I noticed that the key fob for a 2010 Chrysler Town & Country was not working well. The only two buttons that worked were the lock button and power hatch button. Don’t think I’m ungrateful for two working buttons, but it sure would be nice to be able to unlock the van without using the spare door key every time.
To size up the situation, I took apart the fob. Here is what it looked like.
After splitting the key in half, I found that the inside was dirty and certain pieces had become disconnected. See those silver, metal circles on the circuit board? Those are bendable metal “dimples” that are pressed by the rubber buttons on the outside of the key fob. But they are supposed to be glued to the back of the rubber buttons. When I opened the fob, they were sliding around.
The first step was to see if I could get it to work at all. Putting the “dimples” in place allowed two of the buttons to work for the moment, but there was no guarantee that they would stay in place or work after a few days. The next step involved me driving to Autozone to see if they had any after market key fobs. (I was in a hurry to get it done.) Thankfully, they didn’t have any on hand, and the worker behind the counter told me how to fix the problem:
- Clean the inside of the key fob with dialectic spray to get rid of any grease or dirt.
- Super glue a metal dimple to the back of each rubber button.
That’s really all it took to fix the key fob. The hardest part was gluing the dimples to the back of the rubber buttons. (I would suggest using tweezers as there isn’t much room for big fingers.) But despite the limited space, they all were eventually attached. A quick test revealed that the buttons now work as good as new. Hurrah!