After replacing and then finding lost keys, will they still work for the vehicle?
About one year ago, my son from out West, lost the only keys to his 2012 BMW. At great expense, he had to have two keys ordered from the dealership. We have since found the keys and were told that if the car were reprogrammed with the new keys, the old keys would not work. I would like to send the keys out to him but will not do so if they will not work. Will the old keys still work or could he have them reprogrammed back to the car again?
Bob from Burlington
The old keys should still work as far as starting the car but he might have to, depending on the key, have to replace the batteries in the remote in order to operate the doors. If the remote does not have a battery then he has to use the key to start the car and it will charge when the car is being driven.
I have a 2005 GMC ½ ton and the driver’s seat belt is torn. I have been advised that you can have the belt repaired but I am reluctant to do this as most dealers will tell you that it is safer to just purchase a new seat belt. A new belt is pricy. I would like your opinion please.
Judith from Dundas
There are outlets advertised on the Internet that can repair your vehicle’s seat belt. You can either remove the seat belt and take or send it to them or you can take the vehicle to them and they will repair your seat belt for you. Just remember that if you remove the seat belt you cannot drive the vehicle. Another option is that you can just go to any auto recycler and see if they have one that matches your seat belt’s colour. If price is a factor, then check out the prices on both options and then decide.
Thank you very much for your assistance with the used car dealer in getting my problem solved. I was working with them for over two months with no resolution but the problem was solved just four days after you intervened. I have a question for you on another matter still dealing with the 2012 Volvo. The car on the highway wants to wander more than usual. My mechanic, who does all my oil changes, has looked at the car and says that he sees nothing the matter with the front end. He says that there might have been major collision damage to the car in the past and that it has not been repaired properly. If the car has been in a major accident and not repaired properly, what are my options at this time?
As you might recall, we had done a Car fax on the car and it came back clean. We also found out that it was a one-owner car so I do not think that your mechanic, by giving you unverified allegations about major collision damage, is helping you with the problem. One or more faulty tires can cause road wandering as well as a car with a front or rear end that is out of alignment. I suggest that you take the car to a proper alignment shop and let them check the car for you. You will most likely find that the car needs an alignment.