Every week we’re sent emails, and answer questions from our local customers in Lincoln. They ask us this simple question. Can you fix my broken car key?
This is a fair question, but it’s not a simple answer.
Should you take your only key apart, and try and put it into a new case? Will you be able to save money instead of buying a new key?
Some car keys can be fixed easily. Others require the calm hands of a brain surgeon, armed with the full list of instructions. Even though you want to make things better, imagine if you made things worse? So instead of asking can you fix it, the question is, should I try and fix my broken car key?
We think you should be able to. It’s hardly your fault that manufacturers have messed up with cheap design. But it depends on the make of car.
So to save you from getting stranded somewhere, here’s our guide to which keys to avoid and when we’d encourage you to have a go.
Buttons stop working – Key Battery
The simplest problem to sort out is when the buttons stop working. Of all the keys we see at our shop, most of the time it’s simply a new car key battery needed. To help you with this problem, we’ve made over 160 videos that show how to change the key battery.
Buttons stop working – Perished Rubber buttons
Next is when the outer case buttons wear through. This is really common on certain keys such as Vauxhall Insignia flip keys and older style Peugeot and Citroen keys
Normally, as long as the electronic switch is still working, a new case will fix this.
Fix My Broken Car key – Other ‘Easy’ Fixes
Most other car key fixes involve replacing the car key case. It’s usually because the blade stops flicking out, or has broken away from the main key.
Some cases are easy to change, and others are not
Easy Key Repairs
Vauxhall Insignia, Astra, Corsa, Mokka etc
This type of flip key have soft buttons that wear through. They also suffer from blades that fall away from the key due to the blade holder cracking. This is a very easy key to open, even though it’s glued together.