Key re­mote bat­tery fit­ting

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

▶ The owner of this 2003 Vaux­hall As­tra had owned the car for two years. When he first got the ve­hi­cle, he was given two keys, one of which he just chucked in a drawer in case he ever needed it. It was only af­ter drop­ping his keys in a pud­dle, ren­der­ing the re­mote in­op­er­a­tive, that he de­cided to use the other key. The re­mote on this didn’t work ei­ther and he as­sumed the bat­tery was flat. He asked us if we could fit a new bat­tery.

Re­plac­ing the bat­tery is an easy task on the Vaux­hall key – the re­mote sec­tion just pulls away from the key and im­mo­biliser chip, af­ter which it can be gen­tly prised open. It was at this point that we dis­cov­ered that there was no bat­tery or re­mote con­trol in­side the fob! The moral of the story is: when you get a new ve­hi­cle, al­ways try all the keys straight away – it’s a bit late to com­plain two years later!

When we opened up the key-fob we found it had noth­ing in­side.

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