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Old 08-19-2021, 07:43 PM
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Yikes no remote did not know that. My quality gripe is that with seams it's not water tight like the seamless diamond key


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Yikes no remote did not know that. My quality gripe is that with seams it's not water tight like the seamless diamond key...
Correct - it has a pop-off rear cover with a standard CR-series button cell - certainly not waterproof but then, with no remote, it doesn't need to be.

*edit* I've not opened it up but I'm assuming the EWS chip/antenna is the fully encapsulated type and IS waterproof.
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Mrs. OB sent our key through the washing machine once. No damage.
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The diamond key has no seam. It's waterproof to prob at least 30m. Over that it'll prob press all the buttons.
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I have one of these illuminated keys - and it's quality kit (see pic below).

But it's rather useless, since it has no remote functions. I have not used it in over six years of ownership...

Oh wow! Thank you for posting a pic of it. Yeah--i'll def stay away from that one.
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Replacement Key; Online dealer

Hot dog! Ordered Thursday arrived Monday!

It took about 4 tries to sync the key doing from memory but I got it without having to resort to Google.

Feels very weird having the doors unlock from a distance.

Had a very weird thing happen. When I first tried the new valet key it did not start. I had to pull the key out and try a second time and it worked.
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Great, Andrew! Thanks for reporting back. Even old-fashioned remote unlocking is better than old-old-fashioned using the lock.

One of my original keys is still working after almost 18 years. The other died quite a while back. It went through the wash, which might have been the cause, or it could be I just didn't use it enough.
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Hot dog! Ordered Thursday arrived Monday!

It took about 4 tries to sync the key doing from memory but I got it without having to resort to Google.

Feels very weird having the doors unlock from a distance.

Had a very weird thing happen. When I first tried the new valet key it did not start. I had to pull the key out and try a second time and it worked.
It worked in the ignition no problem to start the car? Does it identify it as another unique key?
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Yes second try the valet key worked as expected. I haven't looked in the scanner to see what #s the two new keys are but they will surely have a new unique number.


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Great, Andrew! Thanks for reporting back. Even old-fashioned remote unlocking is better than old-old-fashioned using the lock.

One of my original keys is still working after almost 18 years. The other died quite a while back. It went through the wash, which might have been the cause, or it could be I just didn't use it enough.

Almost always the problem is solder joints breaking. My car was 14 when I bought it and within a year both keys had solder joint failure.

I reflowed the solder and both worked again for a couple years before I lost one and the other stopped working.

I didn't want to risk killing my only key so I haven't reflowed the solder yet I've been waiting to get a new key. Now that I have i can reflow my old key.

I had indications that the car side electronics could be at fault so another reason I waited to get a new key. Praise Jesus the key worked meaning car side is working!
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