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BeaufordBuddy 04-19-2008 06:52 PM

Replacement key?
Silly situation just happened. I accidentally threw my car key inside the washing machine with a load of laundry. I realized it a few minutes later after the cycle began and there was clanging around. So I took it out immediately, well after the front load washer door unlocked, and dried it off. I tried to unscrew the small tiny screw that holds the key fob cover on, the one you have to take off to replace the battery. Unfortunately it was on super tight and I ended up stripping the screw, even after using a jeweler's screwdriver. So now I can't get the cover off to dry it out or when I'll eventually have to replace the battery. The screw is half way off so the cover isn't on tight. My question is this; if I take this to the dealer will they be able to do something? It might sound crazy but is this covered under the original warranty or will I have to pay for something like this? I was looking to get a replacement key anyway so how much will that run me? I've heard horror stories about how much of a pain it is to replace key fobs and how costly they are. I have a 2005 Accord EX V6 sedan. Any insight from anyone would be great. Thanks.

VTECaddict 04-19-2008 07:09 PM

is it still able to start the car? does the remote still work?

if yes to both, you just need a new outer shell (or maybe even just the screw?). you can order that only...check on honda parts websites to get the part number(s). or just glue it or something and worry about it later when you have to change the battery.

if it can still start the car, but remote doesnt work, you need a new shell and remote portion of the key. you can easily reprogram the remote yourself...instructions are on this site somewhere.

if it cant start the car, you need a new key. the key itself is about $35 or so. cost to program the new key to your car's computer will vary from dealer to dealer. ive seen anywhere from free to $100.

Aviography 04-19-2008 07:18 PM

If you have access to a soldering iron, you can put the tip on the head of the screw for 10 to 20 seconds, this may help loosen the screw enough that you can remove it, let the inside dry out before trying to see if it works.

If you are lucky, you may only have to replace the battery since the water would have undoubltly shorted it out and depleted all the energy........

tizo 04-20-2008 02:11 AM


Originally Posted by BeaufordBuddy (Post 228408)
The screw is half way off so the cover isn't on tight...

any possibility of removing it the rest of the way with a small pair of needlenose pliers or something equivalent???

BeaufordBuddy 04-20-2008 10:28 PM

Okay, I managed to pry open the back cover of the fob (the part with the Honda "H" logo). I had to cut away at some of the plastic in order to take it off. I don't understand why this screw is on so damn tight. Does this thing have to be torque down or something damn? I look in the Honda eStore for a replacement part and I can't just order that one back over. It costs $3.43 and the screw itself costs $1.75 (wow!). I'll call the local Honda dealership tomorrow and have them order those two things. Oh and there doesn't seem to be any apparent water damage to the internal keyless entry mechanism. I thought that under the fob cover there would be exposed circuitry but there is a separate piece that holds the battery and is sealed to prevent water from entering. Pretty nifty. Just another testament of great Honda ingenuity. Thanks everyone. I'm glad I managed to work this out. I didn't want to end up paying $100+ for a replacement key.

jeffreyhuhn 04-20-2008 10:38 PM

throw it in the dryer next.

Accordlover 04-21-2008 06:49 AM


Originally Posted by jeffreyhuhn (Post 228791)
throw it in the dryer next.

in the pocket of some jeans! :Yes:

Get all the moisture out, put it on med - low heat.

Aviography 04-21-2008 06:58 PM


Originally Posted by Accordlover (Post 228855)
in the pocket of some jeans! :Yes:

Get all the moisture out, put it on med - low heat.

Uh, I hope you were joking? (didn't see the :) )

Just put it near a sunny window for an hour or so, dryer heat maybe too much, plus all the potential for static electricity isn't good for electronics.

dave118811 04-22-2008 10:40 AM

I went swimming with my keys, cell phone, and wallet for a good 15 minutes. Key somehow still worked! Unfortunately can't say the same for my cell phone.

Sadz 04-22-2008 07:52 PM

Stick it in a bag of rice for a day or two. Rice will absorb the moisture.

Sadz 04-22-2008 07:53 PM

WOW, just realized how lame my "FIRST POST" is...........hope it helps someone! LOL!

melissa 04-22-2009 11:17 AM

Okay so my remote works and my key works, but the casign around that tiny screw broke and the casing won't stay together. I have it held together with rubber bands at the moment. I looked on the honda estore to see if I could get just the front and back cover of the keyless remote but couldn't find them.

Help am I missing something can I not by just these pieces?

wazy 06-22-2011 04:47 AM

LoSt my Car Key
Hye, Iím a new member hereÖ Iíve big prob right now.. Iíve lost both of my car keys.. Iíve tow my car to Honda service centre to keep safe of the car.. and the replacement cost is around rm3450.. I donít know, can I get other solution to replace it that maybe a bit cheaper compare to the original set by honda.. you know guys.. raya is just around the corner.. some more.. my road tax gonna expired by this end of jun.. it will cost me around 3k++.. owhhh please guys.. help me.. accord latest model.. 2010.. plsÖ

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georgiamadman 06-22-2011 07:13 AM

what did he say? :dunno::scratch:

Dreamacre 06-22-2011 07:43 AM


Originally Posted by georgiamadman (Post 846523)
what did he say? :dunno::scratch:

Oh, georgiamadman, I can speak jive. He said
he's in great pain and wants to know if
you can help him.

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