Remote Car Locks: Where to get Replacements and who can Fix Them
Remote car locks are handy things; there is no more fiddling around with a fussy key to unlock the car, which can be a pain in the neck when you’re in a rush or when it’s cold outside. However, when they get lost or broken, things can get a little bit tricky; it’s not as straightforward to fix them or replace them.
If you lose your remote car lock, you can go to a residential locksmith who’ll be able to set up a new car remote replacement for you, but only if your car was manufactured before 2005. If you’ve got a car that was made after that year, you’ll need to go directly to the car dealership; only dealerships are allowed to set up replacement remotes for most post-2005 vehicles. There are some residential locksmiths who can replace your remote; they are specially trained and the easiest way to find out if they can do it is to simply give them a call and ask. It is almost always a bad idea to buy a remote car lock from someone on the internet; chances are the device you buy won’t work, so buyer beware!
If your remote car lock gets broken, there are a few things you can do. The first thing you might want to check is your remote’s battery. The battery actually needs to get changed about once a year. The battery is easy enough to replace, you can do it at home on your own. Use a coin or a flat-blade screwdriver to open the remote’s casing, and carefully remove the old battery, ensuring that no damage is done to the small circuit board. Make sure that your replacement battery is the same kind as the one you’re removing.
Insert the new battery (usually positive side up); it should fit snugly into the compartment. Replace the casing, and use either the coin or screwdriver to secure it properly. Test the unit by locking and unlocking the doors. If the remote doesn’t work, you may need to reprogram it. You can do it yourself if your car’s manual tells you how, or you can bring it to the locksmith who will do it for you for a fee.
For all other types of damage, it’s best to either go to a locksmith or visit your car dealership; don’t try to fix it yourself as you may break the delicate electronics inside the device.