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Old 09-11-2007, 10:41 AM   #1
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Has anyone had any sucess in repairing the round plastic part at the tip of the fob, that attaches to the metal ring on your key ring. The best way I thought of doing it was using JB weld and attaching tiny washers to each side to reinforce the tip. I have 3 that are broken at the moment that'* why I'm asking. To back you couldn't just purchase the back plastic part.
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I had the same issue on the 92 SSEi we owned briefly.

Since I knew I would just be curbing the car (buy it, fix it, sell it), I went to the junk yard and picked up two new fobs that were the same style. Then, when I got home, I just swapped out the internals. Granted, the numbering on the back of the fobs were not accurate, but it solved the problem. Since I wasn't keeping the car, I wasn't overlly concerned. Even if I was keeping the car, I would have made a note of the original numbers and stuck it in the file.
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What a coincidence - mine just broke last Friday, and it'* the 2nd one that has broken so far.
I trimmed off the remaining parts of the plastic ring and installed a small metal eye hook. It'* not the prettiest solution, but it serves its intended purpose.
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Next time I'm at Home Depot, I wonder if I can find something like you're talking about. If that'* the case then I can grind it down as you mentioned, then epoxy the eye hood to the inside of the back cover.
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Next time I'm at Home Depot, I wonder if I can find something like you're talking about. If that'* the case then I can grind it down as you mentioned, then epoxy the eye hood to the inside of the back cover.
No, don't glue or bond it - it'* a threaded eye hook, so one end is threaded and looks like a small screw. You simply screw the eye hook into the plastic on the side of the FOB where the old ring used to be.
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Next time I have the fob in hand I'll have to take a look at it to see exactly what you're refering to.
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Next time I have the fob in hand I'll have to take a look at it to see exactly what you're refering to.
Sorry, they're called screw eyes. One like what I'm describing looks like what'* shown near the bottom of the page on the following web page, for example:
http://hardware.hardwarestore.com/28...crew-eyes.aspx

Just make sure that you get a very small one. Just twist it into the plastic where the ring used to be, and don't screw it in too far; you don't want the screw to go completely through the side wall of the FOB, just far enough in so it has sufficient support. In my opinion, it'* a quick and easy solution.
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Can you possibly take a picture to show us how you did it?

My wife'* 01 GP fob just broke in the exact same spot and I literally logged in just now to put up a post asking how people fix theirs.

She was at the dealership yesterday, and they told her they get replacement plastics from a third-party company and that they'd have to order them, but didn't quote her a price.

I'm personally leaning towards an eye hook and JB Weld, glueing the eyehook to the inside of one half of the keyfob shell, then assembling the halves after the JB weld has set.

Alternatively, if anyone can pick up a fob at a yard for me, I'll do the plastic-swap.
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I'm personally leaning towards an eye hook and JB Weld, glueing the eyehook to the inside of one half of the keyfob shell, then assembling the halves after the JB weld has set.

Alternatively, if anyone can pick up a fob at a yard for me, I'll do the plastic-swap.

That what I was thinking of doing but if I understand correctly billha is saying that there is no need to use JB Weld. All you have to do is screw the eye hook in.
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