Worn Car Key won’t turn lock

If your car key won’t turn in the lock, this is for you.

We see this every week. Customers stranded because although they can get into the car, the key is rock solid in the ignition.  Whatever you do, your car key won’t turn.

To be honest, there’s normally a bit a of a warning it’s going to happen.

Most of us have a special magic trick so the lock turns. Either you pull it out a little bit before turning the key, or we give it a ‘jiggle’ up and down in the lock to make it turn.

This is common, we all do it. My house front door key was like it for months and I should know better, being a Locksmith!

The problem with using the car like this is eventually, we don’t get away with it anymore.

As it gets more worn, one day you’ll eventually be sat it in your car, trying to get somewhere important, and your car key won’t turn, ever again! Or maybe you’relocked out, trying to get into the car.

So, what can be done about it?

My car key won’t turn – Reason 1

Sometimes it’s the lock.

There are a few makes of car and van, where the lock fails suddenly because something breaks inside. We see this on the French models Peugeot, Citroen and Renault. The lock can be working fine one minute, and rock solid the next.

However, this is the exception rather than the rule.

My car key won’t turn – Reason 2

The main reason for lock problems is gradual wear over time.

With the Renault style locks, this can be because the key shape is badly designed. Click here to read about how Renault keys damage locks.

With most keys, gradual wear can be difficult to spot, unless you have a fresh new key to compare it to

car key won't turn

As you can see with this Ford fiesta key, the profile is very worn, instead of having a crisp edge. This worn edge no longer moves the levers into the correct position and the lock gets sticky.

Ford Lock barrel

Can you see how the levers are pulled in tight when it works correctly?

However, when the key is worn, the levers poke out and stop the lock turning smoothly.

Worn Ford Lock

It’s no wonder this Ford lock above had trouble turning , the levers poke out a lot!

What can you do when your worn car key won’t turn?

The good news is most car keys are made up of two parts, the key and the key blade.

car key won't turn

The key blade can be removed, re-cut and refitted without having to buy a complete key. This will save you a fortune when your worn key won’t turn.

How do I get a new car key blade?

Ok, so this is important.

There are two ways to replace the blade when your car key won’t turn.

1. Copy the Old Blade

Some key cutting shops can only copy keys. This is done by cutting the new key by tracing the old blade.

The problem with method is that it’s a bit old fashioned. Although the blade is freshly cut, it has the shape of a worn key. It may be slightly better in the lock, but there’s a better way to get a new key blade.

2.  Cut the blade to key number

Every car key has a ‘key number’, or it can be known as a ‘key code’.

Key Number

This number is a code that tells us, or the dealer ,what shape your wiggly line is on the key. Key numbers are really important and if you have yours, you’re halfway to getting a new key if they ever get lost. Click here to find out more about key numbers.

When we cut a blade to key number, the computer-controlled machine produce a brand new key, so there’s no wear on the blade at all. When your car key won’t turn, this will often get the lock moving again.

What to do when my car key won’t turn

Find a good Auto Locksmith and ask them to look at the key. It may be you just need a new blade so that your lock works normally again. Otherwise you’ll be paying out big money, for a new lock and key.

What NOT to do..

  • Drill the lock out
  • Hit it with a hammer to make it turn
  • Force it with a screw driver
  • Try and ‘hotwire’ the car

Any of these will just make everything more expensive.

Unsure how to find an Auto Locksmith? Click Here to find out

We hope this helps!



Fix Broken Hyundai Key Loose Blade

At the last count, 400,000 had watched our YouTube video on ‘how to fix a broken Hyundai Key’. It’s our most watched video so this shows around the world there’s a problem. So here are step-by-step instructions on how you can fix your own broken Hyundai key.

The problem is a hole.

Broken Hyundai Key


The key blade holder has a hole, where the locking pin slides in and out.

This design has been used  since the mid 90’s without any problem. However the latest batch of car keys are just not strong enough. Poor design means there’s not enough metal around the pin hole. After a while, the hole cracks, opening up and letting the pin fall away.

This is when the key blade wobbles, the key blade holder cracks and you’re left with a broken Hyundai key.

The good news is they can be fixed!

Four Stages in fixing Broken Hyundai key

There are four stages when fixing your key.

  • Getting the new blade ready to turn the locks
  • Opening the old key case up
  • Removing the transponder chip and electronics
  • Rebuilding the new case

Before you start to open the old case, you want to get the new case ready. This means you need to sort the new Key Blade out.

Stage 1 – Getting a blade to turn the locks

We believe that you always need to think ‘what if?’

So, if you only have one broken Hyundai key, you’re working with the only programmed  key you have. This is why you need to get the blade turning in the locks, before you start breaking open your old key.

However, if you have two keys, happy days. You have the luxury of a back-up which is great, so you can fix the key in whatever order you like!

So let’s look at getting the blade sorted on your broken Hyundai key.

Option 1

Get the new key blade cut. This is the simplest option. It will save you messing around swapping the blade.

This is what we do, because we have the key machine already. A good Auto Locksmith or key-cutting shop should charge about £10 to cut the key blade. However, you may find that other shops won’t cut it because they haven’t sold it to you.

Option 2

Is to swap the key blade over from your broken Hyundai key into the new key.

There are a couple of things to take notice of.

Removing the pin and uncut blade from the new key


Before you start taking the new blade out of the blade holder.

Broken Hyundai key

You may need to modify the old key blade to fit onto the new blade holder. This is usual, and is because the factory that make the new blade and case have it slightly differently to the original broken Hyundai key blade.

First things First – Broken Hyundai Key

If you’re going to swap the blades, this is what you need to do.

Open the new repair case and remove the blade and blade holder.

Next you need to remove the pin that holds the blade. Sometimes it will only come out one way.


Choose a work surface that can get marked or damaged. When you knock the pin through, it will need to come out the other side and will mark the work surface. So, don’t choose the best kitchen side, or dining room table! Find somewhere, uncluttered and can get marked when working on your broken Hyundai key.

Broken Hyundai Key

You also need some room for the pin to pop out on the other side. When you knock it through it can feel very tight but it will come out.  Also, keep an eye on where the pin goes, don’t lose it!

Once the pin is out of the new blade holder, then you need to remove the original blade from your broken Hyundai key.

Fitting the old original blade into the new case

It may need some modification.

Sometimes the tang is slightly oversized, so you’ll need a small needle file to dress it off. Try it first, it shouldn’t need a lot. Once you have the old blade sliding in and out of the new holder, then have a look at the hole and slot.

Do the holes line up?

Broken Hyundai Key

If they don’t, then you’ll need to enlarge the slot in the blade so that the pin can be put into the key.

It may need widening out as shown.

Broken Hyundai Key

Here is a guide to show you how much the slot needs to be opened

Broken Hyundai Key

Just take it easy until you can see daylight and have room to replace the pin, don’t make it too wide, otherwise the pin will not stay in!

Getting the pin back in!

This can really test your patience. It does us up here in Lincoln if we ever need to swap the blade.

The problem you have is that somehow you need to hold the pin upright and knock it back into the blade holder. We’ve tried all sorts of ways and now use two methods.

Method 1

Blu tack is useful. To keep the pin upright, put a blob of Blu tack around the hole and stand the pin upright. This means that you don’t have to try and hold the pin.

Or, you can find some very thin pliers or tweezers and hold it upright while you knock the pin back in.

Method 2

The Blu tack still comes in handy, but this time, instead of knocking the pin in with a small hammer, you can squeeze it into the hole using pliers.

It’s fiddly either way.

This is why we recommend getting the new blade cut when sorting out your broken Hyundai key. However, if you don’t have that option, then this is the next best method.

Once you have the old blade in the new blade holder, well done!

You need to make sure it’s held firm and then you can move onto stage two.

Stage 2 – Opening the broken Hyundai key case up

These old cases are usually lightly glued shut. We’ve found the best way of opening them is to use a pair of circlip pliers.

These work opposite to a normal pair of pliers

When you squeeze the handles of the pliers, the jaws open instead of shut, and they put pressure on the case. They’re perfect to open up old keys and we use them every day in our Auto Locksmith business.

Place the jaws in the hole near the flip blade.

Broken Hyundai Key

Broken Hyundai Key

When you open it, the spring, blade and button may shoot off somewhere, but don’t worry, this is normal. Other ways to open your broken Hyundai key up is with side cutters, or a hacksaw.

Just take it slowly and be very careful not to damage the electronics inside, this includes the transponder chip.


Stage 3 – Removing the transponder chip and electronics from broken Hyundai key

Once the key is apart, you need to look out for two important things.

Broken Hyundai Key


1   The green circuit board. This is obvious, and just needs gently taking out and putting to one side. Don’t put it into the new case yet.

2   The transponder chip. This is not so obvious. It can also be a bit tricky to get out.

It is hidden underneath a black or white cover as shown below.

Broken Hyundai Key

The chip looks like this.

**** VERY IMPORTANT take care. If you damage this chip, the car will not start. ****

It’s brittle and you need to be careful when removing it. Sometimes it just falls out of the key, like on our video. However, a lot of the time it’s glued in, and needs carefully removing.

We’ve found the best way is to gently heat the plastic around it and we use a soldering iron for that.

Broken Hyundai Key

However, if you don’t have one, you can just cut away at the plastic with side cutters, or a hacksaw

You just need to be careful and not force it out, or saw into it! Don’t heat it up in an oven or microwave, otherwise you’ll see fireworks! And the key chip will stop working.

In summary, just take your time. It takes a while to carefully get it out, and it’s important you don’t rush.

Stage 4 Rebuilding the new case

This can feel tricky at first, simply because you haven’t done it before. However, don’t worry, you can do it!

Glue the chip into the new case so it doesn’t move about, or use some Blu tack

Broken Hyundai Key

Broken Hyundai Key

Place the chip into the new case

Broken Hyundai Key

Place the circuit board into the new case

Now the fiddly bit in for you Broken Hyundai Key

Fit the metal button into the blade holder ( it will only go one way) until it drops through to the other side as shown. Then fit the spring

Broken Hyundai Key

The next bit can be fun! You have to place the spring end, over the plastic spigot and then wind the spring around twice anti-clockwise. If it all falls apart, don’t worry, this is common! Just start again

Broken Hyundai Key

After two winds, then hold the blade in place

Broken Hyundai Key

Place the cover over the metal button and snap the case shut

Then it should stay together, so you can test the flip works.

Replace the battery

Broken Hyundai Key

Lastly, when you are happy, screw the case shut

Here’s the video


You should have a fully working key now! Just test and make sure it works.

Volvo XE90 Key Price Seriously Expensive Car keys

Hello Again and welcome back to our blog. This week we’re looking at the Volvo XE90 Key

We’ve spent alot of time over the last few months talking about technical matters, key repairs and programming. However, this looks at the escalating cost of Keyless car Keys, and the Volvo XE90 key got our attention.

Our customer, called us because after just three years, his key had stopped working.
The buttons had been intermittent for a while, but now the car didn’t recognise the key either.

Just a three-year-old key!

When we examined it, we couldn’t find any fault, as if the key had just died.

Volvo XE90 Key Price

Although we don’t programme these, I had a hunch these would be expensive to replace and wasn’t disappointed.
For a spare key, you need the following parts

Volvo XE90 Key Remote

These are a standard price and compare with the new Ford and Peugeot keys

Volvo XE90 Key
At £135 plus VAT, which to me and you are £162, you’ll need a brand new one from Volvo. Don’t waste your money on a used one from the internet, it won’t programme to your car.

What we weren’t expecting was the key extras you need to turn it into a Volvo XE90 Key
Volvo XE90 Key Cover

When you buy the remote, it’s naked. This expensive remote hasn’t even been dressed to look like a real car key.

This is the first outrageous cost you come up against. To make the remote look like a key, you’ll need a pair of covers.

Volvo XE90 Key

These fix over the key, and for the privilege of having the Volvo logo you pay £69 plus VAT, which is £83! For a plastic cover. Unbelievable. and then it gets worse….

Volvo XE90 Key Blade.

Tucked away inside the key is an emergency key blade. This is needed with all keyless cars, in case the car battery goes flat, and you’re locked out.

Volvo XE90 key

This is an expensive piece of metal! At £81 plus VAT, £97 is the real world, I believe it’s the most expensive blade in mainstream car production.

How can the charge nearly £100 for this piece of metal?

But this is what we have with the Volvo XE90 Key blade.

Volvo XE90 Key programming

You think we’re finished, but we’re not. Next there are two charges, one of which is the programming, the other? Who knows.

The first charge is for the software download, which we assume is the car key programming charge. This is cheap compared to Ford. At £35 plus VAT, just £42 this is a bargain.

However, then there’s an additional ‘labour charge’ of £45 plus VAT
Now we’ve been cutting and programming car keys for nearly fifteen years and cannot think what labour is involved. After all, the key has been cut, and the software has been accounted for.

Is it that they are charging £54 labour to drive the car from the Volvo car park into the workshop?

Total price for your Volvo XE90 Key

Remote £162
Key Blade £97
Key Covers £83
Software £42
Labour £54

Total Volvo XE90 Key price is …..£438

If you’ve just bought a new XE90, or XC 90, or are on the lookout for one, make sure you get two keys with the deal.

Take a look at our video which explains it all

While these cars are new, Volvo will get away with it. However, in ten years when the car is only work a few thousand on the forecourt, they will be unaffordable.

The most concerning part is that our customers key failed after such a short time.

This will be something we’re looking out for.

If you are having problems with your Volvo XE90 key, let us know in the comments below.


Help How do I Fix my Broken Astra Key ?

Wondering how to fix your broken Astra key?

There’s good and bad news if you own a Vauxhall Astra J.

broken astra key

The bad news is, they’re the most common key we see that breaks.

The good news is, they’re one of the easiest to fix. Here’s our guide to fix your broken Astra key, saving yourself money.

Broken Astra Key Checklist – What you’ll need

Both parts of the key! If your blade breaks away from the key body, keep it safe. We see lots of people who lose the blade, and that’s bad news.

A Spare Key? We believe that before you try and fix the old key, you should have a standby key to use. The reason is that hen things go wrong with key electronics, you end up stranded.

broken astra key

We have thousands of comments on our key repair YouTube channel, most of which are positive. However, occasionally, someone will complain that the car won’t start after they tried to fix their car key watching our video.

‘Okay great now my car wont start and I ruined my old case too so thank you for your bad advice. Smh people dont risk it’

If you’re not confident, get a spare key before you try and fix your broken Astra key.

Broken Astra Key Video

Here’s the video, if you’d prefer to watch, instead of reading.

What you need to fix your broken Astra key


You need a repair case that you’ll swap the electronics into. We prefer the cases that have a screw that keeps both parts together, instead of glue.



We use them  for hundreds of happy customers in Lincoln and keep getting asked for them on-line. So we’ve added a link to our Amazon store above.

They come with two or three buttons.

Circlip pliers – These are amazing for opening up all broken car keys, and very good when opening your broken Astra key.

When you squeeze the handle, the jaws open and the force will split open the key.


Pin Removal punch

This is a luxury that will make swapping the blade over a bit easier.


If you don’t have a punch, get the key blade cut instead.

The problem is that many key cutting shops won’t do this if they haven’t supplied the key as well.

and lastly…

Pliers to squeeze the pin back into the new key after you swap the battery, or a small hammer to knock it in.


This is really important. You have to remember that you’re doing something you’ve never tried before. Whilst it’s fairly simple to do, you need to put some time aside so that your not in a rush to fix your broken Astra key. It’s a bit fiddly and shouldn’t be rushed.

******** Important ********

Broken Astra Key instructions

broken astra key

Before you break open the key case, you need the new key to turn the locks. Imagine breaking your old key open, only to find out you can’t turn the lock with the new key!

Why do I need to swap the blades over first?

Sometimes, the original Vauxhall blade from your broken Astra key is a slightly different shape and will not fit into the new case.

Or, it may need bit of filing to make it fit.

This happens sometimes. The problem is that the repair case is made in a factory across the other side of the world and it’s been designed to accept in the blade that is already fitted to it.

How to swap the Broken Astra Key blade over.

Using the pin removal tool, find somewhere to rest your old flip arrangement that holds the old key blade. There will be some hammering, so make sure it isn’t your best dining table, or wooden kitchen side! They may get damaged.

Knock out the pin from the new blade, and the pin from the old blade and swap over blades.

Remember, they may need a little filing, but don’t force the old blade into the case. If you do this,  you will break the new case.

Do NOT try and use the old blade and hinge in the new key case. It will not work. They’ve been made differently, as the photo shows, and the key will not flick out like it should.

How to Fix your broken Astra Key. Checklist

1    Clear a space, make some room and make a brew, get a beer or whatever is your fancy. We’d recommend turning the TV off so that you can concentrate.


2    Place your circlip pliers inside the gap in between both halves of the key. Give them a squeeze, the key will ‘crack’and both parts of the broken Astra key will be apart.


3    Pull both parts open enough, so that you can carefully remove the green electronics.

4    Put the electronics from the broken Astra key into the new case.

5    Take the blade and hinge assembly and insert the metal button. It will go it three ways, but only one is correct. When the button drops through and pokes out the other side, then you know it is correct.

6    Pop the spring into the button and then place the other end of the spring over the plastic spigot on the other half of the new case. You then need to wind it around in an anti-clockwise direction.

7    Don’t worry if it takes a few goes to fix your broken Astra key. This is fiddly and we do it all the time and it can still take a few goes. You’ll feel like you need an extra hand, so it may help if you have someone to help you.

8    Once you’ve managed to wind it round, close both halves of the case together.

You’ve almost fixed your broken Astra key!

9    Make sure the blade flips out when you press the silver button. If it doesn’t you need to take it apart again and have another go. It may take a few goes, don’t worry, you can do it!

10    When you get it working, fix both halves together with the screw provided.

11     Pop a new battery in, or use the old one if it is still ok.

12    Replace the battery cover

That’s it! Try it out and check that it works

Well done, you did it.

Any questions? Just comment below and we’ll try and help.









Ford Custom Door Lock is Damaged-What next?

Firstly, if you been broken into and tools stolen, then we’re sorry to hear this. It’s a real problem for any Ford Custom owner at the moment, and tools go missing in seconds. That aside, if you notice your Ford Custom door lock is damaged, you really need to get it sorted out.

Ford Custom Door Lock Damage

Ford Custom door lock

The lock should look like this. The key-way runs vertically.

Ford Custom Door Lock

Whereas in these two photos, you can clearly see how the lock has been twisted.

Ford Custom Door Lock

Once you look around, it’s shocking how many owners are buying these vans with locks already damaged. Thieves have got so good at breaking in there’s not alot of obvious damage to the Ford Custom door lock.

How come it’s twisted so easily?

When you look at the design of the standard Ford lock, it’s no wonder that they are so easy to twist open.

Ford Custom door lock

The plunger is used to keep the door lock in the correct orientation. However, thieves worked out within weeks of the release that the Ford Custom door lock was easy to break.

The other lock in the photo is a high security lock and the plunger is made from steel and screwed in place to stop the the lock being twisted.

Do I need to change my Ford Custom door lock?

Yes. If your lock has been attacked, you’re vulnerable from another easy break-in and your key will probably won’t work anymore in the lock.

Imagine in the winter when the battery goes flat on the van, you’ll need a door lock that works, otherwise you’ll be locked out of the van! If the battery is flat on the van, then it won’t open off the key!

You must sort it out to prevent these problems ruining your day.

Changing the Ford Custom Door Lock

Before these locks are attacked, they are very simple to change.

1.    Remove the door card.

2.  Remove the ‘C’ Clip that keeps the door lock in place

3.  Turn the lock 90 degrees so the lock plunger can be pressed in.

4.  Once the plunger is pressed in, twist the lock in the opposite direction and pull it out of the door.

It can be quite fiddly to push the plunger in!

Changing the Ford door lock when it’s damaged

This can be tricky.

The problem you have is the the back of the lock has been damaged. On top of this, the lock body may be mis-shapen and this causes two problem

1     The lock cannot be turned to the correct position, so that the plunger can be pressed in. The key may turn in the door, but because the Ford Custom door lock is damaged.

It’s like the lock turns in fresh air!

2   The plunger is broken, as well as the lock body, which means it cannot be pushed in.

3   The lock body it stuck and won’t come out of the van.

When this happens, there’s no simple answer. It’s simply a case of trying to force the lock to turn. It will help if you can remove any part of the lock that’s broken.

Ford Custom Door Lock


Or it may be a case of chopping the face of the lock off to remove and replace the door latch. This is when it gets an expensive repair.

Should I get a high security lock?

Yes. The standard Ford Custom door lock is a joke, whereas the replacement locks are now good quality and don’t require the lock to be modified. This may be important if it’s a hire van.

If your door lock is twisted, sort it out before it becomes a major problem for you.




Broken Car Key Blade

‘I looked on the floor and saw my car key blade!’

‘I heard a noise, thank goodness, if I’d been on the grass, it would be lost for good’

Sound familiar?

There’s a new problem that’s starting to feed through into our everyday cars. It leaves us stranded, even with a car key!

Every week we get emails from frustrated readers and hear about the problem they have with a wobbly or broken car key blade. So, we wanted to warn you about the most troublesome keys to watch out for, and what can be done about it.

But before that, why are car key blades just dropping out of keys? Let’s have a look at how they’re held into the main button part of the key.

Car Key Blade Fitting – How most Car Keys are Made

The blade has a groove in it, which is held in key using a small roll pin

car key blade

A hole is needed in the key blade holder, so the pin can be inserted and removed. This is a problem.

car key blade

The hole is to blame. I’ve never blamed a hole before, but this is the problem for sure. There simply isn’t enough metal all around the hole, to keep it from cracking.

car key blade


Or, the blade holder cracks, which opens up the slot where the blade should sit tight

car key blade

Then, when it cracks, it opens up slightly, and the pin drops out


you hear the blade drop to the floor, hopefully.

Flip keys are cool

A Flip key is cool, but trouble.

We all like a flip key. Let’s face it, you press a button, the blade flicks out and we feel like we’re James Bond with this special gadget. In fact, it’s got so popular, that they sell kits to change a normal ‘boring’ key into a flip key.

We don’t recommend this click here to find out why.

The real problem with a car key blade that flicks out, is that they’re not made strong enough. Our customers complain it’s deliberate, that the dealers planned it, so they must buy a new key!

It’s just that these days, we believe they’re just badly designed and produced.

Before we name and shame the worst offenders, this will help.

Top Car Key Blade Tip

If it’s looking wobbly, or is already broken, keep the blade safe. Your bill and your pain will be much higher if you lose the blade. So, keep it safe. Don’t lose it, please.

Let’s have a look at the worst car key blade problems, and what can be done about them.

The Top 3 Broken Car Key Blades

Troublesome Car Key Blade Problems – Top Award – Vauxhall

Vauxhall Astra J, Insignia, Mokka, Corsa E, they’re all the same. If your car key looks like this, you need to keep an eye on the car key blade

vauxhall key

The hole cracks and then the hinge fractures as we’ve shown. We fix about three a week, plus the ones we fix by postSo, it’s a big problem and getting worse as these cars become mainstream.

The good news is you can fix your own Vauxhall key, with a little help from us. Oh look! a handy video

This is a good repair and should give your key a few more years of life. We don’t think the repair cases last quite as long as the original. They have the same problem with cracked holes. However, it will solve your problem cheaply, and is a good fix.

Troublesome Car Key Blade Problems- Second Place – Kia and Hyundai

Oh my, there must be so many owners Hyundai and Kia owners with a broken car key blade problems. Our video has nearly 400,000 views and is our most popular ‘How To’ lesson we have on-line.

Again, the hole cracks, the pin drops out and the blade is lost.

car key blade

Now this repair is a bit trickier, but we’ve tried to explain it in much more detail here. Our advice is go slowly. Be like a mouse, nibble, and nibble and remove the plastic about the chip without being in a rush. If you don’t feel up to it, we can fix it by post.

It helps of course if you have a spare key, the pressure is right off. Take your time, melt the plastic around the chip until it pops out.

Good luck with this repair, and here’s that most viewed, in over 200 countries!

Car Key Blade Third Place Award – VW, Seat, Skoda and Audi

This is a real surprise, simply because VW started the whole flip key thing and they used to be amazingly strong. In fact, we’ve seen the original keys last fifteen years, without any problems.

Alas, those days have gone. In 2010, (a bad year for car keys), the design of the key changed. Blades drop like leaves in Autumn, especially once the ignition locks and housing become stiff. This is another bad problem, for you.

So now we have VW, Seat, Skoda and Audi keys with a car key blade problem. The worst thing is that they changed the design of the key in 2014, and the new keys are even worse! The new style of key is causing quite a drama, with some customers having them replaced under warranty.


This is the most difficult key to fix out of the three, simply because when you open the key, here’s a chance the chip will break. That’s bad, you’ll be stranded. Have a read to get more of an idea whether you should attempt this.

When we fix these by post, we always wait for a quiet time before fixing them, so we can concentrate. So, take care with your key.

Car Key Blade News- Is it getting better?

There are now more cars getting made with proximity, or Keyless keys. So, with these keys, there isn’t a car key blade to cause problems, or an ignition to break.

There are new problems with these keys, and we cover them here. In the meantime, we don’t think anyone is sitting down and planning an ultra-strong car key. So, we believe the problem is here to stay.

Watch out for news from us, but more importantly, keep an eye out for your car key blade!






Hyundai ix35 Locked out with Keyless Car Key

It’s ‘Tech Tuesday’ , when we publish our weekly technical guide. This week we’re looking at problems with ‘Keyless cars’. If you have your Hyundai ix35 long enough, there’s a chance you’ll be locked out with Keyless Car Key problems.

Lets talk about why this might happen.

There are a few reasons why you may find yourself locked out with Keyless Car Key problems, so lets have a look.

Flat Battery on the Car leaves you Locked out with Keyless Car Key

Remember the olden days when the ice was thick on the windscreen?  A chorus of  cars struggling to start would fill the neighbourhood. This doesn’t happen these days. The cars won’t turnover once the battery drops to a certain level, they just sit and won’t even crank.

However there are still plenty of cars with flat batteries, leaving owners locked out with Keyless Car Key problems.

In normal use, the car detects you walking up to the car, then unlocks automatically.

However, if the car battery is dead, it won’t unlock. The car is asleep, deaf to you and your keyless car key.

So when this happens, you’ll need to know how to unlock the car using the emergency key blade.

Flat Keyless Car Key Battery

This is obvious, but it needs thinking about.

You get a warning on your dashboard when the key battery is low. We know everyone is busy and you may not have time to get it changed. Did you know you can do it yourself?

Click here to find out how to change a car key battery.

However, if you leave it too long before you change the key battery, you’ll be locked out with keyless car key drama, so you’ll need to know how to use the emergency key blade. Click here for instructions on how to use the blade.

Faulty Keyless Car Key

So you may be to blame for a low battery ( don’t be too hard on yourself) but you can’t help it when the key goes wrong. This still leaves you locked out with Keyless Car Key.

Faulty car keys are leading to owners getting locked with keyless car key problems. When the key stops giving off the special keyless signal, then the car won’t recognise it.

This could be because of several reasons such as the key being dropped and damaged, or getting wet. Water and electronics don’t mix well. Here’s advice if the key gets wet.

Opening the Car with the Emergency Blade

When you find yourself locked out with Keyless Car Key, you need to remove the emergency key blade from the remote. Just press the small silver button.

Locked out with Keyless Car Key

Next, pull the blade away from the remote

Locked out with Keyless Car Key

Place the blade into the door lock

Locked out with Keyless Car Key

Then turn to the rear of the car, anti-clockwise.

Locked out with Keyless Car Key

Then the door will open, don’t worry if there is a bit of noise from the alarm!

You can still start the car if you have these problems, just click here for our guide

We hope this has been helpful




Vauxhall Movano Key Prices Problems 2003-2010

Based on The Renault Master, If you have a Movano Key, you have one of the best van keys on the market. They just got it right. No folding flips, or tiny little buttons.

The key comes in two parts. The remote has two buttons, open and close, or occasionally three buttons on some models. The extra button allows the load area to be unlocked independently.

The rubber buttons do wear through on the Movano key, but the switches underneath are big and strong and so can withstand the rough handling. Even when the electronic switches are damaged, they can be replaced easily.

Spare Keys


You’ll find a big difference between the price of a key from the dealer and if you buy one from an independent. The dealers charge over £240 for a spare Movano Key, however, we think this is excessive. Expect to pay £120 – £140 for a new, two button remote key from an independent Auto Locksmith or key cutting shop. This gains five stars.


They’re just really good quality. Hard wearing and robust, even when they look a bit tired. Again, the Movano Key earns five stars.

Movano key

This type of wear and tear can easily be repaired, to save you needing a new key.


There’s lots of equipment on the market now that will code you a Movano key without any need for the security code. It’s a bit embarrassing that the dealers still need the code to be honest. So again nice and easy and five stars.


There have been a few problems getting hold of these genuine keys. This has led to some delays when doing spare keys or lost. We keep a good supply in because we don’t want to use the aftermarket version which are much poorer quality. Any decent Auto Locksmith will keep a Movano key in stock, so there shouldn’t be any delay.

Lost Keys

Lots of good news for you here. The locks can be decoded  and give us the key number so we can cut a key.  As we’ve already mentioned, a good Auto-Locksmith will not need codes.

However, if for some reason you do need a dealer code, the good news is that unlike Ford, the records kept by Vauxhall are very good. They key the key number and immobiliser code for every Vauxhall Movano key in a central database and is issued as a ‘Car Pass’.

Movano keyVivaro Key

To obtain the car pass there are a few hoops to jump through. You’ll need the logbook, a utility bill, and some photo identification. It all needs to be in the same name and address.

Then once this is done, you may have to wait up to three days.

Like we said, try to avoid this if you can.

The car pass will cost around £30 depending on what the dealer charges in your area. Although this seems to be a pain, at least they are available, with a Ford van, then it it’s a different story.

Losing your Vauxhall Movano key shouldn’t be stressful. A good Auto Locksmith will be very happy to get your phone call. How do you find a good Auto Locksmith?

As a guide price, you should expect to pay £180-£240 for someone to replace a lost Vauxhall Movano key. The price range is this large depending on location and competition. If you’re waiting for more than a day, you need to find a different Auto-Locksmith instead of the dealer.

We hope this helps.


Ford Cmax No Key Detected

Welcome to another look at the problems with keyless cars, especially those by Ford. Today we’re looking at the Ford C-Max ‘No Key Detected’ message. If you’re getting this message when you press the button, then we’re going to show you what to do.


We’re going to assume you’re inside the car. If you’re not, take a look at our article on how to unlock your keyless Ford, with the emergency key blade.


So you’re in, but stranded. What do you do?


The ‘no key detected’ message means that the car isn’t seeing your key for some reason. It could be because the key battery has finally given up. So the very first thing to do is put a high quality CR2032 battery into the key.

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Watch our video on How to Change the Key Battery

Maybe the key is faulty, however the main this is getting the car started so you can take it somewhere and get it looked at.

Thankfully, Ford have built in an emergency start procedure, so you can use the car even with a C-Max ‘no key detected’ message.

All you need is the emergency key blade from inside the key.

7 steps to overcome Ford C-Max ‘No Key Detected

1. Find the Keyless emergency start position. There are five different places on Ford cars. The 2014 Ford C-Max uses the most common position.


2. Use the key blade in the access hole and gently prise away the cover.


3. Offer the ‘fat’ end of the key to the slot.

4. Push the key into the slot.


5. Put your foot on the clutch as usual, then press the button.


6. The Ford C-Max no key detected message should disappear and the car should start as usual. Now you’re up and running.

7. Get the battery replaced in your car key

You can use this emergency start method every time you get the Ford C-Max ‘no key detected’ message. In fact, we see some cars the that are used daily with the key in the slot. However usually the key just needs a key battery. This will take care of your C-Max ‘no key detected’ message.

If you have the message but your emergency start position is missing, take a look at our handy Ford Emergency Keyless start guide

We hope this is useful. Please leave any questions you have below and look out for other articles looking at Keyless start issues.

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Faulty Car Key Chip means you’re going nowhere!

Welcome to Day One of our series, explaining why a faulty car key will get you in trouble. Today we’re looking at the faulty car key chip problem.

They’ve made the immobiliser system so clever, that ‘hotwiring’ is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, it also means when your car key chip plays up, you end up stranded.

Every week we get emails from all around the world asking the same question.

‘My car won’t start, is my car key chip faulty?’

Unfortunately car keys get the blame when everything else has been ruled out. This is especially true when the keys already look tired and worn.

So here is our best advice on whether the car key chip is faulty, or not.

Clues that you have a faulty car key chip

There are no general rules with cars, to tell if the car key chip is playing up. Each manufacturer has different ways to immobilise the car.

For some cars the immobiliser  will cut the fuel off so the car turns over, but will not fire up.

With other types of car, it will sit there lifeless, as if the starter motor has died.

So here’s a rough guide on whether to blame the car key chip. We’ve broken it up by the common manufacturers and hope it helps you.

Ford Car key chip fault is crystal clear.

When a Ford Car cannot see the correct car key chip, it won’t crank. That means that you’ll turn the ignition on, and although the dash will light up, it won’t even try to start.

As well as this, somewhere on the dash, often near the speedo, there will be a red warning light. This light will flash very quickly.

Or if you have a more modern Ford with Keyless start, then you’ll get a message displayed.

So Ford cars are the easiest to diagnose, if it cranks, it’s not a key problem, don’t waste money on a new key.

Vauxhall car key chip is a tale of two tribes

If you’re in the old tribe, with cars made before about 2004, then you’ll have a tiny little car key chip in the key that you can actually see

Car Key Chip

Vauxhall Chip

These never give up, unless you microwave them by mistake, in which case yes, you’ll end up with a faulty car key chip.

So with an older Vauxhall Car, if the car key chip is faulty or missing, the car will crank, but it won’t fire up. There will also be a flashing light in the dash.

Car Key Chip

Spanner Light

It’s yellow and we call it the ‘spanner light’. So a flashing light is car key chip trouble. Older cars that we’re talking about include the Astra G, Zafira A, Corsa C, and Vectra B. 

However, if you have a newer Vauxhall, the rules change, you’re in a different tribe. Newer Vauxhall keys are terrible quality on so many levels.

They use a different type of chip and it will go faulty even if a butterfly flaps it’s wings across the world somewhere.

When this happens, your car will not crank. Just like the Ford, it will sit there dead as the Norwegian Blue Parrot, and will not start. It won’t even make the noise like it’s trying to start, There will also be a yellow padlock or key light on the dash.

Get you car key checked with a local Car Key Man Auto Locksmith before you spend any money. Most companies are happy to do a free test of the car key. Then they’ll know if your car key chip has given up.

Peugeot and Citroen, where do I start?

The good thing about Peugeot and Citroen Car Keys is ? They include a message on the dash display telling you, the car key chip is faulty.

Maybe the engineers could see into the future, so they included a message that lights up the display. When the key is faulty it reads

car key chip

‘Info Faulty Theft’, Which in human speak is, ‘Your key has had it’

When the Peugeot and Citroen car key chip starts to play up, it begins as an intermittent fault. Maybe it will cause you problems once a week and you’ll brush it off. Then it will be twice a week, twice a day, and eventually you’ll be stranded.

Our advice?

Get it looked at sooner rather than later. If you can drive it to a garage, great. If you have to put on the back of a recovery truck, it gets expensive!

car key chip

Renault Car keys pay the mortgage

Ask anyone in the motor trade what they think of Renault car keys and you better cover your ears. They’re just trouble. In our house, they are known as the ‘car that pays the mortgage’. Unfortunately for you, they’re just bad car keys.

Why would you take delicate electronics and put them into a thin credit card shaped key?

A thin card that can be bent when sat on or damaged when dropped.

Again, the kind engineers must have seen this coming, so they made a special display to tell us that the car key chip is faulty.

Get used to seeing this, the electronics are dreadful.

If you put the card it and you get this message, you’re going nowhere, the car will not crank. It’s very seldom the card reader, so save your money.

Something that will catch you out!

It’s important to know that often, your car key will often still lock and unlock the car as normal. This is because the buttons speak to a different part of the car that the car key chip does. So don’t be fooled.

A new car key battery won’t help things, so save your money.

If in doubt, look up your local Car Key Man Auto Locksmith and they will look at the key and give you the best free advice that’s available.

Thanks for reading, we hope it helps you !