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Old 12-06-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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DIY: assembly and disassembly of the key fob

My key fob was having some problems... probably due to the amount of time I constantly flipping it out (playing with it).

However... you may also need this in a few years when one of the buttons won't press... or the flipping mechanism gets loose... or if you damage the shell and don't want to have a new key cut and programmed (put the internals in a new "shell").

It pretty easy. You only need a small screwdriver for carefully prying the shell apart.

First pop the battery cover off and pull the battery out. To do this put the key in the open position and your thumb in the space where the key was... and just pop it right off (I did this out of order, thats why the battery cover is still on there).

Then pry lightly on the top side of the key fob with your small flathead like so (mine was easy because it was already coming apart there).

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Then do the same to the backside (next to the metal ring holder)... but slower this time to ease it off. You may be able to hold the remaining plastic part and push on the metal part.

When the front-face comes completely free from the back-face it will spin 2 revolutions from the spring force.

Then you can proceed to take out the key and the chip



Usually I would say... just do the disassembly in reverse for the assembly. But you need to put the spring force back into the key... don't worry it is easy.

-Put the push button back into the key (if you separated it from the key).

-Put the chip back in the front-face facing down.

-Put the key into its home in the "out" position

-Put the spring back into the push button (it will "seat" into a locked in position)

- put the back face onto the spring and make sure that the spring's little "foot" is in its home... this is what the foot looks like



you will be holding it like this...



spin the back-face in a counterclockwise rotation, that will spring the key outwards.

rotate it 2 full revolutions and snap it back on.

the rest is cake... just make sure you press it together hard enough so it clicks (finger pressure should do it).


I took mine apart and put it back together in about 5 minutes. Just doing this made the key fit in there much better (no more play). So hopefully I wont need to replace my shell.

But if you ever need to replace the shell... at least you wont be dropping $120 on a new cut key, dealer programing, and a couple of wasted hours at the stealership.

There are a couple places to get an uncut, unprogrammed key (for swapping the internals):

http://americankeysupply.com/index.p...oducts_id=1282

and without the remote start...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A3GM12XFXQPQFV

.... Or email PatrickT at GM Parts House (forum sponsor): patrick@gmpartshouse.com .... not sure how much they cost, but I think you can get one from him pre-cut.


Or you can get a used one on ebay for a couple dollars cheaper.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:31 AM   #2
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Nice Write Up !!
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:32 AM   #3
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thanks, it's in my maintenance folders now.
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:58 PM   #4
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I belive their is a way to program them yourself as well
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:42 PM   #5
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I belive their is a way to program them yourself as well
If anyone finds out that this is true... Please post.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:48 PM   #6
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you can put one of your origional keys in the ignition and turn to the on position, then remove it, put your new unprogrammed key in the same ignition and turn it to the on position and wait to hear it beep and display "third key remembered" or some thing like that on the center display. that is how I programmed my ordered key. works just like the one that came with my car.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:07 AM   #7
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Nice write up and pics. I wondered what the inside looked like.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:50 PM   #8
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you can put one of your origional keys in the ignition and turn to the on position, then remove it, put your new unprogrammed key in the same ignition and turn it to the on position and wait to hear it beep and display "third key remembered" or some thing like that on the center display. that is how I programmed my ordered key. works just like the one that came with my car.
But you'd need to have the blade (the part that you physically stick in the ignition) laser cut to match your other keys. That part you can't do yourself...
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:12 PM   #9
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Anyone have the pictures to those dead links?
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:38 AM   #10
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Where are the pictures?

Hi,
Where can I find the pictures? Would feel a whole lot better if I had some pictures to go with the text.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:16 PM   #11
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:13 PM   #12
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I read the post on how to program a new key fob. I'm awaiting my new pre cut key fob and am wondering if that's all I need to do. Is put the old key in, turn to tge "on" position then remove and do the same with my brand new key?
Any other advice would be greatly welcomed. I should get new key by Friday.

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:00 AM   #14
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And I'm curious how us non-locksmith's can buy anything from that American Key Supply website...
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:46 PM   #15
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I read the post on how to program a new key fob. I'm awaiting my new pre cut key fob and am wondering if that's all I need to do. Is put the old key in, turn to tge "on" position then remove and do the same with my brand new key?
Any other advice would be greatly welcomed. I should get new key by Friday.

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It IS that easy.

Put an old one in... then put the new one in... and you are done.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:47 PM   #16
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And I'm curious how us non-locksmith's can buy anything from that American Key Supply website...
I should probably remove that link... I really just showed it because I thought that it was interesting to see one for ~$25.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:29 PM   #17
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How did you open the Fob up the First time? I ordered a new fob, and can't get it open at all....I can get the Battery Cover off, but the rest of it is so tight, I can't get it apart.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:03 PM   #18
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They've started gluing the two halves together, and changing out the pattern of the metal push release button. I was still able to replace the facing of the fob, but it does look tampered with, and was a pain. The rest of the fob was complete scrap by the time I was done with it.

I would look into having the key pattern made instead of messing with swapping out parts.
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Old 09-11-2014, 09:49 AM   #19
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The face of my fob has ripped so that the unlock button part is completely disconnected and falls out leaving a nice hole. Looks like the trunk button is getting ready to tear as well.

Is there any place that sells just the face of the fob?
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I just wanna give HUGE PROPS to Bell040. Although this wasn't as easy at this OP makes it sound. I worked through it.

I had 2 Fob that were both broken in a different way.

First one... had been slaughtered in the touch pad. The Trunk rubber button was completely gone.

Second one... The key blade had bent.

After going to the dealership and being offered the new key that you literally would just remove the blade from and continue to have to carry as a remote and then have a completely separate NON BLADE key linked to my key. FOR MY CAMARO??? Sorry son. Not gonna hapn.

SO... the solution for me was to COMBINE parts from each and end up with 1 perfectly functioning key and one key left in parts. This was an OK solution for me. Just really need one key. The other is a safety precaution.

I worked through the steps and finally got those bad boys cracked open.

Had to really pry the screwdriver into the cave the key opens up when SEMI-OPENED. It was probably not the best way but after have started to butcher the seam of the fob with my screwdriver I had to find a different leverage point.

I discovered after having them both open that there is a critical point at the NORTH END of the fob. There is a sort of dovetail join up top and if you don't SLIDE the two pieces spare at that point. You may break the fob. This happened and is part of the fob that remains now in pieces. No biggie. $40 bucks online and I'm back in biz w both.

Just wanted to share this episode. It was a great feeling having my functioning switchblade back in action. It flips quick and works PERRRRRRRRRRRRRFECT.

BIG UPS TO THIS THREAD FOR THE HELP. TOTALLY STOKED TO HAVE FOUND THIS.
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:38 PM   #21
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I just wanna give HUGE PROPS to Bell040. Although this wasn't as easy at this OP makes it sound. I worked through it.

I had 2 Fob that were both broken in a different way.

First one... had been slaughtered in the touch pad. The Trunk rubber button was completely gone.

Second one... The key blade had bent.

After going to the dealership and being offered the new key that you literally would just remove the blade from and continue to have to carry as a remote and then have a completely separate NON BLADE key linked to my key. FOR MY CAMARO??? Sorry son. Not gonna hapn.

SO... the solution for me was to COMBINE parts from each and end up with 1 perfectly functioning key and one key left in parts. This was an OK solution for me. Just really need one key. The other is a safety precaution.

I worked through the steps and finally got those bad boys cracked open.

Had to really pry the screwdriver into the cave the key opens up when SEMI-OPENED. It was probably not the best way but after have started to butcher the seam of the fob with my screwdriver I had to find a different leverage point.

I discovered after having them both open that there is a critical point at the NORTH END of the fob. There is a sort of dovetail join up top and if you don't SLIDE the two pieces spare at that point. You may break the fob. This happened and is part of the fob that remains now in pieces. No biggie. $40 bucks online and I'm back in biz w both.

Just wanted to share this episode. It was a great feeling having my functioning switchblade back in action. It flips quick and works PERRRRRRRRRRRRRFECT.

BIG UPS TO THIS THREAD FOR THE HELP. TOTALLY STOKED TO HAVE FOUND THIS.
Nice job!!!
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:39 PM   #22
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Before anyone does this DIY, please check and see if your key is covered under the safety recall !!! You get 2 keys cut and programmed for FREE !!

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=363441
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