Protecting your keys from wear


#1

The rubber cover on one of my keys has worn through. One of the buttins underneath has already fallen out. I’ve been unable to find any type of key cover. A replacement keys costs a bundle.



So, I came up with the idea of picking up some small zip lock bags, typically used by coin and stamp collectors, and putting it over the end of the key, with a hole for the hey’s functional end and the zip lock end toward the keyring. I’m putting one over the spare key too.



Since this is apparently a common problem with the new keys and they’re so expensive to replace, I thought I’d pass the idea on.


#2

Duct tape? No? How about winding electricians’ tape around it?


#3

Too gooey.

I thought the nice part about my solution is the lack of adhesive and the ability to readily change the battery.

I wonder why nobody makes slip on rubber key covers for modern car keys. Perhaps I should contact a patent attorney…


#4

Your keys have buttons? What do the buttons do?


#5

It’s a portable device similar to the buttons on the Mach 5 steering wheel. One engages the sawblades, another makes the car jump, and other engages underwater mode…


#6

One unlocks the door, another locks the door, another activates the intruder alert system, and the forth fires the ejection seat.

By the way, I checked this morning how much it would cost me just for an unprogrammed blank, the parts of which I could use to replace the worn out parts of mine…$109! Uncut and un programmed!


#7

So it is like a key fob control, but the key and controls are built into one unit? I have seen replacement cases for the fob-type controls for sale on line. I have never noticed any for whole keys. What would happen if you dipped the whole thing in some of that stuff used to coat tool handles? Before you ask, I am not willing to experiment with mine.


#8

Yup, the fob is built into the head of the key.

I thought of that too. I’ve used that stuff on tool handles and it really isn’t as flexible as I think it needs to be. I also didn’t want to seal the shell halves together such that I’d be unable to change the battery.

I though of coating it with a room temp vulcanizing silicone silastic too. I may ultimately do that. I haven’t decided yet.


#9

I think that is what I was really thinking of. I just could not remember Sylgard yesterday. I used to have use for it in the lab a long time ago.


#10

How old is the car? Maybe it’s a warranty claim.


#11

85,000 miles. Naw, the rubber is just worn down. Eventually, when both provided keys get worn down to where the buttons fall out, I’ll get new keys. Meanwhile, if I can delay that expendature by protecting the head of the key I will.

Perhaps in the interim someone will come up with an aftermarket slide-on key cover for these types of keys.