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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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I just wanted you all to know that I have purchased, installed, and love the solution from KeylessFix (dot) com. I had been having to press really hard on one remote to get the doors to unlock, but locking seemed like a walk in the park. On the other remote it was getting a bit harder but not like the one. I separated the case halves of the one giving me the most trouble and verified that the battery was good (yep), so I cleaned the contacts on the board and on the back of the buttons. Dried them thoroughly (I cleaned them with water) and reassembled them, but to no avail.

I remembered someone mentioning KeylessFix so I took a chance and bought 2 for $18.95. (1 would have been $12.95.) In the meantime I took a small piece of foil and covered the inside of the rubber button to help make better contact. (Boy, did it! It would unlock if I drove over a bump! ) In less than a week I had the solution in my mailbox. After installing them between the rubber buttons and the circuit board I tested them out and was very relieved to get such a great solution at such a reasonable price.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 01:00 PM
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Re: Remote Fob Fix

You can buy replacement button pads on ebay for under 5 bucks. I would be surprised if there was more than one Chinese manufacturer making these pads but it's impossible to know.

From what I've gathered in doing some research, there is a very thin layer of a conductive paint on the silicone rubber buttons that is failing over time & with use. There are conductive paints available & may work to restore the fob but I haven't tried that. The trick is that the paint would need to have good adhesion to the silicone rubber. The problem of paint adhesion may well be why GM fobs fail so fast. But whatever the reason, the conductive paint loses its conductive property. I took apart a 12-year-old-still-working Ford fob & found they use a different design that obviously works much better.

Also, I would imagine that attempting to clean the conductive paint only serves to make it less conductive by wiping it away.

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I agree greenman. A 5 buck replacement rubber keypad from eBay is the way to go. Done a few of them that way.
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If you want to try a conductive paint you can get that stuff at the auto parts store that fixes the grid on the rear window defroster.

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If you want to try a conductive paint you can get that stuff at the auto parts store that fixes the grid on the rear window defroster.
It just so happens I have that stuff around here & may experiment with it.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 12:16 PM
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So I painted the button contacts with that stuff yesterday & just tried the fob & the first thing I noticed was the buttons were very quick to respond. So now I'll just have to wait & see how this "fix" works over time.
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It didn't take long to get the results of my experiment & I can report that it was an epic fail. That paint wouldn't stick to the button contact surface.
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