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Title: Pleasing solution
Post by: Lizzie Zoom on 10 April 2018, 17:16:36
Not for the first time with my past Omega's, and now with my existing one, both key fobs have given up the ghost with the integral clip that is meant to stop the yoke separating from the main battery compartment, usually when you are pulling the key out of the ignition.

So I came up with a simple fix.  1mm hole drilled carefully into one of the sides of the yoke (the side without the chip), and a shallow (not penetrating) corresponding hole in the side of the battery compartment, and the two sections put together with an ex-electrical switch cable brass grub screw neatly screwed in to hold both together.  Simples! :D ;)
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Andy B on 10 April 2018, 17:51:18
... usually when you are pulling the key out of the ignition.
.....

My wife is heavy handed too  ::)
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Nick W on 10 April 2018, 18:15:04
A couple of blobs from a hot glue gun works.
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Lizzie Zoom on 10 April 2018, 18:24:19
A couple of blobs from a hot glue gun works.

Then you cannot get to the battery ::) ::) :D ;)
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Andy B on 10 April 2018, 18:29:30
A couple of blobs from a hot glue gun works.

Then you cannot get to the battery ::) ::) :D ;)

Hot glue can be pulled apart if needed  ;)
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Nick W on 10 April 2018, 18:35:54
A couple of blobs from a hot glue gun works.

Then you cannot get to the battery ::) ::) :D ;)

Hot glue can be pulled apart if needed  ;)


It's very handy for such small items that need to be almost permanently attached.
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: BazaJT on 10 April 2018, 18:54:10
Sounds like a decent fix that seems "permanent" but can easily be dismantled if/when needed :y
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Nick W on 10 April 2018, 18:55:29
Also, get rid of all of the shrapnel on your keyring. You do not want every key you've ever owned hanging off the ignition key. Split it into usable bunches, even if you keep them in the car.
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: TheBoy on 10 April 2018, 20:45:43
Is this a common problem.  Never had an issue on any of mine?


If ever I did break a fob, I'd rummage through my spares box, and dig out the tech2, and treat it to a "new" one.
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: VXL V6 on 10 April 2018, 21:01:25
Is this a common problem.  Never had an issue on any of mine?


If ever I did break a fob, I'd rummage through my spares box, and dig out the tech2, and treat it to a "new" one.

I think it may have happened to one of mine once.

I might not have a genuine Tech II but can achieve the same  :y, that said, should only be a case of cutting the blade if replacing the horseshoe, PCB and Immobiliser chip will swap over.

Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: TheBoy on 10 April 2018, 21:04:55
WHat happens, guessing the little clip on the horshoe snaps off?

Heavy handedness, as never broken one myself, and must have replaced hundreds of batteries, and probably repaired nearly as many fobs...

 :-\
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Lizzie Zoom on 10 April 2018, 21:11:17
Is this a common problem.  Never had an issue on any of mine?


If ever I did break a fob, I'd rummage through my spares box, and dig out the tech2, and treat it to a "new" one.

I think it may have happened to one of mine once.

I might not have a genuine Tech II but can achieve the same  :y, that said, should only be a case of cutting the blade if replacing the horseshoe, PCB and Immobiliser chip will swap over.

But that involves cost, with a new blade and then having it cut. My solution cost nothing as I have spare electrical fittings for grub screws in stock.

In addition my fobs have had their locking tabs forced too many times by Vx technicians when giving me a battery change at the annual service. Previous ones also suffered from the same treatment, but at my hand!! ;)
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Nick W on 10 April 2018, 22:17:08
WHat happens, guessing the little clip on the horshoe snaps off?

Heavy handedness, as never broken one myself, and must have replaced hundreds of batteries, and probably repaired nearly as many fobs...

 :-\


Happens all the time. I've spent far too much time on my hands and knees looking for customer's immobiliser chips. Every one of them had big bunches of keys, which is also true of worn ignition lock barrels.
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Kevin Wood on 11 April 2018, 00:04:39
WHat happens, guessing the little clip on the horshoe snaps off?

Heavy handedness, as never broken one myself, and must have replaced hundreds of batteries, and probably repaired nearly as many fobs...

 :-\


Happens all the time. I've spent far too much time on my hands and knees looking for customer's immobiliser chips. Every one of them had big bunches of keys, which is also true of worn ignition lock barrels.

Good point, actually. I think my keyring is due a cull. ;D
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: aaronjb on 11 April 2018, 08:55:11
WHat happens, guessing the little clip on the horshoe snaps off?

Heavy handedness, as never broken one myself, and must have replaced hundreds of batteries, and probably repaired nearly as many fobs...

 :-\


Happens all the time. I've spent far too much time on my hands and knees looking for customer's immobiliser chips. Every one of them had big bunches of keys, which is also true of worn ignition lock barrels.

Good point, actually. I think my keyring is due a cull. ;D

Just put all the extras in the centre arm rest like James..  ;) :-[ (Sorry James ;))
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Lizzie Zoom on 11 April 2018, 10:29:09
WHat happens, guessing the little clip on the horshoe snaps off?

Heavy handedness, as never broken one myself, and must have replaced hundreds of batteries, and probably repaired nearly as many fobs...

 :-\


Happens all the time. I've spent far too much time on my hands and knees looking for customer's immobiliser chips. Every one of them had big bunches of keys, which is also true of worn ignition lock barrels.

Good point, actually. I think my keyring is due a cull. ;D

Just put all the extras in the centre arm rest like James..  ;) :-[ (Sorry James ;))

..............or get a handbag, sorry, manbag, as then you do not need to keep all your keys on one ring :D :D :D ;)
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: aaronjb on 11 April 2018, 10:49:25
But everyone knows it's one ring to rule them all, no?
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Nick W on 11 April 2018, 10:53:31
But everyone knows it's one ring to rule them all, no?


Yeah, you got me: a full keyring makes a much more satisfying rattle when you chuck it into a volcano,
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Fuse 19 on 11 April 2018, 13:07:37
A good, simple, effective fix
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Lizzie Zoom on 15 April 2018, 14:42:08
A good, simple, effective fix

Yep, and at last I have found a new way of posting an image thanks to danzigfan in the Test Zone!!

(https://s14.postimg.cc/rd0eq0mgh/Omega_Key_Fob.jpg)

Note the brass grub screw on the right.  :y
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Field Marshal Dr. Opti on 15 April 2018, 18:35:50
Well done, Lizzie. :-* :-*
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: TheBoy on 16 April 2018, 17:22:20
A good, simple, effective fix

Yep, and at last I have found a new way of posting an image thanks to danzigfan in the Test Zone!!

(https://s14.postimg.cc/rd0eq0mgh/Omega_Key_Fob.jpg)

Note the brass grub screw on the right.  :y
Ooooo, that sits quite proud.  I think I'd be ripping my pockets to shreds with that....

...oh, hang on, my pockets are already shredded ;D
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: STEMO on 16 April 2018, 17:32:54
A good, simple, effective fix

Yep, and at last I have found a new way of posting an image thanks to danzigfan in the Test Zone!!

(https://s14.postimg.cc/rd0eq0mgh/Omega_Key_Fob.jpg)

Note the brass grub screw on the right.  :y
Ooooo, that sits quite proud.  I think I'd be ripping my pockets to shreds with that....

...oh, hang on, my pockets are already shredded ;D
Looks like it's had a very hard life too.  ;D
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Lizzie Zoom on 16 April 2018, 18:26:41
A good, simple, effective fix

Yep, and at last I have found a new way of posting an image thanks to danzigfan in the Test Zone!!

(https://s14.postimg.cc/rd0eq0mgh/Omega_Key_Fob.jpg)

Note the brass grub screw on the right.  :y
Ooooo, that sits quite proud.  I think I'd be ripping my pockets to shreds with that....

...oh, hang on, my pockets are already shredded ;D
Looks like it's had a very hard life too.  ;D

Yes, and in reply to both of you I recommend keeping your keys in a handbag / manbag!! ;D ;D ;D ;)
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: TheBoy on 16 April 2018, 18:45:46
I imagine its a tight squeeze in LZ's handbag. She's only got a small one.

I mean her handbag, not her other "assets".
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Lizzie Zoom on 16 April 2018, 18:55:51
I imagine its a tight squeeze in LZ's handbag. She's only got a small one.

I mean her handbag, not her other "assets".

You haven't seen my handbag TB.  My friends joke about how much I keep in it; it is like Mary Poppins bag! ;D ;D :D ;)
Title: Re: Pleasing solution
Post by: Migv6 on 16 April 2018, 19:32:42
I suspect Mrs Mig keeps a kitchen sink in hers. I'm not allowed to look in there for some reason, so I can only surmise.  ;D