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Any ideas why my car key didn't work?


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#1 Saint Billinge

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 10:46 AM

Having travelled some distance to Chirk Castle in North Wales, my car key wouldn't turn the ignition! Luckily, my wife had brought her key which isn't normally the case. Arriving back home it then worked. However, once I'd got the car out of the garage the next morning, it then wouldn't work again. Having gone to order a new key, the flipping key worked again, although I am now wary of it. 



#2 gazza77

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 10:59 AM

Battery in the fob getting flat so that it didn't work with the immobiliser? Only random thing I can think of off the top of my head.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:06 AM

You'd better hope it's just the battery ... a replacement is less than a fiver.

 

Five years ago, a replacement key for my Nissan was £138.


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#4 Saint Billinge

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:11 AM

Luckily, my wife's key worked OK. On explaining the problem at Timpson's, the guy said I needed a new key priced £40. He didn't say anything else. I've never had this problem in over 35 years of owning cars!


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#5 gazza77

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:25 AM

You'd better hope it's just the battery ... a replacement is less than a fiver.

 

Five years ago, a replacement key for my Nissan was £138.

 The last Nissan one I bought about 18 months ago was nearer £200. :(


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:22 PM

Had this problem. The easiest way to get it to work is to lock the steering, then put the key in and rock the steering wheel. This should at least make it work in the short term. Then add a few shots of lubricant and it will eventually ease up like mine did.

 

If your key is wor,n then most key cutting places can do it for you. The major cost is if the immobiliser is linked to the key and you need a new fob as well.



#7 Saint Billinge

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:33 PM

Had this problem. The easiest way to get it to work is to lock the steering, then put the key in and rock the steering wheel. This should at least make it work in the short term. Then add a few shots of lubricant and it will eventually ease up like mine did.

 

If your key is wor,n then most key cutting places can do it for you. The major cost is if the immobiliser is linked to the key and you need a new fob as well.

 

 Thanks for the info. 



#8 Marauder

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:08 PM

You'd better hope it's just the battery ... a replacement is less than a fiver.

 

Five years ago, a replacement key for my Nissan was £138.

Some replacements are still expensive and a lot of back street garages will not touch them because they need a special tool to change the battery.


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#9 Saint Billinge

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:18 PM

Well, my key is now working. Baffling!



#10 Wolford6

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:39 AM

Well, my key is now working. Baffling!

 

 

I'm sorry but John is unable to lock this thread at present. We have to wait until Martyn and Saintslass have commented that car keys only started to work when Thatcher came to power.


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#11 Saint Billinge

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:15 AM

I'm sorry but John is unable to lock this thread at present. We have to wait until Martyn and Saintslass have commented that car keys only started to work when Thatcher came to power.

 

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#12 Severus

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:31 AM

A bulb went in my home office yesterday. It was alright because we had a few spares. :P


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#13 JohnM

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 10:18 AM

I think you'll find that the key problem will affect more and more Snellins fans as the seaon progresses.

 

 

 

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 10:22 AM

Well, my key is now working. Baffling!

Have you tried turning it on and off again?

 

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#15 GURNER

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:18 PM

Ray, have you misplaced the crank handle? That normally sorts it :rolleyes:


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#16 Saint Billinge

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:23 PM

Ray, have you misplaced the crank handle? That normally sorts it :rolleyes:

 

Flippin eck, forgot about the crank handle!  :D



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 12:38 PM

I had the same problem with my Rover 213 in a rooftop car park in Wolverhampton, mid 1990s

Wrong car...

As all cars are now black grey or silver Id now expect this to happen more often

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 12:39 PM

I'm sorry but John is unable to lock this thread at present. We have to wait until Martyn and Saintslass have commented that car keys only started to work when Thatcher came to power.

As and when it looks like it might turn uncomfortable, Ive got a new gay-glo coat we can start a thread about

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:47 PM

Next time use the car key rather than your front door key
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