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DaMiAa   
Tue Feb 05 2013, 02:09am
Member No: #27518
Joined: Sep 19 2012
Location: Kent, England
Thanks Dave... So it is Citroen the only place to get the thing i need then ? But obviously it will need to be the whole key plus circuit plus blade?
Zoltan007   
Mon Feb 25 2013, 10:21am
Member No: #29507
Joined: Feb 25 2013
Location: Devon
Hi all - newbie here. I read a great post on here a couple of days ago about replacing a key fob when the buttons are worn ( - Click Here - ). I've just opened up my existing fob and see that the actual button on the circuit board has seemingly been obliterated. See pic.

Is there any way I can repair this? I have bought a replacement fob (probably should have looked inside my own before making that purchase) and would have no problem transferring the existing circuit board and key to the new one thanks to the post referenced above. But that button is surely beyond saving. I'm hoping someone will tell me otherwise...



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TomOnC4   
Mon Feb 25 2013, 12:48pm
Member No: #13833
Joined: May 23 2010
Location: Ireland
Zoltan007 wrote ...

Hi all - newbie here. I read a great post on here a couple of days ago about replacing a key fob when the buttons are worn ( - Click Here - ). I've just opened up my existing fob and see that the actual button on the circuit board has seemingly been obliterated. See pic.

Photo is too small to see the detail.
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 Zoltan007 (25 Feb 2013 : 12:56)
Zoltan007   
Mon Feb 25 2013, 01:10pm
Member No: #29507
Joined: Feb 25 2013
Location: Devon
Thank you. Sorry about the pic - not sure why it came out so small! Have tried again...

P.S. The button in question is the unlock button. On the left in the photo is a nice button that looks like it's supposed to. On the right is... a mess


TomOnC4   
Mon Feb 25 2013, 01:23pm
Member No: #13833
Joined: May 23 2010
Location: Ireland
Zoltan007 wrote ...

On the right is... a mess

Would have to agree. It would be helpful to know how that happened.. Hit by lightning?? Or did someone try a repair already, thereby removing the old switch but also possibly damaged the circuit board??

If the former (or equivalent) its hard to see how it could be salvaged. If the latter, smack someone on the side of the head and maybe check out your local mobile phone repair shop or something like that, who might be able to repair that part of the board.

Otherwise it looks like a new (or possibly used) keyfob plus re-programming.

Hope this helps
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 Zoltan007 (25 Feb 2013 : 13:29)
Zoltan007   
Mon Feb 25 2013, 01:33pm
Member No: #29507
Joined: Feb 25 2013
Location: Devon
:-D No idea how it happened to be honest. It was worn when I got it but still usable until the last few months. Over the last few weeks I've still managed to use that button by digging at it with a small key (in which case I should probably smack my own head) and am amazed it still works at all now that I've seen it on the inside.

Mobile phone repair shop is an excellent suggestion - well worth a try, cheers.
TomOnC4   
Mon Feb 25 2013, 01:54pm
Member No: #13833
Joined: May 23 2010
Location: Ireland
Zoltan007 wrote ...

Mobile phone repair shop is an excellent suggestion - well worth a try, cheers.

Just to refine that a bit- I'm not talking about yer local Vodafone outlet; rather its the Chinese lady who mends and unlocks mobile phones down a lane and who will tackle anything. I hope you have such a lady near you- invaluable for fixing all kinds of stuff like my Panasonic LED TV's remote control that would have cost 140 to replace was fixed for 20.
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 Zoltan007 (25 Feb 2013 : 15:48)
Zoltan007   
Mon Feb 25 2013, 03:51pm
Member No: #29507
Joined: Feb 25 2013
Location: Devon
Thanks for the clarification. :-D
There's a lady nearby who operates out of an old garage. She's handy with a soldering iron and knows her way around a variety of circuit boards so the rumours go. She would have been perfect but I've just learned she's Taiwanese not Chinese. damn.

DeuxChevaux   
Tue Feb 26 2013, 05:00am
Member No: #16472
Joined: Nov 21 2010
Location: North Norfolk UK
I had similar issues with my wife's remote, it took ages to find a switch small enough mainly via ebay, then I found someone on ebay who offered a repair replacing the switch for £12 - it's a couple of years ago now so I'll see if I can track down the person who did it tonight
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 Zoltan007 (26 Feb 2013 : 11:22)
Zoltan007   
Tue Feb 26 2013, 11:23am
Member No: #29507
Joined: Feb 25 2013
Location: Devon
Excellent - thanks DC, I'd be grateful.
roblaw   
Sat Aug 03 2013, 03:15am
Member No: #31876
Joined: Jul 29 2013
Location: scotland
£5 gets you a new exact match case and blank key. you open case put your little circuit board in. key part blank in in place with a small retaining pin knock this out and swap it for yours. Citroen emblem can be prised off and spot of glue attaches to new fob. From ebay
chef761953   
Wed Jul 01 2015, 06:34pm
Member No: #41162
Joined: Jul 01 2015
Location: Sheffield
I have a new plastic fob case off ebay. My old ones has buttons worn off. So I intend to swap over metal key, battery and chipboard. Then re-initialise it as if I have replaced battery. Should work, right?
Pegasusflash   
Sun Feb 21 2016, 10:47am
Member No: #34641
Joined: Mar 10 2014
Location: Ireland
Hi I used a service I found on ebay, My key fob was not working and the spring loaded blade was also broken. This company I found on ebay fixed the fob and put my old key/blade into the new key and returned it after just one day they offer a great service for only £24.99. look up ebay for this, Repair refurbishment service for Citroen C4 C5 C6 C8 3 button remote flip key. Yhey are called remotefobcentre. I would highly recommend them.
AAman   
Wed Feb 06 2019, 03:43am
Member No: #45053
Joined: Jun 03 2016
Location: Bristol
Buy the key from e-bay and swap the bits over yourself providing there is no damage to the internals.
done both my keys and no problems, cost about a fiver...
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 BigJohnD (06 Feb 2019 : 09:06)
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