After breaking or getting lost, there are a thousand and one other problems you can have with your car keys and how they work. Is it annoying? Yes, can they be solved? Also, as we want to help you today we are going to tell you several logical reasons why your electronic or traditional key is not working properly. Let’s start!
Why is my automotive key not working?
Damage to the automotive key due to bumps and drops.
You’re probably a super responsible person who keeps an eye out for any changes to your car, or that it doesn’t have any external scratches or dings and you wash it every weekend. But even so, it’s not worth much if we don’t also take care of the accessories that aren’t exactly attached to the car, such as the keys.
Many times we sit on them, they fall off, bend, stay in unsafe places and sometimes we even throw them, which can dent your keys and damage them for life.
Poor key programming
In the case of electronic keys, it is quite common to make a copy with a locksmith that offers a cheaper service than it should and it turns out that he did the programming in a very bad way and with a very basic knowledge that could at any time affect its normal operation. If the service was too cheap or done in a shoddy shop, that was probably the problem.
Deprogramming by magnetism
Believe it or not, if you pass through an area that has high magnetic charges your faucet may be severely affected by this and stop working or work partially and uncontrollably. This can be fixed if it is just based on a misconfiguration, but there are cases so serious that a total key reset has to be done.
You wet your car key
Sometimes it even happens without realizing it, you may have gotten wet in the rain with your key in your pocket or maybe it was very obvious and fell into a puddle or any kind of liquid source. No matter what, it is possible that if the moisture perpetrated on the key’s electronics it may have caused a short circuit so small that you didn’t even notice it.
If this is the case you will need to contact a locksmith who will reprogram your keys and can put in a new chip that is not burned out so that it will link to the car’s computer.
Keys without a battery
All may not be lost when you find that your keys don’t want to open your car doors, as they may just need a battery change to be good as new again.
Even electronic keys wear out their batteries after a long time.
Broken car door lock
If you have a traditional key, it may be that the cause of your car not working when starting is that the lock to start the engine has some kind of damage that prevents it from starting normally. For this you will need a thorough evaluation where the lock will be disassembled and the reasons for the damage will be assessed.
Again, if you have a traditional key there is the possibility that in any carelessness you have not noticed and something has entered the ignition slot that allows your lock to work, or failing that, with constant use may have generated rust and need a little lubricant to return to be the same.
No matter the case, the best thing to do is to call a lock and car key specialist to check. Unless the situation is very obvious like you have bent the key, it is not good for you to do a self-diagnosis and much worse if you decide to act on your own risking the integrity of your car and your pocket.