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Sep 18 2022

Extending the Life of Your Car Key

Sincerely, car owners do not pay heed to car key maintenance. Unfortunately, the car accessory that gives us access and also controls an aspect of the car security system is neglected during maintenance.

However, the negligence of car keys is partly because of misinformation. Most car owners do not know how to maintain their car keys and the benefits involved in doing so. We will give you tips that come in handy when considering car key maintenance. Before we proceed, it’s good you understand the different types of car keys.

Traditional Car Key

The basic or traditional keys are used in older model cars. They come without any security features. If you need a replacement or a spare, simply walk into the nearest locksmith shop to get it done. More so, duplication of these types of keys is easy. If you are still using such keys, we suggest you consider an upgrade.

Key Fob or Transponder Keys

The key fobs are more advanced when compared with the old-fashioned traditional keys. They are designed with more security features and added convenience for car users. Remote car keys use infrared or radio frequencies to transmit coded messages for operating the security system of cars. More advanced products also control the ignition.

Though key fobs use batteries they are typically the CR44 that could last up to 3 years. Because of the unique radio frequency transmission, it is almost impossible to copy or breach key fobs.

The Smart Car Key

All the errors in the other types are corrected in the smart keys. Though like key fobs, they come loaded with features for the ‘smart’ driver. Convenience and security are some features of smart keys with touch less technology. They can conveniently open or close any car. These keys can operate using Bluetooth and Biometrics. Also to their names, car owners could use smart devices in operating their cars. Smart car keys are a technology every car owner must experience.

However, depending on the type of key, here are some ways to maintain your car keys.

Always Clean your Car Keys

We come in contact with our car keys daily. It could be in the morning while rushing to the office or evening during hangouts. This is why car keys are always covered in germs.

Here are some of the things you will need for car key cleaning:

  • A small scrubbing brush
  • Alcohol or alcohol-based disinfecting wipes
  • Dishwashing soap and a bowl

The process starts by disinfecting the key holder and the fob. For mechanical car keys, cover them up with dishwashing soap and use the scrubbing brush to remove stubborn grime and grease.

Reduce the Number of Keys on the Key Chain 

Allowing a few keys on the keychain is critical in maintaining your keys. Clustered keychain causes problems such as a broken keychain loop and car key shell damage. The mechanical key blades could also be affected if the keychain has numerous keys on it.

Keep Keys Away from Children 

Your car key is not a toy. Trying to distract your kids by giving them your car keys to play with is never a good idea. They could throw the key fob carelessly on the ground or use it to injure themselves. Get toys for your kids. Identify a spot unreachable to them and always place your keys there.

Wrapping Up 

Follow the tips in this article to ensure the longevity of your car keys. For all your car key replacement, Top Atlanta Locksmith is ready to help. Give us a call today.