse the chip signal with the one to lock and unlock the doors, they are a different signal and have a totally different function. In fact, its common for the lock and uinlock still to work, but the car will not crank. We made this video to help you diagnose whether you have a faulty chip.

 

The Solution to Vauxhall Zafira 2005-2014 Car key problems

Problem 1 – Wobbly Blade

This can be sorted out easily by fitting the electronics into a new case. We made this video to help you.

 

Problem 2 – Chip not detected by the car.

This problem is caused by the key circuit board being damaged, and requires a brand new key. All good Auto Locksmiths can do this, but some will need the security code. Here at the Car Key Man, we can do the whole job without the code and will also give you the code free of charge if you don’t have it. We’d expect any decent Auto Locksmith to do the same, so ask for the code when you are looking for a quote.

You may also find help at the Vauxhall Owners club below

http://www.vauxhallownersclub.com/

If you have any questions, just call us or pop into see us. If you’re not local, look up your local Car Key Man Auto Locksmith who will always be pleased to help.

Read our review of Zafira B car keys, covering price, problems and speed of replacement. Click Here

 

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Car Keys Price and Problems

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Car Key Price and Problems

Trying to find out about Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 car keys? Here’s our factfile, covering price, problems, speed of replacement and how difficult it is, when you lose your car keys and need a new set.

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Basic Information

The Vauxhall Zafira B uses two types of key, both have buttons. In fact, if you have a key without buttons, you’ll struggle to lock and unlock the car with the key. This is simply because Vauxhall did a cheap job and didn’t put the extra parts in the drivers door that allows central locking. By scrimping when it was built, it means you always need a button key. If you do  have a key without buttons, it’s probably a cloned key, and these are troublesome, but that’s another blog post altogether. Back to the keys with buttons.

The first remote key has a blade that folds, and is the most common. The other type has a blade that stays out.

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014

Vauxhall Flip Key

These keys can be a problem. Unlike the earlier Zafira A, which used a small solid bullet-proof transponder, this newer model of Zafira uses a transponder chip built into an integrated circuit. This means that if the circuit board gets damaged by getting dropped etc, the car won’t start. When the key plays up, the car won’t crank, and the small key light flashes. This also happens when an unprogrammed key is put into the ignition.

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014

Zafira Key Light

When the keys behave ok, they’re fine, but when they start to play up, it’s not long until they leave you stranded. Check out our video below that explains how to spot a dodgy key.

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Car Keys Factfile Scores

Spare Keys

 

Most Vauxhall Car keys are reasonably priced and the Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 is fairly cheap in our opinion. Dealer keys are readily available and they’re easy to programme as long as codes are available. Expect to pay around £130 for the remote key, cut and coded from an independant. The last time we checked prices, the dealers were charging around £200 for the whole job.

 

These keys have two problems. Firstly the flip out blade becomes loose and wobbly. It also stops flicking out like it should. As we’ve said, the second problem is more serious. If the key is dropped or gets wet, the circuit board inside gets damaged. When this happens, the car won’t start. We’ve found the keys last between five and six years, which earns three stars.

 

For just spare keys, the Vauxhall Zafira of this year range is a dream. Nearly all of the varients will allow a good Auto Locksmith, with good equipment, to retrieve the codes from the car memory. This means you shouldn’t need to order codes from the dealer. However, if codes are needed to cut and programme the key, there are a few hoops to jump through. This is the same throughout the whole Vauxhall range.

Two types of Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Car Pass

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014

Vauxhall Car Pass Style 1

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014

Vauxhall Car Pass Style 2

In order to get the codes from the dealer, you’ll need to present the V5 ( logbook), driving licence and a utility bill. Make sure that all three documents have the same name and address. The codes will need to be paid for in advance, at around £30, and you’ll normally be waiting 24 hours. Remember that a good Auto Locksmith will not need these codes, making the job much quicker.

Speed

 

Any decent Auto Locksmith or key cutting shop should keep these in stock. Therefore, for a spare key, you should be able to get a spare key very quickly. If the codes are available, or the then it’s a nice easy job. However, if you choose the dealer and there are no codes, then they’ll need to wait for the codes. You may be waiting a 3-4  days we expect.

Lost Keys

 

The good news is that, unlike some manufaturers, such as Ford, it is possible to get the codes when all the keys are lost. Unfortunately, as we outlined above, you do have to jump through a few hoops and this can slow things down, which it why they score three stars.

There are two problems to overcome when dealing with the problem of Vauxhall Zafira lost keys. Firstly, the door locks can be difficult to pick and decode, according to experience of the locksmith you choose. They get slack and have alot of movement in them. This means it may be difficult for an Auto Locksmith to make a key, unless you have the codes. Likewise, the dealers cannot order a key without the codes. Ask the question, before you ask for a call-out and find a decent company that can make the key without codes.

Next, you need the security code to programme the key. Again, specialist equipment will extract the code from the car memory, however, the equipment is expensive. Therefore, ask the question before choosing who helps you with lost keys. If you choose correctly, replacing lost keys is tricky, but achievable, without codes. The dealer will not be able to programme a new key without this security code.

Therefore, we give the Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 three stars, simply because there are several obstacles that stand in your way of replacing your car keys when all are lost.

Click here to Find out here how the Vauxhall Zafira keys compare to other car keys we’ve reviewed

Watch Out For

If you have a Vauxhall Zafira, and sometimes the car won’t crank, it may be the start of the key playing up. This problem will start off with it happening just occasionally, and then worse, week by week. It’ll be much cheaper to get the key sorted out while the car still starts, instead of paying someone to come out, or pay for a breakdown lorry.

The good news is these keys car be repaired easily and cheaply. Your local Auto Locksmith should be able to do this for you.

See what Auto Express Magazine think about the Astra and Zafira reliability

This video shows the symptoms of a faulty key.

 

Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 Key Battery change

Here’s a video to show you how to change a Vauxhall Zafira B 2005-2014 key battery