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There are times when the keyring loop on your key fob breaks. The damage happens frequently on fobs where the keyring loop is made of plastic. On newer keyfobs, the loop is made of metal, so the chance of type of damage is lessened.


Why does this happen?

  • physical trauma (e.g. drops)
  • general wear and tear (e.g. the repeated adding and removing keyrings/keys from your fob)

 

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Before we jump to the solution, let's discuss the "anatomy" of your key fob.

Anatomy - Key Fob Parts

Your car key fob is made up of a couple of different parts:
  • shell/housing
  • buttons (normally a rubber pad)
  • electronics (green circuit board)
  • battery

📌 Note: The keyring loop is specifically called the "housing/shell."


Solutions

Option 1: (Workaround)


a) Key Fob Cover 


The products we sell, slip over your key fob ---  like a phone case. Most of our key fob covers cover the keyring loop. Contact us to see what works for your key fob.

 

 

 🚨 Note: If your keyring loop is completely broken off this is not a long term solution. The silicone may tear over time, if you add multiple keys (e.g. house keys) due to the weight. Keep reading for a permanent solution.

 

b) Key Pouch


c) DIY - Get creative!

Replace the broken loop with a wire or Sugru (moldable glue).


Picture of Insert Wire

Pic via  on https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-fix-a-Broken-GM-Key-Fob

 If you are handy, please check this video.

Option 2: (Permanent)


Replace the Housing 


This can done at
  • your local dealer
  • auto locksmith 
  • DIY: Replace it your self (PS: If DIY, search for your keys part number or FCCID and verify that the button layout matches your. This is normally located on the back of your key fob.) 



TLDR: The housing/shell for this key fob is damaged and needs to be replaced. A workaround is a key fob cover with a built-in keyring loop. Long term however, we recommend fixing the housing.

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