Vauxhall Astra 2004-2009 Broken Car Key Problems

Vauxhall Astra 2004-2009 broken key problems are leaving owners stranded. This is because of the design of the key. Wobbly blades that no longer spring, cases that split open and chips that fail to give out a signal are standard for these cars.

These are really common problems in all makes of car. Click Here to read about how broken keys can be fixed.

Vauxhall Astra 2004-2009

Astra H

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 is static. The more common key with the flick blade has two problems.

Problem 1 – First of all, the blades get very ‘wobbly’ due to the hinge mechanism and therefore the case splits and the blade falls out.








Problem 2 – The design of the key electronics mean the components go faulty, therefore the car will not start. This is the subject of a more detailed blog post, so look out for it, but basically, it’s not uncommon for the car one day just not crank, let alone start. If this happens it will show a symbol of a padlock on the dashboard or a flashing engine light.


The Solution

Problem 1 – Wobbly Blade

This can be sorted out easily by fitting the electronics into a new case.

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.

You may also find help at the Vauxhall Owners club below

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

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


2 replies
  1. Emma Taylor
    Emma Taylor says:

    I have a Vauxhall Astra six 07 plate and the keys don’t work after having the batteries changed and also the central looking has gone on all for doors for no reason but the boot still locks with the key

    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Emma, did the buttons work before the batteries were changed? When you sit inside the car, does the button work to lock and unlock the car?


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