I recently bought a second hand JCW. It came with all the keys but one of the keyfobs was missing the little silver button that holds or releases the actual key inside it.
This annoyed me. So I bought myself a replacement keyfob from Ebay, only to discover afterwards (backwards research, d'oh!) that it would need to be coded by a dealer for a million pounds. Or something. No problem, thinks I. I'll just pull it apart and take the metal button out of the new one and stick it in the old one. Not so easy as it turns out - the keyfob is glued together, all the way around the edge. Using a combination of a very sharp scalpel (to cut the glue) and an electrical screwdriver I pried apart both keyfobs and swapped the PCB's over.
In the process I've 'chewed' the edges of the fobs, but it's covered by the chrome ring. And I stabbed myself with the scalpel. I also broke the plastic faux chrome ring but as it happens one of my fobs already had the replacement metal ring from newministuff.
Tested in the car and everything works perfectly.
Thought I'd post some pics and info here as I couldn't find any information or images anywhere else...
Last edited by Millski; Oct 11th, 2012 at 08:45 PM.
Yep, I want to put the images into the post using forum code rather than attach them, so they make sense with the text rather than just some random pictures of bits of keyfob at the bottom. This is, handily, boosting my post count though
Can anyone help?..Seems I need a chrome (plastic or metal)ring that goes around the edge of the key fob....without it the fob pops out of the slot...not a good thing....newministuff doesn't list it or fobs??........any suggestions???...
That's my post count, it's the total number of posts I've made and will go up on every post by me as I make more.
Oh yeah! I did not know that, so thank you and apologies for all the whining and spam.
I still can't post a link but go to newministuff, select '2nd Gen Mini - Bits & Bobs' and the metal ring is the 7th item down (currently) £14.72 inc. VAT.
The metal ring has a split along the bottom, so you can pry it over and around the fob. The plastic ring is solid and very fragile - trying to pry it over the lip of the keyfob with the thickness of a medical scalpel blade was how I snapped mine. The metal one feels nicer too
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