From the year 2003 to the year 2012, we have been repairing Honda key fobs in the Denver metro area. The types of Hondas we repair key fobs for are Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline.We are talking about the key fob with the push buttons to lock and unlock the doors with the red panic button. Honda has been making these keys that often times fail for many years. The reason these keys fail is because there is only one small screw that holds the key blade and the plastic together. The plastic is big and weak and the blade is smaller and stronger. I don’t know how they didn’t see the failure coming.
In fact, we have seen so many of these keys break, that first we would like to tell you not to blame yourself because it is the quality of the key that is to blame. Second, there is a way to repair the key at a low cost and we will try to explain how in the most simple way we can.
Honda key fob shell replacement
Replace Honda key shell
At first, as you see in the picture, you can buy a Honda key shell for just a few dollars online. These shells have been made for any type of a Honda key fob. Whether you have more or less buttons on your key fob, Honda makes shells for both. You cannot just buy the right shell for your Honda and fix it yourself. The reason is because the blade is attached to the shell permanently and you will have to have the high security blade cut by a professional. The only part that you can replace yourself will be the inside part. Some key fobs will have one part inside and some will have two parts.
So obviously, the part you are replacing between the broken key fob to the new key shell is the inside part with the push buttons. Most of these parts will have everything inside of them and you will not need to replace anything else besides this part. Some of the Honda key fobs will have two inside parts. The first part will be the part with the push buttons on it and the second part will be an additional electronic chip. As you see in the picture, the green square is where the second electronic chip is located. This chip is the one that makes your car start, so be very careful with it. It is kind of difficult to get it out, so we recommend you just break the plastic around it and be very gentle with the chip inside. After you get this chip out, install it in the new shell.
Honda key cutting
Your Honda key, in professional terms, is called a High Security key. Not just any locksmith can cut this key for you. Only locksmiths that have specific machines for High Security car keys can cut these keys. As you can see in the video, this cutting machine points a laser to a key in order to cut the key from the inside out. That is what makes this key a High Security key.
When you fix your key by replacing the broken key shell with a new key shell, you are basically taking your existing electronic chip that is already programed to your car and installing it in your new key shell. This means that besides cutting the key, you do not need to do anything else.