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My wife has just put the spare key through the washing. I dried it out as best I could but it will not work. Any suggestions?:rolleyes:
 

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AutoLocksmith.uk.com repaired my wifes Panda electronic key for about £35. very good service, you can phone them on 0333 444 0644
 

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Train her to check and empty your pockets before doing your washing.:p

Oh and put the key in a tupperware box filled with dry rice for 24 hrs.
 

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Might be time for you to take out seperate key insurance for about £30, then in a few months time, should you 'loose' your keys, maybe at a beach, leaving you with only your spare they will pay the £400 bill for a new one....;)
 

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Thanks for suggestions, and thanks to the hot weather on holiday the key is now recognised and starts the car. It also unlocks it and opens the boot, but won't lock the car again. Any new bright ideas before I have to spend money?
 

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Not tried it myself but,

If you press the unlock again and don't open the doors for 30 seconds it may lock the car, the same way it does from locked.

Not a long term solution I know, but it may give you more time if it works before you have to bite the bullet
 

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can you strip the key down at all?

in the past i have removed the battery, sprayed lots of electrical contact cleaner all over the components inside, left it to dry for a long while, then put it back together with new battery, and its worked fine
 

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HaHa !

It does relock the car by pressing the unlock button, but it takes about 2.5 mins. However it does not appear to turn the alarm on though.

It does on mine anyway, but knowing Alfa who knows. Not ideal I know.
 

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Worse now. I followed a helpful guide by Zagatom in this forum to dismantle and clean up any contacts. One of the wee black square components with lots of legs had a lot of green dirt around which I brushed off. Seems now one of the legs has disintegrated and now it wont lock or unlock or open the boot. It does still start the car. Not sure what will happen if I try to unlock it manually after locked and alarmed by the working key. Will try in the morning.
 

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Worse now. I followed a helpful guide by Zagatom in this forum to dismantle and clean up any contacts. One of the wee black square components with lots of legs had a lot of green dirt around which I brushed off. Seems now one of the legs has disintegrated and now it wont lock or unlock or open the boot. It does still start the car. Not sure what will happen if I try to unlock it manually after locked and alarmed by the working key. Will try in the morning.
It will shout at you.
 

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ha - been there, done that. Mine (super clean one) sits now away from the car without the battery as it was (is?) opening it by itself. Have not tried to clean it or exchange.
 

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OK so it shouts and needs the good key to shut it up. Next bright idea, is it possible to copy the lock unlock signal from the good key on to any other sort of key, and the broken key can still be used to start the engine?
 

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OK so it shouts and needs the good key to shut it up. Next bright idea, is it possible to copy the lock unlock signal from the good key on to any other sort of key, and the broken key can still be used to start the engine?
It needs to be brand new key not a second had eBay jobbie, don't waste you money.

Buy all accounts its quite a cleaver or tricky system to copy keys to, I have found someone who says they would try. This involved removing body computers and the like and still no guarantee I would work, all in theory stuff.

£400 ish from the dealer or key insurance, bit off a wait and he prosto I lost my key or bugger me its gone through the washer.
 

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My wife has just put the spare key through the washing. I dried it out as best I could but it will not work. Any suggestions?:rolleyes:
You think you have a problem, friends husband put both their iphones in the washing machine last week!:lol:
 
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