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DIY Key Fob Refresh (new buttons)

Saf789

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All,
Just a quick one here.

My key fobs were looking old and tired because the buttons had worn down and i didn't like the look of them so had a look at ways of refreshing them.
This is what they looked like:
Keyfob_Before.jpg


After a bit of digging and searching i found these buttons on ebay for approx £3 delivered, from China.
Keyfob_NewButtons_Cropped.jpg

I opened up the key fob carefully and managed to replace the buttons without any problems.
After changing it now looks like this:

Keyfob_After.jpg

And here are both fobs with new buttons and old ones removed.

Keyfob_OldAndNew.jpeg

I am happy with the new buttons, they have a matt silver finish rather than a chrome one like the OEM buttons.
They are obviously not as good quality as OEM and only time will tell how soon they fade out too but at a cost of only £3 (for 6 buttons that do both fobs) - ill refresh them again when they fade.

Thanks for reading.
 

Blippi

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Look much better something I could do with doing with mine as they look similar to yours was there anything to watch out for or pretty obvious when you get stuck in?
 

Saf789

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Actually yes there is: be sure to leave the new buttons alone until step 5.

Step 1: Open the single screw to pop the transponder section off, this has the buttons in it.
Step 2: Then you pop the transponder section open with a coin (there is a notch on 1 corner). Here you will see the battery and can replace it.
Step 3: Pry open the button section. It has 4 little clips and what looks like a rubber gasket/seal, be sure not to rip that. With the buttons facing you, you will see the 4 holes where the clips are, just push them through gently. Once you pull it apart you will see its a rubber cover that sits between the board and the buttons.
Step 4: Move the board away and push the 3 buttons out as one piece.
Step 5: Now cut the new buttons away from the frame holding them by comparing the excess plastic to the old ones, keep the 3 buttons connected and remove them as 1 piece.
Step 6: Slot the new buttons in and put the key back together.

Im not technical and changing a car light bulb is as far as i would go really so everyone else should have no problems.
Just be gentle with it thats all.
 
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