A newer type of Vauxhall ‘flip’ key is supplied with Insignia models (2008 – ). These are a truly terrible key, both in design and material quality, in our opinion. We see many Insignia Broken flip key problems.
The Problems with Astra J and Insignia keys
This style of flip key has three basic faults.
Firstly, the rubbers are very soft, which mean they wear quickly, just like the one in the photo.
The second problem will leave you stranded. The design of the silver flip part of the key, the hinge part that holds in the key blade, is very weak.
We see many that crack, causing the blade to drop out. When you go to use your car, the blade is missing.
The very last problem is just as bad. We’re starting to see the electronics go faulty. If this happens, the car will not start. This will be the subject of a more detailed blog post, so look out for it.
When the electronics do go faulty, the car won’t crank, let alone start. If this happens there will be a symbol of a padlock on the dashboard. This is simply because the electronics no longer make the chip signal.
There are really common problems in all makes of car. Click Here to read about how broken keys can be fixed.
The Solution to the Insignia Broken Flip Key
Problem 1 – Worn rubbers
These can be sorted out easily, by replacing the case and swapping the parts. However, here are a few tips if you’re thinking about doing this yourself. eBay sell a range of cases, some are great, some are terrible, so look for good feedback.
To get the broken keys apart is not that easy. It takes a lot of force, and in doing so, its easy to damage the expensive electronic part inside.
This can be sorted out easily if you have both parts of the key. The electronics can be put into a new case, as described above.
Problem 3 – Chip not detected by the car
This requires a brand-new key. All good Auto Locksmiths can do this, but some will need the security code from the dealer. Shop around and when you compare prices ask whether the key is genuine or aftermarket.
The aftermarket keys work fine, but do not have a Vauxhall badge. Prices range from £100 – £200 depending on where you live in the country and who does this for you.
You may also find help at the Vauxhall Owners club below
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