Cheap Ford Car Key Review

It’s no wonder you get frustrated when trying to buy a cheap ford car key. We’ve been looking at all the options for you.

At the end of this post, we’re going to point you in the right direction, and looking at the keys available that you can buy. Hopefully we’ll find a few bargains for you.

As far as we can see, the choice on Amazon and eBay is vast, and the feedback on most varies from ‘5 stars Excellent’, all the way down to ‘one star avoid at all cost!’

We’re not talking about different products either! You can get these two different reviews on the same key! So we decided to buy a few of these and see for ourselves what they are like.

Ia a cheap Ford Car Key as good as genuine Ford key?

Hopefully you’ll agree that if you’re paying under £15-00 for a cheap ford car key from Amazon, it’s not going to be up to the standard of a Ford genuine part.

How much is a genuine Ford Remote flip key?

When we checked in April 2019, the cost of a flip key from our local dealer is as follows. The key splits into two parts.

The Flip Blade

The flip part has the correct transponder chip inside, along with the blank, uncut blade. The price from Ford is £37.87 + Vat = £45.44

Cheap Ford car Key

The Flip Remote 

The remote has a Ford badge and is designed to fit into the flip blade part of the key. The price from Ford is £90-40 +Vat = £108-48

Cheap Ford car Key

So if you buy a genuine remote key from Ford, in April 2019, the total price for the real deal is £153.92

‘That’s a lot of money! I only want a car key’... So we understand why you are looking for a cheaper alternative.

So how can you save money when looking for a cheap Ford car key?

You have to compromise on quality and buy a copy key. The differences will be as follows.

  • The two parts may not fit together correctly
  • The electronics for the buttons may not be reliable
  • The transponder chip ( that lets the car start) may not be the correct one for the car
  • The blade may be too thick, and not fit into the lock correctly.
  • You won’t get a Ford badge!

Under £10, instead of over £150

This is a really important point. The keys we’re looking at here are a fraction of the price of the real deal. So you need to be realistic about what you are going to get.

We see Ford car keys every day. We sell the genuine article, so we know how they should be. However, the aim of this article is to review what’s available and recommend the best out there for you.

Why are you telling everyone where to get a cheap Ford car key?

Let’s be honest, if you don’t want to pay the full price, ( and who can blame you), then you’re going to buy something out there. So we hope that we can point you in the right direction.

When customers come to us, we’re very clear that we’ll cut and code what they bring to us, as far as Ford is concerned.

Hopefully by following our recommendation, you’ll get a reasonable quality, cheap Ford car key.

A Case or a Key?

Before we look at what’s available, a word of caution. It’s very easy to buy a car key case, thinking that you are getting all the important electronics inside. We should know, because as you’ll read below, we made that mistake, and we’ve been doing it fifteen years!

So let’s look at Amazon and what’s available.

When do you want it?

The first problem we found was delivery time. If you want the cheapest keys available, you’ll need to wait while it gets shipped around the world from China.  The low price reflects the fact that you may have a bit of a wait.

Lets look at the orders we put in on the 7th April 2019.

The first two, priced at around £6-00 and free delivery are due to arrive in 2-3 weeks.

The third, priced at around £10-00 is due within 7 days. So it may be worth paying the extra few pounds to get it quicker.

Ford Cheap Car key Review – Who are the sellers?

Ford Flip Key Amazon Seller number 1

Seller ID is Semoic and the price of the key is under £6 along with free shipping (2-3 weeks).

Cheap Ford car Key

Good Points – It’s cheap.

Bad Points – There are no reviews. This doesn’t mean it’s bad, after all, there are no bad reviews! however we all like to buy things that have some reviews. To find out what we though of this item, click here.

Ford Flip Key Amazon Seller number 2

Seller ID is Heart Horse and the price of the key is under £9-00 along with free shipping (7 days). The seller is Amazon’s choice and has twenty six reviews, many more than any other seller.

Cheap Ford car Key

Good Points –  Lots of 5 star reviews. Fast shipping by comparison

Bad Points – A few bad reviews.

To find out how this Ford Flip stood up to cutting and coding, click here to read more.

UPDATE 

We received this key very quickly, within 2-3 days. Very simply packaged but arrived in excellent condition. BUT, something we didn’t spot, so there’s a chance you may not either.

This is a case, NOT a complete key. It does say this in the title but somehow we missed it! It wasn’t the Amazon sellers fault, but ours. With it being Amazon’s Choice, I didn’t look closely enough. We’re telling you this so you don’t make the same mistake.

The smaller images do show that there’s nothing inside.

cheap ford car key

So don’t buy this, (like we did), if you need a spare key. It won’t programme and the seller isn’t selling it as a key either. So no more updates for this item from us, let’s move on.

Ford Flip Key Amazon Seller number 3

Seller ID is XZANTE and the price of the key is under £6-00 along with free shipping (2-3 weeks). Looking at the images used, I expect this is the same as seller number one, or at least the item is the same. Nearly every detail is the same on the seller page.

Cheap Ford car Key

We’re currently waiting for these keys to arrive, when they do we’ll make a short video review and let you know what we think.

Keep a look out and We’ll keep you updated.

Ford Flip Key Amazon Seller number 4

Seller ID is Autoschlussel-finder and this key is priced much higher at around £30 + delivery, which means your paying just under £35. 

 

This was ordered on the April 7th 2019 and the expected delivery date is May 2nd 2019, a wait of nearly 4 weeks.

Ford Flip Key Amazon Seller number 5

Our last Amazon item was ordered some time after the others.

This was ordered on the 17th April 2019 and delivery was listed as 7 days. Look out for our review.

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Car Key Repair How To

If your reading this, you’re not alone! We have 1000 visits to our website every day looking for help with  car key repair information.

As well as this, every month we take hundreds of calls, all around the country, from car owners struggling with a broken car key or broken van key.

 

 

We’ve written at length about car key repair techniques, both on YouTube and in this blog. So at last, here is our our 5 step guide to fixing your own car key.

Important Car Key Repair Warning

Although we believe that most car keys can be fixed, there are a few basic rules that you should thing about first.

Do you have a spare key? 

Most car keys are glued together, so you’ll need to break them open in order to complete your car key repair. Electronics are delicate and accidents happen. If you damage the key when you open it, you may end up with a car that won’t start!

It might not even be your fault. It could be that the immobiliser chip circuit is already faulty, but when you open it up, it fails altogether. We also see this occasionally at our shop in Lincoln.

Do you have the tools you need?

Most of the time you’ll only need very basic tools. The most important tool we use for car key repair are called circlip pliers. Like in the photo below. They’re really cheap and will help you so much.

 

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If you’re planning to swap the blade over from your old broken car key to the new case, a word of caution. It’s not always straight forward.

You’d think that you could pop it out, then fit in easily. However, you have to remember that the new case has been made in a different factory to the original dealer key.

Hopefully this photo shows how the tang, the part that gets held by the key, is different in the original at the top, and the repair case at the bottom.

If you want to swap the blade as part of your car key repair, you’ll need to modify the tang with a small needle file.

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The other thing that will help is a pin punch, or something similar. The one we recommend is made from steel and is a similar size as the pin you are trying to knock out. You still need to make sure the pin punch doesn’t get stuck in the case!

 

 

Buy Pin Punch on Amazon. 

We think the easiest thing to do is to get the blade cut which should cost you around £10. However, some of the big national companies refuse to do this, so you may need to phone around.

Buy the Correct Car key Repair Case

We have a few tips on choosing the correct case. You’ll find them on eBay and Amazon. They range from £1.99 – £20 and high price is not always a sign of high quality unfortunately.

The main problem with choosing a repair case is getting the correct one, especially with Peugeot and Citroen cases. We’ve made a video which shows how to get the correct case and it already has nearly 200,000 views on YouTube, so hopefully this will help.

Ok, so you have the tools and the repair case. Now we’ll show you what to do.

Top tips for a successful Car Key Repair.

Get the Locks Turning !

Most important. We recommend that you get the new key case turning the locks of your car, BEFORE you start breaking the old car key open.

At our shop, or through our postal repair service, we often hear tales of swapping the electronics over, but struggling with the blade. They end up with a repaired key, that won’t turn in the locks! So they can’t use the car key.

You don’t want that.

So get the blade cut, or swap the blade over first.

Top Tip One – Find out How To Fix it Before starting

Watch a video or read one of our articles. We have over 150 videos on our channel so you’ll find one for most car key repair jobs. We also have a Learning Centre, that has hundreds of articles that will help.

Top Tip Two – Buy a good quality Key Battery

We see so many problems with keys, and sometimes all that’s needed is a good quality key battery. If you have one without a brand on, throw it in the bin. You really need to be sticking to well known brands that you can trust.

The most common sizes are

Most Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda keys use CR2032 Batteries

New Fords use  CR2025 batteries

Older Peugeot and Citroen keys, with blades that do not fold, use CR2016 batteries

Most Peugeot and Citroen Flip Keys Use CR1620 Batteries

 

Lastly BMW cars mostly use CR2450 batteries, which are a bit unusual and not always available is normal shops.

And that’s it. If you have everything listed, you’ll be able to fix you key.

Top Tip Three – Buy the correct case

A good quality case will make all the difference. Here are a few links to good cases, we’ll add to this as we test and review them.

Buy this two button Vauxhall style repair case and pin punch from Amazon Click Here

Purchase this three button Vauxhall style repair case and pin punch from Amazon Click Here

 

Buy this Hyundai / Kia style three button repair case and pin punch from Amazon Click Here

Which Keys should be avoided?

Have a look at how hard we rate the following keys. We rate them as simply ‘easy‘, ‘medium‘ and  ‘hard

Easy – Have a go without worry

Vauxhall Insignia, Astra J, Corsa E, Mokka, etc Click Here for the video.

Vauxhall Astra H, Corsa D and Corsa C Click Here for the video

MediumNo soldering needed

Hard – Risk of the car not starting afterwards, or soldering needed

Ford Transit and Custom Click Here to see the video.

Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda Keys after 2010 (One Piece Key) Click Here to see the video

Hyundai Kia Flip Keys Click Here to see the video

Good Luck and we hope this has helped

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5 Worst Broken Car Keys

It’s bad news I’m afraid. We’re seeing more and more broken car keys.

Years ago, most of our work came from lost or spare car keys. However recently, we’ve seen a big change. Broken car keys are leaving our readers stranded all over the world, and we’re seeing a pattern.

The problems are many. Blades that no longer flip out, keys that split and fall to pieces. Worst of all there are chips that give up sending a signal and buttons that won’t unlock the car. Broken car keys are such a problem, we wanted to list the worst offenders for you.

5 Worst Broken Car Keys

Vauxhall Insignia, Astra J and similar.

If your car key looks like this, it’s a ticking clock until it breaks I’m afraid. With this key, the most common car key problems are the blade holder fracturing and the blade falling out.

broken car keys

Can Broken Vauxhall car keys be fixed?

Most car key cutting shops will be able to take all your broken bits and put the expensive electronics into a new key shell. Once the key blade is cut to the car, then the key is as good as new. We fix and post our around the UK every week.

Should I fix my broken Vauxhall key myself?

Yes, you can also fix this key yourself easily. They break open without any problem as long as you use the correct tool and follow our video.

Next you need a replacement case, just make sure you get the correct 2 button or 3 button version.

Have you seen the new Vauxhall upgraded key case? Take a look at how to upgrade your broken key.

broken car keys

 

VW, Seat and Skoda Broken car keys

German engineering used to stand for something. Strength, reliability, and the highest quality design and manufacture. Something has gone seriously wrong with broken car keys from these brands.

In 2010, they changed the design, and then problems began. Again, the flip blade holder, the piece that keeps the key blade in place, fractures and the pin gets lost. Most common on VW Transporter and VW Caddy models, we believe the ignition lock feels heavy to turn to the ‘crank’ position. Look out for this if you have one. We’ve written at length about this problem.

Can broken VW, Seat and Skoda Keys be fixed?

Yes, but a word of warning. These keys have a sensitive transponder chip. Our advice is to get a spare car key made, before you start getting your broken car keys fixed.

Also, if the key chip breaks when the key is opened, there’s trouble ahead. When you have no car keys that start your VW, Seat or Skoda car, made after 2010, it can be tricky to get a replacement made easily.

Should I fix my broken VW, Seat or Skoda key myself?

Again, yes, we show you how to do this. You just need a good quality case, and open it with the correct tool know how to do it. But again, there is a chance that the chip will get damaged if you’re heavy handed, so take care.

Damaged chip = No Key Detected = Big trouble

Hyundai and Kia Broken Car keys

We have a YouTube channel and this is our most watched video. Soon to break 450,000 views, there’s a worldwide problem with Kia and Hyundai broken car keys.

Again, the same thing happening. The blade is held into the key by a small metal pin. The blade holder isn’t strong enough. It cracks across the pin hole, then the pin gets lost and the blade falls out.

broken car keys

Even on the newer type of key, the one that replaces the really badly designed key there are similar problems.

 

Can Hyundai and Kia Broken Car Keys be fixed?

Yes, the repair cases are readily. When we fix these by post, we always cut the blade fresh and replace the key battery. We think it’s a better job, and our machine measures the key and then cuts it like new. However, other companies may swap the blade.

Should I fix my broken Kia or Hyundai key myself?

Yes, although quite a lot of care is needed. Inside the key there are two important things. The first is the green circuit board, which does the central locking. The thing that is often missed is the transponder chip.

 

Unlike most new car key, Kia and Hyundai use a separate chip and it is often glued in place to stop it coming loose. To remove it, you need to carefully melt the plastic around it. You can also use side cutters, or a saw, but these are more risky. So just take care if you fix your own key.

Take a look at how we do it in our video.

Ford New Style Broken Car Keys

We used to give our Ford keys a lifetime warranty, they were that good. However, these days it’s almost painful to sell them. Why are the keys so bad? We all like a key blade that flips out, but they are troublesome. This is one of two reasons why Ford broken car keys are so common.

broken car keys

The main culprits are the Ford Custom style flip key. They’ve introduced a weak flip design, and given it to builders, couriers, and tradesmen and women all over the country. In our experience, they last 3-4 years maximum, which is similar to the other brands mentioned above.

Can Ford Broken car keys be fixed?

Tricky one this. We regularly fix the Ford flip keys that are used on the Ford Mondeo and C-Max. The reason these can be done is because they have a simple CR2032 battery inside. This can be replaced easily during the repair. They open easily if you have the correct tool

However, we’ve had issues when we used to offer the postal service on broken Transit and Custom keys. Fixing broken car keys by post always carries a risk that the key won’t work afterwards, and this is what we found.

The key battery is different to any other flip key. It’s soldered into the circuit board and charges as the van drives along.

However, they’ve been poorly designed and manufactured, and we’ve written so much about this stupid idea over the last few years.

To fix the Ford Custom or Transit key, it needs to be broken open with the correct tool. Once it’s open, it should have a new repair case and the blade cut. Of course there’s the problem of changing the rechargeable battery. Click here to watch how we fix these.

Sometimes, after the repair is completed, the buttons still don’t work, and we don’t know why. This is why we no longer offer this service out as part of our broken car keys postal repair service.

Should I fix my broken Ford Flip key myself?

Do you have a spare car key? Can you risk trying to fix it and the van not starting afterwards? This can happen, as with all broken car keys. If you’re happy with soldering and have a good quality soldering iron, then yes, have a go.

If you can’t solder, avoid is our advice, Either use a local repair service or invest the money in a new Transit or Custom key. It will be money that’s better spent.

 

Peugeot and Citroen Broken Car keys

Last but by no means least. Peugeot and Citroen keys were the first we filmed and wrote about. At one point a few years ago, we were fixing 10-15 every week at our shop in Lincoln, completely ridiculous.

broken car keys

Again, the problems include flip blades that wobble and buttons that stop working. However the worst problem with these keys are when the transponder chip dies. Of all the keys we see, Peugeot and Citroen keys of this style are the worst.

Can Peugeot and Citroen Broken Car Keys be fixed?

It depends what’s wrong with the key.

If the blade is wobbly and the case is falling apart, yes it can be re-cased and the blade cut to turn the locks. Choosing a case can be a bit tricky because there are over fifteen variations to choose from.

Our video explains the difference

The next problem is that when the the soft rubber wears, often the electronic switch is broken. On most other brands of broken car keys, the switches can be replaced.

broken car keys

However, we’ve given up replacing switches on these keys because they are so tiny and we had lots of issues. Once the keys gets damaged inside, we recommend a new key.

The last problem, already mentioned is the chip failing after time. You will get a warning about the key becoming unreliable.

broken car keys

As soon as you see this message, get the key fixed, because after a few days or weeks the key will fail altogether and you’ll be stranded for the sake of broken car keys.

Again, although this problem can be fixed, we don’t recommend it.

Should I fix my broken Peugeot or Citroen Flip key myself?

If it’s just a case, go for it. If the buttons still work even though the key is falling apart, you can probably save the key. Watch our video to explain the difference between all the cases.

If there are deeper issues with the buttons or chip, then we’d recommend spending the money on new key before it dies altogether.

How do I find someone locally to help me with broken car keys?

Not all Auto Locksmiths and key cutting shops are equal. Some will be happy to take it on, others will refuse. More importantly, does the company know what they are doing?

Click here to read our guide on how to find a local expert that can help you.

The future isn’t bright I’m afraid. Broken car keys are with us for a while, so will ‘keyless’ cars solve the problem?

Well yes, there are no blades that can break. However, ‘keyless’ cars are the easiest car to steal, so a broken key is the least of your worries. Want to know more about cars getting stolen? Click Here.

Good luck and we hope this has helped you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Broken Vauxhall Key Fob Help what do I do?

If you’re reading this, and have a broken car key, you’re not alone. Broken car keys are a big problem, and having a broken Vauxhall key fob is really common these days.

The problem is the whole flip key thing. We all love a flip key, having a blade that folds away is so important to some people. We get that they look smart and it’s nice to have the blade tucked away.

However, folding keys are the number one reason for having a broken Vauxhall key fob. We fix and replace hundreds of these every year in our shop and by post all around the UK.

What can I do about my broken Vauxhall Key Fob?

If your broken Vauxhall key fob looks like the photo above, then you’re in luck, you have a number of options. You don’t have to have a brand new dealer key.

IMPORTANT

Do you have both parts of the key? Are you using the blade and the fob separately? Putting the blade in and then turning the blade with the broken fob?

That will work until you lose the blade (we see this a lot). Keep the blade safe and get your broken Vauxhall key fob fixed while you still have it, (otherwise it gets expensive!).

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob – Option One

The cheapest and riskiest option? Do nothing. We meet people that use the key and the blade separately for years! How they get away with it is amazing, but they have a system for keeping the blade in the penny slot. When they need to drive, they unlock the car with the fob and the blade is always in the car!

This is fine all the time the fob works, however, if the key battery goes flat, or worse still, the car battery, trouble begins!

Being locked out of a car, when the key blade is inside is an expensive mistake to be paying for. Most Auto Locksmiths will charge between £90 – £150 to get into your car.

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob – Option Two

Fixing your own flip key could be for you. We’re great believers that as car owners, we are all being punished for poor design and manufacture. Read all about this here in our blog.

So we’ve made it our mission over the last two years to show you how to fix your own broken key. Our YouTube channel has over 150 videos showing simple repairs and key battery changes.

We have two videos that will help you.

Click here take you to the broken Vauxhall key fob video for you. It covers the following type of car.

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob

Vauxhall Insignia

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob

Vauxhall Astra J

Fancy a Flip key Upgrade?

If you already have a broken Vauxhall key Fob, why not change it over to the newer style of key?

The internals fit perfectly into this new type of case and it’s simply a case of getting the blade cut, or swapping the blade. Here’s a video we made to show you what’s involved.

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob – Option Three

If you want a brand new key, then again you have a few options. The first and most expensive is to order the key from the dealer and get them to code it in. For that, you’ll need the Security Car pass below.

These passes have important security information that your dealer will need to order and programme the key.

However, you don’t have to get the key from the dealer. If you find a local Auto Locksmith, we expect it will be cheaper and easier. They can offer either a genuine Vauxhall key, or an aftermarket key that may be cheaper.

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Whichever you choose, the beauty of choosing an Auto Locksmith is that they won’t need the security car pass. These normally cost £30 from Vauxhall, however, your local expert will most likely just give you these numbers. If they don’t mention them, make sure you ask for them.

So that’s it. There are a range of options to suit your budget. Vauxhall flip keys are pretty poor to be honest, so don’t be surprised when they snap and the blade becomes loose.

We hope this helps

 

 

 

 

 

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Nissan won’t start Key ID Incorrect

If you’re getting the message ‘Key ID Incorrect’ and your Nissan car won’t start, this is for you.

Even though your car is giving you the ‘Key ID incorrect’ message, you can use it if you follow our instructions.

Key ID Incorrect

Why is my Nissan telling me ‘Key ID Incorrect?’

This problem is most common on the Nissan Qashqai, but we also see it on the Nissan Juke, Nissan Note and Nissan Micra models. In fact, if your key is similar to this one,  you need this information.

In the olden days when you turned a car off, it went to sleep and rested until you turned the ignition again and woke it up.

These days, the car sits and listens constantly, trying to detect your smart key. This is why once you are inside the car, it already knows you have the car key, all you need to do is press the start button.

However, when ‘Key ID Incorrect‘ is shown, your car can’t detect the key. For some reason the automatic system that Nissan have designed isn’t working. This is normally one of three reasons

Nissan Won’t Start Checklist

Key ID Incorrect – Reason number One – Key Battery Low

The first and simplest reason is your car key battery. When did you last change it? If you did change it, how good was the battery you put inside the key?

It may be that the car can’t detect the key. It’s calling out to the key and waiting for a response, but your key doesn’t have the energy to answer!

Faulty, cheap, low quality key batteries, are the biggest cause of problems we see in all makes of proximity or ‘smart’ keys. We find it unbelievable that a £15,000 car, has a penny car key battery fitted inside the car key. So buy a recognised brand

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Key ID Incorrect – Reason Two – Faulty Key

This could be for a number of reasons.

Obvious Damage to the key

If someone has been heavy handed when changing the key battery, a wayward screwdriver can damage the key.

Key ID Incorrect

You must be careful when changing the key battery, read more here.

 Invisible Damage to the key

What do we mean invisible damage? Sometimes there’s no obvious reason for the ‘key ID Incorrect’ message. Your car key will look immaculate inside, with a fresh new key battery. However, we’re seeing these Nissan remote keys just die, with no obvious damage. Maybe the key has been dropped one too many times?

The only answer is to replace the key with a new one.

Water Damage to the key

If your car key has taken a swim, then it’s bad news I’m afraid. Electronics and water have never been friends, and once wet, it’s a race against time to dry your car key out. You can save it, but you must be quick. If your key has been wet in the past, there will be tell-tale signs.

Normally a white ‘tide-mark’ is obvious. Then there’s a green tinge that will develop and turn into white ‘rust’. Lastly, good old fashioned brown rust is a giveaway. All of these will cause ‘Key ID Incorrect’!

Key ID Incorrect – Reason Three – The Key isn’t programmed!

Did the key ever start the car? We see this a lot, just after the car has been sold. Sometimes you’re given two keys, but you’ve only tested one to to see if it works!

When the key is brand new, it needs programming with specialist diagnostic equipment. What is car key programming? This is a really common reason for the ‘Key ID incorrect’ message. Maybe the car sales have ordered the key from Nissan, but didn’t have time to get it coded, or someone forgot.

Either way, if the key needs programming, no problem. Either the dealer, or a good Auto Locksmith can help you. Need to find a good Auto Locksmith? Click Here

How do I start the car with Key ID Incorrect?

This first priority is to get you moving again, so you can get the car to a garage, or the dealer. This is normally very simple.

Key ID Incorrect

Are you getting the following message?

Key ID Incorrect

The car shows you how to start the car using the emergency method.

Key ID Incorrect

Place the fob on top of the button and wait for the car to recognise it for a few seconds. The press the button with the key fob as shown.

Key ID Incorrect

If the key is programmed, the car will start!

It’s now time to find out why the car key is playing up. Visit your local dealer, or better still, find an Auto Locksmith to check the key out and change the key battery if needed. Looking for a good Auto Locksmith? Click Here

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Ford Keyless Emergency start HOW TO?

Thank goodness Ford did something right with keys. We’ve written at length about floppy key blades, dodgy transponder chips and keyless keys not detected. The great news is that by using the Ford keyless emergency start method, you can still get home!

With tiny electronics crammed into your Ford keyless key, once it’s been dropped a few times, the clock is ticking. The car won’t detect the key close by, and it won’t do anything when you press the start button. You’ll also get a warning message.

Ford Keyless emergency start

 

 

The reason you have a back up system is that once the smart key stops being so clever, you need a way to use the car.  The Ford keyless emergency start method will get the car running. Place the keys in the correct place, and the car picks up the key signal. Then you put the key back in your pocket as usual and book yourself in an appointment with the garage your local Auto Locksmith, to get it looked at.

Where is the Ford Keyless Emergency Start position?

Different Ford models have different methods of starting the car. The spot is normally marked with a key symbol that will help you find it.

Ford Focus 2015 Ford Keyless Emergency Start Position

In between the front seats is a compartment for CD’s etc. It also has an audio jack. You must place the key on top of the symbol at the bottom of the compartment.

Ford Keyless Emergency Start

 

Ford Fiesta 2015 Ford Keyless Emergency Start Position

Imagine you were putting a normal car key into the ignition, this is where you need to place your keyless key.

Ford Keyless Emergency Start

Ford C-Max 2014 Ford Keyless Emergency Start Position

The Ford C-Max has a key slot that is hidden behind a round cover. Again, it’s the same place as the ignition lock would normally be.

Ford Keyless Emergency Start

You must slide the key into the slot before you can start the car.

Ford Keyless Emergency Start

 

If in doubt, look at the manual. Better still, find out where the Ford keyless emergency start position is BEFORE you have a problem.

I found it! What next?

The key must be held close to the sensor on the car so it will read the transponder chip.

Next, keeping the key still, press the button on the dashboard as you normally do and press the clutch in on newer models. When the key is in the correct place, the car will start.

Do I need a new key battery inside the key?

No. The whole point of the Ford keyless emergency start system is that it doesn’t matter if the key battery is flat or even missing!

That’s it! You car should be running even though you’d normally have the message ‘Key not detected’. We recommend finding someone to change the key battery for you, or take a look at our video if you want too do it yourself.

 

Locked out! Where’s my hidden car door lock?

When you’re locked out, and the car battery is flat, you need to find your hidden car door lock.

You probably don’t think about your hidden car door lock. Let’s face it, you’ve no reason to. However, if you have the car long enough, either your car key will stop working, or the car battery will go flat. When this happens, you need to know where the lock is.

‘But I don’t have a car door lock’.

There are three reasons , we hear this every week from people locked out of the car.

1.    The worst thing could be that a box-racer has ‘de-locked’ the car or van. We see this occasionally where the car door lock has been taken out and the hole filled in and sprayed. It’s done to make the car look better. We think it’s bonkers. Read this article showing how to professionally remove the lock!

 https://www.torquecars.com/styling/de-locking.php

Thankfully it’s rare, so we’ll move on.

2.   The car door lock is on the passenger side! This is common on French vehicles sold in the UK, such as Renault, Peugeot and Citroen. We don’t know why they didn’t put the car door lock on the driver’s side, sorry. So look around the car for a lock and get into that car.

car door lock

3.   The car door lock is hidden away under a cap. This is becoming very common on new cars. The good news is that the manufacturers sometimes leave a clue to show you where the car lock is. The lock is usually under a cap. Look for a key symbol on the plastic, embossed into it. The Range Rover door handle below is a good example.

Hidden car door lock examples

car door lock

 

How do I uncover my hidden car door lock?

The car manufacturers usually keep this simple, because when you are locked out, you won’t have a toolkit! The cap that covers the lock needs to be removed. At the bottom of the cap there is usually a slot to insert your key blade.

Then it will be case of pulling the lock towards you. If it’s never been removed before, it may be very tight. Use a screwdiver if you think the key is going to break.

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Ford Transit Custom Key Problems

Looking to buy a Ford Transit Custom? Or starting to find out about Ford Transit Custom key and locks problems?

You don’t have to look far because there are plenty problems with these vans.

We believe that you need to allow £1000 to sort these problems out. Likewise, if you’re on the lookout for a new van, you need to keep back £1000 this on top of the sale price.

In this article we’ll give an overview of what we’re seeing every day in our business and how to correct Ford Transit Custom key and lock problems.

Top 5 Ford Transit Custom Key Problems

Faulty Keys

What can we say about these other than the terrible design, shoddy manufacture and short life-span? They are the worst keys we see and Ford should be ashamed that so many owners are frustrated and angry.

Tradesmen and women all over the UK, locked out, stranded and paying out extra money because of a broken key.

Ford Transit Custom Key

The faults include

  1. Broken Flip mechanism
  2. Faulty chip signal
  3. Broken rechargeable battery
  4. Lock and unlock buttons not working

At £150 per key as a starting price, that’s the first £300 you’ll need for a pair of new keys.

Ford Transit Custom Key Budget so far – £300.

Ford Transit Custom Key and Ignition Problems

The ignition locks  are made from cheese. That’s the answer we give when we’re asked ‘why a 2016 van needs a brand new ignition lock fitted to it?’

Ford Transit Custom Key

It’s unbelievable that a three year old van is so worn out that it can’t be used by the owner to earn a living. This is the reality on some of the vans we’re seeing and you need to know about it.

Are you just about to buy a van that will need a now ignition lock fitted to it? You’ll need to allow around £150 which will cover the parts and labour. Plus there’s another issue you’ll need to overcome with Ford Transit Custom key and locks.

Ford Transit Custom Key Budget so far – £300 for keys and £150 for an ignition = £450

Ford Transit Custom Key Problem – The dreaded door lock problem

They made one door lock on the van.

Ford Transit Custom Key

The idiot who designed it took fifteen years of lock design and threw it out of the window. This new design of lock is so bad, it should have been recalled. It’s been the cause of thousands of vans getting broken into all over the UK.

Search Twitter, Facebook or Google for ‘Transit Custom van broken into and you’ll get a picture of just how angry owners are.

 

 

If the door lock is attacked, then the starting bill to replace it is £200.

Ford Transit Custom Key

This allows the extra labour you’ll need to pay to get the lock removed. Getting them out when they have been attacked can be a nightmare. If the door latch, (the thing that sits behind the door lock) is broken, add on another £300.

Ford Transit Custom Key Budget so far – £300 for keys and £150 for an ignition plus £200 for a new door lock = £650

Ford Transit Custom Key Problem – Security Locks.

There are two issues here.

  1. Replacement Security Door Locks
  2. Additional Security Locks for the rest of the van

If you don’t have security locks, and you haven’t had the Ford security update, then in our opinion, you may as well leave your van unlocked at night time.  Security Locks are an absolute must.

Ford Transit Custom Key

You should allow £500 for a replacement door lock plus security deadlocks on the load area, or just £300 for the rear load area.

Ford Transit Custom Key Budget so far – £300 for keys and £150 for an ignition plus £150 for a new door lock and £300 for security locks = £950

Ford Transit Custom Key ignition Ring

This is a new problem we’ve discovered, and fortunately is a bargain compared to the others. If you don’t know about it, check out our short one minute video about the problem.

The ignition rings are only about £40 and fitting shouldn’t cost a lot, so get it sorted sooner rather than later to avoid recovery charges. You will pay a big bill getting you’re van on the back of a truck, compared to the cost of a ring.

Ford Transit Custom Key Budget so far – £300 for keys and £150 for an ignition plus £150 for a new door lock and £300 for security locks, oh and the ignition ring makes it £1000.

So that’s your £1000, spent in the few months after owning the van, so keep this in mind when buying your new Ford Custom, or Transit.

Then there’s the new problem of them being stolen, but that is another post completely! Click Here to read more about that problem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broken VW Key ? Reuse old key electronics to save money

My guess is you have a flip key, for a VW Transporter or Caddy, and the blade has snapped away from the rest of the key. The problem of the broken VW key also affects Skoda and Seat Keys. It’s a bad problem that’s getting worse.

Broken VW Key

 

This week we fixed a key from a three year old VW Transporter, one of four keys fixed in as many days. How is it possible that a vehicle just a few years old, you end up with a broken VW Key?

This article explains why they read, and we’ll show you how to fix your own broken VW key.  Follow the instructions to get some more life out of the old electronics, rather than pay for a whole new key.

Broken VW Key

We think they should be replaced through a recall, as they have done with the newer type Seat key. However this is only happening in certain dealerships. Read more about how the new style key is already breaking.

Broken VW Key Why are they breaking to soon?

There are four problems that have met to make the perfect storm for owners, leaning a trail of broken VW Key problems behind.

Broken VW Key Problem One

The ignition locks feel very stiff to turn. This is especially true on VW Transporter and Caddy vans. We think it’s ok up to the point where the ignition lights come on. However when you turn the lock the last part to crank the engine, it feels very heavy.

Broken VW Key Problem Two

The ignition lock is held in place by a lock housing. The steering lock and electrical switch are part of the housing and unfortunately, we believe they are faulty.

It’s common for us to see 5-6 year old cars with lock housings that have failed, jamming up. The extra pressure put on the key weakens it, causing a broken VW Key. Read all about the problem here.

Broken VW Key Problem Three

The key blade is held into the key by a pin, held inside the blade holder. This blade holder is too weak and a fracture occurs around the place where the pin passes through.

This is an example of inferior component design, and we see this throughout the range of new keys and locks.

Broken VW Key Problem Four

Both the VW Transporter and VW Caddy models are used by businesses that do a lot of stop/start work such as delivery drivers. This constant on/off with the ignition lock brings forward the problem by years.

The VW transporter above had a mileage of 98,000 after three years, whereas the average family would probably take 5-6 years to get to this amount of miles.

We can see the problems that regular drivers will experience in a few years time.

Broken VW Key

So How can you fix your Broken VW Key ?

These are fairly simple to fix, but there are a couple of WARNINGS I need to let you know about

Warning Number One. These keys are different to Ford or Vauxhall keys. With these other makes we can take a ‘virgin’ key off the shelf, cut it and code it to your car.

However, VW, Seat and Skoda keys are different.

The chip that is fitted to your Broken VW Key has been specially formatted by the VW dealer, and if you break the chip, or it fails, replacing this key is more complicated.

Warning Number Two. If you open the broken key incorrectly, you will break the chip. This is not good. So read to the end and watch the video first please.

 

What do I need to fix my Broken VW Key?

Only a few things really.

  1. A new repair case. You cannot reuse the old case, sorry.
  2. Some Circlip pliers.
  3. The YouTube video below. It’s ten minutes long and will show you in great detail how to carefully open the key, remove the electronics and then rebuild the key.

That’s about it.

 

 

 

 

Skoda Octavia Hidden Lock 2013

Hello there. Have you seen where your Skoda Octavia hidden Lock is?

Most owners don’t know they have a door lock, let alone where it is! We’ve taken calls from all around the country, from people who are locked out because the key battery is flat.

Today’s post is all about your Skoda Octavia hidden lock. This is about a 2013 car but we believe it will apply to similar ages and models.

Skoda Octavia hidden lock

Once you know where it is and how to uncover it, you’ll never be locked out again.

Why have they designed a Skoda Octavia hidden lock?

For years there’s been three locks, drivers door, passenger door and boot. From 2008 things started to change. We believe they scrimped on spending out on new parts, and stopped putting a boot and passenger lock on new models.

Bad move, simply because when your only lock stops working, or it’s vandalised, you’re in big trouble. Anyway, that’s another blog post, lets get back on track.

So in the last five years they’ve decided to hide the door lock on certain cars. We presume it’s to make them look a bit more bling. It’s a bad idea, no-one shows you where your Skoda Octavia hidden lock is, or how to use it when you first buy the car. So we’ve decided to show you, because sooner or later, you’ll need it.

Where is my Skoda Octavia Hidden Lock?

If you’ll look on the drivers side, where the lock normally is, you’ll just see a face cap. Underneath this cover is the lock.

Uncovering your Skoda Octavia hidden lock.

If you look under the face cap, you should find a small slot.

Skoda Octavia hidden lock

This is the same size as your car key blade. The idea is that you put the blade into the door lock and pull it towards you.

Skoda Octavia hidden lock

However, we’ve found a problem with this. When we took these photos, it was a cold and icy day. These are the weather conditions when your car battery may be flat and the key buttons stop working. When we tried to loosen the cap with the key, it was too tight and we were worried that the key would break.

Have you heard about the problem with these keys breaking easily? Take a look at our post all about these keys snapping after just a few years.

Click here to read about Broken VW, Seat and Skoda Keys

Best way to uncover your Skoda Octavia hidden lock safely

So to save the car key from snapping, we used a screwdriver. This meant that it was stronger and we had a bit more leverage. Lever the bottom of the cap away and it will then lift off away from the lock. Careful that it doesn’t fall onto the road and get scratched.

Skoda Octavia hidden lock

But my Skoda Octavia hidden lock won’t work!

If you put the key in the lock, but it won’t turn, we think we know why!

When we tried to unlock the car in this photo shoot, the car wouldn’t unlock. It was because the key will not work unless it is put in the correct way.

Skoda Octavia hidden lock

The design of the key means that it’s fatter on one edge. The key body hits the handle, so it won’t go all the way in,  and stops the lock turning.

Skoda Octavia hidden lock

Turn the key over so you can see the Skoda logo and it will turn the lock clockwise a full 90 degrees and unlock the car!

Once you’re in the car, get a new key battery fitted and then refit the lock cap.

We hope this helps.