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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 kefobs, 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, especially on the plastic housing (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

Solution: Use a Remote Tote

Besides replacing your remotes shell/housing (check our previous article on this same topic) this is a permanent solution to re-attach a broken remote to your keychain. This saves you $100's of dollars in replacement/repair fees at the locksmith or dealer!

 

Our Remote Totes are made of genuine leather and will help reduce wear and tear damage on your key fob. Remote Totes are universal and come in a variety of colors. 

How To Fix A Broken: Car, House, Door, Gate Key Fob Remote Transmitter

What Remotes Does This Work With?

Remote Totes are designed to work with:

  • Smart keys (for push button start vehicle)
  • Key + Transponder/remote head keys
  • standard keys

 

Remote Totes are not designed to work with:

  • flip out/switchblade style keys

 Types of Car Keys : What Car Key do you have?

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.

Questions? We'd love to hear from you. Please connect with us via email or send us a text/use our voicemail drop line @  (301) 893-7737.


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