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    Default Washing machine vs S16 keys

    Hey all, first post, proud S16 owner. Unfortunately i made the mistake of putting my keys through the wash which all but destroyed the central locking/immobiliser thingo. It dried out and worked for a while but now i cant start my car at all. I have a spare central locking/immobiliser kit from these guys

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    but dont know where too start. Really dont wanna shell out for an auto sparky to replace the whole lot. Is there a good quick fix as i need to get it going by next week to move house

    Thanks in advance!

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    Welcome aboard!

    Start by removing the battery from the key. Then soak the key in distilled water overnight.

    If you have a compressor GENTLY blow dry the unit.

    Clean the battery contacts with CRC Switch and Contact Cleaner or some CLR on a coton bud. Rince and dry.

    Wrap the unit in a tea towel and leave it somewhere it will get warm but not hot. The top of my espresso machine works for me. Leave for a few hours

    Fit a NEW battery and try your luck.

    All the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post
    Welcome aboard!

    Start by removing the battery from the key. Then soak the key in distilled water overnight.

    If you have a compressor GENTLY blow dry the unit.

    Clean the battery contacts with CRC Switch and Contact Cleaner or some CLR on a coton bud. Rince and dry.

    Wrap the unit in a tea towel and leave it somewhere it will get warm but not hot. The top of my espresso machine works for me. Leave for a few hours

    Fit a NEW battery and try your luck.

    All the best

    Peter
    Good one, I would have suggested the spin cycle and then the clothes dryer

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    I would remove battery, get the innards out of the case, give it a quick wash in metho ( which will displace the water, and evaporates off quickly) and then place in a warm dry spot like a window sill (not direct sunlight) for a day.


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    Yes the metho is good for doing what you say but I prefer the distilled water because it will redisolve any of the minerals may have been deposited on the circuit board. The water is also more gentle on some of the ageing plastics that hold the key together.

    Chris that is a really STUPID idea. Sheesh, its Heds16 first post and you want to fill his head with that nonsense, you should be ashamed!

    We all know putting spin on electrons disorients them, they'll never be able to find the car after that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post

    Chris that is a really STUPID idea. Sheesh, its Heds16 first post and you want to fill his head with that nonsense, you should be ashamed!

    We all know putting spin on electrons disorients them, they'll never be able to find the car after that...
    I'm gutted

    I hope hedS16 has a sense of humour and apologise for making light of his/her dilemma - and can only add don't try the microwave

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