Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
8/30/23 3:46 p.m.

My 08 civic has one working remote/key, the battery is dead in the other and I can't get the screw out. Any suggestions for replacing the key so I can have a spare?

If I have a good experience with the vendor, I'll follow up with another for my 2014 mazda 5.

Mndsm MegaDork
8/30/23 4:06 p.m.

I used to work for (a very E36 M3ty) ace hardware, and I made a berkeleypile of Honda keys. Hondas were actually my #1 fob clone. I will say the keystart stuff they use seemed pretty good to me, and as long as you get someone that knows what they're doing, it's a simple and cost effective process. If you can't get the screw out, I'd go ahead and drill it. You can buy a new case and have a new blade cut for something like $40. They'll even pull the oem electrics and put them in the new fob case, so they don't need to touch your car. WORST CASE SCENARIO- an entire new one can be cloned for something under $250. I think Hondas were really cheap. 


Mazda is much the same process, actually even easier- you don't need anyone that knows how to use a side cut mill. 

preach GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
8/30/23 4:07 p.m.

Interested as well. My Golf only came with one.

Mndsm MegaDork
8/30/23 4:11 p.m.

In reply to preach :

I've done volkswagen/audi as well. About the only thing we DIDNT have was BMW and mercedes. That may have changed. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
8/30/23 7:20 p.m.

In reply to Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) :

For the unit with the bad screw and dead battery, can you rebuild it with cheap, $6.95 amazon parts like shown in this video?  


I do similar with my Prius fob every few years.  

NY Nick
NY Nick GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/30/23 7:50 p.m.

I bought new ones for my Escalade because the E36 M3 bag dealer sold it to me with no FOBs and 1 key. I used 


I bought the FOBs for $50 ea and the keys for $7. Cadillac has a learn procedure but I had a snap on 2 way com diagnostics computer I was borrowing so I programmed on that. 

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/30/23 9:51 p.m.

I just used these for an Accord key and it seems to be working out alright.


Replacing the battery is easy.

For the stripped screw, I'd either drill it out with a tiny reversed bit or just break away the old plastic and try to get the screw out with pliers.

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