Forums :: NEW! Web Resources :: Features :: Photo Gallery :: Vintage Radio Shows :: Archives
Support This Site: Contributors :: Advertise


It is currently Jun Mon 21, 2021 6:19 pm


All times are UTC [ DST ]





Post New Topic Post Reply  [ 13 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Sep Tue 08, 2015 12:46 am 
Member

Joined: Apr Sun 15, 2012 3:10 pm
Posts: 1076
Location: Buffalo, NY
I cut small squares of 3M copper tape, and stuck on the worn out buttons.
Seems to work pretty good so far on the in-law's TV remote.
Any other ideas that work well out there?
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Sep Tue 08, 2015 1:55 am 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Aug Sun 02, 2015 7:34 pm
Posts: 1073
Location: Yukon, OK USA
I have done similar repairs using aluminum foil from the kitchen.

_________________
Rick
AB5ON

Forest Gumping through life


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Sep Tue 08, 2015 2:26 am 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Apr Wed 24, 2013 10:08 pm
Posts: 1475
Location: Highland & Livonia, MI
In addition to cleaning and copper tape, I've used conductive graphite paint available to me in my lab.

I've never been really happy with any of these fixes.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Sep Tue 08, 2015 6:01 pm 
Member

Joined: Sep Fri 07, 2007 2:27 am
Posts: 6646
Location: Grand Chute, Wisconsin
I've been using this for years, always worked great for me!

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/C ... gle.com%2F

.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 09, 2015 1:06 am 
Member

Joined: Apr Sun 15, 2012 3:10 pm
Posts: 1076
Location: Buffalo, NY
thanks jim,
I knew there had to be a better way. Gonna grab some of that stuff...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 09, 2015 5:35 am 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 2890
Location: Olympia WA USA
If its anything like the stuff we used in the TV shop I worked in, once its opened it goes bad real fast.

_________________
FrankB
WB7ELC
"The average family has 2.5 children. Where is the other .5 child?"


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Sep Sun 13, 2015 10:00 pm 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Jun Wed 08, 2011 2:33 am
Posts: 11890
Location: Ohio 45177
I have just cleaned the contact areas with alcohol and Q tips in the past for some flaky pushbuttons on remotes, with some success.

_________________
Reddy Kilowatt says; You smell smoke? Sorry about that!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Nov Sun 01, 2015 4:53 pm 
Member

Joined: Aug Tue 04, 2009 2:15 pm
Posts: 530
Location: Elmira, NY
I purchased Circuit Works Rubber Keypad Repair Kit from Alliedelec.com for $22.28, allielec# 70219366.
It comes as 2 parts Adhesive .1 oz, and Curing Agent .01 oz, ( a little over 3 grams).

The instructions say it will repair over 50 rubber button contacts. The entire contents must be mixed in one setting.

I guess you need to have several devices to repair at once or it gets expensive.
At 22.228 plus shipping & handling, I'm still waiting to use it for the first time, so I can't say how well it works yet.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Nov Sun 01, 2015 11:08 pm 
Member

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 2026
Location: Oswego, NY, USA
My car key fob-remote stopped working a few yrs ago; dealers wanted hundreds $$ to replace and reprogram all the fobs, but mine was the only one worn out; so I CA glued small circles of aluminum foil to the keys and it worked well for a few months, until we traveled to WashDC for our son's USNavyBand concert, held just outside US Capitol. We were 3 blocks from the van when a foil had came loose from the fob in my pocket & shorted to the Panic, setting the car off. By the time I ran back to the car, DC Police and FBI were there wondering why it had gone off. When I showed them the reason, they didn't appreciate my cheapness. I then repaired it with an $8 repair pad from www.keylessfix.com that has been fine for 5 yrs. I don't think they have pads for remotes other than cars. The Caikote (above) looks like "graphite paint" (Dixon, Acheson-Dag 154, used as conductive mount for SEM & dry-lube in player piano motors), but I had tried the Dag in my remote; it wore off too quickly; apparently the Caikote is better & lasts longer.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Nov Mon 02, 2015 1:50 am 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Nov Sat 26, 2011 4:09 am
Posts: 9666
Location: Texas. USA
Fred Scoles wrote:
...I then repaired it with an $8 repair pad from http://www.keylessfix.com that has been fine for 5 yrs. I don't think they have pads for remotes other than cars. ...
Thanks for the reminder. My second Chrysler key fob still works but lost a button and I've been thinking of doing something about that for ages. Didn't find one there but found a replacement case/keypad on Amazon for $5.95, free shipping, and ordered it.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Nov Mon 02, 2015 9:02 pm 
Member

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 2026
Location: Oswego, NY, USA
When I had bought the GM pad from keylessfix, all they had were for GM's because a few years ago, it was known that the crappiest, poorest built, shortest lived, junkiest, key fob's came with GM's.. Anything else had a higher quality fob. Is that still the case?? At $8 per pad, I'm considering getting a couple more from them, for when my wife's & my fob's go bad next time. Also, I learned to not drop fob on a hard floor because it can knock loose the battery prong solder connections from board; easily repairable, though.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Nov Tue 03, 2015 12:25 am 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Nov Sat 26, 2011 4:09 am
Posts: 9666
Location: Texas. USA
If you're asking me I couldn't say since I never paid any attention to 'key fob quality'. I mean, you're pretty much stuck with whatever it is so why bother?

Having said that, I've been generally satisfied with my Sebring fob, save the one missing button.

In anticipation of the new housing I dismantled the current one. It comes apart with a discretely hidden 'dime slot' you use to twist the halves apart.
Attachment:
Sebring Key Fob.jpg
Sebring Key Fob.jpg [ 123.45 KiB | Viewed 4913 times ]
The 'sealing' is done by the same rubber shroud the buttons are molded into and you can see what happened to my large 'unlock' button. For some reason the rubbery layer failed and it just fell out somewhere. There's no electrical connection.

The 'snap action' buttons are on the separate Mylar layer, electronics board underneath. This is why it still works.

The outer casing is like 'hard rubber', stiff but not plastic feeling, resin type PA+PPE. The batteries (2 x CR2016) make spring contact with the PCB. As a side note, I've never had to replace the batteries in either FOB.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Is there a better way to fix worn out remote controls?
PostPosted: Nov Tue 03, 2015 2:01 am 
Member

Joined: Apr Sun 15, 2012 3:10 pm
Posts: 1076
Location: Buffalo, NY
One problem I have seen with the GM FOB is that the solder on the Battery Holder
gets fractured. Just taking it apart and re-soldering them has fixed several for me.
One of mine that I have fixed looks like this one.
http://www.audiovideo2go.com/chevy-impa ... 12-2013-1/

In GM's defense, I have had to do the same for the Dodge Ram Pickup as well.


Top
 Profile  
 
Post New Topic Post Reply  [ 13 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests



Search for:
Jump to:  


































Privacy Policy :: Powered by phpBB