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Hi,

I need a replacement key fob because my unlock button is broken. The dealership wants $155 to fix my key fob. That's crazy!

Has anyone used Replacement Key Fobs and Keyless Entry Remotes (keylessentryremotefob.com)? The site has replacement key fobs for $48.77.

I know the key fobs on that site are used and refurbished. I also understand that I will have to program the replacement key fob. I'm okay with all of this.

Does anyone have experience using Replacement Key Fobs and Keyless Entry Remotes ?
 

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Nope, but because you will need someone with the programming tool you might as well just buy the remote and programming from the same place as it can be quite a hassle if there are programming difficulties. Ask me how I know!

If you engage a local auto locksmith that does replacement fobs and they can't deliver a working unit you don't pay them, but if you order online it can be difficult to return the fob. A simple Google search for your area will turn up a provider. You may also try Ace Hardware as they recently added the service to their repertoire.
 

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I need a replacement key fob because my unlock button is broken. The dealership wants $155 to fix my key fob. That's crazy!
Not really. A new key fob itself is around $70, plus they probably charge a flat rate considering an hour to program it.

If you only need a new keyfob, you can buy it separately, transfer the key blade and program it yourself, which is exactly what I did here:

I do not recommend any third party keyfobs, they are mostly garbage both in terms of quality (poorly made, icons will erase quickly, some buttons might not work, etc, I've seen a lot of those cases, it's simply not worth trying to save 10-15 bucks here).

Good luck!
 

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acuraoemparts.com, you can buy only the remote portion for $50 and there's a youtube video on how to program the unlock/lock/trunk buttons to your MDX. Way better than the refurb units! use coupon code acurazine for 5% off
 

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I had exactly the same problem & just did all of this. [email protected] YouTube video. Very helpful.

I did buy an aftermarket fob for $40. The case has slightly more texture & no Acura symbol but is otherwise pretty good. That said, I’m having trouble getting the reprogramming to work - I expect it might be the new transmitter as the old one is working exactly as Bogdan said it would.

I have replaced numerous keys & fobs on different vehicles over the years, the 2 stumbling blocks are immobilizer chips & laser cut keys, never the reprogramming. I think I would take Bogdan’s advice & get an OEM fob but change over the key.

It’s worth noting that if your key sticks a bit out of the case when closed - that’s inherent in the key hub, not the case or spring (as I had hoped). The only way to fix that is with an expensive new metal key-the keys are cheap-the cutting is not.

I intended to keep my old fob without a key as an unlock/lock device but since the unlock is broken, the “open power gate” won’t work if the vehicle is locked-it will if unlocked. The “panic” still works but that is if no value to me. Since the lock works, I do keep it inside the house for my nightly “lock” of all 3 of our vehicles.

Another compkication - the screws holding the swing mechanism on my OEM keys were blue loctited in place. One of them actually sheared in two instead of unscrewing & the other stripped out - it took a little work to make those functional again.


Also, if looking aftermarket - note some show an SUV liftgate & others a car trunk icon.

I believe these are the Acura IEM part #s

35111-STX-329 / 35111-STX-326

transmitter only: 72147-STX-A12 / 72147-STX-A32




 

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The unlock button on both of mine quit working...took it apart and found that the button has come off the circuit board, i can solder, so ill fix it myself.
If you cant solder, take it to a cellphone repair shop and slide them a 10 dollar bill, bet theyll do it.
Unless youve already lost that tiny bastard.
 

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The unlock button on both of mine quit working...took it apart and found that the button has come off the circuit board, i can solder, so ill fix it myself.
If you cant solder, take it to a cellphone repair shop and slide them a 10 dollar bill, bet theyll do it.
Unless youve already lost that tiny bastard.
Ha ha, that was exactly my plan but that’s exactly what happened- when I finally got around to getting my solder out, I couldn’t find the button. Those 4 connections were pretty tiny though
 

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Full disclosure, my exbro-in-law owns one of those cell repair joints...he has a good size collection of micro-min parts from old phones.
Would imagine other shops are similarly situated.
Tiny switches, are tiny switches, really only a couple kinds.
 

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Just my experience, but I had a "Driver 1" key that was trashed when I bought my vehicle, so I grabbed a $9.99 one off ebay (brand new, aftermarket) and gave it to the dealer when I was there for something else. They cut and programmed it for free, but couldn't figure out why it wouldn't start the vehicle. When I got home I pulled the immobilizer chip from the old one and dropped it in the new one, worked perfectly. So, $9.99 wasn't a bad deal..
 
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